Forget About Gaming Headsets! THIS Is What You Need!

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Forget About Gaming Headsets! THIS Is What You Need!


good people for $100 this is the best
gaming headset experience you can get and treat yourself with and if you’ve
come here with a similar budget in mind well look no further we have received so
many requests to check out the Philips SHP9500 and see what all the fuss is
about and thank you to everyone who has pointed us towards this wonderful
inexpensive gem based on countless user reviews it’s like the best 69 dollars
you can spend on a pair of open-back headphones but combine that with the
boom pro microphone from V-moda you have yourself incredible sound for your ears
and for your voice to the new cooler master master mouth 710 a weird name but
damn this thing is good with an ultra lightweight body at only 53 grams for
excellent flick control and aim correction the ultra weave cable is
awesome for Wireless like feel the ambidextrous shape for me personally is
super comfortable and then like the shorter body plus the glide is smooth
thanks to white PTFE feet enjoy the domination with an excellent optical
sensor and despite the funky name the cooler master mm 710 is legit check it
out the low all right let’s run down the basics for the headphones first the SHP9500 is a lightweight at 320 grams it is size adjustable to fit all head sizes
with numbers on the headband to remember your profile the build quality is mainly
plastic with metal mesh covering the driver with a good amount of resistance
on those swivel joints they’re not playing around and conform to the shape
of your head the pattern here is enough for my preference I don’t make contact
with the driver wall and the clamping force is pretty light there’s no way
you’d have any pressure or fatigue after hours of use but some might feel this
thing is a bit too light clamping force wise the cable is removable it’s too
long in my opinion tow at 3 meters but at least it’s rubber so the cable noise
is not that significant and it’s because of the removable cable we’re able to
convert this into a headset so meet the $35 boompro by V-moda one of the best
microphones I’ve tested in its class which is why it’s so easy to recommend
so as long as your headphone has a 3.5 millimeter jack you’ll be able to use
the blue bro with it it carries both the
headphone and microphone signals there’s an inline remote for volume and mic mute
plus the low profile nature of the mic is just a bonus I initially wanted to
run this pair with the mod mic Wireless and that is a great microphone but that
would just skyrocket our total value for this contraption that we’re creating and
then boom Pro is just a better value overall plus it replaces the default
cable therefore we’re not adding any bulk and that’s for the microphone test
this is what the boomPro sounds like we have done a full comprehensive analysis
and comparison with this mic and many other gaming headsets make sure to check
it out and that will give you an idea of how this thing compares and just how
good of a value it is for $30 now the clarity is there it sounds natural and
doesn’t sound nasally it has beautiful bass and fullness to the vocals
unfortunately or fortunately it does not have any noise compression and noise
cancellation of the background so you can say it’s kind of negative if you’re
typing on the keyboard it will pick that up if you’re using a mouse it will pick
that up if you can hear Michael typing from a different dimension it will pick
it up as well and the reason why this thing sounds so good is because we don’t
have any noise compression characteristics and no noise
cancellation built into the microphone capsule and for me that is a positive
but let me know what you think now in terms of sound quality I can describe it
in three terms open sound clear detail and smooth playback the open nature of
the drivers plus light clamping force delivers a type of mellow and non
aggressive listening experience the clarity is impressive especially with
any vocal playback but at the same time pushing through with that smooth high
end it really interesting combination that keeps the detail without any harsh
elements the low end is present so the signature is a bit fuller but just don’t
