Searching for a pair of headphones can be a daunting task as there are multiple brands competing with each other for your custom. You eventually think that you’ve found a pair that suit your needs but then you look at the price tag and find that they’re way over your budget. This is where the Urbanista Seattle Wireless headphones come in and save you from despair and also a lot of money. Urbanista is a Swedish audio brand, selling earphones, headphones and speakers. Its products are aimed at people who work and live in cities, which you may have gathered from the brand name. You can buy a pair on the Urbanista website for €99. They're the best quality headphones for that price.
The sound quality can be described as balanced: clear, without an overwhelming bass. The audio is fantastic for the price you pay. If you’re a bass head, these wouldn’t be for you. The headphones have Bluetooth 4.0 and are compatible with Android, iOS and Windows devices. Siri and Google Now voice activations are also built in to the headphones if you don’t feel like manually using your smart phone. The headphones need to be charged every 12 hours for about an hour. You can use the headphone cable if the headphones lose power when your listening anyway.
The right ear-cup also works as a control panel, meaning you can change the volume by sliding your finger up and down on the ear cup. You can skip songs by sliding your finger horizontally on the ear-cup too. If you tap one finger on the cup it pauses the music, or it can answer or hang up calls. The features on these headphones are outstanding for the price you pay. However, the Bluetooth connection can be disrupted if you’re in the middle of the city centre, surrounded by Bluetooth devices in vehicles and businesses. I’m not too bothered by this as the connection is great the majority of the time and it’s kind of expected for the price I paid. The headphones block out external noise well but if the volume is up very loud it’ll tend to leak out from the cans.
The Seattle Wireless headphone design is understated and typically Scandinavian. They are pretty small and fold inwards which makes them handy to store in a travel bag. Urbanista don’t give you a travel bag with them. The headphones are available in blue petroleum, fluffy cloud (white), dark cloud (black) and rose gold. I bought the blue petroleum pair because the colour is a bit different without going too crazy. If you want people to really notice your headphones, opt for rose gold or fluffy cloud. The synthetic leather, with added memory foam is comfortable on your ears and you can wear them for hours without getting sore ears. The headphones are plastic but very sturdy. The only branding the headphones have is on the headband by the ear-cups. It says the brand name on the left-hand side and right-hand side. You can hardly notice it because the letters are small and in a slightly lighter shade than the actual headphone colour. The Urbanista logo can be seen on the four bolts of the headphones in silver. The headphone branding is just right, as it doesn’t take over from the subdued look Urbanista is going for, as the sound take centre stage.
The Urbanista Seattle Wireless headphones suits those with a creative style, who appreciate simplistic design, with an added, pop of colour. The headphones are stylish, and the sound quality is impressive.