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3.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, sturdy and adjustable - just a shame the sound quality isn't better..., 29 April 2013
This review is from: Philips SHQ3200/10 ActionFit Washable Ultra Light Sports Headphones - Earhooks (New for 2013) (Accessory)
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The Philips ActionFit Sports Earphones are a set of earphones that are specifically designed to be worn whilst performing exercise such as jogging or running.

First off I have to admit that the adjustable ear hook design is a stroke of designing genius. After all, ear hook earphones are all well and good as long as they fit the user's ear shape fine. If they don't then you're usually pretty much stumped. However, with this adjustable design on the 'hook section', the earphones can be adjusted (admittedly with a little playing around and patience) to fit your ear almost perfectly.

When adjusted to fit snuggly, these Sporty Spice earphones should stay firmly attached to your lugholes even whilst darting around the place in hell or high-water. And to be fair - they do just that. After I played around with them in our back garden, my wife has taken them out on a few jogs (including along the beach by where we live) and she's been incredibly impressed with how well they've stayed in throughout.

Comfort-wise these brightly-coloured monstrosities are incredibly comfortable to wear - even whilst getting hot, tired and sweaty. Tucked nicely into your ear canal and then hooked over your ear, within a couple of minutes the earphones practically feel like they're part of you.

Now then, on to the sound reproduction. And alas, this is really where the earphones let themselves down. The reproduction sounds flat and without any dimension to it. For some reason the bass sounds forced and wooden - with very little in the way of depth. Indeed, much of the sound is tinny and lacking any natural warmth or displaying anywhere near the depth of layers that may be present in the music.

For those that like their metal - Dave Lombardo's drumming on both early and later Slayer albums sounds like he's banging away on tin pots and pans. The toms sounds like flatulence and the (usually thundering) double-bass drum sounds like something akin to a woodpecker going hell-for-leather at the bodywork of a rusty old car.

Listening to Opeth's 'Damnation' album to see how well the earphones coped with beautifully tranquil acoustic notes - sadly the same disappointing performance was to follow. You can hear the notes and it's certainly the songs you know and love - just without that elegant depth of sound that you know should be there. But then, is this a quality of sound that people will be particularly striving for with some sporty earphones? Probably not! I'm not exactly the run-around-and-get-fit-type. To be honest I leave that to my wife. However, I'm much more passionate about my music and love hearing the songs sounding the way they were meant to sound.

So it's probably a classic case of horses for courses. The earphones are designed for wearing whilst you're flying around the place. Being sweat resistant and probably quite tolerant of the rain, they're for people who'll be out there in the elements. And for those people, whilst they're getting on a sweat, they're unlikely to care all that much whether they can hear the delicate warmth of Fredrik Åkesson's guitars or the vast heart-thumping spectrum of Lomardo's awe-inspiring drumming.
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