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Before buying the Philips SHE9700 I only used the headphones which come with the MP3 player. This is also the first time I decided to buy In-ear headphones.
I must say that I'm impressed. I'm not a 'high-end' user, so I can't give an expert review, but I can say that the quality is pretty good. The bass is much better than I previously had, which is pretty good.
Also it isolates the sound around you. I usually listen to music on my bike. I had to turn up the volume to maximum. Now it is way less. Also the earbuds fell out constantly. With the SHE9700, if you insert them correctly, that does not happen anymore. A pretty good way to insert them is by reaching around your head with the opposite arm and pull the top of the ear up. (Right arm with left ear and vice versa.)
The carrying case which comes with the headphones is pretty handy as well. You can put the two extra sizes of rubber caps in it. Same goes for the extension cable. The wire itself is a bit short without the extension, but I use it with a remote control which comes with my MP3-player. So that is pretty handy as well.
A pretty good tip is to 'burn-in'. Download a 'Pink Noise' audio file or turn on a FM frequency with no radio channel, but only noise. Then turn the volume up, not to the maximum. Leave that on for 8 to 10 hours. That improves the audio quality.
Philips SHE9700 are earphones which offer "high definition sound".
The product comes in quite an attractive box which has a little mini booklet at the top which states that it has features like angled acoustic pipe design which allows the sound to go directly into your ear canals.
Once you open the pack, which is rather easy thanks to cardboard on the back which is marked and tears open at a specific location so no fumbling around with scissors! You get a number of things, first of all the earphones themselves, a leather effect case to keep them in, three different sizes of ear caps for the earphones (the medium sized are already on the earphones) and an extension wire.
The length of the cord on the earphones is a bit short so the extension wire is a must have unless you put your MP3 player into your top pocket or something. The earphone wire is of a different design to normal, it loops around the back of your head and neck and the cable goes down your left side as opposed to down your middle. It is a little strange at first but you get used to this layout after a few days of use.
The sound quality initially was a bit disappointing, you have to make sure you are using the right sized ear caps so you can get them firmly into your ears. Once I had put on the small ear caps the sound is much better, far richer and more detailed than my standard Ipod headphones. They go right into your ears so will provide noise isolation which really works, perhaps a bit too well, as I have found myself almost walking into busy traffic whilst wearing these!
For around the £25 mark you will not do better than these earphones, they may not be the best but if you are used to using the standard earphones that come with your MP3 player you will be amazed.