TDK IE-500 In-Ear Headphones Review

Previously we reviewed the TDK WR700 wireless headphones powered by Kleer technology. It was a bit on the premium end with its Php5000 price tag but here we have the more affordable, entry-level IE-500 earphones for review.

TDK IE-500

From the packaging you would learn that the TDK IE-500 has an elbow-shaped body with a ceramic housing that can give you rich, full sound. It also has a braided cable making it tangle-free and at the same time stand out against other ordinary earphones.

Aside from that, the box is pretty bare. Only other thing you will find inside are two more silicon tips with different sizes. A carrying pouch would sure come in handy.

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For some reason, I’m finding it hard to get a comfortable fit with the IE-500. I tried all the tips and nothing would fit snugly in my ear unlike the previous Philips SHE8000 we reviewed. I’m going to attribute it to the shape of the phone because the body is not heavy at all.

Performance

Onto the sound quality. I have to say that the IE-500’s ceramic housing works as advertised. I’m getting full, rich and clear sounds listening to my music. No clanks or hiss, everything is crystal clear. You would appreciate Michael Buble and James Blunt more on this one. Their tunes just sound rich and crispy.

I have to mention though that the TDK IE-500 is not made for bassy beats. Bass on it is a bit lethargic that you will have to turn the sound volume high to get some light thumping. No heart-pounding bass on Wiz Khalifa’s Black & Yellow at all. Same thing with Jeremih’s Down on Me.

If you’re looking for noise cancellation on your earphone, you won’t find it on the TDK IE-500. Even at high volume you will still hear background noise. It can’t completely drown out office chatter but I guess for some people, this is a good thing. What I’m saying is that if you want to tune out and enjoy your music in your own private world, you need to be on a quiet spot. The braided cable also induce a little bit of microphonics, the echo sound you hear as the cable rubs on your body or your shirt. It’s not that bad unlike other earphones we’ve tried though.

Verdict

TDK IE-500

The TDK IE-500 is made for classic, pop, rock or acoustic listening. If your tunes are mostly hip-hop or rap you might want to look elsewhere but they’re coming up with more earphones for specific types of music. It is really an entry-level earphone that can replace poor stock earphones that comes with your device for only Php830. Yes, it’s better than your generic iPod earphone.

TDK IE-500 Specs:

  • Plug Type: 3.5mm
  • Driver Diameter: 10mm
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 94dB
  • Input Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Cord length: 1.2m (3.9 ft.)
  • SRP: Php830
  • Griswold

    P830 lang? not bad na replacement for my stock earphones. thanks ptb!

  • supertoblerone

    Good Deal! Where I could Buy This? This is a perfect gift for Xmas..

    • http://calvinshub.com Calvin

      try SM or digital walker/hub stores.

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  • jerjer

    How’s the sound quality compared to Philips she8000?

    • http://calvinshub.com Calvin

      the same lang. malinaw basta di masyadong maingay.

  • Brian

    Thanks for the review! Bought it yesterday and yes! Sound quality is very rich and clear! Perfect for Alternative and Rock which is my kind of music.. Definitely not for Hip-hop and RnB though..

  • Brian

    Thanks for the review! Bought it yesterday and yes! The sound quality is very rich and clear! Perfect for Alternative and Rock which is my kind of music.. Definitely not for Hip-hop and RnB though.. Bought it at Western Festival Mall for P999.00..

    • http://calvinshub.com Calvin

      Glad you like it. pero parang mahal at P999.

  • itlog cruise

    oo nga bat P999.00 price niya nung nakita ko sa mga mall?

  • itlog cruise

    saan ho yung P830 lang? sayang din yun oh… :) thanks

    • http://calvinshub.com Calvin

      ask ko si tdk kung bat ganun.

      • itlog

        cge po salamat^^ reply ka na lang ho agad para dun nalang ako bumili…

  • Robb

    bakit ganun? i bought mine for P999.. wala naman kasamang pouch.. :(

  • nikz

    balak ko pa lang bumili hehe pero mga nakikita ko 999 sa astrovision Robinsons Ermita. . . pati astroplus MoA. . . san ba may mura 😀

    • fenderplay

      Digital Walker Eastwood. Php 800 Only

  • kjlink

    bought mine awhile ago sa Astrovision Shangrila Php800 only.with 1yr replacement warranty. superlike!!! i’m loving the cable as well.
    di nga masyado maemphasize ung bass. but ung clarity ng lyrics panalo! downside lang sguro, ung fitting. mjo may ear fatigue nako. pro sanayan nlng cguro. all-in-all sulit ang price/performance ratio.

  • Rex

    I am using these with Comply tips (T-400), and the bass is *very* high (much more than Philips SHE3590, with the stock TDK black tips; stock SHE3590 don’t seal well). Also, there are no highs (or seem much less than SHE3590)

    • emons

      san tol nakabili ng comply tips? thanks

  • Unsatisfied Customer

    Punyeta tong TDK na to! Naloko lang ako matibay daw at hndi madaling masira pero naka 3 balik na ko nito sa AstroVision! Madaling masira yung connector niya palaging grounded!

    • Bong mendoza

      Hi bro..pano ka claim ng warranty?..I have same problem with my ie500 bought from games and gadget last aug29..thanks bro

  • erwin

    saw this website http://www.bestprice365.com.ph/index.php?route=product/product&path=78&product_id=99

    699 lang? me nakaorder na ba dito? sayang din hehehe

  • Ray

    Mas ok pa Philips SHE3590 dito.

  • donnald

    Ok nmn cia..kaso nung tumagal humina yung akin at bgla nlng pumangit tunog dko alam kung bakit..kaya ittry ko ipapalit kung ok din ang warranty service nila…

  • touji666

    I just did a side by side comparison between this and the philips she3590. Both share the same warm and full bodied sound with a small touch of sparkly highs but the TDK sounded a tad more dark and rescessed on the mids and highs which hides the fine sound elements from the music although I would recommend this earphones over the she3590 only if you’re aiming for style

  • Simon

    got them delivered yesterday….the sound is truly amazing….surprisingly I am getting comfortable with these and they fit me beautifully (might depend on ears)….the noise cancelling somehow comes with the fit i think…I have to thank you for this review…I made my choice based on this

  • Aria

    I just bought these yesterday and I have the same problem with the fit, more specifically on the right ear. The left one fits very well. Sound is great overall, but I was wondering if you had issues with the volumes because of the issues on fitting? I noticed that the right earbud was softer than the left one.