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Philips breaks sub-£100 barrier for active noise cancelling & Bluetooth headphones

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The Philips SHB8850NC; more music, less noise, no wires 

Bluetooth wireless connectivity and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) are currently the two hot properties in the buoyant on-ear sector of the headphones market but both have only been found on relatively expensive products, until now. Priced at just £89.99 the new Philips SHB8850NC combines both of these popular technologies in an affordable product with the performance and features of far more expensive models.

Featuring ActiveShieldTM ANC - which can eliminate up to 97 percent of background noise - this breakthrough product makes cutting edge ANC technology available for anyone and for any situation, whether in the office or on a long haul flight. Whilst Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity enables users to enjoy all of their music from phones, tablets or laptops, in high quality and free from any wires. More music, less noise and with complete freedom of movement, all in an attractive, compact, closed back design.

By finally opening up the world of ANC and Bluetooth to just about everyone, the SHB8850NC has arrived to shake up the headphone market.

Philips SHB8850NC wireless ANC headphones

The Philips SHB8850NC features ActiveShieldTM ANC technology allowing users to experience virtually noise-free music playback, by cancelling out up to 97 percent of background noise. Two microphones work in tandem to monitor ambient sounds and invert them, effectively converting them into silence. The result is a totally uninterrupted listening experience, perfect for those who want music without compromise wherever they go.

The Philips SHB8850NC also boasts high-quality 32mm neodymium drivers, delivering rich and clear music at any volume.  The wireless Bluetooth operation and 16-hour battery life gives users comfortable, continuous entertainment, even during the longest trips.

Philips has also ensured that the SHB8850 NC’s are particularly easy-to-use. The built-in mic and user friendly smart controls on the right earshell allows users to take calls, control music and activate Siri or Google Now. NFC one-tap pairing allows easy connection to any Bluetooth enabled device as well as featuring multi-pair which allows music playback and calls from two devices at once. An extra audio cable is also included giving the option to continue to use the headphones without battery power.

Feature summary:

Philips SHB8850NC

  • ActiveShieldTMtechnology actively monitors ambient sound using two microphones, reducing 97 percent of noise by up to -20 Db
  • High quality wireless operation via Bluetooth
  • Simple NFC on-tap pairing
  • Smart controls allow users to control music playback and accept calls
  • Multi-pairing lets you play music and receive calls from two devices at once
  • 32mm neodymium drivers for rich, precise sound
  • Long life rechargeable battery offers 16 hours of continuous music playback even with Bluetooth and active noise-cancelling on, 28 hours when only Bluetooth is on and 33 hours when only ANC is on
  • Built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls
  • Ergonomic cushions for long wearing comfort and a tight seal
  • Compact, foldable construction
  • Includes an extra audio cable meaning music can continue without power
  • In-flight adapter included

The Philips Active Noise Cancelling SHB8850NC now available from Currys for £89.99

About the Philips brand

Over more than 120 years Philips has grown to become a leading, highly trusted brand in markets all over the world. An innovation leader, Philips has been responsible for groundbreaking technologies in sound and entertainment including portable radio, the compact cassette and recorder, and the compact disc. Today, Royal Philips and its brand partners continue to improve people’s lives through meaningful innovation. For further information on Philips go to

About Gibson Innovations

We’re Gibson Innovations, and we love music. We combine innovation, great sound and sophisticated design to create music and entertainment products across a dynamic portfolio of brands: Philips, Philips Fidelio, Gibson, Onkyo and Trainer. We’re part of Gibson Brands, Inc., one of the fastest-growing music lifestyle companies in the world, with a portfolio of brands that spans the full journey of music: creation, performance and experience. For our latest news go to