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CES 2012: Philips launches Made for Android and Fidelio headphones

Philips SHE9005A

Philips has boosted its line-up of headphones with a range of affordable to high-end offerings.

Leading the line are the Fidelio L1 and M1 headphones, the first ever Philips headphones in the Fidelio range - previously reserved for speakers and docks.

Large, over-ear, semi-open-back cans, the Fidelio L1s are priced at $300 and use 40mm neodymium drivers.

Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad, they include an in-line remote control.

They're due out in April alongside the M1 headphones, an on-ear closed-back design, with in-line mic and control, due to sell for $250.

Also new in Q2 will be four pairs of Made for Android headphones: two in-ear pairs, an ear-hook design and some on-ear cans.

All the Android earphones use a free Philips app in order to deliver control of any Android 2.3 or later smarpthone from HTC, Motorola, LG and Samsung.

The headphones come with in-line mic and remote controls, while the app also allows you to adjust the sound to your personal taste.

The Philips SHE7005A are the entry-level in-ears and will cost $30, while the SHE9005A (pictured) are the premium in-ears, yours for $50.

The earhook design is the SHS8105S and will cost $40, while SHL9705A headphones are on-ear and $100.

Also new is the Philips O'Neill Tread, designed to be able to withstand being trodden in to the ground - they passed our brief test - and with a rugged design. Yours for $40, there's an in-line mic and remote option for $50.

Similarly, the Philips O'Neill Construct cans are an over-ear design with a flexible headband. These will cost around $150.

UK prices are yet to be confirmed.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.