Review: Philips Fidelio M2BT

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I came across the Philips Fidelio M2BT headphones last year in Berlin at IFA. The next step in the great Philips Fidelio range was obviously making the headphones wireless using Bluetooth, and that is what Philips have done. The headphones bring you the great range of comfort as well as sound quality that we have already come to expect from the Philips Fidelio range. The on-ear design gives you NFC pairing, Bluetooth with APTx sound, and ability to drive it off of 3.5mm line in as well. A battery life of over 10 hours means you can enjoy these for a long enough time without needing to worry.

Quick Sound Specs

Frequency response: 7 – 23,500  Hz

Impedance: 16 Ohm

Sensitivity: 107  dB

Speaker diameter: 40  mm

Maximum power input: 40  mW

Distortion: < 0.1% THD

Acoustic system: Closed

Diaphragm: PET

Magnet type: Neodymium

Type: Dynamic

Look and feel
The headphones have a very similar feel to the rest of the Fidelio range. The memory foam cushions give your ears a comfortable experience, while the cushioned band adds to it.
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The addition is the rocker switch on the right side, as well as built in buttons into the right side of the headphones, giving you options to take calls, play music, control volume.
Great build quality means the device is tough, and can withstand the usual backpack experience. You can twist it about a bit, and that is fine.
The headphones themselves feel just a bit tighter on my ears than my usual Fidelio M1s, and slightly heavier. Being wireless obviously comes at a very slight price in this case.
Connectivity
These can pair with your phone (or other Bluetooth source) via NFC or manual pairing mode. I found NFC didn’t work very well, but standard pairing mode worked very well.
You have the standard 3.5mm line in as well in case you prefer corded music, and there is a cord included in the box if you do.
The bells and whistles
The headset comes with ability to make phone calls, and there are buttons to adjust volume, skip tracks and make/reject calls. It all works rather well. An LED helps you through when you’re turning the headset on/off or while pairing. Then it goes away, just how I prefer it.
Sound Quality
The over-ear cushioned headphones offer you 40-mm neodymium drivers. That means that they try and isolate as much noise as possible, and while the feel is tigher than I prefer around the ears, the tighter it is, the better isolated it will be. Playback sound quality is, of course very good, though I did find these to be slightly bass heavier. This means that if you prefer your music to heavier in bass, you will probably enjoy these more than others. Bass heavier headphones also work well on classical music, with your cellos and what not. Overall though, the balance of the sound is definitely shifted towards bass than the higher frequencies, even though you can hear them all very well. The detail is there.
If you go for your audiophile high quality files, you will notice a difference between the corded and cordless music. It isn’t much of an issue generally, but if you know what you’re really after, the corded music will be better. You have higher definition profiles available, like APT-X, but it all depends on your source files too.
All in all, the response you get over the frequency range works well.
More information
More information on the headphones can be found at the following link:
They retail at around £250.
Verdict
A beautiful looking pair of headphones that offers a great dynamic sound as well as the luxury of wireless music.

 

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