The Philips SHN9500 Active Noise Canceling Headphones blackout irritating background noise and allows you to enjoy your music in peace. These premium range headphones actively cancel background noise by as much as 85% and are Ideal for travel use in airplanes and trains.
- Neodymium magnet produces a strong magnetic field for greater bass response and higher overall sound quality
- Optimal fit in all ears with super soft rubber caps
- Asymmetric cabling system that keeps the 1.2 meter cable tangle free
- 24k Gold plated plug gives a more reliable connection for better quality audio
- Flexi Grip design protects the cable connection from damage due to repeated bending
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 4.9 x 10.4 inches ; 2.4 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- ASIN: B000G35S08
- Item model number: SHN9500/37
- Batteries: 1 AAA batteries required.
- Date first available at Amazon.com: August 22, 2003
Comfortable, pretty good for the price
The noise canceling is decent. I’ve never tried the Bose, so I can’t compare to that, but the Philips cancels most (maybe 60-70%) of the noise I was bothered by.
As headphones for sound, as other reviewers noted, the quality isn’t outstanding. Sound is very bass-heavy and, to my ears, a bit muddy. But I didn’t buy them to be my primary sound-headphones, so I’m not bothered by this.
The zipper case is nice and has a removable zipper pouch inside for the cord and plug adapter. I wish the cord were a bit longer so I could use the headphones with my TV, but it’s fine for using with my laptop and desktop, and will be good for airplane use.
Overall, I give this product 4 stars, and, especially at the price [...] sells it for, I think it was worth it. I’m glad I bought it.
They’re an excellent buy. This is perfect for budget conscious individuals and/or students who simultaneously expect quality craftsmanship.
As a Friend Said, "Heavenly"
excellent noise canceling headphones
and after reading several reviews on Amazon.com I decided to purchase
the Philips SHN9500. Normally, I do not write any reviews b/c have no time
for things like that, but in this case I thought I owe it to other potential
buyers. This pair of headphones really saved me on a long trip from
Detroit to Taipei. THey really do a good job isolating the noise and,
which is equally important are very comfortable, and I kept them on my
head for the most of the ~16 hours in flight.
SHN9500 Good so Far
Phillips SHN9500 – Initial Review Summary:
Pros: Comfort, Cost, Passive sound isolation, mute button, internal controls.
Cons: None so far. Need to be put to the airplane/train test.
In low level noise (home & office) they perform very well with no hiss or minimal change with NC on or off. I agree with the other reviews that these are not as good at sound reproduction as Bose – but, they are 20-25% of the cost! They are very comfortable. Another plus, is the electronics and controls are internal on the headphone cups. A nice feature is a “mute” button on the left headphone cup – you don’t have to take them off to communicate with the “outside” world! The on-off switch for the NC is on the other cup. The firmside case is an excellent accessory with an internal pouch for the cord, adapters, and spare battery. The form factor is very close to the Bose QC2.
I will also use them on several domestic trips in April. The major test will be in May – a trip to Japan. I will update the review upon my return.
Sets owned in chronological order and my overall rating:
Panasonice PR-HC70 Open On-ear (Fair) **
Bose QC1^ Closed Over-ear (Very Good)****
Bose QC2^ Closed Over-ear (Excellent)*****
Phillips HN060 Earbud (Poor) *
JBL 510 Closed On-ear (Good) ***
Phillips SHN9500 Closed Over-ear (Very Good)****
^No longer in my possession
The type of music I listen to is classic rock. The MP3 player I have used with all of the headphones (with the exception of the Pansonic and QC1) is a Sandisk C140. The first set two sets were used with a Sharp minidisk player.
Panasonic RP-HC70 (open on-ear design):
Pros – Cheap, comfortable, good sound reproduction, longevity, volume control on-cord, work without power (no NC though).
Cons – No passive NC, NC narrow band, on-cord controls, volume level is lower than others.
I purchased these in Japan on my first trip there 6 years ago. They were an improvement over basic headphones. They are open-ear, so no passive NC. Very narrow frequency band for NC. But, it matched the frequency of wind noise on a jet. Watching movies and music listening was a much improved experience. Primarily, the volume level could be lower. I still use these in my office as a backup or give to the kids during trips. These were my introduction to the promise of noise cancelling technology!
