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Philips SHL5905BK-28 CitiScape Uptown Headphones (Black-Brown) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 14, 2015

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Philips SHL5905BK/28 CitiScape Uptown Headphones (Black/Brown) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 159 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 3.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.9   above average
Price4.7   above average
Cushion4.6   above average
Fit4.4   average
Music4.4   average
Design4.3   average
Quality4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Listening4.2   average
Noise4.1   average
Microphone3.6   average
Volume3.5   average
Cable3.1   below average
Control2.8   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"and that's one thing I hate about the Audio Beats, everybody can heart whatever you listen to."
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"Keep in mind these are not $500 headphones so don't expect the best audio quality."
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"The only downside is with the audio control."
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"Me personality love this better than the beats audio headphones, because how its feels and how the look, but must importantly Whatever you listen to, ONLY YOU CAN LISTEN IT!"
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"The combo of comfort and audio quality is unmatched for the money in this pair."
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"The audio quality is great as well."
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"They'll make an amazing holiday gift for people that arent concern with having a giant logo on the side and really want good audio and comfort around their ears."
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"I have not tried the microphone on these headphones, but they work great for listening to audio, both music & speech."
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Button

Button:
"CON:Volume Switch Buttons in the cord are really easy to damage (I recommend not to touch it, just leave it on max volume)"
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"My only complaint and his is the cord is cheaply made, the sound control is flimsy and moves easily, its not a button either."
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"The mute button is hard to find, but if you just grip loosely around the cord above the volume control and slide you hand down over it, you can very quickly cut the volume to the headphones substantially."
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"-the cable remote is something i have a problem with because its just a one button with a slider."
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"CON:Volume Switch Buttons in the cord are really easy to damage (I recommend not to touch it, just leave it on max volume)"
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"My only complaint and his is the cord is cheaply made, the sound control is flimsy and moves easily, its not a button either."
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"Since it is a cable meant to be used for a phone with a mic one button control, they don't always work well with cable extensions."
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"There is a handy little control on the wire near your shoulder with a pause play button, as well as a volume control slider: both work well, and eliminate the need to fumble for your iPod, iPhone, to make adjustment."
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"There is also a pause button above the volume slider that works perfectly with your iPhone iPad iPod to pause the music and resume where you left off."
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Cable

Cable:
"CON:Volume Switch Buttons in the cord are really easy to damage (I recommend not to touch it, just leave it on max volume)"
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"The last issue I have is that the volume control on the cord is a bit annoying."
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"I dislike cables as well, but you do usually get better sound from headphones with them vs BT."
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"I've also heard some people complain about the thin cable (which I personally like); it's not as cheap as most of the ear-bud headphones you will find and has pretty solid looking connections to the headphones as well as the jack, which is where I've had and heard of the most problems occurring."
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"The only reasons I didn't give them 5 stars are that the cord is not removable and since the cord is usually what fails, in my experience, being able to change the cord without being an electrician would have been nice, and, if they'd fold flat, then I could travel with them in my laptop bag, another desirable feature that is missing."
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"Comfortable, good isolation, good sound, good cable."
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"CON:Volume Switch Buttons in the cord are really easy to damage (I recommend not to touch it, just leave it on max volume)"
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"All things considered, a very good set of over-the-ear headphones with a not-so-good cable."
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"Though the cord looks nice and sleek, I wish they put a slightly beefier cord on, I feel as if I need to be gentle with this."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"They are quite comfortable for me, and while the seal around the ear isn't perfect for my ears, it is close enough so as to not cause any problems."
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"amazing sound, very comfortable, rigth angled plug .... the only serious defect that wire is very weak"
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"Comfortable, good isolation, good sound, good cable."
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"Exactly what I wanted, long-wear comfort at a very reasonable price."
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"I can't give any technical info but if you just need a good sound and a comfortable fit, these are good enough! "
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"Very comfortable, excellent sounding headphones."
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Control

Control:
"A problem I have is with the volume control."
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"The last issue I have is that the volume control on the cord is a bit annoying."
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"Upon further inspection it seems that the inline volume control and microphone is of very poor construction and I think this is where the problem is coming from."
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"I guess they fixed the volume slider problem others mentioned because my set had no volume control at all, which is better to me than having something that doesn't work too well anyway."
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"Silver is plastic, pads are vinyl and can tear fairly easily and the volume control is flimsy plastic as well."
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"The only downside is with the audio control."
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"I've contacted Amazon and they've responded well regarding the volume controls so hopefully in the near future the seller has updated their information to correctly reflect this item."
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"Additionally, the cable does not tangle, the in-line volume control is nice, the music seal works, and they look nice as well."
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"Silver is plastic, pads are vinyl and can tear fairly easily and the volume control is flimsy plastic as well."
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"My only complaint and his is the cord is cheaply made, the sound control is flimsy and moves easily, its not a button either."
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"Sound: 4 5 (depend on what kind of music)Comfort: 5 5The sound control: 0 5"
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Cushion

