Excerpt: It wasn’t that long ago that Philips wasn’t the first name that would come to mind for audiophile headphones. Things picked up early last year when the company totally revamped its headphone lineup, and the Fidelio Series turned a lot of heads. Philips was in the big leagues and fully competitive with the majors.
Excerpt: Philips is on a great run at the moment. We’ve liked every one of the company’s new Fidelio headphones , even giving the £160 portable-use M1 s an Award this year. Now it’s the Philips X1s ’ turn to impress. These are intended for home use: they’re comfortable, well made and have a usefully long 3m cable topped off with a good quality 6.3mm plug (3.5m adaptor included).
Conclusion: The Philips Fidelio X1 are among the best-looking, most comfortable open headphones you can get. They're made from top-quality materials and the cable is as easy to switch as cables get. Sound quality is excellent too, although they're best-suited to those who think that some expensive headphones trade in too much bass for the sake of sounding high-end.
Excerpt: The biggest sellers in headphones now are earphones, and those Beats-style on-ear jobbies. It makes sense, because most listening happens when you're on the road, and you need something compact and that gives you a bit of isolation from the noise of the world.
Pros: Delightful sound, incredibly comfortable, perform as well as more expensive cans
Cons: Still a bit pricey, earpieces gather dust and aren't replaceable