When Apple launched its MFi standard to allow for third-party headphone manufacturers to deliver higher-quality audio through the iOS Lightning port, many people thought this had everything to do with Beats. The purpose for Apple’s acquisition of Beats is still a mystery that we’re waiting to resolve, but we at least thought that yesterday’s Apple event would shed some light, or some products that would show the integration between both companies. That wasn’t the case, and still today, we see the first MFi-compatible product being announced.
Phillips has just unwrapped its Fidelio M2L headphones, and these use a 24-bit digital-analogue converter and amplifier to provide higher-quality audio than delivered by the iPhone’s own DAC chip. Phillips claims that its new product is great, and boasts the integrated 40mm high magnetic intensity neodymium speaker drivers and breathable, leather-covered memory-foam pads providing good sound insulation. Oddly, it seems that these headphones lack the iOS controls that many affordable headphones of today use.
We still have no clue on the US price tag, but they’ll run for €250 when they go on sale later this year. We do know this standard doesn’t work with anything bellow iOS 8, so there’s still room to wait anyway.