Urbanista are a Stockholm-based design concept shop which produce products geared towards the needs and fashions of urban living. They’re latest project is a series of headphones and earphones designed for urban life and adorably named after large urban environments, i.e. famous cities around the world. We’ve got our hands on a pair of their Copenhagen headphones which we have tested for you gadget lovers. So let’s get into it, are they any good? We’re grading the headphones on three sections, style, function and sound quality.
Constructed from steel they have the edge over plastic in both strength and style. Simple, understated steel is often a great look for gadgets especially ones like headphones which you will wear, and simplicity is certainly the approach Urbanista have taken with these headphones. That’s not a bad thing either. If you want to show people you’re wacky you can get a pair of Skull Candy headphones. The Copenhagens are modern and stylish for people who don’t want to draw attention to their headphones but don’t want to by wearing something clumpy, awkward and ugly. We’re rocking the white version but there are six different colours available. As far as headphones go they are very smart (at least from a distance) the trapezoid shaped leather speakers are futuristic and edgy, much nicer looking than big round speakers. Unfortunately up close they look a tad cheap because of the flimsy plastic hinges and the horrible foam squares which are bound to discolour over a short space of time. Ultimately they are very nice, just not as nice as they think they are.
The headphones fold up easily much like a pair of sunglasses and they come with a lovely box for transportation. Function is where these guys come into their own as an urban tool. They are lightweight and when they are folded they are small enough to be chucked into a bag without taking up too much room. You would need a big pocket to carry them in your jacket, but it wouldn’t be impossible especially if you dig your big winter coat out.
They also come with a built-in mic for your smartphone which is a convenient little feature and the shoe lace style wire is feels much stronger than the traditionally shaped wire plus it tangles a lot less. Going back to style, it looks cool too. One big tick in the box is that apart from the plastic hinges, the rest of the design feels fairly sturdy and they seem like they will prove to be very reliable in the long-term.
Sound Quality: 3/5
I have to be honest, I think the sound quality is quite poor. They have managed to get a nice level of bass in there which is the hardest thing to do with headphones so well done to Urbanista for not neglecting the lower frequencies like a Hell of a lot of headphones do. But one of the most basic and most irritating flaws of these headphones is their oddly shaped speakers. Sure they look very cool, but they are far from snug and there is a lot of leakage.
The lack of volume control is also annoying. They seem designed to simply blast music into you at high volumes with no real thought in the actual quality of the sound. Don’t get me wrong, they don’t crackle or fizzle or buzz, but they don’t bring out the best in music either.
Gaj-it Verdict: 3/5
They are stylish, portable and urban. They’ll be a great addition to a teen’s wardrobe but not so much for an avid music fan or audiophile.