Philips SBC HS520 Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Philips Model SBC HS520
Headphone Type Street Style Headband Type Single
Weight (g) 120 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 0
Impedance (ohms) 24 Cable Length (cm) 152
Frequency Response (Hz) 12 - 24000  
Connector 3.5mm Street Price US$10
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 2.0 Bass Impact 5.0
Bass Quality 1.0 Mids Quality 2.0
Highs Quality 2.0 Soundstage 1.0
Detail 2.0 Portability 7.0
Isolation 0.0 Comfort 9.0
Durability 8.0 Improvement With Amplification 6.0
Value for Money 4.0    
Overall Score 4.3 Total Reviews 1

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Review by Senior Member qazwsx on 12 Apr 07  18:35
Individual review
Bass Extension2
Bass Impact5
Bass Quality1
Mids Quality2
Highs Quality2

The HS520 is one of many of Philips's Streetstyle headphones, which includes the HS820, HS500, and the very good SHS391. I found the HS520's on sale at a local drug store and gave them a try, finding I enjoy most of this Philips line.

The sound quality is poor, even for the money. I think you can do better with the Philips SHS391 or a Koss KSC75 instead. The best part of the headphone is the bass. It is poorly extended, and it is rather on the boomy side, but it does give a solid impact on hip-hop flavored music. Mids don't seem to go anywhere, and just end up sounding plan boring and somewhat harsh. The highs seemed very recessed and blank. The overall sound of the SBC-HS520's was the feeling of listening to high-end speakers, but underwater. The sound was boomy and blank. The sound improved with amps and EQs, but even then I still found the sound quality below the average $20 headphone, let alone below the average top 10 'phones on this site.

But there are good aspects. The headphones are probably the most comfy streetstlye headphones I have ever worn. The cord is wrapped in yarn, not a good idea if someone were to excercise and sweat with these. (Rolls eyes) The cord is a good five feet which gives you a lot of nice room. The headphones are also pleasing to the eyes, although the SHS391's are even sexier.

Overall, the headphones seem to have some good ideas, but the sound quality was just junky in a nutshell. Maybe a good pick if comfort and price are top priorites.