Test: Urbanista Miami – Affordable and comprehensive with noise reduction

No, it is clear that it is not the same thing. You can not expect a headset for 1500 kronor to be as good as one for 3500 – 6000 kronor, as Sony, Boses and Apple’s best over-earheadset with active noise reduction. The question is instead how close you get, and here I think that Urbanista with Miami has succeeded so well that the top models’ price tag appears to be overpriced.

We have liked Urbanistas over earheadset, with earmuffs that enclose the entire ear, before. Most recently, it was about Urbanista New York, which became something of an affordable favorite three years ago. Urbanista Miami feels like a worthy sequel.

The construction feels well-built, with metal frames that hold the ear flaps together, and I like the color choices. The headset is firmly in place so that I can use it even when I do strength training without the risk of slipping off. Four physical buttons are used for control, no touch that can be set with hoods and the like. The buttons are easy to find and feel the difference, and the headset automatically shuts off the music if you remove it. The earmuffs are not the softest I have tested, but they are comfortable enough for me to be able to wear the headphones for a long time without them becoming uncomfortable.

Robust sound

The music sound is really nice, with a clear spaciousness and clear details, possibly with a bit excessive bass as audience courtship. You get even better music sound with a couple of more expensive lures, but I still think the sound in Urbanista Miami is more than just good enough.

The connection is made in the good old fashioned way, ie you hold down the on / off button to go into pairing mode and look up the headset in the bluetooth menu. You can only have one device connected at a time, so you cannot use it for, for example, music from your mobile phone and video conferencing on your computer without switching between them. The connection is stable and hassle-free, and the lip sync is good when I watch movies, so there are no noticeable delays in the audio transmission.

Active noise reduction, ANC, is a feature that really tends to differentiate the expensive headsets from the cheaper ones. With the help of microphones on the outside of the headset, ambient noise is captured and neutralized if it is sufficiently regular. In the best headsets, the effect is almost magical, in some cases the effect is so limited that you can barely perceive it.

In Urbanista Miami, it is no problem to perceive the noise reduction when switching between noise reduction of, noise reduction on or transmission of ambient noise. This is partly because the earmuffs let through more of the ambient noise to begin with than you are used to from this type of headset. When the noise reduction is off, the headphones remove significantly less noise than a pair of standard earmuffs. If you turn on the noise reduction, a lot of noise disappears, but not everything. In addition, a mechanical hissing is added, which is definitely preferable in noisy environments, but in the quiet corner of the home it becomes quieter to drive without the noise reduction, which is also the default setting when you turn on the headphones. As a whole, I think that the noise reduction here definitely adds value to the headset, while it is not on a par with the previously mentioned 4000 kronor headphones.

Good conversational sound in peace

Conversational sound does not necessarily distinguish expensive from cheap headphones, here, on the contrary, cheap headphones can stand out and be expensive below standard. Urbanista Miami ends up somewhere in between. In quiet environments, the call sound is excellent, but as soon as there is noise in the background, the headset struggles to filter it out, and it also affects the voice quality. The person I am talking to thinks that it sounds choppy, which makes it difficult to follow a conversation, but the conversation partner is in any case not disturbed by any noise in the background.

The battery life is 50 hours with the noise reduction turned off and 10 hours less with the noise reduction. It is the right standard for headsets of this class today, but nonetheless excellent. For 1500 kronor, I do not think you can ask for so much more than this from a headset.

Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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