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Acoustic open-back architecture
Engineered double layered ear-shells with pre-tilted speaker plates
50 mm high definition neodymium drivers with LMC diaphragm
Hi-Res Audio certified with extended response frequencies
Replaceable deluxe memory foam ear-pads with breathable velour finishing
Lightweight self-adjustable hammock with 3D Mesh and genuine leather outer headband
3. 5mm detachable oxygen-free cable (3m), 3. 5 mm to 6. 3 mm adapter and cable management clip included

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Oh, and from what I read, k702 are best used for music editing. They are very flat and have amazing soundstage.
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Fidelio was Andre's safe word in the "fake" fight with Pete in the League.
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I have this I like hd598 better than this one open can
Opposite for me.

Listened to these and the 598 back to back for about 20 minutes. The Fidelios blow the 598's out of the water! These actually have some bass and a sound-stage. The 598's sounded tinny in comparison.

Now the HD650's? Those are great headphones. While these may be more fun, the HD650's are a better headphone for sound quality....
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I believe this is considered semi open and it was excellent soundstage. You can tell where people are
These are FULLY open
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You won't find a better pair of headphones at this price range. Great bass for open headphones, fantastic sound stage, non-fatiguing highs and mids, and maybe most importantly is they're easy to drive, unlike a Sennheiser HD6XX series.
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Opposite for me.

Listened to these and the 598 back to back for about 20 minutes. The Fidelios blow the 598's out of the water! These actually have some bass and a sound-stage. The 598's sounded tinny in comparison.

Now the HD650's? Those are great headphones. While these may be more fun, the HD650's are a better headphone for sound quality....
I'd argue these are equally as good as the HD650 but they do sound different. The HD650 have a more neutral sound with more pronounced highs and mids relative to its bass. The X2's on the other hand are more warm and have punchier bass with slightly reserved highs and mids. The HD650 are also difficult to drive and require a DAC/AMP to get the most out of them. I think depending on what you're using them for and which kind of sound signature you like, both are equally great a choice.
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I'd argue these are equally as good as the HD650 but they do sound different. The HD650 have a more neutral sound with more pronounced highs and mids relative to its bass. The X2's on the other hand are more warm and have punchier bass with slightly reserved highs and mids. The HD650 are also difficult to drive and require a DAC/AMP to get the most out of them. I think depending on what you're using them for and which kind of sound signature you like, both are equally great a choice.
I've heard you can amp these and they would be incredible
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These are FULLY open
My mistake, I even own them. I don't know what classifies as semi open. All I know is that I was floored to hear that level of bass from an open can
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fantastic for gaming! still using this one Smilie
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Currently using HyperX Cloud 2's for gaming. Will upgrading to these be worth the price? Anyone have experience using open back headphones for gaming that can give their thoughts ot it?
I have these as well as the phillips shp9500s. The biggest thing that comes with open back headphones is an increased sound stage, you can accurately place where things are coming from better. However, they sacrifice things like bass to do this.

If i'm being honest i still use my 9500s over the fidelios just because they are a lot more comfortable and I actually think the sound stage is a little better on them but the fidelio has a bit better bass.

I think it depends on the games you play, if you aren't super competitve, the cloud 2s will more than suffice.
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Interested in using these while i ride motorcycles. How well do they work with wind around you?
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I have these as well as the phillips shp9500s. The biggest thing that comes with open back headphones is an increased sound stage, you can accurately place where things are coming from better. However, they sacrifice things like bass to do this.

If i'm being honest i still use my 9500s over the fidelios just because they are a lot more comfortable and I actually think the sound stage is a little better on them but the fidelio has a bit better bass.

