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Philips ActionFit SHQ4000-28 Neckband Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 14, 2015

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Philips ActionFit SHQ4000/28 Neckband Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 415 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 5.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Weight5.0   above average
Noise4.5   above average
Comfortable4.4   average
Music4.4   average
Size4.4   above average
Fit4.3   average
Sport4.3   above average
Price4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
Clip4.1   above average
Quality4.0   average
Design3.9   average
iPod3.9   average
Audio3.8   average
Cable3.4   average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"I was a bit worried this unit from Amazon was going to be different or less impressive but nope, it was great."
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"Unfortunately the Amazon Return Policy only covers 30 days."
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"thanks, amazon) for another pair thinking it was a faulty device."
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"I was a bit worried this unit from Amazon was going to be different or less impressive but nope, it was great."
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"Anyway, I decided to buy the Philips ActionFit since they have decent reviews and were only $29 here on Amazon."
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"I did plenty of research on Amazon and am delighted with this purchase."
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"I read ENDLESS reviews on nearly every headset on Amazon, and I'm very satisfied that I chose these."
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"No problem I thought, I'm an Amazon prime member so the return exchange process was as painless as ever, two days later I had a new set, and this set arrived with the same problem a shorted out left headphone."
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Audio

Audio:
"The audio quality on these Philips phones is terrible compared to the Sennheisers."
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"On my previous sports headphones, the connections failed and the audio became erratic."
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"The audio quality degrades heavily as soon as they get wet."
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"They deliver a powerful sound (I'm not an expert on audio, but I do like loud, clear music for my workouts, and these certainly passed that test for me).4.)"
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"We'll never find out, because after hearing the audio quality on the Philips, I was perfectly ready to buy a new set of Sennheisers every year even if the Philips lasted forever..The Sennheisers do cost more, but at moment the Sennheiser PMX 680 Sports Earbud Headphones (successor to the PMX 80, with the same audio quality) is only $30, $6 more - well worth it."
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"The audio cord is designed well, the way it comes off the neckband, and the clip allows you to get a little slack in the line so you can move your head without pulling the cord from your audio device."
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"The straight audio jack works best for me, and it's so slim it can go through the cover on my device without binding."
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Cable

Cable:
"Eventually the cord broke where it attached to the neckband."
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"One thing to note is that you need to use the clip to keep the cord stationary or you will get this annoying sound from the cord bouncing while running."
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"The cord will eventually fail rendering the headphones useless."
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"I do agree there is sometimes that annoying knocking of the cable hitting you and reverberating into your ears."
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"When I first saw the cord, I was worried it would be too long, but it's just right for me (I'm 6'3)."
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"I have experienced normal wear and tear near the speaker and band connection, the cord and plug have no problems."
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"I love the long cord so i can run with it behind me."
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"This is too expensive to replace every 6 months and I would recommend something with a thicker cord that can protect the wiring within."
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"I'm 6'3 so I did appreciate having a long enough cord for a change."
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"The first ones were great, until, finally, the cord started to detach from the headphone jack."
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Clip

