Philips to the revival. The Dutch company wants to restore the image of its Fidelio brand, neglected for too long and yet synonymous with high-end. It is first the B97 soundbar that represents this desire to win back. Dolby Atmos compatible – like the excellent Sonos Arc – it revives a system proven a few years ago on older Philips models: at its ends, two speakers are detachable and can thus be placed in a living room for use as surround channels.
A total of 17 speakers are integrated into the Fidelio B97, to which a subwoofer is added. It is also Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 compatible to be able to stream music from a smartphone or tablet. Finally, Google and Alexa assistants are also involved.
Generalized noise reduction
Another emblematic product of this new range: the Fidelio L3 active noise cancellation headphones. Equipped with two large 40 mm speakers, it offers a battery life of 30 hours announced by the manufacturer, one of the best on the market which will need to be confirmed by our tests. Good news for sound lovers, aptX HD codec Qualcomm is supported, allowing transmission of 24-bit audio files at 48 kHz for better audio quality.
Finally, Philips also intends to take advantage of the craze generated by true wireless headphones with its Fidelio T8505, which also have a noise cancellation function, to position itself in front of the AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3. . The manufacturer announces an autonomy of 5 hours when the noise reduction is activated.
The L3 headset will be available this September at a price of 399 euros, while the B97 soundbar and the T8505 true wireless will be marketed in October at the respective prices of 1,199 and 199 euros.