Urbanears Sumpan

by Volker Weber


Urbanears has some really refreshing headset designs. And they just came out with a new inexpensive one. Sumpan has signature features like the textile cables that don't tangle or the cable loop that keeps everything together. You can hook both earbuds together behind your neck when you take them out.

My only issue with Sumpan is that they are uncomfortable in my ears. I can tolerate them for an hour or two, but I'd rather spend 10 € extra and get the Kransen headset, my first ever Urbanears. My favorite ones are Plattan ADV and Plattan ADV Wireless.


I think these and their half open approach are intended for outside sports use. I am having the same thing from Microsoft (Coloud Hoop) and they work great for running but still hearing e.g. cars. Only problem is, that I found out that I can not stand music during running ;)

Hubert Stettner, 2015-11-12

Just love the naming of their products. Nicknames of Stockholm suburbs that would make zero sense to anyone outside Sweden.

Erik Ferrari, 2015-11-12

Like, to me. I was always wondering. :-)

Volker Weber, 2015-11-12

I love my Bose QC20 noise cancelling headphones/earbuds/whatever. I find that actually very comfortable. But I love this cable design. It's so smart, especially for people who travel. I don't understand why this isn't the default for all cables. I got a couple of USB cords that use this type of cable & would definitely prioritize it, given the option.

Amy Blumenfield, 2015-11-12

Volker - I read about many people claim that these headphone cables are very sensitive and produce very noticeable noise if the cables move / being "touched" or scratch along clothing... - any experience and comments on that from your side?

Thanks - Markus

Markus Heyl, 2015-11-13

Yes, this observation is correct.

Volker Weber, 2015-11-13

Thanks Volker; I still will give the Kransen a try... - I like the idea of having a good sounding headset with mic and these other features...; who knows how much this issue will really bother me in day 2 day life....

Markus Heyl, 2015-11-13

Man kann ein Kopfhörerkabel so aufwickeln, daß es nicht verknotet:

1) den zweiten & fünften Finger ausstrecken, den dritten und vierten dagegen einklappen (für die Italophilen: = "cornuto"-Handzeichen) ;-)

2) danach das Kabelende mit dem Klinkenstecker zwischen Daumen und Zeigefinger einklemmen

3) anschließend das restliche Kabel zwischen zweitem und fünften Finger in Form einer Acht aufwickeln

-> nie (!) wieder "tangled wire"...

Alex Martin, 2015-11-14

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