Clip:
"One thing to note is that you need to use the clip to keep the cord stationary or you will get this annoying sound from the cord bouncing while running."
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"These were the best set of headphones I've ever had, extremely comfortable, hang around your neck when not needed, good sound, handy clip, long cord."
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"As for the review commenting about the cord problem and whiplash... That is what the cord clip is for!"
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"The clip is nice to keep the wire in place."
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"The fit is awesome, the sound is great, and I love the clip."
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"The audio cord is designed well, the way it comes off the neckband, and the clip allows you to get a little slack in the line so you can move your head without pulling the cord from your audio device."
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"Comfortable earbuds, the clip keeps the cord from getting in the way, the neckband keeps it in place while you're moving around, and they sound great! "
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"They were also slightly cheaper than the Sonys and came with a nice little bag and clip which were surprising and welcome little touches especially for something this attractively priced."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"They also weren't as comfortable, and they are kind of flimsy."
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"Well...not really, but I have this compulsion of purchasing tons of headphones in search for the perfect sound and comfort by the way....there is no such thing....but these are pretty close in the comfort department."
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"They worked well staying in place and were comfortable, the sound quality is not great and somehow deteriorated with distance, but they provided decent sound... exactly a year after I bought them the right one stopped working, I am going for the next set and wont be buying these anymore."
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"These philips sports headphones do have really great sound quality, stability while moving around, and comfort but I was very disappointed when the left earbud shorted out on me 2 weeks ago."
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"I worried about that when I bought them but luckily they fit very well and are very comfortable."
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"I should just buy another pair :) Comfortable, easy, and good sounds."
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"They fit well and feel comfortable while running."
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"They actually are my preference in comfort for regular listening as well."
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"Easy to wear, comfortable, good sound and quality, Adequate bass tones support."
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"I am not a big fan of earphones that enter the ear, however, these were pretty comfortable."
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Design

Design:
"Purchased this last year to replace a similarly designed Sennheiser which got broken."
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"These don't have the best fidelity, but they do what they were designed to do pretty well."
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"Unfortunately, Sony changed my favorite design- so I decided to give Philips a shot."
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"So my complaint is not with the design."
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"This is probably all because my head is a little smaller in diameter than the average person but there is no way of adjusting these headphones smaller (or larger).Finally, in case you were wondering, the over-ear design is completely incompatible with glasses or sunglasses."
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"Good sound quality and very sturdy design."
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"The wrap around the back of you head design is very good."
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"It is a great fit and design for active wear, but the wire wore out at the player connection end on the first set after 1 year and the wire wore out on the 2nd set where it connects to the phones."
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"Nice design and great color too."
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"Great sound, great design ..."
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Durable

Durable:
"The sound quality isn't as good, but they clean up easily after sweating and are very durable."
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"Great sound, light , durable"
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"I wish they were a bit more durable but they were cheap so oh well."
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"Too bad ,because I found them perfect in every way but not durable at all! "
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"Also, they're pretty durable...I toss them in my gym bag (which takes a bit of a beating) and in the last year I haven't had a problem at all."
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"Recommend the Phillips Richbass Neckband model as they are IMO more comfortable, more durable and cheaper (although I have not had to replace it after many months)"
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Fit

Fit:
"the fit is good but can become a bit uncomfortable after extended use(2+hours) other than that they are great."
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"Just not a good fit for me as I have very small ear canals and the smallest adaptor was too large."
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"The red plastic is clearly a bit more brittle than the black, since the plastic broke while adjusting the fit in my ear at one point."
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"For gym use I use my Motorola S9-HD Bluetooth MOTOROKR MOTOACTIV Stereo Headset (Gloss Black) [Retail Packaging] which aren't as comfortable as the Action Fit, but it beats having a wire dangling around while I am working out."
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"You wont run into this problem with the Action Fit because they are over your ears."
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"The snug fit of the earbuds may be compromised a bit when sweat runs into my ear, but the sound is still excellent for a pair of sport headphones, and all it really takes is the occasional little push to get that tight in-ear fit."
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"Good grip on the ears, fits fine with helmet, headband, glasses."
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"It fits comfortably."
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"the fit is good but can become a bit uncomfortable after extended use(2+hours) other than that they are great."
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"They fit well and feel comfortable while running."
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"These headphones are lightweight and fit well."
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Light

Light:
"Great sound, light , durable"
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"Very light weight and comfortable to wear."
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"Pro:- good sound- comfortable- light- nice designCon:- might not work after a short period of usage ..."
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"If you're planning on using these for light activity or are not much of a sweater, then I recommend them."
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"I was initially impressed with this product, great sound, awesome fit, and very light weight."
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Listening

