The Philips X2/27 Fidelio promises to heroically put to rest the criticism caused by the few but daunting faults of its predecessor, the X1, launched only a year before. While it hasn’t really done much to set itself apart in terms of design and style, and an untrained eye would be unable to tell the X2 and the X1 apart, this latest Fidelio headset has certainly shown fans that Philips gives a hoot, and a big one at that, about what they think makes a good sound and a comfy headset.
These are full-size, open, over-ear headphones with a balanced sound that doesn’t necessarily agree with what a sonically impressive speaker should yield, technically speaking, yet it’s about as close to that absolute, ear titillating sound your ears crave as you can get.
Build Quality & Design
To show that buyers have the final say in what Philips should dish out on the sound crazed market, the company clad the Fidelio X2 in removable ear-cushions and gave its headband a bit more leeway for those of us with an exceptionally large noggin. The X1, by comparison, had non-removable cushions, so once your cat had a whiff of your headphones, their days would have been numbered. They also had a headband most taller, more cerebrally endowed people would have struggled with.