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Philips SHL5905GY/28 CitiScape Uptown Headphones (Gray) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Immerse yourself in high precision sound through finely tuned premium 40mm drivers
  • Innovative MusicSeal feature prevents your sound from leaking out for complete music privacy
  • Over the Ear noise-isolating cushions allow you to be part of the city's buzz, but not it's noise
  • Air-filled quilted headband and memory foam cushions offer all-day comfort
  • Easily switch from music to phone calls with the volume control and built-in microphone
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Color: Gray
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Technical Details

Color: Gray
  • Noise-Cancelling-Feature

Product Details

Color: Gray
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 3.5 x 8.5 inches ; 10.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006Z1J2JI
  • Item model number: SHL5905GY/28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 9, 2012

Product Description

Color: Gray

Product Description

Taking its style inspiration from vintage motorcycle gear, the Uptown headset's sturdy aluminum architecture is surrounded with comfortable cushioning for an impeccable fit, while finely crafted detailing gives its classic form a retro-mod edge.


The Philips CitiScape Uptown over-ear headset combines premium sound quality and street-savvy style with a comfortable, durable design to deliver a truly immersive sound experience. Inspired by vintage motorcycle gear, these stylish headphones feature noise-isolating memory foam ear cushions and MusicSeal technology to provide complete musical privacy. A quilted leather headband adds to your comfort.

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CitiScape Uptown over-ear headband headset, grey (SHL5905GY/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 form seal to preserve bass response
  • Air-quilted leather headband for perfect fit
  • In-line mic and volume control to switch between talking and listening
  • One-year limited warranty
Philips CitiScape Uptown over-ear headband headset, grey (SHL5905GY/28) feature
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 Uptown 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.

Philips CitiScape Uptown over-ear headband headset, grey (SHL5905GY/28) Product Shot
40mm drivers deliver premium sound quality. View larger.
Philips CitiScape Uptown over-ear headband headset, grey (SHL5905GY/28) Product Shot
Adjust volume and switch between your music and chatting with friends with the sleek, in-line mic and volume control. View larger.
High-Definition Drivers for Full-Range Sound

The Uptown headset provides a balanced sound experience. Powerful 40-millimeter drivers produce crystal-clear highs and mids and deep, rich bass without distortion. Their closed-back acoustic design and over-ear build keep you immersed in your 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 Uptown's 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. An air-filled, quilted headband adds to your comfort.

Comfortable Headband and Sturdy Aluminum Construction

The headphones' aluminum architecture keeps them light but sturdy, and an air-quilted leather headband makes for impeccable comfort. The flat, anti-tangle cable won't knot up, improving both listening experience and durability.

Convenient In-Line Volume and Mic for Phone Calls

For easy operation, the Uptown headphones include a sleek, in-line mic with volume control so you can switch seamlessly from listening to chatting and instantly adjust your sound.

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 Uptown over-ear headpsets 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.

What's in the Box

CitiScape Uptown over-ear headband headset, grey (SHL5905GY/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   

Customer Reviews

Very comfortable, excellent sounding headphones.
John M. Byrne
The last issue I have is that the volume control on the cord is a bit annoying.
Other that this, I would recommend this pair of headphone to anyone.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By urmom on June 18, 2012
Color Name: Black/Brown Verified Purchase
These arrived Friday. Taking my Dre Beats back to the store today. These are just better in every way; Comfort (by a lot), clairity, bass, and design (i.e., they don't have the tendency to snap in half like the Dre Beats do).

If you're on the fence between the Dre Beats and these, just go with these and save yourself time.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 11, 2012
Color Name: Gray Verified Purchase
Just got the brown and grey version. Absolutely love the look of them compared to the black and brown versions.

First of all I come from 2 other pairs of headphones. The beat solo HD (got them free). They possess absolutely no range or soundstage. Very muddy. I also have a pair of the Bose QC15's since I commute alot and need the noise cancellation. The noise cancelling is great, but at a price. Clear sound, but hollow.

Now I read and watched reviews on these from CES and decided to take a leap of faith on these. $200 or $300 headphones are just out of my range and I needed a low impedance headphone since these are for my Iphone.

