2021 Philips Fidelio X3 Wired Over-Ear online Open-Back Headphones, Multi-Layer 50mm diaphragms, Hi-Res Certified, Premium Finishing discount - Hear The Difference online

2021 Philips Fidelio X3 Wired Over-Ear online Open-Back Headphones, Multi-Layer 50mm diaphragms, Hi-Res Certified, Premium Finishing discount - Hear The Difference online

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Brand
Philips Audio
Ear Placement
Over Ear
Color
Black
Connectivity Technology
Wired
Model Name
Overhead Headphones

  • 3.5mm 3m cable (balanced)
  • 3.5mm 3m cable (unbalanced)
  • 3.5mm to 1/4 inch jack adapter
  • cable clip

  • Specifications:

    Distortion: <0.1% THD

    Diaphragm: LMC

    Speaker diameter: 50 mm

    Sensitivity: 100 dB @ 1 mW

    Maximum power input: 500 mW

    Impedance: 30 Ohm

    Frequency response: 5 - 40 000 Hz

    Magnet type: Neodymium

    Acoustic system: Open

    Type: dynamic

    Included accessories: Balanced and Unbalanced detachable Oxygen free cable (3 m), 3.5 - 6.3 mm adapter, cable clip

    Fidelio X3 Hi-Res SHP9600 Hi-Fi L2BO Hi-Fi PH805 Noise Cancelling ST702 UV-Sanitizing
    Connectivity Wired (3.5 mm) Balanced/Unbalanced Wired (3.5 mm) Wired (3.5 mm) with in-line mic Wireless Bluetooth 5.0 True Wireless Bluetooth 5.0
    Acoustic system Open Open-back Semi-open Closed Closed
    Frequency response 5 – 40,000 Hz 12 - 35,000 Hz 6 - 40,000 Hz 7 – 40,000 Hz 20 – 20,000 Hz
    Driver size 50 mm 50 mm 40 mm 40 mm 6 mm
    Impedance 30 Ohm 32 Ohm 16 Ohm 16 Ohm 16 Ohm
    Maximum power input 500 mW 200 mW 200 mW 30 mW N/A
    Sensitivity 100 db @ 1 mW 101 dB 105 dB 90 dB 94 dB
    Distortion <0.1% THD <0.1% THD <0.1% THD N/A N/A
    Cable length Detachable 3.0 m cables (balanced and unbalanced cables included) Detachable 3.0 m cable included Detachable 3.0 m cable with in-line microphone and pick-up button Detachable cable and airplane adapter + USB charging cable included USB charging cable

    Description

    Like a concert hall for your ears. From the singer’s breath to fingers squeaking on a fretboard, these Philips Fidelio X3 audiophile-grade open-back headphones match feather-light comfort with pristine tuning. Discover new layers of transparency and detail every time you slip them on.

    Features & details

    Features

    • All new Philips Fidelio X3 with wide, natural soundstage and uncolored sound
    • Exquisitely tuned 50 mm multi-layer polymer (with dampening gel) diaphragms - delivers exquisitely detailed highs, full and smooth midrange, and impactful (without overpowering) bass
    • Hi-Res Audio certified. Hear the full impact of every note when wired to a high-resolution source for a lifelike performance.
    • Open-back design. Wide, natural soundstage with acoustically transparent Kvadrat speaker fabric. By eliminating the air pressure build-up behind the diaphragms, an immersive and spacious sound is born.
    • Premium finishing also means responsibly sourced materials. The sumptuous black Muirhead Scottish leather covering the headband is sustainably and ethically sourced.
    • Balanced and unbalanced inputs means it is ready for your favorite headphone amp or your everyday phone and mobile devices.
    • Detachable Balanced and Unbalanced 3 m oxygen-free cables included
    • 3.5 – 6.3 mm adapter + cable clip are also included
    • Technical specifications: 5 - 40,000 Hz frequency response | Open acoustic system | 500mW maximum power input | 30 Ohm impedance | 100 db @ 1 mW sensitivity | 13.4 Oz weight

    Product information

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    Q: How do these differ and how similar are they compared to the x2''s? and in what ways? my f…

    A: If you like the x2''s (like me) these will probably be a disappointment. They lose almost …

    boser | 7 months ago

    Q: How much do they weigh? are they lighter than the philips fidelio x2hr?

