Summary: Previous review deleted
My impressions changed after having a brand NEW pair. I think the first set was faulty or something. This is an engaging headphone with very good balance and a healthy bass. Cons would be that It could use a little more transparency to sound hifi and the bass could be slightly tighter and reach lower in a perfect world.
Pros: detail, air, bass, neutrality (besides bass), comfort, looks, easy to drive, soundstage, lack of sibilance
Summary: Warm, Entertaining And Yet Very Refined And Revealing...
If this is what you looking for, stop reading this review and go out buying one of these!
( The product was tested at 249,99$ )
Because this is simply one of the most enjoyable headphones beneath the 500$ mark. The Philips Fidelio X1 was released by Philips Home Audio department in 2012 and had since then quite the fanbase and many great reviews.
Pros: Open, Rich, Natural, Warm, No Sibilance, Imaging, Balance, Comfort and Price considering :)
Summary: The X1 does many things quite well and blends them together to produce a consistently pleasurable listening experience.
Bass is excellent for an open dynamic headphone, but not excessive, and blends well.
Overall tone is a bit warm, but not overpoweringly so (less so than an HD650). Detail is good (not excellent), but these are not analytical headphones.
Pros: Euphonic fun headphone that works well for most genres of music and represents very good value for the price
Cons: Earpads not user replaceable, need to swap stock cable
Summary: What can I say about this headphone that hasn't been said? I just know that all the stupid things about it - the cable with stupid resistance, the non-replaceable pads, the strange headband, the fact that they probably aren't making it any more - all of those things just fade away when you put them on.
They're accurate. Sure, not totally accurate - not like my K550s or HD598s - but an accurate that adds enough excitement to make good music fun.
Summary: I highly recommend these for anyone that wants bass and soundstage. They deliver both flawlessly.
Yes, there are more accurate headphones, and more thumpy headphones, but this strikes the perfect middle ground.
If any weakness exists, it is in vocal music, the likes of Norah Jones.
The bass is there, never gets in the way.
In short, these are unique.
Pros: Comfortable for big ears. Exciting sound, great soundstage, clean bass. Easy to drive.
Cons: Non-user replaceable pads. Leaky sound for some.
Summary: These headphones are a huge step up from anything I've ever heard before.
The only other well known headphones I've listened to extensively are the Sennheiser HD 202 and the Logitech UE6000. Compared to these headphones, the sound quality of the X1 is better in every way.
In my opinion the Fidelio X1 has a truly fantastic bass and treble response.
Pros: Fantastic bass, treble and soundstage. Quite comfortable. Easy to drive.
Cons: Vocals could be more prominent. A bit bulky. Not the lightest headphone.
Summary: If you love acoustic unplugged smooth jazz, blues rock and classical music, go with this beauty from Philips. Fidelio X1 is perfect. So comfortable to wear. When I hear John Mayer strumming his guitars, I get goose pimples over and over again.
The cable is unusually long. However, the cable is detachable and a shorter cable be used. This makes it convenient for outdoor use.
Pros: Detailed, clear differentiation of classy acoustic music like those of John Meyer, no overpowering bass to mask the details, cable is removable.
Cons: Need an amplifier to power up the headphones. Ipod or iphone is too weak for them.
Summary: These are literally the best headphones I have ever put on my ears. After a five minute settling period, I can't even feel them on my head. They're very lightweight and both the ear cup and headband padding is absolutely top notch. The tension literally could not be more perfect and the center of mass is tight to my head, keeping them from sliding or shifting when I turn.
Pros: Soundstage is spectacular, feeling is flawless, audio is awe-inspiring
Summary: What a faff I have had in choosing a pair of high end headphones.... Between Beyerdynamic Custom 1's, Sennheiser On Ear's, Monster NTune's plus others I have eventually found best package of look, feel, & audio quality in these Fidelio X1's. They're for home as "open back" type thus providing a "room speaker" sound as opposed to claustrophobic muffled traditional sounding head/earphones.
Summary: Used with many different sources, does not seem to have a ceiling. Bought these to replace my old Sennheiser HD-280 Pro after many years of service, the headphones started falling apart so it was time for a little indulgence. The result? I enjoy all time classics as if they were new tracks, the stage and sound separation is so well balanced and clear it makes me wanna listen the tracks several times just for the sake of enjoyment.