Photos and Features
I don’t think I will ever look at the carrying case and not think of a golf ball. But the look isn’t bad at all, it gives the case a little extra grip. Beyond that, it is a solid shell with a leather like finish. Along with the countless number of divots formed into it, it also has the Philips branding as well. The divots carry on around on the back as well. It is all closed up with a zipper and there is a nylon strap to hand the case off of a hook.
Inside the headset is semi folded up with each earcup laying flat and one folded in. I really like that the case has a padded strap that Is velcroid in the case that goes around the folded up earcup. This keeps it from moving around and especially to keep them from bumping into each other. On the other side, there is a small mesh section folded over with an elastic strap to give a small bit of storage. Philips has it filled up with the TAPH805BK’s accessories.
So here are all of the accessories (other than the carrying case). You get a very short USB charging cable with a micro-USB connection on the end. I was surprised the cable wasn’t longer, but I guess they don’t expect you to charge the headset while using them. You also get a 3.5mm headphone cable with male connections on both ends. That cord is actually a nice usable length and the cable itself has a tangle free design with that soft flat rubber finish. Then on the left, you also get a dual prong adapter for airplane usage.
Once you flip the TAPH805BK’s out they are a lot larger than their carrying case. They are a traditional over the ear design and I would consider the earcups a medium size. Large enough to mostly go over your ears, but not huge like a gaming headset. The look/design is interesting because even with the traditional design, they still end up looking modern with their fully sealed earcups. Normally a Bluetooth headset like this might have some visible controls but Philips went with touch controls for a majority of the controls.
The headband is about an inch thick and on the top, like the rest of the TAPH805BK it has a textured black plastic finish. You can see how they do have adjustment on both sides, about an inch and a half on each side. Then on the inside, the headband has a fake leather section with memory foam padding an inch thick.
The padding for the earcups on the TAPH850BK’s look to be about an inch thick, but when you get a closer look it is actually just a little past a half inch. The fake leather for the earcups wraps around on to the headphones giving the impression that it is thicker. They do have memory foam for padding. Both sides come with 40mm drivers, which is a touch smaller than some larger headphones might have, but inline with the medium side of the TAPH805Bk’s. On the outside, both earcups are sealed, which helps with the built-in active noise cancelation. It wouldn’t make much sense to have open-air headphones then having to work twice as hard on the noise cancelation. In addition to each earcup being able to be flipped completely flat. There is also a 10-15 degree pivot to keep them sealed against your head no matter the shape. Side to side adjustment is also there with the full 90 degrees that allows you to lay them flat and an additional 10 degrees of adjustment the other way as well. The solid earcup design also has a second function. The right ear has touch controls built-in as well allowing you to swipe up and down to control your volume and double tap in the middle to turn on google assistant to use the voice controls. I don’t know if I like the textured finish they went with for the plastic, but it does help keep fingerprints down compared to a glossy finish.
Now just because they have touch controls doesn’t mean there aren’t still a few traditional controls as well. They are tucked away up on the bottom edge, the one glossy section of the TAPH805BKs. There is just one control, you can toggle it forward and back and this will skip forward and back through your music. Then pushing down on the toggle is also a button. This is how you power the headset on or off when holding it down. Then small pushes on that same button low you flip between three modes for the active noise cancelation. One turns ANC all the way on, then from there you can turn it off, the third setting turns on ambient sound. SO basically you get active noise canceling, passive noise canceling, and then a mode where you can use the microphones to pick up sound around you to carry on a conversation with someone for example. Next to the multi-function button, there are two small LEDs. One is green and when it is on it indicates that you have active noise cancellation on. Then the other is blue which lets you know the headset is powered on and if the light is solid you know it is connected to Bluetooth.