Philips Fidelio X2HR vs Philips SHP9500

Philips Fidelio X2HR review
vs
Philips SHP9500 review

If you are fond of a broad soundstage and maximum breathability, let me propose to you my comparison of open back over ear headphones Philips SHP9500 vs Fidelio X2HR. Both headphones are wired, that is obvious due to their studio use mostly.

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Features

The first drawback of Philips SHP9500 vs Fidelio X2HR is a tighter range of frequency response, 12Hz-35KHz vs 5Hz-40KHz. The sensitivity and impedance of the headphones is almost equal with 32 vs 30 Ohm and 101 vs 100 dB.

Sound

The bass of Philips SHP9500 is boomy, but seems inconsistent, and lacks sub-bass. Though, the highs and mids are crystal clear. There is good imaging with a distinct direction of sounds. The soundstage is very spread out.

Fidelio delivers a strong, detailed bass, with a right sub-bass amount, that resembles listening with a subwoofer. The trebles are very bright but not fatiguing. I can hear the details of mids as well. Everything is just right balanced and very detailed, that may sound even too separate at times. It has a wide soundstage and clear imaging.

Comfort and design

Philips SHP9500 vs Fidelio X2HR is 40 g lighter with 320 vs 360 g. Both have soft padded adjustable headbands. The cups are very soft and tightly padded that feel very nice. Open back cups do not heat ears or make them sweat and are quite breathable for long sessions.

The cups are not foldable, that is not a surprise for me, as the type of open-back headphones are used mostly at home/studio.

The headphones have a detachable cable and extra audio cable that is both comfy and safe.

Philips Fidelio X2HR pros and cons

Philips Fidelio X2HR pros and cons

Pros

  • Comfortable fit with quality paddings
  • Incredible clarity of sounds at all ranges
  • Breathable, airy open back cups are comfortable for long listening and create open soundstage and decent imaging

Cons

  • A bit distracted sound of ranges that seems on distance from each other creates a strange feeling like you are listening for your favorite songs for the first time

Philips SHP9500 pros and cons

Philips SHP9500 pros and cons

Pros

  • Broad airy soundstage and clear imaging
  • Soft paddings on headband and cups are very comfortable
  • Excellent built quality

Cons

  • Your music will be heard very loudly by the people around and they do not block noise of surroundings as well being very open

Votes 3 3
Rating 3.7 3.7

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Philips Fidelio X2HR
7.5
Philips SHP9500
7
7
7
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Common

Product

Philips Fidelio X2HR
Philips SHP9500

Model

Fidelio X2HR
SHP9500

Brand

Philips
Philips

Reviews

1321
2126

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
50/1.9

Impedance, Ohm

30
32

Frequency response, Hz

5Hz-40KHz
12Hz-35KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.1

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

100
101

Magnet type

neodymium
neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

380/13.4
320/11.2

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
3.5

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
Philips SHP9500
Philips Fidelio X2HR
Philips SHP9500

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.5
  • 7
  • 7.5Philips Fidelio X2HR
  • 7Philips SHP9500

The Philips Fidelio X2HR is better headphones in this comparison. Check Philips Fidelio X2HR price