Reviewed on May 25, 2016

Plane Quiet Platinum HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9
5.8
Mixed Usage
4.6
Critical Listening
6.2
Commute/Travel
6.1
Sports/Fitness
6.1
Office
6.4
Home Theater
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

The Plane Quiet Platinum are surprisingly stable on your head and block a good amount of noise for commuting. They also don't leak much and won't be distracting to the people around you. Unfortunately, the poor audio reproduction and somewhat plasticky build quality may be a is a deal breaker for some listeners.

Test Results
Design 6.6
Sound 4.4
Isolation 7.6
Active Features 5.3
Pros
  • Stable fit.
  • Low leakage.
Cons
  • Poor and uneven sound reproduction.
  • Inefficient audio controls.

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6.6

Design

The Plane Quiet Platinum look decent but feel a little cheap. They have a stable design that applies the right amount of pressure around your ears, to stay put while jogging. They also are relatively comfortable. Unfortunately, the shallow ear cups touch your ears and can cause soreness during long listening sessions. They also have inadequate audio controls, which is slightly disappointing.

Style

The Plane Quiet Platinum look stylish enough but do not impress with their build quality. They seem a little cheap compared to some other over-ear models. The headband is fairly ordinary, relatively thin and moderately padded. On the upside, the ear cups have a distinct style with a two-tone, black and silver color scheme that is somewhat eye catching. They may not be the most premium looking headphones, but their style will work for some.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.45 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.2 lbs

These headphones are moderately comfortable. They have decently sized ear cups that encompass most listener ears, and the padding is soft although slightly lacking. The ear cups, however, are very shallow and will flatten your ears once you put them on, which can get a little uncomfortable over long listening sessions. Luckily, they exert the right amount of pressure around the ears so that they don't feel too tight.

5.0 Controls
Ease of use : Mediocre
Feedback : Above-average
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Noise Canceling Control : No
Talk-Through : No
Additional Buttons : No

The Plane Quiet Platinum have a limited control scheme. They have no in-line controls and only have a volume dial and the on/off switch on the right ear cup. This means you can't pause or skip tracks and have no direct control over your audio, which is disappointing.

7.5 Stability

The Plane Quiet Platinum are surprisingly stable. They are not designed for sports but apply the right amount of tension on your head, to not fall during physical activity. The ear cups sway a little while running, but these headphones are stable enough to be used in the gym without having to readjust their position often. They easily maintain their stable fit during casual listening sessions and have a detachable cable that disconnects when hooked by something.

6.3 Portability
L : 4.72 "
W : 5.51 "
H : 2.95 "
Volume : 76.88 Cu. Inches
Stand required : N/A

The PlaneQuitet Platinum are above-average portable headphones. They are about mid-sized over-ear headphones and fold up into a more compact format for easy transportation. They will fit comfortably in backpack or handbag and do not take up much space once folded.

5.5 Case
Type : Pouch

Comes with a soft pouch, that does not add extra bulk and will protect the headphones from scratches but not from falls.

6.5 Build Quality

Build quality is average at best. These headphones have a typical build quality and can withstand a few drops without getting damaged but do not feel very durable. The headband has a thin metal frame that reinforces the design. However, the ear cups are made of cheap plastic and do not feel dense enough to handle a lot of physical stress. The joints are also very plasticky and could break easily under moderate pressure. On the upside, the cable is relatively thick and looks capable of withstanding everyday wear and tear for a decent amount time.

6.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 6.3 C

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 5.11 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

Comes with a 1/8" TRS-TRS audio cable with no in-line controls.

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Angled
Side
Rear
Top
4.4

Sound

The Plane Quiet Platinum are a poor sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have poorly balanced and excessive bass, a sub-par and muddy mid-range, and a bad and lacking treble. They also don't have a good soundstage, but on the plus side, produce little distortion.

