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Philips HP150 Stereo Headphones
review by david, 20 May 2001

Introduction

Recently, my Creative PCWorks speakers had to be sent back home to lessen the burden of packing since the semester was ending already. Around that time, I had just reviewed the FrontX ports, and was using cheap headphones as a temporary replacement for my speakers. After many a day of ear-ache from lous speakers and sub-par sound, I felt I had to remedy the situation somehow. I began shopping aorund for an affordable pair of stereo headphones. Mind you, I was looking for something which sounded OK, and was affordable by my oft empty student's wallet. The money factor was what prompted me to totally disregard considering high end stereo headphones from the likes of Koss, Sony and Labtec, which all cost an average of RM 150 (USD 39) and above, even for the low-end models of said brands. Therefore, I decided to look for headphones which wouldn't cost me more than RM 80 (USD 21), while providing me with acceptable sound quality. Yes. I'm cheap. Face the facts.

I bumped into the Philips HP150 stereo headphones in quite many shops. In one or two, I found the Philips HP160 also. Whats the difference in these two models? (Note: Changed some of the following content, for those who read the previous version) Not the frequency range, but what extra's the headphones come with. The HP150 comes with 3 metres of cable and has volume dials for both the left and right headphone. The HP160 has 6 metres of cable, plus a handy volume dial located on the cable of the headphones, much like what most walkman headphones have nowadays. The HP150 cost about RM 45 (USD 11.84) whereas the HP160 cost RM60 (USD 15.78). I decided to go with the cheaper HP150 because I didnt quite need the extra 3 metres of cable, neither did I need a volume control on the cable. I like my music LOUD anyway.

What You Get

What you get in the box is the headphones, with comfortable padded earmuff things that nicely cover my entire ears. The plastic band holding the headphones to my ears can be adjusted to accomodate wide heads, as well as long headed people. The cable was 3 metres in length, long enough for me to lie on my bed while listening to music on my computer at 2 in the morning. Also included is an extra jack to plug into home stereo systems. The small stereo jack the fits into your soundcard is inserted into the bigger jack, which converts it to be used on larger stereo systems. As I used the Philips HP150 for my computer, and don't own a stereo sound system, I don't use that accessory. Useful though, to have around just in case.

The specifications of the HP150 headphones as shown on the packaging:

  • Frequency Range: 15-22000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Cable length: 3 metres
  • Maximum power input: 500mW
  • Jack 3.5mm + 6.3mm stereo

Conclusion

Until I get my speakers back from my girlfriend's house, these headphones work just fine for me. My untrained ears don't detect much difference from using these headphones, or from branded stuff e.g. Koss, Labtec etc. I am definitely sure though that those particular headphones are very much of higher quality than the Philips HP150. But until I succumb to the urge to splurge on a pair of high end headphones, I'll stick to my Philips HP150. Cheap, and does the job well enough.

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