9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I have tried many sports headphones over the years and these are the best compromise between very good sports headphones and good sound quality. However for pure sound quality they lag well behind the best at this price. Recommended for heavy and frequent gym users or runners.
Built quality: they feel like quality and are light and sturdy.
Great design for sport: There are several features that make these headphones a cut above the rest for serious gym users and runners:
-Cable has an extension making it the ideal length for either arm mounted or hip mounted players.
-Small clip that slides down the cable is a good feature enabling the cable to be clipped securely to a sports top to keep the cable in place.
-Headband is grippy and stable when running.
-The ear pads are comfortable when wet and can be removed for washing.
-Sound quality is good and designed to give a deep, well balanced and dynamic sound, ideal for high energy gym music.
-No micophoney from the silicon coated rubber lead so sound does not travel into the headphone from the cable.
Cool to wear: as the ear pad does not cover the entire ear they don't get as hot a sticky as cheaper sports headphones.
Water resistant: I have run for an hour in light rain and they were fine.
Style: it's a personal thing, but I think they look less boring than most sports headphones.
Bag: they come with a carrying bags
Cons (minor points)
Feel strange: because the ear pad does not fit over the entire ear there is a tendency to think that they are not in place and to fiddle with them. Once your gym session starts in earnest you tend to forget about this, but it can be a little disconcerting.
Positioning: the smaller ear pads also mean that positioning them on the ears takes some practice to make sure that you are getting the maximum sound into the ear.
Leakage: they do leak some sound but are fine in a busy gym.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2013
These look a bit stupid; bright orange and oddly shaped. Okay, I get the bright orange bit, it's so joggers can be spotted more easily, but why the shape? This is the first pair of ear covers I've seen that aren't just oval, they're... ear-lobe shaped. And whilst they look a bit stupid, the resulting sound is fantastic.
I use them to listen to trance and dance music, and it's proving really motivational. I'm getting back in to light jogging. I became lazy - I *used* to jog loads. This has put a spring in my step, once again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
These are brilliant set of bright headphones, they are lightweight despite appearing bulky and stay on my head easily even when running. The sound quality is brilliant and they seem very durable with strong wiring apparent. These are ideal for anyone training for Sports despite the high price. 10/10.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2013
Utterly sick of running ear/headphones that cost 15-20 quid and last a few months (or weeks in a couple of cases) I contemplated the unthinkable-60 quid on a pair of these. I did my research, they were consistently in the top 10 runners' headphones so I had some confidence in them. Are they worth the money? It depends on your POV....on the face of it-not on your bloody nelly are they worth 60 squid of your hard earned. If you take the attitude that it's the same as getting through 3 pairs of 20 quid headphones a year (runners will know that's entirely possible)-and they last over a year then they are probably worth it.
They look great. Some reviewers have the opposite opinion on the colour and style, but my opinion is they look great. They are REALLY comfortable, with just enough grip to hold them in place. They sound good (no more than good, but then they don't NEED to sound any better). The wire genuinely doesn't tangle (weird!) and there is the option of having long or short wire depending on whether the MP3 player is in a pocket of on an armband. Oh and the wire only goes to the left can, another nice touch.
On the downside, the much boasted about removable (and washable) ear cushions are fiddly to get off and even worse to get back on-due to the fear of me snapping off the little lugs that snap the ear cushions back on I don't remove them at all-instead I blot the sweat out of them with kitchen towel-the sponge is really good at wicking the moisture out of them. Another reviewer mentioned the strange "ear shape" to them, rather than them being round and to me it is odd that more headphones are not this shape-they fit the shape of my ears very well.
Finally, they don't make me run faster :-(
3 MONTHS LATER...Still performing well. Looking more like value for money. Come on Philips, 3 more months!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2013
I bought a lot of in ear headphones and all of them broke within 3 months when used for running etc...these are perfect. Sit better, comfortable and good quality sound.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
These are a pretty decent set of headphones, they look really good with the neon orange & black colour scheme, they're extremely lightweight and the overall sound quality is very decent.
I love the rubber headband, this definitely makes these headphones more comfortable and keeps them gripped onto your head; I've gone for a jog, done stars jumps, crunches and press-ups and they stayed on snugly, though one thing I would suggest is to make sure not too much of the wire is hanging out, because when your jogging the last thing you want is a wire flapping about.
