| 10 mm Driver |
? URBANEARS Kransen, a very clean designed earphone from the famous URBANEARS which are mainly specialized in headphones, bluetooth speakers and earbuds. The URBANEARS Kransen have nice looking housings that are solidly built with a rubberized finish and a metal front section, the rear side of the earpieces have a magnetic snapping function similar to what we have seen in our past reviews of the MEMT X5 or the Plextone X41M. This snapping magnetic system allow you to take them out of your ears and snap each earpiece together by their backs. Overall the design, though minimalist, looks detailed and polished. Inside the housings there is a fairly large 10 mm dynamic driver which will be taking care of all the audio frequencies. The nozzles are angled and allow a deeper and more comfortable fit. The form factor and size of the housings are kind of inline with the Xiaomi Mi Piston Fresh Edition or the Xiaomi Mi Piston Basic Edition. The stereo mini plug has an L shape (90 degrees angled). The cable is divided in 2 sections made of different material, the section coming from the earpieces is rubberized; coming down through the cable a while after the inline mic/control there is a spherical piece that separates the first section of the cable from the 2nd one. This 2nd section of the cable is braided and remains like this until the stereo mini plug. The 2 material cable style (first rubberized then braided) is something that is commonly found in many Xiaomi and 1More earphones such as the Xiaomi Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro. Through the cable a fabric tab is found which has the “URBANEARS” name written on it, also a rubber piece with a hole can be found on the cable which allows you to “plug” the stereo jack through it giving a better wrapping experience. As we just mentioned, there is an inline mic/control which allows you to answer/reject calls, skip songs and play/pause music. The inline mic/control is made of plastic with a rubberized feel like the housings. You can buy the URBANEARS Kransen and choose among one of the largest variety of colors that we have ever seen, at this moment there are precisely 14 colors to choose from, which URBANEARS names as follows:
- KRANSEN Nougat
- KRANSEN Jam
- KRANSEN Rowan
- KRANSEN Mulberry
- KRANSEN Moss
- KRANSEN Black
- KRANSEN Bonfire Orange
- KRANSEN Flint Blue
- KRANSEN Malibu
- KRANSEN Tomato
- KRANSEN White
- KRANSEN Lilac
- KRANSEN Dark Grey
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Accessories & Packaging
The URBANEARS Kransen come inside a modest small cardboard packaging, inside there 2 extra eartips and a branded sticker provided.
Bass & Sub Bass
The bass coming from the 10 mm dynamic driver of the URBANEARS Kransen has punchy mid-bass and good, deep sub-bass. They will never struggle to provide fun sounding sessions and they will be able to fulfill any genre’s bass requisites. Applying an EQ, there was a strong increment of mid-bass and sub-bass but they will mostly become a bass-only earphone with not much space left for mids and highs. We put the URBANEARS Kransen through our extreme bass tests and they were able to handle up to 49% of the maximum power of a Fiio E12 Mont Blanc portable amplifier; while using a custom basshead EQ, setting the Fiio E12 to high gain and turning on it’s bass boost function. The results of these extreme amplification was a noticeable increase of punch and depth with a bit of distorted sub-bass and no basshead rumble or impact.
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Mids & Vocals
Mids of the URBANEARS Kransen are very warm with lower vocals sounding congested and distant. Mid-bass is kind of out of control and bleeding onto midrange frequencies, mostly over lower mids and lower vocals. Higher mids are less recessed but still noticeably rolled off while they remain free of any harshness. With an EQ a vast improvement of the higher mids was perceivable but may get harsh at times if overdone, instead lower mids still sounded too recessed.
Highs & Treble
Highs have some brightness and a slight level of detail with an overall muddy sounding sensation. There are no piercing highs but sibilance was frequent. Using an EQ there was a noticeable increment in brightness but still their overall clarity and quality was not great. Piercing highs remained under control while sibilance became too strong.
The sound that leaks out of the URBANEARS Kransen is about average with a slightly more leaking level of audio in comparison to most average earphones. In normally noisy situation their sound will blend without issues with environmental sounds but at less noisy situations or by setting a higher volume they may become clearly hearable
Noise isolation was also acceptable but with a bit of less than average performance. To provide a better level of isolation it will be imperative to set a moderate-high to high volume.
The form factor, fit and overall construction quality of the URBANEARS Kransen allow them to be extraordinarily comfortable to use, handle and wear. You will not have to worry about any pain or in-ear discomfort while using these earphones and can feel safe that even hours long listening sessions can be achieved with them with no worries on the comfort department.
Response to Equalization
The response to EQ was fair but never excellent, some improvement was provided but nothing outstanding. Bass got clearly enhanced but they became just bass with no space for highs and mids; mids improved in the high-mids section but not at all in the lower-mids; highs and treble showed a very needed extra quantity of brightness but were still unable to sound right.
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- Accessories - 6.5/106.5/10
- Design - 8.5/108.5/10
- Bass - 7.75/107.8/10
- Mids - 5.5/105.5/10
- Highs - 5.75/105.8/10
- Sound Leak - 6.5/106.5/10
- Sound Isolation - 6.5/106.5/10
- Comfort - 9/109/10
- Response to EQ - 6.25/106.3/10
- Value for Money - 7/107/10
- Very good rich, deep and punchy bass
- Outstanding comfort and fit
- Minimalist and polished design
- 14 different colors to choose from
- Mids suffer from too much mid-bass bleed and may sound too recessed for many
- Highs lack detail and brightness
- The URBANEARS Kransen are very nice looking earphones withgreat comfort and an incredible variety of colors to choose from. They are able to offer fun and energetic bass but the rest of the audio frequencies do not perform greatly and may fall short to fulfill the desires of many listeners.
We can only recommend the URBANEARS Kransen to listeners that prioritize bass over every other audio frequency or to somebody looking for a highly comfortable earphone with a huge selection of colors to choose from.
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|Driver Unit||10 mm handmade|
|Cord||Y-type, round cord|
|Plug||Stereo mini plug|
|Supplied Accessories||3x Earphone tips|
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