We have tested both the Urbanite wired models (On Ear ) and liked the comfort, design and overall performance of both units. So we were excited to get our hands on the newer wireless model for the Urbanite XL and give them a test drive.
At first glance, they look exactly the same as the wired models then you notice the different plugs and power/BT switches, other than that it’s the same great design and incredibly comfortable ride. Here’s how it all breaks down.
Design, Build and Fit
I love the classic silhouette of the Urbanite XL’s, they are sleek but still buff enough in that fresh 70s kind of way. The headband features a gel padding that is just the right amount of cushion to keep things comfortable for longer wear. The headphones are not super heavy for a big over-ear wireless model, but you do give up some lightness for the wireless feature, which is not a big deal. The construction is reliable despite being made with a lot of plastic, and if you take good care of them they should last for a while, your battery will probably blow out before the headphones do.
The headphones fold up to travel a little easier and come with a soft carrying pouch that is a little flimsy for the price point and premium factor, they should come with a hard case as well.
The headphones allow you to use them as a wired model as well, so in case your battery dies you can just wire them up and get back to listening.
Another feature that I didn’t like at first was the touch controls on the temples of the headphones as they are very sensitive and would pause play if you accidentally touch them while adjusting. I eventually got a little smoother with them and now really dig the touch control (only works in wireless mode) which controls volume with up and down sweeps and stop/advance with simple taps.
The Urbanite XL Wireless’ also come with aptX on board so they can offer better sound when paired with aptX enabled devices. I’ve not used this feature, so I’m not sure how much better it is. The NFC tap-to-pair is excellent and gets you going quickly out of the box (they also come partially charged) and have a listen time of up to 25 hours. If you are taking calls, you will be happy to know that there are dual mics so you can hear yourself on the call as well which is a nice touch. The wireless range is great, I was able to roam around my house easily 20+ feet from my paired device and I never lost the connection and that is really critical if you are moving around away from your device.
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