Urbanista Seattle Headphones Review

A handy pair of headphones that are great for day-to-day use. It’s nice to see the extra thought that went into the design with the ‘leap frog’ style music share feature.

What we think

The Urbanista Seattle headphones are minimalist in design and made of a sturdy yet comfortable material. They are a great set of daily headphones, although very prolonged periods of wear may start to get uncomfortable, and the sound quality is in the region between mediocre and good.

    Pros

  • Minimalist design
  • Plug and share music port
  • Comfortable memory foam
  • Sound cancelling

    Cons

  • Doesn’t fold very small
  • Stiff extenders

    Rating

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars
  • Features:4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Design: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Value:4 out of 5 stars
Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Design

The Seattle is a good looking pair of headphones. It has a minimalist, single-colour scheme (unless you opt for the Rose Gold colour scheme, which throws a coloured highlight into the mix), on-ear cans and a simple, foldable construction. A lot has to be said for a simplistic design, which ironically helps a product stand out in today’s market.

The Seattle’s ear cups are well cushioned and round rather than oval, lying on the ear, rather than around it, which, after several hours of non-stop wearing, can start to get a bit uncomfortable, despite the memory foam padding. For casual use though, the memory foam keeps your ears snug and comfortable, while also helping to prevent sound leakage to a surprising degree, and likewise provides good noise isolation, leaving just you and your music.

The headband for its part is ever so slightly padded, to help prevent any discomfort there, but not so much that it can be seen, keeping the overall shape and profile of the Seattle sleek. The headband also extends via a slider above each ear can (which I found to be quite stiff) and has two hinges so the cans can fold inward. This doesn’t really save that much space, so when moving out and about, I found myself just leaving the headphones around my neck rather than chucking them in a bag.




The most innovative and thoughtful feature of the Seattle is the plug-and-share port that allows you to immediately share whatever music you are listening to with a friend, simply by plugging their headphones into the Seattle headphones. The set comes with two 3.5mm ports, one on each speaker can. One end of the included AUX cable goes in either of those, while the other end goes into the phone or device playing the music, and that leaves a free port on the headphones for a friend to wire in. Both headphones then play the music from the device.

The 120cm AUX cord is long enough to not be restrictive when playing music from a phone or other device in your pocket. Likewise, it won’t chain you too close to a laptop. However, it may be too short to use with a tower computer, especially if the port is around shin level. The wire has a microphone and control button towards one end, so you can take calls and pause/play music instantly.

The only non-simple aspect of the Seattle are the name choices for the colours. Pictured is the black “Dark Clown” colour scheme, but there is also a blue (Petroleum Blue) a white (Fluffy Cloud) and a white/pink combo (Rose Gold) to choose from.

Performance

Costing £49.00, the sound quality of the Seattle matches the price. It has a good, clear sound, which comes through especially well, coupled as it is with the soundproofing of the foam ear cushions.

Urbanista claims a 20 to 20,000Hz audio frequency, a 26+/-15% (at 1Khz) impedance, and 140mm speakers.

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Verdict

With a nice feeling material, good sound, memory foam cushions and the plug-and-share port, the Seattle is worth the below-fifty-pound price tag. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of them, and like to have them on hand, whether it is to listen to music, load up a YouTube video, or use them for phone calls. I’m a big fan of the minimalist design, comfort, and day-to-day use of the Seattle.

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