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Dang, this drop looks really appealing. How does the HD 650 (6xx) perform against the Philips Fidelio X2? My main use is for gaming and watching movies, and I use a Sound Blaster X7 for my DAC/Amp.
I like the Fidelio X2's more. They are much easier to drive but still respond to better amplification. The bass is no comparison, soundstage no comparison, X2's win. X2's might be a little grainy with slight piercing in the treble but that can easily be toned down by an EQ. Fidelio's are going to be a lot better for gaming and movies as the bass hits harder, there will be more detail to gun shots and for soundstage and imaging. For music I would still choose the X2's. In terms of comfort and build quality again X2's win. Made with metal and the headbands auto adjust is amazingly comfortable and convenient.
For gaming, use the Fidelio. I have the X7 LE and both the 650s and X2s.
For music, I would choose the 650s any day. It still has that bass, but the clarity, mids and warmth.
With the X2, gaming. You can easily hook up a BoomPro and go to work. Also, the exaggerated V shape helps a lot for locations. The lacking mids really push the bass and treble which are good for racing and fps games. It sounds good for music, but not 650 good. Also, the 650s really need a tube amp as well as a solid slate.
Comfort, the X2s are way heavier, but I liked the ear pads even though they tickle my ears. The 650s you can wear all day if you can fix or get over the clamp pressure. They're light enough and the shape for my head is perfect.
The biggest thing to me was imaging and bass between the two. Soundstage is still narrow for both being open, but the quality of the bass of the 650s stand out. It's not as deep and quantiful as the X2s. The X2s also have the subbass, bass that you feel. Imaging goes to the 650s, but that's still because I amp them differently, I can't run the 650s on the X7 because it's so sterile and lifeless. On the X7, the X2s are much more fun and engaging
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Thanks for the input, I really appreciate it.