Philips Fidelio x3 vs x2hr

Philips Fidelio x3 vs x2hr Buyers guide- Which is better?

Today we are comparing the Philips Fidelio x3 vs x2hr, the X3 looks to be a modern update to their aesthetic and sound.

The Fidelio x3 had much to prove because it comes at a big price for an open back dynamic headphone.

The price is premium, no doubt about it, and quickly does away with the notion of value for your dollar.

The price that the Fidelio x3 comes in does not compare to the current pricing of the x2hr which was released back in 2014.

Philips Fidelio x3 vs x2hr
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Philips Fidelio X3
Philips Fidelio X3 Wired Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones, Multi-Layer...
Philips Fidelio x2hr
Philips X2HR Fidelio Over Ear Headphone, Black
Product
Philips Fidelio X3 Wired Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones, Multi-Layer...
Philips X2HR Fidelio Over Ear Headphone, Black
Product Dimensions
4.72 x 9.45 x 12.6 inches
4.3 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
Speaker diameter
50mm
50 mm
Impedance
30 Ohm
30 Ohm
Frequency response
5 - 40,000 Hz
5 - 40,000 Hz
Philips Fidelio X3
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Philips Fidelio X3 Wired Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones, Multi-Layer...
Product
Philips Fidelio X3 Wired Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones, Multi-Layer...
Product Dimensions
4.72 x 9.45 x 12.6 inches
Speaker diameter
50mm
Impedance
30 Ohm
Frequency response
5 - 40,000 Hz
Philips Fidelio x2hr
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Philips X2HR Fidelio Over Ear Headphone, Black
Product
Philips X2HR Fidelio Over Ear Headphone, Black
Product Dimensions
4.3 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
Speaker diameter
50 mm
Impedance
30 Ohm
Frequency response
5 - 40,000 Hz

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Fit and Finish

we are going to go over on the fit and finish of both models of headphones.

The x2hr in our opinion was a bit dated and seeing a change to the aesthetics is a welcome change.

The specifications are similar but the X3 is going for that more posh look and feel.

The Fidelio x3 upgrades to a fine Scottish leather finish, one negative to think about is that you will possibly notice more wear and tear with time.

Ear Pads and drivers

The removable memory foam ear pads on the Fidelio x3 have no visible or material changes in comparison to the ones offered on the x2hr.

The drivers remain similar in size between both headphones at 50 millimeters.

Body Changes

The body on the X3 remains somewhat basic, the ear cups, unfortunately, do not come with swivels.

The X3 has an upgraded fabric on the outside of the ear cups vs the x2hr which used metal.

The text on the outer ear cups on the x3 has been done away for a more sleek and clean look and feel.

Connections and Cables

The connections on the X3 are as follows, the inputs are split for more flexibility. They include a 3.4-millimeter cable and an additional 2.4mm as well.

What we do not like is the extra-long cable coming in at 10ft which can be a challenge for portability. Luckily it’s easy to get around this minor caveat.

You could always purchase a shorter audio cable from a third party brand.

Both of these Phillips open can headphones would match up nicely with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface.

Summary

The Fidelio X3 low power requirements are a big plus if you plan to use these headphones for multiple applications.

You can easily hear great music with these, use them for gaming as an example, flexible. There is a large price difference between the Philips Fidelio x3 vs x2hr.

We feel that if you have a pair of x2’s and feel they sound great, then the x3 is not for you.

If you like the upgraded leather finish for material and the cleaner look without text on the cans, go for the X3’s. If headphones are not your thing, can we introduce you to a portable Bluetooth speaker?