Best Philips Fidelio X2 Black Friday Deals 2021

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Our Verdict
These entertaining, comfortable cans are really worth a look-in

Smooth, neutral sound
Taut, punchy bass
Good insight
Tough competition
The Philips Fidelio X2s headphones have a major reputation to surpass. Their predecessors, the X1s, went right to the leaderboard on the debut, however, superior-sounding cans from AKG and Grado have since cast a shadow on them.

So, do the X2s have what must be done for Philips to steal the limelight back from its rivals?

MORE: Philips Fidelio X1 review


Philips has decided against heading back to the drawing board for the winning formula, instead opting to tweak its existing model.

The X2s have new drivers, designed to use the multi-layered diaphragm technology introduced in the brand’s S2 in-ears. This, it claims, gives more accurate bass response and a cleaner, more transparent treble.

The jack is currently 3.5mm too, though a 6.3mm adapter is roofed.


The cosmetic changes aren’t drastic either, and taking after their beautiful, solidly built predecessors, the X2s feature mesh open-back ear cups; foam, velour-covered ear pads to die for; and a detachable (3m) cable and clip.

The leather headband is really as strong as ever and the familiar mesh band sits below for your comfort.

The X2s certainly are a classy all-black affair and regarding build, comfort and looks, they sit at the very top the sub-£300 heap. However, if you haven’t already guessed, they are not the sort of headphones to use on-the-go.

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We’re glad (albeit not surprised) to listen to the X1s’ spacious and smooth sound come has been preserved in the X2s, in particular when it’s offered extra dollops of detail, clarity and solidity.

It’s a hugely listenable sound. There’s good instrument separation and insight throughout, and their precise, organised manner isn’t a trade off for punch.

They tackle the demanding rhythmic pattern of Michael Jackson’s HOW YOU Make Me Feel easily.

Each note is punctual in the cohesive presentation and the drubbing bassline drives the track with aplomb. There’s bite to the proceedings too and dynamics are rendered confidently.

Vocals are packed with feeling and cymbals wash outrageous with precise detail. If anything, the total amount is slightly bottom-heavy, nevertheless, you can’t fault the X2s’ taut, tuneful and manipulated quality.

They don’t quite have the dynamic subtlety or transparency to trouble rivals including the Grado SR325es, which launch themselves in to the jaunty piano chords with an increase of exuberance and attack.

Still, the Philips Fidelio X2s are worthy alternatives. And if you’re looking for unrivalled comfort and an eye-pleasing design {on top o

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