Philips SHS3200 Earhook headphones Review
Available in black and white
• Bass pipe emphasises low tones for a clear, realistic sound
• 15 mm speaker driver optimises wearing comfort
• 3D flexible ear hook ensures secure fit in all ear sizes
• Ergonomically shaped headphone enhances user comfort
• Contoured ear hook
• A 1.2 m long cable that is ideal for outdoor use
• Stays comfortably in your ear when you are on the move
• Extremely durable construction extends product life
Connectivity Technology: Wired
Headphones Form Factor: Over-the-ear
Headphones Type: Binaural
Product Type: Headphones
Response Bandwidth: 20 - 20000Hz
Sound Output Mode: Stereo
Absolute steal for the price
Responsive and deep base
Good mid-range and highs
Good material composition
1.2m cable length
No inline microphone
Not smartphone orientated
Fit can be hit-or-miss
I don’t dole out accolades like this one very often. I see a lot of different products across my desk. When I get a piece of gear or tech that really surprises me I feel recognition is due, and the Phillips SHS3200 deserve some recognition.
The Phillips SHS3200 are very unassuming and more than likely 80% of the people that have seen them hanging on some Walmart or Target headphone rack will walk right by them. You’re not to be blamed if you’ve never given Phillips much credit in the audio field. The fact that they are stocked at lower end retailers doesn’t help Phillips much either. However, these little unassuming headphones could very well be the best pair that you will ever own. Period.
Here’s the kicker – they can be had for as little as $7.00USD if you look in the right places. If you go to a brick-and-mortar, they’ll be in the $9.00 neighborhood. Wherever you look they are a sub $10.00 pair of headphones that can hold their own against those costing 10 to 20 times the price.
What? Have I lost my mind? How can a $7.00 pair of headphone compete with a $250.00 pair? Here’s how: The Phillips SHS3200 have been on the market for no less than 13 years. That in itself speaks volumes. I don’t know many other things (tech wise) that are still available today exactly how they were in 2003. They also sound great. OK – not on the same dynamic level as high-end earphones, but good enough that when matched with their durability make them a steady go to for every day wear.
I bought the Phillips SHS3200 about four years ago when I was looking for headphones that I could use for running, exercising, mowing the lawn etc. Basically, I was looking for some knock-around headphones that I wouldn’t care about getting broken. I tried a lot of earbud headphone that never would say in, and even headphones designed for runners (Yourbuds Ironman). The Phillips SHS3200 sounded better than all of them and performed better.
I have washed them 3 times (left in a pocket). I have left them on my dash on 100 degree plus days (maybe 150+ on the dash?). I have had them ripped completely out of my ears more than I can count. I have ran with them 1000 times. Wore them in the rain and a dozen other things you wouldn’t dare do with more expensive headphones.
Give them a try and leave your comments.