Didn't see this thread so I'll cut and paste my post from the other thread:
My third post on Head-Fi was to say I bought the L1. ( http://www.head-fi.org/t/591929/review-philips-fidelio-l1-updated-5-14/60#post_8114638 )
This time I'm posting to say I just bought the L2. (I live in HK so we get it sooner)
Funny story. Last week I noticed in a shop the Philips L2 and I thought to myself "I didn't even know they were making this". So I went back home and did some research and found out that some people say it's better than the L1. So I said to myself, "When my L1s bite the dust I'll perhaps buy the L2s", YESTERDAY my L1s broke (the cable dangling from the left headphone cup broke, which makes it difficult to fix). So I gave my L1s to my daughter (so she could play about with them or whatever) and today I went to try out some portable headphones.
I tried the V-Moda M100, Sennheiser Momentum and Beyer DT 1350.
I liked the Beyer 1350 sound, but it got uncomfortable very quickly.
I liked the V-Moda M100 isolation and sound in general, but the bass was a little too much.
I liked the Momentum's comfort, but I generally didn't like the sound (personally at least).
I liked the Philips L2 sound and comfort (little bit bass heavy, but not like the M100), but it wasn't the best with isolation.
Since I already have had the L1 for so long and know what to expect isolation wise, I decided to buy the L2.
Somethings I've noticed right off the bat:
1. There's no cables running from the cups to the band anymore (this is good, one less thing to worry about/wear out/break).
2. The cable doesn't dangle down from the left cup anymore (this is GREAT because it'll be harder to break, and this part is what killed my L1s in the end).
3. The headband is a little thinner (and more uncomfortable) than the L1's. This isn't too bad though.
4. The pads (as before) are NOT replaceable. This isn't great because my L1s would come apart at the seam... not a huge problem for me because I'm trained in leatherwork (they're not leather, but same principle) and I can easily fix it... this might be trouble for some.
5. The screws holding the cups to the... cup holder (?) are seemingly orange plastic instead of metal. Not sure if this will cause durability problems.
6. The grill on the back of the cups is bigger and the mesh holes are larger... this is GREAT for me because the L1 would frequently catch on my beard hairs (PAINFUL).
7. There isn't an edition number anymore (I had 00107 on the L1, which was pretty cool).
8. The in line mic/control is made of some sort of bright orange rubber. My controller on the L1 broke so let's see how well this works.
9. Talking about the controller... there's no volume control (unless I'm missing something of course)
Sound wise it seems a little better than the L1. I'd have to try both together to be sure. So I won't comment much about the sound other than to say it seems good to my ears anyway.
Originally Posted by Trunks159
They sound more like the fidelio x1 with a smaller soundstage and more isolation. The l1 was one of the most uncomfortable cans I've owned because of both the small earcups and crazy clamping pressure. It seems those issues have returned. [snip]
I personally think the L1 is quite comfortable. Everyone is different I suppose.
About isolation. I did a little test. I am sitting in a quiet office typing on a mechanical keyboard (blue cherry switches... which are the clicky/noisy ones). I am listening to "No Aloha" by the Breeders right now. I can hear myself typing fairly easily, though it's not too distracting.
Now I'll try some closed headphones I have here (Shure SRH-440... they kinda suck, but here we go):
Trying again.. Ok now I can actually hear the high pitched clicky clack MORE than with the L2s.
Seems the L2 lets in low frequencies and keeps out the higher frequency (maybe this has something to do with the sound signature but I'm not very good with telling). This also reflects my experience with the L1s. So, if you want to block out high pitched noises (fans?) then they'll be ok, not fantastic of course because they're semi-open. If you want to block out deeper noises (like bus/plane engines etc.) then they'll be like the L1s. Not so effective. When I travel on a bus or train in Hong Kong I usually put in IEM instead of using the L1 (and L2 now I suppose).
ACTUALLY now I just went back to using the L2s and I'll say they have BETTER isolation than the Shure SRH-440... maybe the Shures headphones have crap isolation?
I know for a fact the isolation is worse than the Vmoda M100, if that helps anyone.
Edited by Stealthy Ninja - 11/21/13 at 2:31am