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the philips shl5500

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Pros: naturally true sounding
Cons: none

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.


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 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 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?
Wow, just wow. They look fabulous!


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