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Philips Fidelio S1 Reviews

Tetsuro P12

The Philips Fidelio S1 are undoubtedly high quality IEMs

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Pros: 'Flat EQ', wide soundstage, good isolation, good build quality, hard case, microphone included

Cons: Unforgiving on badly mastered tracks, a bit hard to drive (need good amplification), not really the bassiest set, no volume slider

As for any 'flat EQ' speakers these IEMs lacks a bit of energy and sparkle (not definition, they have plenty of it!), not everything is rendered precisely since they try to do everything (in particular I do not like the rendition of cymbals), so they do not excel in any particular area except for soundstage (I noticed that it's a common problem with IEMs that try to expand the soundstage). Every instrument have it's proper position in the scene, that's a big plus. The bass doesn't mitigate mid frequencies, everything is kept at bay but voices aren't rendered forward so they are not really prominent. They are clearly unforgiving on badly mastered tracks so a few could sound a little...
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pignolo

overal good, with a touch of high prominence

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Pros: superb build quality, low-mid frequencies, scene rendering.

Cons: the prominence of the high frequencies, sometimes confused. Not for noisy environment use. Shallow ear insertion.

I have to say, as introduction: I'm not an audiophile, just an "enhanced" user with more than 20 years of analogic and digital listen. I use mainly portable devices, some Fii amplifier, and I listen pop-rock-ethnic (50%) classic (20%) and jazz (30%) mainly lossless. And finally my english, it's not "mother tongue style", sorry for this.   This product (on amazon, 60 euros) has an elegant and robust big box where, in addition to the IEMs you find a little semi-rigid box for transport, and 4 sets of eartips, one of them is foam made. Overall I have an idea of strong build quality. The IEMs looks pretty nice with the metal dark shield and the red/black cable flat, Y shaped with the...
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