Urbanears headphones is a collective out of Scandinavia, motivated by a common interest in global relationships and shared involvement in the relevance of the living brands. Urbanears promotes a deeper connection to colour, form, and people while providing the freedom to transcend individuality and unify the sound experience. From the start they carried high-fashion and exclusive denim brands mixed with second hand clothing — a blend that attracted young, trendy Stockholmers. Some of the denim sold in Urbanears headphones makes headphones that fit your everyday life. With a legacy in functionality, we supply the perfect listening device for anyone with a pocket full of music and a wish to make the most of it. The Urbanears Plattan Headphones to be the perfect classic headphone, utilizing innovative functions and performance with today’s technology. It is a full size headphone allowing for rich, secluded sound. You can fold it down to the size of your fist for maximum mobility.
So The Urbanears Plattan also comes with a “zound plug” on the earcap, allowing for a friend to plug in and enjoy your music.. Now that you’ve had a chance to digest these semi-informative marketing blurbs, let me tell you what the real deal is with the Urbanears Plattans. First, let’s acknowledge that—in 2010 dollars—they’re pretty affordable RRP of £59.99 is not a heckuva lot to pay for high-quality headphones of Scandinavian origins. Second, let me vouch for the fact that the Plattans sound amazingly accomplished for the money and that—like the vintage Sennheiser HD414s that are their spiritual precursors—they have a warm, engaging quality that pulls you into the music and holds your attention for hours at a time. Significantly, these ‘phones are amazingly sensitive, so that they can easily—and I mean really easily—be driven by iPods without any kind of add-on portable amplifiers or the like.
Third, and this is a pretty big deal, the Plattans are flat-out beautiful and seem almost impossibly well built given their price. Small, and to my eyes decidedly Scandinavian-looking, detail touches abound. For example, if you look closely, you’ll see the headband is covered in two types of fabric: a smooth fabric on the outside of the band, with a more coarsely textured fabric on the inside (to help hold the ‘phones in place as you wear them). Or, take a close look at the ultra-fine stitching on the (I presume) faux leather earpad covers. Everywhere you turn, carefully crafted construction details jump out at you. Like the good ol’ HD414s, the Plattans are colorful, too. In fact, they come in fourteen different colors that range from tasteful and subdued hues on through to more daring colors (my sample Plattans are in a soft matte gray that reminds me, somehow, of the matte gray display panels so often seen in photography exhibits).