Recently, I had a chance to test the Downtown on-ear headphones. For 100 bucks and the midrange entry for the CitiScape Collection, the Downtown offers much for the listener.
- Driver: 40mm Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 18 – 22000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Sensitivity: 102 dB
In the Box
- Philips Citiscape: Downtown
No additional accessories are included with the Philips CitiScape Downtown.
The design of the Downtown are surprisingly simple. A nice matte design covers the entire housings while the steel band creates a nice contrast. The matte design is a nice walk away from the normal glossy designs that are seen today. Written slyly on the end of the headband is the Philips brandname. A matching cloth-like padding is wrapped around the headband to improve comfort. The design on the Downtowns is stylish, but subtle and not overdone. They are eye catching, and also a matte design.
The design of the headphones simply fades away and blends in well due to the matte stylings.
Just as Philips stepped away from the glossy design on the Downtown, they also stepped away from the bass-heavy sound on them as well. Being a mid-focused sound, the midrange is clear and energetic with great detailing. The high end can be slightly sibilant at times but retains the great energy that the midrange had with plenty of sparkle. The lows dig deep but still remain mid-bass focused. The impact on the bass is strong, but the bass as a whole can seem lost at times.
When the worst part of a headphones build is the lack of an included case, you know the ‘phones are really great. Although I wish Philips would include at least a pouch with the headphones, I can see the headphones surviving a long time without it.
Another plus is the headphone’s cable. The permanently-attached, flat cable prevents tangling. Although I tend to hate flat cables, these cables really live up as they never tangled on me once. Even at times when I didn’t have time to wind up the cable, it really didn’t tangle at all. Speaking of winding up cables, this is a hard cable to wind up and takes time due to its flat shape.
Sitting on the end of the cable is a headphone jack. The headphone jack is strong, sturdy, and also angled to prevent breaks. Really, this is all I ask for in any headphone jack and Philips delivers with it.
The headphone jack on these is designed sturdily.
The housings are completely sealed together. No screws are used, which also means it can’t be opened by hand. The actual material used on the housings is plastic. This plastic, however, is strong and sturdy and protects the drivers well. The steel headband is strong and definitely won’t snap in the long run.
Strength is a property of the headband that is important for any headphone’s survival.
Memory foam, large padding, and angled cups really create a nice sense of comfort with these headphones. It’s like having clouds sit on your ears. They’re that comfortable. The lightweight steel frame ensures that the headphones can be worn for a few hours without fatiguing the neck, and the headphones don’t really clamp your head shut. All of these are great signs with regard to comfort.
Memory foam ensures that you’ll be on cloud nine while listening to your music.
Philip’s Downtowns are priced competitively at an MSRP at around 100 dollars. Although missing simple essentials like a pouch and any accessories at that, the CitiScape Collection’s Downtown still offer a great package as a whole. The comfort, design, build, and most importantly audio quality all come together to create a really well valued on-ear headset that is a huge bang for the buck. The ability for the Downtowns, as well as the rest of the CitiScape collection to seal music from leaking from the headphones; Philips calls this the MusicSeal. The included remote and mic isn’t too shabby either.
Adding to the entire package, the remote and mic is a great convenience for any smartphone user.
Philip’s new CitiScape Collection Downtown on-ear headphones offer an overall beautiful package. They may not be bundled with a million and one accessories, but the headphones themselves are beautifully built, both in strength and design while the comfort is magnificent. The Audio quality well surpasses it’s price range and puts itself high in the competition. I can honestly say that Philips hit a home run with the Downtown.
I’d like to thank Philips for the review sample.