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Philips SHL5605GY/28 CitiScape Downtown Headphones - Grey (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Finely tuned 40mm drivers deliver clear and natural sound
  • MusicSeal keeps your music in and all to yourself
  • Memory foam cushions keep you comfortably immersed in music
  • Flat 1.2m anti-tangle cable keeps you kink- and knot-free
  • Switch from music to phone calls with built-in microphone
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Product Description

Color:Grey  |  Product Packaging:Standard Packaging

Product Description

Clear, natural sound immersion with MusicSeal to keep your music yours. Inspired by New York and its smart-casual street style, the CitiScape Downtown lets you keep it real with ease. MusicSeal keeps your music to yourself, while light spring-steel with soft foam cushions ensure perfect comfort.

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 music 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.

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CitiScape Downtown headset, grey (SHL5605GY/28)
At a Glance:
  • Dynamic 40-millimeter drivers deliver full-range sound
  • MusicSeal technology keeps your music sealed in for privacy
  • Memory foam ear cushions mold to your ears for perfect fit
  • Completely padded headband for long-lasting comfort
  • In-line mic to easily switch between talking and listening
  • One-year limited warranty
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MusicSeal technology keeps music to yourself while you listen to your favorite beats. View larger.
Philips CitiScape Collection header

Influenced by different people from major global cities, the Philips CitiScape Collection is inspired by city life and urban culture. Taking cues from the past and the future - where classic meets cutting edge - and inspired by urban street apparel, each headphone is truly distinctive. The Downtown is designed for full sound immersion, with a MusicSeal keeping your music personal. Wherever you go with your music, you will experience a truly immersive sound experience that shields you from the city's noise, but not its buzz.

My City. My Space. My Music.

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High-Definition Drivers for Full-Range Sound

The Downtown headset provides a balanced sound experience. Powerful 40-millimeter 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.

MusicSeal Technology for Music Privacy

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.

Comfortable Foam Ear Cushions Isolate 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.

Comfortable Headband and Durable Metal Construction

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.

Convenient In-Line Mic for Phone Calls

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.

Product and Warranty Information

The Downtown headsets have a 1.2-meter (3.93-foot) cable. They carry a one-year limited warranty.

About Philips 

Philips has a brand promise of "sense and simplicity" that encapsulates their commitment to understanding and catering to the desires and needs of consumers and customers. By putting end users front and center, Philips creates innovative products that are designed around people's needs and aspirations, and are both advanced and easy to use. With 60,000 registered patents, Philips is a global leader in innovation, and receives numerous international design awards every year.

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CitiScape Downtown headset, grey (SHL5605GY/28).

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Sound & Comfort Technology
Speaker Driver10mm40mm40mm40mm
Acoustic SystemClosedClosed-backClosed-backClosed-back
MusicSeal  yesyes
Over the Ear   yes
On the Ear yesyes 
Memory Foam  yesyes
Magnetic Fluted Earbudsyes   
Soft Ear Capsyes   
Soft Foam yes  
In-line Mic for Making Phone Callsyes yesyes
In-line Volume Control   yes
Flat Anti-tangle Cableyesyesyesyes
Smart Sliding Cableyes   
Interchangeable Ear Caps3 sizes   

Product Details

Color: Grey | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 7.7 x 7.9 inches ; 14.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0079R2NVQ
  • Item model number: SHL5605GY/28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at February 10, 2012

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Customer Reviews

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ross A. Seymour on June 22, 2012
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: Grey Verified Purchase
Bought these for my 15 y.o. son. He loves them. I "broke them in" before giving to him, so I had a chance to listen as well.


Comfort is a big one here. The padding is very soft but seems as if it will hold up well. My son isn't easy on his headphones and no problems in the last two months. They are light in weight. The clamping is appropriate. While they aren't good for strenuous activities, for walking around, etc. they work great.

Isolation is very good (for better or worse, depending on they environment you wear them). Sound leakage is minimal.

Cord is flat and doesn't get tangled easily. It is definitely stronger than most headphone/earbud cords at this or higher prices. The attachment to the ear cup has an OK strain relief. There's only one cord so that's less of a chance of entanglement.