Cushion:
"now let's talk about comfort...first of all, if you have evr had problems with cushions being to thin and so the tip of your ear hitting the driver- don't even worry."
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"I don't know if I just didn't handle the headphones well or if they just don't last long, but the ear cushions basically started detaching from the actual headphones which made using them uncomfortable as they felt they were going to fall apart soon."
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"The head band is wrapped in leather as well and has a light foam inside to cushion your head."
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"The overall feel is great - the headphones are not too light or too heavy, and the cushions are not so dense as to hurt your ears."
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"it looks awesome (I have to say it twice to make it clear), the only differences between the picture and reality are (1) the cushions are wrinkly as I mentioned before and (2) the silver (in my case) on the back of the drivers isn't so glossy."
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"now let's talk about comfort...first of all, if you have evr had problems with cushions being to thin and so the tip of your ear hitting the driver- don't even worry."
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Design

Design:
"A design flaw that shouldn't exist on any decent pair of headphones."
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"For mixing headphones for music productions they might not be so great since they are presumably designed more for enjoying music than creating it."
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"Amazing soundstage and also the design is great."
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"The overall design and build quality are outstanding (minus the glaring volume slide)."
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"Great, low key design and look to them as well."
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"I also like the old school style of the headphones as well as the over the ear design (vs on-ear or ear-bud, which keep very little ambient sound out)."
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":(At most, it is comfortable and the design is cool."
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Fit

Fit:
"The pressure fit seems to grow more uncomfortable with time and I can't pinpoint why exactly."
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"My only caveat concerning the fit would be that due to physiological variances among people, the amount of cushioning and the depth of it may restrict a small amount of available volume."
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"....Nice fit!"
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"I can't give any technical info but if you just need a good sound and a comfortable fit, these are good enough! "
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"I enjoy the oval shape that fits around my ear instead of on top of it."
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"Overall they are very comfortable and fit nicely around the ears."
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"I have large ears, and these fit comfortably."
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Listening

Listening:
"Its not really accurate but its ok for your listening purposes."
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"Overall sound is very good and clear but not excellent when listening to music."
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"I also found the comfort to be better and lighter for longer listening sessionsA great budget headphone that provides a good sound at reasonable price - has become a keeper for now as can be work as a portable like my momentum, v moda m80, HD25 ii , ESW9A, Harman Kardon Cl, hph 200I prefer this to the sony MDR 1R or 10RCNot Audiophile but great on the move"
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"The headphones sound very nice when listening to Jazz, Pop, classical, Rock, or other instrumental music."
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"I would recommend these headphones to any music lover, and I look forward to many happy hours of enhanced listening."
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"In my opinion they sound best if you are going to be listening to rock, but do quite well with most genres."
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"These are too bulky to be portable but they are nice for listening to the home stereo."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Upon further inspection it seems that the inline volume control and microphone is of very poor construction and I think this is where the problem is coming from."
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"I've seen a few reviews on here (Amazon) about these headphones where people are complaining about the in-line mic making noise through the headphones speakers if it brushes up on something but haven't experienced that at all, even if I deliberately try to make it do it."
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"One quick mention of the mic, though I haven't tested it well enough yet to have a solid opinion, a few calls were described as muffled and distant."
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"The volume control microphone plug is one of the worst."
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"These are decent and the microphone is really nice actually, but the max volume isn't very high at all."
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"Many computers (including mine, unfortunately) fail to recognize both the speakers and the microphone when you plug them into the headphone jack, but this IS NOT the fault of the product."
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"The mic works great in phones, ipods, and other machines made to run off only a headphone jack."
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"and they have the microphone as well."
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"The mic is good, but the controls just suck."
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Music

Music:
"I use close to 5gb a month on streaming my music)These headphones won't sound good with Pandora."
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"For mixing headphones for music productions they might not be so great since they are presumably designed more for enjoying music than creating it."
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"Overall sound is very good and clear but not excellent when listening to music."
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"It was simply amazing; I could feel and hear the beats and bass in the music in a whole new way!"
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"My pair of Music Seal headphones are really great, though there a two downsides I'd like to make notice :1 - It takes a lot of power to get a descent amount of volume from that thing."
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"They go well with mostly any kind of music, but they are on the neutral side so you hear the original natural sounds without any added bass boost or other gimmicks."
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"Additionally, the cable does not tangle, the in-line volume control is nice, the music seal works, and they look nice as well."
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"These headphones are great for any kind of music, even the bass-heavy music."
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Noise

