A BLACK and GORGEOUS pair of headphones – the Philips Fidelio X2 is rolling out big time, and because their predecessor – the Philips Fidelio X1 – shook my personal beliefs about how much performance you could have with very affordable open backed headphones I just had to have them – in gorgeous black (in case I forgot to mention). Woop, woop!!!! :D
Fidelio X2 is simply stunning and I knew they would be in my possession as soon as I heard they were coming out. Heck, I could even have bought them just for their exquisite sense of style, they are a real gem that will look perfect on the Sieveking Omega headphone stand in makassar finsih! Expect to see them in the background of my future videos, haha.
Best guess is that these headphones will probably be among if not at the top of the list of affordable yet great open back headphones in 2015 while Sennheiser Momentum MKII will be the biggest closed backed and portable headphone of the year.
Let’s do a quick recap of the history behind these cans and see why the Philips Fidelio X2 launch is so exciting. They are the successor of the great sounding but in a sense flawed X1’s.
Review and flaws of the Fidelio X1 headphones
The above is yours truly video review of the Philips Fidelio X1 headphones. In that review I had a few complaints such as the cable having too high impedance and the detrimental effect that has on the bass. It was easily fixed by replacing the cable, so the grand flaw with them was that that the pads of X1 was not detachable, which is a huge sin for headphones that, albeit affordable, still represent a big investment for a lot of people.
Note that you can read the full Fidelio X2 review and how the headphones compare against Fidelio X1 here.
Sloppy engineering or down right GREEDY?
It actually makes you wonder if this kind of sloppy engineering is planned by the men in black suits up in the boardroom: Planned obsolescence, whereby they engineer something with a flaw that will make the product useless or sub par after a short time to make people buy more goods – or – that they lack the capacity to actually innovate something worth while, so they have to give the first iteration of a product some flaws which they can fix and launch under a new and improved model. It must be one of these two things, because Philips probably knows what people in the markets they operate in really want, and what we want is not relatively high priced headphones without replaceable pads.
No matter what their reasons were it was a big shame because the X1’s has excellent sound quality. The pair I reviewed was borrowed from my brother who spend far less time than me using headphones, so he is not going to wear them out any time soon like I would.
Fidelio X2 – detachable ear pads & better cable
Fortunately, this is no longer a problem because Philips X2 fixes all of that. The new cable has a lower resistance which implies better bass response and the headphones also has detachable and replaceable ear pads. That’s just GREAT, but I hope they don’t resort to selling proprietary ear pads at questionably high prices.
Cool guys who follow the HeadphoneAddict Youtube channel probably know that I’m a big fan of black headphones and gear in general, so these will fit right in together with the rest of the work station! :D
They are also getting quite the splash on Amazon US and Amazon UK. Judging from the user reviews they are very promising! So this is super exciting! I can’t wait to give these beautiful, black and solidly constructed headphones a listen! I might be gone for a while, so don’t sit up waiting for the unboxing and first impressions video, hun! :D