ombining form and function in one stylish pair of headphones, the new SHL 5000 series from Philips comes in five vibrant colours: red, green, black, white and orange - take your pick. The headband is a conventional black, but is lined on the inside with the colour of your choice, along with the coloured cups and even a matching cable.
Featuring noise isolation tech, the headphones come with soft on-ear cushioned cups that rest on the ears without covering them fully, while the lightweight steel spring headband and adjustable fit ensures comfy wear. The ear cups fold flat for portability. The cable is a good l.2m long, so you get a bit of freedom while being tethered. The 3.5mm connector is plated in 24 carat gold to ensure pristine sound.
The on-ear design is quite comfy to wear for long periods of time and doesn't cause any discomfort The fit is good and the pair, quite light In terms of performance, the 30mm drivers churn out decent sound for casual listening - the bass isn't bad, though it fails
to provide that in-your-belly thump. Due to its on-ear design, ambient noise does leak through to your eardrums.
Even at max volume, the sound is distortion-free. Audiophiles may not concur, but at this price, the SHL 5000 seems VFM, and versatile enough for a wide variety of situations - both indoors and outdoors.