Conclusion: Philips has its finger on the musical pulse with these high-performing headphones. They effectively cut out background noise and for that reason are ideal for peace-loving commuters.
Pros: First things first, if your chosen buds come with foam covers, like this Philips offering, then stick 'em on. It improves both fit and sound delivery. Once suitably dressed, these ear-fillers deliver great sounds. We selected a dub-laden tune from our MP3 player and the highs were crisp, mids were steady and as for the bass, well, that really was ear-nuzzling. You get four different silicone ear canal tips, too, so they fit snug in pretty much any lug hole (from small...
Cons: While there is very little to dislike here, we would say that they don't really offer anything over other decent brands. For that reason alone, we deduct a point. Harsh, yes. But then we have high standards.
Conclusion: At $89.99US, most buyers will find the SHE9850’s audio quality and comfort welcome – and that the headphones’ deliver as promised in terms of pure ergonomics. For those seeking superior sound though, we would suggest you instead check out the AudioTechnica QuietPoint ATH-ANC7 , which provides a true noise canceling feature. Or, for a little more money, try the Shure SE310 which received a coveted Editor’s Choice award.
Pros: Very comfortable; good sound quality; nice carrying case; thick cord
Cons: Single driver design; lacks noise canceling features
Summary: Philips' SHE9850 headphones are another strong entry into the mid-range IEM space. Their bass could be a little punchier and more controlled, but for the price these IEMs offer a clear, smooth and well-balanced sound.
Pros: Clear sweet highs, great detail, wide soundstage