Since my regular headphones — the Shure 250s — have taken quite a beating, I wanted to get them serviced and, in the meantime, wanted something cheap but with decent enough quality to listen to. My selection was quickly narrowed down to the Sennheiser CX300, the Creative EP 630 and the Philips SHE 9550. Among these, the Creatives were the cheapest, coming in under $25, and the Philips coming in second (around $25) with the Sennheisers being the most expensive (between $35 and $50). I finally ended up buying the Philips SHE9550/27 and here’s my review.
The Philips SHE9550 is an in-ear model canalphone. It sure is designed well; the orange line along the earpieces quickly draws your attention once you see them. The packaging also includes a cable winder as an accessory. To start out, I have to say, yes there are numerous great headphones out there at around 70 bucks, but if you are just looking for something cheap and reasonably good at the lower end of the budget, the Philips 9550 sure kicks ass.
The Philips 9550 has a sensitivity of 105 (dB/mW) and an impedance of 16 ohm. That’s makes it a comfortable buy for any portable music player. The cord is about 1.2m, which is actually short compared to most other brands, though it works out okay if you're not above 6ft tall and keep your music player on your torso region. In fact, if you like to wear it around the neck, the cable winder should be very helpful. The headphones themselves come with a neodymium magnet and a mylar dome diaphragm. The headphones comes with “angled acoustic pipe channels for directional and precise sound.” Also provided is a vent control port for better bass response.