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Philips SHL5605GY-28 CitiScape Downtown Headphones - Grey (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 14, 2015

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Philips SHL5605GY/28 CitiScape Downtown Headphones - Grey (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 181 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 4.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Noise4.8   above average
Fit4.6   above average
Sound4.6   above average
Music4.4   average
Comfortable4.3   average
Microphone4.3   above average
Price4.3   average
Quality4.2   average
Range4.2   average
Audio3.8   below average
Cable3.7   average
Volume3.3   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Its hard to link the word AUDIO with PERFORMANCE regarding this product -- especially when a pair of 10+ year old earbuds sound better."
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"The second worst thing after their subpar audio is the feeling they bring of having a tight metal band around your head."
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"Compared to the Klipsch, the Philips audio range isn't as great and aren't as loud at the same volume."
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"What I will try and say objectively, for those that don't look forthe same things in audio that I do... the bass frequency may disappoint."
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"My only exoerience with quality 'phones is Audio Techica ATH M50,, they are wonderful."
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"If you're looking for something to keep at home for high-quality audio, consider AKG's K272HD or something less oriented in mobility."
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"Great audio quality for daily usage with a great plus of having a built in Mic for calls."
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"I bought my 14-year old son a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50S, which he LOVES, so my first thought was to get the M30s for my daughter."
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"If your MP3 player or computer employs LOSSLESS audio, MP4 or WMP formats, which reproduce music with greater realism and articulation, you wont hear that audio improvement unless you listen with high quality headphones."
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Cable

Cable:
"Within five minutes of giving her mine, I saw why they had broke... she was carrying them around by the cord!"
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"The only, and rather minor, weird thing to me is that the cord is flat instead of a normal, cylindrical one - this makes it a little more awkward when flapping around as you wear it, at least for me."
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"- Flat cord really doesn't tangle easily- They have a mic- They look amazing and feel amazing quality wiseIf you don't mind nearly-nonexistent bass, pick these up if you can find them for $35 or under - they're definitely not worth any more."
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"Pros:* Good price* Flat cord really doesn't get tangled* Great sound* Does an OK job keeping out external noise (not noise cancelling by any means though)Cons:* Cord is not as long as I would have likedMy 1 minor complaint is that when you have the headphone on without music, it feels like you are underwater."
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"The cord is really nice and does not come with bends and kinks that take too long to smooth out."
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"Great cord."
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"Love being able to skip a track by the button on the cord."
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"Also the single side cord is really convenient, the cord itself is flat, which is nice, and it's not too long."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The only disadvantage is that it's not so comfortable as it start hurting my ears after 30 minutes of wearing."
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"this cans are really comfortable, despite I've NEVER liked On-ears because they tend to hut my ears after 20-40 minutes mostly (this, of course don't hurt me at all!"
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"They're not as good as my favorites, the Philips O'Neill comfort headphones."
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"But they are not comfortable after any great length of time."
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"The memory foam in the earpieces is truly comfortable, but after a while I do experience some mild discomfort where my earrings and piercings are, or just from having something over your ears for some time."
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"but I'll take uncomfortable headphones that sound great over comfortable trash any day."
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"These are very comfortable fun sounding cans."
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"It's very comfortable to wear as well."
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"The new ones are really good for the price and very comfortable."
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"They are very comfortable, the sound quality it's very good for the price and they sound even better than many other expensive headphones."
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"I was really looking for comfort over sound quality since I use them pretty much all day for work, and they've delivered."
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Fit

Fit:
"The cups fit flat on the ear, which could be uncomfortable, but the pressure level is just right - not too tight but tight enough to stay in place."
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"Really nice fit and comfortable, good sound and perfect for the office! "
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"they also survived a few 1m+ drops(without even getting scratched or breaking) that happened out of me not paying attention to them being on my head and trying to put a hoodie on - and that's related to another great thing about these- Comfort: they're lightweight, they fit well and their coating is so good you can sometimes forget that you're wearing them."
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"These headphones were a comfortable fit on the head but will cause your ears neck to sweat if worn while doing exercise movement(in my case,daily bike commute to work)."
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"First, they're nicely made, with a solid headband that fits, neither too snug nor too loose."
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"I require a pair of headphones that is comfortable, fits around the ear nicely, padded well so there's no discomfort when wearing for periods of time, doesn't fit too tightly to create pain or headache, and they don't get caught in my long hair."
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Listening

