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CNET First Look
The stylish Philips Citiscape Metro headphonesThe Citiscape Metro on-ear headphones have a great sense of style for a budget-priced headphone, but the sound lacks clarity.
Hey. I'm Justin Yu, Headphone Editor for cnet.com. This is your first look at the Philips CitiScape Metro Headphones. So the Metro series are Philips's entry level model in the CitiScape line and as you can probably tell, there is a lot of focus on the fashionable elements of design here. The Euro inspired looks are pretty contemporary and clean and Philips actually offers us particular model in black, white, blue, purple and pink. The technical term for this kind of headphone is a close-back on-ear because they sit on top of your head and rest on top of your ears as opposed to the circum-aural headphones with the ear pads wrapped around your ear. That's it. These headphones aren't meant to seal you from the rest of the world. So if you are looking for a private experience or you wanna drown out outside noise, these aren't gonna be a good fit for you. The headphones are wrapped in thick leather here with thickly padded ear cushions which is good for physical comfort. But this synthetic material actually costs our viewer, Steve Gunberg to report that his ears felt overheated after just about 15 minutes of use. The CitiScape Metros use 832 on sound design with 40 mm (Millard?) drivers in each ear bud. The cable is about 46 inches long and it's angle resistant which should be a boom for portable music listeners that like using their (cans?) on the go. The only thing about the design that we don't like is we wish the headband and the ear cuts are kinda folded down for compact travel. As it is, it kinda just sits here like this for you to throw and get potentially damaged in your back. Steve also reports that the headphones sound soft and rounded, a little out of the bar of ways considered to a high resolution signature. But we're still not expecting too much out of such a budget friendly headphone. Of course the type of sound you want out of headphones is always a subjective decision. But Steve does mention that these headphones feature over amp size base that could be a boost for hip hop living stance. So check out the foldable cost (porter?) pro headphones that's a great alternative with the excellent mix of price, sound and style. But if you do still decide to buy these Philips CitiScape Metros, you'll find a little more emphasis placed on style as opposed to sound. You could read more details in the full review on cnet.com. But that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin Yu. These are the Philips CitiScape Metro Headphones and that sounds good to me.