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Comfortable, and good enough for the price.
on 23 March 2011
I got these Philips SHC5100/05 Wireless headphones primarily for TV watching, and for that, they seem to do a pretty decent job (more later).
In the box, you get the headphones, the sender unit, and charger unit, a set of sparse but adequate instructions and a couple of AAA rechargeable batteries.
Getting going is pretty intuitive ... even sticking the antennae over the wire on the sender unit.
The headphones are supplied with a couple of channels, an on/off switch, and volume control.
At first I could not see how to differentiate between left and right, and only on very close inspection did I see an L and R embossed into the head-piece. (for my reference, right is the side with the volume control).
As for the all important sound quality. Volume is OK for me, and whilst there is some escape of noise, my wife (who has super-sonic hearing) tells me that it is acceptable when sitting a yard or so away.
Sound quality is acceptable for me, especially for use with the TV, and OK for music too. to be honest I would not expect wireless headphones of this price to produce really superb hifi quality. I have some wired Sony headphones that cost a similar amount of cash and they are much better for music.
As for range, like all wifi headphones, the further away you go from the base unit, the greater the chance of hiss and drop of signal ... these are OK, I can move 3 rooms away from the sender with still reasonable sound quality (and good enough for pit-stops during the grand prix season)
The headphones are pretty light and are comfortable to wear (even for a couple of hours) even if they do make you look like a Cyberman.
So all in all, good value, decent sound and comfortable.
PS ... As mentioned earlier, The Headphones use a special shortened sleeve AAA battery ... so far, I have not been able to source any ... tried amazon and even Philips website ... so I hope they last.
As a PPS, on the Philips website, these are listed under TV and Home Entertainment.