Swedish audio brand Urbanista has emerged in recent years, releasing a series of truly wireless headphones and Bluetooth speakers designed for fashion-conscious music lovers on a limited budget.
The brand is now turning its attention to the world of headphones, Urbanista Miami.
These noise-canceling headsets are a cheaper alternative to models like the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Apple AirPods Max, and although they do not have the same refined audio quality or class ANC, we think they are a good choice for those who don’t have enough money to spend.
The urbanist once again bolstered his design capabilities and released stylish wireless headphones in a variety of stylish colors, including a practical case for easy portability.
Control buttons are integrated into generously padded headphones and, in most cases, work well, allowing you to control the playback of music and phone calls and switch between active noise cancellation and ambient voice mode.
Noise cancellation isn’t the best we’ve experienced, but it’s enough if you’re not worried about blocking every bit of ambient sound. Ambient mode allows you to touch your surroundings by pressing a button.
The sound quality is generally well balanced, lending itself to pop and RNB with extended bass response.
However, audiophiles looking for accuracy and sophistication may want to spend a little more money on a pair of reference headphones.
Battery life and connectivity are also worth the price. You’ll have up to 50 hours of playback on a single charge, and support for Bluetooth 5 means you won’t have to worry about connection interruptions or long connection times.
Overall, Urbanista has exceeded expectations with its first pair of noise-canceling headphones, and it’s easy to recommend to anyone on a limited budget who doesn’t want to sacrifice style, sound or material.
Like Urbanista’s former wireless headphones and Bluetooth speakers, Miami headphones are available in a variety of modern colors including pearl white, midnight black, ruby red and royal green.
We’ve analyzed the Ruby Red version of the headphones, and love the tone at first sight – it’s amazing, but it doesn’t suit everyone’s tastes.
The headphones and headband are generously padded, making for long listening periods.
A hard case is provided with the ipp chipper so you can put them in your bag without worry.
The overall look of the Urbanista Miami is super stylish, brushed aluminum housings emit a subtle shine and the headphones can be folded easily.
At the bottom of the left headset, you’ll find the USB-C charging port, battery status indicator light and feature button, allowing you to switch between active noise cancellation and ambient sound mode.
The right headset is home to a 3.5mm audio port, volume button and skip track.
The control button is also on this side and can be used to turn headphones on and off, play and pause tracks, and answer and end phone calls.
The addition of the 3.5mm audio port is welcome, especially since the Apple AirPods Max came to the scene without this convenience, despite the high price tag.
Here, an audio cable is included in the box; It is regrettable that the cable does not match the color of the headphones – ours is black – but that is definitely not a problem.
Using buttons to control the playback of your music proved to be quite simple, though we noticed a slight delay when using the volume buttons at the beginning.
This problem has been fixed quickly when using headphones for a long time.
Automatic pause function is also useful, thanks to integrated sensors, which interrupt music playback when you remove the headphones from your head.
In Mulder and Scully in Catatonia, the soundstage felt broad enough, with good separation between different frequencies.
The driving guitars and drums had plenty of energy behind them, but never surpassed the distinctive vocals of Cerys Matthews.
Moving on to something a little more soulful, we find that Lou Rawls ‘intricate bass lines are as well-controlled as Mine Like Mine, while the rubbing strings and pianos are the cushioned Rawls’ dulcet vocal runs. There is a touch of harshness at the highest treble frequencies in most volumes, but hardly noticeable from the experience.
In general, we welcomed more details on the triplets and enriched the mid-frequency presentation.