Urbanears Plattan Plus
Stylish; comfortable; lightweight; in-line remote/mic
Audio can be thin at times
Urbanears’ Plattan Plus headphones are stylish music companions, boasting a lightweight design that should appeal particularly to children and young adults.
The headphones have the same minimalistic, colourful appearance as the Plattan headphones which have been available for a couple of years, with one slight improvement – an Apple-certified microphone and remote.
The headphones are available in five colours – Indigo, Grape, Purple, Dark Grey and Denim – which is disappointingly less than the Plattan’s 13 available colours.
The in-line remote/mic sits on a 1.2m tangle-resistant cord that reminded us of a vibrant shoelace. The three-button remote is surprisingly responsive. One click of the centre button pauses music, two clicks skips forward a track and three clicks skips backwards. The two volume controls sit on either side.
The Plattan Plus’s audio is produced by handmade 40mm drivers, and while vocals and mid-range audio shine through in a variety of music genres, bass and low-end tones can morph together at times and high-end tones often lack substance. However, the audio output is great for the headphones’ price.
While the headphones sit comfortably, they rest on the outside of the ear rather than around them. This will suit some users and not others.
A neat feature of Urbanears’ headphones is the ability to transfer audio in a chain by integrating a 3.5mm audio-out port into the right-hand side of the headphones for a second pair to connect to. Urbanears calls it a ZoundPlug. Those who travel long distances with a partner or friend would see the benefit in sharing music from the one device.
Their build quality appears to be sound. The flexible headband is covered with a soft, comfortable fabric and can be adjusted to fit on any head shape, while the headphones themselves are made of a hard durable plastic.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice. The design of the headphones, boosted by their texture and colour schemes, would suit those who are on a tight budget but still want a sense of style and comfort. Could be a good option for a child’s Christmas present.