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Philips Fidelio X1/28 Premium Over-Ear Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer - 2013 Model)
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- Acoustic open-back architecture for pristine audio fidelity
- Pre-tilted drivers fit the ears for minimal sound reflection
- Deluxe memory foam earpads for long-wearing comfort
- Double layered ear-shells engineered to reduce resonance and vibration, bringing you flawless sound with genuine precision and uncompromised detail
- Specially tuned diaphragm maintains uniform sound precision
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Immerse yourself in a high-fidelity, comfortable listening experience with the Fidelio X1 Headphones from Philips. Featuring powerful 50-millimeter drivers and open-back architecture, the Fidelio X1 is designed to provide natural sound that is detailed and precise. And with premium memory foam, velvet-wrapped earpads and a self-adjustable air hammock that provides a perfect fit, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite music for hours in comfort.
X1 headphones contain 50-millimeter drivers for balanced, natural sound.
Tilted, open-back shell design delivers immersive sound. View larger.
Open-Back Architecture for Smooth, Pristine Audio
Philips designed the Fidelio X1 Headphones with an acoustic open-back architecture that eliminates air pressure buildup behind the driver so the diaphragm can move freely for a more transparent and smooth sound. The X1 also uses 50-millimeter neodymium drivers that have been tuned and tested to provide dynamic sound reproduction, from balanced, crisp bass to pristine highs.
Tilted Ear Shells Provide Immersive Sound
The double-layered ear shells reduce resonance and dampen vibrations. They tilt at a 15-degree angle so audio is directly channeled into your ears for a dynamic and immersive listening experience.
Breathable Ear Pads and Memory Foam for Comfort
Philips chose high-quality materials to craft a design that stays comfortable during long listening sessions. Memory foam earpads are covered with a highly breathable velour material, keeping your ears cool and comfortable.
The headphones provide a secure fit that doesn't pinch thanks to a self-adjustable lightweight hammock that uses an airy 3D mesh for breathability.
High-Quality Construction for Durability
The X1 is constructed of natural, high quality materials, beginning with lustrous aluminum components that give the headphones a substantive, elegant look and feel. The genuine calf leather headband provides style in addition to quality, and a detachable, 3-meter, oxygen-free cable ensures a high-quality signal. The X1 comes with a dedicated cable management clip to keep your cable tangle free.
A 6.3-to-3.5-millimeter adapter plug is included so you can use the headphones with both your home stereo device as well as with portable devices such as iPods and iPhones that use a stereo miniplug.
With a proud history in technology, including the invention of the compact audio tape cassette and the CD, Philips is committed to understanding and meeting the needs and desires of consumers. With over 50,000 registered patents, Philips is a global leader in innovation, receiving numerous international design and acoustics awards every year.
What's in the Box
X1 headphones, adapter plug (6.3 - 3.5 mm), and cable clip.
Fidelio X1 Headphones
At a Glance:
- Acoustic open-back architecture for sound clarity
- Powerful 50-millimeter neodymium drivers
- Pre-tilted drivers directly channel audio into your ears
- Memory foam earpads and breathable material for comfort
- Genuine calf leather headband and aluminum construction for durability
Hi-tech design for optimal audio. View larger.
Philips Fidelio Headphones
|Drivers||40mm Neodymium||40mm Neodymium||50mm Neodymium|
|Ideal For||Outdoor Listening||Indoor Listening||Indoor or Outdoor Listening|
Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
The Fidelio X1 fits the mid-fi range of headphones, yet the sound signature is basically suited to my specific tastes like no other headphone I've owned has ever had. It offers a clean, energetic, yet bassy sound, that almost no other open backed headphone has ever touched. Open backed headphones tend to lose a lot of it's bass due to the lack of seal, but the magicians at Philips somehow managed to give the X1 a full and lively bass response that is more akin to closed back headphones.
