Phillips – O’Neill Stretch Headphones SHO9560/28 – Review

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– By Kelly McCrillis

When looking at headphones my favored qualities are comfort, sound quality, and price. Phillips O’Neill Stretch Headphones exceed in the two other qualities, because of the price.

Let me explain.

These headphones are $79.00. It’s not exactly chump change for headphones, but it’s definitely below average for over-the-ear headphones.

Compare say to Beats by Dre… at $250.00.

Now, the trendy, fashionistas of the world love the bass, highs, and style of the *cough* overpriced Beats.

I would too if I owned them, and so would you probably. But the thing is… unless you are a audiophile whose stomach is turned by anything less than perfect, the Phillips O’Neill Stretch Headphones offer so much for the price, comparatively.

The sound is not the best, but it’s definitely solid. The bass is deep and smooth without rumbling or burning out the speakers before their time.

The highs are clear and distinct, and especially with the help of an equalizer, kick as many sound-bytes your way as possible. Using this with my computer to watch movies or listen to music is always a pleasure.

Comfort, form-fitting, and subtle is the name of the patented stretch band. I, or any of my friends can wear this without any adjustment, and it always fits perfectly.

That being said, there is no way I bring these with me on a run again. The adjustment works against itself with too much movement because the plastic squeaks as it adjust to extreme movement.

 

Specifications of the Phillips O’Neill Stretch Headphones

  • Style: Over the Ear
  • Sound Isolating (not noise-canceling)
  • Frequency Response: 12Hz-24kHz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Cord Length: 3.9′
  • Inline volume control: None
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Sensitivity: 105dB
  • The ears cushions… are cushioned.

The cord has a gold-plated, 1/8″ plug connector. This has been useful for when I connect it to an amp or receiver with an adapter, and, if you need the length, you could hook a longer extension to the pre-existing cord for long-distance listening.

OK. So you buy these headphones, get a decent price, but after that, what are you left with?

I have had mine for… 6 months now. I was worried at first about the plastic (which seems a bit flimsy). But they have weathered through bike rides falls, table jumps and being sat on without a scratch or crack.

Great, so there’s that. What does that mean? Well here’s the good, the bad, and the flexibility… of the Phillips Stretch.

The Good ChartThe Bad Chart

 

 

The Good vs

The Bad

The beauty is that if you are shopping on a budget, or you just want an extra pair of lounge about the house headphones, look no further.

If you have the means, by all means, go for something more expensive, especially if you’re an audiophile, or want running phones.

But as a movie watcher, gamer, music lister, and skyper, I love the Phillips O’Neill Stretch Headphones, and you would too.

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