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Philips CitiScape Uptown Review (vs. Brainwavz HM5 and Audio Technica ATH-AD2000)

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Pros: Sound (esp. bass and soundstage), extremely comfortable, looks nice

Cons: Cable could be better, inline remote is a problem, causes static and channel imbalance unless in a "sweet spot"

  **Last Update: Sept 18, 2012**   About:   The Uptown is the highest model in Philips' new CitiScape line of headphones. They come in black/brown or silver/brown, and are priced at $150 USD (street is/can be much lower). A few specs:   Impedance: 32 Ohm Sensitivity: 103 dB Max Power Input: 30mW Drivers: 40mm Cable Length: 1.2m (~4ft) Connector: 3.5mm   As you can see from the specs these should be pretty easy to drive, so an amp isn't required. In fact, I found that apparently the Uptown's are unable to be used with a 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter (messes up the sound). My guess would be that this is due to the iPod/smartphone compatibility...
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Utterly Disappointing

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Pros: None whatsoever.

Cons: Poor isolation, even though that's their whole purpose. Even poorer sound.

Description: The Beyerdynamic DT770M is an alternate version of the popular DT770, with supposedly strong isolation for use by drummers or monitoring in noisy environments. Physically, it is the same as the other DT770s, only with black cups, pleather earpads, and an in-line volume control. Concerning the pads, they are much shallower than the normal velour ones. My ears pressed up right against the drivers, and I noticed that it got hot and sweaty in there pretty quickly. Build quality is good, exactly the same as you'd expect from any other DT770, only the in-line volume control seemed unnecessarily bulky, and was made of cheap and flimsily put together plastic. The DT770M has an...
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Dark, muddy, and several oddities in the sound.

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Pros: Comfy, comes with lots of accessories

Cons: Not all that neutral, numerous cons in the sound outweigh the positives, build quality is meh

I liked these when I first got them but over time as I listened to more and better headphones realized they are not very good. They're not all bad but I think the cons outweigh the pros. There are already enough hyped up positive comments from tons of people, so I'm just going to list what the problems were for me.   Not really all that neutral. Perhaps more balanced relative to some of the wilder headphones out there and mostly non-offensive, but that's about it. Overall balance is actually a little bit on the dark side. I'm no treble head and hate any spikes in the higher frequencies, but even for me these sounded a little bit veiled and lacking clarity. The treble on its own...
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