Music unlimited

Written by Jayanta Ghosh | Jayanta ghosh | Updated: Dec 29 2011, 09:17am hrs
These days headphones have become a part of our lifeno matter where you are, where you go, people utilise them while exercising, commuting, studying or working. And the advances in technology have increased battery life and storage capacity of music players; this has enabled users to listen to their favourite music with headphones at superior sound and for a prolonged period of time. Before buying any headphones, buyers take the comfort factor seriously apart from the styling and features.

If you are looking for headphones, which can rid you of cables allowing you to enjoy some music from your couch or a late night football match or a TV show without disturbing others in the house, then Philips SHC1300 headphones are the right device for you. Being a full size over-ear headphone, they combine both quality and convenience for indoor audio enjoyment. It is extremely lightweight, rendering it convenient for prolonged use, and is operable from a distance of up to seven metres through high frequency RF that confirms clear reception. Also, it comes with two AAA batteries so that you can use the headphones instantly.

These headphones are easy to install, and require you to connect the DC connector of the AC/DC adapter to the 12 Volt DC power input connector located at the rear of the transmitter. On the right ear cap, you will find the volume control and on the left side it has an On/Off switch along with a power indicator. All you have to do is to open the headphones battery compartment and insert new AAA batteries. After this, you just have to adjust the volume level and enjoy the music.

First, let me tell you about the reception quality, which is the most important thing in wireless devices. It is far better than I had expected. As I moved around in my room, it responded very well without any hitch. The design of SHC 1300 is very agreeable and comfortable to use with comfortable ear pads that can be used for long hours. However, on occasions the headphone disappointed with its sound quality, especially the amount of sound leaking out of it in the mid and high range. Otherwise, it is a pretty good headphone in this range.

Philips has also introduced its SHL 5000 headband headphones. These cushy headphones are very colourful (they come in red, orange, white, green and black colours), trendy and unbelievably comfortable. The ear pad is covered with soft leather which makes it comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The matte finish on the ear cups add to the overall look of the headphones and make them stand out.

Another good feature that make you feel more comfortable with these headphones is the steel spring headband on them, which also ensures a flexible and comfortable fit. With a 1.2 metre long cable, you can easily enjoy your music without worrying about how to position your player within range. These headphones can also be folded flat, so you can easily carry and store your private music lounge while on the move. It is further equipped with noise isolation for pure music pleasure.

The sound quality of these headphones is not extraordinary but well worth the price. We started off on some metal and rock music and it performed quite well. However, in some high pitch drum tracks the bass gets loose quickly. At its price of R1,099 the headphones are an excellent offering from Philips for music enthusiasts. In the same price range, users can also go in for the Sennheiser HD 201 which offers better bass output.