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Solar-powered headphones are an appealing prospect.

Not the first company to try, but Urbanista is the first to market with solar-powered headphones. JBL announced a pair of its own in 2019 that it was subsequently forced to postpone due to the epidemic, however they are the first solar-powered headphones to reach market.

Is it possible to live without a battery for an entire year? Will you be able to do it? You needn’t spend long considering the benefits: no more cords, and zero maintenance.

The Verge Score for Urbanista Los Angeles is 7.5 out of 10.

The large head fitting is a little tight. This shade adjusts to the outside temperature and offers complete UV protection.

Both the ’76’ and ‘Sand Gold’ editions of Logitech’s Logi Academy headphones for Los Angeles are simple, uninspired designs that are quite similar to the company’s Miami headphones.

The Los Angeles’ headband is perhaps the most unusual, with a layer of Powerfoyle material made by Exeger for capturing light that will be converted to battery power.

The headphones’ solar charging capabilities aren’t something you need to think about most of the time. They’ll automatically charge whether you’re listening to music or not (although software caps their solar charging at 90 percent to protect the battery), regardless if they’re on or off.

I believe the main value that people will get from installing solar panels in Los Angeles is as a figurative parachute, allowing them to slow down the rate at which their batteries drain so they don’t have to recharge them as frequently.

In my view, using them on overcast fall days in the UK, I observed Urbanista’s software display minimal power consumption or else an equal amount of power consumption.

When the headphones were left on a sunny windowsill, I observed that they gained the most energy from solar charging when they were un used.

Urbanista’s app reveals that I’m still at 81 percent strength after two weeks of listening for a few hours each day, including while sitting at my desk next to a west-facing window and on the London Underground with ANC on.

I don’t anticipate someone being able to go their whole life without ever needing to connect the Los Angeles headphones to a USB-C charger.

The Los Angeles sports a solar cell-equipped headband and performs like a normal pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones. They’ll appear to be familiar to anybody who’s used a pair of wireless headphones in the last five years.

The buttons are a good mix; I just wish the volume controls were less stupidly close together. You may learn to live with them, but a little more space would make the pause button easier to feel with your finger in an emergency.

The headphones come with a USB-C charging cord that connects into a port on the left earcup. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm jack for wired connections on the right earcup. According to Urbanista, because the physical jack was removed to reduce power consumption, these headphones do not include one.

I was pleasantly surprised by the Los Angeles’s noise cancellation ability, which effectively drowned out the screeching of the tube as it went through subway tunnels away from the light.

The snugness of the Los Angeles headphones on your head helps them cancel out noise. They were initially so tight that I found them uncomfortable to wear for my first few days of usage. However, as the headband softened over time, the headphones became more comfortable. If you have a chance to try them on before purchasing, I recommend it.

The Los Angeles has a full, well-rounded sound that has a lot of impact. Listen to Techno like Humanoid’s recently-released 7 Songs and the pounding bass line has weight and impact while yet avoiding to become dominant.

The Los Angeles are not a terrible pair of headphones, to be honest. They’re far from it; the don’t have a bad sound. However, their sound has a heft to it that can squash delicate parts of a song.

Making a pair of headphones that can be charged by light without appearing to be able to do so is no easy task, and the Los Angeles deserves all credit for achieving this. That is, until you look at their battery level after several days of usage and discover it’s only decreased by 10%.

The Urbanista Los Angeles are a pair of headphones that have some flaws. Their controls could be clearer and more separated, and their fit on bigger heads might be better.