    A: X2HR 0.91 lbs
    X3 0.84 lbs

    George | 11 months ago

    Q: Do these comfortably fit a head that wears a hat size of 8 1/2?

    A: Can’t say for sure as I’m 7 3/4 but I’m able to wear them comfortably for 6-8 hrs at a tim…

    Matthew S | 1 year ago

    Q: What is the dimensions of the inner ear cup?

    A: 50mm

    Amazon Customer | 1 month ago

    Customer reviews

    4.2 out of 54.2 out of 5
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    George
    4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Fidelio X3 - Amazing sound with a couple of flaws.
    Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020
    The cables that come with it, although they look good, are the most microphonic cables I''ve ever heard. Almost stethoscope like! The headband also needs work. The suspension strap keeps pulling the earcups up, moving them away from the desired position. I hope Philips fix... See more
    The cables that come with it, although they look good, are the most microphonic cables I''ve ever heard. Almost stethoscope like! The headband also needs work. The suspension strap keeps pulling the earcups up, moving them away from the desired position. I hope Philips fix those issues in future revisions.
    But once you find the right spot for the earcups - and keep them there!-, the sound quality is perfect. They are fun to listen to and sound similar to the X2s but with more detailed highs without being sibilant.
    These are keepers! I''m off to building some cables and modding the headband right now.

    Edit: I found these are a bit sibilant after some more listening. I think the X2HR are a better purchase.
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    Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Depends on what you get them for...
    Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2021
    Philip''s Fidelio X3 OK. I did A LOT of research before I purchased headphones. I specifically wanted "out of the park" loudness with clarity sound. These are simply NOT loud enough. In fact, my 79 dollar Monster headphones that I bought 8yrs ago are... See more
    Philip''s Fidelio X3

    OK. I did A LOT of research before I purchased headphones. I specifically wanted "out of the park" loudness with clarity sound.

    These are simply NOT loud enough. In fact, my 79 dollar Monster headphones that I bought 8yrs ago are louder than these (yes they even still work).

    I like to jam so much I don''t want to hear NOTHING outside of music....been this way for YEARS...in otherwords my kids would have to POUND my bedroom door down just to hear them knocking.

    Anyway. I did a 4 star rating for these headphones but I didn''t want to leave a low rating...BUT if you want jamming out of the park loudness (like rip them off your head capacity loud) these are NOT for you...even with speaking to customer service at Philips even he said they won''t get any louder (it''s as if it''s capped at a certain level...I tried several devices and all had same volume cap) Clear quality is great...no distortion BUT it''s only comfortably loud...so if that''s what you seek these will definitely suit your purpose.

    But for me...no...I want uncomfortable loud WITH the ability to control my volume. I want the kind of loud that blows it out of the park.

    300 dollars...yeah returning, as Mr customer service recommended to do.

    ****Edit. So, I bought a pair of 200 headphones and it too was only comfortably loud. Went to do more research....it appears headphones are now regulated on how loud they can be out of the box....so in order to get that supreme loudness AND your headphones true capabilities there are headphone amplifiers you can buy off Amazon. 26 bucks I spent for one and WOW....now that''s what I''m talking about. And still no distortion. The difference is incredible with the amp (it''s pretty small in size)

    So if your looking for that need for just a bit more than comfortable, get the headphone amplifier (you can still use your actual device volume level button to control the up and down)
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    EvilTechie
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Seriously top notch, a slight departure in some sense from the X2HR but for the better
    Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2020
    Okay, let''s start some expectations: 1. I am not a professional audio gear reviewer (used to be an editor of a PC/tech review outlet but long retired from that) 2. I listen to jazz and some pop, also some classic rock 3. I have Schiit Modi 2 Uber DAC +... See more
    Okay, let''s start
    some expectations:
    1. I am not a professional audio gear reviewer (used to be an editor of a PC/tech review outlet but long retired from that)
    2. I listen to jazz and some pop, also some classic rock
    3. I have Schiit Modi 2 Uber DAC + Schiit Magni 3+ headphone amp
    4. I use X2HR as my main headphone when just listening to music
    5. I am mostly a speaker guy though and prefer the wide soundstage of the Bowers and Wilkins bookshelves that I have. So you could say that I have a more preference towards more neutral sounding profiles

