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i was in TRINOMA mall yesterday.
i was about to meet bro Josh (lolopopoy) and Ceph.

im always haunted by my tracks, the aiaiai ever since i sold one.
i missed its light and portable body.
and a nice warm bassy sound sig.

so, while waiting, i decided to walk around for a little while.
while i was striding one part of the mall, the ANSON store in ground level, i saw the philips headphone and ask a guy for a demo unit.

while trying some of the philips low end model, i saw their top of the line model - SHL5500.
priced at p4,499.

site: http://www.usa.philips.com/c/headphones/shl5500_28/prd/en/

an on ear can with a sleek and modern design.

red aluminum arm holding the phones.

lightweight, and really slim.

pads are made of durable cow's leather.
this one is made of genuine leather, unlike bose's.

flat cables.


well, i had the grado sr325is before, the bose on ear headphone and the aiaiai tracks.
the 325is sounds too hot in treble for me.  the sound is quiet very smooth and has a live feel to it.  the aiaiai tracks is a fun, warm sig phone in a clean and portable body.

i think many if not most of us here...
have heard what a good can really sound.
and ever wonder what a good music really sound?
a real sound of instruments? 
not in a live effect, or a delicious warm soft bass, or something that is comparable to your hi end set up speakers in a form a can...
not that.
but something...that sounds natural. 

the shl5550 is a sweet and natural sounding can.

bass and treble doesnt sound overly done...like most headphones do.

what most of companies do is they tune a headphone to be likeable...
something that youll like in your first listen.
with that jaw dropping wow effect.

some cans are tuned too much.

powerful bass for bass lovers, which may sound bloated or too much mid bass humps at times.
hot highs for treble heads, to create more live feel to your music, to give more clarity which sometimes lead to ear piercing highs.
too much warmth in the mids which may sound positive and relax but may sound unrealistic and true...
some companies intend to shape the sound, with their different technologies and patented technics...

all are tuned to impress us.

what's wrong in the final outcome is what you are hearing is the too much tuning or flavor of most companies to their phone, and no longer the right flavor of your music.

its very rare to find something so...unique.
something who stands differently among the rest.

how about something for a changed?
something new.
and not a particular company that is popular by its kind of product.

how about a brand PHILIPS for a can?
want one???
would you believe me when i tell you a PHILIPS brand can sounds as good as your mid to hi level of HIFI can?
sounds as good as your grado prestige series? or audio technica m series?

you maybe saying right now...
PHILIPS? are you nuts? a household brand?

you may not believe me...because its a PHILIPS brand.
me too.
but when i heard it, im amazed.
there is something so unique in its sound.
i couldnt believe a brand like this could create something so good.

the shl5500 is what it is.
the sound is so natural and true.
instruments come alive without exaggeration at all...
its balanced. just right.
its not warm (tracks) nor bright.

i also tried comparing the m50 side by side to it, which cost around 8k. 
the m50 sounded really lush and delicious, but it is tune to be...likeable. 
like most companies do.  
just like what i said above.

unlike the shl5500, the sound is presented to you naturally.
depth, details, dynamics, realism of the sound of instruments...
natural sounding.
this what makes me stop buying most iems...my fx700.
the sound is presented to you naturally.
just like the fx700.

and i want something right.
do you?

there is no forwardness in vocals at all...which doesnt mean it sound too flat or too boring.
there is no too much in treble, bass or mids.

the shl55000 sound is just right.
with the right amount of everything.

you know it sounds right when you hear every details in your music, every nuances, without all the harshness.
it sounds right when youre hearing more of your music than your gear.
it sounds right i believe, when you can distinguish between a sound of a guitar to a sound of a violin or to a sound of a piano.
when you know what your are hearing is true.
true to the sound and character of an instrument.
when a guitar is playing in the background of a song, you should be able to hear it clearly...with the right sound of the guitars body composition, metal strings and wood body.

that's what youll hear here.

some of my mp3 music sounds anemic.
and worst...most of my music is in mp3 format..
too revealing, or too true to the source or format of the music.
its very transparent.


well, most of us here is already used to audiophile or hi quality, hi resolution, hi fidelity brand of gears...from grado, to dennon, to audio technika, to shure to sennheiser... 
we may have owned a pair of two brands or more...
maybe it wont hurt if we could try one new brand, which is not recognize in audiophile or purist's world.

