Philips - Citiscape DownTown Headphones only £25 @ Tesco Instore Only (RRP £59.95)
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Philips - Citiscape DownTown Headphones only £25 @ Tesco Instore Only (RRP £59.95)

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Found 14th Sep 2013
The Philips CitiScape Downtown headset combines premium sound quality and minimalist style with a comfortable, durable build to deliver an immersive sound experience. Inspired by New York street apparel, these headphones feature noise-isolating memory foam ear cushions and MusicSeal technology to provide complete musical privacy. A cushioned headband makes for comfortable long-term wear, and the headphones' in-line mic is compatible with most mobile phones for easy switching between music and calls.

The Downtown headset provides a balanced sound experience. Powerful 40mm drivers produce crystal-clear highs and mids and deep, rich bass without distortion. A closed-back design ensures good bass response and keeps you absorbed in the music.

Whether you're listening to the guitar riffs of a funk metal band or the lifting soprano of an opera singer, Philips' MusicSeal technology allows you to keep your favorite music all to yourself. This design includes double-layer walls inside the ear shells and a firm seal between the edge of the ear cushion and ear cup housing to seal in beats and prevent ambient noise from disrupting your sound.

The Downtown's deluxe, noise-isolating ear cushions are made of memory foam, which molds itself to the shape of your ear for hours of comfort. The foam also forms a seal that preserves bass response while blocking out external noise so you can focus on the music.

The Downtown features lightweight spring-steel construction in the ear shell frame and headband, which is covered with cushy, heat-sealed fabric to make it even more comfortable. The headphones' flat, anti-tangle cable won't knot up, improving both your listening experience and their durability.

For easy operation, the Downtown includes a sleek, in-line mic for use with your mobile phone so you can switch seamlessly from listening to chatting.

The in-line mic is compatible with iPhone, BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson mobile phones.

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Original Poster

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Great headphones, not at all "coloured" in sound, so may not be advisable for those that are into their dubstep, drum n bass etc etc as they would find them a bit bass light. For anyone that does not like headphones overprocessed though, these are a steal, get great reviews, look very smart and are very well built.

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A guy on youtube ripped them apart to confirm the impressive build quality, at £59/$99 RRP at this price a steal, doubtful you would find a better pair of on ear cans for the money.

The base model Shibuya is also only £19...however this model does not have anywhere near the same level of build quality, does not have a music seal system and has a narrower frequency range, also is a £1 cheaper on Amazon.

The Downtown model is where the bargain most definitely is.

Headphones come with a 3.5mm extended jack adaptor for mic compatibility with Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson phones.


Edited by: "cicobuff" 14th Sep 2013

Saw these in Tesco today.... was sorely tempted.

Original Poster

Just confirming what I read about the sound (and this is pre-burn in) punchy bass, very clear midrange and treble crisp without being shrill or fatiguing...good balance across the range, however with electronica currently maybe a little too bass light on low frequencies for my taste without EQ, atlhough bass may loosen up after burn in, certainly standard bass guitar sounds rich and warm.

Surprisingly balanced (as reviews suggest) in my opinion.

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sniperpenguin

Saw these in Tesco today.... was sorely tempted.



Yes, I saw them a couple of days ago, and had actually tried them out previously on display in Currys a few months ago, and found even then compared to others I demoed they had the most balanced sound. After further research on the build quality, reviews and price comparison decided to go back and buy them today, trying them out now, so light, comfortable with the memory foam (without making your ears hot).

If you want a pair of decent 40mm driver ear cans for mobile phone/MP3 use that are not sound processed I don't think you can get better value.

Upside :

Price reduction..won't find better value for a pair of decent reviewed 40mm on ear cans for £25 (or I challenge anyone to!)
Build Quality
Sound Balanced, low fatigue
Music Seal stops sound leakage
Comfortable memory foam
Anti Tangle lead

Downside to them :

Design is marmite, I love them, but won't appeal to everyone.
Not good for Bass heads.
Do not fold for travel, or come with a travel pouch

Edited by: "cicobuff" 14th Sep 2013

As said, the bass isn't really emphasised but the measurements and review on inner fidelity show that these cans produce an excellent and accurate bass response. Bargain at this price.

Which TESCO'S ??????????????????????????

Very nice......then again so are the sonys at £12.50...at sains.........id get both..

Original Poster

bloomberg

Which TESCO'S ??????????????????????????



I found them in Cradley Heath (West Midlands) store, however should be nationwide.

None in Tesco Beckton(London), and Tesco Surrey Quays(London).

in Beckton was new model of the 'DownTown Citiscape' with a jeans covers and scanning at £60!!!!
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Original Poster

Yes, I have noticed these new Denim ones (although none of the newer design in the Tesco I was in), I guess Tesco must be clearing out the older Downtown models with the removeable wrap around twist fabric with this modified design, and colour range. I have noticed Currys and Argos are only stocking these newer Denim range...I believe there is no difference in the rest of the design or sound.

The RRP of all the Downtown models is £59....next best price I have seen to this deal at Tesco is on Ebay, £33.95 delivered.

also at Amazon for £33.84...
click

One must not forget to burn in new headphones. One would be wise to.


