Urbanears Zinken (Petrol) Headphone Review

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When I ask most audiophiles to name their most desired set of headphones, the pervading choice is almost always Beats By Dre. Forget the fact that the company makes over a dozen different types of cans. Most are stellar but not all. The majority of those asked seem to feel these are the upper echelon of audio perfection. Conversely, it’s also agreed the prices for Dre’s cans are of an equal elevation akin to a lunar landing.

Suitable offerings that fit a decidedly reduced price point need more of a voice. Enter Urbanear’s Zinken (Petrol blue) on-ear headphones for mobile devices. The Zinken replaces high tech innards for premium sound with a handful of novel features, which are pretty handy. The cable pulls double duty. It has a 3.4mm stereo plug one end and 6.5mm plug on the other. The headphones feature a 2nd 3.5mm jack called the ZoundPlug. With it you can share your tunes with another listener. There is an inline microphone with a single button to answer calls, skip and backtrack through tracks and even pause your tunes. It goes on record to support iPhone, Blackberry, HTC and many more. The ear pieces collapse for portability and swivel for comfort. Plus the coiled cord stretch a full 47 feet.

Beyond the bells and whistles, the Zinken headphones set from Urbanears is a pretty simple product with solid audio reproduction and performance. While the audio is good, I did find low ranges to be a bit muddy, overshadowing the highs and sacrificing a degree of crisp clarity. This is less of an issue when using playback devices with extensive EQ settings. That said, the bass is nice and vocals still come through discernibly. The overall soundstage doesn’t bring to light any sounds or instruments that typically fall to the background.

But comfort and general use are all quite nice. The headphones are light and comfortable for long hours of playback. The padding at the earpiece and the headband is adequate and soft. The headband is also adjustable to help suit your desired fit. And the single button on the inline controls, while not much, is responsive, easy to reach and quite handy. At the current price point, it’s easy to recommend these for the frugal less demanding listener.

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[Rating: 3/5]

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Bottom Line: The Urbanears Zinken on-ear headphones are very good comfortable performers. Easy to recommend for easy listening.

Pros

·  Good performance-to-cost ratio

·  Comfortable

·  Affordable

·  Double duty TurnCable

Cons

·  Lows muddy up some of the high tones

·  Fitting them comfortably is a bit confusing

The Urbanears Zinken headphones are available at Amazon for $99.

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  1. I don’t often comment on articles, especially when they are getting a bit old. But this is THE most fundamentally wrong article I have read in a long time. Mr. Sanders obviously doesn’t know any actual audiophiles and neither is he even close himself.
    Beats is solely a fashion statement. For their price, I picked up a set of HD650s and an Objective2, which is quite a different ballpark.

  2. I’m going to stop right at the first paragraph.
    >most audiophiles to name their most desired set of headphones, the pervading choice is almost always Beats By Dre.
    No real audiophile would say they want Beats. Ever. Dozens of other brands slaughter Beats in quality, construction and looks.
    >The majority of those asked seem to feel these are the upper echelon of audio perfection.
    Literally the biggest piece of bullshit ever heard. Beats are only good for bass heavy rap that Dre makes. Nothing else.
    >Conversely, it’s also agreed the prices for Dre’s cans are of an equal elevation akin to a lunar landing.
    Hey, you finally got something right.
    In the event that you legitimately think Beats are that good I respect that opinion despite your blatant signs of batshit insanity.
    If that paragraph was a troll then hot damn was that a good ruse.

    1. >most audiophiles to name their most desired set of headphones, the pervading choice is almost always Beats By Dre.

      I noticed this too. I couldn’t take this review seriously after seeing that.

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