The Philips Fidelio X3 is lightweight and breathable, with a comfortable clamping force for lengthy listening., As with other open-backs, there’s no ANC, and noise isolation is terrible, meaning you can hear ambient chatter and other loud noises.
But the design oozes luxury, the hinges feel durable, and they’re well-built with high-grade leather and cloth.
While the X3 isn’t warm-sounding and lack thunderous bass, its neutral and balanced sound profile with a wide soundstage is suited for those seeking distinct musical instrument sounds and vocals.
There are zero controls, and the leakage means you can’t use them at your local library or office. Despite lacking Bluetooth, you get two sturdy yet inconveniently long (3-meter) TRS cables, and while the bass accuracy’s good, EDM listeners may miss the deep rumbles.