[Amazon.ca] Philips Audio Fidelio X3 $258.70
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I have been using t he X2 for years. Not sure what has changed but X2 is way more soundstage, boomier bass and much less detail and clarity. X2 also way better for gaming if you tone down the bass.Oomani wrote: ↑ Bought a pair. Will compare with my Sennheiser HD 6xx and report back on Saturday/Sunday, as from what I can see these roughly compete with the 6xx/58x (especially at this price!).
I predict that if the sound experience is similar, I may go with them over my 6xx for the versatility of lower impedance. They're also a bit more stylish and may have better build quality.
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https://www.mmorpg.com/hardware-reviews ... 2000119682
Nov 5th, 2020 1:21 pm
That source seems to just guess that it will work.stebum wrote: ↑ https://www.mmorpg.com/hardware-reviews ... 2000119682
According to this source, the vmoda mic should work. Im just wondering if this is a worthwhile upgrade to my current SHP9500.
Nov 6th, 2020 1:37 am
Yeah because of the split cable design they went with for the X3.
Nov 6th, 2020 4:43 am
I have read that the plastic pins have been replaced with metal ones on the X3's but sorry to hear about your bad experience.cosmopath wrote: ↑ I'm not sure how these X3s are built, but just a fair warning about my experience with Fidelios for anyone considering these.
My X2s had the screws that were holding the earcups in place literally rip out and permanently damage the threads after what has to be the most pathetic drop in the world (no more than 2 feet onto hardwood?). Apparently this is a semi-common issue, after reading up on Reddit about it. I reached out to Philips about this since they were still in warranty and thought I could maybe get it fixed, because $200 headphones should not be breaking that easily. Just finding the right place to contact was a challenge in of itself. I finally got a hold of the company handling warranty in Canada for their headphones, and after waiting days and having to contact them again for a response, I got denied since they said they don't cover user damage (which like... is a 2 foot drop really considered notable user damage?). I tried following up and fighting this, and got ignored every single time I attempted to contact them. They wouldn't even elaborate or double down on their decision. Just radio silence.
I have purchased plenty of headphones from many brands in many different price points, most of which have experienced similarly weak drops at one point or another. The X2s are, to this day, the only headphones I've ever owned that have suffered any damage whatsoever from it.
It's a shame because I thought they sounded great and were super comfortable. But I don't think I'll be buying Fidelios again after experiencing how poorly the X2s were built/designed around the earcup area, and how frustrating customer support is here in Canada.
Nov 6th, 2020 6:36 am
I was very disappointed in the X3.
It's no secret I also don't find the x2 that great. It was a solid sub $150 v shaped headphone but lacked alot of detail and overall technical preformance.
The X3 has a very different sound signature, it bass rolled and much brighter. Overall it sounds more like a bad version of a dt880.
Overall I wouldn't bother with it at this price or really any price. It was a disappointment.
Nov 7th, 2020 12:55 pm
So the X3 sounds quite different from what you're describing. Perhaps I need to break it in more, but here are my initial impressions.
Nov 9th, 2020 5:24 pm
Just got my pair today and I have fairly similar impressions - they feel more premium and comfy than the 6XXs, and are much easier to drive. Soundstage is better, and the sound signature is much brighter. There's definitely a little bit of sibilance, especially on more aggressively mastered audio tracks. I'm using a Audioengine D1 DAC with no separate amp.Oomani wrote: ↑ Overall it's a bit disappointing, especially when you consider the original retail price of the X3. But I'll say this. If you don't have two different styles of headphones for music and you're looking for something that's versatile, easy to drive, and has great looks, the X3 is the one for you. Especially if you're upgrading from something <$100, these will knock your socks off with a good DAC. Unfortunately in my case, they don't unseat the 6xx from its current throne on my desk. Should be noted, however, apparently not everyone hears the sibilance. I can, but if you can't then that's a huge plus towards these headphones and may have been enough for me to make the switch.
Nov 9th, 2020 5:32 pm
So I haven't returned mine yet. I'm going to try breaking them in for about 50h or so as one reviewer did and make another direct comparison test. Perhaps this will bring out slightly more sub bass and get rid of some sibilance. In the meantime I'm using an equalizer setting to make the compromise instead.kevinkuo wrote: ↑ Just got my pair today and I have fairly similar impressions - they feel more premium and comfy than the 6XXs, and are much easier to drive. Soundstage is better, but I can also tell a little bit of sibilance, especially on more aggressively mastered audio tracks. I'm using a Audioengine D1 DAC with no separate amp.
Not convinced about switching over from my 6XXs yet - probably need a few more days of listening before deciding. Also the included 3.5mm cord feels nice, but is super long - would rather them include another shorter one, instead of the inexplicable 2.5mm cord (what modern audio device still uses 2.5mm? lol)