I think it depends on the games you play, if you aren't super competitve, the cloud 2s will more than suffice.
I recently purchased a Soundblaster G6 DAC/AMP which was a serious upgrade audio wise. Made me start thinking about my headset more and looking for a higher end one for gaming. I tried the Sennheiser Game Ones and while there was a small upgrade not enough over the Cloud 2's to warrant the price. I've never tried open back headphones so curious to see if these X2's will blow me away or simply sound like another minimal upgrade not worth $180. I live in AZ and closed back headphones make my ears/head sweat something fierce so open back being cooler is a potential huge benefit for me as well.
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I recently purchased a Soundblaster G6 DAC/AMP which was a serious upgrade audio wise. Made me start thinking about my headset more and looking for a higher end one for gaming. I tried the Sennheiser Game Ones and while there was a small upgrade not enough over the Cloud 2's to warrant the price. I've never tried open back headphones so curious to see if these X2's will blow me away or simply sound like another minimal upgrade not worth $180. I live in AZ and closed back headphones make my ears/head sweat something fierce so open back being cooler is a potential huge benefit for me as well.
Few things to respond to;
1) Diminishing returns is real when it comes to sound quality to $ price. The Philips SHP9500 are probably the best sub $100 headphone and probably the largest improvement to sound quality vs cheap $20-40 headphones with the lowest cost increase. Stepping up to the X2's, 6XX, K702, etc is about double the cost for probably only a ~10-25% sound quality improvement. Jumping up to the Focals and HD800 is probably ~5-10% for triple to quadruple the cost. Point being that you won't ever feel like the dollar to sound quality ratio is equal, in fact it gets weighted far more towards the dollar than sound quality improvement the more you spend.
2) The X2's are probably my favorite "all purpose" open back headphones due to price, comfort, sound quality and functionality (detachable 3.5mm cable and no amp necessary). Other headphones do things better like Sennheisers 6XX series for mid-high clarity and the K702s for soundstage and most planars for tight bass. These are probably a good entry level quality headphone that doesn't require nearly the price investment or lack of flexibility that a DAC/Amp required headphone does. They also have decent punch and reasonably clear highs for the price. From what I understand they're also stock tuned reasonably close to the Harmon target curve (which isn't for everyone), so they have "mass appeal" sound signature.
3) SHP9500 vs X2's- I'll just clarify the differences here. The SHP9500 has a slightly better soundstage due to a wider opening and no felt covering the backs which seems to help improve bass on the X2's at the expense of soundstage. The SHP9500 is probably slightly better for FPS games due to soundstage and subdued bass which helps clarity regarding the mids and highs (easier to hear footsteps and voices during chaotic moments), they also have a lighter build and the ear pads are more breathable which is better for extended gaming sessions. In regards to music or movies (action/epics/sci-fi etc.) the X2's are a clear winner for a more full and clear sound. The X2's are like getting blasted with the THX sound at a movie theater whereas the SHP9500 starts to sound more like a sound bar for your 4K tv at home. The SHP9500 sound great for the price but after listening to the next step up X2's, 6XX, K702s and so on they start to sound "cheap and tinny" like cheap earbuds do after you've heard higher quality sets. Don't get me wrong they're still far better sound quality than most crap headphones that people use but in terms of open back headphones they're definitely the cheap entry level option and it starts to show when you listen to music or movies.

I realize I've probably said a lot and to finish this off I'll just say I think $180 bucks for these X2's is a fantastic price to get into high sound quality headphones without requiring all the extras/effort of some of the other similar priced competitors. The slickdealer in me almost wants to purchase a second set as a backup at this price (they're just such a good overall package in one headphone).
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Interested in using these while i ride motorcycles. How well do they work with wind around you?
Terrible for anything other than "at home and indoors" use. At most you can walk around the house and do light chores with them but any external noise will be easily heard. These are open back headphones which allow sound to escape meaning everyone nearby can hear what you're listening to and you can hear a lot of everything nearby as well.

I don't really ride motorcycles much so I can't say with any real experience but if I had to suggest an over the ear headphone for something like that I would definitely recommend the V Moda M100s or even the wireless crossfades series which are closed back headphones (will block out more external noise) and they're more durable than most headphones with their strong build quality. They also will probably look more badass on a motorcycle as well.

Edit Add; I would also like to recommend IEMs for you because if you decide to wear a helmet you can actually put them in with a helmet on and they will probably block out more noise than an over the ear headphone will. A good cheap option is KZ ZSRs or any of their offerings which range from like $17-70 bucks and their low end options are very good sound quality for the price and I promise they will block out WAY more noise than over the ear headphones. Not to mention you can throw them into your pocket as well. I do recommend getting memory foam ear tips as they will give a better fit and block out even more noise. Just wanted to add this because after thinking about it these are really a far superior option than over the ear headphones and will cost you less.
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Really tempted to buy these. Has a 1/4in adapter which is just what i needed to hook up to my guitar amp. Review says it sounds like you are standing in front of speakers, which is perfect. It can even convert to a gaming headset via the Vmoda boompro, and requires no external amp, which works for all my usage cases. 4 more days to research if there are cheaper options for a low impedance headset. Only downside is cost and people are complaining about weight causing discomfort after extended usage sessions or discomfort on larger heads due to the squeeze.
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