UNBOXED: Reviewing the Urbanears Stadion Active Bluetooth Headphones
Urbanears is not a new name to the UNBOXED crew. We saw them early on in our run with the Hellas Active workout headphones, an on-ear headphone that had removable pads that could be washed.
This time around, Urbanears passed along their recently released Stadion in-ear active headphones. The theme of being workout-approved headphones remains, but the method of getting music to the listener’s ears was a little different. For Stadion, Urbanears went the behind the head route.
To be honest, out of the box I was a little concerned about how I’d like the fit of the Stadion. All of the components of the product are housed in a curved plastic casing that rests behind the wearer’s head. At first glance it doesn't have the best visual appeal and looks like it'd be rather uncomfortable to wear. The materials used, however, make the fit a comfortable one. The coiled cables conform nicely to your head, and the hooked earpieces rest gently over your ears. All of that combined made Stadion one of the most comfortable behind-the-head headphones I’ve ever worn.
The ear tips have a few pluses and minuses about them. For starters, the ear lock tech that Urbanears implemented ensures that the tips remain securely in place. They’re not uncomfortable at all either, which is great. But the shape of the tip itself is almost cylindrical, which results in a fit that doesn’t really isolate the listening experience. There was a ton of external noise that bled through, sometimes washing out the actual music.
The audio quality was right in line with what I’ve come to expect from this level of workout headphone. Stadion is by no means a hi-res headphone, but it’s not like this is a cheap pair of earbuds from a bargain bin either.
One of the only other knocks that I had against Stadion was the battery life. At seven hours, it’s a little below the industry average. We’ve seen everywhere from 8 to 30 hours of battery life in Bluetooth headphones today, so to come in a little below the low end there is slightly disappointing. But when Urbanears says you get seven hours, it truly is seven hours. You can go a week or so without plugging them in and you’ll be fine.
Overall, the experience was enjoyable with Stadion. They’ve become my go-to when hitting the gym or pushing the lawnmower, so I applaud Urbanears for developing another solid personal audio product that doesn’t break the bank.