Listening:
"I cannot be considered an audiophile because I don't own good enough listening equipment to ever achieve that level."
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"The memory foam earpads keep sound in as well as make them comfortable for long term listening."
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"In addition to the genres of music mentioned above I sampled, Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Easy Listening Pop( vocals and instrumentals), Choral, R& B, Hip Hop Urban."
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"The sound is great for my everyday listening purposes, and it was very important to me to have a microphone and remote so I can listen with my iPhone."
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"I bought this headphone because I needed a good set for listening to work in my office."
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"I love that I can wear them while family members watch TV and there is no disturbance to either of our listening pleasures - these are wonderful for private listening!"
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Mic captures weak, need to place it closer to mouth."
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"but the the performance of microphone is not as good as headphones"
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"- Flat cord really doesn't tangle easily- They have a mic- They look amazing and feel amazing quality wiseIf you don't mind nearly-nonexistent bass, pick these up if you can find them for $35 or under - they're definitely not worth any more."
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"The online mic works well and overall I'm very satisfied faith the headphones for the price."
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"Cool head phones, I use them so when I walk around campus people don't try to talk to me (: and the sound is good quality, the mic is fully functional and great for working out or just chilling"
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"I also just want to mention that the headphones+the button on the cable+the mic work both on my ipad and my note ii (=they work great on both android and ios).I think that at this price they have a performance-cost ratio that is hard to beat."
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"I have had no complaints on the mic and actually I love the sound quality."
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"She uses the built in mic to answer phone calls while at the gym and its does a good job with that as well."
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Music

Music:
"New heavy bass electronic music will not sound as good on these."
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"Pros:* Good price* Flat cord really doesn't get tangled* Great sound* Does an OK job keeping out external noise (not noise cancelling by any means though)Cons:* Cord is not as long as I would have likedMy 1 minor complaint is that when you have the headphone on without music, it feels like you are underwater."
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"These headphone's sound reproduction is noticably flat, so your music isnt colored by weak high frequency response, or boomy bass."
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"First I thought these would be the best for communication, voice, not music."
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"These are my favorite headphones to use when I just want to relax and listen to good music."
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"I've also tried the music seal, and whilst it does a good job of keeping in most of the sound, should you work at night with music blasting in your ears and your roomate trying to sleep next to you, he will hear the noises."
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"These have a very balanced sound, allowing a listener to appreciate many different genres of music on a single headphone."
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"I use these mainly for listening to pop, rock music and watching movies and they perform well at all of these."
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Noise

Noise:
"I have had them on for hours doing homework, listening to music, trying to block out some noise, and I have yet to feel any discomfort."
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"person they were ordered for is very happy with them, enjoys the noise blocking and bass with the smaller, lighter frame and ear cups"
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"These headphones have a fun sound while staying accurate, these headphones have quick bass and present mids (unlike the xbs sorry) The isolation on these headphones are also fantastic, while they arent active noise cancelation they will keep what you're music to yourself."
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"They isolate noise well both for the listener and people around them."
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"I wear them on public transportation every day and in addition to not having noise leak out, the seal on the sound is so good that despite the noise of the subway, I don't need to blast my music to hear it properly."
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Price

Price:
"One of the best you can get for the money - but definitely not the best ever."
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"For the price I paid, i did not expect such an amazing quality."
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"The sound is perfect (according to the price) but it is not very comfortable."
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"Update - 3 23 2014 - **** Don't waste your money **** After 3 months of use the 2nd pair failed."
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"I also just want to mention that the headphones+the button on the cable+the mic work both on my ipad and my note ii (=they work great on both android and ios).I think that at this price they have a performance-cost ratio that is hard to beat."
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"The sound is great for the price bass isn't too strong which is great for me."
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"I have been using a pair of Sony xb-500s and while I still love them and they are my baby's, these are definitely going them a run for their money."
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"These headphones are at a really good price right now."
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"Five stars for being amazing for the price."
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"The online mic works well and overall I'm very satisfied faith the headphones for the price."
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"The new ones are really good for the price and very comfortable."
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Quality

