Urbanista Miami review: strong bass and enduring
With the Urbanista Miami, the Swedish headphone specialist Urbanista is bringing relatively inexpensive over-ear headphones with ANC onto the market. We tested them.
The design of the Urbanista Miami is very simple. They are robust and simply processed. Even for the lower price, they give a high quality feel and are impeccably made. In addition to a USB-C cable, a case is included in the scope of delivery, this is not a matter of course.
Comfort and sound of the Urbanista Miami
Personally, my biggest criticism is not the sound, not the battery life or missing functions, no, it's the comfort. Since the headphones have very small ear cups, they sit very tightly. For people with somewhat larger eavesdroppers, this can become very uncomfortable for a long time. If you have smaller ears, you will love the headphones, as they cover them well with their very generous padding and thus let in little sound from the outside. In addition, the headphones sit very firmly on smaller heads and would not wobble too much when running. But as already mentioned at the beginning, I belong to the group with bigger ears, but this point of criticism is not "universal", i.e. relevant for all users.
The sound, on the other hand, made a very positive impression on me. As I write in every headphone test: I am the "bass" target group. I listen to a lot of bass-heavy music, i.e. pop, hip-hop and electro. A company like Urbanista attaches great importance to a younger target group and accordingly adapts its sound exactly for this target group. The Urbanista Miami are no different and have a strong deep bass, which is especially true in the angesprocertain genres come into focus. This is to the detriment of the mids and highs, which can no longer be reproduced clearly.
The ANC mode opens up the bass level a bit, making it appear clearer. The ANC is more effective than the Urbanista New York. The ANC is particularly effective with voices and louder noises, but there is definitely a slight background noise. In "Ambient mode", the background noise is not present and the outside world (for example loudspeaker announcements) is therefore reproduced louder. You can switch between the modes at the push of a button, the function key works very reliably.
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The Urbanista Miami's connection is via Bluetooth 5 and it is very stable. Even if I walk around the house with the headphones on and leave the smartphone in the room, the connection will not be lost. Unfortunately, there is no app with functions, which is a shame. Updates with improvements in particular are not available.
The battery life of the headphones is fantastic. The headphones lasted for a full 40 hours with ANC enabled and around 50 hours without ANC. So very suitable for a week of video conferencing and listening to music. If you connect the headphones via a 3,5 millimeter jack, you save battery capacity, but then the ANC is not available. The Chargeproprocess takes 90 minutes, the USB-C cable is included. A 3,5mm jack is also included.
The Urbanista Miami are good headphones for an RRP of 149 euros, but unfortunately too small for my head. So if you have a bigger head, you should use different headphones. The Miami are ideal for smaller heads because they fit very tightly, have a very long battery life and a good sound. The focus is particularly on the bass, but the other levels also become clearer in the ANC. Unfortunately, this has a slight background noise and the headphones do not support the Qualcomm aptX standard.