Sennheiser Ur­ban­ite

The stylish op­tion re­viewed

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Rich, strong bass sound Tre­ble could be brighter

£150 Man­u­fac­turer Sennheiser, en-uk.sennheiser.com/ur­ban­ite Fre­quency 16Hz -22KHz Cable length 1.2m Weight 260g

The name says it all re­ally; Sennheiser’s new Ur­ban­ite head­phones are an at­tempt to get a slice of the fash­ion­able ur­ban mar­ket dom­i­nated by Beats Audio (now owned, of course, by Ap­ple).

They’ve cer­tainly got the look. The ear­pieces are thickly padded and com­fort­able to wear, and the plas­tic head­band is strong and flex­i­ble. The thick, de­tach­able audio cable in­cludes an Ap­ple-ap­proved re­mote con­trol with vol­ume con­trols, mi­cro­phone, and a but­ton that al­lows you to skip for­wards and back­wards, take calls on an iPhone and even ac­ti­vate Siri. The fin­ish­ing touch is a pair of steel hinges that fold the ear­pieces in­wards so they’re eas­ier to slip in a bag.

But, of course, it’s all about the sound. Like their Beats ri­vals, the Ur­ban­ite head­phones put a strong em­pha­sis on bass. It isn’t as punchy as some head­phones, but it does pro­duce a thick, full, sat­is­fy­ing sound. Our only mi­nor com­plaint is that the tre­ble – while still pro­vid­ing plenty of de­tail – lacks a lit­tle bright­ness right at the high end.

Th­ese prob­a­bly won’t ap­peal to Ra­dio 3 lis­ten­ers, but they work a treat for dance, rock and pop, and with a price tag of £150 they’re well priced to com­pete with the likes of the popular Beats Solo. Cliff Joseph

Heavy bass won’t suit ev­ery­one, but the Ur­ban­ite head­phones hit the spot if you want to get funky.

Sennheiser takes its audio ex­per­tise onto the streets with the Ur­ban­ite head­phones.

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