| 10 mm Driver | Neodymium Magnet |
? Philips SHE8500, a budget model from the classic brand.
The Philips SHE8500 is part of the “SHE” line of Philips headphones, among you can find other affordable models like the: Philips SHE3590, Philips SHE8105.
The Philips SHE8500 features a 10 mm dynamic driver and holds inside strong neodymium magnets. The cable is asymmetric and not Y-shaped, this used to be a pretty common standard several years ago but nowadays it is a bit rare to find this cable; we talked more about asymmetric cables during our Sony MH1 LiveSound review.
The housings have a silver back plate that may seem to be made of metal but, instead, every piece of their earpieces is built with plastics. The construction quality of the cables is very basic and barely rubberized, the 3.5mm plug is straight and built in plastic.
This model is part of the very budget-friendly line, so we were not expecting fancy cables or extra tough built, you can think of it as a competitor of earphones such as the: Sony MDR-EX15, JVC Gumy Plus HA-FX5, Panasonic RP-TCM125 ErgoFit, House of Marley Little Bird, JBL T110, Monoprice 8320, to name a few.
You can buy the Philips SH8500 in:
- Philips SHE8500 black & silver
- Philips SHE8500 red & silver
- Philips SHE8500 blue & silver
- Philips SHE8500 white & silver
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Accessories & Packaging
The Philips SHE8500 unboxing results in 3 pair of eartips, all packed inside a transparent plastic packaging.
Bass & Sub Bass
The Philips SHE8500 bass offers good punch and sufficient depth for many music genres. If you are a super bassy earphone’s lover or enjoy “hardcore” trance, EDM or bass-intense genres, the bass of the Philips SHE8500 will fall short for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a sufficiently fun sounding earphone that does not get too bass-centered, this model could fulfill your needs.
Applying an EQ, there is a strong makeover of their lower frequencies, with a deep sub-bass response and very punchy mid-bass.
During our extreme bass tests the Philips SHE8500 were able to handle 37% of the maximum power of a Fiio E12 amplifier while being set to high gain and with bass boost turned on; a custom basshead EQ was used. The results were a huge empowering of mid-bass and sub-bass but no basshead rumble nor impact was present. Do not expect anything near the Sony MDR-EX650, Xiaomi Mi Pro HD, KZ ZST, Senfer 4in1 or KZ ZS6.
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Mids & Vocals
The Philips SHE8500 lower mids are laid back, lower vocals sound a bit distant and lack some energy (for our taste). Higher mids are moderately more “alive” than lower mids but we wouldn’t consider them too crisp neither. Despite this, slightly harsh peaks can appear from time to time.
With an EQ lower vocals become clearer but also a little boxy. Overall, unfortunately, the sound quality of their mids degrade with an EQ.
Highs & Treble
The Philips SHE8500 highs provide some brightness that makes them, overall, not too dark but neither very bright, we would say that their brightness and detail will suffice normal listeners if they are aware of the darkish tint. Nonetheless their highs are not too muddy nor deprived of detail. Piercing highs and sibilant peaks are not present.
An EQ adds a substantial amount of brightness and some extra detail while no piercing highs show up.
There is a sort of open back design in the Philips SHE8500 (in fact Philips classifies them as a semi-open headphone) and this leads to the sound leaking out of them being stronger than on many average earphones.
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As what happens with full sized open-back headphones, the sound isolation of the Philips SHE8500 is not their strongest asset.
The fully plastic construction makes the Philips SHE8500 very light weighted and adding the fact that the housings have a substantially small size, results in a comfortable experience that can ensure fatigue-free long-lasting listening sessions. The fit is also snug and secure to withstand daily usage without popping out the ears.
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Response to Equalization
The response to EQ was noticeable on lower and higher frequencies but unfavorable to mid frequencies. Mids became boxy, highs improved their brightness and bass fully transformed into a very punchy and deep style.
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- Accessories - 6/106/10
- Design - 7/107/10
- Bass - 7/107/10
- Mids - 5.5/105.5/10
- Highs - 6.75/106.8/10
- Sound Leak - 6/106/10
- Sound Isolation - 5.75/105.8/10
- Comfort - 8/108/10
- Response to EQ - 7/107/10
- Value for Money - 7/107/10
- ✅ Light weighted and comfortable
✅ Accessible price
✅ Sufficiently fun bass yet not super bassy
- ❌ Distant lower vocals
❌ EQ degrades their mids quality
❌ Low sound isolation (could be a positive aspect if you are looking for this) and higher than average sound leakage
❌ Poor cable quality
- The Philips SHE8500 looked better on paper than what they could deliver through out our tests. They are not horrible earphones but neither great and, unfortunately, presented several weak points that could demotivate some users.
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Philips SHE8500 Frequency Response
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|Cord||Asymmetric, round cord|
|Plug||Stereo mini plug|
|Supplied Accessories||3x Earphone tips|
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