Finally, the Plattans are just plain clever. For instance, instead of being pure headphones, they are set up as headsets with an in-line mic and a Send/End control button (making them perfect for cell phone users). But one of the coolest features by far is the aforementioned “Zound Plug.” If you are a parent, perhaps you’ve observed the phenomena of two kids sharing one iPod by “splitting” a pair of in-ear headphones, with each child each claiming one of the two earpieces. The Plattans, however, offer a much better solution by providing a built-in, 3.5mm audio pass-through jack (i.e., the so-called “Zound Plug”), so that two sets of headphones can be “daisy-chained” together to be driven by one iPod, etc. Why didn’t somebody think of this before now?
In my household, the Plattans passed the toughest “coolness” test of all, when my teenage son asked to borrow them. He brought them back a few hours later and simply said, “Dad, I want a pair of those.” ‘Makes sense to me.
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