Philips The Stretch review

David Ludlow
27 Oct 2010
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Excellent sound quality, comfort and durability make these headphones a great choice for anyone that's broken a set of headphones or just want a set they can carry without fear.


While there are pouches, screen protectors and cases to protect your MP3 player, few companies think about the longevity and toughness of headphones. Well, that was until Philips got together with O'Neill to create a range of durable headphones, such as The Stretch we have on review here.

Essentially, these headphones are designed to take whatever you can throw at them. The headband is made of super stretch nylon (called TR55LX), which keeps its flexibility in hot weather and all the way down to -25C. We could feel just how tough this material was: stretching the headphones as far apart as possible, we never felt as though we were reaching breaking point. The same was true when we twisted the headphones round, showing that they'd be safe even if you sat on them.

Philips The Stretch cable

Then there's the tangle-free headphone cable, which has the feel and appearance of a thin shoe lace. This finish means that the cable never ties itself in knots, unlike traditional rubber cables. For durability, the main headphone cable connects to a short cable tha via a gold-plated 3.5mm headphone jack: get the headphone cable caught in something and it harmlessly disconnects without pulling your head down.

It works really well. We tried yanking the cable hard, bracing ourselves for an uncomfortable moment, but the cable always detached painlessly. It also means that the cable's easily replaceable should it get mangled.

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