    After listening to the X3 quite a bit, here are my impressions of them:
    1. Still a very wide and expansive soundstage, sometimes even more so
    2. Driving it with an amp will give you very good analytical details but it isn’t as upfront with the trebles and bass as the X2HR
    3. The roll offs for the bass is a lot more controlled and smoother with the X3 than the X2HR
    4. The treble has less distortion too
    5. While I wouldn’t call it reference sounding, it does sound very neutral
    6. For people that want really strong bass, may want to turn away. This is all about a neutral presentation and not colored V shape that some like (just personal preference)
    7. Build material is highly premium, with very nicely made rim/cage around the ear cups
    8. The acoustic fabric seems thin but cant really see through
    9. The headband seems a bit tight right now but im sure it will loosen up later on
    10. The Muirhead leather is luxurious to the touch and smell, like sitting in a brand new Mercedes S class
    11. X3 comes with separated left and right channels with 2 types of cables included: A standard 3.5mm TRS and a balanced 2.5mm TRRS (you will need an adapter to 4-pin XLR for most headphone amps)

    Overall, these are great if you want a more neutral sounding headphones and can still be fairly analytical. Just keep in mind that the wide soundstage means bass and mids are going to be a bit more laid back. In fact, you can cover the back of the earcups when listening to feel more frontal bass but that is not what this headphone is about.
    Premium build quality and its ability to be used with a balanced amp means that I will enjoy this for years to come and will replace the X2HR as my main listening headphones.
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    CoastingNC
    1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Total Disappointment - Total Silence
    Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2020
    I tried it on three devices I use daily, an iPhone 7, iPad, and Chromebook. each of which I use to listen to Spotify Premium, SIRIUS/XM, and streaming programs on Netflix, HULU, YouTubeTV, and PBS. My career was in radio and television broadcasting. I''m also an amateur... See more
    I tried it on three devices I use daily, an iPhone 7, iPad, and Chromebook. each of which I use to listen to Spotify Premium, SIRIUS/XM, and streaming programs on Netflix, HULU, YouTubeTV, and PBS. My career was in radio and television broadcasting. I''m also an amateur radio operator. The plug clicked. Silence. I double-check audio levels. Reset the cord. Reboot each device. Plugging in the cable, touching "start" for audio - silence. I did the routine a third time to no results. I returned it that same day. Offered a replacement I declined. My Sennheiser and AKG produce quality audio, which is just fine for now. Perhaps I found the reason for the exceptional sale price.
    4 people found this helpful
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    john goyette
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    An Audiophile''s Dream
    Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2021
    The greatest part of music is how it all comes together. Being able to distinguish the highs and lows, the horns and strings, the percussions etc. gets lost in most of todays headphones. Not the X3. I purchased the X3 based on other reviews and WOW!!!! These headphones... See more
    The greatest part of music is how it all comes together. Being able to distinguish the highs and lows, the horns and strings, the percussions etc. gets lost in most of todays headphones. Not the X3. I purchased the X3 based on other reviews and WOW!!!! These headphones are AMAZING. The balanced sound that comes from having separate audio cables for left and right make all the difference to truly experiencing the music you are listening to as if you were listening to it live. If you love music or consider yourself an audiophile you have to get a pair of these. Great job Philips!!!!!
    2 people found this helpful
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    Erick Eduardo Virgen
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Clear Audio
    Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
    I''m no expert when it comes to sound, but so far I''ve use these headphones for music and gaming, sound is clear, no overwhelming bass, can notice different sound and effects that my old regular headphones didn''t pickup, however I do have to mention I hooked them up to an... See more
    I''m no expert when it comes to sound, but so far I''ve use these headphones for music and gaming, sound is clear, no overwhelming bass, can notice different sound and effects that my old regular headphones didn''t pickup, however I do have to mention I hooked them up to an amp for use.
    3 people found this helpful
