Urbanista’s Sydney is an extremely small and portable choice if you want to have a Bluetooth speaker on you. It offers up to 5 hours of listening time, water-resistance and a variety of different colour choices.
The speaker itself is very small, coming in smaller than my iPhone – regarding height and width, which makes it great for travelling with and using it on the go. Also, depending on what you’re wearing, the speaker is even pocketable which can come in handy sometimes.
Like Brisbane, Sydney’s larger sibling, the speaker features a fabric and plastic design – which looks great both in the home and on the go. The speaker comes in 4 colours, Dark Clown, Rose Gold, Fluffy Cloud and Olive Green, I have the Olive Green colour for this review.
On top are the buttons for controlling the speaker. There’s a power button, Bluetooth pairing button as well as volume buttons that double up as play and skip buttons. There’s also an LED indicator light to tell you the status of the speaker in the middle.
The sides of the speaker are plain, covered by a smooth plastic material with the Urbanista logo on each side. The bottom has two feet which are slightly adhesive to stop the speaker from sliding around or falling over.
On the back of the speaker, you’ll find the I/O housed underneath a rubber cover as the speaker is IPX5 water-resistant, there’s a micro-USB port for charging and an AUX input if you want to listen without using Bluetooth.
Sydney is the smallest Bluetooth speaker I have reviewed so far on the channel, and for the size of the speaker – the sound it produces is surprisingly good.
If you’re expecting loads of bass, this speaker doesn’t have that – but it doesn’t sound tinny either. It manages to provide a good amount of bass for its size and the mid and high frequencies sound great, which makes vocal performances sound clear.
The speaker can also get quite loud, so if you need to listen with the volume turned up – you can. You can also add a second Sydney speaker and pair them together wirelessly.
Unfortunately, the microphone on the speaker isn’t that great. It was not able to pick up my voice very well, so it sounded very quiet – even listening at full volume.
Features and Accessories
The speaker features Bluetooth 5.0, which features improved connectivity speed and improved range. The speaker, as I previously mentioned, also supports stereo pairing – so you can connect two Sydney speakers together.
The speaker is also IPX5 rated for water resistance, so you can be worry-free having it in your bag or with you wherever you go on a trip.
If you don’t fancy using Bluetooth, you are also able to go wired by using the AUX input located on the back of the speaker.
You can expect to get around 5 hours listening time with the speaker as the speaker has a relatively small 600mAh battery. It would’ve been nice to get a little more listening time from the speaker, but I can excuse the slightly shorter-than-usual listening time due to the small and portable form factor.
When it comes to charging the speaker, it will take around 1-2 hours to fully charge again. Like Urbanista’s Brisbane speaker, Sydney uses a micro-USB port to charge up – I would’ve preferred to have seen USB Type-C charging as it is a relatively new speaker.
If you’re looking for a very small and portable speaker that you can take with you on the go anywhere, the Sydney speaker from Urbanista is a great choice. It is held back a little by its 5-hour battery life – but the compromise for portability and extra features such as water resistance and dual-speaker pairing is reasonable.
The Urbanista Sydney is available to purchase from Urbanista’s website.