If you’re willing and able to drop $199 or more for a pair of Beats by Dre, the universe will surely shower you with radiant envy as a member of an exclusive club. If, however, you’re interested in a good pair of well-made headphones with fantastic sound and an elegant, understated design for $49, then hear me out…
A little over a year ago, I broke a great pair of JVC headphones that had served me well for many years. They had rich, detailed, booming sound with a simple, collapsible design. They would be hard to replace, but I needed something fast. Always dubious of joining the Jonestown of what everyone else seems to be doing, I wanted to find something else – something simple, effective, elegant and, of course, affordable. Aside from the steep price point, I was never a fan of the Beats design and I don’t like wearing anything that flaunts shameless branding. Urbanears looked like a great solution.
Urbanears is a Scandanavian company with with a very simple mission: to make excellent, understated, well-made and affordable headphones without trying to make a bold design statement. Of their great selection of different models, I chose the Plattan.
The Plattan has a simple, classic, collapsible design that features a built-in remote with a mic that enables me to play/pause, change the volume, go to the next or previous track or take a phone call, which is handy, since I mostly listen to music on my iPhone. These well-made work horses are sturdy and very comfortable. And the sound? I’ve been listening to music for 45 years on a range of equipment. These sound fantastic.
Sound Principle: 40mm handmade drivers
Max Input Power: 50mW
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Connection: 3.5mm plug
They also come in a spectrum of colors. I, of course, went with basic black.
So if you’re in the market for a brilliant and affordable pair of headphones, check out Urbanears.