Philips Fidelio NC1 noise canceling headphones review

If you are reading a review of Philips headphones for the first time, I hasten to remind you that Fidelio is a separate line that contains the very best headphones of the company, both in terms of sound and in terms of functionality. Therefore, do not be surprised that NC1 is located here. Where else should they be? Let's talk about noise reduction, now let's talk about design. The headphones are made very well, the assembly is of high quality, nothing creaks, does not play, it's nice to pick up. On the ear pads and headband - eco-leather, aluminum cups, plastic is also nice, matte. I would only replace the cable, it is with a fabric braid, it looks cheap. The cups have a 3.5 mm jack for connecting an audio cable and microUSB for charging. So, if you wish, you can insert your own “spring” into NC1. The kit includes an adapter for use on an airplane, which is quite logical, but where else is there a place for such a model?

The cups are foldable, which allows you to carry headphones in a jacket pocket. The NC1 is comfortable to carry around the neck.

Noise reduction system

It uses Active Noise Canceling technology, which allows you (in theory) to fly quietly in an airplane and not hear the surrounding sounds. It's in theory. In practice, even the best civilian models cannot completely extinguish the cry of a child nearby - I repeat, they cannot completely extinguish. The sound is clipped at the peak, meaning you get less acoustic impact anyway. In addition, if we talk specifically about children's screams, then the reason for the increased nervousness of many people lies in instincts - we hear a cry and immediately react (help, calm, etc.). Some gentlemen and ladies begin to say all sorts of nonsense, they say, that's why parents drag the poor child, let him sit at home - in fact, the sooner the child gets into the sky, the better. The child does not need to be kept at home, let him get used to the road from childhood. Otherwise, it will be even more difficult to get used to. However, we digress. First, the Philips Fidelio NC1 are open-back headphones. Which is already strange for a model with ANC (active noise cancellation). These are usually on-ear headphones that provide good passive noise isolation due to large cups. This is not here - minus engineers. Purely physically you can't hide from the sound in NC1. Secondly, the operation of the noise reduction system is barely noticeable. It is a fact. As much as I love Philips, my reputation is dearer to me. It's easy to tell the truth. If suddenly it seems to you that “noise reduction” is normal here, listen to the Bose QC25. Heaven and earth.

What good can be said about "noise canceling"? It can reduce the noise of the train in the subway a little, a little to remove the noise of the turbines in the plane, if you turn the music up louder. Turn on the music louder - you start to strain the passengers, because the design is open. So decide whether to buy NC1 specifically for travel or not.

There is also a question for convenience. Large "burdocks" like Bose QC25 are great for long flights, but here the ear pads are rather strange - they are moderately elastic, but after an hour of wearing you start to pull them a little to the side, move them - a clear sign of discomfort. The dense material on the cups interferes with ventilation, if it is hot indoors or outdoors, the ears will sweat.

Opening hours

Declared run time is 30 hours, charging time is about four hours. Any microUSB cable will do.


There is such a good artist Moon, and he has a great album Day / Night, and there is a track Case Logic. In NC1, the bass seems to walk from cup to cup, the effect is very interesting and unexpected - the composition itself is complex, the voices fade in, then appear to the right, top left, bottom - is it all a play of imagination or was it intended? Do not know. It was no less interesting to listen to Thom Yorke's strange album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes. It was distributed for free and only for free, you can find it on the "rutracker" in FLAC and MP3, it's better to download MP3. Great for testing headphones. If you begin to understand that the tracks have a double, triple bottom, then the headphones are good. In my opinion, TS1 is just from the category of good ones and deserves decent treatment - warm it up, play your favorite music longer. During this time, the ear pads will sit as they should. Well, then there is scope for action - listen with different players, smartphone, tablet or laptop. I scolded small cups, but they have a plus - you can safely lie on the pillow and the cup does not interfere.


  • Maximum input power - 150 mW
  • Sensitivity - 107 dB
  • Emitter diameter - 40 mm
  • Frequency range - 7-25,000 Hz
  • Resistance - 16 Ohm


In retail, headphones cost about 18,500 rubles, which, of course, is quite expensive - in the sense that there are many competitors. These are Beats Studio 2 (about 21,000 rubles), and Bose QC25 (19,990 rubles), and Parrot Zik 2.0 (these can generally be found for 18,000 rubles). Three models that can really deal with noise are more famous, some are a hundred times more functional, this applies to Zik 2.0.

Nevertheless, I would recommend NC1 - replace the cable, don't spare the microphone and one-button remote. They look great, are solidly made and sound good.