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hi there fellow doo yooers. i feel like i missed out on a £4 saving as i paid £14.99 for these at argos without realising they were cheaper elsewhere.
i bought these to use with my amp/electric guitar which for this use they are great for as my amp volume is pretty loud and the 6m long cable makes it easy when rocking out. the earphones are really comfortable considering they were cheap id say they were more comfortable than my rediculously expensive sennheiser ones.
sound quality is not as good as even price equivalent sony headphones that were £20, and you definately get what you pay for. these do the job and are ok for casual use with an instrument in your room but are no good if you do occasional gigging etc. as sound quality is a a bit "cheap" and not rich enough for my liking.
the 3.5mm jack is a bit of a let down as the 6m cable is too long to use with an ipod on the bus etc. and the volume is extremely quiet and is lacking big big time though the sound quality remains strong.
overall, comfortable but i would only recomend them if you were maybe learning to play an electric guitar. other than that id advise to invest more dosh as you definately get what you pay for.
After having a pair of Philips SHP 1900 Headphones for a couple of months, I got addicted to the vibrancy of the music I was hearing, basically getting the full 320kbps of music awesomeness pushed through my skull and enjoying the music like it was meant to be enjoyed. So after unfortunately breaking my Philips SHP 1900, I couldn't stand the bland dumbed down bass of my alternative MP3 headphones, but not being able to find anymore SHP 1900 headphones either online nor in a high street store, my only option was to go for the upgraded version, the SHP 2500's.
After finally getting the headphones, I was quite surprised at how much they varied for their older siblings, and they are only 2 models up from the SHP 1900, and they seem to have redesigned them quite significantly. Unlike the SHP 1900 headphones, which felt quite solid and well built, the SHP 2500 feel slightly cheaper in design and quality, which I wasn't expecting. The speakers on the SHP 2500 rotate up and down in a loose fashion and the head cushions which use to be made out of a soft leather like material, have been replaced with a similar fabric material, which I was very disappointed to see as I loved the previous material. Overall first thoughts were that although these are in the same family of Philips Headphones and are meant to be the better versions of the ones I've had, these in fact are more like a pair of headphones I would pick up cheap from a seller in Hong Kong rather than a reputable brand like Philips.
Look and Feel
As I've mentioned above, I am quite disappointed at the look and feel of the headphones compared to my previous Philips pair.
The headphones/speakers of the headphones spin/pivot quite a lot, which is quite annoying and all I see moving part which has an excuse to break, although essentially they are meant to provide a better fit around your head, but I'm not convinced as they fit around my head with no difficulty or need to pivot at all, it is a massive nuisance when taking off the headphones as you place your hand on the head which spin around.
The adjustment strap at the top is awkwardly stiff and is impossible to adjust when the headphones are on your head, which is oddly enough when I can sense the best fit.
Apart from the nuisance of the pivoting heads, which make the headphones feel and look cheap and low quality, the plastic feels quite light, which isn't bad for weight, but if I drop the headphones it feels like they will shatter.
The colouring and design is very plain, the heads are silver and the strap black only stating the Philips name and model number. The heads are quite big and could easily display some kind of design, which would make them looks slightly cooler to say the least.
Overall, the look and feel of these headphones is not at all impressive, I fact, I've seen cheap non branded headphones and replica brands make better looking headphones.
Although the way the headphones look has really disappointed me, actually using the headphones has really changed my initial impression of the SHP 2500's. Just like the SHP 1900, these headphones offer very great quality audio, allowing you to hear much better detail and the bass is absolutely fantastic. These are significantly better than any ear buds you'd use with iPods and other MP3's, which I find offer quite flat frequencies, allowing you hear the music, but not properly distinguish the different tracks and not really take advantage of the bass which arguably makes up the quality of Rock and Techno music among the rest of the styles.
