Urbanears Medis Headset - Testing the Urbanears Medis

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Testing the Urbanears Medis

Testing the Urbanears Medis:

For testing these earphones we plugged them into an Audigy X-Fi Notebook card on my Lenovo T410 laptop as well as directly into the multi-function jack on this as well.  We also tried out the iPod Touch and a HTC Nexus One phone.  We were able to test them out on several devices and get a good overall impression of how they sound – both earphones and microphone.

Before we get into testing, I have to say that listening to audio is very subjective.  What one person believes is "good quality" audio can be very different from what another person hears.  I am no audiophile, but I do like to hear the full spectrum of sound without the bass being over-powering or the mid-range and treble being too sharp and harsh.  Please bear in mind that all of our observations are subjective.

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Music Testing:

I enjoy music a whole bunch and the Zunepass has been one of my best friends for almost two years.  I download and listen to a lot of new music and I’ve spent a fair bit of time over the last couple of weeks with these earphones in my ears.  I’ve listened to everything from acoustic country music to some metal, as well as some TFK, Skillet and even some Katy Perry (just to keep our resident “Hot & Cold” photoshoper happy).  Because of the fit of these earphones, music doesn’t tend to be their strong-point – at least for me.  All music sounded a little thin and there wasn’t much bass response that I noticed.  Of course if I held these in my ears tightly they sounded better, but that isn’t realistic.  If they fit your ears better you would enjoy them much more than I did.


Because of the audio leakage of these, I found them much better suited for podcasts, audio books and other spoken word programs.  If your ears are shaped differently that mine, your experience could be completely different than mine.

 

Skype / Mic Testing:

Although many people will probably opt for the model without the microphone, it is worth mentioning that the quality is not that bad for such a micro-microphone.  It is super small and located on the left cord going to your ear.  Overall, the microphone did a very good job, but needed some gain in order to make it loud enough to be readily heard on the PC.  When plugged into the phone it was pretty seamless and works great.

 

Conclusion:

The Urbanears Medis have a lot promise and their unique design is worth noting and giving a try.  Unfortunately, they didn’t fit my ears very well and this made the overall audio experience less than satisfying.  They were very comfortable, but they certainly wouldn’t be my first choice for a general multi-purpose earphone/headset.

With that in mind, Urbanears does include a bunch of goodies in the package to sweeten the deal.  They include a few sizes of pads, as well as a couple of adapter cables – which you often have to purchase separately with other earphones.  With everything that is included they should work with almost any device that has a headphone/headset/microphone jack and this is good news.
While the specs look impressive, at the end of the day, they don’t blow me away.   For $50, I think you could find a more universal fitting headset.

Pros:

  • Lots of adapters in the bundle
  • Interchangeable pads
  • Comfortable
  • Sleek integrated microphone and button


Cons:

  • Microphone has no “mute” switch for PC application
  • No in-line volume control
  • Ear-pieces don’t fit very well in my ears and allow a lot of bass leakage
  • Mediocre audio performance.

 

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I’d like to thank Urbanears for sending us these headphones to review.  They are worth trying out if you can try before you buy.  If your local brick-and-mortar has these in stock and a good return policy, definitely try them out.  If they fit well, they’ll be a great buy.  If they don’t fit very well, leave them in the store.

 

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