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Philips O'Neill SHO4200WG/28 THE BEND Headband Headphones, White/Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Philips O'Neill THE BEND Headband Headphones Model SHO4200WG/28
  • Extremely durable headphone with explosive sound
  • This is a headphone for the active consumer with super-flexible headband, reinforced cables and safe release cans to endure the roughest uses
  • All these with powerful sound and deep bass
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Technical Details

Color: White/Black | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Headband headphone

Product Description

Color: White/Black | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Extremely durable headphone with explosive sound. This is a headphone for the active consumer with super-flexible headband, reinforced cables and safe release cans to endure the roughest uses. All these with powerful sound and deep bass.

Product Details

Color: White/Black | Package Type: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 7.7 x 8.5 inches ; 9.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005O4FYVC
  • Item model number: SHO4200WG/28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 17, 2011

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Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: Black/Blue Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Last year, I picked up the Phillips and O'Neill collaboration that called itself The Stretch. Aside from some minor issues, I was pleasantly surprised by the durability and flexibility of the unit. The sound quality was solid if not spectacular, but they were perfectly comfortable for hard and frequent use. This year's model seems to be The Bend. For me, this version was a tad less successful. First, The Bend is still an impressively tough headphone option. The plastic can be stretched beyond all reason (even perfectly flat) without damaging it. That's definitely a plus. Here are some thoughts:

Pros:
Incredibly Flexible
Good for Travel: Headphone Cable avoids tangling, pops out when met with obstruction.
Ear pads comfortable
Decent sound quality especially with bass cranked up.
Good sound capture, not annoying to those around you.

Cons:
Headband is slightly awkward and hard plastic isn't the nicest feel.
Sound can get a bit muddled on lower register.
Volume isn't as strong as it could be.

The Bend is a perfectly serviceable, if not particularly spectacular, unit. You can get other options with greater comfort and more nuanced sound control. I liked The Bend, but not nearly as much as I liked The Stretch. For me, it's fine for casual use but I might think about shopping elsewhere for more heavy duty usage. If you spend hours hooked up to headphones every day, this wouldn't be my first choice. KGHarris, 7/12.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Couse VINE VOICE on July 26, 2012
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All in all these are adequate headphones. They are light, feel good and adjust nicely to fit over my ears. I also like the sound they produce. I'm no audiophile, but I do know decent sound when I hear it and these definitely produce a good sound. They are extremely comfortable on my ears...they actually feel more like soft cushions on the ears than anything else. This was one of the main factors of me moving away for the "bud" craze for headphones. For me, they wouldn't stay in place during jogging or even semi-intense workouts. Hence my exploration into the more traditional realm of old school headphones.

I will say that I like the Phillips Oneill SHO 9560 over the ear headphones better. The only reason being they cup the entire ear, producing more of a sound isolating experience than these. My wife could hear the music I was listening to with these, whereas with the cupped version, she could not.

Personal preference I'm sure, but if you are after a solid set of over the ear headphones, these are definitely worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DACHokie VINE VOICE on July 31, 2012
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With headphones and ear-pieces serving as accessory to almost every electronic gadget we use to get through our day, I am amazed at how bad most of them are. While sound quality is usually high on the list of requirements for a decent set of headphones, comfort seems to be sacrificed the most on more moderately priced units. Great sounding headphones that are miserable to wear for any extended period of time can be a deal breaker for me. Philips and O'Neill have joined forces to design a decent set of headphones for active people that are actually enjoyable to "wear". THE BEND HEADPHONES, while not perfect, seem to place user comfort as a priority for a refreshing change of pace.

Lightweight, super-cushioned earpieces (or "cans") connected by a bendable plastic headband, these headphones are designed to rest on top of the ears rather than surrounding or cupping them. The cans are thickly padded with squishy foam encased in a thin layer of leather-like plastic. The comfort was immediately noticeable. Even applying a good amount of pressure to both cans (to simulate the effect for those with larger heads) did not alter the comfort level. Probably the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn ... like little pillows on your ears. The cans are designed to snap-off the headband rather than stay rigidly in place if jarred.

The braided connection cord is another aspect of THE BEND HEADPHONES that I appreciated and something that incorporates common-sense. Rather than the normal plastic-coated wire that usually ends in a tangled mess, THE BEND uses a wire that is surrounded in a thread-like material that eliminates the likelihood of tangles without sacrificing flexibility ... I found it akin to a work-boot shoelace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John O'Neill VINE VOICE on July 31, 2012
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I've given these headphones a workout over the past few days. They sound excellent and I was impressed with the wide dynamic range whether I was listening to classical (Respighi's "Pines of Rome", Holst's "The Planets"), jazz-rock (Steely Dan's "Aja"), or pop (ELO's "Out of the Blue"). You get lots of separation and detail which, to me, is essential for headphone listening. Nice, rich bass that doesn't pound or overwhelm, a warm mid-range, and a clear high-end that is not overly "bright" or tinny. So the sound will not disappoint. (Sound specs from the Philips web-site: Acoustic system: closed, Magnet type: Neodymium, Voice coil: CCAW, Diaphragm: Mylar dome, Frequency response: 15 - 24 000 Hz, Impedance: 32 ohm, Maximum power input: 100 mW, Sensitivity: 107 dB, Speaker diameter: 40 mm, Type: Dynamic)

Just about two years ago I reviewed the Philips-O'Neill "The Snug" headphones (Philips O'Neill SHO8800/28 On-Ear Headphones (White Black Checked)) and loved them. These "The BEND" headphones have comparable sound (according to the Philips web-site they have the identical technical specs for sound) but may be even more comfortable than that the earlier set. Although neither set is "heavy" by any means ("The Snug" set only weighs 5.3 ounces while this set is 9.9 ounces) I find the ear pads are more comfortable on this newer product. The ear pads are very soft, easy on the ears, and mold themselves nicely to the ear and block out surrounding noise. The headband is very flexible and durable, which is one of their selling points and an advantage over "the Snug" model which has a headbanrd that easily adjusts but is made of hard plastic.
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