Philips Audio has announced a very cool new feature on their brand new Fidelio M2L line of headphones. Rather than the traditional metal headphone jack, the Fidelios come with the industry’s first foray into using Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable as an audio conduit. Philips says this will allow for 24-bit digital to analog conversion (DAC) as well as support an amplifier in the headphones themselves rather than in an iOS device’s native DAC module. This ability to push DAC conversion to the headphones with their own conversion module rather than relying on the device’s built in converter will allow for a cleaner, clearer sound by eliminating crosstalk and other interference.
“We’re excited to launch the Philips Fidelio M2L, our first headphone that has a direct digital connection to your iOS device. This means we can deliver an incredible audio experience today, and also opens up exciting opportunities for innovation for the future,” says Pascal van Laer, headphones business leader.
To complement the new output mode, Philips built the Fidelio M2Ls with a pair of 40mm magnetic intensity neodymium speaker drivers and closed-back architecture to provide the best sound they could manage, with wider-ranging frequency reproduction, noise-isolated audio and dynamic bass.
Apple recently updated their software to make this sort of connection possible, after teasing the feature at its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. Among the benefits of a Lightning plug are the headphone-controlling apps. For instance, if you’ve got noise-canceling headphones, the manufacturer could build an app that lets you fine-tune that function on your device. The Lightning connector also allows your headphones to draw power from the device, negating the need for a separate battery source.
The Philips Fidelio M2L headphones will be available for $320 starting in December.
We’d tell you to head over to Philips Audio’s headphone’s product page, but apparently it’s down for the moment.
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