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Great price on these headphones. Open back sound stage, but still plenty of bass. I could go on and on about these, but they're just a really "fun" sounding headphone--near the top of the pile in their price range, and they can be driven pretty easily without an amp. Pair with a V-Moda Boom Pro [amazon.com] and you've got one of the best gaming headsets money can buy.

https://www.amazon.com/Philips-X2...way&sr=8-4

No idea if the seller has 10 in stock or 10,000 ("PHOTOTECH" is the seller, fulfilled by Amazon and Prime eligible), so there's no way to know how long this will actually stick around.

QA Update: In stock on September 20, 2019.
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Plan to use these for gaming, do you guys suggest to wait for the X3 model that is rumored to come out in October? Or would the price point on those not be worth it/comparable to the price on these right now. Would appreciate your feedback. Been looking to replace my gaming headset for a while now.
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Plan to use these for gaming, do you guys suggest to wait for the X3 model that is rumored to come out in October? Or would the price point on those not be worth it/comparable to the price on these right now. Would appreciate your feedback. Been looking to replace my gaming headset for a while now.
I don't know if any msrp has been mentioned for the x3, but if I remember correctly the x1 were $300 at launch and I think the x2 were around there if not a bit less. I imagine the msrp will be around $300 and we'll see sales bringing it down to $250, but that's pure speculation.

If you need a headset, this coupled with a mod mic is a great option and this is a good price for these headphones.
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Plan to use these for gaming, do you guys suggest to wait for the X3 model that is rumored to come out in October? Or would the price point on those not be worth it/comparable to the price on these right now. Would appreciate your feedback. Been looking to replace my gaming headset for a while now.
The X1 to the X2 was not a very big leap, but the X3 *does* appear to have more significant changes to its design than previous models (double detachable connector, big visual changes). From what little I can find, it appears the drivers on the X3 are 50mm tantalum instead of the 50mm neodymium--in practice, who knows what kind of changes that will make (if any). I have no idea what the discernible difference would be between those materials.

They also claim the X3 will ship with a more balanced sound (as opposed to the V-shaped bass curve on the X1/X2). So I'm guessing the X3 will be a "purer" sounding, more neutral headphone, but maybe not as fun in the low end? It's all speculation, and you could just EQ it to bring the bass back if you miss it. I can't imagine they will make a radical departure from their beloved flagship--they are sticking with 30ohm resistance on the X3.

Now for price, you should probably expect $350+ on the launch of the X3. Maybe even $400. At trade shows it's only listed as "under 4,000 yuan", which means it could even be $500 at launch. Not sure if an official MSRP in USD has come out yet.

The X2 at $150 is a spectacular value, and I can't imagine the X3 will be 2-3x better than the X2 for that 2-3x price increase. But then again, the Philips SHP9500 is less than half the price of the X2, and you could make the argument that the X2 isn't 2x better than the SHP9500. So it's all about where you want to fall in the tier list vs. how much you want to spend.

For my money, the X2 is probably the sweet spot where the diminishing returns start to *really* kick in. Beyond that, you're paying enthusiast money for modest improvements. But who knows, maybe the X3 will come out and absolutely blow everyone away. The X1 and X2 debuted at $300 and were widely regarded as some of the best value in their class even at full MSRP. But I'm assuming the X3 will stay in the same "tier" as the X1/X2 with only modest improvements in sound and style, at which point the X2 at $150 is probably the much better value.
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Just received my pair and loving them so far. Definitely better then using my astro A50's. Ear pads do warm up a bit.
Im running these off a sound blaster zx and they seem to drive these cans just fine.
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The X1 to the X2 was not a very big leap, but the X3 *does* appear to have more significant changes to its design than previous models (double detachable connector, big visual changes). From what little I can find, it appears the drivers on the X3 are 50mm tantalum instead of the 50mm neodymium--in practice, who knows what kind of changes that will make (if any). I have no idea what the discernible difference would be between those materials.

They also claim the X3 will ship with a more balanced sound (as opposed to the V-shaped bass curve on the X1/X2). So I'm guessing the X3 will be a "purer" sounding, more neutral headphone, but maybe not as fun in the low end? It's all speculation, and you could just EQ it to bring the bass back if you miss it. I can't imagine they will make a radical departure from their beloved flagship--they are sticking with 30ohm resistance on the X3.

Now for price, you should probably expect $350+ on the launch of the X3. Maybe even $400. At trade shows it's only listed as "under 4,000 yuan", which means it could even be $500 at launch. Not sure if an official MSRP in USD has come out yet.

The X2 at $150 is a spectacular value, and I can't imagine the X3 will be 2-3x better than the X2 for that 2-3x price increase. But then again, the Philips SHP9500 is less than half the price of the X2, and you could make the argument that the X2 isn't 2x better than the SHP9500. So it's all about where you want to fall in the tier list vs. how much you want to spend.

For my money, the X2 is probably the sweet spot where the diminishing returns start to *really* kick in. Beyond that, you're paying enthusiast money for modest improvements. But who knows, maybe the X3 will come out and absolutely blow everyone away. The X1 and X2 debuted at $300 and were widely regarded as some of the best value in their class even at full MSRP. But I'm assuming the X3 will stay in the same "tier" as the X1/X2 with only modest improvements in sound and style, at which point the X2 at $150 is probably the much better value.
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Ok thanks for the replies. I'm ready to pull the trigger and move away from gaming headsets to this headphone. Is there a difference between sold by amazon and phototech? Also the metal bands does it really rust after a year or so?
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Ok thanks for the replies. I'm ready to pull the trigger and move away from gaming headsets to this headphone. Is there a difference between sold by amazon and phototech? Also the metal bands does it really rust after a year or so?
I had the X1 for almost 7 years, using it at least 2-4 hours/day and it definitely didn't rust. It was still in good enough condition (and in perfect working order) to give to a friend when I bought my X2HR.

I never wore it out in the rain or in the bathtub, though, so your mileage might vary.
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