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Thoughts on the Phillips SHP9500 (and future upgrades)

This past Black Friday, I purchased the highly acclaimed Phillips SHP9500, and I'm quickly becoming a fan. Open-back headphones are the opposite of in-ears, as you can hear yourself talking clearly, even when there is audio playing. While I don't think the sound quality itself compares to my Audio Technica ATH-M40x's, it's a fair trade-off. I'm looking for possible upgrades to improve my experience, chiefly a microphone for voice chats (many of them due to covid). Please share your thoughts and experiences. I need to make choices soon.

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  1. SheepWolf
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    Thoughts on the headphones I have those headphones. Got them back on March in 2018 for around $70 and are the main headphones I've been using while on my desktop. I have not gotten any other...

    Thoughts on the headphones
    I have those headphones. Got them back on March in 2018 for around $70 and are the main headphones I've been using while on my desktop. I have not gotten any other headphones around this price before so I can't compare it to anything else. I've only ever gotten cheaper ear buds.

    I'm not an audiophile, so I can't speak to the nuances of sound quality but they are comfortable, and being open-back, I can still hear if someone is calling me or knocking on the door. The downside being that it is preferable for you to be in a quiet environment and maybe if someone has really good hearing, and they are right next to you, they can hear what you are listening to.

    I think of myself as having a big head (size-wise not ego-wise) and I have the headphones adjusted tight. I can continue using them for hours without any pain or discomfort. However, if I make sharp head/body movements (like headbanging) or bending down under my desk to reach something, they tend to slide a little.

    Using the same pair for about 2 years now, and I would say the quality/durability is really good. I've probably dropped them a few times and pulled on it in various places, but nothing has broken or been damaged in anyway. The most I can say is that I have dandruff and the ear cups collect some but they can easily be cleaned out with pressurized air. Maybe if you rub onto the padding a whole bunch there could be some discoloration or wear, but I've not noticed anything significant.

    Microphone
    I just use a V-MODA BoomPro Microphone. Its cable goes in place of the cable that goes into the Phillips, and has a volume dial plus microphone mute switch. The cable is fairly long. I use Discord to speak to my friends every day and as far as I can tell, the sound quality is perfect. The microphone arm can bend freely so I can move it so it directly touches my lips or push it away if I need to eat.

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  2. hungariantoast
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    I have owned my pair since 2015. You could say that I am a fan. I actually bought them on a friend's recommendation. Alongside the headphones, they also recommended the V-MODA BoomPro as a mic, so...

    I have owned my pair since 2015. You could say that I am a fan. I actually bought them on a friend's recommendation.

    Alongside the headphones, they also recommended the V-MODA BoomPro as a mic, so that's what I use.

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  3. Jedi
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    I've owned mine since 2018 IIRC. I bought it with Bitcoin from Newegg. Best headphones I've had, though I've been wanting to try and improve my audio set-up. As for a mic, I use a Blue Yeti (from...

    I've owned mine since 2018 IIRC. I bought it with Bitcoin from Newegg. Best headphones I've had, though I've been wanting to try and improve my audio set-up.

    As for a mic, I use a Blue Yeti (from a Radioshack...). Pretty decent, I believe. More than enough for voice chats.

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