Philips SHH7810 In-ear headset for Mobile Phone review

A couple of days ago i received in my order of Philips SHH7810 in-ear headset from Flipkart.com. They delivered it in like 2 days as promised. I love their service and sometimes the price is also very reasonable as compare to brick-and-mortar stores,which was true in this case.I got it for 985 INR,which i think was pretty reasonable.

The SHH7810 in my opinion is one of the cheapest and quality headsets with inline microphone that money can buy,I had done some research prior to finalizing this one, i coudn’t find any decent brand(aka sennheiser,skullcandy,sony,etc) earphones with inline mic and call.answer button,there was one from skullcandy around the 1k INR range but i was using the skullcandy ink’d for the past 8 months which was very similiar,I wanted some change and this had to be it.

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It arrived in a nice little flipkart bubble wrap lined mailer bag.The contents inside were nicely protected and did not show any signs of stress from the shipping .


I sometimes hate the amount of packaging that comes with the earphones,there’s too much plastic and takes a lot of effort to open it up. :(

The contents of the package include the standard fare 3 different sizes silicone ear plugs. And an interesting compatibility adapter that allows the headset to work with almost all of the commonly available phones with 3.5mm standard connector

I had a Motorola so i did not need the adapter!

Plugged it into my atrix 2 ,there were no issues ,the headset was recognized . Tried playing some tunes and sounded good and was stereo made some calls.I was able to pick up calls with the call/end button,Mic also worked good.

the thing that i hate about this headset is the inline volume control! I was fooled by the images on flipkart and other places! I had thought it was a push button based solution,similiar to the ones found in the inbox headsets that come with phones.Sigh! it was just a crappy volume slider which instead of sending a command to the phone to change the system volume of the phone just fiddles with the signal by changing the inline resistance which is a BAD way to do it. And from past experience is one very big potential point of failure! .In headphones these things are the first to fail. I hope that Philips has designed it well enough ,and it lasts atleast 6 months without failure!. If the headset lasts 6 months of rough use (or rather abuse!) i would call it well worth the money!

Moving on to the sound quality of these phones,the overall sound quality is good for the price. The bass i feel sometimes is as good as Sennheisers and the Skullcandys from a higher price range.Sometimes though i feel the bass is too much and it overpowers the mids ,and the mids get supressed.The Highs and decent and very seldom tend to crack very very slightly only if you listen with a very keen ear,you wont notice it otherwise!.Now there is a very important thing about these phones that i found about as i used them,You need to get the correct fit to understand the true capability of the drivers. Which is somewhat difficult sometimes since the design is a bit weird with the angled drivers and all,which philips claims to deliver better sound directly to the ear drums.Frankly,i found it a bit uncomfortable to wear,might be a new earphone thing and might take some time for my ears to get used to. But not as comfortable as my first pair of in-ears my JVC fx-33Bs! I really Miss them!

One thing i really like about the headset is ,it has small bumps on the left earpeice. This helps you to recognize the left and the right earphone even in the dark. This is

Final Words: Really good bass,OK mids and highs.OK build quality,Crappy volume control,takes some time getting used to the fit,great compatibility with almost all modern smart phones on the planet(including the iPhone!).Great value for the Price!

Let me know what you think about it in the comments below!! :)

Update:Tested the headset with a a bunch of phones here’s the result

Phone                                         Result

iPhone                                        Works pretty Well.

Samsung Galaxy S i9003       Worked well. Without the bundled adapter. (The adapter was meant for samsung ,nokia and sony ericsson phones!)

Sony Xperia S                          Did Not Work ,even with and without the bundled adapter a ‘headset incompatible ‘message shows up!.I was expecting it to work.

