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Philips SHS8100-98 Earhook Headphones by Review Summary ,  Aug 19, 2015

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Philips SHS8100/98 Earhook Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 517 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 3.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.8   above average
Fit4.4   average
Comfortable4.3   below average
Music4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Design4.2   average
Noise4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Hook4.0   above average
Size3.8   average
Cable3.4   average


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Cable

Cable:
"Cord is pretty long too, annoying for workouts."
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"My wife liked them enough to claim one pair and another pair unfortunately had a cord that was accidentally cut."
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"One specific downside which keeps me from giving them a 5 is the cord tends to get tangled but this is pretty common among these types of headphones."
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"I got these for x-mas this last year (2011) to replace a pair of Sony earbuds that I have had for a couple years Sony MDR-EX56LP BLK EX Style Headphones - Hybrid Silicone Type Earbuds (Black).I liked the Sony earbuds for their comfort and sound quality but one problem that I had is that while jogging the cord would become tight and would pull out one or both earbuds."
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"The only problem i've had with them is that the little extension cord that they come with stopped working after about 2 years, but i simply bought a retractable one and i can now use them without problems."
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"With any serious movement exercise routine these became dislodged quite easily and I still had the problem of the cord becoming tight and pulling the headphones off out of my ears."
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"Cord is pretty long too, annoying for workouts."
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"I didn't get any of that annoying noise from the cord bouncing around and the sound seemed good to me (though I will say I'm not terribly picky about the sound quality)."
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"I believe all headphones ear-buds should start incorporating flat cables to reduce cord tangle and overall durability."
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"The cord itself is pretty decent and the length is adequate."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I have many ear piercings, so a lot of headphones of this style do not fit comfortably in my ears, however these are incredibly comfortable, and the sound quality is fantastic."
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"Sometimes they last couple years,, sometimes not but the most comfortable and great bass sound!"
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"they feel weird and not as comfortable as the other two, and for the price there's really not much to think about."
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"They were comfortable, stayed in my ear for the most part (not so great if I was eating or chewing gum, though), and the sound was great."
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"I was a little scared because of some of the negative reviews on here but they fit nice and were really comfortable."
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"I was a little worried that they might be uncomfortable because I have very sensitive ears but I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable these are."
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"Fit nice and comfortable around my ear no problem."
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"These earhook earphones fit great and are very comfortable."
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"The fit and comfort is quite good."
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"These headphones are great and very comfortable."
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"Sound quality for me is excellent, good separation, good instrument detection, I am about 1 2 volume level and it is very comfortable."
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Design

Design:
"Note: if you use glasses, it is uncomfortable, but maybe it is the same to any of this designs."
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"I bought these to replace a similarly designed headphone set that broke."
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"I liked the hook design for running working out, but I haven't been able to get them to sit comfortably in my ears."
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"ALSO, I was worried that the in-ear design of the earbud would amplify noises like a pair of earplugs...like hearing every thud of your footsteps as you walk...our worse yet it you run."
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"These are the best design for my use that I've found."
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"But, then again, Philips always manage to pair classic design with good function."
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"Well thought-out design fits comfortably around the ears."
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"BUT, unless you have the perfect ears for this particular earphone design, they fall off the ear unless you constantly adjust them."
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"This is why I think the SHS8100 98 are solid headphones: unobtrusive design, decent build quality, moderate price tag, and effective (for me).I was searching for a pair of headphones that would stay in my ears and on my head while I exercise and play basketball."
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Fit

Fit:
"I have many ear piercings, so a lot of headphones of this style do not fit comfortably in my ears, however these are incredibly comfortable, and the sound quality is fantastic."
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"Not a great fit."
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"Fit is mediocre at best."
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"Good sound and good fit, but do not last long and the speakers fail quickly after purchase."
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"Apparently I have very small ears, as I have been unable to find ones that fit me well."
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"Not a good fit."
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"Fit nice and comfortable around my ear no problem."
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"Earbuds fit nicely inside my ear too and aren't too large like some other headphones."
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"Fit nicely around my ears and don't fall out ever which is great."
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"These earhook earphones fit great and are very comfortable."
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"Sound is good; fits my ear quite well; no problems at all."
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Hook

