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Published at 2017-06-20 09:56:04 by DanDin on Speakers


  1. Philips Flexible Earhook Headphones SHS3200/28 Black (replaces SHS3200/37)
  2. Bass pipe emphasizes low tones for a clear, realistic sound Enjoy best-in-class performance and optimum sound quality
  3. 15mm speaker driver optimizes wearing comfort 3D flexible earhook ensures secure fit in all ear sizes
  4. Ergonomically-shaped headphone enhances user comfort Contoured earhook increase wearing comfort and stability
  5. A 1.2m long cable that is ideal for outdoor use Stays comfortably in your ear when you are on the move Extremely durable


These headphones are of excellent quality, given their extremely low price. I'm a runner and I also have started lifting weights recently. I was interested in this type of headphone because I got sick of my earbuds constantly falling out in the middle of runs. After reading some reviews, I decided that I didn't need to throw a bunch of money at "higher-end" headphones, and the reviews of this model made it clear that if I was going to go with a cheap set, this was the one.

I've not had any issues with these headphones. I did, however, have a few concerns coming in that I'd like to talk about in case any prospective buyer has similar worries. First, I was unsure of how comfortable they would be. The thought of having something behind my ear had me worried that I'd constantly feel it, but after a few minutes of wearing these I forgot they were there. I also wondered if I'd have issues wearing these along with my glasses. That was a non-issue in practice as well. I left my glasses on and then just put the headphones on over. I didn't notice any difference in comfort whether I was wearing my glasses or not. At $7 I figured I'd be getting some pretty low-quality audio. Now, I'm not an audiophile (and if you are, hopefully you don't bother with reviews of $7 headphones), but I'm satisfied with the sound of these headphones. The bass is just all right, but that's fine by me. For listening to music during a workout, these do the job well. Finally, I was concerned that the headphones may not be durable, which is why I waited to post a review. I've had mine for about six months, and I've not had any issues yet. I don't see any wear and tear that suggests that these are going to go out anytime soon.

If you're on the fence about going for a cheap pair of headphones, these do not feel cheap and I highly doubt you'll regret buying them.
These are like the only earphones that work for me, period. So glad they are still making them. The Apple ones have never worked, no matter how many different ears they claim to have tested them for, not secure from the get go and fall out the first time I breathe. With these, I can do whatever I want and they stay in place. Yes, there are other earbuds with better sound quality, no question, but sound quality is useless if they won't stay in your ears to hear the quality. I use them all the time for jogging. They aren't waterproof, so I do try to wipe them off afterwards. My old ones got a little rusty from moisture build-up (noticed the rust when I took off rubber ring for cleaning), so I decided to get a new pair since the old ones had done their job for quite some time. They are definitely 5-star for me since they allow me to listen to music frustration-free, something Apple couldn't do for me and my apparently non-standard ears.
I used to buy these as my preferred headphones, often in a pinch they were available at Walgreens, so I was happy to have a familiar everyday headphone pair. That was maybe 5 or 6 years ago... I was needing new headphones and could not decide on several pairs, so I bought these thinking I would at least have an old favorite while I tested the market options... ugh...

They used to be a lot better. The ear band is not made of the same material and I find it stiff and uncomfortable in comparison. The wire is much thinner and not covered in the same material. I think maybe this is to prevent the weird "rub" sounds, I don't know, but the cord is unacceptably thin.

I thought that the ear band used to have a slight ability to rotate to adjust to different ears, and these do not seem to do that anymore. Maybe I am mistaken, but I thought these used to do that.

I know I should not expect amazing things for 10 dollars these days, but these are just going in my drawer with my other backup headphones and I am back looking for a new favorite.

I will not be looking at these again, which is really a bummer to me, after using them for many years. At least I have kids who always seem to break theirs, so it isn't a total waste.

