| Balanced Armature | Dynamic Driver |
? The URBANFUN HiFi are an hybrid earphone with 1 balanced armature and 1 dynamic driver with a very good acceptance among earphone enthusiasts. We have reviewed other hybrid earphones such as the KZ ZST, Xiaomi Mi Pro HD, Senfer 4in1, Vots QT100 and Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro HD and they were all fantastic performers; after reviewing the URBANFUN HiFi we will discover if they are another hybrid iem that can deliver great sound quality. There is a big hype around the URBANFUN HiFi but we have no interest in dishonestly biasing anybody to buy or not to buy them so we do our best to share our test results as objectively as possible without any censored nor spiced up results.
There is a big hype around the URBANFUN HiFi but we have no interest in dishonestly biasing anybody…
The hybrid configuration allows the earphone to send different sound signals to different physical components and therefore the specialized components are able to better resolve each assigned audio frequencies; that is the theoretical intention but sometimes things don’t go as planned.
The balanced armature is the component that is designed to respond better to higher frequencies, consequently they are sent to the BA to take care of them and the dynamic driver is usually better designed to resolve bass frequencies and some of the mid frequencies.
… we have reviewed the URBANFUN HiFi to discover if they are another hybrid iem that can deliver great sound quality.
The URBANFUN HiFi are nicely designed and well constructed. The housings are made of metal with an attractive color coating, the cable is thick enough and feels robust and is also aesthetically pleasing with a silver color that makes them look as if they had a metallic finish.
An inline microphone and 1 button control is integrated in the cable but this piece is made of plastic (but to be fair the plastic quality is not bad)
URBANFUN offers the HiFi in 2 different color combinations: a more classic all black colored version or an eye-catching green version like the one that we are reviewing.
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Accessories & Packaging
When buying the URBANFUN HiFi some vendors offer you the possibility to choose between a fully equipped package or the standard pack. We got the standard one that comes inside a small square cardboard box with just 1 extra pair of foam tips. The full package option provides a much bigger packaging with 2 extra black eartips, a tin box with 3 pairs of extra foam tips (1 black pair, 1 green pair and 1 red pair) and a carrying case.
… this score will not be considered when calculating the total averaged score.
As the URBANFUN HiFi are offered in both configurations we are scoring this section corresponding to the version that we own but this score will not be considered when calculating the total averaged score.
Bass & Sub Bass
Bass of the URBANFUN HiFi has some punch but sub-bass lacks depth. It is not a strong impacting nor bassy earphone by any means, bass is very conservative and will seem to lack energy for many listeners that are used to more bassy earphones. Bass strength of the URBANFUN depends greatly on fit, fitting them tightly and deeply they gain more punch but still remain conservative. Once again, beware that the bass of the URBANFUN HiFi may sound way too weak for many people. As a direct comparison with other hybrid earphones, the URBANFUN HiFi are way colder and have less mid-bass punch and sub-bass depth than the Senfer 4in1, Vots QT100, KZ ZST, Xiaomi Mi Pro HD and Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro Hybrid.
… bass is very conservative and will seem to lack energy for many listeners that are used to more bassy earphones.
After using an EQ, the URBANFUN had a noticeably increment of punch and depth.
The results of our standardized extreme bass test were: a tolerance of handling 48% of a Fiio E12‘s maximum amplification power (set to high gain and bass boost on and applying a custom basshead equalization), exponential enhancement of mid-bass becoming very punchy and adding a lot of depth to their sub-bass response but with a farty sound quality sub-bass. Despite the great difference in bass response under our extreme bass test, the URBANFUN HiFi were unable to provide any type of basshead impact or rumble; expect something below the KZ ATE, Rock Zircon, VJJB K1S, Soul K-POP, way below the Plextone X41M, Plextone X50M, Doboly Q18, Elecom EHP-CA3580, Monoprice 8320, Sony MDR-XB50, Sony MDR-7550/EX800ST and do not expect to reach any basshead impact similar to other hybrids like the Senfer 4in1, KZ ZST, Xiaomi Mi Pro HD, Vots QT100 or Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro Hybrid.
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Mids & Vocals
Mids of the URBANFUN HiFi are not very warm, lower vocals sound a bit distant with somewhat laid back lower mids but still clear and not muddy, also higher mids do not get harsh. Overall, the mids of the URBANFUN could make use of some extra warmth and/or fullness. With an EQ, lower recession clears up but start to sound boxy and very harsh. Compared to most of the other hybrids that we have previously named, the URBANFUN sounded clearer, colder and thinner.
