If you want a bass workout on those drivers heres the puppy
good track too
The bass is slightly north of neutral imo. If the recording doesn't have a lot of bass, then they will not have a lot of bass. But they can thump if the recording does have a lot of bass.
The high end is very clear and sparkly, but without any excessive sibilance/harshness. And the mids are fairly neutral imo.
Honestly, I even think their clarity is recording dependent. On regular recordings they're neutrally clear, but if a recording has a lot of clarity, they'll show it with as little harshness as possible.
Soundwise, they're sublime imo.
The Creative Aurvana Live comes the closest.
The CAL has a lot more emphasis in the lower mids, but the actual clarity is the same, or the CAL may be even slightly clearer at the upper treble imo. But because the Philips has a lot less lower mids emphasis, they sound cleaner/less artificial in a direct A/B comparison, but I also had to get used to the less forward (sometimes recessed) vocals at first. But that went over in a few days and with change of the stock cable (which seemed to recess the vocals a bit)
The CALs bass emphasis is around the same level of the L2, but the L2s bass is way tighter and extends deeper.
Soundstage/imaging is also better on the L2.
Oh, and the L2 has more detail.
For a while, the CAL was my favourite headphone and best headphone I ever heard, sounding even better imo than the Focal Spirit Pro, NAD Viso HP50, Sennheiser Momentum, Shure SRH-840/440 and Philips L1.
But the L2 is my new favourite/best headphone I ever heard.
So I got the L2. Amazing bass, clear and very extended. Mids are solid. Highs are crisp. Reminds me enough of my Shure SRH1540 that I had to chose one or the other. I chose the Shure because I've had them longer and the L2 is less used so I feel better selling it. It's on EBay now if you search for it. The current bid is $99.00. Just in case anyone here is looking for a pair of the headphones.
Is there a sound difference between different models of the Philips L2? The reason I'm asking is because when I got the L2 the first time, they were in a different box than the second time I bought them (and returned them because they were defect on the left grill, so my new pair I'm gonna use is arriving somewhere this week)?