Listening:
"They're okay for sitting around listening to music, but it turns out they aren't comfortable on long runs."
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"As I bought these for listening to music while working out, this is a problem for me."
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"First off the fit (for me at least) is perfect, its just a bit larger than the back of my head meaning I can lean back on headrests while listening (I've seen others complain in their reviews about this point but I have absolutely no trouble)Second the headphones themselves are so light you forget you're even wearing them, I even forget to take them off when answering the phone because I forget I'm wearing them."
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"i use these all the time, At the gym, and working in the yard, listening to music great product very pleased"
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"They actually are my preference in comfort for regular listening as well."
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"I workout several times a week, and enjoy listening to music during all of my workout routines."
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"Sound: well, you are working out and not listening to a symphony concert."
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"Really good fitting for those whiling to run listening to some music.."
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Music

Music:
"They're okay for sitting around listening to music, but it turns out they aren't comfortable on long runs."
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"They plug the ear nicely and block out nearly all the terrible music in the gym."
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"They did a great job of drowning out the terrible gym music and didn't seem built out of inferior materials."
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"As I bought these for listening to music while working out, this is a problem for me."
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"The only downside I could see is that I like to run with loud music and these headphones did a good job of muffling the sound, so it was hard to hear what was going on traffic wise around me."
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"i use these all the time, At the gym, and working in the yard, listening to music great product very pleased"
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"Be careful however, it is truly noise canceling so when running outside one must rely on the eyes because the ears are too busy enjoying the music."
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"Do a lot of running with music so I require a headphone that is snug fitting and comfortable and doesn't mind a little bit of sweat."
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"I workout several times a week, and enjoy listening to music during all of my workout routines."
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"They deliver a powerful sound (I'm not an expert on audio, but I do like loud, clear music for my workouts, and these certainly passed that test for me).4.)"
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Noise

Noise:
"The headphones are comfortable and blocked a fair amount of outside noise, which is a negative for me, since I run outdoors in pre-dawn hours."
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"The Skullcandy microphonics were earsplitting (though they did block outside noise very well; they broke) and the Sonys did not block out outside noise nor did they have a roundness to the sound though they stayed on really well, which is why I wanted another neckband-style headphone though the Philips are earbuds."
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"BUT outdoors, the wires and large wrap frame catch too much wind, and when running, create a thumping-bass-like noise that's very annoying."
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"Great noise cancelling, as the earbuds block out almost all sounds, even in noisy places like airplanes and buses."
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")The earpieces stay in well and are very comfortable, the soft rubber blocks ambient noise and means I don't have to turn the music up too loud, and since the band rests on top of my ears it's very secure."
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"They're great at cancelling out outside noise (especially at the gym) and I've had no issues with these at all when running."
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"Also they plug your ears pretty well and block out outside noise which I do agree could potentially be dangerous."
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"I travel a lot and use it on the plan, it nearly blocks out all surrounding noise on the plane, its a comfortable and convenient."
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Plug

Plug:
"*update*turns out the plug end of the cord isn't THE most durable thing ever."
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"They plug the ear nicely and block out nearly all the terrible music in the gym."
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"My MP3 player had problems before these did- Plugs in easily to iPhone in most constrictive phone case headphone port access."
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"I have experienced normal wear and tear near the speaker and band connection, the cord and plug have no problems."
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"Also they plug your ears pretty well and block out outside noise which I do agree could potentially be dangerous."
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"The only thing that I like is that the ear plugs are very comfortable."
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"the plug is pretty small, but i think it might sacrifice durability for compactness."
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"They plug the ear nicely and block out nearly all the terrible music in the gym."
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Price

