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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Philips SHP9500 offer an excellent sound quality with a very good soundstage, making them great for an immersive music experience at home, but they're open-backed so they don't isolate noise well, making them less suitable for noisy environments or commuting. They're also very comfortable for long listening sessions, but don’t have a built-in microphone for calls or any wireless functionality. The Soundcore Life Q30, with active noise cancelling and a closed-back design, are more versatile for various environments, including travel and exercising. They also have a long battery life and are suitable for wireless use, but they provide a less accurate sound quality compared to the SHP9500, and their comfort and soundstage aren't rated as highly. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Philips SHP9500
  • Excellent for music
  • Good for gaming
  • Excellent for TV and video
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Soundcore Life Q30
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

9.2
SHP9500
Life Q30
7.1
The Philips SHP9500 is excellent for music, while the Soundcore Life Q30 is good.

Gaming

7.2
SHP9500
Life Q30
5.3
The Philips SHP9500 is good for gaming, while the Soundcore Life Q30 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.0
SHP9500
Life Q30
4.8
The Philips SHP9500 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Soundcore Life Q30 is poor.

TV and Video

9.0
SHP9500
Life Q30
5.4
The Philips SHP9500 is excellent for TV and video, while the Soundcore Life Q30 is poor.

Noise Reduction

2.5
SHP9500
Life Q30
8.7
The Soundcore Life Q30 is very good for noise reduction, while the Philips SHP9500 is poor.

Battery

N/A
SHP9500
Life Q30
44.0 Hours
The Philips SHP9500 does not have a battery. The Soundcore Life Q30 has 44 hours of battery life.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

4.9
SHP9500
Life Q30
5.1
The Soundcore Life Q30 and Philips SHP9500 are both poor for phone calls.

Cost

$80
SHP9500
Life Q30
$80
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$50

$60

$70

$80

$90

$100

The Philips SHP9500 has a price of $80 and the Soundcore Life Q30 costs $80.

Build Quality

8.5
SHP9500
Life Q30
8.0
The Philips SHP9500 and Soundcore Life Q30 both have very good build quality.

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How the Philips SHP9500 and the Soundcore Life Q30 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Philips SHP9500Soundcore Life Q30
Philips SHP9500Soundcore Life Q30

GENERAL

Price
$80
$80
Brand
PhilipsSoundcore
Release Date
August 1, 2013August 1, 2020
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
9.3/107.2/10
Phone Calls Score
5/105.2/10
Gaming Score
7.3/105.3/10
TV and Video Score
9.1/105.4/10
Exercise Score
4.4/105.3/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A44 Hours
Wireless charging
N/ANo
Charging time
N/A1.7 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/108.8/10
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A8/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108/10
Comfort score
10/107.6/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
294.8 Grams263 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated
Waterproof Rating
00

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Headphones Lab

Brian Stone | April 2020
"You can’t go wrong with the Philips SHP9500 for their price. Their audio quality is superb, and the fact that you can use them for just about anything you can think of makes them well worth your money"

Soundcore Life Q30

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Peter Susic | December 2021
"Every once in a while, headphones with an excellent price/performance ratio arrive that truly deserves all attention. Anker Soundcore Life Q30 are one of those headphones. Of course, they aren’t perfect, but they do most things better than their competition. Or they give you the option to make them better."

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About Philips

Philips is a Dutch conglomerate and electronics manufacturer with over 130 years of history. Philips makes the Fidelio audio line which includes several models of full-sized wired and wireless headphones, true wireless earbuds. soundbars and wireless speakers.

About Soundcore

Soundcore is a sub-brand belonging to Anker Innovations. Starting in 2014, initially marketing wireless, Bluetooth, speakers, Anker now offers an array of, budget-friendly, wireless earbuds and headphones that directly compete, especially in the Active Noise Canceling field, with other brands several times as expensive.

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