- Created on 08 November 2011
Headphones for listening to music on the move using a smartphone, tablet or mp3 player come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit anyone, with most people going for in-ear headphones that generally provide excellent noise cancellation and depending on the model, reasonable music and audio reproduction. The mid-size headphones appear to have somewhat lost popularity over the years, but the latest product from Urbanista that we have been sent to review, the Urbanista Copenhagen, look set to change this.
- Speaker size: φ40 mm
- Sensitivity: 118 dB±3 dB SPL @ 1 KHz
- Impedance: 16 ohms±15% @ 1 KHz
- Frequency: 20-20000 Hz
- Plug: 3,5mm stereo + Adaptor cable for Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung ETC included
- Handsfree with microphone
- Cable: Main cable diametre: 5.0mm Length: 75cm (Cable from fork to plug). Secondary cord Length : 28 cm (cable from fork to plug)
- Weight: 117 g (without cable)
- Works with iPad and iPhone
Personally I have always steered clear of the Mid-size headsets, like a lot of people, as the in-ear headphones have always given the best experience in terms of both audio playback (including noise cancellation) and weight. However, I think I may just have changed my mind having had the chance to review the Copenhagen headset. The headset came folded up in a hard case and the set we reviewed were a bright green colour (called Crispy Apple), although they are available in a utilitarian gun metal and also a bright pink colour. The headset weighs very little but the build feels strong, including the folding mechanism, and the design is really cool. Due to the lightweight build and well padded earphones, the headphones are comfortable to wear even for long periods of time (such as a long commute) but are easy to pack away due to the excellent folding mechanism.
The headphones themselves are square and padded with a smooth white foam material that surprisingly offers a reasonable amount of insulation from the outside world and the headband adjusts to fit even the biggest heads. As well as the headphones, there is also a microphone incorporated on the cable that can be turned on and off with the touch of a button. The 3.5mm jack will plug into most smartphones, however there is also an adaptor cable so that Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung smartphone users can also join the party.
In use, I was very much impressed by both the clarity and depth of music and audio reproduction, with crisp treble and excellent bass tones that seemed to complement all of the music we played through the device. The microphone worked well and is well positioned to hang discretely next to the mouth of the user. Due to this excellent range, the headphones are ideal for music playback as well as playing games or even movies.
£79 (at the time of writing)
4.5/5 - The Urbanista Copenhagen aren't the cheapest headphones you are going to find, however, as with most things, you get what you pay for, and for the money they don't disappoint. The design is unlike any other we have seen and will definitely make you stand out in a crowd, and the audio quality lives up to expectations with excellent audio reproduction.