Philips-O’Neill “The STRETCH”

Philips O’Neill “The STRETCH”

My previous Philips and Sennheiser cans retired after their wires snapped. I bought a cheap around-the-ear mini-headphones from a famous otaku store but it only lasted for a month. Wiring issues have become my usual dilemma. I am having a hard time looking for someone who could repair my headphones as well.

Anyway …

I needed new headphones badly and I don’t want to buy ordinary nor generic ones anymore.

PowerMac is my favorite headphones supplier. The only problem is that not all of their products can be tested prior to purchasing them.

I love rock music more than any other genre so I require my headphones to have very defined sound quality, dynamic bass, reduced treble and (of course) a reasonable price. So far, only a few Sennheiser level-entry headphones fit the bill. Unfortunately, all Sennheiser cans are tightly sealed so the salesladies refused my request of trying them out. I think I spent about 15 minutes looking at all the available items in PowerMac, while reading and trusting only their descriptions, before I finally stumbled upon “The STRETCH”

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Philips SHS4700 ! ! !

Philips SHS4700 has stylish and adjustable ear-hooks.

My Sennheiser HD418 is working fine and it never disappointed me but since my hair must remain PERFECT then I cannot wear big cans or anything that potentially ruin it. I am running low on cash since I just bought a new rig and I also had my hair rebounded, plus I am also paying my monthly dues for Epiphany. Still, I was willing to spend my remaining cash on a nice pair of  earphones that can temporarily replace the HD418. LoL!

I found the Philips SHS4700 and some other earphones while window-shopping. Of all those I tested, this was the one that had the most profound bass and noise-cancellation. It isn’t at par with the cans I previously bought but the sound quality is good enough to keep me preoccupied while travelling or whenever I do not want to be disturbed. This is almost half the price of my HD418 so I hope the purchase is worth it.

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The Head Turner

When Dada and I went to Festival Mall last Saturday, we stopped by PowerMac and that’s where I saw these gorgeous headphones! What caught my attention from the lot was the Sennheiser HD418. According to its product description on the box, its BASS rating is 8/10. Too bad they did not have one open for testing so I cannot guarantee if that rating is for real or if it doesn’t live up to my expectations. I included it on my Christmas Wishlist. Hehehe~

Two more days went by and I started feeling so uneasy. I was on my way home, walking in Robinson’s Galleria when I decided to check Digital Hub because I know that apart from PowerMac, this store is an official distributor of Sennheiser products and they have a testing area too. Lo and behold, they had one HD418 in their listening room!!! I leaped on their store and immediately connected the headphone to my DAP. I was completely blown away by the powerful BASS.  I knew I just had to own one!!! I also saw the PX100-II and its sound quality is much more defined than the HD418 but I grew tired of mini-headphones and earbuds. I dropped the PX100-II then paid for the HD418. I told the lady not to bother putting it back in the box because I will already use it.

My Sennheiser HD 418

My Sennheiser HD 418 when worn ♥

PROs

  • Compared to the other models from the HD Series that I have tried, this one has the most powerful bass. The sound quality is also as defined as my PX-100.
  • There’s little or no room for ambient noise. Hoorah!
  • Cushions are very comfortable. They don’t press down on my head nor ears even after many hours.
  • The prints are refreshing. This beats all those sub-standard SkullCandy and Mix-Style headphones that jejemons frequently wear. LoL!
  • It is a CERTIFIED HEAD-TURNER!!! Maybe because it’s huge while I’m petite. d(ಠ‿ಠ)b

CONs

  • The single-sided cable is too thin! One false move and it can snap.
  • The earpiece and headband are made of plastic that can easily be scratched or cracked.
  • The headband doesn’t have a complete fit. Adjusting it is also a pain.

HUGE CIRCUMAURAL HEADPHONES WITH THE BASS OF AWESOMENESS — FTW !!!
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