Urbanears gets serious about sound with the launch of their new Connected Speakers multi-room wireless home audio system.
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Monochromatic, minimalist, and multi-room. Stockholm-based Urbanears established its reputation based upon the first two of the three, known for their candy store catalog of colorful matte headphones that exemplify the era of portable audio as functional fashion. With the launch of their new Connected Speakers multi-room wireless home audio system, the Swedish company is bringing that same Scandinavian philosophy of thoughtful utility paired with an eye for understated (yet playful) design into our living rooms, home offices, bedrooms, and kitchens.
Urbanears put the smaller of their two new wireless audio speakers ? the Stammen ? into our hands and our home for the last few weeks to experience the Connected Speaker in real world use (there’s an even larger unit, the Baggen, which offers more of the same, but larger in dimension and even more robust in output).
The Stammen makes a positive first impression with a quick and easy setup out of the box aided by the step-by-step instructions of the Urbanears Connected app for iOS; a few taps and swipe later and we were connected to our wi-fi network.
We have to admit even before listening to a single song, we spent an embarrassing amount of time inspecting and admiring our “Plant Green” fabric cover encasing the near entirety of our speaker. Characteristic of Urbanear’s library of headphone colors, the Stammen’s fabric exterior was mesmerizingly rich, a chameleon hue that would change from a plant green to touring green to a near cyan depending upon the ambient light hitting each panel. It looked especially striking against our home office’s matte dark grey-blue walls or sitting on top of our da...