Price:
"Disappointing and frustrating because you'd think for the price they would actually work, and they indeed do not!"
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"I'm going to have to order something else, and since this one wasn't cheap, I'm not happy."
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"And they're so cheap, you don't stress if they get broken or lost."
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"Ordered this on a GOLD Deal for $13.99 last December 30, 2011.The Chinese Proverbial Saying Does NOT Apply here, (Good thing NO Cheap, and Cheap thing NO Good).I was really surprised....but for the Price.....This is A Really Great Sounding HeadPhones for the Price."
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"Maybe I'm asking too much but I'd gladly pay 4 times the price if I was confident they would last 10 years."
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"Sound quality is great for the price."
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"I wish they were a bit more durable but they were cheap so oh well."
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"Best headphones for the price."
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"For in-ear style headphones that have good sound response, are SUPER comfortable, and look nice too... good units for this price point! "
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Quality

Quality:
"Also they are a little expensive and there quality of sound is actually not very good and plus the fact that they don't stay on my ears in the first place."
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"Poor sound quality, uncomfortable, always popping out of my ear, everything that you wouldn't want in an earphone these have."
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"The reviews here suggested this was a more economic way to go, but the sound quality was very weak out of the box, and the phones seemed to pick up some sort of rustling noise when i ran."
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"The audio quality on these Philips phones is terrible compared to the Sennheisers."
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"When they worked, they provided decent sound quality despite weak bass response."
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"My only complaint is that the sound quality isn't very good."
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"Good sound quality and very sturdy design."
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"The sound quality is fine...nice bass response and crispy enough highs...when worn UPSIDE DOWN."
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"They had great sound quality, but they are too fragile for my lifestyle, I suppose."
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"Sound quality is great."
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"Sound quality is great for the price."
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Size

Size:
"Just not a good fit for me as I have very small ear canals and the smallest adaptor was too large."
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"they look like the rubber thingies that attach to the ears may fall off and get lost..then I would have to use the wrong size, it comes with three."
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"I was worried that they would be too small for my gigantic head, but they fit great."
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"About the only small earphones that are comfortable yet still block sound for me, and sound good fidelitywise!"
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"Having the correct ear piece size is a must to get good bass."
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"I ended up the the middle size being the best option."
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"I'm only 5ft tall, 110lbs with a small-average size head and these are pretty tight fitting; at times a little too tight fitting."
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"Also, three different sizes of inserts for your ears as well as a carrying case."
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Sound

Sound:
"One thing to note is that you need to use the clip to keep the cord stationary or you will get this annoying sound from the cord bouncing while running."
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"Also they are a little expensive and there quality of sound is actually not very good and plus the fact that they don't stay on my ears in the first place."
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"Poor sound quality, uncomfortable, always popping out of my ear, everything that you wouldn't want in an earphone these have."
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"The sound is good, not great, but for running and podcasts its what I need."
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"The reviews here suggested this was a more economic way to go, but the sound quality was very weak out of the box, and the phones seemed to pick up some sort of rustling noise when i ran."
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"My only slight disappointment is that I can't get enough sound out of them which may be a problem with my mobile phone MP3 player rather than the actual earphones."
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"They're lightweight and produce pretty good sound."
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"Good sound quality and very sturdy design."
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"About the only small earphones that are comfortable yet still block sound for me, and sound good fidelitywise!"
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"Great sound, easy to use, block most all external sound, the wire clip keeps wires out of my way."
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Sport

Sport:
"I bought these after my older sport headphones ([...]) which were much more expensive broke from wear and tear."
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"On my previous sports headphones, the connections failed and the audio became erratic."
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"very comfort and awesome ,I don't even feel that i', wearing something on my head and it looks good on the head .fits 100% in your earsthe wire is not very long but long enough to liveI use it for sport and for joggingI used to use the normal ipod headphone not good for sport needs**REALLY LOVED IT**"
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"But it lasted nearly a year of near-daily, sweaty use (and I'm here to order another pair).The sound is very good for 'sports' headphones, lots of bass but plenty of response for the rest of the spectrum as well."
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"I think they would be great for non-impact sports (e. g. weights, biking, etc) but they did not work for me for running."
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"After I told the helpful man that they already did issue me with a new pair (Philips, not Ebuyer in the US where they were purchased), he changed his story to: our warranty will always run from the initial date of purchase and not renewed when an exchange is offered instead of a repair...and this is because cash does not then exchange hands againupon the replacement hence you do not initiate a new contract of sale(to simply put)Anyway this is getting long but ... if you really want headphones for sports and endurance ... this is not the set unfortunately!"
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"The snug fit of the earbuds may be compromised a bit when sweat runs into my ear, but the sound is still excellent for a pair of sport headphones, and all it really takes is the occasional little push to get that tight in-ear fit."
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"Besides, they weren't really expensive at that time ...Now:I bought the PHILIPS SHQ4000 on holiday and thought WOW, they look much better, are much lighter and even more comfortable than my old sports headphones."
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Volume

