A good quality set of headphones is something that most people take for granted, and taking into account that there is such an abundance of various headphones out there, many of us don’t particularly know (or even care about for that matter) the details and finesses that differentiate one set of headphones from another.
Be that as it may, differences and nuances do exist, and they usually separate the truly great headphones from the really good ones. In this article we will be taking a closer look at one of the best headphones on the market today, the Sennheiser Urbanite XL Over-Ear headphones.
Features of the Product
The Sennheiser Urbanite XL Over-Ear headphones offer a wide variety of features important to music enthusiasts, such as a great and clear sound, solidified by a strong and deep bass range but also accompanied by the clarity and equality across the frequency range, which is typical of all Sennheiser products.
Not only is the quality of sound at an exceptional level, but the Urbanite XL fulfils the rigorous Sennheiser standards of comfort, with silky soft ear pads and a comfortable fabric-wrapped headband, which when combined with durable aluminium sliders and steel hinges ensure memorable listening sessions, providing the listener not only with flawless sound but also a comfortable wearing experience.
Aside from these features, the Urbanite XL offers excellent compatibility with modern IOS and Android devices, featuring integrated controls for incoming and outgoing calls and playlist management, making it that much easier to both listen to your favourite tunes and conduct your conversations.
As far as dimensions go, the Urbanite XL stands at a compact 7.9 x 3.2 x 9 inches (20 x 8.1 x 22.9 cm), and the headphones utilise a foldable design, which is ideal for a life on the move. The weight of the Urbanite XL is a mere 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg), light as a breeze, which further adds to the comfort and listening experience.
Quality of sound – The first thing that strikes you when listening to some tunes on the Urbanite is the overall smoothness and clarity of the sound. The bass is massive and imposing while not overarching and dominant over the rest of the track. Users have noted a kind of symmetry across the sound range, which further solidifies the sound quality.
That being said, a lot also depends on the genre of music being listened to at a particular time. For example, when listening to some genres where the vocal is more prominent, the mid ranges tend to get slightly mixed up with the low frequencies, but this doesn’t affect the overall listening experience much.
The Urbanite XL however, was designed to lean more towards providing listeners with the ‘club experience’ on the go, which brings more focus on electronic dance music and less so on vocal-centric genres. And when it comes to EDM, the Urbanite performs exquisitely! The lower frequencies are given more emphasis and sound wonderful, while still keeping the aforementioned sound symmetry.
The sound range, I have found, can be described as having warm basses, punchy middle frequencies, and a bright treble section to round up the sonic mix. An all-around enjoyable mixture with neither section of the frequency range gaining that much of a prominence over the rest of them.
Composition – The body of the Urbanite XL is solidly built including premium stainless steel hinges and aluminium sliders which guarantee product durability. The headphones can be folded which reduces their size twofold, allowing for more packing compatibility and compactness on the go.
An important feature of the Urbanite XL’s build is the fact that the ear pads are designed to be replaceable, which gives you the opportunity to simply replace a faulty or broken ear pad for a new one, instead of having to replace the entire headphone set for a new one.
One other feature of the Urbanite XL that customers (myself included) have found useful is the sliding mechanism located at the joint of the ear pads and the headband. This method of adjustability allows the listener to seamlessly regulate the locations and distance of the ear pads, ensuring the minimum amount of hassle to get the headphones into perfect position.
The Urbanite XL comes with ear pads which are soft as clouds, providing not only the extra pampering and comfort you as a music connoisseur deserve, but also adding to the quality and purity of the sound by isolating all the surrounding noise, allowing you to better experience whatever it is that you are listening to. Whether you are alone in the silence and privacy of your own room, or outside surrounded by the cacophony of city sounds, with the Urbanite on your ears, you won’t know the difference.
The shape of the ear pads of the Urbanite XL is circular and covers the entire ear of the listener, i.e. the ear coupling is circum-aural, which provides for the characteristic sound insulation that the listener experiences when putting them on. The ear pads themselves are incredibly soft and plush, made out of velour, and wrapping you in comfort as soon as you put them on.
What makes this product stand out
What I feel makes the Urbanite XL stand out when compared to other headphones in its price range is undeniably the quality of the sound. To get this kind of sound quality and, to me more importantly, sound insulation, is simply a must when it comes to headphone users, to be able to just put the Urbanite XL on your ears and no matter where you are be captivated by the music you are listening to at that moment, is an amazing experience, and comes at quite a reasonable price.
Pros and Cons of the Product
- Sound quality : Unique experience of a sound symmetry across the frequency range.
- Value for money: Definitely worth the money if you are looking for quality headphones
- Durability: Extremely durable due to great production quality
- Comfort : Ear pads soft as clouds
- Price : – Not in everyone’s price range for another version
To wrap things up, for me, the good things drastically outweigh the minor flaws and the Sennheiser Urbanite XL is definitely worthy of consideration for the flattering title of best headphones in this price range, given the exquisite value for money caused by impressive sound quality and comfort levels. There you have it folks, hopefully you enjoyed the ride, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and keep track of the site for the best deals around.