To help us provide you with free impartial advice, we may earn a commission if you buy through links on our site. Learn more

Philips The Stretch review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £100
inc VAT

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.


In terms of comfort, we loved The Stretch. The flexible headband means that there’s a decent amount of pressure to keep the cans close to your ears, while the padded headband keeps the set comfortable to wear. We also like the sound-isolating cushions on the cans, which make the headphones comfortable to wear but ensure that sound doesn’t leak out to annoy people around you. In fact, even with our iPod on full volume, sound didn’t leak out; in practice this means that you should be able to listen to music on a lower volume, saving your hearing.

Philips The Stretch

Sound quality is generally excellent from the 40mm drivers. We found that the sound was pleasant and warm, producing clear treble, bringing out high frequency detail in music. Vocals are faithfully produced and clear, while mid-tones sounded fresh. If anything, bass is a little on the heavy side and rock music can sound a little muffled at times, losing some low-frequency sounds. However, using a bass-reduction EQ on an MP3 player irons this out, leaving rich detailed sound that can make the best of pretty much any track.

Whether you’re accident prone, into your extreme sports or just want a really good pair of headphones for a commute, the Philips The Stretch headphones are a durable and quality choice, justifying their relatively high price.

Pages: 1 2


Price £100
Rating *****
Award Best Buy


Type over-ear headphones
Driver open
Active noise-cancelling no
Power source none
Sensitivity 105dB
Frequency response 12-24,000Hz
Impedence 32 ohms
Plug type 3.5mm stereo jack plug
Inline volume No
Weight 500g
Cable length 1.20m
Extras none

Buying Information

Price £100

Read more