Volume:
"As a side note, I personally liked these better than the Seinnheiser Adidas PMX 680, since the latter included that annoying volume knob that is heavy and difficult to secure (I don't run with an armband, so I had to use the attachment)."
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"Also because I own a Zune mp3 player that is not compatible with this volume control (only compatible with apple mp3 players).To sum up, the change was a smart move from my point of view; the fit is ok, could be a little better, no pulling of the headphone cable, light weight sound is good, and did I mention water proof?"
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"In general I'm partial to in-ear headphones because I dislike the bulk of the alternatives and I can listen with a lower volume."
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"I've used these 3-4 times per week for the last 6 months and they were great, but now after 10 minutes of use the volume becomes very low."
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"For running, they offer a very comfortable fit, but sweat buildup can cause the volume to decrease temporarily or fully short out, despite the claims of being waterproof."
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"PROS- most importantly for me, they do NOT move when I'm running and are comfortable; I forget they're on after a minute- sound quality and volume is good enough for me (I'm not a technophile, though)- price point was right for me, especially since I got this on a significant discount from Amazon Gold Box- clip on the cord keeps it from bouncing around- multiple silicone ear buds for the right fit- water resistance is key because I live in the Pac NWCONS- headphone jack is straight, not at a 90 degree angle (sticks out from my MP3 player pretty far)- neck band sits fairly low on the neck, but it still hits the back of seats and jacket hoods, which is annoying- I find it uncomfortable wearing a beanie headband when running with these (ear buds stick out too far from ears)"
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"The sound quality is good, the base is fair enough, but I find the volume a little lower than other earphones I use including other Philips ones."
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"Definitely recommend but I agree with their warning - keep the volume down if you run outside because these really do block out street noise a lot."
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Weight

Weight:
"They're lightweight and produce pretty good sound."
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"These headphones are lightweight and fit well."
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"Very Lightweight, so very comfortable and has great sound."
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"I think they would be great for non-impact sports (e. g. weights, biking, etc) but they did not work for me for running."
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"They are lightweight, comfortable and flexible."
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iPod

iPod:
"I tried and tested it on different ipods and plugged in other earbuds to rule out problem on the other end."
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"very comfort and awesome ,I don't even feel that i', wearing something on my head and it looks good on the head .fits 100% in your earsthe wire is not very long but long enough to liveI use it for sport and for joggingI used to use the normal ipod headphone not good for sport needs**REALLY LOVED IT**"
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"Cons:-The only downside is that the connection point to the iPod is straight, as opposed to angled 90 degrees."
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"Wire length was decent, I wear this connected to an Ipod on my arm, so there was some additional wire slack present."
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"I like to keep my iPod plugged in and headphones attached when moving from one plane to the other since it drapes around your neck its easy to keep the iPod in your pocket and headphones around your neck."
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"I use them with an IPod Nano and the bass is comes in great while not being overpowering."
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"Go great with my Ipod"
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"I finally settled on these (other choices included MEElectronics M6-CL MEElectronics M6-CL Sport Sound-Isolating In-Ear Headphones for iPod, iPhone, MP3 CD DVD Players - Clear)."
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