Philips Foldie On Ear CitiScape Headband Headphones – Ok, but feel flimsy

I recently broke my citiscapes which was a bummer but i replaced with these. They’re not as comfortable but i love the funky colours. The fabric covering on the wire also becomes unattached in a day or two from the socket.

The product illustrated and ordered is black and gold; the phones which arrived areturquoise and tan. Never mind, the colour isn’t really an issue for me but the overallquality and appearance is pretty poor (the plastic parts look particularly. Plastic)given the hefty seventy pound recommended price tag. The non-twisty cable is a plus. Sound-wise the phones are pretty good; the ear pads are comfortable and produceno discernable leakage (i can’t stand the tch-tch-tch of fellow-travellers’ sociopathy). My last pair of over-ear phones (sony) were forty quid and superior in every way for the price. If you’re looking for new phones shop around; there are far better deals to be had.

There are so many headphones out there it can become difficult to choose, so let me help. First of all these are not top notch headphones where you hear every sound as clearly as if you were in the room, they are budget headphones that do a fine job. The quality of the sound you hear is good enough for most things and the added bonus of being about to plug into your iphone (or similar) and take a call whilst listening to your favourite music, is really helpful. Whilst the colour isn’t what everyone would choose, i found them very smart. Unless you want to spend oodles of cash on high quality headphones, these really are worth the money. Great sound for relatively little money and they look good too.

Average sound, but comfortable. . I use these at work, and must admit, did get a few comments about the colour. The style is retro, and the fact they fold up makes them easy to slide into my bag. I also like the fact that the cable can be disconnected from the headphones as well, which means i can replace it if breaks. I quite often destroy headphone cables. I wasn’t blown away by the sound. It was perfectly decent for listening to jazz and folk, and i liked the fact the bass didn’t drown everything out. The pads that go over the ears quite small, which means they just cover the ear and this was good for those of us who wear spectacles. These aren’t particularly expensive headphones, but perfectly adequate for my needs soundwise. The remote control on the cable works with iphone/ipods.

  • Stylish phones with decent performance
  • Decent sound, some leakage issues, colours are unique
  • Look Good, Sound Clean
  • Soft, Comfy and Well Padded
  • So – So Phones

Philips Foldie On Ear CitiScape Headband Headphones – Black

  • 40mm high performance neodymium drivers for sound clarity
  • Closed acoustic design for greater bass and noise isolation
  • Flexible metal arm designed for long listening comfort
  • On-ear soft cushions for added comfort
  • Switch from music to phone calls with built-in microphone

These headphones are marmite you either hate the colour or love it and i actually don’t dislike so from that point of view i’m happy. These are at full price an expensive option and if your a music lover who is expecting crystal clear sound and that bose feeling these are not for you. In my opinion they are aimed at the not so discerning teen who wants a retro pair of headphones with an goodish sound and plenty of volume. Would i recommend maybe i’m not sure, at amazons price point there are many on the market of equivalent and dare i say better sound quality, i do think the build quality is nice though and if you have a teenager looking for that retro feel headphones there aren’t many out there. So to sum up build quality nice, colour personal choice but not horrendous, comfort definitely good and price from amazon good to, sound though there are better out there but these are okay for money. Pop into currys and test drive before you buy.

The barista in costa said nice headphones. The philips citiscape headphones are the first headphones i have owned where someone has commented on how nice they look; and for that reason these may be the phones your are looking for. If looks do matter know that they sound way better than any phones that came with your music device; your music sounds wider and there is more detail. On the chord there is a answer / siri button and microphone. If you are interested in more than the looks; it feels well made; albeit it the materials do feel a little cheap. The leather looking material may be bonded leather or pvc; it feels ok but the downside is they are unyielding and so the noise seals aren’t so good and external sounds leak in. Philips haven’t scrimped on the sounds though; it is a marked step up from included ear buds; i dug mine out of the phone box to give them a spin; they are made from far worse plastic; sounded harsh and everything felt compressed. The philips cityscape do a much better job on your ears; they sound much wider and in that space they present a nice neutral sound. Sadly the same can’t be said for the microphone in a quiet place its fine; but my phone (like lots of others) has a noise cancelling feature that doesn’t work well when you don’t use the internal microphone so callers didn’t find it as good. Not having volume controls feels like model positioning and price control which is a shame.

