Product Type: Philips headphones
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I Can Hear You
Member Name: rockinrach08
Advantages: good sound quality, comfortable to wear, anti-tangling
Disadvantages: noise isolation not perfect but noticeable.
** The Earphones **
The earphones have a metal housing which is supposed to enhance the bass giving you a true-to-life sound. A foam tip is also featured intended for noise isolation, also aided by being in-ear earphones. The noise isolation should work at lower levels so that you don't need to have the volume up loud in public places and potentially damaging your hearing.
For comfort there is memory foam in the carved housing. Like many in-ear earphones it comes with three different sized tips for different ears. I find the ones that come with the earphones always do me fine, the others not usually fitting.
Philips have also tackled a problem for an annoyance everyone faces: tangling. We all know that when we aren't looking, cables tend to end up tangled no matter what. These earphones have a textile covered cable which stops tangling and extends product life (a handy feature for me). If that wasn't enough there is also an anti-tangle slider. A little piece of plastic that has a bit to clip onto the cable. You slide this up to the ear pieces when storing and it shouldn't tangle.
Cord length: 1.2 metres
Fits most audio jacks (mp3 players, phones, computers etc.)
** My Experience **
So, the earphones sound pretty good. But do they perform well? When I bought these earphones I didn't know most of their features. But here is what I have found:
The sound quality on these earphones is good and you can tell these are not cheap earphones. I notice an improvement on my £10 earphones. It is clearer and crisper. The bass does come through better.
However, the noise isolation isn't perfect. This is one of the features I didn't know about beforehand, but was a nice surprise. You can still hear some outside noises but there is a slight reduction in outside noise. But if it didn't say on the packaging that they were noise isolating then I wouldn't have paid much attention to it, even if there is some reduction in noise. But if the sound levels are low then you can hear more outside noise. However at a reasonable noise level (not too loud to damage hearing) I can notice a difference. So while not perfect hopefully some won't listen to their mp3 players so loud? Not perfect but I do notice a difference. If you want noise isolating earphones you are better going for a more expensive pair.
Comfort wise I find them quite comfortable. They fit into my ears easily and I don't feel them too much while they are in there. They stay in quite well when walking, the only time they have fallen out my ears is when I have caught the cable and accidently pulled them out my ear. I have not tried these during exerise yet, but I would expect them to stay in well. When walking they stay in better than other earphones I have owned.
So, are my earphones getting tangled? So far they haven't been too tangled. I always forget to use the tangle slider but without that my earphones don't tangle too much. I have been quite impressed with them so far. Definite improvement on old earphones.
Another thing that I have noticed is that the noise does not bleed too much from the earphones. Which is great for when a guitly pleasure song comes on my mp3 player when I am on the bus to work! Though I feel sorry for those who are no longer subjected to my awesome music taste.
** Price and Availability **
Like what you see? Have I convinced you? Then perhaps I should tell you where to get them. I bought these from Argos which are currently available for £29.99. They are also available on the Philips website (£31) and Amazon (£24.67). Philips are a well known brand and their products are available from a wide selection of electrical retailers.
Personally, I wouldn't normally spend this much on earphones. As long as they aren't too cheap and the sound quality is good then I am happy. However I think these earphones are better quality than most I have used before. I'd maybe hope to spend a little less on them myself though but I am glad I bought them.
** Overall **
I think these are great earphones. They have great sound quality, are comfortable and don't tangle! The price may not to be everyones tastes but if these last me then they definitely will be worth it. I have owned them 4 months now and use them nearly every day. Assuming they last me, I would buy another pair if I had to. The noise isolation may not be perfect but it is there.
Would I recommend them? Generally, I would yeah. They are a good pair of earphones.
Summary: Great pair of earphones for sound quality and comfort.
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