The stylish option reviewed
£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.