Soon after my quick look at the Philips PH805 headphones was published, news came of the company releasing a successor to the wildly successful Fidelio X2/X2HR in the form of the new Fidelio X3. My local contact sought to make sure I covered the product here, and we all know what happened next. Months of limbo later, yours truly is settled in again for reviews, and it just so happened that the UK arm of Philips had the same idea. So here we are with our first full review of a Philips product on TechPowerUp, and thanks again to the company for loaning a review unit to TechPowerUp!
The Fidelio X2HR is one of my go-to headphones, so much so that I have actively been using it for listening to audio and quick changeovers to online meetings with an Antlion ModMic USB, which works so well with the magnetic mesh lining on the headphones that you don't need any sticky pads for permanent installation. It is one of the most comfortable and neutral-sounding headphones I have in my possession currently, and there is added warmth with some bass boost that I was not expecting either. It is not the most accurate set of cans, however, and when Philips mentioned that the Fidelio X3 was designed with accuracy in mind foremost my interest was piqued. Let's see how these sound as we begin the review with a look at the product specifications in the table below.
|Philips Fidelio X3 Headphones|
|Speaker Diameter:||50 mm|
|Sensitivity:||100 dB @ 1mW|
|Maximum Power Input:||500 mW|
|Frequency Response:||5–40,000 Hz|
|Dimensions:||11 (L) x 19 (W) x 23 (H) mm|
|Weight:||380 g / 0.84 lbs.|
|Cables:||Split 3.5 mm (L/R) to 3.5 mm TRS, split 3.5 mm (L/R) to balanced 2.5 mm TRRS, and 3.5 mm to 6.3 mm adapter plug|
|Cable Length:||10 ft / 3 m|