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Philips SHP9500S Over-Ear Headphone Exclusive - Black (NewEgg; $49.99; FS)

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Philips SHP9500S Over-Ear Headphone Exclusive - Black

On sale now @ NewEgg with FS:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...gnorebbr=1

One of the, if not the best sub-$100 cans you can buy. Generally around $70 so this is $20 cheaper.

Add the excellent VMODA Boom Pro mic [amazon.com] to this and you've got the best gaming headphones/audio headphone combo you can buy for $80!!

I also purchased the $4.99 warranty that Newegg supplies.

Biggest knock on these cans are the non-replaceable ear pads which are known as sweat magnets. But, as you can see [youtube.com], there are ways around this issue.

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So if I used these for pc gaming, is it just stereo sound or can I get surround? Sorry for the dumb question, but I'm fairly new to pc gaming.
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Same price on amazon
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Same price on amazon
Please provide link. Seeing $69 on Amazon.
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So if I used these for pc gaming, is it just stereo sound or can I get surround? Sorry for the dumb question, but I'm fairly new to pc gaming.

Surround sound headphones is pretty much a gimmick. Surround sound is built into the game when using headphones so there's no reason to purchase a "surround sound" headphone.

What you want, is the best headphones that you can buy that have good sound separation (otherwise known as "soundstage").

These headphones rival headphones that are twice if not five times it's price. There are a slew of reviews on the 9500 discussion how incredible the headphones perform for it's price point (between $50 - $100).

You can get even more impressive soundstage with these headphones by simply swapping out the pads (I'll be swapping my pads out with these [amazon.com]).

The other thing to remember is Phillips discontinued the production of the 9500 (for some bizarre reason) so the price for these incredible headphones is only going to go up.

BTW, there are two 9500: SHP9500 and SHP9500S. The only difference between the two is the audio cable (the 9500 has a gold plated cable; the 9500S has a plastic covered cable).

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Also, you can quickly and cheaply turn these headphones into a wireless gaming headset by adding a bluetooth receiver with mic to it. This bluetooth receiver [amazon.com] has a really good audio chip in it for low latency high quality (for wireless anyway) sound. It also has a built in mic. Some reviews have indicated the mic volume is low. I think that was b/c they were using it in their car to answer phone calls (i.e. it's pretty far away from their head) rather than plugging it into a headphone jack which is right next to their mouth so the mic might be perfectly fine for gaming.

Personally, my PC rig doesn't have a bluetooth transmitter built in, so I will also be purchasing this BT transmitter [amazon.com] which uses the newest BT technology (4.2), has double the BT distance, and is capable of sending audio to two separate headphones at the same time.

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Great headphones, but be aware they are open design, which aren't the best if you need to keep the sound in. Super buy at this price.
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Philips SHP9500S Over-Ear Headphone Exclusive - Black

On sale now @ NewEgg with FS:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Pr...gnorebbr=1

One of the, if not the best sub-$100 cans you can buy. Generally around $70 so this is $20 cheaper.

Add the excellent VMODA Boom Pro mic [amazon.com] to this and you've got the best gaming headphones/audio headphone combo you can buy for $80!!

I also purchased the $4.99 warranty that Newegg supplies.

Biggest knock on these cans are the non-replaceable ear pads which are known as sweat magnets. But, as you can see [youtube.com], there are ways around this issue.

smithmal

It seems they are going on sale for $50 as often as not, and IDK about the best as we've likely not heard every pair of headphones for under $100, but I haven't found anything I like better for that either.

Having come directly from sony MDR-V6, which are closed design so not an appropriate comparison, but were around the same price when I got them over 10 years ago. Someone mentioned soundstage, these philips are amazing in that regard by comparison, and MUCH more comfortable. And when I damage this cord it is replaceable. Slightly less bass with philips.

I was so impressed with these 9500's, I had to chase that feeling, find out how much better still sennheiser 558's would be when they went on sale for $60 shortly thereafter, and planned to return the losers. The sennheisers looked much cooler, and again had slightly bigger bass (hate saying that b/c I don't want ppl to think philips are lacking in that regard, but it's just noticeably less), and that was the extent of the senn's advantages to me. SHP's again much more comfortable, and sounded more open. Build quality to me is stronger, if does not look as slick. Oddly enough senns too tight on my head in the biggest setting, and philips too loose in the smallest setting! Had to add two strips of felt between the headband and headpad.

Anyway not unprecedented deal, but if you need a pair of headphones and can use open design, IDK how you can do any better than these. I love the mesh cloth pads too. They might feel a little scratchy at first, but quickly the sharpness of fibers soften up. And there are lots of pad replacements.
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I have the same setup with the VMODA mic.

Use it for gaming and I personally like it. Doesn't get too hot and doesn't compress my head.
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I couldn't resist - thanks OP!
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