GRADO SR60e vs Philips SHP9500

GRADO SR60e review
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Philips SHP9500 review

This comparison is for those who are trying to choose between on-ear and over-ear headphones. I have compared GRADO SR60e vs Philips SHP9500, the first one of which has an on-ear wearing style, while the other one is over-ear. Speaking of similarities, they are open-back and can be used only with a cable.

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Features

Another thing they have in common is impedance which is 32 Ohm in both cases. The sensitivity is also very similar as GRADO SR60e has 100 dB and Philips SHP9500 has 101 dB. The biggest distinction is in the frequency response since the device made by GRADO works in a range of 20 Hz - 20 kHz and the one produced by Philips has a range between 12 Hz and 35 kHz.

Sound

The midrange of GRADO SR60e is very clear. The headphones provide open, layered, and airy sound. This combined with the soundstage that open-back headphones are known for lends an extra level of realism to reverb and room sound.

Philips SHP9500 can be described in three terms: open sound, clear detail, and smooth playback. The clarity is impressive, especially with any vocal playback, but at the same time pushing through with that smooth high end.

Comfort and design

When it comes to weight, GRADO SR60e is pretty lighter than the other appliance. The weight of the model SR60e is 220 g, whilst Philips SHP9500 has 320 g. Unfortunately, the considered headphones do not fold, but the adjustable headband makes them quite comfortable to wear.

Philips SHP9500 is a pair of headphones with a detachable cable which is 300 cm long. It is a pity but the devices do not have built-in buttons and a microphone.

GRADO SR60e pros and cons

GRADO SR60e pros and cons

Pros

  • The highs are crisp and clear with excellent detail
  • Studio capacity
  • 360 degrees rotating and adjustable ear cups
  • No rattling or squeaky noises

Cons

  • Tends to fall apart with continued use
  • Comfort could be better

Philips SHP9500 pros and cons

Philips SHP9500 pros and cons

Pros

  • The size is adjustable to fit all head sizes with numbers on the headband to remember your profile
  • Durable and made to last
  • There is no way you would have any pressure or fatigue after hours of use
  • Comes with a 50 mm driver that provides crystal clear sound

Cons

  • The size makes these headphones difficult to carry around
  • Not great for working out or running

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
GRADO SR60e
6.5
Philips SHP9500
7
7
7
Philips SHP9500

Philips SHP9500 review

May 18, 2020

I will start my Philips SHP9500 review with the fact that it is a great pair of over ear open back w...

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Common

Product

GRADO SR60e
Philips SHP9500

Model

SR60e
SHP9500

Brand

GRADO
Philips

Reviews

2400
1889

General

Wearing style

on ear
over ear

Enclosure

open back
open back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

50/1.9

Impedance, Ohm

32
32

Frequency response, Hz

20Hz-20KHz
12Hz-35KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

100
101

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

220/7.8
320/11.2

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

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

GRADO SR60e
Philips SHP9500
GRADO SR60e
Philips SHP9500

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.5
  • 7
  • 6.5GRADO SR60e
  • 7Philips SHP9500

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