Philips SHP9500 Headphones
Philips SHP9500 Headphones
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You’ve searched high and low for the perfect headphones to deliver high precision sound, but nothing gives you what you’re looking for. If poor quality headphones are keeping you from holding on for one more day, the Philips SHP9500 Headphones are sure to break free the chains of bad sound Read More

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NaggingTax209039
17
Dec 19, 2020
Got this from Newegg for $70 last year im Not an audiophile but they definitely are the best headphones I’ve ever owned
Ferisalgue
44
Dec 17, 2020
That's not a drop. are you kidding me?
These are $74.99 on Amazon right now and you will get them in 2 days. Not the end of January.. This has got to be one of the worst Drops I have seen in a long time.
tem0
12
Nov 21, 2020
Buy them on Amazon for 80, get them in two days. Buy them on Drop for 70, get them next year. Hmmm, what a difficult choice. Drop has really gone downhill. Headphones themselves aren't worth more than 50 IMO. Sound great, very comfortable, just not worth the new inflated market price.
unani
3
Nov 23, 2020
I see this in ali express for only $65 (free delivery here in my country), but estimated delivery date first week of February 2021. I can wait no problem my only concern is that, is this original or fake.
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tem0
12
Nov 23, 2020
From what I have read, is Phillips sold their manufacturing rights for the SHP9500 to a Chinese manufacturer last year. After that they started selling them on Ali, Newegg, etc. so there's a good chance they aren't fakes. However I cannot give a definitive for AliExpress, some may be fake some may be real. It's a gamble, but if you find one from a reputable seller with good reviews I'd assume it's real. They also have some form of consumer protection if you get a lemon.
MastiffMike
66
Nov 21, 2020
I bought these 3 weeks ago (from somewhere else) but am returning them. The sound IS pretty incredible, however everything else is subpar. COMFORT: Some people say they're comfortable but I have issues with it. The headband is nice, but the extreme lack of clamp isn't good. The earpads, while I appreciate their large size, are just too shallow (depth) and so my ears (large size, but lay flat) rub the fabric over the driver. This does NOT happen with any of my other headphones with stock pads nor any of the aftermarket pads I use. SOUND: The sound is amazing, for the person wearing the headphones. However, these are not just "open" they're speakers attached to your head. The amount of sound bleed is sooooo bad, it's the main reason I'm returning them. I could figure out a way to overcome the comfort issues, but there's just no way to lower the sound bleed to an acceptable level. When I wear these in one room, my wife in the next room over (so 12-15 feet away, through an open doorway) can hear them! So basically, the times where I could wear them without bothering someone else are the exact same times where I could use speakers. As my wife says, if she's going to have to hear my music, them she should be able to listen to it too, and not just be annoyed by the bleed. BUILD: For the price, it's very well built. Sure there's a fair amount of plastic, but the fit and finish is all quite good. The biggest drawback to the build, and it's a HUGE deal for me, is the pads are not removable, so a pad swap is not doable without destroying the stock pads. ACCESSORIES: The storage bag is crappy, and the cable is just "meh". ALTERNATIVES: I find the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x to be a great alternative. It has much better clamping (as in there actually is CLAMPING, since the 9500's basically don't have any). The M40x has very good sound for a closed back, that isn't a whole lot more money ($25-30 more). I found the M40x stock pads a little too small for my liking, but once I switched them out for some Brainwavz, they're extremely comfortable, even for hours at a time. The SHP9500 imagining is slightly better, the sound stage is quite a bit wider, and if I'm nitpicking there's more refined detail throughout the frequency range with the SHP9500, but that's the case for most "open" vs "closed" comparisons. I do appreciate the standard SHP9500 cable connection, whereas the M40x uses a locking connection. So while both have replaceable cables, the 9500 can use pretty much any 3.5mm cable, while the M40x requires a very thin connector (it's recessed so far into the can) and some people may like/dislike the locking connector. Personally, I'd rather not have it locked so that if the cable gets caught on something it'll just be disconnected rather than pull the whole headphone off my head. Compared to my old Sennheiser HD461, also closed back like the M40x, the SHP9500 is a little more detailed with a wider soundstage, but the really noticeable difference is in tonality. The HD461 is much warmer and mid-forward/focused than the SHP9500. It's not muddy, but it is definitely warmer, while the 9500 sounds more neutral because it's a more expected sound. FWIW, if everything else was equal I tend to enjoy a little more midrange focus, however the HD461 comfort trumps the SHP9500 by a bunch, especially with a pad swap. The only comfort plus to the 9500 is the headband.
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CONCLUSION: For under $100, the SHP9500 are phenomenal IF the openness (sound bleed) isn't an issue for your use. You can't beat the sound without spending at least double. However, you can't use the SHP9500 on a bus/train/airplane, nor anywhere near someone else. The sound bleed at normal listening levels is a good 15 feet in a quiet environment. If you want/need closed back in roughly this price point, I recommend the Audio-Technica M40x which gives you much better comfort and pad swappability, while not bothering other people near you, at the loss of soundstage width and some overall definition. Both are highly listenable and I recommend both, just get whichever fits your normal useage the best.
perrivan
39
Nov 22, 2020
great writeup!
MastiffMike
66
Nov 22, 2020
Thanks. When I first put the SHP9500 on and fired up a reference track, I literally whispered "whoa", the sound was that good. However, the ear pads started to bug me immediately and the lack of clamp was really annoying. Also, the first time my wife walked by the doorway to my den she said "What is that noise?" It was at that point that I realized all the cans I've owned since we got married have been closed back! I've long considered buying the HD6xx but just not sure if I'd ever use them. I just bought some PXC550ii for traveling, I have the M40x for computer listening, I use the HD461 for music at night, and IEMs for out-and-about stuff (running, gym time, waiting room waits, etc.). I also have some Sennheiser wireless cans for late night movies. So while I want the 6xx sound quality (I've been told it's amazing - and a step up from what I have), I'm just not sure if I'd ever use them. I use speakers for most everyday listening and when I put on headphones (or IEMs) it's because I'm trying not to disturb others, so open cans probably aren't a good fit for me. I even had one of my kids try the 9500s but even with their bedroom door closed, you could still hear them! Oh well. For people that live alone, the SHP9500 are phenomenal headphones, especially for how cheap they are.
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Hoob
3
Nov 21, 2020
10 bucks off doesn't seem like much of a drop to me.
Narq
746
Nov 23, 2020
These days, we're lucky if Drops aren't selling for the same price everywhere.
Alejo1707
155
Nov 25, 2020
Amen to that brother
dmedvinsky
189
Nov 21, 2020
> rocks an open back, over the ear design to give you nice isolation while you’re jamming to shining, authentic sound Either marketing bullshit or a mistake. These have no isolation whatsoever. Absolutely none. Also, they have a very loose fit, so if you move your head a lot, prepare to adjust them as much. Other than that, these are great for the price.
SingingZach
0
Dec 7, 2020
I saw that too, I was like “tf they mean isolating, they’re open-back”. But oh well i’m not expecting them to be isolating.
Aznablerey
162
Nov 21, 2020
Just bought them open box for $50, worth it. $70 new isn’t bad since the 9600 came out and a lot of places are charging closer to a hundred.
ScroogeMcDuck
234
Nov 21, 2020
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tonso
10
Nov 21, 2020
Got these for $50 new once (bought the hype basically), but actually shouldn't have gotten even for free. Harsh and sibilant, with pads made of some crappy cloth, and left side working only occasionally.
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Afterman
235
Nov 22, 2020
Yeah, I had these back in the day before the hype and had the same problems. 30 minutes in and my ears were fatiguing.
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