The Good Earbud-style noise-canceling headphones; lanyard has an appealing convenience factor; earbuds fit comfortably in your ear; decent sound.
The Bad The noise-cancellation circuitry is too subtle; shy on bass compared to other earbud-style headphones in this price range; extension cord is too long.
The Bottom Line The Philips SHN7500 earbud-style headphones have a unique design that's well-suited to frequent flyers, but their noise cancellation is lackluster.
Philips SHN7500 (Black)
Philips SHN7500 Noise Canceling Headphones are a peculiar product. They happen to be one of those unusual pieces of gear that, depending on how you look at it, has a very smart--or kind of silly--design.
The basic premise behind the headphones, which carry an MSRP of $100, is that you wear them around your neck: a pendant module dangles from the front of the thick, comfortable lanyard, while the soft, silicon earbuds emerge from the portion at the base of the neck. The dongle--it looks a little like a miniature digital voice recorder--houses the noise-canceling circuitry and the unit's single AAA battery. It has a power switch to activate/deactivate the noise cancellation on its front, as well as a convenient volume control slider on its side.
In the package you'll find a separate headphone cord--you plug one end into the minijack on the bottom of the dongle and the other into the headphone jack of whatever device you're listening to (you also get a two-pronged adapter for airline use). If we had a small gripe, it was that the cord could have been at least a foot shorter--though plenty of DIY and commercial workarounds for that are available.
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