Test: Philips Fidelio M1

Fidelio M1 is really nice, surprisingly comfortable and the sound is not so bad either.

When I first picked up the headset, I was a bit worried about the shape. In “natural sleep” is caps very close together and the entire structure is more like a skewed ring than an arch. My initial concern that it would feel as if my head was squeezed in a vise was waived as soon as I put the headset on the skull. In fact, Fidelio M1 is very comfortable and it is no problem to use it for several hours at a stretch.

“Hoods” is a bit misleading in this context. M1 ‘s hoods are de facto flat but soft, kind of like the Koss Porta Pro headphones popular. Design choice has both advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that the whole package is smaller and does not press as much if you happen to be a person who uses glasses. The downside is that the natural sound insulation will be worse than with variants that concludes around the ear. Despite that, I think, that the insulation in most of the scenarios are quite adequate. The leak is also within the control limits and I have so far avoided angry looks from fellow passengers on the subway.

The whole design is very well built and the quality is top-notch. This applies to everything from metal rings that hold the caps in place to “leather” sitting around the arch. One would have to replace something, it seems to be pretty simple because the design can easily be open through a few small screws. Fidelio M1 also has a detachable headphone cord that is equipped with a microphone and call answer button, so it can be changed if desired.

The sound is comprehensive

Philips has succeeded very well with the soundstage in Fidelio M1, but as usual when it comes to headphones so personal taste also plays into the picture. The top register is clearly and sharply without feeling harsh or cut through the soundstage. The midrange is also sharp, and very rich. Finally, we come to the base and where can the opinions diverge depending on who you ask. I think it is strong and goes deep into the registry while the overall picture is always preserved. The small holes on the outside of the hood is actually tiny air holes that let out the pressure created by the membrane’s swings. That is probably one reason why I think the base is very pleasant. It is also probably the answer to why it lacks raw power, you don’t get that “blows in the chest”-feeling. At the same time, it may be that many will appreciate after that, for example, have been bombarded with competitor Beats bass sounds that are excessively powerful. M1 ‘s soundstage will never feel amazing, or “exciting” but it will never give you reason to complain.

Type: Headset/Headphone

Name: Philips Fidelio M1

Price: approximately 1 600 SEK