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Best headphones I have heard so far,
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This review is from: Philips Fidelio X1/00 Hi-Fi Stereo Indoor Headphones (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I own or have owned several headphones (Among them Sennheiser HD 570 which these replaces, Bose AE (Triport), JVC HA-NC250, Soundmagic E10) but these are by FAR the best but also the most expensive by a small margin.
They are definitely worth the price in my opinion as none of the others I have come close to the performance of these.
I literately said wow when i first heard them. My wife had the same reaction even though she's not the kind to just sit around and listen to music. She is now.
The clarity, soundstage and separation of the different instruments blows all else I have had or tried out of the water.
There's a richness to the music that is hard to explain but is very addictive. It makes it hard to leave these headphones at home when going out.
The bass goes deep and has impact even at low listening levels when playing through my Titanium HD sound card. I find myself enjoying music and tapping my toes at listening levels where none of my other headphones are "alive".
They leak a fair amount of sound but nothing I consider a problem. I listen to them in the bedroom while my wife and 6 months old son are asleep 2m. away. I wouldn't take them with me on a bus ride due to the leakage (both in and out) though.
They sound great out of my Macbook Air and iPhone, but the latter needs to up the volume a bit before they open up. But when I plug them into my home computer with a good sound card the soundstage becomes noticeably broader and instruments sounds more full.
I had read around the web that the supplied cable is not up to par. I didn't think about it at first as they sounded great out of the box but decided to try and swap the cable for a cheap one I had lying around. I must say that the difference is noticeable. After trying out both I would say that the stock cable has a harshness to it compared to the other which sounds a bit softer in the treble and more airy in the bass. I definitely prefer the latter. So if you buy these I would recommend you to try it with another (cheapish) cable as it did make a small but noticeable difference to me with almost no extra cost.