The Phillips SHP9500 are a great pair of budget critical listening headphones. They're incredibly comfortable and have a sturdy yet lightweight build that feels durable. They're not casual headphones that can be used outdoors, but they deliver a good, well-balanced sound, on par with much pricier open-back models.
- Comfortable design.
- Good audio reproduction.
- Durable build.
- Big and bulky headphones.
- Open-back design leaks a lot.
- Very sensitive to ambient noise.
The Phillips SHP9500 are sturdy headphones with an understated and stylish design. They have large open ear cups that fit well and deliver a comfortable listening experience. They feel durable and relatively lightweight for their size. However, they're not the most versatile headphones. They're not made for casual listening outdoors, and they will quickly fall if used while doing any physical activity. The padding material also feels a bit cheap compared to the rest of their build.
The Phillips SHP9500 have a utilitarian design that looks good without being too flashy. They come in a matte black color scheme highlighted by the metal frame and Philips branding on the ear cups and headband. They're well-padded, and look more premium than other headphones above their price range. The ear cup padding is soft, however, it's not the best, and looks a little cheap compared to the rest of the build quality.
The SHP9500 are very comfortable headphones. They have large ear cups that will easily fit around most listeners ears. They're not too tight or heavy on the head for their size. The headband like the ear cups are well padded but coated in a slightly rough fabric that's not as pleasant on the skin as the leather or faux leather used on some models.
These headphones are not meant to be used while doing physical activity. They have the typical critical listening headphone build, which means they're big and bulky, and they will slip off your head if used during exercise or while running. They will stay in place during regular listening sessions, but they're not going to be stable enough to use while moving around outdoors. On the upside, the cable is detachable and will disconnect if it gets hooked on something.
The SHP9500 are not portable headphones. They're quite large and don't fold into a more compact format. The ear cups also don't lay flat to save space, which results in a headphone that's cumbersome to carry around, and that will only fit in a backpack. Disappointingly, they also don't come with a case or a pouch either.
The SHP9500 are well-built and durable headphones but feel a little too plasticky. The ear cups and headband can withstand a couple of drops without getting damaged. The headband especially is reinforced with a thin metal frame that should be able to handle a fair amount of physical stress. However, the fabric covering the padding feels easily tearable and will show more signs of wear than leather. The swiveling ear cups are also a weak point being relatively narrow and susceptible to breaking under moderate stress.
The SHP9500 deliver an excellent sound for critical listening. Their audio reproduction is on par with higher-end headphones with a more expensive price tag. They have a crisp and detailed reproduction of instruments and vocals and a spacious and immersive soundstage The bass is punchy but also a little flat, which is good for accurate audio mixing but might sound a bit unexciting for bass-heads.
Average Bass Range performance. Low-bass which is responsible for thump and rumble, is lacking by about 6dB. This is expected of most dynamic open-back headphones. Bass and high-bass are well-produced, although high-bass is overemphasized by about 3dB, potentially making the mix slightly muddy.
Excellent Mid Range performance. The response is virtually flat, except for the small dip around 2KHz which would push the vocals/leads back a little.
Decent Treble Range performance. Low-treble is balanced and well-produced. Treble is slightly overemphasized, especially around 9KHz. This could potentially make this headphones a little sibilant, but the effect will be quite subtle.
Very good Soundstage. Although these headphones don't have a very large or deep ear cup, they are extremely open and loud. Therefore they tend to create and open and immersive Soundstage. The correlated crosstalk is out of phase and a little above average, but at -0.42dB its effect won't be significant.
Average Imaging. There is a high amount of phase shift present in both Bass and Treble regions. In addition, there is a noticeable mismatch between the phase of the two ear cup above 8KHz. On the other hand, the amplitude and frequency response of the drivers of our test unit were quite well-matched.
Good distortion performance. Although the amount of harmonic distortion present in the Bass range is quite elevated, this won't be very audible. The amount of distortion produced at higher frequencies is within good limits.
The SHP9500 have large, open ear cups that leak a lot and do not block any ambient noise. This creates an immersive soundstage but also means that they poorly handle, loud, noisy environments. They can't be used effectively outdoors or in public and are best enjoyed in a quiet and isolated setting, where they won't be distracting to anyone around you.
Poor isolaton. Due to their open-back design, these headphones don't offer any isolation below 1KHz. Above 1KHz, there is a 3dB/Octave roll-off present, which won't be effective in blocking outside noise.
Poor leakage. These headphones are quite loud and leak a lot. The significant portion of the leakage is between 300Hz and 20KHz, which is a very broad range. The overall level of the leakage is also quite high. The leakage out of these headphones will be loud and comprehensible.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Phillips SHP9500 Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
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