These headphones also come with a nice carrier bag, and the headphone wires comes connected in two parts (main aux cable & an extension cable) allowing you to adjust the length of the cable.
Although I like the look of these, when I'm wearing them I don't think they suite me very well, I personally feel they could have been made a bit more stylish, but nevertheless that just a personal opinion.
One more thing is the sound leakage is very high, so for those who want to keep their music to themselves, you may want to give these a miss.
That said the headphones are good quality and are great for when you want to exercise, so if you're not bothered about sound leakage then I would recommend them.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I've just got back from an hour's run on a gym treadmill, test-running these headphones with a clip-on shuffle MP3 player. I must say that the silicone headband didn't appeal to me at first: It looked cheap and I didn't think that the earpads would stay on while I pounded the treadmill.
I must admit that I'm really impressed. The adjustable silicone band stays on comfortably and the earpads seem to gently seal onto my ears. The sound quality is very good: Enough bass, in fact there's good balance overall. The cord is the perfect length (many are too long and have to be tucked inside leggings!) and silicone-coated, so you don't get any rubbing sound in the earpads. These are expensive phones, but they will last a long time as long as they're used specifically for sport/exercise. I take back my misgivings, because this is actually a top quality product. Well done, Philips!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2013
I've used quite a few pairs of headphones in my time - even bakelite jobs with the BBC licence stamp on them - and I'd say the biggest problem is that if they are heavy enough to stay PUT then they can pinch the ears, and if they are lightweight then they fall off.... and those foamy buds that go in so gently and come out covered in brown ick are just plain insanitary.
Philips know their stuff when it comes to sound (even if some of their stuff has been idiosyncratic to say the least) and these 'phones perform admirably as regards sound reproduction. I've tried bopping with them on and they stay in place without causing too much discomfort, the shaped pads are fairly comfortable while the double band holds well.
The pads can be removed for cleaning (ah! the delight of sweaty foam pads, how aromatic) and even the cable has been kevlar protected to stave off the day when one ear goes dead from a snapped wire.
You have the choice of an in-line 3.5mm stereo jack or with the extension wire provided you can have a right angled jack. The cable doesn't seem too short and yet isn't too long either (call me after I've snagged a few door handles)
These are a good pair of headphones. Better than some of the hefty "cans" I've seen people wearing and stronger than those ridiculous white buds.
Oh, and you can hear the ambient noise OK as well, slightly attenuated but you aren't isolated from your environment so much that you hear the beat and not the 'bus, the track and not the truck. When you aren't wearing the 'phones you have a nifty "Philips" branded orange bag to keep them handy in.
Live long and prosper!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2015
Like many gyms, mine has really loud music playing. I like to distract myself from the discomfort of an hour on the treadmill by watching a video on my iPod. With the sound proofing of the ear pads, these headphones really help to cut out the background music and let me hear the detail in the video. The headphones themselves are really well made and they come with a handy bag which is great to carry around a few bits and pieces. The headband ensures the headphones stay firming attached to your head no matter how vigorous your exercise regimen. If you're running outside in the dark, the headphones also have reflective details on. The cable has a little clip on it which means you can attach it to your clothes to stop it flapping around too much. The cable is also in two parts, meaning you can remove the extension to shorten the cable if you need to. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for gym use.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
If you do a lot of running it can be very hard to find a decent pair of earphones/headphones that will a) stay in your ears/on your head, b) have a good sound quality, and c) not break after a dozen runs. That being said, these headphones are pretty decent. They sit tight enough on your head not to fall off with the constant movement (without being tight enough to start hurting you), the sound quality is decent, and they seem to be holding up with continued use during running. What I especially like though is the detachable cord which means you can make the cord smaller if you use an armband for your mp3 player.
The main negative would be that while they're great for use while running, I wouldn't overly recommend them for much else. The sound quality, while decent, certainly isn't what it should be for the price, and there is a lot of sound leakage (which is great for allowing you to be able to hear what's happening around you if you run outside, but means that everyone else can hear what you're listening to which wouldn't be ideal if you were wearing them indoors).
If you do a lot of running outdoors, these will be great. If you're looking for a pair of headphones for general use these might not be for you.