at less than 200 euros, what is the top-of-the-range headphones from Philips worth?

Last year, Philips gave a new lease of life to its Fidelio range with the release of a multitude of new products. Among them, the Fidelio L3, a circum-aural and wireless headset that relies on its premium services to find a place in the sun. Currently offered at 199 euros at Fnac, what is this headset really worth?

Philips Fidelio L3 headphones

Unveiled last year, the new entries in the Fidelio range mark Philips’ comeback on the audio scene. On this occasion, the Dutch manufacturer decided to opt for a premium placement by offering products combining advanced technologies and high-end manufacturing quality. After a very successful Fidelio X3, Philips has split a Fidelio L3 which pushes the cursor a notch above in terms of functionality, manufacture and performance.

Very good quality headphones, this Fidelio L3 is usually sold at 349 euros. He currently enjoys a significant price drop at Fnac. The opportunity for us to review the strengths of this helmet currently offered at 199 euros.

What are the strengths of the Philips Fidelio L3?

A sober design and ergonomics hailed by critics

With its Fidelio L3, Philips offers us high-end headphones. Just take a look at its metal arch adorned with Muirhead leather (eco-friendly, please), or its memory foam pads to realize that we are dealing with a well thought out product, with neat finishes. This treatment was also rewarded with a Reddot award in 2020, as well as an EISA Award as Best Product 2021-2022 in the wireless headset category.

Philips has also put a lot of emphasis on the ergonomics of its Fidelio L3. The outer part of the right ear cup thus features a tactile surface that houses many controls. A few light touches or gestures are enough to change the sound track, modify the volume, or simply stop the broadcast of the current song.

Philips Fidelio L3 headphones

Philips Fidelio L3 headphones // Source: Philips

To complete this control panel, the Fidelio L3 can also count on an extremely complete and very intuitive application. Simple to use, it allows users to fully customize their listening experience. Adjusting the different frequency bands, adjusting the noise reduction, or simply displaying the charge level of the headphones, you will have everything at your fingertips.

A sound that fills your ears

On the sound side, the Philips Fidelio L3 can count on two 40 mm transducers housed in each of the ear cups. These cover a wide bandwidth (from 7 to 40,000 Hz), which allows the headphones to offer a vast sound amplitude and a fairly precise reproduction of sounds in the treble, mids and bass. Compatible with AAC and aptX HD codecs, it offers optimal sound quality, regardless of the device (Android or iOS) used.

The Fidelio can also count on its companion app to take the listening experience a step further. The six-band equalizer allows the precision of the different frequency bands to be adjusted as efficiently as possible, for each type of sound. A good way for everyone to get the look that suits them the most.

Philips Fidelio L3

Philips Fidelio L3 // Source : Philips

Not to spoil anything, this headset also does wonders for everything related to watching video content. The low latency of Bluetooth 5.1 does not create an uncomfortable lag, while its sound quality allows you to fully enjoy movies thanks to excellent voice reproduction, for example.

Passive and active insulation: noise reduction at its best

Another strong point of this Fidelio L3: noise reduction. It is based here on two complementary elements. Starting with passive noise reduction thanks to its circumaural design. The ear cups, with wide and deep cushions, fully encompass the ear pinna, creating good isolation from the outside. These same ear cups also ensure maximum comfort, even over long periods of use.

To complete this passive reduction, Philips has equipped its Fidelio L3 with active noise reduction which relies on two microphones to filter and neutralize parasitic sounds and external nuisances. Different filtering modes are available, allowing you to cut yourself off or not from the outside world. These microphones also allow you to take advantage of a hands-free function to receive all your calls.

Philips Fidelio L3

Philips Fidelio L3 // Source : Philips

While active noise reduction, as it often does, has an impact on battery life when activated, that’s absolutely not a problem for the Fidelio L3. With an autonomy reaching 38 hours in normal time, against 32 hours with the noise reduction, difficult to be choosy.

The Philips Fidelio L3 at a glance

  • Active and passive noise reduction circumaural design;
  • 38 hrs battery life (32 hrs with active noise reduction);
  • 40mm transducers with wide bandwidth (7-40,000 Hz);
  • Compatible with codecs: SBC, AAC and apt-X HD;
  • Multipoint connection and Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility.

At the moment, and until January 2, 2022, the Philips Fidelio L3 benefits from nearly 150 euros reduction at Fnac. The opportunity to acquire this over-ear headphones with active noise reduction for 199 euros, instead of 349 euros in normal times.

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