expect anything too deep with regards to the bass my only complaint with the
sound signature would be the mid-range as it’s not so forward making some
elements sound a bit too distant and this is already an open-back headset
therefore the mid-range is like little bit too far now in the gaming
environment like red that too it gives me nice environmental expansion
so the sound is open with good definition of raindrops mosquitoes in
the forest and the of the wind the footsteps and the speech
all come through very well the mid-range could be slightly more forward to give
you even more definition in the entire spectrum but this thing is fantastic for
competitive genres so like in modern warfare 2 it’s a great example where
audio cues are crucial as those footsteps are just so loud and help with
directionality the open style and good clarity is that perfect combination for
shooters like COD and having that quality mic in there is just a massive
bonus for online play I do have a few complaints about this pair and even
though it’s $69 let’s still mention them the clamping force for users who prefer
a tighter seal even with an open back design like the HD58X or 650 or
whatever from Sennheiser you might be disappointed because these are quiet
light on the clamping force the cable well note this one but the original
cable is 3 meters which is way too long for mobile use the left and right
distinction on the ear cups is just a bit obnoxious sure it’s part of the
design element but we already have the left and right distinction inside the
headband so why are they repeated and number 4 the little confusion that is
caused by the 9500 versus the newer 9500s which is significantly more expensive
at $99 and that also comes with a 1.5 millimeter cable instead of 3 meter
cable so that’s a positive and a slightly different frequency tuned on
the drivers and that is the main difference but it’s like they’re
practically an identical pair let’s get some more opinion Sieber what are your
first impressions first impressions I am actually really impressed with the
Philips 9500 I mean for 70 bucks this thing when I when I just had this I I do
not expect you to be $70 because you I didn’t know the price was so as soon as
I tried them on for the first time I’m like wow this it’s great really oh thank
you I appreciate that it picks up your hair every time when I when I when we
when we switch headsets good I mean I can still see your hair on it because
the material is yeah it’s definitely difficult to keep clean so that’s
something to keep note of but other than that I can’t really complain anything
about this headset especially since it cost $70 that’s that’s my take
on it peace out mics in the hot seat working first
impressions when it comes to comfort comfort I find that they’re nice and
light the only problem that I have is that the clamping force for my head just
isn’t enough they feel like they’re moving around a little bit too much and
even if I go to the smallest setting they do feel a little bit like they’re
actually writing on the top of my ears so the mic I absolutely love the quality
my issue is that it’s a little bit too malleable so if you bump it it’s gonna
get all bent out of sorts and you’re gonna have to reposition it the cable
itself the braiding is well done enough that you don’t have to worry about
inking or anything else but I do like the rubberized cable on the original
headset a lot better well from a price per force perspective I can’t think of
anything else that comes anywhere close to it especially in the gaming headset
market that’s considerably overpriced these days and having said all that this
is a great combination for around $100 that gives you fantastic vocal clarity
and a really nice sounding headphone to that will make a killer gaming combo
I’ll leave links for all types of headsets including this and the
microphone and other options that you might consider in the description below
thanks much for watching let me know if you’ve experienced this pair and what
are your thoughts is it worth the hype and the $69 price point I mean that’s a
that’s a really good price point thanks for watching make sure to check out this
other relevant content I’ll talk to you next


