Fidelio is the title of Beethoven’s only opera. And while it is not a mainstay of the operatic repertoire, many opera connoisseurs consider it to be one of the great works in the genre, and a refined delight to be savored as you grow with it.
Much the same could be said of the design philosophy and goals of the Philips Fidelio line of hi-fi audio gear. The growing roster of high-quality loudspeakers bearing the Fidelio imprint share an uncommon approach to aesthetics, appearance and audio engineering detail, that sets them apart from the rest of the me-too sound products market.
So far, Philips has brought about a dozen Fidelio products to market. They range from the small and relatively inexpensive Fidelio Primo wireless docking speakers, to the higher end systems like the Fidelio SoundAvia wireless speakers and the Fidelio SoundRing.
Most (but not all) of the Fidelio systems feature wireless streaming audio, using the Apple Airplay system. It’s hard to beat the ease-of-use that comes with reliable wireless audio around the house, and the Airplay wireless technology in particular is perfectly suited to the high-end audio aspirations of the Fidelio line. Airplay simply sounds better than the rival Bluetooth wireless audio streaming you’ll find in many lower-priced audio products.
This site takes a critical (but enthusiastic!) look at all of the loudspeakers and systems available from Philips Fidelio, with suggestions for choosing the best system for your environment and budget. You’ll find detailed reviews and commentary on each Fidelio model. But for a quick overview, here is a capsule introduction to some of the highlights:
Philips Fidelio SoundSphere Docking Speakers (limited edition)
These distinctive wireless speakers certainly got the world talking. The artist-inspired design features handcrafted wood enclosures that produce clear, natural sound. There were only 999 sets produced, so you might never see the genuine article. If you do – snap them up!
Philips Fidelio Primo Mini Docking Speaker
Un-paralleled design and premium sound quality for such small speakers put this diminutive wireless system in a class of its own. Experience full audio fidelity in a tiny package, thanks to the use of natural wood and premium components.
Philips Fidelio SoundCurve with AirPlay
Get more out of your music, gaming and video experience now. Smart and chic, this speaker delivers stunning sound in a convenient way with wireless streaming from your iPod touch, iPhone iPad and iTunes.
Philips Fidelio SoundRing with AirPlay
The SoundRing will fill any room in your house with sound. Enjoy superb sound all around your home with this unique design wireless speaker that delivers full fidelity to your entire room, no matter the size.