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Sexy New Cans/Amp

Discussion in 'Home Cinema & Hi-Fi' started by Sin_Chase, 18 Jan 2006.

  1. Sin_Chase


    Joined: 13 Jan 2004

    Posts: 20,578

    Bought myself a birthday toy.

    Philips SBC HP 1500 (http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/dcbint/cpindex.pl?ctn=SBCHP1500/00&scy=GB&slg=en)

    Large pic

    The picture doesnt do it justice, its washed out and poor. It is much more sleek in the metal with a high quality brushed aluminium front panel. The yellow lit up indicators are infact orange. It looks and feels like a solid, quality unit.

    This is the wired version of the HD1500 which suits my needs much more. 10 hours battery life doesnt cut it for me, nor does a heavier than it needs to be set of cans.

    I have this unit attached up to my Shuttle via Coax Digital and of course it supports DTS, Dolby Digital and all that jazz. Has 3 'room' settings and 2 Pro Logic II settings of Music and Movie (or indeed off). I can bypass any decoding to give me regular stereo headphones with no dolby tricks being applied, which is nice too. It also has a DBE (Bass boosting) option.

    The clarity is probably the best I have ever heard through headphones, and with my lack of experiance with high end speakers probably the best I have heard short of going to the cinema.

    Even in strictly not Home Cinema stuff like games you can see the difference bewteen analogue stereo on a medicore set of cans compared to a fully digital set like these. Not only can I hear the fire now but I can hear the crackling in the wood too. Footsteps are no longer footsteps but clearly footsteps on graveled surfaces.

    It is amazing just how much you miss.

    I have watched 1 movie in Multichannel Dolby Digital (training day) and the sound was spot on. No hissing, breaking up or any flaws I could pickup.

    Anyone else had experiance with these cans/amp as I would like to hear form other users who have tried them.
    Last edited: 18 Jan 2006
  2. tom_nieto


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 11,208

    Location: Birmingham

    Ooh, dolby headphone. I would really like a set of cans that can do that. Glad you're enjoying them.
  3. -Ad-


    Joined: 4 Nov 2004

    Posts: 13,815

    Location: Aberdeen

    They look awesome, but i dread to think how much they cost!

    I personally would never by fancy headphones, except for the best for music. e.g. Grado RS-1/woddied HF-1's, SEnn 600's, AKG 701's. But that's just me.
  4. Sin_Chase


    Joined: 13 Jan 2004

    Posts: 20,578

    Cost me £88 + Delivery, from an auction. Not many of them knocking about though.