Listening through the Sennheiser Urbanite XL’s – our review

Sennheiser has a reputation for world class sounding headphones that precedes it. But now the German brand has joined the likes of Dr. Dre by offering stylised, street savvy and hip looking sets that it hopes will appeal to trending setting types (i.e. not me). EFTM has landed a pair of the Sennheiser Urbanite XL.

The Urbanite XL are loud, brash and substantial. The circular cups are large by any standard, with thickly padded suede-like material making them especially comfortable to wear. The folding mechanism connects innovatively to a lower bracket that allows simple adjustment for the desired fit. The nifty hinge results in them folding away very tightly for an otherwise large set of phones.


The flat cable features controls optimised for both Apple, Samsung and Android devices. I really like the locking mechanism for the jack which ends the annoyance of accidentally unplugging. A rubber ribbon insert runs through the headband which is covered by a strong mesh type material that is coloured according to which set you choose. High quality rubber lining sits between your head and the band.

The Urbanite XL produces an extra heavy base experience which is a deliberate departure from the norm. It’s all about enjoying music in an urban environment, people haven’t walked around with Boomboxes for decades so in effect this is a strap on wearable alternative. In my opinion the sound produced is very pleasing indeed, and due to the extra-large cups is well isolated from outside interference. But with all that base bias a clean, crisp sound still lingers at all levels.


Summing up I’d describe the Sennheiser XL as something akin to whacking on a boy racer style body kit to a BMW. Excellent, inherent quality mixed with something a little too adolescent for some. There’s a novel advertising campaign online if you’d like to check them out at

Oh yeah and $399 puts them right up there alongside the Dr. Dre equivalent and others, also you’d expect more than the miniature library bag to store them at this price. Library bag… I think that’s another 80’s reference.


Sennheiser Urbanite XL
Date Published: 11/25/2014
I’d describe the Sennheiser XL as something akin to whacking on a boy racer style body kit to a BMW
3.5 / 5 stars


  1. Dave Haddon

    December 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for the gift Trevor.. Merry Christmas 🙂

    My review (just incase you are interested…)

    These headphones give a very rich base response, highs that are crisp and clear and provide a very pleasurable listening experience. They give a very punchy feel to the bass end without feeling like my head is being pounded with a hammer. The padded cups are very luxurious and have a very nice feel, but don’t seem quite thick enough for my ears to not hit the drivers. This being said, the more I used them, the more comfortable they got, and the more I liked them. The Urbanite XL are a little heavier than I would like but it does not feel like you are trying to wear a helmet around either. The XL gives excellent stereo separation and imaging which adds to the listen experience. The ‘lock in’ plug onto the headphone end is a great idea, and the rubberised cable would be very resistant to tangles, but could have been just a little longer.

    For the price, I’d be really torn between these and the Bose QC series. I have been using the Bose QC15 at work for a while, and while they are lighter and have noise cancelling, they do not quite match the Sennheiser for audio response and clarity.
    4 out of 5.


    • Trevor Long

      January 9, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Glad they arrived – awesome. thanks for the review!!

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