Review: Philips Citiscape Uptown Headphones

Jeff Blackler reviews the Philips Citiscape Uptown headphones including special features, sound quality, and comfort. He explains what he is looking for when purchasing $150 (retail) headphones. This is the first part of a series of reviews comparing the price and its effects on the overall quality.

Philips Citiscape Uptown HeadphonesOver the years, I have bought quite a few sets of headphones and earbuds. I use headphones on a daily basis for almost anything that has sound. My last set was a pair of iBeats earbuds, which had connection problems; before that, I had two sets of Bose IE earbuds that also had connection problems. Both retailed for $100 at the time.

I decided that I was not going to spend that kind of money again for earbuds, so I moved on to on ear and over ear designs. I bought a pair of Skullcandy on-ear headphones, but they went through batteries every week and the bass was way too overpowering. The Philip Citiscape Uptown was my next purchase since they had such great reviews and were only $60. Here is my review.

Price: $59.99 from ($149.99 retail)
Ownership Length: 4 months
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1) MusicSeal – The ear pads provide great coverage and don’t leak out much sound at all.
2) Looks – These are great for people where suits often.
3) Comfort – They are padded well and don’t get very hot with long term use. The headband is also padded well and doesn’t get bent out of shape.
4) Rigidness – They feel like they are built to take a good amount of abuse., except for the volume switch.

1) Volume switch – This feature is made of ugly plastic and functions poorly. After a while, the switch will lower the volume without even touching it. You have to fiddle with it often for it to work right.
2) Overall Volume – These are some quiet headphones that take some time to get used to.


These are a decent pair of headphones for the price ($60) that I purchased them for. They are built for comfort and looks and deliver. I often wear them for a few hours at a time without any discomfort. It’s also worth pointing out that they use the tangle free flat wire.

The biggest shortcoming is the volume control, which fails very easily. I don’t even usually use the volume control on headphone cords, so this has become even more annoying.

So far I am satisfied with them. But would I pay $150 for them? Absolutely not.

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