Hook:
"The SHS3200 ear hooks were flimsy and absolute rubbish."
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"Looks like someone had previously returned them and pulled one of the wires from the over the ear hook earbud part too hard and the wires broke."
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"I liked the hook design for running working out, but I haven't been able to get them to sit comfortably in my ears."
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"I have been searching for ear phones that fit my small ears and had hooks, as I hate the pulling of the buds on the inner edge of my ear."
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"might as well not even have the hooks on them because the way they're shaped the do absolutely nothing."
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"I love these Ear hooks."
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"The ear hook Headphones work as expected I have have no complaints."
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"Love the hook."
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"They are great for the price and I love that they hook around the ear so don't have to worry during any type of exercise (running, cycling, lifting.)"
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Music

Music:
"I didn't try them in a very good quality music player with very good quality digital music format."
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"the sound quality is good and the ear plugs fit snug inside your ears to cancel outside sounds, not totally though but well enough o enjoy your music without great disturbance."
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"I use these to listen to music and movies while on an airplane and they work great."
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"They hover over the ear, yet poke into the ear in just the right place and stay in place no matter the activity I'm engaged in...The sound is great for both music and audio books...Love them! "
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"With loud music, these can easily be heard by others, but you can't necessarily hear others which is nice."
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"I love electronic dance music and those headphones are perfect cause it has really good beat and clear sound, earhooks are very comfortable also, im running and they never fall from my ears."
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"Fit is very secure, I use them mostly during weightlifting so I can hear my music and drown out all the other noise in the gym, these headphones do that very well."
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Noise

Noise:
"They are not great in noisy environments; I have found that I have to turn up the volume a bit louder than I would like to hear them while on a plane or in a crowded gym with background music playing."
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"They don't do a very good job drowning out background noise, and they seem to slightly distort with louder music."
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"The Philips buds offer a nice compromise in this regard, offering the ability to have excessive noise dampened, yet still enabling you to hear your surroundings enough to get by."
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"ALSO, I was worried that the in-ear design of the earbud would amplify noises like a pair of earplugs...like hearing every thud of your footsteps as you walk...our worse yet it you run."
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"I used the smaller ear piece that came in the package and they seal out ambient noise great while still allowing me to hear cars, dogs, sirens, etc."
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"I didn't get any of that annoying noise from the cord bouncing around and the sound seemed good to me (though I will say I'm not terribly picky about the sound quality)."
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"I was still able to make out loud noises (cars honking, jack hammers, etc.)"
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"they stay in and do a good job of blocking outside noise, i use them for in an office and for running"
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"Had nice deep tones, and they were good at blocking outside noise."
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Plug

Plug:
"I've noticed straight plugs don't seem to have the best durability."
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"I had Senheisers that broke almost immediately at the plug."
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"I tried all three sets of the included plugs, but none solved the problem."
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"The wire just above the plug must have broken."
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"The sound is good, the plugs hooks are comfortable and, most importantly, they don't fall out of my ears when I'm running."
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"I used to have another high-quality brand that had multiple ear plug sizes, but I still had trouble with them staying in place."
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"I was especially happy to find the 3 different sizes of ear plugs."
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"These come with 3 different sized plugs and the smallest ones fit my ears perfectly."
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"it comes with 2 sizes so that you can plug well in our ear."
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Price

Price:
"These are pretty decent and expected for the price -- not great, but not bad, about the middle of the road."
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"they feel weird and not as comfortable as the other two, and for the price there's really not much to think about."
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"I am a fan of good sound quality and was worried these cheap headphones would not suffice."
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"Now obviously these don't sound as good as the Shure E4c's but at 1 10th the price (literally) these sound phenomenal."
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"Decent sound for cheap headphones, when the buds are all the way in."
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"The Best Earhook Earbud for the money, by far."
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"Good price."
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"but so far so good for the price."
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"they sound good and fit well for a very inexpensive pair of ear buds."
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Quality

