Product: Urbanears Plattan headphones
Rating: Strong Recommend*
There comes a point in time when every iPod/iPhone users will have to make a decision... which headphones to get to replace their broke Apple ear buds. Luckily, there are a plethora companies that makes some awesome headphones, and Urbanears is one of them. Today we test out their Plattan headphones, read on to see if these monochromatic goodness sounds as good as it looks.
First and foremost, we are a fan of the looks of the Urbanears headphones. We love the simplistic, back-to-basic design in combination with the monochromatic color. A wide range of colors available will also satisfy anyone's quirky preference. The Plattan model we tested out is an over-the-ear semi-open headphones. What we love about the Plattan specifically is the wide headband which provides great support. The headband is also lightly padded and provides just enough cushioning for long period use. We also love the fabric covering both the headband and the cord, giving them a nice feel in when you come in contact. We also enjoyed the feel of the soft-touch plastic covering the outside of the ear cups and the latches. It definitely gives the headphones an upgraded feel of a more expensive set.
The Plattan is also designed to be collapsible, with the two ear cups folding into the headband. We love this when taking the Plattan on the go, which minimizes the space it takes in our bags. We are a little disappointed that the Plattan doesn't come with a carrying case to keep it as compact as it can be when it is collapsed.
One thing we have to complain about may be geared towards over-the-ear headphones in general. For people with glasses (read: me), the ear cups presses your ear against the glasses arms and can get uncomfortable after wearing for a long period of time.
You might ask yourself what functionalities do a pair of headset have? In the case of the Plattan, plenty. First off, the Plattan has a built-in mic/remote for use with smartphones or compatible laptops. This worked with both my Android and webOS phone as well as my Macbook. The remote is single button that controls your media player (play/stop) as well as your calls (pick up/hang up). Urbanears does offer an "Apple certified" version, the Plattan Plus, that includes added functionality of volume control.
A unique feature on the Plattan is what Urbanears call the "Zound Plug." It's essentially another 3.5mm jack built into the bottom of the right ear cup. In theory this is great for sharing music with the person sitting next to you. At first we imagined there would be limited usage for this feature, but we found this is perfect for sharing sound on your iPad. We, especially enjoyed this function when watching a movie with another person on an iPad. Instead of opting for the crummy iPad speakers, two of us shared the sound using the Zound Plug never missed a line.
The make it or break it feature of any headphones. The Plattan is definitely not going to fulfill any HiFi audiophile's dream, but at $60, Urbanears isn't trying to. Instead it aims for the casual music listener who wants a good overall listening experience without sacrificing style. Unlike many headphones in this price range, the bass is not too overwhelming even when you crank up the music, although it does get a little muddy. The overall depth of the sound is good, a definite upgrade to most headphones that are included with your music player/phone.
Overall, Urbanears did a great job with the Plattan. We loved the great simple design and a wide ranging color way. The sound is great and what you'd expect from a set of headphones at this price range. What really makes us put these in the strong recommend column is definitely all the added functionalities, especially the unique Zound Plug feature.
- Great simple design
- Solid build quality
- Zound Plug for music sharing
- May get uncomfortable for people with glasses after long period
- Would be nice to include carrying case
- High end of the price range
Apartment Therapy Media makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.