Our Verdict 
A perfectly inoffensive and easy listen for the money, but the SoundMagic E10S are easily better at just £10 more
For 
Rhythmic sound
Nice build
Cheap price
Against 
Not as detailed or dynamic as close rivals
Lack bass depth
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For £30, the Philips SHE9105s are a decent bargain. For starters, they’re nicely made. In-ear headphones at this cheap end of the market tend to be unimpressive, but the SHE9105s are surprisingly robust.

Build

The tiny aluminium ear buds fit comfortably (you get a choice of three tips), and the feather-light construction isn’t hard on your ears.

There’s nothing especially flashy about these in-ears, but you do get a mic and pause/play controls to use with your smartphone.

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Sound

The SHE9105s sound fairly solid, but there’s little bass weight coming through. What they lack in depth and punch, they make up for with a breezy, nimble sense of rhythm.

I Monster’s Daydream in Blue sounds light and playful, although you do miss the song’s moodier aspects.

The top notes shine a little too bright, but the sound’s not particularly harsh. Detail is dished out with a light touch, but then again, we’re not expecting layers of subtlety at this price.

Dynamically, they’re limited. Instruments and voices are pushed to the front, but that upfront, immediate character makes them a straightforward listen.

MORE: Best in-ear headphones 2015

Verdict

As long as you don’t mind the prominent treble, these Philips in-ears are perfectly fine for the money.

Just a tenner more, though, will give you the multiple Award-winning SoundMagic E10Ss, which are a considerable step up in dynamics, pep and detail. Choose wisely.

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MORE: Awards 2015: In-ear headphones

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The Competition 

Klipsch Reference R6i

Our Rating 
100%
Price from £52.29

SoundMagic E50S

Our Rating 
0%

Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi

Our Rating 
75%
Price from £76.99
Breakdown 
Sound
Build
Comfort
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