100 Comments

Athasin · November 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm

Can you do a re-review of the Corsair Virtuoso now that the mic has been supposedly fixed with a software update?

Goober · November 19, 2019 at 7:48 pm

My friend got these years ago and claimed they were the best reasonably priced headphones. Guess he was right.

sAiL · November 19, 2019 at 7:48 pm

PLEASE BE AWARE

If you plan on using this combo with a headphone amp, you're likely to run into some very annoying issues. If you plug the headphone connector into a standalone amp and the mic connector into your PC, you will get a lot of noise in your audio, both in your headphones and in your mic audio. The problem is caused by the way the BoomPro cable is constructed. Both connectors share a ground wire, and when plugged into two different sources with different voltages, it causes a ground fault. You'll hear what sounds like a hissing or screeching sound. You can attenuate it a bit with the volume wheel on the cable, but it will still be present in your mic audio.

If you plan on plugging this setup straight into a PC, you won't have any problems. But if you find yourself needing that little bit more volume that an amp can provide, you should be looking at the ModMic instead because its cable is completely isolated with its own dedicated ground.

I used this exact setup for years with a dedicated amp. It's really as good as everyone says, except for this one issue.

Dante Recknagel · November 19, 2019 at 7:49 pm

This thing has been around so long its gotten discontinued and replaced with a new version. (S)

Zero8472 · November 19, 2019 at 7:51 pm

150 € in Germany lol

Wonjae Jang · November 19, 2019 at 7:53 pm

Had to go back and relisten to the intro. He actually says "GOOD PEOPLE"

UhhNoggy · November 19, 2019 at 7:56 pm

I use these headphones with a Schitt magni and modi. Personally I wouldn't use anything else.

My question is would i have to use an adaptor/splitter to allow me to use the boom pro with my stack?

lexzbuddy · November 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm

Audio-Technica and Shure make fantastic monitor headphones. Seriously worth consideration. They aren't all marketing scams and goofy molding amed at teenagers. If you want uncompromising sound quality and dont want to empty your bank account on more junk, have a look at them.

Also, have a look at some of the stuff for pro audio on GAK, Thomman and other musical instrument retailers. It typically is higher quality and costs less that brand names associated with "gaming". An think about it, if it's good enough for musicians and recording studios, how can the gaming gear actually be better? Phono cables, microphones, USB interfaces for microphones and such, all professional devices and built to last a lifetime. Phantom power too so you really can remove noise when recording and access to amazing quality at a fraction of the cost. You can even go wireless with microphones, you dont need 100 meter ranges, a basic system is cheap these days. Speakers, don't get me started, the most basic monitors will blow away every gaming set out there and pound for pound will blow them away across the board. Cables are a scam, gaming companies and consumer retailers have been fleecing you for years. Get them from the music shops, they will last for years and are meant for use on the road, at home they are going to last a lifetime.

John Doe · November 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm

Nah, dog. MPOW H10 noise-cancelling headphones are the way to go (and they can be used with any Bluetooth device).

lockjaw333 · November 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm

Glad to see you finally check out the SHP9500. Such an amazing value for $60-70. You should check out the Fidelio X2HR next, which also connect with the vmoda boompro. They are better across the board, one of the best headphones under $500 IMO, and going for $125 right now which is absurd.

Also, someone finally got an Acer X27 in 🙂 Can't wait for that review!

Butt3ry_Bacon · November 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm

This or the pc37x?

Morten Neubert · November 19, 2019 at 8:01 pm

how about the best 500$ headphones? for those that have a usb or modmic already

Andria Milovanovic · November 19, 2019 at 8:02 pm

Cloud Flight for music, movies and games ? Or some other ? 120-130$ max.

notchado · November 19, 2019 at 8:04 pm

And I’m assuming this works with a ps4 controller?

Mukai · November 19, 2019 at 8:04 pm

Honestly me and a friend bought these 3 years ago with the BoomPro mic and neither of us use them anymore. In my experience the SHPs really lack bass that makes games feel involving for me. As far as microphones go if you are playing on pc I would recommend saving the spare cash and buying a Blue Snowball ICE. Most nicer headphones won't be able to use the BoomPro so the Snowball can grow with your setup. imo Cloud2s around $50 or HD 58Xs for $115 are the best go to gamkng headphones to pair with a dedicated mic.

attack attack · November 19, 2019 at 8:05 pm

I want headset that does not touch ears.

Bradley Turner · November 19, 2019 at 8:05 pm

If you're considering this setup. Do yourself a favor and get a DAC. Even a cheap one will greatly help the sound. Im really surprised this wasnt brought up in the review.

smu u · November 19, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Wow Eber you lost so much weight. Which nice and healthy.

M Falcon · November 19, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Dimitri, I have the Sennheiser GSP600 mated with the GSX100 amp. Is there a headphone you would recommend over the GSP600's? Thanks!

Quinn Foerter · November 19, 2019 at 8:07 pm

Ive been running this loadout for about 5 months now. Absolutely love it. Same problems as stated in the video however, hair definitely gets onto the earpads, the clamp force is very light which i actually prefer since I wear glasses and tighter headphones give me headaches, and the mic is definitely too easily moved.

SackKickingFatMan · November 19, 2019 at 8:13 pm

I really like mine but i hate the earpads. they arent thick enough and my ears touch the drivers.

bmnbl · November 19, 2019 at 8:17 pm

Laughs in CM752

Ludwig Van Leo uWu PEPEGA LULUL L-L-L-L XQC DIED 7 · November 19, 2019 at 8:18 pm

How do these compare to the similarly priced Fnactic React?

