updated 05:38 am EDT, Fri September 6, 2013
Premium Fidelio, mainstream Frames introduced by Philips
Philips has extended its range of audio equipment at IFA with three pairs of headphones, shortly after revealing its new M1X-DJ system. The Bluetooth-enabled Fidelio M1BT and the wired Fidelio L2 are both aimed towards premium users, while the Frames are for the more style-conscious, with Philips calling them a "clear fashion statement."
The Fidelio M1BT connects over Bluetooth 4.0, and works with APT-X, AAC, and SBC, but it also uses an audio cable and USB charging cable when its battery runs out. Optimally-vented 40mm neodymium speaker drivers provide audio, with its closed aluminum and leather construction said to provide excellent noise isolation. Controls on the earpieces allow for changing tracks and volume without pulling the smartphone out of storage, while its two built-in microphones allow the M1BT to be used for calls.
While it does not offer wireless connectivity, the Fidelio L2 still aims to offer a high-quality audio experience. The same 40mm neodymium drivers in the M1BT are used, but this time the speakers are tilted towards the ear's normal angle, are hand-paired by Philips engineers, and are inside a semi-open back architecture for a more natural sound. Made from aluminum and leather, the L2 includes an audio cable with an in-line microphone.
The fashion-based Frames headphones again offer 40mm neodymium drivers in a closed acoustic design, along with a built-in microphone. Inspired by high-end sunglasses, the Frames can be folded to fit into a carrying pouch, and will be available in a choice of black, white, or tortoiseshell coloring.
Phillips is selling the Fidelio M1BT now in Europe for 250 euros ($330), while the Fidelio L2 will be available later this month for 280 euros ($370). The Frames will also be out in September, with the black and white models priced at 90 euros ($120) and the tortoiseshell for 100 euros ($130).