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Philips SBC HC 8400

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      18.01.2016 21:23
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      Good HeadPhone

      I have had these headphones for two years and they have been a very good set of headphones. They now seem to be approaching old age, as things seem to be going wrong and are held together by luck at the moment. This maybe through fault of mine, they haven't had the easiest life.


      Sound Quality

      Sound quality is very good, the FM seems to broadcast in very high quality. The bass is powerful but not overwhelming and the highs are hit well and don't distort.
      On the negative side, I have found that the volume on the source has to be turned to full or the headphones hiss at higher volumes.
      I have had a problem with the base station and the left cup will only produce sound at 48% of the other one (these are the balance settings on Windows 7 to make it equal).

      Build Quality

      The build quality of the headphones is very good, it is well made and has withstood knocks on a hard floor when I have dropped them. The headband which is elastic has snapped on mine and is held together with sellotape, I put this down to heavy use though.
      The base station however seems flimsy and plasticy and when it broke it confirmed my suspicions about the build quality. It is also quite large, and this seems unnecessary and gets in the way.


      Comfort

      These are the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn. You don't even notice that they are there, despite the weight. They have a dual headband system where the outer one holds it together and is rigid, and the inner one is elastic and moulds to your head making them very comfortable.
      The cups fit my ears in and will fit most unless you have massive ears, the fabric is very comfortable and can be worn for very long periods of time without discomfort.
      They also stay on very easily, I can move about the house and the don't fall off or even move.

      Features

      The unit has FM transmission, from tests this appears to be in the rang of 30-50 metres which is fantastic, they will broadcast happily though walls, and they start popping when moving out of range, but this would be rare in a house.
      They also come with a dual channel feature in case of interference and can be switched manually.
      Volume controls are included on the headset which is necessary due to the hissing problem mentioned earlier.
      It comes with: a 12v power adapter, large base station, 3.5mm lead attached to base station, headset, 3.5mm to 1/4' adapter.
      Also, another odd thing is the unit can be powered by a 12v car socket and can be used on car journeys.
      More headsets can be bought and an unlimited number can be run off a base station, ideal for schools/businesses.


      Battery Life

      These are used for hours each day and I would put the battery life from my sort of use in the region of 16-18 hours. Charging time is an issue and this can take in excess of 7 hours which is annoying, but I do it overnight. It comes with two AAA rechargeable batteries but can be swapped out for normal AAA's or higher capacity rechargeables.
      Overall these are very good headphones, they have had almost constant use for two years and they have worked brilliantly in that respect. There have been problems but I put this more down to lack of care than the product itself.
      They are ideal for heavy users in an office or a house.

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      29.12.2003 01:26
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      Hooray...., headphones are no longer dull and boring. This is relatively new to me and I didn't even know they existed. Philips have introduced wireless headphones which look funky fresh and oh so modern. It was my birthday a couple of months ago and my parents decided to get me them because they know how much I love my music and they seemed such a bargain. I received them later on and was delighted with what I saw. A silvery black colour with what looked like soft padding on the inside. They felt quite heavy in my hand but they're headphones not earphones. I thought it would be alright once I put them on my head. I couldn?t think what else I could use them with other than my personal CD player. Then I though about the PC, TV, electronic piano and much more possibilities! I took them out of their packaging and read the instructions . From what I read I thought all information was clearly laid out and in an easy to understand language. Pictures were used to illustrate points. The service and support seemed great and the product came with 1 year Warranty. Which I hoped I wouldn't need the details of. I find Warranty is always good to have just incase of mishaps with the product. These headphones looked quite flimsy and my others broke if they were dropped on hard surfaces or sat on by me! I finished with the instructions and took out the headphones. To my disappointment I found out that they needed to be charged for 15 hours and I did what I was told. Also 2 AAA batteries which needed to be rechargeable were included and had to be inserted into the headset. The person could be as much as 7m away from the transmitter with the infra red (Ir.) display before the sound would crackle or stop. Leaving the person with freedom of movement and increased comfort. I actually had to wait till the next day before I could put them to use. This was a major disadvantage and was incredibly time consuming for me. The headphones set on t
      op of the transmitter which was a circular oval shaped object. The headphones still work if the transmitter isn?t directly opposite them. You don?t have to be exact. The transmitter enclosed the infra red system. The lights were present in the front of them in a row. I successfully had them charged and plugged them into my Personal CD Player. I was amazed at the comfort and sound quality. They sat snugly on my had and surrounded my ears perfectly which I felt enhanced the sound much more than my old set. The maximum volume this product can handle is 50Db after that the infrared light flashes and the person hears nothing. Not a set of headphones for someone listening to heavy metal and extremely loud rock music. (not me of course!) I hope this set brings me years of great music listening and don?t just stop working in one ear. Before I forget, I checked up on what my parents think I?m worth! £15.99 is what they paid. A total bargain! I also got other things, so that?s all right! Thanks ever so much for reading and I?ll keep in touch with your ops also! Happy New Year everyone! Olivia xx

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        07.10.2001 08:48

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        Music is great. portable music is great. Lightweight portable headphones are EXELENT. I got these headphones as a birthday present.. and wow! what a birthday present they where. These are most comfortable feeling headphones ever created! They sit snugly over your head, dangling away. These are supplied with a base set, and a few cables, and a power plug, and batteries, and of course, the headphones themselves. The base set contains a litle hook on the top as seen on the image for holding the headphones, 2 LED's on the front, one to show when the power is on, one to show when it is charging, and 3 holes in the back.. one for the power cable, one for the input, and one for the charge cable. The charge cable is plugged into the back of the base and then into the side of the headphones. When this has been done, the little green charging light appears on both the base set and the headphones.. and away you go leaving them for a 16 hour charge. Using the headphones could not be any easyer. You plug the base set in, plug in your hi-fi or whatever you are using, wait for it to auto switch on when the music starts playing.. fiddle with the little tuning discs on the base and the headphones untill you have crisp clear sound (this dosent take a minute) and then you walk away adjusting the volume on the headphones experiancing clear sound werever you go. Well actually that last statement isnt quite true.. the bathroom door upstairs is re-inforced to hold the house up.. so it has metal things in it.. there is a half-second slight fuzziness as i walk thru the door.. oh diddums. And then I can sit in the bath and listen to music!! I ahve managed to use this in the hosue, in the garden, and even in my next-door neighbours house! Wahey! If you dont own a pair of these at some point in your life then I trully feel sorry for you! So go get some!!! Oh yeah, the range on them is 50 metres by the way.

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