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Urbanista London Headphones review

Stylish in-ear headphones, but at a price

Our Verdict

For

  • Looks good
  • Good sound
  • Inline microphone

Against

  • A bit expensive

According to Urbanista's website, 3.5 billion people live in 'urban environments'. That's a pretty big potential market, and Urbanista is targeting city dwellers with fancily-designed gadgets to make inner-city living that bit more exciting and glamorous.

Each gadget is named after a city. Copenhagen gets some over-ear headphones, Las Vegas gets iPod cases and London gets some in-ear headphones. It could be worse – New York gets a…uh…trolley for shopping and luggage.

So what makes the London headphones suitable for urban life? The design of the headphones is certainly striking – whether you find it attractive or not will be down to taste. We're not too sure how having designer in-ear headphones helps living in a city, but we certainly give credit to Urbanista for doing something a little different with the design.

Of much more use in a busy, noisy city environment is the inline microphone which is very useful if you're listening to music on your phone and someone rings. The earphones come with a number of in-ear attachments which makes it easy to get the earphones as comfortable as possible.

The all-important sound quality is very good and the tiny 10mm speakers have a good frequency range. The £49 RRP asking price is pretty high though, so we wonder how much you're paying just for the good looks?

Tech Specs

Product TypeEarset
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size10 mm
Minimum Frequency Response20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
Product FamilyLondon
ColourFluffy Cloud, White
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameUrbanista
Form FactorOpen
Sound ModeStereo
Host InterfaceMini-phone
Cable Length75 cm
Earpiece DesignEarbud
Microphone DesignOn-cable
ManufacturerUrbanista AB
Product NameLondon Earset
Product LineLondon
Impedance16 Ohm
Manufacturer Part Number1032103
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.urbanista.com
Marketing Information

Urbanista London is an elegant, highly sophisticated and dynamic "in-ear" headphone with microphone in a sleek urbane design with a steel surface. London is wrapped in a luxurious and functional "cuff link"-box with cable management for easy storage when not in use. To fit modern urban life, the cord has an integrated microphone and a 3.5 mm plug that works with most phones and music players on the market.

MaterialSteel
Weight (Approximate)9 g