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    JJ
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Best value n sound quality in $300+ range.
    Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021
    I m so used to it’s predecessor that I cannot change to other brand. I tried Bose( $300+) but returned it n come back to this. Every instruments can be clearly heard/defined. Crisp! Comfortable on ears n light.
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    space1nvaders
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    I love these headphones.
    Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2020
    They sound better than my more expensive Bose QuietComfort and Beats Studio. No comparison. Very high quality in every aspect down to the cable. Just get them. You don''t need a headphone amp either.
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    Phil Lyon
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    In a word................superb
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 29, 2021
    Bought these by user reviews , NOT on so called professional reviews on youtube etc, let me give you some background first. I have listened and owned in the past Philips X2, Sennheiser, 580, 600, 650 and 660, AKG 701, 02 and 12 and K812, variois Grados up to the 325, Stax...See more
    Bought these by user reviews , NOT on so called professional reviews on youtube etc, let me give you some background first. I have listened and owned in the past Philips X2, Sennheiser, 580, 600, 650 and 660, AKG 701, 02 and 12 and K812, variois Grados up to the 325, Stax SR202 with energiser plus others of varying quality but those are the models i think most headphone enthusiasts will be familiar with. Iam running these through Amazon Music HD into my Audiolab M-DAC via USB Furtech cable and then into my Zen can amplifier and using the balanced connection into the X3''s. Iam not using the 3D or X bass function on the Zen can just straight balanced connection using a 2.5mm to 4.4mm pentacon adaptor into the Zen can on 6DB gain. Build quality is excellent, i love the fabric covering as it brings a touch of class to the understated look on these, and yes the heady smell of real leather on the headband, responsibly sourced as well. Cable length is long but i find no negative in that as i do all my listening at home and not on the move, these are not really for portable use. Comfort is very high, ear pads are soft and plush and cossetting, clamp force is quite strong but i find that reassuring, and the issue about the pads riding up under the elasticated band pressure is not something i have encountered. Now onto the sound :) big smile from me as these IMHO are truly superb, sound like a cross between the sennheiser 650 for warmth and mid range and the AKG K712 with its soundstage and bass, using the best bits from both of those and a smattering of qualities from others. Open airy with warmth, bass is excellent, not sure where the negative reviews are coming from with regard to the bass on these, not quite X2 territory but VERY close, soundstage is very wide, imaging is superb, vocals upfront and realistic with lots of "body" much like the Sennheiser 600 series, treble is in no way harsh and the sibilance that has been mentioned before by reviewers on these for female vocals iam not hearing on my 55 year old ears. Treble is detailed and airy with cymbals not having that splashy quality but more tactile and realistic. The bottom line is am i happy with this new purchase, YES! Definitely one of the best if not the best i have heard, a superb balanced headphone that does everything right with outstanding qualities in Soundstage, warmth and imaging. Just wanted to add that like other reviewers these do need running in, out of the box they sounded slightly muddy as others have said but after 30 or so hours have transformed into a beautiful butterfly, stick with them , don''t judge them immediately. I''m always surprised why manufacturers don''t run their headphones in on a test bench before shipping them out, Philips are not the only ones to be fair, AKG are notorious for burning in, just an observation.. .
    Bought these by user reviews , NOT on so called professional reviews on youtube etc, let me give you some background first. I have listened and owned in the past Philips X2, Sennheiser, 580, 600, 650 and 660, AKG 701, 02 and 12 and K812, variois Grados up to the 325, Stax SR202 with energiser plus others of varying quality but those are the models i think most headphone enthusiasts will be familiar with. Iam running these through Amazon Music HD into my Audiolab M-DAC via USB Furtech cable and then into my Zen can amplifier and using the balanced connection into the X3''s. Iam not using the 3D or X bass function on the Zen can just straight balanced connection using a 2.5mm to 4.4mm pentacon adaptor into the Zen can on 6DB gain.

