In my experience, Philips make a range of reasonably priced and decent performing audio products - so when I saw the SHH2618 earphones at only £2.99 in Robert Dyas (Amazon price = £7.49), I decided to give them a try. It's pretty obvious that for such a low price these earphones aren't going to compete in terms of their aural quality with the Sennheisers of this world - but just how close can they get?
Design & Appearance
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The headphones are shaped in the oldschool in-ear design - and although they're not especially comfortable when worn for long periods of time, their short term comfort isn't at all bad. The 120cm cable length provides a fair bit of leeway and means you don't have to be sat with your computer / stereo virtually on top of you whilst you use them. In terms of additional features, the SHH2618s come with a gimmick in the form of interchangeable earpiece caps which can be swapped to utilise different colours - dooyoo's picture shows the product with the black caps, but other colours can easily be clipped into place (as new, the earphones ship with four additional shades).
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Utilising Neodymium magnets to enhances bass performance and sensitivity, I was fairly impressed with the sound quality of the SHH2618s from the off. The bass is deeper than expected for the price, and the muddy mid-range which you often get with cheaper speakers and headphone is actually quite well defined. The twin vents balance the high sounds and bass tones, and although the top end is a little tinny, it's much better than some of the other cheap earphones that i've used in the past.
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Overall, for under £3 the Philips SHH2618 earphones are an absolute bargain. The sound quality is plenty good enough for making your iTunes collection sound perfectly acceptable, and although they won't win any awards for an all-encompassing high definition sound, the overall tone is good - recommended.