The Grandest Headphones I've Used | Under $75, Too!
After using the Sony WH-1000XM3 and Sony WH-1000XM4, their audio quality to me left something to desire. They looked great, felt great, had supreme fit and finish, supreme noise cancelling, but for my purposes: listening to music, they fell short. I tried to justify them cause they were at the top of everybody's list. But honestly, regardless of EQ settings, they just sounded dull and flat.
Fast forward to the Grand Legend that is the Philips Audio SHP9500. RTINGs said (and I'm paraphrasing) it's one of the best sounding headphones they've tested regardless of price--and they test some beasts. I had my eye on these a few months ago for a few months but they were out of stock everywhere for the longest time. Well Amazon just got a batch in and I had to try them.
Needless to say I am impressed. I've been listening to them for a week for hours on end and they truly live up to the hype. I was ready to return them immediately if they sounded like junk, but that is not the case at all. They sound absolutely crisp and clear. I'll spare you the nerdy details and all the big tech words audio geeks use, but suffice to say these sound absolutely fantastic and they're easily worth double or even triple the price.
As far as comfort goes, they are very comfortable. The stock pads could probably use some improvement and I plan to get some, possibly Brainwavz direct replacements. For now, the stock ones are fine. Also these work great when plugged into the PS5 controller for gaming--they sound way better than dedicated gaming headphones.
Ready for use with or without amplifiers
- Frequency range: 12 - 35,000 Hz.
- Sensitivity: 101 dB.
- Maximum power input: 200 mW.
- Impedance: 32 Ohm.
- Acoustic system: Open.
- Magnet type: Neodymium.
- Speaker diameter: 50 mm.
What I paired them with:
Anker 3.5mm Nylon Braided Red Aux Cable (very nice quality)
MyPin Headphone HiFi Amplifier (Not shown--Takes these headphones from a 9 to a 9.5) For the price, sure. But not a game changer. Definitely louder, and ever so slightly bassier.
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