Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless Headphones
|Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless Headphones|
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|Testing and Final Thoughts|
Today we are looking at one of the first wireless pair of headphones I've seen from Sennheiser. Sennheiser makes some great wired headphones and I've tried out the wired Urbanite headphones a while back out of a personal curiosity. Today we have the Urbanite XL Wireless and are here to share our thoughts on these over-the-ear headphones that provide you with either a wired or wireless experience.
The Urbanite XL Wireless has some pretty impressive specifications and while they also feature a folding design, they are strong enough to stand up to daily use and even some abuse. I don't recommend tossing a $300 pair of headphones in the bottom of your suitcase, but I'm sure these will stand up to more bumps, drops and heavy use than many other headphones.
While there are many other Bluetooth headphones on the market for a lot less money these days, you will have to look long and hard to find another pair that is as robust and high quality (both in build and audio) as the Urbanite XL Wireless. With that being said, let's take a look and see what we are up against.
The Sennheiser Urbanite Wireless XL is a nice addition to the existing Urbanite lineup from Sennheiser. The pre-existing models include the on-ear Urbanite headphones as well as the over-the-ear Urbanite XL. The XL Wireless is pretty much a wireless twin of the Urbanite XL. As far as the headphone speakers go, they are spec'd out the same, but the Urbanite XL Wireless as a dual-microphone array instead of an omni-directional microphone found on the wired version.
Inside the XL Wireless of course is a battery and a Bluetooth radio that offers up a few different profiles including: Headset 1.2, Hands-free 1.6, GAVDP, A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.4. These different profiles allow you to use your headset to play/pause music on your device, answer calls, and stream other audio in addition to voice calls. It's a full-featured Bluetooth setup that should operate up to 10M and last 25 hours of continuous operation or 15 days of standby.
The Urbanite XL Wireless are pretty slick overall and are made of high-quality plastics, cloth as well as a fair share of metal on the hinges. As we start taking a more detailed look at the bottom of the headphones, you can see that they house a connector for a cable, the power switch for Bluetooth as well as a MicroUSB port for charging the internal battery. All of the controls, connectors and the switch are located on the right side.
The top of the Urbanite is made of a very rugged and durable cloth with stitching for accent. The underside of the headband feels like a very soft leather, and contains a bit of padding for comfort. This material wraps all the way down to the hinge area where you can see a very large ribbon cable that connects the closed circum-aural headphone to the headband. These are adjustable and extend just below the hinge and work flawless.
A closer look at the hinge reveals there are a few screws to help keep in in place as well as allow for service. That's right. Sennheiser actually repairs stuff if it breaks - unlike many other companies that throw their products away and just replace them, the Urbanite's are serviceable - should you ever be rough enough to break these very sturdy headphones.
On the next page, we'll take a look at the features and specifications of the Urbanite XL Wireless as we continue on through our review.