Philips Fidelio L2 headphone review - Hurray for detail

First Look

Fidelio L2 is bundled in a minimalistic package, which contains the headphones, 2xbraided cables: one with an inline microphone, one without, a 6.3mm adapter, and an underwhelming travel bag.

Philips Fidelio L2 - Accessories

The L2 manages to blend aesthetic with performance. It captures that premium look and feel, blending aluminum, leather and plastic in a fairly impressive manner.


The headphones use 40mm drivers housed in oval shaped over-the-ear cups. Alas, whilst there's plenty of soft memory-foam padding, the pleather cushions are not detachable.

Philips Fidelio L2 - Inner Cups

The telling Fidelio headphone design feature, represented by the ear-cup grill, is obviously present. The half-open construction stands as an aesthetic choice, but also lends itself to better audio, and some minimal sound-leakage.

Philips Fidelio L2 - Cups

Whilst the headset cannot be folded, the cups rotate a full 90 degrees on the horizontal axis, which allows them to rest flat on a surface, like say a desk.


The headband is made of plastic (near the cups), aluminum (running across the headband), and wrapped in a black-leather finish, which smells like a fresh-pair of shoes. A very noticeable orange stitching adds a certain distinct, yet subtle visual flair.

Philips Fidelio L2 - Headband

There are about 30 notches in total, split into 4 numbered brackets (and two more un-numbered). 


Philips Fidelio L2 comes with 2x1.2meter long detachable cables: one with an in-line controller / microphone, and one without. One of them ends in a straight 3.5mm 4-pole jack, whilst the other ones comes with a traditional stereo-plug. The box also gives us a 6.3mm adapter to use with the clean-cable.

Philips Fidelio L2 - Cables

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