Philips SHE 9500 In-Ear Headphones

Philips SHE 9500 In-Ear Headphones

Comfortable design that sits well in the ear and can worn for more than an hour. Not very expensive considering the sound quality and isolation from outside noise. Smooth, neutral sounding midrange and top end that won't have you turning down the volume when the actions gets hot.


The different cable lengths on each side is infuriating. Bass needs some added meat. Will not stir the soul with passion.


An inexpensive pair of in-ear headphones that do well in most categories, but don't expect them to shine with dance or hip-hop because the meaty bass response is not there. The cable design makes no sense and needs to be reworked.


Philips SHE9500 In-Ear Headphones: Dude, Where's my Ambilight?

Comfortable in-ear headphones that are very affordable and unlikely to hurt your ears.

Philips is a company whose headphones do not jump off the page and scream, “Buy me”. The manufacturer is best known for its video technology and the development of digital television systems and the compact disc. Its core business in the United States is in lifestyle related products, including health care technology. It may be the third largest consumer electronics company in the world, but headphones have never been its focus. That being said, Philips has been quite busy during the iPod-era and has expanded its headphone line-up to over 40 models, including the SHE9500. They do face some rather stiff competition from Sony, JVC, Grado, Bose, and others, but Philips products seem to be selling rather well. Philips has a number of good (although not spectacular sounding) models such as the SHE9500 that serve their purpose quite well; Easy to wear for extended periods of time, well-made, value priced, and easy to travel with.

Sonically, the SHE9500 are neutral across the entire frequency range making them great, as long as you do not crave passion in your sonic presentation. I know that sounds like a real dig at an otherwise decent product, but why cannot manufacturers pad the midrange just a tad on some of their models. Would it be so difficult? As someone who does not listen to MP3s at all, as I consider it a sin worse than bacon on Yom Kippur, you could probably argue that I am the last person to complain about such an issue because all of my music is in lossless formats and the headphones are only reproducing what I am feeding them.

Garbage in. Garbage out?

I fed the Philips the same audiophile-level recordings I use when reviewing $1,000 headphones, and $10,000 loudspeakers, so I will stand by more initial comment that they (and this is a general comment about many ear buds and cheaper headphones that I have tried of late) need some extra meat in the midrange to become better than average.

I could listen to the SHE9500 for about thirty minutes at medium volume levels before I wanted to turn the music off. They really do not commit any major sins, which is a plus. The comfort level is above average, which makes them good for working out or commuting. The problem is the asymmetric cable design that makes no sense at all. Not to me, or anyone else in the office. Try turning your head while sitting down with these, and the left headphone keeps popping out. Not a good design item to promote in my humble opinion.

Worthy of an audition, but I am still think you are better off spending an additional $30 on the Grado SR60s.

Technical Info

Brand: Philips
Model: SHE9500
Headphone Type: Binaural
Form: Ear bud
Cable length: 48 inches
Sensitivity: 102 dB
Impedance: 16 Ohms
Magnet: Neodymium
Price: $35.99

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