Quality:
"For the price I paid, i did not expect such an amazing quality."
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"I have used them about a month and they aren't bad necessarily but the bass quality that everyone seemed to be talking about was very disappointing."
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"Maybe it was just my specific pair that needed to be broken in, but nevertheless I am satisfied with the quality."
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"Pros- Looks great- Flat single wire- Soft ear padsCons- Mediocre sound quality (it should be fine if you've never been exposed to higher quality headphones)- Not very comfortable because it's an on-ear design"
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"I do not recommend for someone who wants extra quality perfect sound though, like a musician, but if you are just a regular person searching for better quality, then this is it."
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"They are very comfortable, the sound quality it's very good for the price and they sound even better than many other expensive headphones."
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"This headset gives you incredible sound quality for a very reasonable price."
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"I was really looking for comfort over sound quality since I use them pretty much all day for work, and they've delivered."
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"I'm not a headphone aficionado, but for my purposes, these have good sound quality."
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"I love the sound quality for such a affordable price."
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Range

Range:
"Compared to the Klipsch, the Philips audio range isn't as great and aren't as loud at the same volume."
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"They have great sound quality (mind you, I might be missing some ranges because of middle-aged hearing), they are comfortable and they have been used since May with no visible signs of wear."
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"Their low bass isn't nearly as strong defined, clean mid range and highs distort somewhat and fair good noise isolation."
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"I listen to a huge range of musical styles, so I don't need headphones that only register bass well, I want the whole range of sound, and these deliver."
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"Better than comparable Sennheisers (at 20-40$ range..don't know about 70-90$), more lightweight and more travel friendly that any of the comparable Koss headphones."
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"The sound quality is very good, great mid range and actually decent bass, not thumping but definitely present."
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"Read the descriptions, and they all say they are comfortable and sound the best (giving their impressive sound range), but it seems few live up to their claims."
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Sound

Sound:
"New heavy bass electronic music will not sound as good on these."
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"TL;DR --> The first impression may be disappointing but the sound improves drastically after several hours of use."
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"The sound is perfect (according to the price) but it is not very comfortable."
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"The sound was decent when it worked but I was so mad these just broke inside that I've mostly forgotten."
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"The sound is not outstanding."
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"Pros- Looks great- Flat single wire- Soft ear padsCons- Mediocre sound quality (it should be fine if you've never been exposed to higher quality headphones)- Not very comfortable because it's an on-ear design"
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"The headphone is very beautiful, but I didn't like the sound."
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"These headphones have a fun sound while staying accurate, these headphones have quick bass and present mids (unlike the xbs sorry) The isolation on these headphones are also fantastic, while they arent active noise cancelation they will keep what you're music to yourself."
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"These are very comfortable fun sounding cans."
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"Comfy, sexy, good sound & good isolation."
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"An excellent pair of headphones with great all around sound."
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Volume

Volume:
"Compared to the Klipsch, the Philips audio range isn't as great and aren't as loud at the same volume."
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"Wish they were less painful and had volume controls."
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"Honestly I expected more from this headphones, the sound quality is good but not as good as my $18 JVC Xtreme Xplosives earbuds, the volume level is low, bass and treble quality is not better than cheap headphones, and in general I have tried better."
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"Seriously, no volume control seems like a huge oversight to me."
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"May sound shouty but I like it Highs - 3.5 Common with portable headphones, its highs are rolled off (to prevent ear fatigue when increasing volume in noisy environment), but still clear and not sibilantFor headphones at this pricepoint, this is definitely one of the best."
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"Equally, the volume of the headphones is quite good."
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"The sound is clear but once the volume is loud high notes are a little distorted."
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"With any decent volume music outside noise should be negotiable."
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"The clarity is good and she can get lots of volume with minimal distortion."
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