Philips Fidelio x3 vs x2hr headphones, Which is best?

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    Philips Fidelio x3 vs x2hr

    Today we are comparing the Philips Fidelio x3 vs. x2hr; the X3 looks a modern update to their aesthetic and sound. The Fidelio x3 had much to prove because it comes at a high 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 Fidelio x3 comes in does not compare to the current pricing of the x2hr, which was released back in 2014.

    PHILIPS Fidelio X3 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones for Recording & Mixing Wired Over The Ear Open-Back Headphones, Multi-Layer 50mm Diaphragms, Hi-Res Music Studio Headset, Premium Finishing
    • 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.

    Fit and Finish

    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 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 compared 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, and the inputs are split for more flexibility. They include a 3.4-millimeter cable and an additional 2.4mm as well. We do not like 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 CableCreation 3.5mm Cable(6FT/1.8M) 3.5mm Audio Cable Male to Male, 1/8 Auxiliary Stereo Aux Cord Compatible with Headphones,Car,Speaker,iPods, iPads,Echo,Soundbox,Hi-Fi system from a third-party brand. Both of these Phillips open can headphones would match up nicely with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface.

    PHILIPS Fidelio X2HR Over The Ear Open Back wired Headphone 50mm Drivers- Black Professional Studio Monitor Headphones with Detachable Cable
    • Hi-res Audio Certified with extended response frequencies
    • Engineered double layered ear-shells with pre-tilted speaker plates
    • 50 mm high definition neodymium drivers with LMC diaphragm
    • Acoustic open-back architecture
    • Replaceable deluxe memory foam ear-pads with breathable velour finishing


    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 significant 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?

    Michael Ocejo ( Editor-in-chief )

    Michael loves audio production. He especially enjoys the technical aspect of making music sound good! Michael also loves spending time with his friends and family and enjoying parties.

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