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Philips L1-28 Fidelio Over-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 12, 2015

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Philips L1/28 Fidelio Over-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 91 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.7   average
Music4.7   above average
Fit4.6   above average
Quality4.6   above average
Sound4.3   average
Price4.1   average
Cable3.4   average
Design3.4   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"Very comfortable, while warmer than wide open cans - much less sweaty than something like the ATH-M50, works better with glasses than those as well (but not as good as the pillow than is the X2).Also the pigtail for removal cables...this is the right way to do it for portable or semi-portable cans."
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"The cable is resistant and can be changed so that's a plus for me because I accidentally broke the cable on my uptown."
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"The volume control should be on the right, and it should be easier to distinguish left from right, but the fact that the cord is the worst thing I can find to say about them (after acknowledging that it is the single best cord I've used) speaks to just how nice these headphones are."
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"Cable is weird as there is a tail that sticks out from the headphone that connect to the 3.5mm jack cables (came with mic non mic)However, I was disappointed to find out I receive a less than perfect copy as the aluminum band has dark spots on it that seems like poor coating or some manufacturing defects."
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"I use these for gaming so if you are planning on doing the same I would recommend getting an extender cable."
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"I have heard talk of the cable constraining the sound of the cans, but they are beautiful for anyone with a good ear for music."
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"They came with a nice storage pouch and two different cables (one has inline volume controls for devices that support it).The only downside is that they fit slightly tightly, but that is mitigated by the memory foam ear cups."
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"Also, the tangle-free braided cable is a nice touch."
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", the construction and materials used in this headphones are really top quality, and in terms of design nothing seems to be out of place, everything fits comfortably around your head and ears, the leathery cushions are extremely confortable and though I'm not an audiophile I can say the sound it's really amazing for a headphone set at this price range, It comes with a set of 2 (2)fabric-lined cables, one of them with in-line remote and microphone which is great for when listening to your music and talk on your smart phone mobile-divice at the same time (though I only tested on an apple Iphone).Cons: My only gripe is that the inner material of the arc (possibly metal covered with the nice leather) that holds the earpieces and goes around your head is really heavy, though this seems like a sign of good design, it also (because of its weight) has the tendency to slide backward or forward on your head depending on the angle you have your head on at the moment."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Despite being very comfortable to wear the sound was totally disappointing to me and despite giving them a few days to burn in the sound was just too thin and lifeless."
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"Comfort is very good with the L1 with butter soft pads."
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"I'm not much of an audio enthusiast.. but they are super comfortable and sound crisp clear even at low volumes."
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"Comfortable, light and good sound."
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"Good sound, comfortable on the dome."
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"Outstanding build quality, beautiful and very comfortable."
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Design

Design:
"Because of this serious design flaw I cannot recommend these otherwise very solid headphones."
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"They are built like a gunship, lightweight design, looks cool, rugged, and although not as good at certain things as a full-open design nor closed, they are a nice mid for someone like me who just wants one pair of headphones that I can play games and listen to music with, and they are fantastic for that."
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"These are a handsome set with nothing coming off as feeling cheap or a compromise; however, the design and choice of materials make these quite bulky and heavy."
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"First....the design and resulting compromises are almost perfect for my use of these cans."
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"This is part of the compromise based on the design of semi-open, non fatiguing."
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"As far a sound goes the quality and clarity is great, but due to the semi-open design, it does let in some outside sound and leaks a lot of sound."
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"The design is gorgeous, one of the best looking pairs of headphones out currently imo and while they look heavy, the materials are expertly crafted to be quite light, a tad heavier than the Momentums."
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"First....the design and resulting compromises are almost perfect for my use of these cans."
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"Love the leather and elegant design."
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"I thought they were very well designed and made and had a nice studio headphone look to them."
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Fit

Fit:
"They came with a nice storage pouch and two different cables (one has inline volume controls for devices that support it).The only downside is that they fit slightly tightly, but that is mitigated by the memory foam ear cups."
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"The fit is really good and the looks is very classic."
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"also, I have a big head and big ears, and these fit great, super comfortable."
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"For the original price, a nice hard case with custom fit should have been included."
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"Terrific comfort and fit."
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"I've got an average size head and they fit with just enough pressure to ensure a good seal with the memory foam ear pads."
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Music

