I must admit, I have a little bit of a soft spot in my heart when it comes to the brand Philips. You see, my very first pair of earphones that accompanied my Sony Discman were Philips and for me, this was the vessel that brought my favorite tunes into my ears for me to enjoy as a pre-teen. Ever since then, I have been following their progress as they branched out into other spaces such as Health and Connected Devices. So, when they asked me to review their latest Hybrid Noise Canceling Headphones, I naturally jumped on the opportunity.
For the unaccustomed, Philips has been one of the largest electronics companies in the world for the past 130 years, and with a focus on technology, they innovate for people with one consistent belief: there’s always a way to make life better. With a renewed focus in 2021 on improving people’s health, they achieve this through meaningful innovation, the CEO of their Connected Care Division said it best – “To be a successful global brand in the 21st century you need to be agile and locally relevant” and this could not be truer than of their latest high fidelity audio products such as their Hybrid Active Noise Canceling Headphones.
With a focus on delivering a personalized audio experience, their Hybrid Active Noise Canceling Headphones feature memory foam cushioned ear cups paired with touch controls that create a near-perfect seal over the ear to isolate external noise. Built into each ear cup is one external and internal mic that combine to offer what Philips calls an Awareness Mode, users simply cover the right ear, and the external mic will amplify necessary ambient noise making this a safer alternative for commuters.
Sound quality too has been exceptional, thanks in part to powerful 40mm drivers with a frequency range of 20 – 40,000 Hz that deliver some heart-thumping bass, crisp mids, and polished highs. AAC lossless streaming is also a welcome addition with our team remarking on how balanced the sound quality was and this is further helped with the use of the Philips headphones app which allows full customization over the EQ settings of the headphones. Users can also select from one of many pre-set modes so you can get it to sound just right for you, which we love. Also, of note is because these are Hi-Res certified headphones, you also get a detachable cable for when you want to plug into personalized audio setups for the best possible sound quality transmission.
Last and certainly not least are those little extra touches that Philips adds, including Google Fast Pair integration which allows your Android device to instantly find and pair the headphones when brought close to your device. There is also Google Assistant integration at the push of a button and best of all a massive 27 hours of playback on a single charge and they charge fast too for added convenience, so you are never without the soundtrack to your life. Bluetooth Multipoint capability also allows for dual connection and seamless transition between phone and laptop. “
Philips once again has delivered on its promise of making life better with a headphone that delivers on innovation, sound quality, and robust engineering all for under $200. So isn’t it time you fell in love with music again? Because Philips and their Hybrid Active Noise Canceling Headphones make it easier than ever!
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