Oh shut up, plug them in and turn up the volume you virgins

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mhardy

One must not forget to burn in new headphones. One would be wise to.Oh … One must not forget to burn in new headphones. One would be wise to.Oh shut up, plug them in and turn up the volume you virgins



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I have them, and paid £45 for them 10 months ago, and I can confirm that are really good, and I'm quite picky about headphones. Bass is perfectly balanced with mid and high tones. They're comfy and although they look fragile, they're tough. I dropped them quite a lot of times and nothing happened (yet).
About the design of them... As someone said: either you love them or you hate them.

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nistalalvaro

About the design of them... As someone said: either you love them or you … About the design of them... As someone said: either you love them or you hate them.



Yep, it was me, the OP, I love them personally, both design and sound.

Superlux range will sound better for the same price as will samson sr850 so there's your challenge met.
The design is clearly a copy of the sennheiser momentum but at £25 yes you will be hard pushed to find better only the ones I mentioned will sound better.

To the guys that have them you see the anti tangle lead what is the input on the headcup though ? is it a standard 3.5mm jack or square one ? if so replacement cables may be a problem when one side goes on the cable which it always does.





Edited by: "C64" 16th Sep 2013

£33 on amazon these btw

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C64

Superlux range will sound better for the same price as will samson sr850 … Superlux range will sound better for the same price as will samson sr850 so there's your challenge met.The design is clearly a copy of the sennheiser momentum but at £25 yes you will be hard pushed to find better only the ones I mentioned will sound better.



Both Superlux and Samson SR850 are semi open over ear headphones, the Philips Citiscape Downtown are closed on ear headphones with memory foam and their own music seal designed to help prevent sound leakage.

I fail to see the similarity between these and the Sennheiser Momentum ?!?!

http://media.t3.com/img/resized/se/xl_Sennheiser-MomentumOn-lead-624.jpg

C64

To the guys that have them you see the anti tangle lead what is the … To the guys that have them you see the anti tangle lead what is the input on the headcup though ? is it a standard 3.5mm jack or square one ? if so replacement cables may be a problem when one side goes on the cable which it always does.



It is not a detachable input, it is wired directly with a soft rubberised outer reinforced entry. I am not too worried about breakages personally at this price, or for the matter due to the solid construction of these as suggested from the youtube video I linked to where a guy who reviews headphones has taken them apart to confim this.

C64

A top tip for these cans would be buy some pipe padding from wickes or a … A top tip for these cans would be buy some pipe padding from wickes or a bmx handle pad thing to make them more comfortable.Or bubblewrap and a bit of tape.



I do not think they personally need extra padding? It would both ruin aesthetics and be unnecessary. The stainless steel bar on the top is lined with a soft padded foam, then that detachable (handy for washing) material that wraps the sides and underside of it is also padded and has what feels like a thin flexible strip of plastic running through it. Add to this the memory foam which gives around an inch of compression (not that you would ever get that from putting them on your head as standard) they are extremely comfortable on the ear.

This is a great deal - good price for a decent pair of headphones. Even at £60 they're a fair price. Head added.

Original Poster

eded

This is a great deal - good price for a decent pair of headphones. Even … This is a great deal - good price for a decent pair of headphones. Even at £60 they're a fair price. Head added.



I would have preferred heat thanks very much lol...:|

lmao - d'oh! Yes, ahem, heat was added oO

Got an eBay seller to price match (inc. delivery!) using best offer.

Got these from Corby Extra today - they were marked at full price but scanned at £25.00 through the till. They still had one left earlier today.

First impressions -

Build Quality and Comfort - much better than I expected. After seeing the comments about needing cushioning on the headband I had my reservations- since like many men these days I started to recede early on the crown certain excellent cans (notably the AIAIAI TMA1) have been given the push for placing a little too much give on my bonce. No such problem here. Despite a visibly slight cushioning they felt absolutely fine. The 'beats' style flat cable is handy, the single cable prevents tangling around the microphone area (something my Klipsch on-ears suffered with - inevitable tangling and a faulty microphone within 12 months). The memory foam cushioning on the ears is a nice touch - even on a sweaty commute today they didn't get uncomfortable despite 4 hours solid use.

The only negative on the build quality is the foam over the speaker itself. Seems very lightweight. Given the lack of portability, this could shorten the life of these significantly.

Sound quality - As a music producer and DJ for 15 years I was not expecting much. In fact, I only bought these because they were on offer and because the colour exactly matches a Marco Polo messenger bag I take into London when I can't be bothered to haul around a laptop bag. To say I was astonished is an understatement. The balance of these headphones is superior to anything I have heard sub £100. I first listened to Cafe Del Mar Volume 2 through them and nearly fell over the sunlounger I imagined I was lying on on Bora Bora beach. I know the album off by heart - every nuance of every instrument as Pat Bateman might say - but I still heard elements of tracks I didn't think I'd heard before.

