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Phillips Citiscape Downtown better than Uptown?

post #1 of 20
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Don't get me wrong, the Phillips Citiscape Uptown over-ear may be technically the better phone (thus more expensive), I seem to prefer the Downtown. The headband is uniform and rests easily on my head, while the Uptown's headband has ridges and seems to irritate the top of my head. Also, I find with me wearing glasses, the Downtown seems to make a better seal and have better bass response than the Uptown. The Uptown is also heavier but might have better soundstage.

 

I keep thinking the Citiscape Uptown should be the better headphone, since it's more expensive and a higher tiered headphone from the Downtown. Still, I seem to prefer the Downtown in nearly all aspects, expect maybe soundstage.

 

Is my thinking wrong on this issue? Is there something I'm missing about the Uptown?

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Originally Posted by lubczyk View Post

Don't get me wrong, the Phillips Citiscape Uptown over-ear may be technically the better phone (thus more expensive), I seem to prefer the Downtown. The headband is uniform and rests easily on my head, while the Uptown's headband has ridges and seems to irritate the top of my head. Also, I find with me wearing glasses, the Downtown seems to make a better seal and have better bass response than the Uptown. The Uptown is also heavier but might have better soundstage.

 

I keep thinking the Citiscape Uptown should be the better headphone, since it's more expensive and a higher tiered headphone from the Downtown. Still, I seem to prefer the Downtown in nearly all aspects, expect maybe soundstage.

 

Is my thinking wrong on this issue? Is there something I'm missing about the Uptown?




The Uptown (from what I read in your post) is technically better than the Downtown, but you prefer the Downtown for a multitude of reasons.  You don't always prefer the better phone.  A lot goes into why a person prefers one 'phone over another (sound signature, quality, design, comfort, build, value, etc).

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The Uptown (from what I read in your post) is technically better than the Downtown, but you prefer the Downtown for a multitude of reasons.  You don't always prefer the better phone.  A lot goes into why a person prefers one 'phone over another (sound signature, quality, design, comfort, build, value, etc).



You're probably right. I'm going with the Downtown.

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You're probably right. I'm going with the Downtown.




Downtowns are great though.  I haven't tried the Uptowns though, so I can't comment, I do have the Undergrounds :)

post #5 of 20

I tried both the Downtown and Uptown, Uptown is way better phone in construction and sound

post #6 of 20

I tried both earlier today at Best Buy. I actually preferred the Downtown as well. The Uptown sounded noticeably cavernous.

 

Also, the Downtown was surprisingly really comfortable, and not to mention, quite stylish IMO.


Edited by EZPZ - 5/4/12 at 4:38pm
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I tried both earlier today at Best Buy. I actually preferred the Downtown as well. The Uptown sounded noticeably cavernous.

 

I did the same thing the other week and had the same impression.

post #8 of 20

Now, has anyone compared those to the Koss Porta Pros? Do the Porta Pros sound better, though without the isolation?

post #9 of 20

I prefer my uptowns over Koss Porta Pros (I have both).  It is comparing apples to oranges since the portapros are open vs closed uptowns.  THe sound of the uptowns is more balanced vs bassy portapros.  I use both at work, and have found that I am not using the portapros near as much anymore.

post #10 of 20

Are the Uptowns more comfortable/isolate more then the downtowns?

post #11 of 20

ThanX jk70007, for the illuminating reply! smily_headphones1.gif

post #12 of 20

Now I am wondering how these Philips Citiscapes compare to the Sennheiser HD 419. Has anyone ever used both?

post #13 of 20

I think the Uptowns are more comfortable because they're circumaural, but for on-ear cans, the Downtowns are very cushy.  The Uptowns have slightly better isolation (for me).

 

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Are the Uptowns more comfortable/isolate more then the downtowns?

post #14 of 20

I prefer the Philips Uptowns to the HD419, HD429, and HD439.  I think the HD439 is the best of the lot and not a bad headphone, but the Uptown has better midrange detail.

 

 

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Now I am wondering how these Philips Citiscapes compare to the Sennheiser HD 419. Has anyone ever used both?

post #15 of 20

ThanX Barry S! This is very valuable information! :D

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