The Philips SHP 2500 are made with this following specifications -
Acoustic system - Closed
Magnet type - Ferrite
Frequency response - 15 - 22,000 Hz
Voice coil - Copper
Impedance - 32 Ohm
Maximum power input - 500 mW
Sensitivity - 106 dB
Speaker diameter - 40
These are quite typical of the price and quality of these headphones, however unlike the average headphones of this type, the SHP2500 offer slightly higher specifications. For one, the Frequency Response, which is how high and low the headphones, can go, therefore producing low bass and high trebles, the typical spec being 20 - 20000 Hz, which is beaten by the SHP2500's.
The sensitivity is also slightly higher than the typical (96db), which doesn't mean they can go louder, but produce slightly deeper tones and quality.
Overall, the specs for these headphones are quite good, and really makes up for the poor structure quality, and I can easily say, that they do sound fantastic and very vibrant in the bass and you can really tell the difference in the different instruments tracks in the music.
This is an odd category to place in, but I feel an important one. The Philips SHP2500's come with a very long 6m cable, which is honestly a ridiculous size, I personally use my headphones at the computer and the 3.5mm jack goes into my computer tower and I am left with 5 metres of spare cable on my floor, which is annoying to say the least. My last headphones which I keep mentioning had a 2 metre cable, which I thought was bad because it kept getting tangled in my Office Chair (a large spinning arm chair) and whenever I would get up, I realise that the cable was under and over it pretty much, and this resulted in me getting up suddenly and the cable got rammed out of the audio socket bending the headphone jack, rendering the headphones pretty much useless. So you see why I feel so strongly on the issue. I don't quite understand why anyone would need a 6 metre cable unless you plan to run around your house wearing them, and honestly that an accident waiting to happen with the cable everywhere, so I'm stuck with a massive bundle of the cable I have to stick on my desk, which is a nuisance.
The headphones do come with a 5mm adaptor as well the 3.5mm standard. The 5mm is used for devices like keyboards, Amps and some speakers, so that's a nice addition, but it standard anyway with full size headphones like these.
So to say an overall conclusion, I am not as happy with these as I was with my Philips SHP1900's. These headphones look and feel quite horrible and cheap and I can guarantee myself that the rotating heads will find a way to break or be broken. A little bit I forgot to mention is that the cable does into both heads unlike conventional headphones where it goes into one and then raps around the strap into the other, so combined with the ridiculous 6 metre cable and the cables from both heads; you literally are surrounded in cable!
But even though they look quite bad and the cable is stupid, the sound quality is something I can't complain about, once your use to the awkward feel of the headphones, you can enjoy the fantastic audio quality which these headphones produce, with the outstanding deep bass and the distinctive tracks, these headphones are perfect for any music enthusiast or audio producer/editor.
So the final verdict being; if you can't get your hands on any Philips SHP1900 headphones, these are much worst in look and feel qualities, but slightly superior in audio quality, I don't recommend them but for the fantastic price of only £15, it is hard to find anything on the high street which would be better.
The Phillips SH2500 is a reasonable set of headphones. I bought these pretty cheaply from Amazon a few months ago, to be used when watching TV and films on my computer.
They perform well, the base is really good and deep, and sounds are clear, however when connected to anything other than a TV or computer, the volume level is pretty low. Even on max, the sound is still low. They also leak a lot of sound. If I put the volume on max and put the headphones around my neck, I can still hear everything clearly. Sound leaking is a big thing with the SH2500, so it's definitely not the type of headphones you want to use in public.
They are also quite bulky, and do tend to creak a lot. When I first got them they were rather tight around my ears, give it a couple of weeks and it should start to get a little more flexible and stretch out a bit.
The headphones have a nice design. The silver and black work really well together, giving it a rather sophisticated look to it.
As TV Headphones these perform averagely, but I definitely advise against buying these for an MP3 Player.
I bought the Philips SHP2500 in 2007 at my local Argos for £14.99. When I first used them, I was surprised on how much the headphones boosted the bass sound of my music. There is a volume control turner on the headphones which means you don't have to get up and grab your CD player controller to adjust the volume. The headphones also comes with an input changer. This means I can plug the headphones into my guitar amp and get a really good quality sound. The product was created by Philips which is a massive company that supplies anything and everything electrical - at the best quality. These headphones are very comfy to wear and gives an excellent sound. If you are looking for a new set of headphones then I'd recommend these ones. But they're only good if your music has quite a lot of bass in it.
