August 2, 2018 update
I cannot believe it has been 10 years since I wrote this post/review! Apparently, the Philips SHP1900 is still out in the market, and the price only increased by around Php 250-300. Now, that is impressive. In this update, I will try to remember more about the SHP1900 that I haven’t shared on the original article. I know it’s been a while, but I only have a couple of thoughts to add anyway.
I have owned two of these to date, but I do not remember when I bought the second pair exactly. It was probably right around when our first child was born—2011. Both are no longer in service and no longer with me. I might have thrown them away from all the moving we have done, or perhaps sold them for next to nothing in a garage sale. Why? Well, the main problem I had with both units is that the faux leather that covers the pads deteriorate so badly. Once they start to crack, there’s no going back.
It became so messy that I remember covering them with tissues just so I do not get black spots of leather all over my ears. Eventually, all of the black material will fall off and you’ll be left with the cushions. You can still use them, but it will not feel comfortable. I’m pretty sure I did not do anything wrong with the way I handled the headphones—I’m very careful and obsessive with my stuff—so I guess there really is a weakness in the design. I hope the newer versions are no longer like this.
That’s it, I guess. I still think they’re the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever owned. It’s as light as air and there are no (other) fragile parts so you don’t have to be too careful around them, which makes for a good daily-use headphone.
Maybe I’ll try to get my hands on another pair and see if the faux leather (pleather?) issue has been addressed. Then, perhaps, another update.
Original Philips SHP1900 article below
Whoa! Two headphone posts in a row. Actually, I’ve had this longer than my AKG K240 Studio; they are not in the same league, though, so this is just a simple write-up cum review.
When I bought my Creative Zen Vision:M, I saw these neat-looking Philips full-sized headphones for less than a grand. Impulse shopping at it’s finest, I went home with a new portable player and the ability to compare and observe how well it pairs with different headphones and earphones.
This thing cost me Php 615 only. Again, only. A dinner date costs more than these. I’m sure you could think of a million other things that cost more. And that’s where I will center my review on. To date, these are my most-used headphones. I use them when I’m working, I use them when I watch movies before I sleep, I use them with my portable. It’s as light as a feather, as comfortable as a pair of boxers, and, with its price, you wouldn’t mind a little scratch, bump, and bruise here and there. It’s made of tough plastic which is not prone to scratching. As for the sound, let’s just say it’s decent and excellent for Php 615. The general sound characteristic leans toward the muddy, muffled sound. There is a little detail in there, though, and the sound is quite balanced (no spikes in the bass, mid, or high frequencies)
I just love these headphones. I’ve been wanting to go back to the shop I bought it from and buy an extra pair. I’m not that sure but I think it was AstroVision. These are, by far, the best Php 615 I’ve ever spent. I can’t stress that enough. Nowadays it’s so rare that you get what you pay for, and this purchase reminds me that there is still some light at the end of the tunnel. Philips SHP1900, the best Php 615 I’ve ever spent.