Music:
"Since I can't listen to music at anything but a ridiculous sound level, I found that I was unable to use them in my office environment without annoying other people."
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"a bit of background on headphones i have used in the past and my factors for purchasing the Fidelio L1:my day to day headphones have been the audio technica ath-m50s...i have had these for almost two years now and really enjoy their sound signature - i will keep those forever...they work well and produce great sound from my mb pro, from my iphone and also when hooked up to my dac amp setup, also important across nearly all types of muisc genres...but i will say they are powerful, more powerful and louder than the other headphones i list here IMO (at the same volume level and same hardware the m50 sounds louder - this does not necessarily mean they are sonically better mind you)...before the ath-m50s, i was day to daying the ultrasone hfi-780 - my first real entry into quality headphones...i was blown away by the sound staging the ultrasones had, and the exponentially improved sound quality a nice pair of headphones brought to my music... but they grew a bit too bassy for me and more importantly uncomfortable...i recently sold the hfi780 in my hunt for a more neutral, if not slightly warm headphone."
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"The semi-open design is awesome if you want to play games but not loose all the atmosphere, and music has hreat highs, okay mids, and fantastic bass, not to a bass head level, mind you, but enough to still enjoy the sounds of the music."
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"On, the plus side though, this feature provides for a more mellow sound and works well with all types of music."
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"I listen to a great variety of music, some of those types demoed were: lot's of electronic - Dubstep, EDM, Trance, Progressive House etc, Bluegrass, Pop, Acoustic, Rock, both female and male vocals, Indie, R&B;, and more."
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"These are fun and engaging and will make you want dance sing shake your head, whatever it is you do to music you enjoy."
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Price

Price:
"These are a handsome set with nothing coming off as feeling cheap or a compromise; however, the design and choice of materials make these quite bulky and heavy."
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"The sound is very good - I have not liked anything better in the sub $300 price range."
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"The current price of around 100 is bordering on the ridiculous and anyone looking for a seriously good sounding headphone with great build quality to match should certainly check these beauties out."
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"The sound quality is extremely hard to beat at this price point."
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"Issue is not with my gear or my ear it's just that these are hugely overrated and I definitely don't recommend you wasting your money like I did."
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"great price, great quality, I feel like a legit audiophile now!"
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"I was amazed to see such a beautiful looking headphones at such a low price."
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"These are excellent headphones for the price."
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"For the price these are a fantastic value and I'd even recommend them side by side to the ath m50x m50's."
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"The build quality is unbelievable for the price, and the brown leather on the headband completes the professional look."
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Quality

Quality:
"I'd have been happy to keep these but unfortunately the treble had a quality to it I just didn't like, despite the rest of the sound being very satisfying to my ears."
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"The sound quality is extremely hard to beat at this price point."
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"I can't find a single fault in the sound quality and B.)"
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"If you like really loud music AND won't use an amp, you might look for something with lower impedance, but I can't really imagine volume being a problem for most people (and my understanding is that these are better than most).SOUND QUALITY10 10."
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"The sound on Fidelio L1s is a bit on the darker side and the mids are slightly recessed, but in general I was very happy with the sound quality, especially with a little bit of help by external amplifier."
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"great price, great quality, I feel like a legit audiophile now!"
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"Build quality is excellent and there are no rattles or loose bits to compromise one's confidence in the L1."
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"As far a sound goes the quality and clarity is great, but due to the semi-open design, it does let in some outside sound and leaks a lot of sound."
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"First off, these headphones look great and feel like they are of premium build and durable quality."
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Sound

Sound:
"If they fit your ears head properly (many people have issue, I didn't really) they would be the perfect on the go headphone that sacrifice very little in terms of sound."
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"First the bad, the don't sound as good as the Fidelio X2...the X2 sounds like you are there, or higher end speakers in a good room."
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"The sound is very good - I have not liked anything better in the sub $300 price range."
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"Despite being very comfortable to wear the sound was totally disappointing to me and despite giving them a few days to burn in the sound was just too thin and lifeless."
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"The sound on Fidelio L1s is a bit on the darker side and the mids are slightly recessed, but in general I was very happy with the sound quality, especially with a little bit of help by external amplifier."
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"The semi-open design is awesome if you want to play games but not loose all the atmosphere, and music has hreat highs, okay mids, and fantastic bass, not to a bass head level, mind you, but enough to still enjoy the sounds of the music."
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"As far a sound goes the quality and clarity is great, but due to the semi-open design, it does let in some outside sound and leaks a lot of sound."
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"I prefer a more isolated sound, but these sound great nonetheless."
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"On, the plus side though, this feature provides for a more mellow sound and works well with all types of music."
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Volume

Volume:
"They came with a nice storage pouch and two different cables (one has inline volume controls for devices that support it).The only downside is that they fit slightly tightly, but that is mitigated by the memory foam ear cups."
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"If you like really loud music AND won't use an amp, you might look for something with lower impedance, but I can't really imagine volume being a problem for most people (and my understanding is that these are better than most).SOUND QUALITY10 10."
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"The mic volume is on the left headphone which is a bit annoying because apple has theirs on the right."
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"I'm not much of an audio enthusiast.. but they are super comfortable and sound crisp clear even at low volumes."
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"They respond well to additional power - the midrange opens up, bass is tighter and distortion is well in check at moderate high volumes."
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"I bought my first amp for travel on airplanes, and they extend the time the player's battery lasts, as well as allow me to increase the volume to better drown out ambient noise."
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"I can play most songs at full volume for short periods of time without discomfort."
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"I was concerned about getting enough volume but that hasn't been a problem (barely).2.)"
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