If you're in the market for a headphone with a large soundstage, added bass response, clean and linear mids up to the treble (with some sparkle), the X1 should be on the top of anyone's list. My only complaints are:
1. The pads aren't user replaceable, so you may have to contact Philips once the pads go bad.
2. The stock, removable cable, while stunningly beautiful, is a bad match with the X1. It has a high resistance (somewhere along 1.8ohms), which can muddy up the sound and bottleneck the performance. Find a cheap alternative (like the In-akustik Star Series MP3 Stereo Extension Audio Cable, which btw has the wrong image for the 9.8ft listing on Amazon) which has a lower ohm spec (AFAIK it's around 0.2ohm). I'm currently using a Mediabridge 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable which works quite well and doesn't choke the X1's signature. It also has a low resistance.
Again, the Fidelio X1 is for those that want an all-purpose, fun, comfortable, generally easy to drive headphone. If you like a balanced sound but want just a a bit more bass than neutral without sacrificing quality elsewhere, the X1 is it.Read more ›
I have owned these headphones for a year now, and I still love their sound as much as I did when I first got them. In fact, this year I purchased a pair of Sony MDR-1RBT headphones. The only reason for this was I wanted a pair of closed headphones that I could wear outside of the house that don't leak what I am listening to. While they sound good and I am happy with them, they don't compete with the Philips Fidelio. While the Sony's are at a immediate disadvantage since they are fully closed, and the Philips are open, the sound-stage and clarity of the Philips is just simply amazing. I will say the Sony's are a little bit more comfortable because they are lighter and the ear cups are a very soft leather.
If you are still looking at the Fidelio X1's at full price (around $250 right now), I would suggest spending the extra $50 and getting the Fidelio X2's for the improvements on that model. If you can catch the X1's on sale for $200 or under, I would stay with them at that price point.
I know I won't be replacing or retiring my Fidelio headphones for a very long time. Still very highly recommended!
I do not like writing wordy reviews, so this will be by far the longest review I have written. However, I hope my review is not too long-winded and gets straight to the point. My review is intended for someone on the fence about buying these headphones to give them a shot.
I own another "mainstream" set of headphones in the Sol Republic Master Tracks, so when I reference the differences I noticed with the Fidelio headphones, I am referring to those.Read more ›
The sound coming out of these things is just so damn impressive, the bass is so detailed and the mids and highs are are just where they should be. The balance is great and will ensure you can listen to music for hours and hours and not get bored - ultimately I was just left listening to the music and rocking my head. If you are a just a dude like me looking to get a premium set of headphones then these are THE be all and end all. Just for reference I have AKG 240s, Audio technica Pro500s and some JTS-535s for comparison and these blow the rest of them out of the water with nothing left to drink. I have also tried some Beyerdynamic T1s from a friend and these phones are honestly in the same league as well ($250 vs $800+).
The build quality is phenomenal, quality components used, they come boxed really well, however let me list a few things to consider:
*Cable it comes with although looks good is terrible, it WILL make the phones sound horrible - replace it asap
*Although really comfortable for my medium sized head, people with larger heads may have problems with too tight a fit.
*People with glasses may also have trouble as these fit pretty firmly (although they are very comfortable).
*The pads are non-replaceable however they feel like they will last a very long time and maybe just need an alcohol wipe to clean them from time to time.
They work well straight from the computer and also work well from portable players too, and work well on pretty much everything else. I usually never do reviews, and the sound from these just impressed me so much. Great work Phillips.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Man, I ordered these thinking that the whole audiophile thing was just hype and I could not have been more wrong. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Gabriel
Garbage head phones! Sound is so low and the range is not acceptable for the price. Don't even try to compare these to Beats or any other high end headphones. Avoid.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
As an open back headphone I was expecting to need to use the inbuilt equalizer in my Fiio Alpen E17 DAC and headphone amplifier to boost up the bass as was needed with my Philips... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just bought a pre-owned but perfect like new condition of these headphones. I had read and watched online several reviews so i bought them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by An Innocent Bystander
Great set of cans. Feels comfortable on the ears even after hours of use. (I use them for gaming).
Not a diehard audiophile, but I am very satisfied with the sound quality.
I will have to update this as i go along.
i bought these to replace Sony MDRv6 headphones to use mainly for gaming. Read more
Burnt in for about a week (not that I particularly believe in burn in, but I do it nonetheless because what's the harm? Read morePublished 5 months ago by PlayingWithFire