Guru Approved: Philips O’Neill Snug Headphones

September 22, 2011    |    By +
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The Gift: The Snug Headphones by Philips/O’Neill (available now for around $60)

The Scoop: A good pair of headphones is a tech must-have. For the most part, I look for three things when it comes to headphones: sound quality, value and style. I have spent some time* with The Snug Headphones by Philips (collaborating with O’Neill) and have found these are basically everything I look for in headphones.

The sound quality is great. True to the name, the snug fit does a great job at blocking outside noise with a nice tight fit. While maybe not “noise-cancelling”, the Snug dramatically reduces outside noise leaving you to experience your music, movies, etc. they way they were meant to be heard.

As for value, at around $60 your can easily spend double for equal quality. The tangle-free cord and the flat-folding design, make the Snug an excellent travel partner- nice value add in my book. And lastly, if you have great sound and a good price, why not look for a little style? Philips has collaborated with the iconic surf brand O’Neill to add a little street cred swagger to the headphones…always a plus.

A Great Gift For: A real nice headphone option for students, commuters, for on the go, at home or in the office.

* Philips has provided a pair of The Snug headphones for review.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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