STUFFandTHANGS · November 19, 2019 at 8:24 pm

Yeah I got these 2 years ago after watching Zeos.

Siggi · November 19, 2019 at 8:26 pm

in germany this setup would cost me 180,- € 🙁
i cant swap to this atm

Karljh · November 19, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Does anyone know any good bass heavy headsets? No haptics.

Ezgi Caliskan · November 19, 2019 at 8:27 pm

Hey Dimitri this philips or hd598?

Sonic Legaspi · November 19, 2019 at 8:31 pm

Proud owner of this headphone
Got this way back when it was only $50

Emil Gasanov · November 19, 2019 at 8:32 pm

just bought the headphones. thx for the video.

wuichovengeance mtz · November 19, 2019 at 8:34 pm

People should be buying this headphones instead of gaming brand headphones, they look great and you wouldn’t look like douche when you bring them to the street.

Moo Moo · November 19, 2019 at 8:36 pm

They are 150 euro without counting the mod mic. Isn't that expensive?

JBN · November 19, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Thanks for the review of the headset , unfortunately the price is equalent to 180 USD in my place . So looking for alternatives .

jim vas · November 19, 2019 at 8:41 pm

Dimitri compared to GSP 300 at 69$ what you suggest? ???

MaxxPlay · November 19, 2019 at 8:46 pm

where can i get this in Germany? Amazon shows me 140€. :0

Roger Moore · November 19, 2019 at 8:50 pm

Philips? forget it

Andres Gallego · November 19, 2019 at 8:50 pm

I thought they were discontinued, these are always an easy recommendation.

DanielFs · November 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm

pls Test Sennheiser GSP 350 about 100€

Land Rover · November 19, 2019 at 8:56 pm

I would still like to hear the sound leak from the perspective of someone else in room, while your playing a game or listening to music or TV.

gttrmgc · November 19, 2019 at 8:59 pm

I tried this exact set up about a year ago…I don't get it…it sounded like ass and I returned it.

Bk Blindside · November 19, 2019 at 9:01 pm

I like Mike 🙂 He knows the details people wanna hear about.

Exter 73 · November 19, 2019 at 9:02 pm

Even if i have the money should i choose this combo or a hd58x + modmic?

Ahmed Elgohary · November 19, 2019 at 9:04 pm

check out the sivga sv007

Gabriel · November 19, 2019 at 9:06 pm

Sad thing, that its unavailable in eastern europe 🙁

beebzie · November 19, 2019 at 9:09 pm

When are you going to review the Arctis 1? They improved almost everything that you didn’t like about it! 😄

Lil' Spazzy · November 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm

I can barely afford to watch this video

alastairpei · November 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm

As much as I hate it when tech youtubers review audio, this is a genuinely good headphone for $100.

Abir Azad · November 19, 2019 at 9:14 pm

been using the shp9500s and a 3$ mic from aliexpress for the last 3years , best setup for gamers out there

Jerry Olinski · November 19, 2019 at 9:19 pm

For a similar price, you can get the Superlux HD668B headphones, some velour ear pads and a modmic. The sound quality is similar to the Phillips 9500, but I think the mic quality is better. It's another Zeos setup. I currently run this, but I upgraded from the $10 Cosmos velour pads to the brainwavs hybrid pads. It makes one heck of a headset. I can't recommend this whole "make your own headset" thing enough. I definitely think the overall quality is better than most gaming headsets in the same price range.

Miloslav Justice · November 19, 2019 at 9:26 pm

I was thinking about buying the Sennhieser massdrop Game Ones after I saw your great review. Would you recommend this over the game ones? I also listen to a lot of music and game a lot. What do you think?