where does the philips fit?
i think the philips hit it home here.
its one of the best sounding can around that needs TO BE HEARD to believe.

maybe we should also give some brands a chance to shine.
philips maybe a household brand...
but give it a one shot try.

i dont want to speak more about the can, but i wanted you to test one yourself.
and hear if what im saying here is true.

im mark, mbc0528 here.
a former owner of a grado sr325is, a bose on ear and aiaiai tracks can..

and ive been hunting for a good pair of new can for a long time...
something that would match my need.
my sound preference.
with a sound that i would really really like.
portable, easy to bring to anywhere, sleek.
and i think...
i already found what im looking for...

with the PHILIPS SHL5500.

how about you?
how about something for a change?

Edited by pinoyman - 10/4/11 at 9:40pm
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Interesting review. I just noticed too that the drivers are 40mm. I have a few Philips headphones and like them a lot except for a couple of models quality build issues. These look well built and classy if this is the style you're after, at least I think so. If I run across these locally I will check em out as well. Thanks for the post. Something I would have overlooked otherwise.


Also these come in Red or Black.

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hello sir, this comes in one color only, i believed...

there are two models, one on ear and one around ear just like bose's...

philips received a red dot award in this hp...


and im very proud ive found a new gem to enjoy.


just please, to all who wanted this, dont expect that creamy lush and smooth sigs of grado and senns, this is different..

the sound is plan and extremely natural in instruments...

details are great too!

it can detect low bit rate and poorly recorded files.


thanks for the comment.

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Oops yes I see I misread the description. Red AND black .


Which ones are you referring to that have the around the ear pads? Is it the SHN 5500 model or something other? Do you have a link I am curious.

This picture shows the the 5500 and SHL5800, which must be what you are referring to. Looks quality close up in the website pics. Nice.

www.philips.ca 2011-10-2 19:30:0.png


Here's the spec sheet link for those too with decent pics. http://download.p4c.philips.com/files/s/shl5800_10/shl5800_10_pss_eng.pdf



Edited by nick n - 10/2/11 at 7:41pm
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Salamat po for the heads up.  Very nice looking headphone and it looks like great attention is paid to build quality and details.  I am not familiar with ANSON.  Will they have one at SM, Gaisano or Robinson's down in Davao City?

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After checking out the specs, it looks like the only difference between the 5500 and the 5800 is on-ear versus over-ear.  Both use memory foam, which I think is an interesting touch.

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anson is a store inside the trinoma mall, a mall owned by the giant robinson.

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Originally Posted by pinoyman View Post

anson is a store inside the trinoma mall, a mall owned by the giant robinson.


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I just ordered SHL5500 through Amazon for $32.40.  Interesting, this one is named "Memory Foam".  They are also available in Red & Black (like the 5800 pic), Orange & Brown, Teal & Grey, Black & White, and Enhanced Isolation (SHL5800) with the Red & Black motif.  The other colors (SHL 5001-5003) are a few dollars less expensive and make no mention of having memory foam.  They are described as having leather ear cushions. The Memory Foam SHL5500 and Enhanced Isolation SHL5800 ($55.99) have no mention of leather ear pads, but I am guessing this is just due to space constraints in the template due to the memory foam description.   Looking forward to trying out my impulse buy.


EDIT:  Maybe I should plan on bringing a few sets on my next trip to RP.  Everything is so damn expensive there -- and if the Customs Inspector takes a liking to your package you know you will never see it.

Edited by Il Mostro - 10/2/11 at 8:58pm
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^yeah, cant help but pay a lot here, and earn little.

that's life in the philippines.


anyway, id like to add that this hp isolates very well, just like an iem. it seals the outer part of your ear. 

and i really really love all the new nuances im hearing in my music...it seems like everything is new to me.

or everything is like the first time ive heard a good sounding music.

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oh yeah I see what you mean about those others. They have a cheap looking attachment to the cups compared to this one.

Also they are 30mm drivers not 40mm like this one.

Model numbers are after 5000 too like 5001 5003 etc.

 I bet this one is the only one with memory foam (? )  they probably just pull the specs from the Philips site. Maybe.

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proof of purchase!!!



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So gwapita!

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^thank you.

this shot was taken last night in our pancake house dinner with my best friend.

my daughter and my wife.

post #15 of 145
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Il Mostro ,

sir, how's your headphone?

did it already arrived?

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