Philips SHP9500 Vs. Philips SHP9600: Which Is Better?

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Since I’ve come to the point of my life where I strictly refuse to compare myself with anyone else, I’ve come to the realization that I can fill the comparison part with articles where I compare two or more headphones or any other audio item, and this article is yet another article of comparison.

This time I’ll be comparing two Philips headphones, such as Philips SHP9500 and Philips SHP9600. But as always, first an overview of the headphones that I’ll b comparing and then the comparison between them. Let’s go!

Philips Audio Philips SHP9500
Philips Audio Philips SHP9500
Philips SHP9600
Philips SHP9600

Philips SHP9500


The 50mm drivers of these headphones use high-powered neodymium magnets to accurately replicate all of your music’s dynamics and create a well-balanced sound with sharp bass, transparent mid-range, and pure high frequencies.

The diaphragm of these headphones has more freedom of movement thanks to an acoustic open-back architecture that eliminates air pressure build-up behind the driver. This improves sound clarity and smooths down extended high frequencies significantly.

The ear-shells are designed to accommodate the natural shape of the ear and provide precise and accurate sound. Audio impulses are delivered directly to the ears, resulting in a dynamic and natural listening experience.

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Philips SHP9600


If you’re looking for the right balance of performance, comfort, and quality, go no further. These open-back, over-ear headphones are designed to take your home listening to the next level. Great sound, high-quality craftsmanship, and gold-plated cable connections are all included.

Feel the beat of the song. Crisp bass, balanced midrange, and immaculate high frequencies are delivered by 50 mm speakers that have been fine-tuned. The drivers have been designed to fit the natural shape of the ear, guaranteeing that no detail is lost.

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Philips SHP9500 Vs. SHP9600

Sound Quality and Performance

You’ll notice right away that the 9600 has a bit more emphasis on the mid-bass, most likely around 100-200Hz. In the sub-bass areas, it also doesn’t seem to roll off nearly as much.
It adds slam without interfering with the other frequencies, which is the real kicker.

This was something I was concerned about, but Philips has once again demonstrated their mastery of headphone design. It’s simply incredible that a massive multinational has slapped us in the face with this product again and again.

On this version of the headset, there’s a lot more MEAT. It has a richer, more dramatic sound while yet preserving most of the remarkable micro-detail that the original 9500 had in spades.

The 9600 offers essentially the same fantastic experience as the 9500, but it definitely has a more bass-oriented sound. The 9600 is a little tighter, but it’s still wonderfully crisp and energetic. It’s difficult to put into words. It occasionally feels like it’s trying to be and do too much at once, but it manages to pull it off.

Both of these headphones have a similar soundstage and instrument separation. You’ll have some of the same “out of your head” moments as you did with the 9500, although I think the 9500’s staging is a little better overall.

Background instrumentation and nuance are still present to a considerable extent, and you’ll notice a lot going on in songs that you might not have noticed before — undoubtedly one of the key advantages of the audiophile sound.


Are these headphones comfortable? I’m so glad you asked, homie!

Both of these headphones are equally and absolutely comfortable, however by my estimation, you will more safe with 9600 on your head.

It isn’t prone to sliding around and feels more like a headset should. Clamp force is just right, like Goldilocks’ porridge, and it’s still wonderfully comfortable for long listening sessions, with a clamp force that feels basically like air but is slightly tighter.

While the 9500 will feel like air, it will move around a little more than you would like, which is the trade-off. But again, Philips’ modest attention to detail is more than admirable; it’s incredible that they would alter and improve the fit so subtly.


You’ll notice right immediately that the 9600 is smaller all around, with a somewhat tighter clamp force that feels fantastic on your skull. The headphone no longer feels like it’s going to fall off. It’s also a little less bulky and smaller than the 9500. This time, the fit is more snug, like a bug in a rug, and despite the cups being smaller in length and width, there will be still enough room for your entire ear, and this is applicable even for the people with the largest ears.  On both, the cup depth is about the same.

Philips has reintroduced the same headband mechanism and padding, but there are no windows this time. They’ve instead chosen to improve the click adjustment.

The adjustment on the 9500, as you may recall, was a little loosey-goosey in that sense, sometimes moving a little too readily up and down and not truly locking into position. The 9600s are capable of doing so.

Philips has eliminated its logo, all writing, and the huge Block “R” and “L” markers, the latter of which has been a cause of contention among some audiophile snobs.

A single gold ring around the grille replaces those pieces, holding the same 50mm neodymium driver. The same tough plastic is back, and the headphone cups swivel like the original 9500, assuring a good fit on your head.

The 9600’s grille is a little narrower than the 9500’s, possibly eliminating some of the air that was present in the 9500 and making it a little less of a “totally open” headphone.

The detachable 3.5mm cable has made a comeback, but this time it seems more sturdy and durable on the business end.

Philips Audio Philips SHP9500
Philips Audio Philips SHP9500
Philips SHP9600
Philips SHP9600

Final Words

I know that you are waiting for me to make a verdict, but if you have been reading my articles, I guess you know that I don’t tend to make a verdict when I compare two headphones from the same brand.

So, in this case, I just hope I’ve done a good comparison and I hope you will enjoy this article. Until next time!

Further Reading

Here we came at the part in which I love to give advice which I hope helps you guys find whatever you need!

Sound in general has some things that may confuse us, but I’ve chosen particularly to tell you guys something at this part. How to convert Flac to Alac, what is 24bit 96kHz, and what are the differences between 4410Hz and 48000Hz! Check them out! By the way, you can also find out if 7.1 surround is good for gaming!

A question that has been asked by many surfers is if they can wear headphones while surfing, and I am more than glad to say that you can check it out. Now, for the gamers again, if you are in doubt, you can check whether HD6XX from Sennheiser are good headphones for gaming.

Anton Dimitriyev

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