    Build quality is excellent, i love the fabric covering as it brings a touch of class to the understated look on these, and yes the heady smell of real leather on the headband, responsibly sourced as well. Cable length is long but i find no negative in that as i do all my listening at home and not on the move, these are not really for portable use.

    Comfort is very high, ear pads are soft and plush and cossetting, clamp force is quite strong but i find that reassuring, and the issue about the pads riding up under the elasticated band pressure is not something i have encountered.

    Now onto the sound :) big smile from me as these IMHO are truly superb, sound like a cross between the sennheiser 650 for warmth and mid range and the AKG K712 with its soundstage and bass, using the best bits from both of those and a smattering of qualities from others.
    Open airy with warmth, bass is excellent, not sure where the negative reviews are coming from with regard to the bass on these, not quite X2 territory but VERY close, soundstage is very wide, imaging is superb, vocals upfront and realistic with lots of "body" much like the Sennheiser 600 series, treble is in no way harsh and the sibilance that has been mentioned before by reviewers on these for female vocals iam not hearing on my 55 year old ears. Treble is detailed and airy with cymbals not having that splashy quality but more tactile and realistic.

    The bottom line is am i happy with this new purchase, YES! Definitely one of the best if not the best i have heard, a superb balanced headphone that does everything right with outstanding qualities in Soundstage, warmth and imaging.

