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Philips Headphones Review
Philips Headphones Review

Philips Fidelio NC1 Noise Cancelling & SHB5500 Bluetooth Headphones

We recently spent some time checking out a couple of pairs of headphones from Philips across two different, increasingly popular categories – noise cancelling and wireless.

 

Philips Fidelio NC1 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Ever growing in popularity, noise cancelling headphones are useful for more than just plane travel. For some strange reason, your music will always sound better when it’s not mixed with the conversation of the people sitting behind you on the train or that persistent hum of the bus.

Philips NC1 Headphones

Philips Fidelio NC1 headphones are made mostly from a combination of metal, plastic and pleather. The metal adds noticeable weight that gives these headphones a premium feel, whilst not making them overly heavy for travel.

The replaceable cable is covered in fabric which makes it feel more durable than most. The on-ear design is a point of difference in the noise cancelling game and the headphones felt comfortable to wear for a lengthy period of time.

Philips NC1 Headphones

When it comes to sound, they’re fairly well balanced yet slightly light on the bass for me personally, although this does come down to personal taste in the end.

Philips NC1 Headphones

To provide their noise cancelling functionality, the Philips NC1 headphones use active microphones, accessed from a switch on the left earpiece. As for keeping out any background noise, the on-ear design didn’t feel as successful in this department as some over-ear designs i’ve tried, however they still performed the task fairly well. 

Philips NC1 Headphones

If you’re looking for noise cancelling headphones without the common bulkiness of most models, the Philips NC1 noise cancelling headphones are a good buy.

Buy: Philips Fidelio FC1

 

Philips SHB5500 Bluetooth Headphones

Offering the ultimate in movability, bluetooth headphones free you from cables and mean you don’t have to worry about damaging often flimsy cables.

Philips SHB5500

Coming in at a very affordable price point, the Philips SHB5500 provide powerful sound and nine hours of wire-free listening. The controls for volume and playback are on the ear and the adjustable headband allows for a comfortable fit.

Philips SHB5500

These are lightweight headphones with some great features rolled into the package. They also feature an inbuilt mic, allowing you to seamlessly take calls when in use.

Philips SHB5500

The sound is sort of what you’d expect from a pair of headphones in this price range. It’s ok – but lacks a bit of the punch, depth and clarity of higher end models.

Philips SHB5500

The Philips SHB5500 headphones are perfect if you’re looking for a lightweight and affordable pair of bluetooth headphones.

Buy: Philips SHB5500

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