Just wore these for the first time and listened to tracks from the Avengers movie to see how they handle orchestral arrangements. Absolutely head enveloping, full range type of sound. I'm not an audiophile, but these blew me away. I know there will be some necessary burn in, but out of the box, it sounded like I was right in the movie theater. Just incredible.

I definitely will take good care of these. Ultra comfortable and the music seal works as advertised.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Audiophile on a Budget on June 21, 2012
Color Name: Black/Brown
These headphones are exceptional. I heard about them from the Headphone Mecca.com website and I decided to give them a shot. Wow have they impressed me. Everything is so crisp and clear and the lows, mids, and highs are all near equal which is unheard of in headphones under $400. I love them and even prefer them over the previous favorite AudioTechnica ATH-M50s. Great headphones and I would reccomend them to any audiophile on a budget!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryce Gunkel on January 2, 2013
Color Name: Gray
Don't get me wrong, these headphones do look great and sound nice to boot.

But after only 6 months of non-abusive use the left ear cushion has split open along the seam. I contacted Philips about replacement parts, and they do not offer them, nor did they attempt to make any efforts to correct this defect.

So the gamble is yours, I've had cheaper headphones last much longer...
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By indibug on August 26, 2012
Color Name: Black/Brown
I'm not an audiophile. Average user, lots of usage at work in a quiet engineering office and while traveling.

Background: I'm looking for headphones to replace my $50 over the ear Sennheisers. I want to avoid noise cancellation while getting decent isolation. No leakage is a must, as it annoys me to no end when other people's headphones are really just speakers. I also want something travel friendly. The Uptowns definitely do not meet that last requirement, but I like the styling and since my Sennheisers aren't any better, I figure I'm at least accustomed to the bulk.

Sound-wise, these are excellent. I've been jumping around between REM, Death Cab for Cutie, Pitbull, K'naan, and U2. The bass-heavy music is where these shine. Otherwise, they're still good but not as impressive. No complaints. If I had to make a decision based on the sound alone, these would be top ranked.

The problem for me is sound leakage and noise isolation. It's not bad when the music is on, but certainly is not any better than my current Sennheisers or even the OEM earbuds from my iphone. I'm sitting in a quiet area right now with just a ceiling fan on, and I can hear it clearly, even with music playing. What's funny about this is that these are supposed to be magically awesome on both counts, from what I've been reading here and elsewhere. My guess is that my head is smaller than is ideal for these headphones. They feel a little loose, even retracted to their smallest size, but not uncomfortably so. They fit completely over my ears, and are so large I suspect they don't fully "seal." I've tried adjusting the pads to fit better but to no avail.

So, unfortunately, I'm taking these back to the store today.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mahony on December 3, 2012
Color Name: Black/Brown
Update 3-19-2013:Still going strong. Planning on getting a Fiio E11 to along with these. The Fiio E6 is good, but not good enough. It tends to take away some of the great soundstage these have. I also plan on getting a Galaxy Note 2, so I'll post if there are any differences sound wise, or different apps to use on both iOS and Android that can make these excel. Currently, I stream music from MOG. All music can be streamed in 320KBS(although make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi or have a big data plan. I use close to 5gb a month on streaming my music)

These headphones won't sound good with Pandora. Sorry, these headphones are picky when it comes to the quality of the music played though it. My friend thought my headphones were terrible until I made him listen to the same song on MOG, which sounded much much better.

Other things I have noticed. 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. I have had no problems with putting these into a Fiio E6 or Speakers with a headphone out, but my coiled cable I use doesn't play too nicely with it. Keep that in mind.

Gaming on these headphones is awesome. I play Call of Duty on PS3, and love it. The soundstage on these is phenomenal like I stated in my review. Should you buy these for gaming alone? No. I feel that there are better headphones for the price that can do gaming better. I'd recommend looking into a pair of Open Back headphones for gaming, although these do the job well for me. If anyone knows if I can use the mic with it, that'd be awesome. My current setup is a pair of Plantronics around my neck, and wearing the Uptowns on my head.
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