I had no idea Philips would or could produce such incredible value headphones. I've tried many of the cheaper, highly rated headphones like the monoprice and noontec zoro, as well as many more expensive headphones like the Sennheiser HD-25, SP II and Klipsch on-ear. These are probably the most balanced headphones of the lot and the design and build quality is up there with the more expensive ones.

I'll be interested to hear what they are like after a few weeks of solid use. So far so good though - thanks to the OP.

ssouthall6

Got these from Corby Extra today - they were marked at full price but … Got these from Corby Extra today - they were marked at full price but scanned at £25.00 through the till. They still had one left earlier today.First impressions - Build Quality and Comfort - much better than I expected. After seeing the comments about needing cushioning on the headband I had my reservations- since like many men these days I started to recede early on the crown certain excellent cans (notably the AIAIAI TMA1) have been given the push for placing a little too much give on my bonce. No such problem here. Despite a visibly slight cushioning they felt absolutely fine. The 'beats' style flat cable is handy, the single cable prevents tangling around the microphone area (something my Klipsch on-ears suffered with - inevitable tangling and a faulty microphone within 12 months). The memory foam cushioning on the ears is a nice touch - even on a sweaty commute today they didn't get uncomfortable despite 4 hours solid use. The only negative on the build quality is the foam over the speaker itself. Seems very lightweight. Given the lack of portability, this could shorten the life of these significantly.Sound quality - As a music producer and DJ for 15 years I was not expecting much. In fact, I only bought these because they were on offer and because the colour exactly matches a Marco Polo messenger bag I take into London when I can't be bothered to haul around a laptop bag. To say I was astonished is an understatement. The balance of these headphones is superior to anything I have heard sub £100. I first listened to Cafe Del Mar Volume 2 through them and nearly fell over the sunlounger I imagined I was lying on on Bora Bora beach. I know the album off by heart - every nuance of every instrument as Pat Bateman might say - but I still heard elements of tracks I didn't think I'd heard before.I had no idea Philips would or could produce such incredible value headphones. I've tried many of the cheaper, highly rated headphones like the monoprice and noontec zoro, as well as many more expensive headphones like the Sennheiser HD-25, SP II and Klipsch on-ear. These are probably the most balanced headphones of the lot and the design and build quality is up there with the more expensive ones.I'll be interested to hear what they are like after a few weeks of solid use. So far so good though - thanks to the OP.



Thanks for posting your impressions.

I was having buyers remorse but now looking forward to receiving these headphones.

Original Poster

ssouthall6

Got these from Corby Extra today - they were marked at full price but … Got these from Corby Extra today - they were marked at full price but scanned at £25.00 through the till. They still had one left earlier today.First impressions - Build Quality and Comfort - much better than I expected. After seeing the comments about needing cushioning on the headband I had my reservations- since like many men these days I started to recede early on the crown certain excellent cans (notably the AIAIAI TMA1) have been given the push for placing a little too much give on my bonce. No such problem here. Despite a visibly slight cushioning they felt absolutely fine. The 'beats' style flat cable is handy, the single cable prevents tangling around the microphone area (something my Klipsch on-ears suffered with - inevitable tangling and a faulty microphone within 12 months). The memory foam cushioning on the ears is a nice touch - even on a sweaty commute today they didn't get uncomfortable despite 4 hours solid use. The only negative on the build quality is the foam over the speaker itself. Seems very lightweight. Given the lack of portability, this could shorten the life of these significantly.Sound quality - As a music producer and DJ for 15 years I was not expecting much. In fact, I only bought these because they were on offer and because the colour exactly matches a Marco Polo messenger bag I take into London when I can't be bothered to haul around a laptop bag. To say I was astonished is an understatement. The balance of these headphones is superior to anything I have heard sub £100. I first listened to Cafe Del Mar Volume 2 through them and nearly fell over the sunlounger I imagined I was lying on on Bora Bora beach. I know the album off by heart - every nuance of every instrument as Pat Bateman might say - but I still heard elements of tracks I didn't think I'd heard before.I had no idea Philips would or could produce such incredible value headphones. I've tried many of the cheaper, highly rated headphones like the monoprice and noontec zoro, as well as many more expensive headphones like the Sennheiser HD-25, SP II and Klipsch on-ear. These are probably the most balanced headphones of the lot and the design and build quality is up there with the more expensive ones.I'll be interested to hear what they are like after a few weeks of solid use. So far so good though - thanks to the OP.



The balance is exactly what I have read with reviews with these headphones, and after already demoing them in Currys and seeing them for that price in Tesco I knew they were very good deal.

I know What Hi Fi is not the be all, end all of reviews, however, Philips do get consistently good reviews headphone wise.

These are great commuting on ear headphones, and nice to hear someone with an ear for it via the work you do give them a thumbs up.

For anyone not able to get them from their local Tesco's worth trying that best offer from Ebay. I seriously doubt anyone could find a better pair of cans for this sort of money, let alone double or triple.

Philips are not looked down upon on head fi they actually make some good stuff.
If I see these in my local tesco i'll certainly grab a pair for £25.

I got both of these when they first came out on a similarly-priced deal, but they are easily worth full-price. Great headphones and much more comfortable than my Grados!
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