Philips is a name that I have usually trusted purchases with if I am buying a man's shaver, computer peripherals or at best small household appliances. Already I've been impressed this year with the basics of a Philips digital clock "analogue radio," so time will tell!
But in all the years of being a professional musician, doing session work from time to time with the BBC, recording sessions with EMI and the odd engineering sessions with mixing desks and prolific engineers, I have never really seen Philips headphones amongst the cheaper Panasonic, JVC and Sony products. As well as my own use, the use of big cup style headphones have always taken precedence over the in-ear types which fall out of my ears and the cords have proved to be too short when travelling from several and different sound devices such as iPods, Hi-Fi systems and more recently listening to music via my laptop whilst working.
Normally whenever I have had a pair of big cup headphones I have gone with names such as Panasonic or Sony because largely these companies know what they are doing and don't charge the Earth when it comes to offering the more traditional style of headphones. Philips however has decided to things a little differently against their main rivals. Their SHP2500/HP250 series have been on the market for quite a while although I have found them difficult to track down. It has only been recently that Argos have now began to sell these very well designed headphones and at £9-99 (cat number 534/0899) which is the same price as the standard Panasonic headphones I usually get, I decided to pluck for the Philips type instead.
The packaging that these headphones come in however is very large and looks like a gift box, against the more preferred and difficult to open plastic acrylic packages that bless many traditional headphones of this style and spec. Briefly what you have here are stereo headphones, bass boost automatically fitted, an inline volume control pod and a lengthy amount of six metres for the cord. But with my various ways of listening to music and using these headphones, the biggest task is the actual experience of using them. A smaller 3.5mm to 6.3mm adaptor is also included in the price and you'll find them added onto the main headphone jack instead of searching the cardboard packing; no user manual is offered however all the main points for the headphones are clearly written to the sides and back of the packaging whilst a paper manual in many European languages is included if you want to know how to dispose of your headphones!
To look at, the quality of the overall product however is impressive; if you discount the main headband, which despite the name of "Philips" being embossed on the top, the plastic hinges and sliders for the height adjustment are somewhat cheap and in use they can creak which can be off putting.
But each speaker cup can be turned on a complete 180° axis, which so far I find to be very handy for cleaning when the headphones accumulate general dirt or if you just want to use one ear shell for a quick listen - very handy for quick recording sessions. Each cup is also painted in silver paint, which offers a professional look whilst the inline volume control is an actual control block with a qualitable stubby, ribbed volume control that feels and looks as if it is designed to last. A further clip on the back ensures extra versatility to further heighten the design and practicalities for clipping to your clothing. In both cases, even the ear "shells," and volume control have Philips name embossed so that you are never far from the company who makes this product.
The ear cups or as Philips terminology goes, "ear shells" for each speaker are surprisingly comfortable and Sony & Panasonic would do well to sit up and take note; gone are the rubber, ribbed cups which fold over the speaker grids to be replaced by an actual cotton mix felt cloth which grips my ears completely and gives me some degree of comfort without getting over-sweaty or making my ear lobes ring with the pain as the vinyl starts to get too hot; that was the last problem with my awful tone happy Sony headphones. In light of Panasonic / Technics headphones of the same design, the Philips have a thicker cloth cushion as opposed to the plastic/rubber cups and this is most welcome! Thanks to the black and slightly concave design of the headphones it is possible to feel very comfortable and secure with the Philips headphones on, and without feeling any discomfort, even after four to five hours of constant wear - in this sense Philips need to be applauded for the very mere thought of adding the felt as it mirrors the same quality found on much higher priced headphones - along the lines of Sennheiser for example, which is one of the more preferred headphones engineers and music professionals use. However if you wear earrings you may not be able to wear these headphones as they cover the entire ear.