    Just wanted to add that like other reviewers these do need running in, out of the box they sounded slightly muddy as others have said but after 30 or so hours have transformed into a beautiful butterfly, stick with them , don''t judge them immediately. I''m always surprised why manufacturers don''t run their headphones in on a test bench before shipping them out, Philips are not the only ones to be fair, AKG are notorious for burning in, just an observation..
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    kiddingme?
    3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    just fine…
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 20, 2021
    The sound is fine, It has quite a large soundstage and good instruments separation However,i still prefer enjoying music on my tin hifi p1 The pad is too hot,the wire is stupid long,the headphone is too big,and it is not friendly to people who wear glasses lots of the sound...See more
    The sound is fine, It has quite a large soundstage and good instruments separation However,i still prefer enjoying music on my tin hifi p1 The pad is too hot,the wire is stupid long,the headphone is too big,and it is not friendly to people who wear glasses lots of the sound is coming out the back of headphones(it is an open back design,people really need to consider this before buy it) I think it doesn‘t worth 300 pound,only worth 150pound or even less
    The sound is fine,
    It has quite a large soundstage and good instruments separation
    However,i still prefer enjoying music on my tin hifi p1
    The pad is too hot,the wire is stupid long,the headphone is too big,and it is not friendly to people who wear glasses
    lots of the sound is coming out the back of headphones(it is an open back design,people really need to consider this before buy it)
    I think it doesn‘t worth 300 pound,only worth 150pound or even less
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    OliF
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Fidelio X3, jeden Cent Wert und Klanglich eine Wucht...
    Reviewed in Germany on January 13, 2021
    habe den Kopfhörer nun einige Wochen in Betrieb und auch Vergleiche zu anderen Modellen wie z.B. dem Sennheiser HD 660S oder dem Beyerdynamic Amiron Home. In meinem Fazit ist der Amiron der klare Verlierer und kann klanglich in allen Belangen mit keinem der beiden anderen...See more
    habe den Kopfhörer nun einige Wochen in Betrieb und auch Vergleiche zu anderen Modellen wie z.B. dem Sennheiser HD 660S oder dem Beyerdynamic Amiron Home. In meinem Fazit ist der Amiron der klare Verlierer und kann klanglich in allen Belangen mit keinem der beiden anderen mithalten. Der Fidelio X3 hat ein unbeschreiblich sauberes Klangbild, was besonders bei nicht allzu aggressiver Musik sein Vorteil ist. Der Klang ist angefangen bei der Basswiedergabe und aufgehört bei den höhen vom aller feinsten und es macht richtig Spaß diesen Hörer zum Audiophilen hören zu nutzen. Wer aber lieber und ausschließlich auf harte Töne abfährt, für den ist der Sennheiser wohl eher die erste Wahl. Nicht nur weil dieser lauter spielt, sondern auch, weil er durch die Impedanz eher in diese Richtung geht. Ich habe beide im Wechsel im Betrieb und bin von beiden Hellauf begeistert. Ich finde, wenn die Musik zum Genießen und in moderater Lautstärke gehört wird, ist der Fidelio X3 eine Empfehlung Wert.
    habe den Kopfhörer nun einige Wochen in Betrieb und auch Vergleiche zu anderen Modellen wie z.B. dem Sennheiser HD 660S oder dem Beyerdynamic Amiron Home. In meinem Fazit ist der Amiron der klare Verlierer und kann klanglich in allen Belangen mit keinem der beiden anderen mithalten. Der Fidelio X3 hat ein unbeschreiblich sauberes Klangbild, was besonders bei nicht allzu aggressiver Musik sein Vorteil ist. Der Klang ist angefangen bei der Basswiedergabe und aufgehört bei den höhen vom aller feinsten und es macht richtig Spaß diesen Hörer zum Audiophilen hören zu nutzen. Wer aber lieber und ausschließlich auf harte Töne abfährt, für den ist der Sennheiser wohl eher die erste Wahl. Nicht nur weil dieser lauter spielt, sondern auch, weil er durch die Impedanz eher in diese Richtung geht. Ich habe beide im Wechsel im Betrieb und bin von beiden Hellauf begeistert. Ich finde, wenn die Musik zum Genießen und in moderater Lautstärke gehört wird, ist der Fidelio X3 eine Empfehlung Wert.
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    IRMIS
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Fantastic sound
