I have never been a big lover of Philips headphones the sound just isnt to my liking, I prefer the more mellow Sennheiser.
That having been said I purchased a pair of Sennheisers especially for the gym, I wasted a great deal of money on a pair of earphones which constantly annoyed me and to be frank I would have been better putting cash in the bin.
These came along and to say I expected nothing would be an understatement.
They are designed for comfort, big tick, they are washable, big big tick, they sound like all Philips more than acceptable but not my Sennheisers, smaller big tick. You can wash them, you can run in them, you can sweat in them, they are comfortable, they are well made, they have been well designed the list is endless.
I gave them four stars I could have so easily given them five to be honest its just that the sound wasnt quite there for me.
Whether for an ipod, for the gym for whatever you do in life these are really a reasonably priced well thought out pair of headphones so go on give them ago you wont be disappointed.