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Urbanears makes the jump from headphones to home audio with a pair of connected speakers

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Urbanears is a headphone company primarily known for making nicely designed, decent quality headphones at affordable prices. Today, the company announced that it’s making the jump from headphones to speakers with the first two models in its new line of Connected Speakers: the Stammen and the Baggen.

Like Urbanears’ other products, the two new speakers are named after areas in Stockholm (where Urbanears is based). The speakers are similar — the Baggen is larger and more expensive at $450, while the Stammen is smaller and costs only $350 — but otherwise the two share a simple, cloth-covered design.

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The speakers feature a wide array of connectivity options — Bluetooth, 3.5mm aux, Spotify Connect, AirPlay, and Chromecast are all integrated directly, and the Urbanears speakers also feature their multi-room audio solution for a combination of up to five Stammen or Baggen devices.

When it comes to actual hardware, Urbanears was able to take advantage of experience from famed speaker company Marshall — the two share a parent company, Zound Industries — in developing the actual sound of the Stammen and Baggen. Internal hardware is the other main difference between the two: the smaller Stammen has two tweeters and a subwoofer, while the larger Baggen swaps the tweeters for two full-range drivers instead. In my brief time demoing the speakers, both were able to fill the midsized living room demo space and sounded good, with the Stammen offering a little more precision in sound compared to the more powerful Baggen.

Photo by Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge

Urbanears is citing old transistor radios as an inspiration for its new lines of speakers, mostly through the simple, two-knob control scheme. One of those knobs handles volume control, while the other toggles between Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and aux input, along with offering easy access to up to seven preset internet radio stations or Spotify Connect playlists. The company notes that once set up, the speakers are speakers are designed to be simple to use without the app, with additional speakers able to added to the multi-room system on the fly with the push of a button.

The Stammen and the Baggen will be available starting March 30th for $350 and $450, respectively, and will be available in six colors: dirty pink, vinyl black, plant green, concrete grey, goldfish orange, and indigo blue.