5.6 Bass
Std. Err.
:
6.45 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
14.77 Hz
Low-Bass
:
7.6 dB
Bass
:
5.99 dB
High-Bass
:
6.5 dB

5.5 Mid
Std. Err.
:
5.99 dB
Low-Mid
:
4.73 dB
Mid
:
4.39 dB
High-Mid
:
-3.83 dB

1.1 Treble
Std. Err.
:
11.81 dB
Low-Treble
:
-14.08 dB
Treble
:
-8.91 dB
High-Treble
:
-8.73 dB

3.1 Soundstage
Openness
:
3.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.2
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.04 dB

3.7 Imaging
Driver Mismatch (Amplitude)
:
1.25 dB
Driver Mismatch (Frequency)
:
3.38 dB

9.8 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.023
Weighted THD @ 100
:
0.06

7.6

Isolation

The Plane Quiet Platinum have decent isolation performance. They can block and cancel a fair amount of ambient noise and would be able to isolate you in a busy office. Unfortunately, the active noise cancelling is not efficient enough for the level of noise on a flight or a train full of commuters. On the upside, they don't leak much and won't be distracting to the people around you at moderate volumes.

7.5 Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
:
-18.86 dB
Bass
:
-16.03 dB
Mid
:
-10.14 dB
Treble
:
-31.49 dB
Self-Noise
:
13.97 dB

Average isolation. The passive isolation provided by the earcups is decent and typical of most closed-back over-ear headphones. They start to become effective around 600Hz and achieve the maximum isolation of 40dB at 15KHz. The active noise cancellation is effective between 20Hz and 2KHz, and performs quite well for the most part. It consistently provides a minimum of 10dB of isolation over the most of its operative range, reaching the maximum of 26dB at around 120Hz.

7.8 Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
35.36 dB

Decent leakage. The significant portion of the leakage is between 500Hz and 2KHz, which is about average. The overall level of the leakage is relatively low too, making these headphones relatively quiet.

5.3

Active Features

The Plane Quiet Platinum only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile for most use cases as they lack both wireless or an app, to further customize the sound. On the upside, they have a long battery life that will easily last a full day of continuous audio playback.

0 Wireless
Type
:
N/A
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
NFC
:
No

10 Latency
Base Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Wired design with negligible latency.

7.7 Battery
Battery Type
:
AAA
Battery Life
:
24 hrs
Charge Time
:
N/A
Auto-off
:
No
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
No

The Plane Quiet Platinum have a decent battery life that will last about 24 hrs of continuous playback. They can continue streaming audio passively when the battery is dead, by turning off the noise-canceling feature. They're decent headphones to use on a road trip or on a long flight. However, they don't have an auto-off timer, so your battery will keep being drained even when you're not using them.

0 App Support

No compatible app.

In the box

  • Plane Quiet Platinum Headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manual
  • 1/8' to 1/4' adapter
  • Airline adapter
  • AAA batteries (x2)

5.8 Mixed Usage

The Plane Quiet Platinum are decent everyday casual headphones. They perform well in use cases where isolation and low leakage is necessary, like commuting. However, their poor sound quality, comfort, and cheap, plastic frame, means they're not well-rounded enough for all uses.

4.6 Critical Listening

Poor for critical listening. They have a closed-back design and a skewed, bass-heavy audio reproduction that sounds too dark and closed for critical listening.

6.2 Commute/Travel

Average for commuting. They provide enough isolation for the ambient noise of a train and bus. However, the noise canceling may not efficient enough for the level of noise on an international or domestic flight.

6.1 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre-at-best for sports use. They're not the most comfortable but they won't easily fall off your head because of their tight, stable fit.

6.1 Office

Mediocre-at-best for office use. They won't be audible to the people around you because of their low leakage. They also block enough ambient noise so that you won't hear the chatter of a busy office. However, they're not the most comfortable so you won't be able to wear them for long listening sessions, which is often the case at the office.

6.4 Home Theater

Average for Home Theater use. They have no latency since they're wired but a have a subpar sound that won't be the best for watching movies. They also have a short audio cable so they won't be the ideal headphones to comfortably watch movies with from you couch unless you have an extension cord for the audio cable.

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