Hey guys, I’m here to write about a review on the Philips SHE-3590. It’s my very first universal-fit IEM that didn’t come with a phone. But before that, I’d like to add a little bit of backstory to my purchase. I’d been long searching for a cheap IEM as a first for me, and I found Dsnuts’ rave review on these in the Discovery Thread. Also, user Joe Bloggs said good things about them, so I’d like to thank them both for helping me to know what it’s like.
I’m going to post two separate reviews, one for stock and one with an EQ applied using SonicMax Pro. The competitors I have on-hand are my Beats Pros.
Also, I got my sister to cooperate and offer her EarPods in for review, as long as I don't put them into my ears. Basically, she also plays a part in the review, and I'm going to thank her for that, too. My sources are an iPad, and an iPod 4G.
They came just earlier this morning, so I couldn't really say something surely as they haven't been burned-in. I don't really believe in the stuff, though, but I'll post my findings once they get burned in after a while.the seller gave me a few useful extras, like a travel pouch, earloops, a clip, and even an extra pair of tips!
The earphones before unboxing, along with its accessories, and my sources: an iPod Touch 4G (left), and an LG Optimus 2X (right).
Honestly, these little things look so cute! I know, I know, I'm getting overboard here, but the candy colors make them look absolutely adorable! But yeah, this is in black, so, I'd say it looks quite dashing for an IEM with such a diminutive form.
I've had experience with IEMs before, but my sister didn't. She wasn't used to the naturally awesome noise isolation of IEMs...yet. They are extremely comfortable and light, plus their stems are so small that I could easily loop them around my ears.
Attenuation is great already with the medium tips, but the double-flanged tips, which were similar in size to the medium tips, accentuated noise unbelievably well. I know, I'm pretty biased as I've never tried double-flanges before, so take it with a grain of salt.
Sound (Stock): 4.5/5
The first thing I said when I ran the bassiest song I had in my playlist was "Wow." Just wow. I never thought that the bassiest song I had would be so...controlled. The bass was unbelievably subdued and tamed, Fluttershy-style. The a/b tests were the same with my sister; however, we had a slight issue when she found the sound to be sucked out of bass. I replaced the tips to medium single flanges and she went "Now that's bass." For bass, this was a clear winner. The EarPods sounded great, too; however, I found the bass to be more boomy and less punchy. My Beats would reduce it all to muck. This thing's a giant-killer.
Now, moving on to the midrange. The Beats seemed to be wrapped in a thick curtain, whilst the EarPods and the Philips did the opposite. Everything was clear, though my sister noted the better instrument separation in the Philips. The soundstage was still like a box inside your head. The Beats did slightly better in this department, but only that.
The treble is crystal-clear. Acoustic tracks sounded great through this thing. It was magical, it was mystical, it was awesome. This pair does a commendable job of providing such a visceral bass with a sparkling, crystal-clear treble, all whilst not skimping on the midrange. It's a combo that never fails to please.
Sound (EQ'd): 4/5
All ur bass belongs to Beats. Well, in other words, for an EQ'd bass, my Beats wins by a nose. To me it sounds controlled and subdued to the point that it sounds like a 2.1 speaker system. It sounds really good with an EQ, and so does the Philips. Did I mention that the Beats won by a nose? The Philips and EarPods are tied together for a rich, powerful bass experience. The EarPods are more controlled than the Philips, who went out of its way to deliver a balance between the Pods and the Beats. Still, the larger drivers give the Beats an unfair advantage, which gives it an edge when EQ'd.
As for the midrange, the Philips is a clear winner. Clarity has been improved on nearly all levels, and does it well. It sounds so mystifying that it might be able to challenge the big leagues. The treble? You already know.
However, I'd like to note that the Beats does much, much better when an EQ is applied, as its larger drivers seem to be better at doing that. However, the Philips does extremely well without an EQ, so obviously, the winner would be the Philips.
Overall: 4/5 (not an average)
All in all, I must say I'm really impressed with this pair of in-ears right here. They provide such an experience that I couldn't begin to explain its sovereignty over all of the IEMs I've tried. However, take this with a grain of salt as I have not burned them in completely; even then, these are amazing!