Strange looks, disappointing sound. Note: these are listed as ‘green/brown’ in the product description – i would call them ‘cyan’ or ‘turquoise’ – or even ‘baby blue’ rather than green. Looks:reminiscent of a bianchi bicycle – a similar colour, and the brown padded handlebar tape that is wrapped around the headband only emphasises this. It’s an unusual colour combination that feels a little bit feminine to me, but avowed cyclists will be used to such things. They didn’t really go with my look, let’s put it that way. They feel as if they’re aimed at the 18-25 agegroup in some way. Comfort:i could feel the padded handlebar tape resting on the top of my head. They’re light, and the pads on the phones are soft and leather-like; i could wear them without complaint, but there’s no feeling of a snug ‘fit’ – these feel square on my rounded head. I’d like my head to feel ‘gently cupped’ when wearing headphones, ideally. Quality:the detachable lead was crackly at the pin when rotated in the socket – i’ve had problems with connections wearing out with the headphones in philips headphones before, and this doesn’t inspire confidence.

One comment

  • Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
    Arrived very quickly and such a good price for a set of really top notch headphones.
    • Colour Name: Black What's this?
      Nice quality headphones for the price, and the retro cord won’t tangle which is a real bonus. I really like the retro look of these headphones. I received a set via the amazon vine programme. The set i received were not the black ones shown, but we’re in fact tan and aqua blue. At first i wasn’t too sure about the colour combination, but it worksout the box, they’re really nice quality. Gold plated jack plugs, reasonably sturdy feeling plastic, nicely padded earpieces and particularly nice touches include perforated leather-effect wrapping round the headband (reminds me of the handlebars of my first racing bike) and fabric-wrapped headphone cord/lead. Both these touches really finish off the retro effect nicely, and the fabric-wrapped lead doesn’t tangle. A cool retro nod which addresses a modern world annoyancethe headphones are comfortable, they seal nicely over the ear and really block out external noise. Nice round sound, and bass is reasonable too.
  • Colour Name: Black What's this?

    This review is from : Philips Foldie On Ear CitiScape Headband Headphones – Black

    These give a very good sound quality, we were very impressed. It sounds similar to the sound system in our car, with a good bass without having to make any adjustments to it at all. The headphones are comfy to wear and soft on the ears. You can’t hear any of the music from out sound, even standing next to the headphones wearing person – they keep it contained very well which is good while listening on the train commuting etc you don’t want other people to hear your musicthe design we received is a vintage look, different than the picture here which is plain black. Ours are pale blue and brown with patterns, so do check to make sure you are getting the correct one. I love the look of ours, as its a bit different and unique but may not be everyone’s taste as it does stand out a bit. The wire has an inbuilt mic so you can take calls while wearing these headphones, and it plugs easily into our iphone 5s. Very convenient and good quality over all – would recommend them if you’re looking for over ear headphones.
    • Colour Name: Black What's this?
      There is a real market for quality headphones and the difficult sector is the mid range are where these philips items end up slap bang in the middle of. That pretty much ensures you have a huge available choice and to stand out headphones have to be really special. And whilst these philips items are very good they are not so far ahead of the competition as to make them an obvious pick. However there are some plus points that justify a purchase. Firstly they are very well made. I have other far more expensive headphones and to be frank, the build quality seems to be very similar. I’m not going to be using these during an extreme sports competition so it’s unlikely that they will fall apart in my tenure. They have a detachable chord. Now, you may ask why this is useful but it does mean that you can probably add a bit more life to these headphones.
  • Colour Name: Black What's this?

    This review is from : Philips Foldie On Ear CitiScape Headband Headphones – Black