Quality:
"They fall out way too easily, not very comfortable and sound quality is meh."
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"Came in a package with a different language on it and definitely some crappy quality with no bass."
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"Before using these earphones, I was using a $15-$18 earphone and even though it's sound quality was not as good as the Phillips it was good enough and it lasted me almost two years."
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"Sound quality is very disappointing."
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"I've tried the Earbudi Apple ear-bud clips (that attach to the 5th gen Apple ear-buds) a year and a half ago and quickly realized that they were a waste of time due to poor build quality and being largely ineffective."
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"They have a great sound quality, and with my abnormally tiny ears they don't hurt."
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"Has nice sound quality and look."
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"Great clear sound quality as well."
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"The quality os good, the build is good but they refuse to stay in my ears, they wont hold on for more than a second."
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"The sound quality is good though, so I'll continue to use them and make them work."
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"Decent sound quality.... they dont stay in ear that well"
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Rubber

Rubber:
"And nobody likes missing one rubber bud! "
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"These fit comfortably around the ear and stay in with the interchangeable rubber buds."
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"These are great and the 3 different sizes of rubber attachments let you pick a good fit for your ears."
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"these sound good and look good, but the rubber that goes over the ear didn't quite fit my ears so the ear buds didn't stay snug on my ears."
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"The over-the-ear wrapper is very comfortable - it's made out of a soft, felxible plastic with a comfortable rubber coating over it."
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"There are three different size rubber ear tips to help you find the perfect fit and I've found myself listening to more music than ever because they are so easy to put on and take off that I've even started using them while working in the yard and cleaning around the house too."
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Size

Size:
"Say goodbye to earbuds that are too big, too small, or rigidly painful."
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"Apparently I have very small ears, as I have been unable to find ones that fit me well."
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"I thought they were the wrong ones at first, but the size is actually perfect."
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"My ears and ear canals are small, and I really hate the feel of almost all in-ear headphones, and even most over-the-ear hook headphones."
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"I frequently have problems trying to find headphones for my small ears."
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"I was disappointed with the way it fit even after replacing the size of the ear pieces."
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"They fell out too easily and even after trying different sizes."
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"However, the reason these Philips earbuds are amazing isn't just that they come in three sizeswhich they do: small, standard, and largeit's also that they've made them extremely soft and well-fitted."
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"Comfortable even in small ears."
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"The earbuds fit in my ear as well, but they come with two other sizes in the box just in case the default ones don't fit you."
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"I would recommend these for people with freakishly tiny normally small ears."
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Sound

Sound:
"I have many ear piercings, so a lot of headphones of this style do not fit comfortably in my ears, however these are incredibly comfortable, and the sound quality is fantastic."
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"They fall out way too easily, not very comfortable and sound quality is meh."
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"Just a little disappointed with the sound level."
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"Sometimes they last couple years,, sometimes not but the most comfortable and great bass sound!"
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"Before using these earphones, I was using a $15-$18 earphone and even though it's sound quality was not as good as the Phillips it was good enough and it lasted me almost two years."
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"Unfortunately, I've only been using it for 3 and a half, and the sound is already going; it's a matter of time before it's gone completely."
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"Has nice sound quality and look."
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"Great clear sound quality as well."
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"The sound is decent though."
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"Fairly decent sound for what they are, particularly compared to competitors in the $10-20 range."
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"Very durable product with great sound."
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Volume

Volume:
"they do not stay in your ears and the volume is terrible."
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"Each time the volume to one earbud broke after about a year."
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"They are not great in noisy environments; I have found that I have to turn up the volume a bit louder than I would like to hear them while on a plane or in a crowded gym with background music playing."
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"I was a little disappointed that these did not have a volume control, nor an answer button, seeing that they are meant for a cellphone, but they are meant to be a backup for my bluetooth headset."
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"Sound quality for me is excellent, good separation, good instrument detection, I am about 1 2 volume level and it is very comfortable."
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"Volume, comfort, and sound are all adequate."
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"I've had the volume up pretty loud and haven't experienced any distortion from the bass."
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"Excellent headphone, very comfortable, do not bother and the sound is crisp, the cable length is adequate, not excessive volume, I have nothing against the article."
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"I could use a little more bass and a volume control, but the sound is great."
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Weight

Weight:
"I like these headphones, they are comfortable and light weight."
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"no background noise.. perfect fit aswell and light weight! "
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"the headphones are lightweight and fit comfortably over the ear."
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"These headphones are light in weight and have good sound."
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"I find they fit quite comfortably are pretty lightweight."
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