May 18, 2020
I will start my Philips SHP9500 review with the fact that it is a great pair of over ear open back w...Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Philips Fidelio X2HR is better headphones in this comparison. Check Philips Fidelio X2HR price