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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 November 2010
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If it were down to sound quality alone, these headphone would rate very highly, they certainly compare very favourably with my considerably more expensive and much larger Sennheiser headphones. However there are a few less positive aspects to consider.

A relatively minor quibble but extricating the headphones from packaging is very fiddly. Then I had to use a magnifying glass to work out the left channel from the right, it was only under a glass that it became apparent that it is an Old English typeface that us used to identify the channels, I'm sure there could be a clearer means of marking them. The information printed on the packaging is very small, and again a magnifying glass was required in order to read it.

But the biggest problem, which as far as I am concerned makes them less than satisfactory, is that the slightest movement against the headphone cable transmits as a very audible rumble. I compared these headphones with other similar sets, and they did not produce this noise. My conclusion is that it is the nature of the cable casing, which is textured and so creates feedback when it rubs against anything, all my other headphones have smooth cable. As long as I keep perfectly still they are fine, but the slightest movement produces very noticeable rumble. I asked my wife to try them and she found the same problem. It may be "tangle free" cable, but that seems to come at a cost. If you listen to music that is constantly loud you might not notice this problem so much, but I listen to primarily classical music, and in quiet passages this rumble is enough to drown out the music. This is a great pity for otherwise this is a good headset.
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VINE VOICEon 21 December 2010
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There can be no argument that these headphones deliver great noise reproduction - the range is fantastic - particuarly with the deeper bass notes. There is absolutely no tinnyness, even at higher volumes. This is all thanks to Philips cutting edge dynamic 9-millimeter drivers. There is also no external noise leakage thanks to the nicely fitted ear buds - which come in three sizes - ideal for all but Prince Charles' ears.

However, the single greatest drawback to these headphones is the canvas cord, which is designed so as not to tangle. While it undeniably achieves this purpose - the cord unfortunately picks up every little noise - whether that be the rustle of coat or brrruuupp of your jacket zip. Suitable for lying on the beach maybe but not for running or listening to music on the move. If you are singing along to Girls Aloud at maximum volume you may block out the distortion, but for quieter or more mellow tracks these headphones take away some of that listening pleasure. A real disappointment from a pair of headphones that promised so much.
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VINE VOICEon 14 December 2010
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The ubiquitous iPod earphones have become part of the culture now; as the demise of the Walkman/Discman means that the iPod is the World's listening experience of choice, the quest for better earphones has become a top priority as the apple earbuds A) are flimsy, and B) Never seem to fit the ears comfortably of any human being on the planet. Sure, Bose and Bang & Olufsen make good earphones, but these are of course costly. Luckily, there are many alternatives out there that won't cost the Earth.

So what about these Philips O'Neill earphones? The thing I find most likeable about them is that the leads are made of plaited material rather than the usual messy white plastic, and hence they fold up perfectly and don't go all brittle and ugly in the cold weather. However, I have never been partial to earbuds that directly insert themselves into your ear as they tend to give the wearer more of an earache than the normal Apple buds, and they also sound tinny. These are no exception, as I found the sound emanating from them to be both tinny AND weedy, no matter what I did with the Sound Settings on my iPod Touch. Also, the colours? Funky maybe, but they're so IKEA-like I felt like I was wandering through Downtown Stockholm when I was using them. They have black rubber covers included as well, but they're a nightmare to get on.

So then, good design, garish colours, tinny sound. I may be over-harsh on the sound part as perhaps the longer I use them the more used I'll get to the sound and contours in my ears (we'll see). But, if you're looking for something well-priced and NOT white and plastic, this is a good place to start.
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VINE VOICEon 27 November 2010
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I had high hopes for these headphones when they arrived as the packaging was very nice, however, they were disappointing.

The O'Neil connection obviously adds a touch of style to Philips's technical know how, and on this count, the headphones partially achieve their goal. I say only partially as I think the red and black ear buds were a mistake, they do not fit in with the headphones overall colour scheme if you have to use them. The fabric braided cables are nice but are also very lightweight, and don't convey a sense of quality.

Now the important bit, the sound quality. My regular buds are from one of the leaders in headphone technology and currently cost around fifteen pounds, and knock spots of these more expensive Philips units. I found the sound dry and crisp, and quite withdrawn with very little weight. A lime mouse compared to the sticky toffee pudding and custard of my regular buds.

They are clear but lack real warmth and body. I also found them quiet, and needed to turn the volume up one more level on my iPod Touch to achieve the same loudness.

Finally, they were large and uncomfortable to wear... not recommended.
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on 7 September 2011
I bought these because they promised rugged wear but I've had nothing but headaches with this product.
I've no problem with the tangle-free cable or the quality of sound, mine just have a life of their own.
The play button jumps into life without being touched, triggering iTunes on the mac or the iPod on the iPhone.
It's particularly annoying when I leave the headphones plugged in then automagically jumping into life and wearing the battery down.
If it's not doing that it's auto-skipping through tracks, not to mention the iffy connector.
All this while sitting still, I can't imagine how nuts this would drive me if I was on the move.
I figure I bought a faulty pair but I can't wait to change them.
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on 4 February 2012
Best in ear headphones I have owned. Yes, there is a little noise if you spend most of the time rubbing the cable against things, but that doesnt bother me as it is slight. The main reason I like these...longevity. These headphones are very robust, the bit you plug into your device is slightly extended offering protection to the weakest part of any headphone. The cord cable adds more strenght still, its very easy to untangle. Basically, headphones I have previously owned last around 3-4 months, these well they have lasted about 2 years. Sound quality isn't too bad either. I think if you hate tangles, and you go through headphones like food, then these are for you. I'm highly recommending them
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VINE VOICEon 14 December 2010
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These aren't bad,but they're nothing special and I think they're quite pricey for what they are.A lot of people have complained about how noisy the cable is, but I didn't find that a problem,perhaps because I only tried them with my mp4 player whilst walking and with the tv whilst sitting down.You get a selection of ear buds and should be able to find one that fits comfortably.They certainly produce plenty of volume,but I did find the sound a little on the harsh side.I also found the cable a bit short,although I realise that they are primarily designed for use with mp3s or computers, I would prefer a longer cable to use with a tv at night.
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on 22 November 2010
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Memo to makers :
Sound quality good, but cable 'rumble' noise bad...

You'd think that the production and testing process would have thrown up the fact that the slightest bump or even movement of the cable makes a rumbling noise. And given that it's an O'Neill branded product, you'd expect this to be an 'activity-proof' item.
Otherwise, general design, style etc., good - they are indeed 'tangle-free' re. the cable !
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These headphones have a very substantial feel and seem to be hard-wearing. The flex is a good length and tangle-free. But because the friction of the flex on clothes during movement causes an interfering noise this product is really only useful for static situations. I was hoping to use these headphones with my iPod while out walking but have had to revert to my old (cheap) ones.
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on 22 February 2012
Absolutely brilliant! Have experienced numerous problems with apple head phones breaking, and the cables snapping, These however, are rope cable and last forever. Have been very pleased with the headphones, they arrives within 2-3 days, and They are excellent for commuters as they drown out background noise, for a greater listening experience.
Would strongly recommend!
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