Philips Fidelio X2HR vs Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro

Philips Fidelio X2HR review
vs
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro review

Having had a chance to test the over ear open back wired headphones Philips Fidelio X2HR vs Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO let me share with you my thoughts and impressions.

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Features

Philips Fidelio X2H has a lower impedance of 30 Ohm vs 80 and 250 Ohm of Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO that makes it great even for use with a smartphone without an amp. Both have incredible frequency response ranges of 5Hz-40KHz and 5-35KHz respectively, which is Hi-Res Audio. A great sensitivity of 100 vs 96 dB reproduces above average loudness of sound that is comfortable for ears and should not be too sharp.

Sound

The sound shades of Philips Fidelio X2HR are very detailed and crisp. However, they may seem a little distracted from each other for a great brightness and some separation of each. Still any range is not exaggerated and they sound quite neutral. They represent a spacious soundstage and clear imaging.

The Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO has a V shaped sound profile that puts lows and highs in the front, keeping the mids backwards on the stage. That is not for neutral listening, but sounds really engaging and bright for fun listening and most genres. The bass seems stronger than in most open-back headphones. They place you on a very open soundstage and separate the instruments and directions of voices quite well.

Comfort and design

The weight of these headphones is almost similar, just 380 vs 360 g. They have soft padded adjustable headbands. The cups are very large and softly padded. Open cup design makes them airy and not heating your ears in long listening sessions. Unfortunately, they are neither foldable nor lay flat.

Philips Fidelio X2HR pros and cons

Philips Fidelio X2HR pros and cons

Pros

  • Very comfortable fit without tightening for long hours of use
  • Very broad soundstage due to the open cups design
  • Clear, very detailed neutral sound for mixing and recording

Cons

  • Bulky and unfoldable design plus a leaky sound will not let you use it comfy in a travel and on the go

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro pros and cons

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro pros and cons

Pros

  • Engaging sound of a V-pitched profile with amazingly strong bass and crystal trebles
  • Large, soft cups with great breathability
  • Quality materials and craftsmanship to last long

Cons

  • Not good for privacy or travels because of leaking sounds
  • The cups do not fold up or lay flat to carry with compactly or on the chest like "DJ" headphones

Votes 3 3
Rating 4.3 4.3

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Philips Fidelio X2HR
7.5
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro
7
7
6
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Product

Philips Fidelio X2HR
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro

Model

Fidelio X2HR
DT 990 Pro

Brand

Philips
Beyerdynamic

Reviews

3423
4092

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

open back
open back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

50/1.9

Impedance, Ohm

30
80, 250

Frequency response, Hz

5Hz-40KHz
5Hz-35KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.1
0.2

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

100
96

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

380/13.4
360/12.6

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

300/9.8
300/9.8

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
6.35

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not
has not

Bluetooth version

has not
has not

aptX

has not
has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not
has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not
has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not
has not

Battery life, hrs

has not
has not

Charging time, hrs

has not
has not

Charging port

has not
has not

Charging cable

has not
has not

Speed charge

has not
has not

Battery free listening mode

has not
has not

Battery level indicator

has not
has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not
has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Philips Fidelio X2HR
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro
Philips Fidelio X2HR
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 7.5Philips Fidelio X2HR
  • 7Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro

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