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3.0 out of 5 stars Good sound quality, but poor finish for up market product, 5 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Philips SHL5605BK/10 CitiScape Downtown On-Ear Headphones - Brown (Accessory)
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My experience with head phones is based on numerous pairs of in ear bud phones, a budget pair of Phillips folding over the head phones, and a large pair of mid quality over head phones. The current product is reviewed with those in mind.

The sound quality is good, much better than in ear devices. (In fact it was too good in some situations- an iplayer programme of an OB had quite a lot of back ground noise which was irritating, and was actually preferable to listen to with bud phones.)

The phones cut out back ground noise, and keep the sounds being played to the user.

There are several versions in the City scape head phones in the range and a variety of colours. The product information on the box is limited, and I found no instructions inside the packaging. Searching the Phillips global and UK web sites identified marketing information, but not simple user instructions.

The City scape phones are of a solid construction with a light aluminium frame covered in brown nylon style fabric. The ear pieces are covered in a leather look fabric, which is cut in the centre with more of the nylon material used to cover over the ear part of the phones. This part looks a little cheap, and I wonder if this material would fray with heavy use of the product? The picture on the main Amazon front page does show this on close inspection however further down in product information the ear parts look different, better than the SHL5605bk/10 and are perhaps the more expensive 5905 which frequently pop up on internet search of city scape, and when looking on the Phillips web site.

The cable is flat and connects into only one and not both ear phones. It's claimed that the flat cable means that it won't knot, and after several weeks use I have found that to be true. The jack plug bends through 90 degrees. There is an additional extra 3.5mm connector labelled as for Nokia, Samsung, Sony Erikson. The connector is the same size as the one on the device, but is in line and not at an angle. I'm at a loss to know exactly how this is to be used with a phone as there are no instructions. My Android phone worked fine with or without the extra cable, although I think it changed some functions.

The head phones have a small square button which can be seen on the main Amazon photos. The marketing information describes this as a built in microphone to switch from listing to music to taking calls. With the standard headphone cable attached on my Android phone pressing this button paused recorded sound playing in the background prior to a call coming in. On an ipad it also paused the music when pressed or paused both sound and vision on an iplayer programme. With the phone jack added pressing the button and holding it increased the volume level. (Ok for a quick call but not ideal for longer calls.)

My main concern with the product was the comfort. The headphones pressed on my ears and were not comfortable after long periods. Other adult family members found the same problem although this was not an issue for juniors with smaller heads. In the product pictures the bottom of the phones do not touch, however mine do, and there is no adjustment on the frame, if I bend them outwards I could over do it and damage the frame.

I would recommend these phones for use on public transport. Personally I'd not wander round the streets wearing them as I'd want to be fully aware of traffic and other pedestrians. I also won't be taking them to the gym as the cut fabric on the ear pieces would be likely to soak up sweat.
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