Jasper · November 19, 2019 at 9:30 pm

€ 149,90

edit: add € 38,40 for the mic

unreal Apr · November 19, 2019 at 9:34 pm

I already own shp9500. BUT I bought hyperx alpha not long ago. I am very upset.If I saw this video earlier…

LRRPEXILE · November 19, 2019 at 9:36 pm

@HardwareCanucks – Dmitry! Why aren’t you reviewing in detail the Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ DSC!??…

Paulie Walnuts · November 19, 2019 at 9:37 pm

Thank Zeos y'all!

sirjolly81 · November 19, 2019 at 9:38 pm

I've been waiting 6 months for the boom pro to be in stock in australia. Finaly just bought it today. I tried the ebay knockoff and its shit. I have heared of v-modo boompro being a bit unreliable. will see. I currently use the v-moda crossfade m-100 headset. better then any gaming headset i've used. Also wait for amazon sale and get one for $150 compared to $330

FreezYT · November 19, 2019 at 9:45 pm

I have and love these headphones, but tbh I don't think open back is for me. I have an AC unit behind me so during the summer when that is almost always on, I don't like hearing it while I'm playing. Also I'm not a huge fan of hearing my keyboard clacking while I'm playing CSGO or other KBM games (I use MX browns). Other than that I love the SHPs for music and gaming with a controller.

Matthew Messier · November 19, 2019 at 9:50 pm

I completely disagree, i think that mic sounds sooooooo nasally

Hamed Al Mamari · November 19, 2019 at 9:50 pm

I've been using this for 3 years now, and can't switch to anything else for gaming even tho I got different high-end pairs

hiczok · November 19, 2019 at 9:50 pm

arctis 1 wireless when review

Vinz · November 19, 2019 at 9:51 pm

Wanted to buy it, but in Germany, you cant get these headphones except for only one offer that costs 150€

JAY · November 19, 2019 at 9:52 pm

Thanks for sharing,it's my favorite too!
yah…today all gaming headphone are overprice

or not just headphone
keyboard , monitor , mouse…
those I/O device should not be that complicated
User experience is the most important thing

hiczok · November 19, 2019 at 9:53 pm

I've never seen those headphones available in poland and I still cant find them

Guilmar Dionisio · November 19, 2019 at 9:53 pm

can my hyper x cloud 2 mic be functional with these?

The Cake Glutton · November 19, 2019 at 9:55 pm

Another channel switching to the stupid aspect ratio: I’ll dislike every video I watch just because.

Dener Silva · November 19, 2019 at 9:59 pm

I've had these headphones for 2 years, and I love them

Dener Silva · November 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Mine came with a 1.2m cable.

NHKD · November 19, 2019 at 10:09 pm

I dont use headphones. I use my monitor or speakers

wawsad · November 19, 2019 at 10:09 pm

They are really good, i have them! Awesome!!!

Wallace Hardiner · November 19, 2019 at 10:10 pm

These or the Logitech g pro or pros wired?

Dennis George · November 19, 2019 at 10:21 pm

One thing I feel that should be addressed is Surround Sound emulation with third party software such as Razer or Dolby. A huge amount of gamers use Headphone simulated surround technology for their daily gaming. I feel as a pair of open back headphones these would not perform nearly as well as closed back competitors.

Weston Reid · November 19, 2019 at 10:36 pm

4:39 "Modern Warfare 2"?

brakjart · November 19, 2019 at 10:37 pm

would you recommend the sennheiser hd 4.40 bt? for about 74 dollars (67 euros)

Hugo Couturier · November 19, 2019 at 10:43 pm

~130$ in Europe FUCK, thank for the vid great job guys, love you video and love your vibe 🙂

Daxton Anderson · November 19, 2019 at 10:43 pm

We need a 2.5mm Sennheiser adapter for the Boom Mic pro, I love my HD 4.40 headset and want to use it to game, but it's not 3.5mm so I'm limited when it comes to attachable mics on a budget.

StarsMarsRadio · November 19, 2019 at 10:44 pm

I've had these for over 2 years now. Love them, wish they had some bass though and they will leak sound to your mic if too high.
Also, the Vmoda boom pro is over rated.

