Guess what? It’s another headphone review! Although this time, it’s quite a good headset—I was surprised by its quality. But more on that later. We’re talking about the Philips “Construct” Headphones, a set of cans that you’d think was another form-over-function disaster but, amazingly, it performs as good as it looks.
The Philips Construct comes packaged in a nice, attractive, heavy-duty-looking box with a transparent plastic front, and the headset comes encased in a form-fitting molded plastic inlay, with provisions for the remote/mic and plug.
The headset comes with a “TR90 Flexible Headband”, which is their fancy way of saying that the nice, comfortably padded headband can stretch and bend way past what most headbands can do, ensuring that it’ll fit even a Frankenstein-shaped head. Which is a good thing.
The cans are also likewise padded generously with nice foam cushions which are also noise-isolating, and attached to the headband with flat cables, ensuring that your ears will be swaddled in comfort. The earpieces are attached to iron rings on either end of the headband and are meant to promptly pop out when dropped or otherwise mishandled (Philips calls it ‘safe release cans’), thus minimizing damage.
The cable, attached to the left can, is of a tangle-free design, much like a thick sneaker lace. There is a connector a short way from the left can where you can disconnect the cable if needed, although the reason for having such a connector is kind of vague and might introduce an unnecessary point of eventual damage for the cable. Not unless the reason is to be able to change the cable to fit other non-standard types (there is already a not-very-helpful-and-painfully-obvious label attached to the end that says the plug is meant to fit Blackberry, HTC, iPhone, LG, Motorola and Palm devices).
There is a remote/microphone with volume control on the cable as well, as the headphones are apparently meant for mobile phone use, as Philips’ packaging states. Well and good, but I think having a volume control on the cable of your headset is a mite over the top and is largely unnecessary. The audio plug at the end is a big, very sturdily constructed (unnecessarily so, I think) metal elbow-type gold-tipped connector, which juts out massively when connected to your tiny cell phone.
From the ‘Construct’-ion of this headset, we’d think it might be suffering from an embarrassment of riches, if not for its impeccable sound quality. With two dynamic 40mm drivers, the cans produce audio with loudness and clarity, and took everything I threw at it and threw it back with a subtle warmth and almost no distortion. Bass-fiends will love this headset, as it reproduces rich bass with bang and boom, being modified and tuned specifically for it. It isn’t as reference-quality as, say, the Marshall Major 50 FX headphones, another wonderful pair we recently reviewed, but close enough.
Don’t be turned off by the slightly over-the-top design and packaging of the Philips Construct Headphones; they’re a wonderful pair to have, with great audio reproduction, and the nice padded cushions and headband will keep you in great comfort as you listen to your music.
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