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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"