On another note, if you ever want to know what the atmosphere for an American in Japan on business, just watch the movie “Lost in Translation”.
Bose QC1 and QC2:
Negatives – Cost, Need battery to operate – No juice, no sound! QC1 on cord controls.
Positives- Comfort, sound reproduction, and NC efficacy.
No surprise, the Bose take the top two spots. I won’t go into great detail. Many others have! My first set (QC1)was stolen during a european trip (be careful of the Midi train station in Brussels!) after two years of use. I was hearbroken! I replaced them with the QC2 and left that set on the plane during a trip to South America after one year of use – GRRRRR. One of the hidden costs of business travel. I travel 125,000 miles per year for business. But I digress…. They are the benchmark, as stated by everyone else who have owned a set.
So, due to my inability to keep my hands on expensive headphones I decided to try less expensive alternatives. I am not an audiophile – I am looking for value.
Phillips HN060 – Earbud Design
Pros: Small space
Cons: Uncomfortable, poor sealing in ear, no passive isolation, Poor value.
I was VERY disappointed in this set. They were very uncomfortable! The three different silicone earbuds did not fit my ears, so passive NC was poor. To get a good seal, they were uncomfortable. Active NC was mediocre at best. Used for only one year and one earbud was non-functional. I was so disappointed in the comfort I actually made my own earbud exterior by hollowing out foam earplugs and using them – this was they only way I could make them usable. I would avoid these!
They had one positive, being an earbud they took very little space. I had to think of something positive.
I went back to a headphone for my next set. However, this was an on-ear design to help in minimizing space in my luggage. I was happy with the performance. I have used them for 6 months. Cost was good. NC is pretty good and sound reproduction is good. The negative, they become uncomfortable after several hours of wear. It took some time to learn where to position them effectively on the ear. (I don’t know if its the products fault or mine!) This was reported in reviews I read prior to the purchase. I can confirm it. The other negative are the cords and external control box. Wrestling with wires can be a pain!
Hence, I decided that over-ear is what I needed for international flights, so the purchase of the PHillips SHN9500.
Pros: Good sound reproduction. Acceptable passive and active NC. Cost. Small packing footprint.
Cons: Comfort in extended wear situations, external control/electronics
I will update the review in May.
Moderate Battery Life, Moderate Noise Cancellation
The life from the battery that came with the headphones was poor. I used the headphones for about seven hours before the battery began to fade. The headphones begin to sound scratchy when the battery goes, and the scratchiness was distracting for the music I was listening to.
When I got home I measured the amount of current the headphones draw from the battery. They draw about 45mA on average. That means that a standard AAA alkaline battery, which is 1000mAh, should last 22 hours. So I am guessing that the battery they included was either old or had a smaller capacity. Alternatively, in loud environments the headphones might draw more current. I am flying to Japan tomorrow and will see if a Duracell 1175mAh battery lasts significantly longer.
Otherwise, they are very comfortable and nicely designed. The round carrying case is small enough to slip into my briefcase next to my computer.
UPDATE: I just returned from Japan, and the Duracell AAA has far outlasted the one that came with the headphones. I used the headphones for 12 hours outbound and 10 hours inbound (for a total of 22 hours, coincidentally) and the Duracell battery is still doing fine.
Good value for NC Headphones
The mute button is especially nice…there are aircraft (A340 is one) which do not adjust the volume of the PA at the same level as the audio stream you are listening to…this translates to someone yelling directly into your ear…the mute will save you a headache and your eardrums.
I’m not sure the NC technology is as good as Bose or others, but it does kill white noise pretty good…you will still hear the baby in row 33
Overall, the comfort is good, not too much pressure on your head or ears…many do not have deep enough pockets for your ears and push excessively on the ears causing pain, esp on long flights. I wore these for nearly 18 straight hours to India and back…no issues.
The fact that the wire disconnects from the headphones is actually a good thing…you dont need a wire all the time, esp when you’re sleeping.