Highs & Treble
The highs of the URBANFUN HiFi are bright and are able to resolve some detail, they are not sibilant but get piercing with strong peaks. The lack of bass makes them sound even brighter than they would probably had seemed if they had a stronger bass response. The URBANFUN showed a lower equivalent volume output level than many other earphones and it is needed to crank up the volume a bit more to allow them to better show their highs performance. An EQ made the URBANFUN HiFi much brighter and more detailed with some sibiliance and more frequent piercing highs. Comparing the: KZ ZST vs URBANFUN HiFi, the URBANFUN have extraordinarily better highs with a net higher level of quality with much more brightness and detail; the Xiaomi Mi Pro HD vs URBANFUN HiFi, the URBANFUFN are also much brighter but resolve similar level of detail; the Senfer 4in1 vs URBANFUN HiFi, the URBANFUN seem to be able to reproduce less detail but similar brightness and are less piercing; the Xiaomi Mi Quantie Pro Hybrid vs URBANFUN HiFi, the URBANFUN are brighter and have similar level of detail and definition; to the Vots QT100, the HiFi are much brighter and detailed but also more piercing.
The sound that leaks out of these earphones is better controller than most average earphones. You can use them on normally noisy places without disturbing or making too public your listenings.
The URBANFUN HiFi do not offer a super tight fit and this adds to the lack of ability to isolate from surrounding noises, they perform a bit worse than most average earphones and need the use of higher volume to provide a better isolation.
The bullet form factor, metallic housings, not so tight fit and light weight makes the URBANFUN very comfortable to wear with no discomfort even after long lasting listening sessions. Fit is not the tightest around the block but they offer sufficient secure fit to hold their place under normal circumstances.
Response to Equalization
The URBANFUN HiFi were able to respond fairly well to custom EQ but not perfectly as besides providing improvement on some of the audio frequencies they also introduced some issues such as boxier and harsher mids or more frequent sibilant and piercing highs. On the other hand, bass got noticeably punchier and deeper and on the positive side of their response on mids and highs; mids/vocals removed some recession and highs gained a lot more of brightness and improved their detail level.
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- Accessories - 5.75/105.8/10
- Design - 10/1010/10
- Bass - 7/107/10
- Mids - 7.25/107.3/10
- Highs - 7.75/107.8/10
- Sound Leak - 7.75/107.8/10
- Sound Isolation - 6.75/106.8/10
- Comfort - 8.5/108.5/10
- Response to EQ - 7.75/107.8/10
- Value for Money - 8.75/108.8/10
NOTICE: Accessories & Packaging score is not being averaged on the total score because 2 different packaging and accessories options are available for purchase.
- ✅ Very balanced sound signature
✅ Good level of highs brightness and detail
✅ Out of the box sound signature is well suited for fine tuning
- ❌ Conservative bass style can be way too weak for many listeners preferences
❌ Sound signature out of the box could be discouraging for normal listeners
❌ The need of fine tuning can be a problem or too challenging for everyday listeners
- The URBANFUN HiFi right out of the box have a sound signature that is very balanced, not boosted in any of their audio frequencies and that could had offered a fantastic starting point to fine tune it but unfortunately although providing a fair amount of response to custom equalization they did not excel at it and this limits the chance to better fine tune it.
For normal listeners the URBANFUN HiFi could be recommended but with reservations due to the colder mids, lack of fullness, weaker than usual bass response and need of custom equalization to better fit the hearing style of normal listeners. These facts could be too cumbersome for normal people and could feel discouraged or dislike the resulting sound quality.
They can be recommended to "purists" or audiophiles that want a less boosted earphone and/or to listeners that dislike the bass enhanced tendency of nowadays iems.
UPDATE: 07-2017 - URBANFUN seems to have revisited the URBANFUN HiFi and now it can be found with a different cable, whether if the inner dynamic driver and balanced armature has changed too we can not certify it.
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URBANFUN HiFi Frequency Response
|Type||Hybrid (Balanced Armature + Dynamic Driver)|
|Driver Unit||Dynamic Driver|
|Cord||Y-type, round cord|
|Plug||L shaped stereo mini plug|
|Supplied Accessories||1x Earfoam tips|
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