Sennheiser Urbanite Headphone review. We break it down on sound quality, style, comfort and overall value.
Many of you might not be familiar with the Sennheiser brand, as they have kind of kept their heads down as the “lifestyle” headphone category started exploding about 5 years ago. This German company has always been a little bit more serious and much like America’s Bose has always appealed to an older more professional/audiophile type of consumer. As the category continues to get flooded with mediocre product it’s nice to see a legacy brand on the shelf next to all the bright colors and plastic.
Sennheiser has finally brought forward a sleek and elegant lifestyle headphone for the everyday music lover and it’s called the Urbanite.
We got our hands on a pair and spent a couple days with them, doing a little comparing and contrasting along the way. Here’s what we thought…
How Do They Look?
Sneaker heads often use the word “clean” to describe a sneaker that is well designed but not flashy. The Urbanite model has achieved “clean” with a very simple design that is elegant and sophisticated coming in five color ways that are primarily monochromatic and muted two tone. There are no neon tank tops at this party, that’s for sure.
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How Do They Feel?
Sennheiser has achieved a great balance between durability and comfort, which is not all that easy to do. The headphones are made from really nice materials and even the tangle resistant cable and high-end mic are a step above the rest. They are also very light because of the stripped down design and the ear cups are plush so they are easy on the ears after marathon listening sessions. The cushioned ear cups also absorb a good amount of the clamping force that prevents fatigue that can happen earlier with other headphones.
How Do They Sound?
We kind of expect great sound from a company like Sennheiser, especially at the $200 price point for the on ear model and $250 for the over ears. They have really achieved a great overall sound that will appeal to today’s music fanatic who tends to hop genres a lot. The sound is balanced but has just enough punch to make the experience vibrant for those who appreciate a bit of low end. When you are listening to electronic music you are really going to hear the bass shine through but never gratuitously. The Urbanite just sounds good and is one of the best in class at this price point without a doubt. We are huge V-Moda M-100 fans around the Magnetic offices and the Urbanites are definitely in the same league.
Should I buy them?
If you are in the market for some new cans and looking for something with a more understated look and great all around sound, the Urbanite is really worth considering. Sennheiser got it right with just about everything on this headphone and the only gripe we can muster is that they don’t have the option to plug in on both sides of the headphone, just the left side.