I generally avoid two things when it comes to headphones: I steer clear of closed-ear models, as well as brands I’ve never heard of. The Plugged Crown headphones are closed design, and Plugged doesn’t exactly enjoy the name-brand recognition as Sennheiser, Sony, Bose, etc. Still, there was something about the appearance I kind of liked, so I thought I’d try it.
For starters, there aren’t a lot of technical specifications:
- 40mm Driver System
- Plush Ear Cushions
- Sound Isolation
- Scratch-Resistant Body
- Tailored Soft-Case
- Music + Call Controls*
*iOS & Android Cables Included
Open the box and you’ll find the headphones resting in a tray of formed cardboard.
Under the tray is a simple, well-made zippered fabric bag. It’s lightly padded.
Open the bag and you’ll find some documentation and two cables. Note the dividing pockets inside the zippered bag.There are two cables: One for Android devices (left) and one for Apple devices (right). Each has volume and basic one-button play/pause controls.
You’ll notice the bag is about the size of the headphones with the cups folded inward. The headphones don’t fold up any smaller than this.
As mentioned before, the Plugged Crown headphones don’t fold up beyond the cups rotating inward. They’re also all black, except for some gold highlights and the “P” logo.
Here, I’ve pushed in one side as small as it’ll go, and the other (see finger) as long as it’ll get. This is the range of headband size adjustment.
There aren’t a lot of markings or branding at all. Inside the headband you’ll find the “R” for right side. I kind of wish it was easier to see. (The other side is marked “L”).
The headband is lightly cushioned, but the earpads themselves are very pillowy. They feel nice to the touch.
Now here’s something interesting: The cable plugs into just one side. Left or right. Your choice. That’s right, if you prefer one side vs. the other, it’s up to you.
My listening impressions were mostly positive. Low-end bass was much more present vs. your average headphones, but not overwhelming. I’m not entirely sure if it’s due to the closed design (vs. open).
I also found the Plugged Crown headphones extremely comfortable to wear, even with glasses. Plus, the gold looks good on the black. The “P” logo bugs me a little because it reminds me of the old Philadelphia Phillies logo. At least it’s not the Beats logo.
Remember that neat “choose your own side” cable plug? Somehow, I get a lot of cord noise when the inline controls rub against my collar as I move my head. I could either not move my head, not wear a collar… At least I can pick a side which bothers me the least.
As I said, I normally don’t like closed-ear headphones with one notable exception: The recording booth. Having a pair of closed-ear headphones can be an advantage to avoid sounds from the headphones “leaking” into an open mic. I normally don’t wear headphones when recording voice, but now I’ve got a comfortable option in my arsenal. The slight bass-boosted response is probably less ideal when mastering audio for reference, but I’ll enjoy them when I crave low-end beats.