I think that I’ve made my opinion of Bluetooth audio accessories clear by now. However, in case you haven’t heard it yet, here it is: I don’t think highly of them. The convenience factor is often eclipsed by lackluster sound quality, battery life, or both. Until now, I never considered any of the pairs that I have used to be outright awful. Unfortunately, today is the day that I must amend that because Urbanear’s Stadion represents the most disappointing pair of Bluetooth earbuds that I’ve ever had the misfortune of using.
I realize how harsh that sounds, but there is no better or nicer way I can say it. After using the Stadion for several weeks in active and sedentary scenarios, I cannot think of another similar product that I’ve liked less than this one. Whether it’s the fit, the sound quality, the battery life, or the overall comfort, the Stadion failed in almost every regard. I will attempt to keep this review out of the rant territory, but we’ll see how that goes. Fasten your seatbelts, kids.
Design & comfort
When I think of Scandinavian tech companies, my mind immediately goes to Nokia and Fractal Design — both are well-known for their simple, efficient designs with their products. However, in those simplistic aesthetics lie little pieces of endearing character. Urbanears, being from the Nordic region, took a similar route with the Stadion.
I have to admit that this pair of Bluetooth earbuds does not look like most neckbands out there, due in no small part to its coiled cables that have a reflective lining on them for nighttime visibility. Overall, as a fan of minimalism (especially with tech), I like…
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