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 8, 2021
    I love this sound
    I love this sound
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    123BINSOFREI
    3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Es war einmal ...
    Reviewed in Germany on March 2, 2021
    ... eine Firma in Holland, die einen tollen Kopfhörer gebar, und zwar den Philips Fidelio x1. Klanglich eine Perle, denn mit einem warmen, typischen Badewannesound lud er zum stundenlangen Musikhören ein und entzückte die große Heerschar von Kopfhörerenthusiasten. Leider...See more
    ... eine Firma in Holland, die einen tollen Kopfhörer gebar, und zwar den Philips Fidelio x1. Klanglich eine Perle, denn mit einem warmen, typischen Badewannesound lud er zum stundenlangen Musikhören ein und entzückte die große Heerschar von Kopfhörerenthusiasten. Leider fielen das Drumherum wie ein abscheuliches und wirklich klangverschlechterndes Anschlußkabel und die extrem schlechte 3,5mm Kopfhörerbuchse an der linken Ohrkapsel schon bald negativ auf. Auch waren die Ohrpolster in der europäischen Version geklebt, während man diese auf dem amerikanischen Kontinent und in Asien auswechseln konnte, da gesteckt statt geklebt. Dann folgten alsbald die mk- Versionen, sprich x2 und noch später X2HR, die mit besserem Kabel und wechselbaren Ohrpolstern weitere tausende Liebhaber für den typischen und sogar noch leicht verbesserten Philipssound fanden. Doch bitteschön, was hat die Leute von Philips oder wer auch immer geritten, so einen Nachfolger, den X3 unter''s Volk zu werfen ? Wenn man denn bei um die 270,- Euro noch von Wurfware sprechen kann. Angefangen von der doch recht merkwürdig anmutenden Materialzusammenstellung beim Kopfhörer ist z.B. auch das proprietäre Anschlußsystem zu nennen, welches es bis dato unmöglich macht(e ?), ein vernünftiges Replacement Kabel dafür zu erwerben für den normalen unsymetrischen 3,5 oder 6,3mm Klinkenanschluß. Und Ersatzkabel dafür sowie Ersatzohrpolster sind, wie auch beim Vorgänger X2(HR), natürlich bis jetzt nicht von oder über Philips zu erhalten. Ich habe nun diesen X3 mit einem recht neuen Sennheiser HD560s (um die 190,- Euro), dem alten X2, einem Hifiman Sundara so wie einem BD T1, 2. Gen. (ausgeliehen von einem Freund) vergleichen können mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch meinen Bruder. Jeweils angeschlossen am Burson Audio Soloisten KHV und einem dazwischengeschalteten und auch abschaltbaren Schiit Loki 4-fach Analogequalizer ergab sich folgendes Testergebnis in Summe aller relevanten Eigenschaften wie Klang, Auflösung, Räumlichkeit, Material, Verarbeitung, aber auch Ressourcenschonung durch wechselbare und nachkaufbare Ersatzteile wie Anschlußkabel, Ohrpolster, Kopfbandpolster etc. Der X3 landete auf dem 4. Platz. Nicht weil er grundsätzlich nicht gut klingt, nein, wer den Philipssound vom X2 mag oder mochte, wird auch den vom X3 mögen, trotz seiner um ein wenig engerer "Im Kopf" Lokalisation. Summa summarum stellte er für uns keine nicht nur klangliche Verbesserung zum eindeutig wertigeren X2(HR) dar, sondern eher auf Grund seiner Ausrüstung mit proprietären Teilen wie die Kabel und Ohrpolster ein Rückschritt unserer Meinung nach. Als drittplatzierter ist der Hifiman Sundara zu nennen, der nicht nur von der Auflösung her gesehen mit neutralerem Klang und besserer Hochtonauflösung dem X3 den Schneid abkaufte, sondern auch durch die Möglichkeit, diverse Ohrpolster original oder von Drittanbietern auf diesen aufziehen zu können neben der Tatsache, daß unendlich viele Original- und Replacementkabel für den Sundara auf dem Markt sind. Das gleiche gilt sowohl für den zweitplazierten KH, wenn auch sehr knapp, den T1, 2. Gen. vor dem Sieger, dem Sennheiser HD560s. Gut, bei meinem Bruder lag der T1 zwar klangtechnisch und von der Materialanmutung noch ein wenig vor dem Senni, aber dafür ist der Hd560s mindestens um die Hälfte günstiger als der mittlerweile preiswerter gewordene T1, 2. Gen.. Für mich der erste Sennheiser Kopfhörer, der bei mir bleibt, da ich klanglich nichts, aber auch gar nichts daran auszusetzen habe, vor allem die Räumlichkeit ist schon echt frappierend, schon toll, was aus so winzigen, angeblich vollkommenen neu entwickelten 36mm Treibern für ein gewaltiges Pfund rauskommt. Und er läßt sich prima mit einem Equalizer noch so verfeinern, daß es passt für jede Art von Musik und Filmen. Für mich jedenfalls war die Erfahrung mit dem Philips X3 nicht das Gelbe vom Ei, dem X2 (oder auch HR) gleich, wenn nicht sogar schlechter vom Gesamtkonzept, aber auch die X2 Variante als auch der Sundara sind mittlerweile nicht mehr bei mir. Sie haben mit dem HD560s Ihren (vorläufigen, man weiß ja nie) Meister gefunden. In diesem Sinne ...
