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Hi i'm a student commuting back and forth from school everyday approximately 3 hours, subway and bus.
i'm aiming for a neutral sounding, good isolation, modern look headphones.
i was just debating between the Philips Citiescape Downtown and the noontec zoros.
 
I see the downtowns for around 50 on amazon but the greys are at 88. the noontecs are about 100.
 
Which you would you guys recommend? Is the extra 50 dollars for the noontecs worth it?
 
Any other headphone suggestions would be appreciated
 
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Why not get IEMs(in the ear isolating earphones) instead? IEMs will probably isolate better, and will fit in a pocket after you are finished listening.
 
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Hmmm.. will the design of HD25 Adidas will satisfy you?
 
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Why not get IEMs(in the ear isolating earphones) instead? IEMs will probably isolate better, and will fit in a pocket after you are finished listening.
 
hi thanks for the reply! thing is i like the portability of iems i currently have a few monoprice 8320,8321, klipsch s4i. and the only headphones i have is the monoprice 8323s, they sound good, isolate well, but lets be honest.. they don't look good at all, uninspiring design and i had to add a cushion cover to make up for its lack of comfort in the headband and it looks even dorkier now. 
 
I'm looking for a more modern design for headphones but preferably more neutral sounding. heard great things about the noontecs zoros except its isolation and heard the isolation on the downtowns to be superb, and its really good for $100, i now see the brown one for around 50 on amazon ( prefer the gray however).
 
I really want to see the difference in sound quality in comparison to the monoprice cans i have, see how they stack up to those two over achievers according to innerfidelity
 
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I haven't heard the Downtown. I saw it at Best Buy, so if you are near a Best Buy, you could listen to it there. I recently read that Best Buy is matching Amazon pricing, except for the 10 days near black Friday.
 
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hi thanks for the reply! thing is i like the portability of iems i currently have a few monoprice 8320,8321, klipsch s4i. and the only headphones i have is the monoprice 8323s, they sound good, isolate well, but lets be honest.. they don't look good at all, uninspiring design and i had to add a cushion cover to make up for its lack of comfort in the headband and it looks even dorkier now. 
 
I'm looking for a more modern design for headphones but preferably more neutral sounding. heard great things about the noontecs zoros except its isolation and heard the isolation on the downtowns to be superb, and its really good for $100, i now see the brown one for around 50 on amazon ( prefer the gray however).
 
I really want to see the difference in sound quality in comparison to the monoprice cans i have, see how they stack up to those two over achievers according to innerfidelity
i disagree about the monoprice 8323. I think it's quite nice looking. Simplistic and functional, just how it should be.
 
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Hmmm.. will the design of HD25 Adidas will satisfy you?
oooh i'll be looking more into that thanks! oh wow its not cheap =P
 
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i disagree about the monoprice 8323. I think it's quite nice looking. Simplistic and functional, just how it should be.
what i mean is that its fine for home use, which is what i'm using them for right now, but its design to me is too plain, and i wouldn't walk around campus with it and the fact i add a cushion headband, make it look worse! made it more comfortable but worse aesthetically
 
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I haven't heard the Downtown. I saw it at Best Buy, so if you are near a Best Buy, you could listen to it there. I recently read that Best Buy is matching Amazon pricing, except for the 10 days near black Friday.
no way is this canadian or american.... 
 
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what i mean is that its fine for home use, which is what i'm using them for right now, but its design to me is too plain, and i wouldn't walk around campus with it and the fact i add a cushion headband, make it look worse! made it more comfortable but worse aesthetically
I wear mine to and from school everyday man. But i will say, after losing that short cord, it sure is a hassle to have to use the long one. SO i got some gr04 flagships on the way to fix that...
 
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I wear mine to and from school everyday man. But i will say, after losing that short cord, it sure is a hassle to have to use the long one. SO i got some gr04 flagships on the way to fix that...
agreed that long cord is really too long...  but its a lot more durable than the other one, i also use my brothers monster pro cable when he's not around just for added durability
 
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Hi i'm a student commuting back and forth from school everyday approximately 3 hours, subway and bus.
i'm aiming for a neutral sounding, good isolation, modern look headphones.
i was just debating between the Philips Citiescape Downtown and the noontec zoros.
 
I see the downtowns for around 50 on amazon but the greys are at 88. the noontecs are about 100.
 
Which you would you guys recommend? Is the extra 50 dollars for the noontecs worth it?
 
Any other headphone suggestions would be appreciated
 
From what I've read the Downtowns aren't exactly neutral.
 
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oh really, i haven't heard too much about them on head fi or anywhere for that matter, only on innerfidelity. But he thought very highly of them. What have you heard about them?
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From what I've read the Downtowns aren't exactly neutral.
 
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oh really, i haven't heard too much about them on head fi or anywhere for that matter, only on innerfidelity. But he thought very highly of them. What have you heard about them?
 
They're supposed to sound quite warm and coloured. There's an emphasis on the bass, as expected on consumer-friendly headphones. Apart from that there's not much that I could gather without getting stuck in the whole perspective thing.
 
They seem to be headphones for casual listening.
 
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