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Philips SHL9705A/28 Headband Headset for Android -Black

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #44 in On-Ear

Posted

Pros: Great sound, feather light, low price, portable, smartphone controls w/ mic

Cons: I don't know, they don't come with free chips?

I forgot my headphones so I bought these at an airport kiosk for my flight, to avoid having to use the airline ear buds. For the price, they're shockingly good. Heck, they're good for $100, at $30 they're a complete steal. Bass is taut and full, mids are well presented and slightly forward, and while treble is a little "warm" and rolled off, it's still better than average. Combined with being durable, comfortable (to me), and easily driven by anything (they're designed specifically to be used with an Android phone, but they also work with iOS devices), they're a perfect set of inexpensive, portable on-ears. Just throw them in a bag and go.

Posted

Pros: Really well balanced sound; Comfortable; Well made and designed; In-line mic with solid cable

Cons: Could be too quiet; Cable is not detachable; Sound leakage (but I'm OK with this as I wear them on the street), Philips app is a little clunky

Got these for $20 on Woot. They're exceedingly comfortable on-ear headphones with memory foam that feels soft and cushioned. The cable is thick and just the right length for a portable device and only emerges from one side of the phones (too bad it's not detachable). The looks are classy: the aluminum is shiny but not garish, the red trim is barely noticeable but a nice touch nevertheless, and the black headband is soft and comfortable and easily adjustable. The build quality is very solid and the earpads swivel flat with a reassuring click.

 

Onto the important stuff: sound quality. Well, once again, I'm no audiophile but these sound great for portable device listening. The Android app you can download adds a bit of boost to the overall sound character without messing things up too much (unlike like a lot of EQ apps). You can adjust the sound profile (more warmth, less bright, etc.) in-app. They have nice highs, good mids (which I really appreciated in a world of bass-heavy headphones), and just enough bass punch to make them sound good without being overbearing. Going back to some other headphones I own, I realized how muddy and "boomy" they were compared to these. However (and this is a big issue for me) they just don't seem 'driven' enough. This could be down to my particular device, but even when I crank the volume to its highest level it's just not loud enough out on the street (but fine indoors). Music is OK, but I can't listen to any spoken word out and about because it's just too quiet -- bummer, but your mileage may vary, and some smartphones may have stronger volume. However, other headphones I've tried don't have this issue.

 

If you can snag them for a similar price, they're worth picking up. The added advantage of being able to answer calls, start/stop music or forward/backward tracks is nice for Android device owners.

 

Sure, these aren't going to match high-fidelity cans and they're specifically aimed at portable use after all, but I'm very impressed for the price. The retail cost (around $70) is too high though, but I noticed even Amazon has them for much less.

Philips SHL9705A/28 Headband Headset for Android -Black
Description:

Flat, foldable, and lightweight aluminium housing for superb music enjoyment on-the-go. The 40mm studio-grade speakers, with deluxe Floating Cushions that allow for full multi-directional adjustment of earshells, create superior sound and natural fit. The headset offers easy call and music management enhanced by sound optimization and personalization through the free Philips MyHeadset app.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandPhilips
ColorBlack
EAN0609585223738
FeatureMade for Android, compatible with devices running Android 2.3 or later from HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG Customize your headset to have full functionality of controls for your music/calls on your android device with the free Philips MyHeadset app 40mm speakers deliver powerful sound performance Memory foam cushions for long listening comfort Floating Cushions for personalized fit and evenly distributed pressure for total comfort
LabelPhilips Accessories
ManufacturerPhilips Accessories
ModelSHL9705A/28
MPNSHL9705A/28
PublisherPhilips Accessories
StudioPhilips Accessories
TitlePhilips SHL9705A/28 Headband Headset for Android -Black
UPC609585223738
SKUPHI SHL9705A
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementSHL9705A/28
Item Height7.9 inches
Item Length2.2 inches
Item Weight0.68 pounds
Item Width7.7 inches
Package Height2.2 inches
Package Length7.8 inches
Package Weight0.6 pounds
Package Width5.5 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberSHL9705A/28
ProductGroupCE
ProductTypeNameHEADPHONES
UPCList - UPCListElement609585223738
ReleaseDate2012-06-01
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