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Philips announces Fidelio X3 headphone

Three pillars: Sound quality, design quality and enhanced user experience

by Andy Bassett
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Philips announces Fidelio X3 headphone

At a preview event today in Amsterdam, Philips announced its new audiophile-quality Fidelio X3 flagship headphone.

Sharing its name with Beethoven’s only opera, the Fidelio series of headphones from Philips saw the X2 released in 2015. At the rate at which competitor’s sling out new versions of headphones, Philips could be accused of being a touch tardy with its latest iteration. However, taking time to get things right could lead to its own rewards.

Intended to be the start of a new series of Fidelio products, the X3 is the flagship product and uses large multi-layer 50mm polymer drivers which are gel-filled for better damping. It also features a powerful neodymium motor system to allow for extended natural high frequencies and accurate spatial reproduction.

The double-layered ear shells sport a new internal ridge construction designed to reduce vibrations, while the speaker plates sit at a tilt of 15-degrees to ensure the music is directed straight into the ear canal for a truly immersive listening experience, and, as an open-backed headphone, acoustically transparent Kvadrat fabric is used to reduce any air pressure build-up.

The Fidelio X3 has a frequency range of 5Hz to 40KHz enabling Hi-Res audio performance levels and the set can be used in balanced mode to reduce crosstalk and improve stereo separation even further.
The Philips press release is quoted below


Amsterdam, 21st January 2020 – Exceptional audio performance, comfort, luxury design and build quality are all combined to create a true flagship headphone with the launch of new ‘audiophile’ quality Fidelio X3.

. The Fidelio X3 combines performance, style and comfort to create a uniquely enjoyable ownership experience - as the music ‘connoisseur’s’ choice

· Fidelio X3 offers exceptional comfort thanks to the application of highest-quality materials from European specialists including responsibly sourced Muirhead leather from Scotland and Danish Kvadrat acoustic fabric

· The Fidelio X3 features the highest quality components ‘end to end’

· Large multi-layer 50mm drivers allow Fidelio X3 to deliver full range, spacious ‘audiophile’ quality sound.

· Optional balanced connection and cable to reduce crosstalk and improve stereo separation

· HRA accredited hi-resolution performance

Fidelio stays Open


The Fidelio X3 is the latest model in the critically acclaimed Fidelio series and in particular is the latest version of the hugely popular open-back Fidelio headsets, much loved by both audiophiles and artistes for their unique combination of rich, accurate sound quality, extreme comfort and stylish, luxury design.

The Fidelio experience is built around creating products with a real pride of ownership and is focused on three pillars: Sound quality, design quality and enhanced user experience - with the X3 launching as the first of a new series of Fidelio products and as the flagship for the range.

Philips Sound has designed the Fidelio X3 to combine accuracy with generous bass and a warm mid-range - where the focus is on a tight, impactful sound with exceptional separation of instruments and voices, while the hi-end is clean, detailed and has excellent extension. The result is a spacious delivery with music appearing to extend beyond the confines of the headset, creating a unique experience that is authentic and accurate and yet delivers the scale of a live performance.

The multi-layered polymer drivers - gel-filled for better damping - and powerful neodymium motor system also allow for extended natural high frequency and accurate spatial reproduction that compliments Philips Fidelio’s traditional, signature of rich quality bass.

Featuring double-layered ear shells with a new internal ridge construction designed to reduce vibrations, the speaker plates of the Fidelio X3s are pre-tilted to a 15-degree angle to fit more accurately to the natural shape of the ear, and to ensure the music is directed straight into the ear canal for a truly immersive listening experience.

Philips Sound has also given the Fidelio X3 the luxurious style to match its performance in a design that provides both durability and comfort. Real materials have been selected from specialist European partners to enhance the exceptional look and feel of the product

A lightweight but strong, dark satin steel frame is covered in responsibly sourced black Muirhead leather and combines with thick felt headband and velour memory foam ear-pads to guarantee exceptional comfort even over the longest listening session

As an acoustically open-backed headphone, the advanced architecture of the Fidelio X3 replaces a traditional grill with an acoustically transparent Kvadrat fabric to reduce any air pressure build-up and standing-wave reflections from behind the drivers.

The Fidelio X3s also reach hi-res performance levels via an HRA accredited exceptionally wide bandwidth of 5hz to 40Khz. For the ultimate performance, the Fidelio X3 can also be used in balanced mode to give the left and right channels separate grounds to reduce crosstalk and improve stereo separation even further. A balanced, twisted-pair cable is also included and features MMCX connectors for superior connection to hi-res audio devices.

Designed for flawless all-round listening, the Fidelio X3 is the clear result of a meticulous attention to every detail of performance, comfort and style.


Do you like the sound of these latest headphones from Philips? If you were in the market for a new pair would they feature on your radar? Let us know in the discussion thread.

Source: Press release
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