Wearing the Fidelio L3, the top-of-the-range headphone in Philips’ relaunched Fidelio range, is like being wrapped in a tender hug – a stylish and well-built over-the-ear design, it offers an incredible balance of beauty, efficiency and sound quality. The active noise cancellation (ANC) system, based on a hybrid design with dual microphones, works superbly and is completely transparent. Meanwhile, the frequency extension of the headphone’s 40mm drivers is surprising, with powerful but perfectly controlled bass, extremely low distortion and a tonal balance that doesn’t alter with ANC in play. It’s an unfatiguing sound that encourages long listening sessions, something helped by the Fidelio L3’s comfortable design and long battery life. You won’t want to take it off.