Over the holidays I had the chance to use one of the new headphones launched by Philips, result of a partnership with famous surf brand O'Neill: the Philips Stretch.
This top of line pair of headphones comes with surf-inspired design, reflected in the flexible, wetsuit-like fabric-covered headband and the fabric-covered tangle-free cable. You will also find the cable has a detachable connector that helps preventing accidents from pulling the cable and breaking it.
Don't let the name "stretch" fool you though. It refers to the headband, not to the cable. If you try stretching the cable the detachable connector will do what it was designed for and disconnect. Simple as that.
The whole frame is made of TR55LX, which according to Philips is a material with surface hardness six time of the polycarbonate used in common headphones. Trying to verify this claim I found references to a certain Grilamid TR55LX. It looks like you can throw most things at it, with exception of alcohol and the strongest acids. Not that we would expect you to dip your brand new pair of headphones in anything that nasty, right?
The Philips Stretch has soft ear cushions that do a good job of keeping external noise out of the way, although those are not noise-reduction devices.
Dynamic 40mm drivers deliver some good sound and you can feel immersed into it. Great for external activities and exercise but also good for computer gaming and indoors music listening. Bass is not too deep though but you won't be disappointed even if your taste includes heavy metal.
The whole package comes in a creative box that is actually too cool to throw away after you open it...
- Good colour combination
- Good sound
- Tangle-free cable