    Stylish phones with decent performance. These headphones are available in a number of different colourways – i received a pair in teal and brown: philips foldie on ear citiscape headband headphones – green/brown. They seem well made and the design details (like the steering-wheel-style covering on the headband) are well implemented. Let’s look at the good features:- the wires are covered in fabric braiding which makes them a bit stiff, but stops them tangling and gives them a nicely retro look and feel. – the cable plugs into the left headphone so if the wire catches on something it can pull out rather than breaking. – the remote control button and microphone both work well with a nexus 7 tablet. Philips claim compatibility with a wide range of android smartphones. – the sound quality is pretty much as philips describe it – well-balanced and detailed. It’s not as lively as it could be but neither does it have the booming, thudding bass that ‘phones with a letter b on the side offer.
    • Colour Name: Black What's this?
      Pretty standard set of headphones, but nice to look at and very comfortable with well padded soft ear muffs, and adjustable padded headband. Kink free cable which actually detaches (i like that) is probably more for someone intending to travel with them, and as another person pointed out in their review, a carry bag of some sort would have been nice. I don’t use them on the phone so can’t comment on the microphone. My aunt who listens to a lot of “books on cd” loves the sound quality, which is crisp and clear. It also has enough bass adjustment for the music lover. My stumbling block is the price, and add to that the seemingly endless line of very similar headphones???for example philips shl5305bk fixie on ear stereo headphones with mic – black has a list of nice features like:40mm high quality neodymium drivers for deep and rich bassclosed acoustic design for greater bass and noise isolationflexible metal arm designed for long listening comforton-ear soft cushions for added comfortswitch from music to phone calls with built-in microphonesound familiar?. Well it should because it’s word for word the description of these headphones. Only difference is that these are almost double the price?.And i don’t believe a detachable cord and ability to fold is worth the extra money.
      • Colour Name: Black
        Soft, comfy and well padded. The headphones themselves are really nice and look lovely with the gold writing on them. I don’t like in-ear headphones and try to avoid them whenever possible as i find them uncomfortable and the cushions around the ear on these headphones are soft, comfy and well padded so even after wearing for some time i haven’t felt like i have the ‘red ear effect’ you sometimes get with on-ear headphones. They are foldable which is brilliant although a bit disappointing they don’t come with any sort of bag to store them in even if it was a cheap cotton one. I really like the design even if the colour isn’t what i would have personally chosen and the lead is made of a fabric rather than plastic lead and therefore doesn’t appear to tangle as much. The headphones are as with every headphone adjustable and fit really nicely and the headband is very nicely cushioned too. I am not using these with my phone to make calls but more to listen to music and so can’t comment on the microphone but the music i have listened to has been clear even when loud and so i think that these are a really nice pair of headphones just not the colour i would have chosen. I actually received these headphones in a different colour in error (green and brown) instead of the black ones but the headphones are identical apart from that.
  • Colour Name: Black What's this?
    These headphones look really funky with their two tone brown and light blue. I would say that the first thing i noticed was that there was no instructions with the product, so i had to ask my son to work out what the button on the cord was. We found out that to press once = pause, twice = next song, three times = previous song, which is quite handy especially if you are our walking/jogging. The head phones are really comfortable, although i had to move them around a bit to feel comfortable as i have an upper ear piercinglove the way they fold away, easily portable, would have been nice to have a small bag included to keep them in. Overall a nice product, look good, feel comfortable and produces a good sound without anybody on the outside being able to hear.
    • Colour Name: Green/Brown
      Soft, comfy and well padded. I received these headphones in error instead of philips foldie on ear citiscape headband headphones – black and to be honest on first impressions with the colour i don’t think i actually would have initially chosen them but the colour does grow on you a little bit. They are more a tan brown and duck egg blue/teal type colour as opposed to the green/brown they are meant to be and if you look at the product pictures they are a a more orangy brown than the pictures and a greener shade than the pictures too. That being said about the colour the headphones themselves are really nice. I don’t like in-ear headphones and try to avoid them whenever possible as i find them uncomfortable and the cushions around the ear on these headphones are soft, comfy and well padded so even after wearing for some time i haven’t felt like i have the ‘red ear effect’ you sometimes get with on-ear headphones. They are foldable which is brilliant although a bit disappointing they don’t come with any sort of bag to store them in even if it was a cheap cotton one. I really like the design even if the colour isn’t what i would have personally chosen and the lead is made of a fabric rather than plastic lead and therefore doesn’t appear to tangle as much. The headphones are as with every headphone adjustable and fit really nicely and the headband is very nicely cushioned too. I am not using these with my phone to make calls but more to listen to music and so can’t comment on the microphone but the music i have listened to has been clear even when loud and so i think that these are a really nice pair of headphones just not the colour i would have chosen. I received these earphones free from amazon in exchange for an impartial honest review.
      • Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
        Perfect product with the perfect price. Would recommend this definitely.
  • Colour Name: Green/Brown What's this?

    This review is from : Philips Foldie On Ear CitiScape Headband Headphones – Black

    Peculiar colour scheme and muddy bass. I received these free through the amazon vine programme. My first impressions on receiving these were far from overwhelmingly positive. I really, really don’t like the odd colour combination of mid-brown and light teal. Ugliness of the colour scheme aside, these are actually quite nice to wear. They’re soft, comfortable and well padded, and the over-ear sections are a good fit. The folding feature is good – easy to use and neat. The sound quality is only so-so. Muddy bass, strident top end. These are not some of the most expensive headphones on the market, but there’s a lot of choice to be had in this price range.
  • Colour Name: Green/Brown What's this?

    This review is from : Philips Foldie On Ear CitiScape Headband Headphones – Black

    I am no audiophile, but definitely appreciate high quality sound. I also try not to get too hung up over specs/brand names or marketing techniques. If something something sounds good, that is enough for me. I am very familiar with philips as a mood lighting company, and this was my first set of headphones from them. The headphones are fairly lightweight and comfortable, although a little tight. I do not have a large head by any measure, so can imagine that these headphones may be a little tight for some. The sound quality is average at best, although suitable for this price range. Bass is quite low, but on a positive note, music was very clear and there was literally no distortion, even on a high volume setting.