Philips Fidelio S2 Review


What are the Philips Fidelio S2?

The Philips Fidelio S2 mark the first time Philips has put its Fidelio br& onto lớn a pair of in-ear headphones – it’s the same mark reserved for audio products the company thinks sound really, really good.

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They may not quite challenge the top dual & triple driver competition, but the Fidelio S2 show that the ears behind Fidelio really know their sound.

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Philips Fidelio S2 – Design & Comfort

These earphones are one of two new pairs lớn wear the Philips Fidelio badge, the brothers of the cheaper Fidelio S1 earphones. The Philips Fidelio S2 are the higher-end pair of the two, và are made of metal rather than plastic.

Whether or not it dramatically affects the sound, these are extremely well-made earphones. They are decked out in gold & blachồng – which sounds lượt thích it could be a garish mess – but Philips donned its tasteful hat & didn’t make the gold parts too showy.

The kiến thiết of the Fidelio S2 is actually quite unusual, though. Their rear parts are semi open, inspired by the over-ears Fidelio L1 headphones.

You might assume that this means they leak sound like water through a sieve sầu, but they don’t. Noise isolation isn’t fantastic, but the Fidelio S2s can handle most public transport without too much fuss, và they won’t force the person next to lớn you at work lớn listen to lớn your tunes.

The Philips Fidelio S2 are pretty picky about fit, though. If they don’t sit correctly in your ears, bass performance will be severely impaired. This mostly means you need lớn take extra care as khổng lồ which tip you use.

There’s a very generous selection included with the Philips Fidelio S2. You get two pairs of Comply foam tips và five pairs of rubber ones. Using the foamies more-or-less eradicates any fit issues, as the foam expands lớn fit your ear canal.

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Another potential issue is microphonic noise – the Philips Fidelio S2 use a thichồng, flat, non-removable two-tone cable designed to reduce tangling. It certainly doesn’t get rid of tangling altogether, but doesn’t create loads of microphonics (noise caused by cables rustling against clothing) either. Unfortunately, the cable is non-removable. Break the jaông xã and it’s game over.

Philips Fidelio S2 – Sound Quality

Once you get above sầu the £100 mark, earphones increasingly start khổng lồ use balanced armature drivers. These high-end drivers offer great accuracy, although have sầu trouble reproducing bass – which is on reason why many top-kết thúc earphone use multiple drivers.

The Philips Fidelio S2 steer clear of the balanced armature type, sticking with the dynamic driver used in entry-màn chơi earphones. Of course, that doesn’t mean this is an entry-level driver.

It’s a 13.5mm neodymium speaker, và it is masterfully tuned. Sound balance is nigh-on immaculate và bass control is truly expert.

What you get with the Philips Fidelio S2 is a carefully-crafted, slightly ‘warm’ sounding signature that’s fairly accurate, & very easy on the ear thanks to its lack of sibilance or harshness. Philips has made no wrong moves, và these earphones are quite hard to lớn criticise.

However, that does not mean they are perfect. Forward presentation means the Fidelio S2 don’t have sầu the most open & airiest of sound – something you might expect them khổng lồ have given the semi-open thiết kế.

You can also get better treble performance from a dual-driver earphone such as the UE 700, and that these earphones don’t have sầu quite the sound separation of a balanced armature tai nghe means they’re not the most challenging or revealing pair.

Should I buy the Philips Fidelio S2?

Philips has not dropped the ball with the Fidelio S2. They’re technically very accomplished headphones with sound even more tasteful than the mostly-classy look.

However, they don’t excel in a particular area as high-kết thúc (especially multi-driver) earphones tend to, & their £130 price means they stray into lớn the territory of some pretty serious headphones. We’d suggest considering the lower-kết thúc series-sibling Fidelio S1. They are tuned khổng lồ the same sound signature, but have sầu less flashy bodies, offer fewer accessories & use a lesser-dampened driver.

The S2 may be better, but given the price the S1 sell for online, it seems like that may be the better khuyến mãi of the two.


The Philips Fidelio S2 are high-quality earphones with a superbly-tuned sound và great build quality. They can’t quite compete with top multi-driver earphones, but it’s a good first-wave sầu effort from Philips.