Hands on: UrbanEars Plattan 2 Bluetooth headphones review


OUR EARLY VERDICT

  • We’re impressed by the results of UrbanEars taking its flagship on-ear headphones wireless. They sound great for a pair at this price, and the combination of their decent controls, long battery life, and lightweight feel, means that it’s exceptionally easy to use them for long periods of time.

FOR

  • Well-designed controls
  • Exceptional battery life
  • Good sound

AGAINST

  • Wireless performance could be better
  • Slight lack of sound detail
  • Ocassionally cramped soundstage

‘Scandinavian design’ can divide opinion. Those that love it praise its clean lines and minimalistic stylings, its wooden finishes and open aesthetic.

But taken to extremes the design language can, its detractors argue, lead to items that are nicer to look at than to actually use, like a hotel room desk that’s all clean exposed wood that couldn’t bear to include something as messy as a plug socket.

UrbanEars is a brand that’s always been keen to take the positives of Scandinavian design without taking it to the extremes of form over function, and nowhere is this more clear than with its new Plattan 2 Bluetooth headphones.

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We were already impressed with the wired version of the Plattan 2’s when we reviewed them last year. Although we had some slight reservations about their sound quality and lack of volume controls, we thought they offered a great deal at their price point.

First impressions suggest that UrbanEars have taken these criticisms to heart as the wireless model makes big strides towards improving upon the original’s drawbacks.

Make no mistake, this is still a budget pair of headphones (with no high-end technologies like noise-cancellation or Bluetooth AptX support), but at this price it seems the balance they’ve struck between functionality, price, and performance might be about right.

Design and features

Looks-wise, very little has changed between these headphones and the wired Plattan 2s. They’re still available in multiple colors ranging from a stark white through to brighter red and blue (pictured) variants.

These solid color schemes are only broken slightly by a single line of silver trim that flows around each earcup, and frankly we’re big fans of the understated look. Hinges at each end of the headband allow the earcups to fold away, and the headband itself is flexible without feeling flimsy.

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The biggest change from the wired version (aside, naturally, from the fact that this thing doesn’t have any wires) is the addition of the same control stick found on Marshall’s recent