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Best headphones for running 2014 - Which sports headphones to buy?

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Philips ActionFit SHQ5200

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Philips ActionFit SHQ5200

Originally reviewed by 20 August 2013

We Love: Lightweight and comfortable to wear, sweat-proof ear cushions, two-part headphones cable

We Hate: Headband slips during running, bass-heavy, distorted sound, difficult to remove ear cushions

One of the few over-the-ear sports headphones on the market, the Philips ActionFit SHQ5200 are overpriced at £65. Just 100g, they are extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear with  sweat-proof ear cushions that sit snug. Additionally, the removable cushions are made from moisture wicking fabric to keep them dry when things start getting really sweaty or rainy. The Kevlar reinforced cable also comes in two parts, letting you use the shorter part when wearing an armband.

Putting them to the test, the headband has a tendency to slip forward during use and can leak a lot of sound. Sound is definitely secondary to fit and comfort. Audio is bass heavy and vocals can sound crackly and distorted. There’s just too many small irritating things about the ActionFit to recommend them as great running headphones. For the price, there are definitely better, more affordable alternatives.

Price: £65

Our Score

6/10
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