Philips Fidelio L2 headphone review - Hurray for detail

Testing

I "tested" the Fidelio L2 with compressed MP3/AAC files on mobile devices, and a decent amount of FLACs on my workstation. The chosen tracks should give me a proper impression of the headphones' overall audio performance, with songs containing a mix of lows, mids and highs, or excessively using one of the bunch. These subjective listening compare it with similarly priced cans.

I am describing the experience in detail, and while I am fairly certain my hearing is accurate enough, I do have to put a massive "SUBJECTIVE" disclaimer on the results. So, without further ado, here are the songs I use:

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Diablo Swing Orchestra - Guerilla Laments
Dream Theater - Scarred
MS MR - Hurricane
Saltillo - Grafting
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Venetian Snares - Hajnal
In Flames - Lord Hypnos
Rammstein - Keine Lust
Cranberries - Zombie
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold us feat Ray Dalton
MS MR - Hurricane
Dead can Dance - Into the Labyrinth
Excision & Datsik - Deviance
Queen - The show must go on
Catamenia - Dreams of Winterland

Once I am done with this playlist (I know most of these songs by heart now), it's time to see how Fidelio performs with other forms of media, and here I've got a few Blu-Rays at the ready.

Since these cans are not so bad when it comes to layering and spatialization, I decided I will give em a whirrl in a gaming scenario as well. So, I spent a few hours with my traditional "library" for sound-checking:

Battlefield 4
Divinity: Original Sin
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
Loadout
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4

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