Noise:
"Noise isolation was pretty terrible considering."
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"I've seen a few reviews on here (Amazon) about these headphones where people are complaining about the in-line mic making noise through the headphones speakers if it brushes up on something but haven't experienced that at all, even if I deliberately try to make it do it."
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"The problem for me is sound leakage and noise isolation."
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"The only downside for me is that there is a little bit of cable noise that is present when there is no music on."
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"It was just noise, the clarity was not good and I was hoping for more."
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"Sound Isolation: Very good, but not great, at blocking out noise."
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"The passive noise canceling thanks to a perfect ear seal is also very nice."
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"If you need a set of headphones that'll block out ambient noise, the sound seal on the earcups is probably the best I've personally come across."
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"They also do a great job of keeping out ambient noise."
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"I haven't flown with them yet but I think that will be the best test on how they compare to more well known noise cancelling headphones I've had previously."
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"The sound is good and throughout a day in a noisy office I could barely here the background sounds while listening to music."
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Price

Price:
"Had I paid the original price asked, then this would be a major disappointment but at the reduced cost it's a pretty good deal."
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"My biggest gripe is that the cable is not detachable, this would have been a good and easy thing they could have implemented, but most headphones in this price range don't have that."
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"I also reviewed the Sennheiser HD 449 Headphones Black and they are maybe a bit better overall sounding headphone at a lower price, but the build quality isn't as nice as the Philips."
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"For the lower sale prices it is a good buy."
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"They sound like what I would think the Uptowns would sound like if they were open, and at around the same price ($65), they are the best pair of open-back headphones you can find for under $150."
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"these headphones are probably the most neutral sounding headphones you find for the price.. i. e. they sound great ($50 used on ebay for the black brown with volume slider)."
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"Exactly what I wanted, long-wear comfort at a very reasonable price."
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"I found these, which had very good reviews, but being so inexpensive could they really be that good?"
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Quality

Quality:
"I imagine it gets the job done but seeing as it is so small I wouldn't expect the best sound quality."
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"Keep in mind these are not $500 headphones so don't expect the best audio quality."
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"ProsGreat build and comfortSounds very good with amplification - some portable devices may struggle with volumeGood treble and bass balanceConsVery poor volume control on cableNo detachable cableneeds good source qualityWhile the build quality is not as good as the L1 I found that the sound of these much more to my liking over the l1 in terms of having a bit more treble response."
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"My only complaint is the sound quality isn't quite where I want it to be."
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"I'm honestly tempted to to buy these again because I loved them so much up until the build quality ruined it all."
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"Sometimes I feel a little weird wearing such big headphones, but they are very good quality so if you like the over-the-ear headphones, these are great ones to get."
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"On one hand they have the best sound quality I have heard out of headphones."
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"Would recommend as a fixer-upper pair of headphones because the sound quality simply cannot be beaten at this price point."
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"The style is great, they feel great on my head and ears and the sound quality is very very good."
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"-Good Bass & Sound quality."
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"These headphone are really great in quality."
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Sound

Sound:
"They aren't as cute looking, but they sound better."
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"These sound great, but are not durable at all!"
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"Sound was terrible"
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"They have a horrible muddy sound and they warm up your ears quite a bit."
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"I imagine it gets the job done but seeing as it is so small I wouldn't expect the best sound quality."
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"ProsGreat build and comfortSounds very good with amplification - some portable devices may struggle with volumeGood treble and bass balanceConsVery poor volume control on cableNo detachable cableneeds good source qualityWhile the build quality is not as good as the L1 I found that the sound of these much more to my liking over the l1 in terms of having a bit more treble response."
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"At the end of the day though, I want earphones that sound great, these sound fine...but that's about it."
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"amazing sound, very comfortable, rigth angled plug .... the only serious defect that wire is very weak"
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"these headphones are probably the most neutral sounding headphones you find for the price.. i. e. they sound great ($50 used on ebay for the black brown with volume slider)."
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Volume

Volume:
"A problem I have is with the volume control."
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"The last issue I have is that the volume control on the cord is a bit annoying."
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"On the other hand, I was disappointed to find that they didn't come with the volume switch as promised."
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"The sound is great, it's just really power hungry.2 - The volume slider is... kind of really frustrating."
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"I guess they fixed the volume slider problem others mentioned because my set had no volume control at all, which is better to me than having something that doesn't work too well anyway."
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"These are decent and the microphone is really nice actually, but the max volume isn't very high at all."
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"these headphones are probably the most neutral sounding headphones you find for the price.. i. e. they sound great ($50 used on ebay for the black brown with volume slider)."
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"this means that there is no hassle with accidentally changing the volume."
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"CON:Volume Switch Buttons in the cord are really easy to damage (I recommend not to touch it, just leave it on max volume)"
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