Swedish company Urbanista blew me away with their Stockholm Plus Wireless Earbuds last year, and I couldn’t wait to see what they had in store next. I’m happy to say I was blown away yet again with their latest product, the Urbanista Miami Wireless Headphones. While the audio is a bit on the bass heavy side, a light and comfortable fit, as well as sweet features and a long battery life seal the deal for those looking for a cheaper alternative to something such as Apple’s AirPods Max.
As soon as I opened the box and saw the cool looking carrying case it comes in, I could tell these are some solid made headphones. With its matte-finish aluminum and leather-like padded earcups and headband these remain soft and comfy even after wearing them for hours. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re not heavy, coming in at a nice weight of 10.9 ounces.
On the right earcup there’s three buttons for volume up and down, and the control button that powers the unit on and off is also used for pairing devices and answering phone calls. There’s also a 3.5mm jack for you to use the included aux cable, and on the left side is the feature button that swaps between the different listening modes and a USB-C port for charging the headphones.
Once you’ve paired the headphones to your device by holding down the control button until you hear the voice say “pairing” and have your device search for and connect, you’re to a world of sweet audio bliss. Featuring 40mm audio drivers, the first thing I noticed as I started listening to my music is how bass-heavy these are. Granted, I’m all about the bass as I tend to listen to a lot of trance/dance, pop, and hip-hop music, but sometimes it can be a little much. A little more treble, please!
It would help if these had EQ modes you could switch through to find a nice, balanced sound. Urbanista is working on an app that will allow you to do this in the near future, so hopefully that will help. Thanks to microphones built into each earcup, those who use Siri or Google Assistant can also access them with a double tap of the control button, and can answer, end, and even reject phone calls with the button depending on how long its pressed. As these use Bluetooth 5.0, the range on the Miami is pretty great, and the microphones make your voice sound clear, but not as clear as say using a standard pair of Apple earbuds.
Then there’s the sweet features this unit has, which can be accessed with the appropriately named feature button that allows you to switch between Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) mode, and ambient sound mode. While not perfect, the ANC on these is pretty good as it tends to make outside noise sound further away from you rather than block it out altogether. The ambient sound mode is good for when you actually want to hear outside sounds more than what you’re listening to, for example if you’re walking near traffic or other potential dangers that you’ll want to pay attention to.
I really love the battery life on these as I got nearly 47 hours out of them before having to recharge, and that’s with using them off and on with ANC on and off sometimes over the course of a few days. They also tend to charge pretty fast as I got around 90% or so after plugging them in for around 90 minutes.
Another neat feature these have is on-ear detection, which pauses any audio you’re listening to when you remove the headphones and resumes playback once you place them back on. I also love how these came with the aforementioned carrying case which is tough and sturdy, the 3.5mm aux cable I mentioned earlier, and a USB-C charging cable which is way too short at six inches or so, but it’s nice they included one. There’s also a sweet airline adapter should you want to listen to whatever the in-flight entertainment is.
If you’re looking for a great alternative to Apple’s super pricey AirPods Max, you really can’t go wrong with the Urbanista Miami Wireless Headphones. They’re light, fit great, have amazing battery life, and sound great – despite the monster bass trying to take over the audio.Hopefully Urbanista will include some much-needed EQ settings on their upcoming app to correct this, but you’ll have a hard time finding a better wireless headset for the price and quality you get from this one.