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Philips Fidelio L2: A hidden headphone gemThe Fidelio L2 doesn't usually get mentioned in the same breath as other top over-ear headphones in the $250-$350, but it probably should.
I'm David Carnoy from cnet.com, and this is the Phillips Fidelio L2 and over ear headphone that sells for around $250 online. There's a lot of competition in this price range, and you don't hear that much about the L2, which doesn't have great distribution in the US, but it's a really good headphone. Unlike the open back Fidelio X2, which we also like, the L2 has a closed back design and comes with a cable that has an inline remote for cell phone use, so it does double duty as a home and mobile headphone. Overall, it seems sturdily built and it's comfortable to wear, with nice padded ear cushions. That said, it's not quite as comfortable as the Sony MDR18 that we reviewed recently. It folds flat but doesn't fold up. This is a very likeable sounding headphone. It offers very good clarity but also manages to play harsh, overcompressed recordings with a rare ease. Bass is plentiful but never crosses over the line to muddy and finally the L2 sounds more open and spacious in most close back headphones in this price range. As I said earlier there are several great headphones at around this price point, maybe a little higher, a little lower. You can include these Sennheiser MOMENTUM 2.0, the V-MODA M-100. NAD, Viso, HP50, Audio Technica HTMSR7 and the aforementioned Sony MDR18 to name a few. The [UNKNOWN] doesn't usually get mentioned in the same breath as those headphones but it probably should. I'm David Conway thanks for watching.