No stranger to try new things, the audio brand presents its very first pair of gaming-focused bluetooth headphones. The main feature of the company’s new Seoul headphones is a fashion toggle that Urbanista says reduces Bluetooth latency to around 70ms. A dedicated latency toggle isn’t something we’ve seen on a lot of true wireless headphones. Most gaming-oriented headphones use Qualcomm’s Bluetooth aptX codec to keep latency as low as possible.
With the low-latency variant of the codec, Qualcomm claims you get that number at around 40ms. The downside of aptX is that your headphones and phone must support the codec. This is not a problem with most Snapdragon devices since Qualcomm manufactures them as well, but you won’t find the supported codec on Apple devices. This is what makes Seoul headphones interesting. They give you a device independent way to achieve low latency mode.
That feature aside, the Seoul headphones are pretty much what you’d expect from a mid-range pair of wireless headphones in 2021. At $ 89.90, they offer eight hours of battery life on a single charge. , with the included case allowing you to get another 32 hours of playtime before the entire unit needs to charge. At this point, you can charge them using a USB-C cable or Qi charger. They are also IPX4 certified, have Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, and have both Google Assistant and Siri integration. Urbanista will sell the Seoul headphones in four colors: black, blue, purple and white.
For those looking for something more affordable, Urbanista has also announced its new Lisbon headphones. At $ 49.90, these are the company’s cheapest true wireless headphones to date. Looking at the datasheet sent by Urbanista, they also look decent. Battery life reaches nine hours on a single charge. With the included charging case, you can get a total of 27 hours of playback. They’re not waterproof, but you get Bluetooth 5.2 support and USB-C charging, along with Google Assistant and Siri integration. They will be available in five colors: pastel red, beige, pink, green and black.
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