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Best Philips Headphones - 2018
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We have currently reviewed 2 Philips headphones. They're a big brand that makes a bit of everything including headphones for casual and professional use.

Compared to other brands

  • Good Sound Quality.  We have yet to test Philips full lineup of headphones but the few that we have measure quite well for sound quality. They also offer a wide range of headphone types for DJs and critical listeners, which should satisfy most music tastes and preferences.
  • Comfortable Designs. The headphones we've tested from Philips have been quite comfortable especially their open, over-ear models. With such a wide range of headphone types on their website, you are bound to find a fit that works for you.
  • High Variety. Philips offers many different lineups for professionals and casual listeners. They have DJ headphones, open critical listening headphones, sports in-ears/earbuds and even premium well-built noise canceling on-ears. 
  • Expensive Lineups. Philips has many affordable headphones but they also have some lineups that feel overpriced for what they offer. Basic active features come at a premium when compared to other brands. We have yet to test some of these pricier models but comparatively, for noise cancellation and wireless features, their headphones feel a bit expensive.                                                                                            

Overall, Philips makes a wide variety of headphones that cover most use cases. They offer comfortable and cheap earbuds as well as pricier active noise-cancelling or professional DJ headphones. We have yet to test their full lineup but the headphones we have tested delivered a good sound quality at a decent price. However, Philips has some lineups and models that feel overpriced when compared to other brands, especially, for the number of features they provide.

Best Philips Headphones

Philips does not have a clear lineup naming strategy for most of their headphones. They tend to let the name explain what the headphones are best used for, like Professional DJ headphones or Wireless noise canceling headphones. 

  • Fidelio. The premium lineup from Philips that covers multiple headphone types like on-ears and over ears. They do not offer any Fidelio in-ear/earbuds yet.

Best Philips Headphones for Audio Quality

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
5.9
Mixed Usage
What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
7.8
Critical Listening
What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
4.6
Commute/Travel
What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
5.4
Sports/Fitness
What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
5.3
Office
What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
6.0
Home Theater
Score components:
6.0
Gaming
Score components:
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Open-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

The best Philips headphones for audio quality are the SHP 9500. They have an almost unmatched sound quality to price ratio, and they're on par with some of the best and priciest headphones from other brands. They're also incredibly comfortable and lightweight for their size. If you're looking for a great pair of open, over-ear headphones for critical listening, then the SHP 9500 are a great recommendation. 

See our review

Best for Mixed Usage

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
6.6
Mixed Usage
What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
7.2
Critical Listening
What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
6.6
Commute/Travel
What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
6.1
Sports/Fitness
What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
6.5
Office
What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
6.0
Home Theater
Score components:
6.5
Gaming
Score components:
Type : On-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Fidelio NC1 are the best-mixed usage headphones from Philips that we've tested so far. They're a well built and compact on-ear headset with decent noise cancellation. That makes them above average for commuting especially thanks to their easy to use design and portable but sturdy build. Unfortunately, they're surprisingly pricey, especially compared to similar headphones from other brands. If you have the budget and want a stylish but compact pair of portable headphones from Philips, then the Fidelio NC1 would be a good option.

See our review

Conclusion

Philips has a whole range of headphones geared towards casual and/or professional listeners. They deliver in the sound department with some of their budget models sounding better than more expensive headphones from other brands. They also have a vast library headphone types so you can find what fits best for you. However, they have a slightly inconsistent pricing strategy that makes some of their Fidelio headphones comparatively more expensive than better-known brands like Sennheiser and Bose for the same amount or less active features.  

Check our recommendations for the best headphones under $100.

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