    ... eine Firma in Holland, die einen tollen Kopfhörer gebar, und zwar den Philips Fidelio x1. Klanglich eine Perle, denn mit einem warmen, typischen Badewannesound lud er zum stundenlangen Musikhören ein und entzückte die große Heerschar von Kopfhörerenthusiasten. Leider fielen das Drumherum wie ein abscheuliches und wirklich klangverschlechterndes Anschlußkabel und die extrem schlechte 3,5mm Kopfhörerbuchse an der linken Ohrkapsel schon bald negativ auf. Auch waren die Ohrpolster in der europäischen Version geklebt, während man diese auf dem amerikanischen Kontinent und in Asien auswechseln konnte, da gesteckt statt geklebt. Dann folgten alsbald die mk- Versionen, sprich x2 und noch später X2HR, die mit besserem Kabel und wechselbaren Ohrpolstern weitere tausende Liebhaber für den typischen und sogar noch leicht verbesserten Philipssound fanden. Doch bitteschön, was hat die Leute von Philips oder wer auch immer geritten, so einen Nachfolger, den X3 unter''s Volk zu werfen ? Wenn man denn bei um die 270,- Euro noch von Wurfware sprechen kann. Angefangen von der doch recht merkwürdig anmutenden Materialzusammenstellung beim Kopfhörer ist z.B. auch das proprietäre Anschlußsystem zu nennen, welches es bis dato unmöglich macht(e ?), ein vernünftiges Replacement Kabel dafür zu erwerben für den normalen unsymetrischen 3,5 oder 6,3mm Klinkenanschluß. Und Ersatzkabel dafür sowie Ersatzohrpolster sind, wie auch beim Vorgänger X2(HR), natürlich bis jetzt nicht von oder über Philips zu erhalten. Ich habe nun diesen X3 mit einem recht neuen Sennheiser HD560s (um die 190,- Euro), dem alten X2, einem Hifiman Sundara so wie einem BD T1, 2. Gen. (ausgeliehen von einem Freund) vergleichen können mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch meinen Bruder. Jeweils angeschlossen am Burson Audio Soloisten KHV und einem dazwischengeschalteten und auch abschaltbaren Schiit Loki 4-fach Analogequalizer ergab sich folgendes Testergebnis in Summe aller relevanten Eigenschaften wie Klang, Auflösung, Räumlichkeit, Material, Verarbeitung, aber auch Ressourcenschonung durch wechselbare und nachkaufbare Ersatzteile wie Anschlußkabel, Ohrpolster, Kopfbandpolster etc. Der X3 landete auf dem 4. Platz. Nicht weil er grundsätzlich nicht gut klingt, nein, wer den Philipssound vom X2 mag oder mochte, wird auch den vom X3 mögen, trotz seiner um ein wenig engerer "Im Kopf" Lokalisation. Summa summarum stellte er für uns keine nicht nur klangliche Verbesserung zum eindeutig wertigeren X2(HR) dar, sondern eher auf Grund seiner Ausrüstung mit proprietären Teilen wie die Kabel und Ohrpolster ein Rückschritt unserer Meinung nach. Als drittplatzierter ist der Hifiman Sundara zu nennen, der nicht nur von der Auflösung her gesehen mit neutralerem Klang und besserer Hochtonauflösung dem X3 den Schneid abkaufte, sondern auch durch die Möglichkeit, diverse Ohrpolster original oder von Drittanbietern auf diesen aufziehen zu können neben der Tatsache, daß unendlich viele Original- und Replacementkabel für den Sundara auf dem Markt sind. Das gleiche gilt sowohl für den zweitplazierten KH, wenn auch sehr knapp, den T1, 2. Gen. vor dem Sieger, dem Sennheiser HD560s.
    Gut, bei meinem Bruder lag der T1 zwar klangtechnisch und von der Materialanmutung noch ein wenig vor dem Senni, aber dafür ist der Hd560s mindestens um die Hälfte günstiger als der mittlerweile preiswerter gewordene T1, 2. Gen.. Für mich der erste Sennheiser Kopfhörer, der bei mir bleibt, da ich klanglich nichts, aber auch gar nichts daran auszusetzen habe, vor allem die Räumlichkeit ist schon echt frappierend, schon toll, was aus so winzigen, angeblich vollkommenen neu entwickelten 36mm Treibern für ein gewaltiges Pfund rauskommt. Und er läßt sich prima mit einem Equalizer noch so verfeinern, daß es passt für jede Art von Musik und Filmen. Für mich jedenfalls war die Erfahrung mit dem Philips X3 nicht das Gelbe vom Ei, dem X2 (oder auch HR) gleich, wenn nicht sogar schlechter vom Gesamtkonzept, aber auch die X2 Variante als auch der Sundara sind mittlerweile nicht mehr bei mir. Sie haben mit dem HD560s Ihren (vorläufigen, man weiß ja nie) Meister gefunden.
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