Review Price £14.99
Admittedly the only time the SHQ3000's are likely to get a proper drenching is if you're standing in a shower, holding your music player of choice above your head before sending it through a cycle in a washing machine. Being British during the winter isn't all that dissimilar from the aforementioned scenarios, so you have to admit it’s a very realistic test.
The important thing is: regardless how we wetted the SHQ3000s they survived every test we could conceive with nary a hiccup. These earphones really are waterproof so if you do need such an attribute from you earphones, these fit the bill nicely.
What's more, the SHQ3000's aren't all that bad taken simply as a pair of £30 earphones, ignoring their waterproofing entirely. As long as you ensure there's a tight fit you get excellent, pumping bass. This is particularly useful if you're running, as you get a strong bassline to keep time with.
For £30 the reproduction is as good as can be expected. There's not amazing clarity and the high end gets rather drowned out by the bass. But, this actually could prove advantageous. Because the SHQ3000s aren't amazingly revealing, low bit-rate tracks sound nigh-on indistinguishable from quality encodes, which can put more tracks on your inevitably small capacity portable player.
The SHQ3000's not only live up to their claims of being waterproof, they're also a serviceable pair of earphones even ignoring such survivability. Audiophile these earphones are not, but they are practical and inexpensive.
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