Plantronics, a well-known manufacturer of cell phone accessories, including Bluetooth headsets for voice calls, has been releasing headphones for musical listening for a few years now. Though Plantronics audio headphones existed before that, they were mainly developed for use in call centers, or for gaming. Since then, everything has changed…
Plantronics set the cat among the pigeons with the Plantronics BackBeat Pro headphones. For less than 150€, these Bluetooth headphones offer one of the most outstanding sound signatures on the market, with comfort that only the best Sony headphones can rival. Rich yet detailed lows, precise and soft mids, clear highs: Plantronics hit the jackpot with the BackBeat Pro. Better still, these aptX compatible headphones are fitted with a sensor to pause playback when they’re taken off. Their only weakness is their perfectible active noise cancellation.
If we’re writing about Plantronics, it’s because the brand has just enriched their offer with Bluetooth in-ear headphones, True Wireless in-ear headphones and new Bluetooth headphones. These new additions join the pre-existing BackBeat Pro, Backbeat Pro 2 and BackBeat Pro 2 SE models.
Two new models of in-ear headphones are now available, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 2100 and Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100. The former is a waterproof Bluetooth model with a neckband, ideal for sporting activities including swimming. The latter is a True Wireless (completely separate Bluetooth earbuds) model that is also waterproof. The battery life ranges between 5 hours (True Wireless) and 7 hours (neckband) with a quick charge that allows you to add 1 hour of battery life in 10 minutes. The good news is that their prices are very attractive; the BackBeat Fit 3100 model costs less than 150€.
The Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 in-ear headphones are meant for on-the-go listening in non extreme conditions. Also fitted with a neckband, they include an active noise cancellation system. They are therefore perfectly adapted for use in public transport and noisy streets.
As for new headphones, Plantronics has introduced the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 500 and Plantronics BackBeat Fit 505, Bluetooth models intended to resist sweat and rain (IPX2) thanks to a specific nano-coating. The 505 model comes with a hard carrying case, whereas the 500 has a soft pouch. These headphones benefit from Bass Tube technology and provide 18 hours of listening time (16 hours in conversation mode).
Lastly, the new model of hi-fi Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation is the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810. Besides the use of Bass Tube technology, these headphones have the particularity of offering two different tone settings.
All of these new Plantronics in-ear headphones and headphones use the universal SBC codec for musical listening.