If you are not very active, the thin wires may not be an issue, but I feel that one snag would kill these.
The bud part of these earphones fits just like normal buds. However, buds fall out of my ears all the time so I really like the over the ear connections. It's like they made these for elf ears. They are tall and pointy. I have taken a heat gun to warm the plastic and shape it to my ears and eventually they end up back in their elf form after a couple weeks. I have never had a pair that of these that didn't work with my glasses I wear everyday, but these jut keep pushing on my glasses. I have been using them for 2 months everyday and they are driving me nuts. However, i am the kind of person that will use them until they wear out and just ignore the problems even when they were so cheap! As far as sound quality and functional purposes they work just fine. No problems at all with that portion of the earphones. That is why I gave them 3 instead of 1 star.
I've ordered this product probably about four or five times in the past couple of years. They can and are able to last for years if you're careful. The first one I ordered only one side broke after months and months of heavy use (I listen to music a lot!). Since only hearing one side is awful, I ordered them again. That broke after a year and a half. Now I am using the one I ordered a month or two ago and they're still going strong. The other two I ordered was for my brothers because they saw mine and noticed I had them for a while, while the ones they get at the store cost more and don't last as long. This product is also nice because they stay secured on your ears because of the hook design. It's comfortable enough for earphones, no complaints there. Not the best sound quality but it's clear enough and packs enough bass for me (keep in mind, these are not headphones and they are a great price for what you get.) So, if you're looking for high quality earphones to use in the studio or you're really trying to hear all the highs and lows of every song, this pair isn't for you. But, if you're normal an just want a good pair of earphones that'll last you awhile and still have good quality sound, order up!
I ignored the warning on shocks thinking it's not actually possible. I was wrong. They were ok at first but then I started getting zapped in my right ear. I dealt with that by only running with one ear in, call it a safety feature. Well yesterday I went out and had both in to start and I was getting shocked almost constantly. Took the right out and the left was still going ham on my ear. These are completely useless now.

I should say that I took a multimeter to these when I first got shocked and didon't see any voltage. Now that this is happening constantly I may try again. Someone point out that it might be static shock and I typically route my cord up through my vest so that's possible. However, I unplugged them yesterday with the buds still in my ear and didn't notice anything. Who knows, if the brainiacs at Philips couldn't figure out a way to stop, how the hell am I going to?
These only lasted 3 months. That is absolutely ridiculous. I contacted the company with the image below, and they have not addressed my concern.

Any product of any kind should last longer than 3 months. This is also my third pair; the other two lasted a year each... but 3 months is a new low. What a waste of my hard-earned money.
They're decent...good sound quality, stay on well, and comfortable enough (with slight in-ear soreness after many hours of use). I generally used them with my laptop, or plugged into my phone in my pocket when I was out walking or working out at the gym.

Two things - I'm ordering a new pair after a year and eight months because the cord finally wore out where it enters the plug. Not too bad but I'm envying the people who reported four years of use. Too much bending back and forth over time made the wire leading to the right headphone fray through. Currently listening to stuff one-eared while I wait for the replacement. I might have shopped around more but they dropped the price $2.24 since last time, and I get student Prime shipping, so what the heck, it's cheap enough for the level of quality.

The other thing is - you want to check inside the removable ear bud plastic covers, all kinds of gunk builds up in there, dust and so on.

Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with them, and I'm going to reinforce the plug end of the cord with shrink tubing or something to see if it'll make the new pair last longer.
I like these for sport because they stay on the ears. I dropped a star because they're not a good fit in the ears-too large and too much air gap. As a result, I can't hear the sound that well and have to turn the volme up. Nor is there good fidelity unless I press the buds close to my ears. But I'm willing to live with those deficiencies still I'm not listening for sound quality, just for the songs and their melodies while running or other activities.
Ok, I have a love/hate relationship with these. I use these mostly for running (as they stay put; better than more expensive Apple ones) and working out. But after some time, the rubber covering that goes over the earbud falls off and it then hurts to have the metal earbud bare in one's ear canal. Grrrrrrr.

I go through a few of these a year; as the ear coverings don't seem to stay on long (but I must say that the headphones themselves work fine; so it's a shame to have to throw away because of the lack of a rubber covering!). Other than that issue, these work great.

I think I might have to do a work-around and hotglue down the rubber pieces prior to wearing them for the first time. I have to buy another pair as we speak/write. :)