The GoodThe Urbanears Plattan headphones are inexpensive and come in a vast array of color options. They're also compact and stylish, and will work with music phones thanks to an integrated mic and call answer button.
The BadThe Plattan headphones aren't terribly comfortable and overall audio quality is muddy.
The Bottom LineThe Urbanears Plattan headphones are all about style, which unfortunately doesn't leave much room for great sound in this case. Beware of mushy bass, nasally mids, and an absence of clarity.
Editors' note, January 25, 2010: We initially miscalculated the ratings for this product. The correct overall rating is 6.0; Design is 7, Features is 7, and Performance is 4.
It's nothing new, but the propensity of headphone manufacturers to crop up with the latest "fashion-forward" model has enjoyed a sharp uptick as of late. Newcomer Urbanears provides several examples, with three lines of portable headphones designed to catch eyes and turn heads. One is the Plattan, an on-ear model that comes in a choice of 14 colors. Unfortunately, these earphones don't offer the clearest audio quality, but they do pump out plenty of bass and cost a relatively affordable $60 a pop.
Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.