Philips O'Neill THE TREAD in ear headset SHO2205BK O'Neill Black is rated
Rated 1 out of
Terrible sound quality; poorly thought-out jack design
I purchased some Philips STRETCH headphones a while ago and I've been extremely happy with them - brilliant sound quality and they're very comfortable. Based on this, I thought I'd give these 'TREAD' 'phones a go and see what something a little more expensive than my existing in-canal 'phones would sound like.
Unfortunately, I'm sorely disappointed. These earphones have a MASSIVE jump in the 5KHz area which makes them really fatiguing to listen to because they're just far too shrill, harsh and SCRAPEY.
With an freq.-specific EQ you can get them sounding really good though this is hardly a practical solution when most MP3 players and phones are dumbed down to consumer presets nowadays (jazz, pop, etc).
Outside harsh sound quality these earphones just don't stay in at all; the medium-sized earbuds slide out, the small ones fall out, the large ones don't even fit. You end up with an achey ear-drum from pushing them back in.
What's worse is the 3.5mm jack plug design which is a massive piece of plastic sitting on an L-shape from the jack of your MP3 player or smartphone. This puts a massive amount of stress on the jack if you should press upon it in your pocket.
I can't begin to think why these were designed like this but even EQ'd I'm gonna avoid using them out of fear that they'll break a jack. I already had the sound trip out twice using them on my phone.
In short this is a terrible set of earphones which probably should be withdrawn from the market because of the jack design. I'm guessing Philips also exempt these from return due to 'hygiene reasons'.
Date published: 2012-09-07