As I'm now off uni for summer and always looking to earn a little extra money towards my ever increasing tuition fees I've been doing a bit of work for my dad delivering leaflets for his business. I do have a decent pair of headphones which I've previously reviewed here but I was finding that walking around quickly they were coming out of my ear quite often and holding a handful of leaflets and trying to put my headphones back in usually ended in a mad grab for leaflets resulting in a handful of papers on the floor.
I decided to buy some headphones which I'd seen people wear whilst running, with the hoops which go over your ear, however I had no idea what I was looking for and sought solace in the Argos catalogue and had a good look at what was available. I was looking for a mid- priced set of headphones, often finding that the cheapest stop working pretty quickly but not wanting to spend a huge amount. I saw Philips had a few products available, and being a trustworthy brand I decided to look at them in a bit more detail.
The Philips SHS4848 Adjustable iPod Ear Hook Headphones are available for £15.99 from Argos and are available in a choice of 4 colours, black with silver/ grey or white with either lime green, blue or pink, I decided to buy the pink. The headphones come with adjustable ear hooks which was good news to me as my ears are smaller than most and a 1.2m cable, making the headphones great for popping your iPod / MP3 into your pocket for listening to music whilst on the move.
I was very impressed when using my new headphones, firstly they look pretty good, I was that keen as sometimes I do think people look a bit silly with hook over headphones, however Philips have designed these really well and the white and pink look of the headphones is stylish and smart but fun at the same time. When placing the headphones in my ear they're extremely comfortable, the ear caps are air cushioned and for me they're the perfect fit. When it comes to hooking the headphones around my ears they're fully adjustable and I really would think they'd fit anybody, they're also very comfortable with an almost mouldable pink trim which snugly fits around the back of the ear, and have never once fell out of my ears. The cable for the headphones is a really good length (1.2m), and white in colour so they do look like traditional iPod headphones. The sound quality is exceptional, it's very clear even when turned up high with no muffling.
I would recommend Philips SHS4848 Adjustable iPod Ear Hook Headphones to anyone looking for a reasonably priced set of headphones which look good and sound good as well as being comfortable and easy to wear whilst on the go. I've been using my headphones frequently for the past couple of months and I really hope they stand the test of time as I've been really happy with the quality so far.
More years ago than I care to remember my dad won a competition - he loved competitions and often won things - and his prize was a Sony Walkman. It wasn't long after they had first come onto the market so we are talking about one of the original ones that played music cassettes.
I have always loved my Walkman and it still gets used from time to time but the headphones have been less than perfect for a while now. I would insert the jack plug into the Walkman and then I would have to jiggle it about to get the music to come through and even then I only got one earful - the other one was silent!
I was sorting through some stuff at the weekend and I came across the Walkman and old headphones and I happened to mention the situation to Dave (hubby) who started talking about buying me an iPod which to be fair we can't really afford at the moment.
While we were out shopping we happened to go into Argos and whilst there we looked at the headphones and Dave decided that, if I wouldn't let him buy me an iPod he would get some new headphones. In fact he told me that Mew had asked him to get something for me for Mother's Day as I'm his mommy - you don't have to be mad to live in our house but it helps!
Anyway Dave wouldn't let me go for the really cheap headphones that you just push into your ear as he knew I wouldn't find them comfortable enough, which is true - I would feel as though they were coming out all the while.
The ones we eventually chose were the Philips SHS4848 Adjustable iPod Ear Hook Headphones in black. In the Argos book they were shown with a bright yellow trim but when we got them the trim was grey so they looked much smarter than we expected. They were also available in white with a trim in blue, green or pink. These headphones will cost you £15.99 whichever colour you choose.
When you buy them they are attached to a piece of strong plastic to protect them and surrounded by a piece of cardboard which has some information about the earphones written on it. Don't ask me what it says because the writing is so small that even wearing my glasses and using a magnifying glass I can't read it!
The headphones have a 3.5mm jack plug on one end which is the standard size to fit iPods and Walkmans - or should that be Walkmen - no, don't be silly Susan!
The wire is about 45 inches long in all. The first 32 inches is in the form of a single wire splitting into two for the final 13 inches leading to the actual ear pieces.
The ear pieces themselves are the sort that hooks around the back of the ear holding the little round 'speaker' cap in place just inside the ear. The coloured trim on the ear piece follows the inside of the curve of the main hook and can be adjusted so that the ear pieces fit comfortably on your ears. The speaker caps are air cushioned for extra comfort.
To use them you just push the jack plug into the hole on your Walkman or whatever, put on the earphones and adjust then to fit and then just turn on the music.
So what are they like?
I was amazed! Apart from the fact that my old ones only had one working ear so to speak these made such a difference. The sound is clear and crisp and the earphones are SO comfortable to wear. I turned the music up to an acceptable level for me to hear and asked Dave if he could hear it and he couldn't which is another great advantage. I find it annoying to have to listen to someone else's music so I would not do it to others.
I would recommend these headphones to anyone wishing to replace theirs - I can't fault them. I shall now have great fun working my way through all my old cassette tapes and reliving some happy memories!