The package did not mention anything about this! They should’ve specify the exact phone models that are compatible!

philips she-9500 reviews

I was desperately in need of a good pair of in-ear earphones for a long time since my JVC FX-33 marshmallows went kaput a few months ago.So I got myself a new philips she-9500 from the tech haven of mumbai aka lamington road for about 750 INR a couple of days ago. I had done quite a bit of research before buying these earphones.Here’s the review.
First of all i’m no hardcore audiophile,but the audio quality is a top priority to me and i can’t bear to hear the bassless music from the silly nokia earphones bundled with my nokia n78.I a huge linkin park fan and i can hear linkin park all day long!!. The philips earphones are very good VFM earphones. The transperent blister package it came in contains the following.
  1. the earphones themselves(length-60cm)
  2. a 60 cm long extender cable
  3. a carrying pouch
  4. a small earphones box
  5. a couple of extra pairs of rubber tips of different sizes(small,medium,large).
For 750 bucks thats more than enough i think.I was contempalting maybe a creative or maybe a sony before finally settling on the philips one. There are various models in the 500-1000Rs. range from creative,sony and panasonic.But the best thing i found about these earphones during my pre-purcahse reasearch was that these earphones have great bass.This is very much evident from the bass vents present at the back of the earphones.I had also found many good comments on these earphones on various forums.Although there were even comments that suggested that these earphones lacked the ‘meatiness’ in the bass range.




Now about the construction of these earphones.The earphones are built solidly enough but can’t say the same about the cord though. The wire has a slight rubbery texture and is very thin a looks flimsy. Although the wire feels much stronger than it looks.The plugs are all 24k gold plated. Even the extender cable has the connectors gold plated. My experience suggests that this gold plating tends to wear off with use.The rubber cups provided have a soft feel to them and are of good quality.The manage to have the right balance between providing good isolation and providing comfort.I can wear these earbuds for hours without feeling any discomfort,or any itchy feeling,the earbuds are so comfortable that i tend to forget that i have even worn them.This was not my case with the JVC marshmallows. The memory foam insulation provided with those earbuds was good at providin isolation,but comfort was not one of its strong points.I have read many comments on various forums such head-fi.org,iaudiophile,etc that the assymetric cable length of these earphones as being ‘clumsy’. I consider this feature as a plus point. this makes wearing these earphones even more comfortable.
Now,for the audio quality department.these earphones have a very decent audio quality. Altough i had expected more. But i guess that the comfort does come at a price.The isolation is not what i would get from my marshmallows.I think the isolation provided by the jvc was unbeatable.The complete sealing of this earphones is compromised due to the bass vents present at the rear i think.The bass is more pronounced due to this.Hence it’s like a necessary evil!!The bass and treble felt rich. The midrange was so-so. One major drawback of these earbuds is that the sound crackles when the eq settings are fiddled with,especially the bass booster setting. I had to change the default nokia bass booster settings reducing the bass range pointer to a level slightly above default.But one thing that i noticed was that the sound at the default settings itself was good enough and no bass booster setting were needed,even a bassophile like me could do away with the bass booster settings.This was not the case with the jvc marshmallows. There was no severe distortion even when all the eq settings were kept very high.So go for the SHE9500 earphones only if are willing to do away with the eq settings altogether.This was one major dissapointment i had with these earbuds.I’m very much fond of fiddling with the eq settings and i always keep the bass at a very high level.


to sum it all up
PROS
  1. great vfm,cant beat the performance at this price point,even the creative ep630 costs 800 bucks and has much inferior bass(very boomy and hollow) altough it can handle high eq settings.
  2. The asymmetric cable length.
  3. Extremly comfortable.
  4. Comes with great carrying box,pouch.
  5. Ideal for use with mobile phones,since the cable is of short length without the extender,can be directly connected to the handsfree port of your mobile.can be used with mp3 player with the extender cable.(a nifty feature indeed).
  6. Good bass for the price.
CONS
  1. The cord is very thin,could have been of much better quality(one thing i liked very much about my jvc FX-33 was that the cable was very solidly built and was very thick and storng,certainly not a strong point of the SHE9500).
  2. The sound quality could have been much better,the midrange is a weak point.But the price is a much stronger point here which influences me.
  3. The chrome tends to attract a lot of attention. but thats pro right?But i think that the earphones should blend in which this earphones certainly dont.certainly could have been better without the chrome!

Isolation not very good.That might sometimes be a lifesaver,while walking on the streets listening to music it is necessary that you hear outside sounds and thus might prevent accidents.

These earphones are ideal if you are on a shoestring budget and are looking for a good pair of earbuds. for the price the sound and comfort is great.The cable with the extender is great for use with mobile phones having the remote for music player. If you have a flexible budget go for the sennheiser cx180,or maybe philips SHE9501,or the sonys they have much better sound quality but the price too is greater