The sound quality however is surprising and quite impressive - when fitted to sound systems. Although the bass has been pre-fitted, there is an apparent warm bass sound rather than "boom box" varieties which may well crack under pressure, but fitted to a 20 watt speaker system I found the headphones to be extremely capable of filtering out a good wall of sound whilst maintaining a bright tone that sits slightly above the bass- which is seldom for headphones this cheap - as I find bass fitted large cup headphones tend to either muffle the tone or put too much on top. Not only that but despite Philips claim that the headphone design don't leak sound - they won't if the volume is turned down either by its own main inline volume control or the sound system of your choice. Raise it a bit however and the noise can leak, especially heard in the bright tone channels. On my home keyboard and drum machine however the bass is lower than expected but no more discernible. However in most applications, with the volume of most systems turned down low, not much noise escapes. So perhaps Philips only refer to its ear shells absorption of sound when volume is turned down low...despite this minor failing, there are no additional adjusters for selecting the tone or bass for your own desired choice, but at this price I'm not complaining!
A further unexpected welcome must be the length of the headphone cord from the jack to the actual headphones. Despite the length of 6 metres of the cord itself, the problem I have is where to put all that excess cord; whilst it is great to have so much cord, there is no where to actually put the spare cord other than either to hang it around your neck, stuff it in your pocket beside the desired entertainment system of your choice or just dump the excess cable on the floor. In this way I can't help but wonder what would have stopped Philips from fitting a re-winder fixing to reel the excess cord in, as handy as it is to be able to walk away from wherever I am using these headphones, the cord has been double sealed together but not over-protected and means thus it can be damaged easily if trampled on. Philips suggest that the added length is perfect for use with televisions and with mine, it has proved to be of great advantage for complete privacy.
In all then, Philips have a great set of headphones for those looking for the home-style only headphones which are ideal for television, general sound systems and even your laptop if you like to have music near you without disturbing anyone. It has taken them a few years to get to the high street, but in retrospect it is worth the wait. You won't want to take these out with you, unless you have pockets to store all that excess cable however! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
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The Philips SHP2500 was given to me last christmas to go with my powerful hi-fi.
The super long 6m cord allows you to wander freely around your room or even go over to the bathroom to use the toilet! (I have been successful in doing this) These headphones are great for plugging into your TV or hi-fi.
The very good thing about these headphones is that if you want to listen through one ear, you simply just swivel the earpad around. The adjustable headband on them is suitable for big-headed and small-headed people and it comes with an adaptor to plug into your hi-fi or whatever.
However, the downside to these headphones is that the frame is a tad creaky, meaning that it could potentially ruin your listening experience if you miss what a person on the television or radio is saying.
The sound quality is pretty good and will serve you well if listening to whatever genre of music, whether it be bassy or not.
Sound quality: quite good
Cable length: excellent!
Ear shells: very big, cover your whole ear
Headband: extends to a good size
Features: Inline volume control, acoustic reflector for enhancing bass, 6M cable, swivelling ear shells.
Overall, a great product that's got a very long cable and good sound.
Thanks for reading and happy listening!
These headphones are acceptable for the price i payed for them. At $20 i couldn't go wrong could i?
first off lets address the fit/finish: there a decent fitting pair of cans can be worn for multiple hours without fatigue though after a while the headband got lose on me and doesn't support the cans at all. Good thing the ear pads are large enough for the ear to fit inside. The ascetics are quite plain in a minimalist sorta way.
ok now onto the cord: its massive and will end up a rats nest. The cord after the volume control is split in two and goes into each side of the cans which is a slight nuisance but its bearable. as said before the cord is long and gets tangled up easily definitely not a pair of cans for portability.
Sound quality: is not bad for the price point but not spectacular. everything seems blanketed and the bass is a little weak. The highs are slightly recessed nothing to flat tho. Mids are its strong point but it all can get kinda muddy if listening to complex layers and walls of sound.
all in all its above average for price point but you wont be able to do say mixing with them they just don't have the definition for it. 3stars