If you're listening to headphones in noisy conditions, a stronger response in the lower end is a greatly desired trait - a bump in the bass (done right) will give a feeling of rhythm that engages and draws you into the music, but loose and flabby bass will make your music sound muddy.
Drawing on Sennheiser's engineering experience, the Urbanite and Urbanite XL do this right with a "better, not louder" approach. The headphone targets a frequency response that gives you that impressive and seductive lower end while still preserving the clear mids and highs you expect from a Sennheiser product.
Note: At checkout, you can choose between the Sennheiser Urbanite XL, as well as the original on-ear Urbanite ($50 less). You also have a choice between the black and denim color options, as well as the iOS or Android compatible cable.
Now lest you fear Sennheiser's attempt at a consumer-friendly headphone won't have the audio bite to back its bass heavy bark, Tyll over at Innerfidelity reviews the Urbanite as Wall of Fame-worthy. Coming in with an impedance of 18 Ohms and an SPL of 110 dB at 1 kHz, the Urbanite and Urbanite XL sound loud and proud out of the mobile devices they're meant to be paired with. Isolation is fantastic on the Urbanite at -22 dB, so a lot of the street noise that would generally disrupt your listening sessions is passively blocked out. Expect to find tight bass that blends into a warm, dynamic mid-range that makes modern music sound punchy and fun.
None of that cheap stuff here, the Urbanite XL's stainless steel hinges and aluminum sliders provide solid build quality you can feel. The entire headphone is built with durability in mind so that whether you throw the collapsible frame in a bag or wear them around your neck, they'll be playing music for years to come.
Velour earpads that don't bake your ears in hot and sweaty weather is a major design plus. Armed with a detachable, 3-button control cable and integrated microphone for taking calls on the fly, the Urbanite XL is thoughtfully engineered to impress.
Estimated ship date is Aug 11, 2015 PT.
Payment will be collected at checkout. After this product run ends, orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final.