For a long time I was a big fans of Sennheiser PX200. For me it was a robust and flexible on-ear headphones with a great sound and a price that didn’t break my bank account. That is until I had an opportunity to own the P5 Bowers & Wilkins. The P5 was really awesome, I love it to bits, although the price different to the PX200 can be described as between a Vauxhall and a Maserati (the P5 special edition I own) if they were cars.
And then I saw this new headphones made by the same company I knew and love. Sennheiser came up with this new product code-named Urbanite that had a very different design compare to what it used to have, so much so that I really compelled to get my hands on one. So I did and this is my hands-on review about the marvellous pair of cans.
Today the headphones market are as competitive as the mobile phones variety into which we usually plug our headphones, or the music streaming services from which we consume our music these days. All the major headphones manufacture seems to be very keen to get attention from the younger demography of the music market, ones that finds the initial b on their headphones has the same street-cred as the swosh symbol of their Nike’s sneakers.
Designed to usurp street domination of the Beats, Sennheiser Urbanite came in multi-colour dimensions. This is a very refreshing departure from the usual Black and Grey theme that Sennheiser used to have. As a matter of fact one of the model has no less than 5 colours on it! Refreshing indeed.
The head band is pretty sturdy but also quite flexible at the same time. The inner side of the bank is lined with a soft material and it’s also padded to give a total comfort when you wear it.
The outer side is stylishly lined with ‘fabric‘ like colourful material. I could be wrong but I’ve never seen any headphones with this kind of design before. The material really complement the whole design very nicely. It is as if I were wearing a piece of clothes.
This is one of the great feature I like from the Urbanite, because like the PX200 this headphones is also fold-able! You can fold the earpiece into its own band to make it smaller and easier to carry (pouch is included by the way).
You can also adjust each ear-piece up and down independently when they are unfolded. The ear-piece is padded with soft material lined with some velvety fabric, which you can remove easily if you want to replace it.
The diameter of the driver units are big enough to enclose my ear almost in entirety. They are good enough to block some noises from outside, though not completely. And with the soft padding the Urbanite is easily one of the most comfortable earphones I’ve worn.
Made for Apple
Here is another cool thin about Urbanite, the headphones is a made-for-Apple product. One of the consequences is that the cable (1.2 m of it) has to have an Apple device compatible in-line remote. This remote will function like the remote on the official Apple earphones. I’ve tested all the functionalities of the remote and they all worked without a glitch.
Unlike normal headphones, the cable is not attached permanently to the headphones, rather the cable is pluggable. This is a good feature to avoid internal damage that might be caused by accidentally pulling the cable too strong.
The cable also sports a thin profile as opposed to the usual round thing. And this type of cable profile seems to strengthen the power.
Last but not least the cable has and angled plug which is quite handy . It makes the cable unobtrusive when it’s plugged into the music device.
Made for Bass Lovers
There is no doubt that Sennheiser is aiming for the ‘lower-octave’ aficionados. The Bass line is really attenuated in this beast.
Kanye’s ‘Love Lockdown’ brings down to house, and I could hear every pop and beat in Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’.
Having said that, the mid-range hasn’t totally been ignored either, there are still a fair amount of it in there, though I must say that it won’t beat the breadth that my B&W P5 could give me.
Sennheiser has clearly been putting a lot of effort in the design of its latest creation, and it shows. The Urbanite looks good and feel good. And more importantly it sounds good too. For half the price of the Beats, Urbanite is definitely a recommended choice for your daily listening need.
You can get Sennheiser Urbanite for £129.99 here (while stocks last).