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"Wow!" sound for $24.. but has some hard cons too.
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
Cable Connection: Two-parallel, symmetric
Cable length: 1.2m
Connector: 3.5 mm stereo
Finishing of connector: chrome plated
Type of cable: Copper