Review: Urbanista Detroit

Budget headphones with budget sound

Even Urbanista has gone too far with the peeling knife, which makes it difficult to recommend Urbanista Detroit.

Urbanista Detroit
Published 2020-09-05 - 6:00 am
Our opinion
Lightweight construction. Peeled design and different colors. Easy to find buttons.
Short battery life and micro-USB charging. Plastic construction. Poorer sound.
  • Element: 40 mm
  • Connection: BT 4.2, cable
  • Audio format: SBC
  • Microphone: yes
  • Weight: 150 grams
  • Battery life: 12 hours
  • Web:

Several of Urbanista’s headphones have performed very well in our tests. Three years ago we were very excited about the budget headphones Seattle Wireless, and when it comes to cheap noise-canceling headphones, we thought New York was the most affordable. The question is whether Urbanista can repeat the feat with Detroit, the cheapest model in the range.

The design of the headphones is similar to Seattle’s, what we say is that it is a very shelled design without any frills or visible logos. On the other hand, the color scheme is different, where in addition to black you can get them in a matte green or pink color. The construction is plastic-like, and especially the watches feel quite cheap. The headphones are foldable to take up less space in the luggage. But the question is how long the questionable hinge construction lasts.

The buttons are easy to find and make operation easy. (Photo: Urbanista)

The pillows are covered with protein leather, which both feels comfortable and is easy to keep clean. On the other hand, they do not have much padding, and of course the hoop is soft, but it has no padding at all. As they also sit relatively tight, they are not comfortable to wear for a long time. Then it does not help that the weight is relatively low.

On the right clock are the three buttons that control playback. They are quite small, but sufficiently elevated, and sit well enough apart that you can easily find them with your finger. The left clock has a connection for cable, for example for the aircraft, while the right has a charging socket. Again, it is a micro-USB connector instead of the modern USB-C connectors. This means that it takes 2.5 hours to charge them, while the battery still only lasts 12 hours.

The question is how long the plastic-like hinges last. (Photo: Urbanista)

Boringly enough, there is also no app to fine-tune the sound. It would otherwise have been a good idea, as we are not particularly impressed with the sound quality. Acoustic pieces suffer from the fact that the sound is trapped and dull. It is difficult to distinguish the instruments from each other, and the sound is very intrusive. If you try electronic music instead, it is the flat and rumbling bass that is a disappointment.


Urbanista’s cheapest model is reminiscent in appearance of the Seattle model, which we appreciated earlier. But unfortunately the similarities end there. Detroit feels plastic and cheap, which means you have to question whether they hold up to tough roofs. Despite their low weight, they do not sit comfortably on their heads. 12 hours of battery life is also not something to brag about today. On top of that, they sound intrusive and confusing at the same time.

Also in this test

Skullcandy Hesh 3

Large and comfortable headphones

Skullcandy has improved Hesh Wireless on almost every point with Skullcandy Hesh 3!

Good battery life and fast charging. Comfortable thanks to the large bells. Fully collapsible for transport.
Great compared to other test participants. Mediocre sound quality.

Sony WH-CH510

When greed fails knowledge

Of course, we all want cheap headphones, but Sony WH-CH510 is pulling too much down on the requirements.

Excellent battery life. USB-C connection and fast charging.
Plastic and cheap feeling. Cannot be used with cord. Too little padding makes them uncomfortable.

Kygo A3/600

Tough street headphones with equally tough sound

Kygo's cheapest headphones Kygo A3/600 are not for the connoisseur, but fit the target group well.

Good match for electronic dance music. Foldable, and cloth bag included.
Micro-USB charging. The model is not supported by the app. No padding in the hoop.

Jays x-Five Wireless

Comfortable headphones

Jays x-Five Wireless is exactly what you need in a pair of headphones to be used on the go.

Lightweight and very comfortable. Can be folded for easy transport. Sober look.
Micro-USB charging. No mobile app. Small buttons.


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