Monday, July 2, 2012

Philips SHQ1000 Sports Headphones - Red

I have used many headphones and the best among them is unarguably the one that came bundled with my Apple iPod! But I find it difficult to use them when I am traveling or during a gym session or jogging. 

The white ear buds of an iPod would get dirty very quickly and the soft rubber lining around its edges would wear out due to constant friction along with the sweat generated during these activities. Once that lining is gone, it is almost impossible to neglect the kind of discomfort that it might cause. In other headphones, I have experienced that the sweat might even spoil the functionality of the ear piece!

Finally I found Philips SHQ1000 Sports headphones that are specifically designed for this purpose. Philips SHQ1000 is has a standard gold plated 3.5 mm stereo jack and is made of water resistant material, ideal for your outdoor adventures. The headphones come with 3 pairs of interchangeable caps that are made of high quality soft antibacterial rubber and you can choose the one that makes you feels comfortable. This also protects the internals of the earpiece from damage due to humid conditions.

Another problem with many headphones is that they may jump out during an exercise or fail to stay in place during an outdoor activity. Philips SHQ1000 ear buds are specifically designed to cling on to your ears and they almost never pop out without your wish!

I bought the piece from at Rs. 590 (around $13) and I think they are really good. The sound quality is really good and the volume level is also pretty good. However, you would not experience any significant bass effect. The packaging says that they provide bass boost, but I have not noticed anything noticeable. If you are looking for a headphone that would give you above par sound quality and depth in music, then this one is not for you. Also, I do not think that you can get one at this price tag. 

The fit is really nice and would avoid any noise due to wind during a jog or cycle commute. The clip provided along with it is also very useful and you can manage them by clipping it on to your shirt. The headphones come with a generous length of 1.2 m and you can’t ask for more than that!

Interchangeable ear buds/caps and pouch
    The red color gives it a funky cool look and you also get a small and attractive pouch which was a surprise for me. However, you would find it difficult to roll the headphones into it and I hardly use them. Philips SHQ1000 stands apart for its durability and superb design. I have been using them for more than half an year and have no problems whatsoever till now. I would recommend this for anyone who has similar needs as mine and is okay with the minor issues like lack of bass. Btw, who would notice a bass effect during a workout or during a cycle commute!

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