ElZamo92 · November 19, 2019 at 10:46 pm

Too late. I got one of those about five years ago. It was also only $75.

Gabriel Bohdjalian · November 19, 2019 at 10:55 pm

Please don't buy this!

iChewiE · November 19, 2019 at 11:10 pm

You guys should watch Zreviews if you're in to audio gear

Frantic Uploader · November 19, 2019 at 11:11 pm

How do they compare to the AudioTechnica ATH AD700X?

Brian Sheehan · November 19, 2019 at 11:26 pm

I believe I have the newer version and I absolutely love them for both gaming and music!!!!!!!!! I bought them a year or two ago and literally no complaints. The aux jack is amazing because you can literally use any aux cord out there at any length you like, I’ve even used mine with my little Bluetooth adapter. 10/10 recommend and I’m super happy you reviewed these because they are waaaay underrated.

Ps the clamping force is totally subjective, I personally love how light it is for long gaming sessions. 🤘🏽

Bryce Clark · November 19, 2019 at 11:31 pm

Would you guys recommend this setup or the sennheiser game one (purley audio)

Shabazz Umbossa · November 19, 2019 at 11:35 pm

The boom mic pro doesn't work for me on PS4 anyone know why?

KNIGHT · November 19, 2019 at 11:39 pm

This one against Arctis 7 wireless 2019? how does it compare

Dj671993 · November 19, 2019 at 11:41 pm

I've had this exact set up for like 2 years lmao

StableEntropy · November 19, 2019 at 11:51 pm

Modern warfare 2?

Daniel O · November 20, 2019 at 12:02 am

It was only a matter of time that someone bigger than Zeos reviewed this but I didn't think it would have taken this long lol. If you have a small head I wouldn't recommend these unless you plan to use them for a short period. They will stretch quickly – falling off just from looking down. Replaced these with Game One's due to it. Bought mine on Newegg for $60 CDN 2 years ago with the boom pro for $25 CDN.

Chukdeyphata 13 · November 20, 2019 at 12:05 am

These or hyperx alpha

Z Rus · November 20, 2019 at 12:06 am

Agree,
Most Gaming Headset is Overrated and mostly Gimmick

ATH M50X, Takstar Pro82, Philip 9500, Khastadio OS-01 and Khastadio CS-01

Aziz Siddiqui · November 20, 2019 at 12:26 am

The cooler master mh751 is better value, no?

ENDMYMISERYYY · November 20, 2019 at 12:26 am

thanks mate, might buy this combo over the Logitech G Pro X

tacokete · November 20, 2019 at 12:26 am

Shoutouts to Zeos, my man's work is being noticed!

Oakley · November 20, 2019 at 12:27 am

The quality of this video is insane

C R · November 20, 2019 at 12:32 am

I've used this setup about 2 or 3 years ago. Was not a fan at all to be honest. The boom pro will easily pick up the sound from your open back headphone, annoying all your friends, and the mids in the SHP 9500 have good base for an open back but TERRIBLE mids. You can mod the pads on the 9500s to improve the midrange though. All in all it's definitely ok for $100.

squirtle0528 · November 20, 2019 at 12:43 am

Too late. I already got the pc37x

Hans Kristian Henriksen · November 20, 2019 at 12:44 am

I have a question. If you use this headset with for example discord. Would the voice cancellation in the discord settings help to suppress the background noises like keyboard and the tiniest things happening in the background?

Shmerp · November 20, 2019 at 12:45 am

they watched the zeos video lul

Mike Wiener · November 20, 2019 at 12:50 am

Just wondering why in Canada the 9500s sells for more than double the U.S price?

김예준 · November 20, 2019 at 12:54 am

That was my setup since 2017 you're gonna get much better than what you paid for it.

MishkaFilmOfficial · November 20, 2019 at 12:59 am

Recommend something for PS4 Headset with good Mic, Please and Thanks

Big Ball · November 20, 2019 at 12:59 am

Zeos is gonna blow up now!!

Marc Gallant · November 20, 2019 at 1:01 am

ITS ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol no I'm not sorry for the caps

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