The headband is metal! Not plastic. You would have a hard time breaking these. The headband padding is removable (and presumably, replaceable). Not much padding but enough, given the light weight.

Cons (sorta):

Color choices are horrible. Brown, purple and this nowhere color (taupe?). Why not just black?

Sound is OK. I come from higher end headphones, so I'm a bit jaded. That being said, the sound is good for general purposes. It doesn't excel in any particular area, but then it doesn't let you down either. It is not bass oriented, as I hear some celebrity headphones are slanted.

Overall, these are an interesting combination: You have very soft and comfortable ear pads combined with an industrial strength build. I'd recommend these to users who want to step up from an earbud to a better sound and fit.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 10, 2012
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: Brown
Bought these for my son--as he needed a good set of phones for computer, phone, and his audio player.
I was looking for something without a lot of sound leakage--even though he's not apt to listen to music at my levels, it has been audible when he used my high-end Sennheiser HD XXX units and my mid-end Audio Technica open units.
More, since he was used to the Flat and Clean sound of those--I wanted good bang for the buck.

These have more than suited.

I'm actually intending a second set due to the microphone for my own listening on phone and tablet.

They are well built. They are comfortable to the ear and the noggin after hours of use--and didn't seem to favor one type of sound over another. They are pretty amazing for the price and the target audience.

I'm overly discerning with headphone amps, DACs, game audio, SACD's et al--and was very pleased with the natural feel of the sound in all cases. I certainly heard a bit of mid-range color that wasn't present on my other cans--and they didn't have the breadth of soundstage--but again, we're talking One Benjamin or less on these. You could take them with you and worry less about their damage or disappearance.

Buy a pair. I couldn't get them on Amazon (and normally would--but they were out) and plan another set soon.

Black--by the way is a bit of a misnomer--but the headphones are a homer.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tweezle VINE VOICE on September 24, 2012
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: Brown Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Ask anyone, and they'll tell you about the earphones they love and why, but when you go out and buy them, they just don't live up to your expectations. For me, they are like finding that perfect pair of shoes or jeans and it's hit or miss. 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.

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. For my eclectic music tastes, they have to sound good over a wide range of genre. They also have to block out noise and keep what I'm listening to for my ears only. They need to be durable, not have a hugely long cord and be able to sound good while using between different devices (PC, MP3 player, etc.)

The Philips CitiScape Downtown Headphones do everything that I require. 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. They are holding up beautifully! 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!

There are two things about the headphones I would change:
* There was no case for the headphones, so when not in use, they just sit out.
* The cord could be just a bit longer.

Overall, these are the best earphones I've ever used. They are perfect for me and what I use them for. I love the color, the fit, the size, and the durability, sound quality and listening privacy. To put it simply, I LOVE 'EM!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By away-girl on December 7, 2012
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: Purple Verified Purchase
These headphones are gorgeous (I bought the purple), and sound great. I don't know much about headphones so I can't attest to audiophile-level sound, but to my untrained ears they sound excellent. They're also very comfortable, and the padding is very soft.
However, only a short time after I received them, I realized that the adjustment mechanism on the left side is faulty. It catches every time I try to adjust it, and makes it difficult to find the correct fit setting. I am not returning them because I didn't notice a problem when I first got them, and the possibility exists that I somehow bent the frame - I don't want to automatically blame a manufacturer's defect. But even if I somehow did something, I find it very disappointing that it was able to happen so soon after I received them.

EDIT: I've been using the headphones for a couple weeks now, and I was too quick to say that they're comfortable. The earpieces are very soft, and feel nice and squishy when you put them on, but they clamp WAY too hard. I can only wear them for an hour or two before my ears hurt. I wear glasses, so that may be contributing to the problem - but my head is pretty small and I can only assume it'll be worse for people with larger heads and ears. Still sound good though!

EDIT 2: After about 5 months of use, the right earpiece went out. Philips no longer carries these headphones, so they can't send me a new pair - but they'll refund what I paid. All in all, a very disappointing purchase.
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