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Promoted 01-20-2016 by johnny_miller at 02:42 PM View Original Post
Massdrop has Philips Fidelio X2 Headphones for $199.99. Shipping is $5. Thanks rockedya

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Massdrop is a group buying site where the final price is determined by the number of purchases so the final price may end up being lower (not higher). You will not be charged until 1/27 when the group buy ends and product will be shipped around 2/10/16. -johnny_miller


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Edited January 20, 2016 at 03:00 PM by rockedya

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Philips' response to the difference in manufacturing:

"Dear forum users and readers,

recently we have seen some posts discussing variations in the Philips Fidelio X2 headphones. In response to that we'd like to inform you as follows.
Our extensive testing has shown that Philips Fidelio X2 headphones continue to meet our stringent quality requirements, including those on acoustic performance. However, as part of our approach to continuous product improvement there have been following modifications:

- Ear cushions are fixed by glue in individual batches:
In an attempt to improve the manufacturing process, glue was added to the pins which support the Philips Fidelio X2 headphone's removable cushions. Acoustic testing showed that this did not impact sound quality, however this modification proved excessive leading to some cushions not being detachable from the headphones in individual cases. For that reason, it has since been removed from the production process.

- Differences in ear cushion material:
A more durable and consistent material was applied in later batches of ear cushion production. A slight color change is visible, but both old and new materials deliver the same acoustic performance
- Variations in sound quality for headphones produced at different times:
The acoustic tuning has not changed since the Philips Fidelio X2 headphones were introduced, and all products have been tested against identical golden samples.

- Hi-Res Audio logo is only present on the packaging of later batches:
All Philips Fidelio X2 headphones meet the stringent Hi-Res Audio requirements. Confirmation of accreditation was received in April 2015, and since then all packaging printed bears the logo.

As has always been the case, Philips Fidelio X2 headphones is only produced in our authorized and quality controlled factories, and this will continue in line with our high standards.

We are proud of the quality and performance of the Philips Fidelio X2.
If you own the product and have any further questions about the X2, we kindly invite you to contact us via phone or email, our colleagues will be more than happy to answer. You will find the contact information following this link and navigating to the "contact us" page of your respective country
Your Philips Sound team"
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hopefully everyone has already forgotten about the last time....
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that batch from amazon was horrible just look at how many used ones amazon warehouse is selling now and item is under review on amazon might be a manufacturing issue
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Quote from Echostrike View Post :
hopefully everyone has already forgotten about the last time....
Yea it was rough. I was lucky to get a pair that wasn't from gibson. I did find this post []
from Philips addressing the issue. Basically, they added glue to make it more durable, saw the backlash and reverted the change so if these are from the new production you should be in the clear.
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I loved mine... but I shipped it back because of the glue issue as well. I'm thinking of picking up another pair but... I may just buy something else instead. HM... too many options.
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Man I hope the SHP9500 go on sale soon.
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the x2 is the best headphone under $200 period. it can competes with the $300+ Headphones such as the hd600 and 650, and it's portable. it's miles ahead of the m50x and hd 598.
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Quote from rockedya View Post :
Yea it was rough. I was lucky to get a pair that wasn't from gibson. I did find this post []
from Philips addressing the issue. Basically, they added glue to make it more durable, saw the backlash and reverted the change so if these are from the new production you should be in the clear.
I bought mine with No-Rush shipping and ended up with a good pair. Seems like it only took them a week to remedy the situation.
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Quote from magget49 View Post :
Man I hope the SHP9500 go on sale soon.
Me too, and I already own the X2's. I'd like a pseudo-portable set that I'm less afraid of breaking. I'm also curious to see what differences there are in terms of sound quality (aside from the better bass of the X2). Problem is, the SHP9500's have been discontinued; don't expect them to go on sale anytime soon, because they don't have much old stock they need to clear out.
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In for one. Was looking at the dt-990 deal but I heard these are better. Lowest price I've seen the X2. Cant wait til the drop is done.
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Heard so many good things about these as being a fun headphone and have good sense of presence when gaming with them. I have HE400 which I enjoy a lot and been thinking of getting these for a while. May as well join the jump and not worry about having to upgrade my magni+modi stack for a while.
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Contacted Philips. Since the "new" earpads are supposed to be more durable, I figured I'd try to get a pair. Apparently they're still not producing replacement earpads. But if you purchased these recently, you probably got one of the new batch versions.

Me: Could you let me know which serial numbers are from the new batch?

Customer Service: Any number beginning with or higher they P1YA1515
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I have both. To be honest, I like M50x more. a bit lighter so sits more comfortable on my head. Also, I like M50x sound a bit more, more punch to the low frequency.
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If you're used to open headphones, do note that the bass on these are going to be very jarring. They have more bass than a lot of closed headphones, especially at first. 2 weeks in and my pair is still breaking in. Bass is becoming more tolerable and less booming and very fatiguing. Sound is highly colored and reminds me of Grados. Voices are starting to cut through better but still aren't as clear as I would like. Spatials are good, but definitely not as airy as some (pointing towards Audio Technica). Honestly, they're too bass heavy for me, but depending on your listening preferences you might really enjoy these. They're definitely no where close to a reference headphone, but they're also not advertised that way.

I wouldn't say these are the best (at least for my tastes) under $200, but they're as close as you're going to get to a compromise between an open and closed headphone. That's their real strength and if that's what you're looking for, they're a great deal. If you traditionally favor the sound of open headphones, you may be disappointed here, but are definitely a great purchase for the closed headphone listener who wants better spatials.
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