Philips The Snug

These closed headphones offer great sound quality for the price, but aren't nearly as snug as their name suggests.

NameHeadphones: Philips Snug (SHO8800)
At a glance:Ear cups are too small,Low-end headphones with good sound,Trendy look,Not very comfortable
Summary:Good sound quality and a snazzy design, but they're not comfortable.

In terms of style, Philips’ ‘The Snug’ headset is about as different from The Stretch as it can get. While they’re both closed sets of headphones, The Snug’s ear cups are smaller, and they look a whole lot cooler. The Snug headphones have an almost optical-illusion crosshatch design on the cups, and a really nice blue-green trim that extends to the colour of the cord. They’re a lower-end set of headphones at $100, so the build isn’t great, but it’s about what we’d expect for the price.

The Snug headset is diametrically opposite to The Stretch not just in design, but in comfort. While it may fit snugly into your purse or suitcase, with its rotating cups for easier storage, it does not fit snugly around you. The ear cups are too small for adult ears, and the headband doesn’t sit comfortably on the top of your head.

The Snug’s strength, aside from its cool design, is in its sound quality. We found that even though the frequency response range was smaller than The Stretch’s, at 15-24,000Hz, The Snug had better overall sound quality and less unwanted reverb. Bass quality wasn’t as good, but higher-pitched sounds were improved and we found The Snug coped better with louder noises.

Whether or not you should buy The Snug really depends on how much you think you’re going to be wearing a headset. It’s not comfortable enough to wear all the time, but if you just want to listen to music on your 20-minute commute to work or school every day, it’ll suit you fine. The sound quality is much better than we’d ordinarily expect in this price range.

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