After sifting through the thousands of options available, I decided to settle on a mid-range purchase as a replacement for my now broken set of DJ headphones that I’ve had for almost 8 years.
Today I’ll be reviewing the Philips SHL3260 On-ear/Over-ear “DJ-style monitoring” headphones.
I’ve been noticing a trend in headphone/earphone sales that makes it much more difficult to make an informed decision without listening to them first, and that trend is, omitting the specs from the packaging, and sometimes, omitting them completely, even on the manufacturer’s website. Thankfully Philips haven’t taken this route yet and played a big part in my decision to buy these… If you’re a headphone aficionado, check out the Specs tab to see why.
Very generally speaking, “Frequency response” is the audible range that can be heard. There are lots of conflicting opinions about this, but from my own experience, and my own unique ears, I find the larger the range = the better the end sound quality is. Apparently, humans can only hear between 20Hz and 20,000Hz (20KHz). But from using so many different headphones in the past, and paying attention to their unique specs, I can say with almost certainty that this isn’t the case for everyone, especially people with other sense disabilities where their hearing and other senses are heightened beyond what is considered “normal“. I will only give a thought to a headphone purchase if the low-end Hz shelf is below 20 (around 15) and the high-end shelf is above 20KHz (22 and up).
I was quite surprised at the very wide range on the Philips SHL3260‘s, and ultimately that is what drew me into buying them, especially considering the relatively low price. Deals like this for the quality are few and far between.
I couldn’t even wait until getting back to the office to test these out. As mentioned, the specs for the price was hard to pass up, and the build quality and style is quite nice too.
First impressions were good, solid bass, clear high-end treble, no distortion at full max volume playing from my LG G3 smartphone.
I was a little disappointed at the actual audible volume level at first, but I was standing right next to a highway at the time, however, it was sufficient enough to block out exterior noise while still maintaining a clear and pleasurable volume that didn’t make my ears bleed.
One of the first apparent problems was the short cable (1.2m/4ft). I knew about this from the box, but now that I’ve gotten home, the actual cord length is about 15cm (6″) too short from my PC to a comfortable sitting position. Bummer. But not a deal breaker for me. Still, ample length to reach from within my pocket feeding cord under my shirt, with enough to spare for sudden head movements.
After a couple of hours of wear, my ears did start to get a little sore, but from experience, I believe this is the “newness” of the connecting strap between both cans being tight.
With further wear in the future, they should loosen up and be able to stay glued to my ears all day. The faux-leather cushioning is nice and soft and forms a near perfect seal around my average sized ears.