- Great sound on certain music genres
- Will survive being crushed at the bottom of a backpack
- Very flimsy design
Philips has always surprised me when it comes to their tech. I not long ago checked out their SHB8850NC model and was impressed. So are the new Philips SHB3175 headphones going to live up to their reputation?
The headphones presented are all black, although their is a white version too if that takes your fancy. What stuck out was the incredibly flimsy build. Most of the external shell is made from plastic and flexes pretty easily. Now I’m in two minds over this. If they’re dropped from a height, then they’re likely to damage. However, because of their flimsiness, if they’re caught at the bottom of your bag – crushed by other belongings – then chances are that give in the plastic will probably be useful.
The plastic also has a matte finish, giving off a pretty stylish look. Some may say they’ve been designed with simplicity in mind. The button layouts aren’t complicated, and are large enough to feel once the headphones are on your head. Buttons have been placed on the right earcup and are as follows from back to front: volume up/down which double up as a skip track, answer phonecall, Bluetooth activation and power on/off.
The cans can also fold pretty small too, thanks to their near 360° swivel on each earcup and two hinges just above. They can get to a pretty small size too. Unfortunately there is no carry case with these, or at least there wasn’t in the review unit we were sent, but no matter. They fold that small that you could fit them in a larger jacket pocket, or even one of the side pockets of your backpack.
Using the Bluetooth function is aided with voice prompts of the status of the headphones. I love this, as a variety of tones you have to listen out for can get a little jarring. Vocal cues ensure the user knows when the headphones are connected.All buttons when pressed are satisfying, and require a pretty noticeable press so you don’t accidently brush the wrong button when finding the one you need.
Audio quality isn’t too bad either, thanks to the 40mm neodymium drivers in each earcup and a closed back design. The Philips headphones are also part of their BASS + range. They feature an on-ear style, or at least with me they did. They could completely cover a smaller pair of ears but because mine are quite large, they sat comfortably on my lugholes. They didn’t hurt either, and I think that’s because of the plastic design. They’re very lightweight.
At times however, listening to certain tracks, the bass was a little overpowering to the treble. These would work perfectly for something like rock, or even Dubstep, Trap or anything similar. However, if you’re more of a pop or classical fan, these may not be the headphones for you.
For £59 though, you can’t really go wrong. Okay, they won’t hit the likes of Bose QC35 II, but they will certainly keep up with many of the “fashionable” brands you see on the market, at a fraction of the cost. Having Bluetooth means that they’re a perfect travel companion, and with a 12 hour music time and a whopping 166 hours of standby time, these will not be needing to be charged too regularly. Don’t panic though, if you do run out of battery, you can use the included 3.5mm jack cable (unless you got a jackless mobile phone like the new iPhones).
For more information on the Philips SHS3175 headphones, then you can check them out on the Philips website.