Priced at Php 1,950, the Urbanears Kransen is positioned at the very lucrative sub Php 2,000 price point. While no stranger to the earphone market, Urbanears faces tough competition from industry veterans who has long made their mark in the entry-level market. Does the Kransen have what it takes to turn the sub Php 2,000 price market into Urbanears’ gold mine?
Whenever I test a new pair of earphones, the first thing I check is how “wearable” they are. Is it easy to plug into my ear and would my ears hurt after using them for a couple of hours. The Urbanears Kransen was quite remarkable in that aspect. The left and right marker is visibly placed on each earpiece and the fit of it was very precise, there was no need to fiddle with the earphone and wearing it was a comfortable affair. Wearing it for hours didn’t cause any soreness or uneasiness, sounds a bit clichéd but it seems to be made perfectly for my ears.
The Kransen is built with 10mm dynamic drivers which produces a good amount of base, very pronounced but not over-bearing. The overall tone the Kransen produced was quite balanced and clear. My eithies new wave and nineties rock sounded good on the Kransen, definitely a good pair to have when travel. Though my Westone UM1 sounded marginally better, the Kransen nevertheless still offers quite a good level of fidelity, especially considering its price point. The Kransen definitely sounds better than competing brands that are in the same price point. The Kransen also has a built-in mic which is easily engaged at a press of a button. Voice calls sounded clear with minimal ambient noise interference.
The tangle-free cord of the Kransen is one of its best features. I’ve had earphones that sound great but that accidentally keep getting tangled in my bag or pocket, and I’m glad Urbanears is using this kevlar-like lining on most of their offerings. The cord of the Kransen is flexible yet stiff enough that it remains straight when dangling from the ear and doesn’t get curly and unruly like some of the cords of competing earphones. Whenever I pull out the Kransen from my bag, it only takes me a second to untangle its whole length.
To make the Kransen even more organization-friendly, Ubranears gifted it with two additional features; the Snapconstruction and Cable Loop. The Snapconstruction allows the two earbuds to be connected on both ends making it easy to hang around ones neck when the Kransen is not in use. The Cable Loop, which is located near the earphone plug, makes it easy to wrap the cord and secure it in place. This makes untangling the already tangle-free cord even easier.
Urbanears definitely has another winner with the Kransen. For the price of Php 1,950, it not only sounds nice but it also offers a few neat feature like the cable loop and tangle-free cord. The Kransen is definitely one of the better earphones in the sub Php 2,000 price range.
Php 1,950 (Comes in 10 different colors)
Available in all Digital Hub, Digital Walker and Beyond the Box outlets
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