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Urbanears Plattan Plus review: Urbanears Plattan Plus

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MSRP: $60.00

The Good The Urbanears Plattan Plus are a budget-friendly pair of over-ear headphones available in a variety of colors to match your style, and they sound pretty good, too.

The Bad A deep bump in the lower sonic spectrum gives electronic and hip-hop tracks an audible muddiness.

The Bottom Line The Urbanears Plattan Plus earphones offer equal parts style and substance for less than Apple's aftermarket earbuds, and we recommend them for casual listeners and fashionistas alike.

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6.7 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 6
  • Performance 6

The $60 Urbanears Plattan Plus headphones are an Apple Store exclusive and appear nearly identical to the original Plattan model, but with an added remote control on the wire and Urbanears' unique ZoundPlug that lets a friend attach another pair of headphones directly to the underside of the right earcup. The four bright color options are embellished with a textured cloth headband, matte earcups, and a braided cord, adding stylish appeal for the young crowd. Unfortunately, the headphones lack clarity in sound and come off muddy in tracks with deep bass, so we couldn't recommend them to hard-core AV geeks looking for the best over-ear cans. On the other hand, if you're simply hunting for an inexpensive pair of headphones to match your bright wardrobe and don't necessarily need top-notch sound quality, the Urbanears Plattan Plus are a worthwhile pick-up.

Design and features
The Apple Store sells the Plattan Plus in four colors: purple, pool (mint green), cerise (pink), and dark gray.

The coloring doesn't end at the headband and earcups--the textured cloth headband, matte earcups, braided wire, and even the plastic connection hardware and cords all get the monochromatic treatment that gives the headphones a unique aesthetic. If you're not a fan of the four Plattan Plus colors, the regular Plattan headphones come in 14 hues that are sure to satisfy.

The Plattan Plus headphones show no Urbanears branding when they're on your head--the only visible company marks are small nameplates just inside the small rectangular blocks that connect the earpads to the interwoven cloth headband. The design of the Plattan Plus harkens back to vintage supra-aural (on-ear) headphones, with a swiveling wire cage that permits vertical adjustments and also bends to fold into the headband area for organized storage.

The earcups measure 2.5 inches in diameter and are covered in a synthetic leather material that can get hot over long listening periods, so we recommend a short break every 20 minutes or so to alleviate the ear fatigue commonly associated with tight cans that hug your temples.

Perhaps the most forward-looking feature on the Plattan Plus is what Urbanears calls the ZoundPlug, which is basically a stereo audio-out plug built into the bottom of the right earcup so a friend can hear your music on a second set of headphones. Though it seems like a relatively simple addition, we're sure that students and frequent travelers will find the Plattan Plus's ZoundPlug a valuable replacement for the external Y-splitter plug that's too easy to lose in the shuffle of daily transport.

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