Rated 5 out of
Good to see, great to hear
I was given the chance to test the new Philips Fidelio L1 For "The Insiders".
I had been looking for a new headphone set to replace my old In-ears. It needed to comply with a few demands:
1) I do not want to be disturbed by the chatter noise of my colleagues when I'm being all focussed at work and
2) I don't want toe disturb my colleagues with my music when I’m listening to noise they don’t like.
3) I also don’t want to have that fatigue feeling, which one sometimes can have after using those in-ears for a long period. And
4) the headphone set has to fit within my backpack, along with all my other stuff.
The L1 looks great, it really does and has really handy features, like the connector-plug close to the headphone, and a cable with a volume and pause-button. A second cable with a removable big-plug, twistable ear shells for transportation and (also important) a sublime sound. It looks really nice with the black and aluminium parts and the fine Italian leather. The head mount fits really good without a pressing feeling, and is easily to adjust to the correct size without sliding back to the former position. The cushions are made of memory-foam and fit very well around the ears, where they seal off the background noise better then I expected. The connector which is about 10 cm below the left shell is made to release tension on the cable if necessary. Mounted in one of the two included cables is a three-button-usage which supports Apple devices for volume and pause. This three button usage in the cable is actually more. It controles the volume. Can make your music pause and continue and can make you skip a track forward.On the backside there is a small pinhole size microphone.
After having used the headphones for several full days now, I must say I didn’t feel any discomfort, unless I must admir my ears are getting warmer after a couple of hours. But I like to think that goes for all over-ears headphones. I did not receive any comment from my colleagues about my taste of music and I wasn’t disturbed by background noises. I must admit hearing things in the music of which I didn’t now they were there, it is like experiencing the music again, and that is something I really like, like the music is being surrounded inside my head.
I am originated in the primal years of portable music devices, and I am used to headphones being as small as possible, so for me this is an unusual large format for a set of headphones. However, compared with the headphones available on the market at present day, the Philips Fidelio L1 fits quite perfect.
The L1 is said being perfect for on-the-go as well as good to use at the office or at home. Being on a bike, I think it blocks too much of the traffic noise to navigate safely, but while using transport transportation, I think it is good to use for blocking neighbour noise, where as your neighbour don't need to get bothered by your music.
My conclusion: a nice device, with a lot of good properties. For users who, like myself, don’t have an absolute hearing this is a very good headphone.
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 5 out of
Excellent Sound and Quality!
If you are looking for a fantastic set of head hones with a open and realistic sound stage, look no further. The first time I put these on I was blown away by the sound, although I would say that all my music is either in FLAC or ALAC, which also makes a difference. The quality of the leather and Aluminum mark these out as a premium product in Aesthetics and design.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of
Look good and sound great
A very good looking set of headphones , comfortable and with a rich sound quality.
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 1 out of
Doesn't work with my iPod or my laptop... use too rsetricted which was not stated in any product info
Very disappointed for fisrt time evr with a Philips product...
just sits in a cupboard
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 5 out of
Buying headphones that cost a lot of money is a very subjective thing. One person's heaven is another person's . All I can say is that these headphones are for me worth every single penny The build quality and design are stunning. Everything inside the box and the box itself reek of quality and a long term satisfying ownership experience. This is what you pay for. The sound for me is superb- so good my Bose Q3's have now been sold. Bought with 28 days return peace of mind and delivered from Eindhoven in 12 hours- what else do you want! These will not be going back! Serial number 2682 engraved in the headphones means there are people out there who appreciate quality and will not follow the herd- Buy these, you will not regret it....
Date published: 2012-03-23