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Philips SHL1700/28 Lightweight Headphone (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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Price:$15.00 + $4.67shipping
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
Hmm, I've been using headphones for 30 years and tried many different brands and models. I picked these up for travelling and got a lot more than expected.

They are very lightweight and and comfortable. The earpads on each side adjust down about an inch for larger heads. The high efficiency and low resistance make for low drain on your battery. The sound can depend on the device your listening with. It can be great if your using a mobile device if it has the power, but it was quiet and thin sounding with an e-reader I tried.

Overall, the sound they produce is clean and detailed and true.

With the detail you may hear effects and acoustics that you've never heard before in your favorite recordings - for me it was the crazed double-time bassline in Taxman. The instruments in King Harvest sounded very well seperated. With jazz and solo/quartet classical music these were great. Only busy orchestral pieces ran into the limit for complex music, but it still sounded very good.

The bass is tight and extends down well - The Tron Legacy sound track sounds amazing but the lowest sounds do sound lightweight. The treble is rolled off but it's not noticable for most music.

Now the cons...
The sound leakage is bad so anyone sitting within a few feet will hear everything, even at moderate volume. Sound also gets in so you can hear eveything going on around you too.
The compression (making everying sound closer to the same level) is very evident. So if your music taste has large dynamic range, and musicality across the range, these won't satisfy you, but they'll be fine for most pop/rock music and soundtracks.
The fabric covering the drivers is installed all bunched up on my pair... it doesn't affect sound but makes me wonder about the quality of the manufacturing.
Even with the pads retracted these might be too loose for small kids head.
The top of the headband is plastic, the weak point where I expect these would easily break if dropped/stood on.
The jack plug has a short surround so you have to be extra carefull to pull on the plug instead of the cable or it will eventually break.

These produce great sound for the price, if they suit your listening.

The full specs from Philips web site are here...

Acoustic system: Open
Magnet type: Neodymium
Diaphragm: Mylar dome
Voice coil: Copper
Frequency response: 20 - 20 000 Hz
Impedance: 32 Ohm
Maximum power input: 30 mW
Sensitivity: 103 dB
Speaker diameter: 32 mm
Type: Dynamic
Connectivity
Cable Connection: Two-parallel, symmetric
Cable length: 1.2m
Connector: 3.5 mm stereo
Finishing of connector: chrome plated
Type of cable: Copper
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
I purchased the Philip's headphones about a year ago. It took me a while to get used to their firmness on the ears, but now I use them the most. They have good bass, clean mid-range and high-end frequencies for music. I use them with new Sony MP3 player and for the money they sound very good. I would recommend and buy again gladly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2013
For the cheap price the sound quality is pretty good yet it feels a little uncomfortable in the ear pieces. Either way you get use to it.
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on May 4, 2013
These headphones are not bad at all. I've compared them to the Beats and they sound very close.
I'm not a big fan of the Beats as they accentuate the bass too much, and the highs are drowned too much for my taste. These Philips sound very similar.

So, if you like the sound of the Beats but don't feel like paying $200 for them, then get the Philips.

One thing I didn't like is that they pressed too hard against my ears. But, if you have a small head, you may have a better experience.

I can't say much for longevity as I just got them today. The manufacturing quality is ok considering the price. But, if handled carefully, I'm sure you can get some decent use out of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2015
Exellent product and very good quality the bass is terrific
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on April 21, 2012
i like lightweigh headphone which feel nothing when you wear on your head hours .I bought this one about 25 usd which is suprising me about the sound quality, is really good for price i can tell.Bass is really good deep and strong enough,the treble and clarity is cool as well so that is amazing for the price which is valuable.i would reconmend this one who want quality and inexpensive price.
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on November 14, 2013
Excellent sound quality. I am a medical editor. I listen to and edit VR notes all day long. These are the Best.
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on October 3, 2013
I walk the dam everyday and have tried many headphones to help give me the best sound experience as I listen to my music. I prefer the on-ear type rather than the in-ear type, and, after trying many different brands from heavy cushioned ones to light cushioned ones, these have become my favorite. They sound good, are comfortable, and store well in the side compartment of my car door. I bought two pairs and keep them in both my cars at all times.
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on March 3, 2012
I purchased these SHL 1700/28 stereo headphones today from Sears and they are very comfortable and rest easily on the ears and fit comfortably on the head. They produce good loud volume with decent bass and treble tones. There is a little hiss but they did sell for $24.99 and after listening to them I would say that it is a very good value. For those of you familiar with the Philips SHL 9500 headphones, I would say these are similar in size and feel but these are considerably more rich and dynamic in sound. You can most likely order them here new on Amazon.com for an even lower price including the price of shipping and you never will have to spend money on gas to drive to the store as it will be delivered right to you. I would strongly recommend purchasing these head phones for using with your iPod or MP3 player. I use them primarily for listening to downloaded music on my HTC Evo phone's Amazon MP3 player. I am quite satisfied.
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on January 25, 2015
When the first one I bought from Ross broke, I decided to try out Beats since it was on sale for Black Friday, but oh man that doesn't even compare to this. I returned the Beats after trying it out for a week and I bought this around Christmas. Love the sound and it's comfortable! Forever a fan of this brand!
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