While Philips have been delivering headphones for a long time, they have now launched their first ever Fidelio headphone in the Philips Fidelio L1, that will join a wide range of Fidelio iPod speaker docks in the market real soon.
It was a big day at IFA 2011 in Berlin yesterday with several new product announcements, including their new Fidelio SoundCurve and SoundRing Airplay speakers, but just as interesting was their presentation of their first headphones to build on the Fidelio sound range in the Fidelio L1 headphone.
Philips are currently on a mission to deliver sound as the artist intended (sounds very similar to Beats by Dre motto) with their Fidelio range of products, and with the booming headphone market around the world, their Fidelio L1 headphones will go head-on with some stiff competition in the high-end headphone market.
The Philips Fidelio L1 headphone has been built with style, comfort, and unrivaled sound in mind. Based on the first few images of the L1 headphones they definitely tick the box in terms of style, and they look sturdy and comfortable, both important factors for headphones. In terms of material, they are made from leather, aluminum and memory foam.
As for the sound experience we can only hope that they will deliver at a level we have grown accustomed to from their other high-end Fidelio products. Featuring 40mm high definition neodymium drivers and tuned by Philips Golden Ears panel, which they say consist of some of the “sharpest minds and ears”. The Fidelio L1 headphones are semi-open back, so you might want to be considerate with the volume when using them in public as there will be sound-leakage. Like many other headphones these days, the Fidelio L1 comes with in-line mic and control for use with Apple devices.
According to Pocket-lint the Fidelio L1 headphones will cost around £250 when they are released, but i will be back with more details on price and availability. The style and price point does however mean that Philips are launching their Fidelio L1 headphones into a very competitive market, against some proven high-quality headphones options from the likes of Beats by Dre, Audio Technica, Bose, and Grado amongst other.
I hope to get a chance to test the Philips Fidelio L1 headphones when they become available and to be back with a full review then.