Here at Techtree, we aren't too fond of Bluetooth stereo headsets. Sure, they get rid of the meddlesome wires for us but often the trade-off in audio quality is not worth the convenience. Today we have the Philips SHB6110 Bluetooth headset, which comes with Philips's FullSound technology and aims to improve the audio quality of Bluetooth headsets. Let's see how close it comes to matching that claim.
The SHB6110 has a behind the neck design where the speakers place their weight on your ears instead of on top of your head as in conventional headphones. The neckband has a fixed length but is long enough, so even those with massive heads would fit in just fine. We did not like the way the neckband would interfere with the collar of the shirt. If your shirt has a stiff collar then it would block the neckband's movement and if you move your neck upwards the headphones won't be able to move with your head.
The speakers are circular with soft foam padding. They have rubber hooks that sit above your ears. The hooks have adjustable length, which you can increase or decrease according to the length of your ears for a proper fit.
The right speaker has all the controls placed on it. Before you place the headphones on your ears it's best to memorize the layout of all the keys as there is no way you can see them once you wear it. The top two buttons control the volume. If you press and hold one of the volume buttons it will activate or deactivate the FullSound feature. In the middle is the play/pause button that also answers or ends calls.
Below the button is a status LED and below that are the track skip buttons. Unfortunately, you cannot fast forward or rewind within a track, which is strange as most headsets support this functionality. If you look at the front edge of the right speaker then you will also notice a microphone for calls.
The comfort level of the headphones will depend on person to person. Most people found them to be comfortable although I did experience some discomfort after wearing them for extended duration, where I felt the speakers were pressing a tad too hard on my ears for grip.
We paired the headphones with multiple devices to test the audio quality. The audio quality generally is pleasant with no glaring drawbacks. There is that general lack of clarity that all Bluetooth headphones suffer from but other than that we had little complaints with the audio. Bass freaks will be disappointed with the sound; the bass is there and is sufficiently punchy but not overwhelmingly so. The mid-range is full and satisfying and the treble is pleasant but could have done with a bit more clarity. Overall, good audio quality and it can also go very loud although there is noticeable distortion in bass at very high volumes.
Philips has added their FullSound feature to the SHB6110 but we found it was best when disabled. All it does is add distortion to the sound and we doubt anyone would want that.
Philips claims a battery life of 14 hours for both calls and music. In our testing the SHB6110 lasted for a solid 15 hours of playback.
The Philips SHB6110 is priced at Rs. 3,990. For that price you are getting a good sounding pair of headphones with pretty good design and battery life. Just make sure you are comfortable with the design but apart from that there are few things wrong with it.