The Philips SHE8500 is available for a price of around 9 pounds which i think is really cheap. These are in-ear earphones and have a nice design although of the ear piece is quiet a lot covered with shiny black plastic. The plugs themselves are made of shiny black plastic and the top of a piece is of brushed metal. The cable is 1.2 meters which is long enough.
Probably one of the key points that you buy in-ear headphones is that it almost shuts out any other noise completely so that you can really enjoy your music. The only negative thing is that you can sometimes hear yourself breathe when there is no music on. I never really liked that but not a big problem or anything just a bit weird.
The most important thing is of course the quality of the music/sound. I think (especially for the price) you get worth your money. The bass sounds really good but also the high tones are clear. I think especially the bass is much better than the original headphones and I have often music with a deep bass. Of course you have to be careful that you don't turn the music up too loud because you can damage your hearing.
When you buy this headset you get three rubber caps in three different sizes to make sure you get the perfect fit. I use the medium sized one and have to say they don't fall out while listening to the music and running. The problem with these rubber caps is that they fall off when you have the earphones in the bag. Luckily you get a handy little plastic protector with them where you can just fit the earphones in. Very handy and this way they are protected.
These earphones are perfect for the price and Phillips is a good brand. I have no regrets buying these and would definitely recommend them. Five stars for me.
I bought these having broken many pairs of headphones before so wanted something cheapish (on the assumption that they would break in maybe 6 months or a year) but they have broken in 3 months and have been hurting my ears. The sound almost halved in the right ear, and then the left, so I put the volume up to compensate. Then people around me complained that they could hear it; it turns out that more sound was coming out of the holes in the back of the speakers than was going into my ears! They were a waste of money which is a pity because until they broke the sound was better than cheaper, but longer lasting, headphones.
These headphones are a very basic "plug in" style earphones from Phillips. The item is available for around £10 on Amazon, which is just about as cheap as you can find a set of earphones in the plug style.
The plug style earphone is slightly different to the traditional in-ear headphones as they are supplied with small rubber plugs, which literally plug into your ear. This style has a couple of major benefits, the main one I have found is that it is a lot easier to keep them in your ear. I have always found it very frustrating with the original style of earphones falling out of my ear as soon as I did anything that involved moving slightly, like going for a walk. Since using them whilst being mobile is the main reason behind having earphones, if I'm stationary I'll use speakers! The other major benefit of the plug style is that it will (somewhat obviously) act as an ear plug and blocks out a lot of external sound. Its clearly not going to completely block out the sound but unless you are a real stickler for zero external noise you will probably be happy enough with the results.
So if you have similar issues and frustrations I would definitely recommend purchasing some plug earphones, whether you purchase these particular ones comes down to a few other points.
As mentioned above, these earphones are pretty much at the bottom of the price range in terms of this style, and as with anything this will obviously mean a sacrifice in some quality. I actually think the sound quality is pretty good, provided you don't want your music blasting through your head. At a reasonable level of volume the sound is quite clear and the bass is decent. If perfectly crisp sound quality is a major factor for you, then you're going to need to spend a bit more and get a better range, if you don't want to spend a fortune and are happy to sacrifice a bit of sound quality, these are perfect.
A couple of negatives with the earphones are the wires. The adaptor that plugs into your MP3 player is a little bit flimsy, and I could imagine that if you didn't take care of it then there might be the possibility of problems here. My other complaint is with the length of the wires. I've noticed recently that for some reason a lot of earphone manufacturers have started producing items with different length wires at the split to right ant left. The wire to the left is about 10 cm, and to the right about 25cm, so you end up with the join hanging of the side of your head as opposed to sat nicely in the middle of your neck. I'm still waiting to understand the pint of this, as I find it a little bit uncomfortable and unnatural.
Generally for not a lot of money, this headphones are good value and assuming you're happy to put up with the few negatives above then they're definitely great for a pair of cheap earphones.
Just bought this nice looking pair of earphones for my girlfriend who is not really picky on the sound but for my (and hers) disapointment they sound terrible, not even close to the cheapless earphones on the market. The sound reproduction is missing some (or all!) high frequencies and the end result resembles a crappy mp3 song with restricted sampling below 22khz...kind of like you listen to your CDs but they sound like an online radio with the lowest quality possible. These are my worst spent 13 EUR ever so far!