Philips SHP9500 vs Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X

Philips SHP9500 review
vs
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X review

I would like to show you the comparison of two pairs of open back headphones Philips SHP9500 vs Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X. They come with a long audio cable and have an over-ear design.

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Features

First, I paid attention to their sensitivity, which is pretty similar. Philips SHP9500 has 101 dB, while Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X has 100 dB. When it comes to frequency response, the difference is more distinct, as the first appliance works in a range between 12 Hz and 35 kHz and the second one has a range of 5 Hz - 25 kHz. Buying headphones you also have to take into account their impedance. In this case, the device made by Philips has 32 Ohm and the product of Audio-Technica has 48 Ohm.

Sound

50 mm neodymium drivers of Philips SHP9500 create an incredibly crisp clarity and the angle of the earpieces fits closely to the ear so that there is increased comfort, stability, and focused sound. But there are also some minuses — highs can be sibilant at times.

The sound signature of the headphones Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X is tuned to be just warm enough to provide a pleasant sound without turning up the bass to annoying levels.

Comfort and design

Since both devices have an adjustable headband, they are quite comfortable to use. Unfortunately, none of the headphones fold. They also are not equipped with a microphone which makes talking on the phone impossible.

Let’s talk about the pros. These appliances have a detachable audio cable. Their length is 300 cm. Speaking of weight, Philips SHP9500 is 320 g and it is more than Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X has — 235 g.

Philips SHP9500 pros and cons

Philips SHP9500 pros and cons

Pros

  • Just great for gamers
  • The earpads are huge, the foam is soft and you do not have any pain even if you fall asleep in these headphones
  • Super easy to drive
  • Engineered well and do not feel cheap on your hands

Cons

  • Bass can be somewhat lean
  • Non-removable pads

Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X pros and cons

Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X pros and cons

Pros

  • The earcups and the 3D wing structure of the headband make listening very comfortable and immersive
  • 53mm drivers and CCAW voice coils reproduce a remarkable natural sound
  • Definitely comfortable enough to wear for many hours at a time
  • Lightweight honeycomb aluminum casing

Cons

  • The bulkiness of these headphones means you probably will not sport them in public

Votes 2 2
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Philips SHP9500
7
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X
7
7
7
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Common

Product

Philips SHP9500
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X

Model

SHP9500
ATH-AD500X

Brand

Philips
Audio-Technica

Reviews

2126
1484

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

open back
open back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

50/1.9
53/2

Impedance, Ohm

32
48

Frequency response, Hz

12Hz-35KHz
5Hz-25KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

101
100

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

320/11.2
235/8.2

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

300/9.8
300/9.8

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not
has not

Bluetooth version

has not
has not

aptX

has not
has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not
has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not
has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not
has not

Battery life, hrs

has not
has not

Charging time, hrs

has not
has not

Charging port

has not
has not

Charging cable

has not
has not

Speed charge

has not
has not

Battery free listening mode

has not
has not

Battery level indicator

has not
has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not
has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Philips SHP9500
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X
Philips SHP9500
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7Philips SHP9500
  • 7Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X

The Philips SHP9500 is better headphones in this comparison. Check Philips SHP9500 price