It’s a great time in portable audio, as the headphone market is saturated with an abundance of well-designed options, most equipped with similar specs and styling. Swedish audio brand Urbanista has found an intriguing way to stand apart from the crowd with their sunny-themed Los Angeles solar powered headphones, one catering to those listeners who regularly commute/walk around wearing a pair of cans – headphones literally powered by its sunny disposition.
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A majority of the Los Angeles’ headphone headband is sheathed with a sheet of Exeger Powerfoyle, a flexible photovoltaic material engineered to mimic the same photosynthetic process plants use to convert sunlight into energy. Where your monstera turns sunlight into big green leaves, Powerfoyle uses the same source to perpetually power up an 80h battery reserve, as long as there’s light/sunlight available. This feature alone makes these headphones a unique proposition for those who regularly don headphones any time them step outside the door (and live in a sunny climate).
While the solar charging capabilities stand out as the headphone’s unique feature, the Urbanista also includes hybrid active noise cancellation to block out ambient sounds, with on-ear detection to preserve battery life of these Bluetooth 5.0 wireless cans. Siri and Google Voice Assistant are also supported, as is par for the course Android and iOS app compatibility, permitting users to view how much light is being converted into energy and tweak ANC and ambient sound controls.
The Urbanista Los Angeles is available in both a Midnight Black and Sand Gold styling/finish, a promising holiday gift idea for someone you know who loves their music…but has a tendency to forget to charge their wireless battery-powered devices.