Urbanista Brisbane review - useful tips for choosing electronics

Urbanista Brisbane review – useful tips for choosing electronics

Urbanista has carved out a solid niche in the Bluetooth speaker and headset market, with its simple Scandinavian designs combined with decent sound quality and affordable prices.

This trend continued with the Urbanista Brisbane. Named after the third largest city in Australia (continuing Urbanista’s tendency to name products after large cities), this Bluetooth speaker may not sound particularly exceptional, but it does offer an audio punch that you don’t expect to judge by its compact size.

We walked through the powerful, future-proof portable speaker to see how well it works – and we are impressed. Spoiler alert: you can expect to see the Urbanista Brisbane on our overview of the best Bluetooth speakers of 2020.

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Price and availability

The Urbanista Brisbane has a recommended retail price of £ 99 / $ 99, but keep an eye out for the discounts. It’s the type of speaker that’s likely to drop a little at retailers like Amazon, while Urbanista often offers sales on its products. two colors are available – white or black.

Despite its name, it is not currently available in Australia, but this price is around AU $ 140 based on current conversion rates.

It’s pretty cheap compared to our current Bluetooth speaker, the Sonos Move, which costs $ 399 / £ 399 / AU $ 649. It’s even cheaper than the UE Boom 3, which we think offers great value for money at $ 129.99 / £ 129.99 / AU $ 199.95.

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The Urbanista Brisbane isn’t the most eye-catching speaker – and it’s both a problem and an advantage, depending on how you look at it. It is subtle and ideal for placing on a bookcase or wardrobe so as not to distract from your style or your decor, but its design is a bit boring.

It weighs just under 1 kg / 2.2 lb and measures just over the length of an iPhone XS (about six inches) – just enough to give you a feeling of strength without being bulky for the pleasure. You can easily hold it with one hand to move it between rooms, but you probably wouldn’t put it in our carry-on luggage when traveling (unless you’re willing to sacrifice clothes for your music).

It’s good. While the Urbanista Brisbane is presented as a portable speaker with Bluetooth connectivity, we would probably use it primarily as a speaker for the home. Without real protective bumpers, we wouldn’t imagine its chances on any type of difficult trip, although the inclusion of IPX5 water resistance means you can easily take it out into the garden to record your next barbecue and be safe in the knowledge that a little rain will not break it.

Above the speaker are the controls. They’re pretty typical – a Bluetooth pairing button, a power button, and volume keys that also act as rewind and fast forward buttons. You can feel them with your fingers and the gaps between each button are wide enough that you are unlikely to press the wrong button at any time. The lack of lit buttons is a bit of a shame though – especially if you want to use it in a party setting where the lights are dim.

On the back of the device is a micro-USB port for charging, as well as an AUX input if you want to listen with wired capacity instead of using Bluetooth. Both are hidden behind a rubber cover for easy splash protection.

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Battery life

The battery life is solidly reliable thanks to the Urbanista Brisbane’s 8000 mAh capacity. Urbanista estimates that it will last up to 10 hours of constant reading with a standby time of 90 days.

We haven’t had time to check if this 90-day figure is correct, but the battery certainly lasts as long as Urbanista has claimed. It only takes a few hours to charge too, which is certainly handy.

As always, your mileage will vary in terms of battery life, and we recommend that you keep the volume relatively low to get the longest life out of it. As you will find out however, the lowest volume is still quite powerful.


There’s no question about it – the Urbanista Brisbane has mass punch, despite its compact size. It offers two 10W drivers on each side of the device – this contributes to a well-balanced soundstage that seems wider than you would expect.

You don’t get 360-degree sound from cylindrical models like the EU Boom 3, but you can further enhance that soundstage by pairing it with a second Brisbane speaker for true stereo sound. Ultimately, the Urbanista Brisbane has a lot of punch on its own.

At the lowest volumes, it fills the room with strong but soft bass. Another One Bites The Dust is our traditional favorite for testing a speaker at its low frequencies, and it sounded powerful without overpowering the other frequencies. The overall tone is well balanced with deep, punchy bass and midrange that always sounds evenly and smoothly at all times. The treble is also well pronounced because our journey in the Queen catalog uses Under Pressure, which seems clear and detailed.

In the end, it is the volume that impresses us the most with the Urbanista Brisbane. It’s quite small, but fills the room in a way that makes it great for gathering soundtracks with good background music. During a family meal, John of All’s Me played in the background gently, demonstrating that the Urbanista Brisbane is not just about bass.

Even when we tried it with music from a local artist – which means it hasn’t been professionally altered – it kept a clear sound that didn’t crackle or hiss, even at volumes higher.

There may not be a companion app for the Urbanista Brisbane, but with its default settings, that sounds good – although some users may want to have the psychologically reassuring touch of a equalization, there is no need to get a nice listen to this punchy portable speaker.

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Final verdict

A pretty exceptional and likely to blend look pays off for the Urbanista Brisbane. It will surprise and impress you immediately with its clean sounds and exceptional volume levels, while integrating perfectly into the configuration of your living room.

Don’t expect to want to take this speaker on a rugged outdoor trip, and certainly don’t expect anyone to rejoice in its appearance, but appreciate the quietly confident level of sound quality that’s going on here – it can not seem as expansive as the UE Boom 3, but the Brisbane still works admirably.

For the price, the Urbanista Brisbane is ultimately a good deal. You will find better sound quality, but it will cost you a lot more. All in all, this mid-range speaker could be a great choice for anyone who wants the freedom of wireless listening without sacrificing volume levels – and that’s why you’ll find the Brisbane on our tour best Bluetooth speakers of 2020.

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