Philips SHP9500 Headphones Review

Updated Sep 15, 2016 at 12:14 pm
Philips SHP9500 Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
5.6
Mixed Usage
8.1
Neutral Sound
4.7
Commute/Travel
5.5
Sports/Fitness
5.3
Office
4.9
Wireless Gaming
6.7
Wired Gaming
1.8
Phone Call
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Open-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

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.

Our Verdict

5.6 Mixed Usage

These headphones are not designed for everyday, casual use. They're best used for critical listening in private.

8.1 Neutral Sound

Great sound quality for neutral listening. The SHP9500 deliver a comfortable listening experience and reproduce tracks with above-average fidelity. Bass, mids, and treble are well balanced, and the large and open ear cups give these headphones a spacious soundstage.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
4.7 Commute/Travel

They purposely don't block any ambient noise, which is not ideal for commuting.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.5 Sports/Fitness

Not designed for sports. They're too cumbersome and unstable to use while doing any strenuous physical activity.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.3 Office

Not designed for office use, unless you work in an isolated environment, these headphones will be distracting to the people around you.

See our Office recommendations
6.7 Wired Gaming
1.8 Phone Call
  • 5.6 Mixed Usage
  • 8.1 Neutral Sound
  • 4.7 Commute/Travel
  • 5.5 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.3 Office
  • 4.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.7 Wired Gaming
  • 1.8 Phone Call
Pros
  • Comfortable design.
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Durable build.
Cons
  • Big and bulky headphones.
  • Open-back design, so they leak a lot.
  • Very sensitive to ambient noise, by design.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

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.

8.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.65 lbs
Clamping Force
0.70 lbs

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.

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Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use N/A
Feedback N/A
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control N/A
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons N/A
7.8
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 2.5 C
5.2
Design
Portability
L 8.75 "
W 7.13 "
H 4 "
Volume 249.6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

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.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

6.0
Design
Stability

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.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
Headshots 2
Design
Top
Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-5.21 db
Treble Amount
-0.62 db
7.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.42 dB
Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.01 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
48.26 Hz
Low-Bass
-5.86 dB
Mid-Bass
0.31 dB
High-Bass
1.94 dB
8.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.57 dB
Low-Mid
1.43 dB
Mid-Mid
1.39 dB
High-Mid
1.81 dB
8.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.38 dB
Low-Treble
2.29 dB
Mid-Treble
2.63 dB
High-Treble
-3.24 dB
7.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.45 db
Dips
1.24 db
8.6
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.2
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.44
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.85
Weighted Phase Mismatch
7.42
7.7
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.9 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3.61 dB
PRTF Distance
10.85 dB
Openness
9.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
9.2
8.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.098
WHD @ 100
0.196
Isolation
1.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-3.24 dB
Bass
0.13 dB
Mid
1.33 dB
Treble
-10.84 dB

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.

0.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
66.76 dB

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.

Microphone
0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
N/A
LFE
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
N/A
HFE
N/A
Weighted THD
N/A
Gain
N/A
0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise N/A
Speech + Subway Noise N/A
SpNR
N/A
Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS N/A
Windows N/A
Equalizer
N/A
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control N/A
Room effects
N/A
Playback Control
N/A
Button Mapping N/A
Surround Sound N/A

No compatible app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
N/A
NFC Pairing
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 9.84 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A
In the box
In the box

  •  Phillips SHP9500 Headphones
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter

Compared to other Headphones

See our recommendations for the best wired headphones, the best audiophile headphones, and the best headphones under $100.

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The Philips SHP9500 offer better value than the Sennheiser HD 598. Both headphones perform almost identically and there are only minor differences in their audio quality. Both are very comfortable, but the Philips are slightly heavier and bulkier. For most people, the affordable Philips SHP9500 will be a better option.

Philips SHP9500 Price

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