TVs & Audio | October 2, 2023
One of the gadgets where the difference in sound quality between models is most noticeable is earbuds. For those who refuse to settle for the first thing they find on store shelves and seek a higher-level experience, Philips offers the Fidelio L4 and T2, premium wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation. They provide the same audio quality as if you were enjoying music or podcasts in the comfort of your living room while on your way to work.
The latest additions to the Fidelio range of earbuds (the L4 with over-ear design and the T2 as in-ear buds) also focus on offering a quality often overlooked in favor of noise cancellation: fit and comfort. Both models will soon be available for purchase at a starting price of 350 euros for the L4 and 280 euros for the T2.
To further optimize their use and get the most out of them, it’s recommended to download the Philips Headphones app, available on both the Google Play Store and the App Store. This app allows you to configure the noise cancellation level (it can be total or you can activate Awareness Mode to stay partially aware of external stimuli) and choose the type of audio playback you prefer, prioritizing voice or other factors based on the type of music or content you’re listening to.
The design of earbuds is as important as their technical features, and user comfort has been a top priority in the development of the Philips Fidelio L4 over-ear wireless headphones. This over-ear model has seen a significant improvement compared to its predecessor, the L3, with a design that optimizes earbud grip while reducing the feeling of pressure on the head.
The ear cushions, which support your ears during music playback, have also been redesigned with the sole aim of maintaining comfort even during extended periods of use. The outer part of the L4 is covered with an aluminum alloy that makes it both lightweight and durable, and the premium touch is provided by the headband, which is covered with Muirhead leather from an eco-responsible source, according to the brand.
In terms of technical specifications, the Fidelio L4 earbuds feature a 40mm driver coated with graphene, and their four microphones have been repositioned for greater efficiency. The earbuds’ resistance and lightness are also enhanced by the presence of an aluminum alloy in their construction. Philips incorporates LC3 and LDAC codecs in this model for high-definition audio playback and also includes Bluetooth 5.3, Auracast transmission, and LE audio.
The battery life of the wireless Fidelio L4 earbuds is up to 50 hours of playback, which is reduced to 40 hours with active noise cancellation enabled. Moreover, just 15 minutes of charging in the case can provide up to five extra hours of playback. Connectivity for this model includes a 3.5mm jack and a USB-C port for connecting a cable or charging the battery.
For the Philips Fidelio T2, the focus has been placed on grip, a top priority for regular users of in-ear wireless earbuds. Their design aims to adapt to the unique characteristics of each ear so that they can be used both indoors and outdoors without the fear of them coming loose. To achieve this, they feature a three-point grip system that ensures they stay firmly in place without becoming overly invasive or uncomfortable.
The size of the Fidelio T2 is slightly smaller than their younger siblings, the T1, and the same applies to the case, although it is still fairly substantial, so it’s more advisable to carry it in a bag rather than in your pants pocket. Both the case and the earbuds have Muirhead leather trim on their tops, which adds a distinguished touch.
The wireless Philips Fidelio T2 earbuds feature Bluetooth 5.3, just like the L4, ensuring fast and stable wireless connectivity with your mobile or other devices due to the latest available standard. Pairing is also hassle-free as they are compatible with Google Fast Pair.
These Philips wireless earbuds have a bidirectional design with a 9.2mm graphene-coated driver, as well as a smaller, balanced driver. The T2 features LC3 and LDAC codecs for high-resolution sound and stable connections. It also offers adaptive noise cancellation, with a system of six microphones evenly distributed between the two earbuds. Two of these microphones are dedicated to voice capture and can reduce wind noise during calls.
The Philips Fidelio T2 earbuds are also suitable for use during sports activities, both in the gym and outdoors, as they have an IPX4 rating, making them splash-resistant. Regarding battery life, you get up to nine hours of audio playback with active noise cancellation enabled without needing the case. With the case, you can achieve up to 27 hours of autonomy with noise cancellation.