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Philips TAPH805BK Review • 30 hours of playtime!

Philips TAPH805BK

The new Philips TAPH805BK joins the Series 8000 line of headphones with a full-size wireless headset with ANC (Active Noise Canceling), high sound quality and fast charging. Considering how popular wireless models are today, Philips TAPH805BK will definitely find its buyer thanks to its characteristics – and this despite the price of 16,990 rubles.

Main features Philips TAPH805BK

  • Bluetooth 5.0 with support for A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, SBC profiles
  • Buttons to control music and calls
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Closed speaker system with neodymium magnets
  • Driver diameter: 40mm
  • Playtime or talk time: up to 30 hours
  • Frequency response: 7-40,000 Hz
  • Resistance: 16 ohm
  • Sensitivity: 90dB
  • Included: USB cable, airplane adapter, audio cable, travel case

Design

The Philips TAPH805BK headphones have a classic design – a full-size model with large, soft ear pads that completely cover your ears. The headband is made of dense plastic, in the center there is a small eco-leather insert so that the headphones sit comfortably on the head. The rim itself can be adjusted so that the gadget can be used by people of different builds.

The ear cushions are attached to the headband on movable hinges so that they can be folded in two directions. When folded, the earbuds fit into the case and take up very little space. The case, by the way, is included in the kit: it is a durable silicone case with a zipper with a soft coating and a pocket for wires inside – it will be quite safe and comfortable to wear the headphones in it.

On the right cup there is a single mechanical joystick button, which is used to turn on the device and control tracks. Next to it there are two light indicators by which you can determine the operating mode of the headphones and the battery charge level (green – the battery is charged, red – requires recharging).

Sound

Sound evaluation is a very subjective thing, as it depends on the listener. But we think the Philips TAPH805BKs sound more than decent. Largely because they are equipped with high-quality speakers: these are 40 mm drivers with neodymium magnets, support for an extended frequency range of 7 Hz-40 GHz and a sensitivity of 90 dB.

Regardless of the genre of music, the headphones deliver rich and balanced sound. We listened to a test playlist on them, which includes completely different tracks. In the melodic Arcade – Duncan Laurence, the high frequencies with the instrumental part were clearly audible, and the soft bass did not overlap the vocal track. In the classic composition Canon in D Major, Johann Pachelbel was pleasantly surprised by the detail of sound across the entire frequency spectrum. In Highway to Hell – AC / DC there was a little lack of bass, but the surround sound pleased.

Additional functions

As we said, the headphones support active noise cancellation – and completely isolating the user from external sounds. While wearing your headphones, you won’t even hear the clatter of a keyboard or the voices of colleagues, let alone the noise of the subway or a busy street. The design of the headset itself has good noise isolation, and if you add ANC to this, then the sounds from the outside do not have a chance at all.

To prevent such noise reduction from becoming dangerous, you can turn it off – then you will more or less hear the surrounding sounds. To do this, you need to touch the central part of the right earphone – there is a touch panel on its outer side. Also, with the help of touches, you can increase or decrease the volume: to do this, you need to swipe up or down on the cup. And if you close the earphone with your palm, the voice assistant starts on the smartphone .

We had no problems with volume control, but enabling and disabling ANC is inconvenient. It is difficult to hit the very area of ​​the touch panel that is responsible for noise reduction, and as a result, you either accidentally turn on the assistant, or change the volume.

Using a mechanical button is much easier, but here it is only responsible for switching tracks and making calls. If you press the joystick on the right cup once, the track will pause or start playback, and by double pressing you can switch between calls. By moving the button up / down, you will scroll through the music in the playlist.

Philips TAPH805BK also has a built-in microphone with echo cancellation during conversations.

Autonomy

The headphones have a record autonomy – with active noise cancellation turned on, they will work 25 hours in playback mode, and without noise reduction – all 30. At the same time, it takes only 2 hours to fully charge. Thanks to Rapid Charge and Quick Charge technology, five minutes from the outlet will be enough to recharge for 2 hours of music playback, and 15 minutes for 6 hours.

Conclusion

The headphones are suitable for those who like overhead models – they are light enough, fit well on the head and are adjustable. It is also worth praising the sound quality and high autonomy of the device. However, Philips TAPH805BK also has disadvantages: despite the fact that the headphones are connected via Bluetooth 5.0, they do not support the AptX codec. Also, control using the touch panel will not be convenient for everyone – it would be easier to turn on the noise reduction using a mobile application or a mechanical button.