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Plantronics 903/R US BackBeat Headphones

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  • Wireless headphones for your stereo Bluetooth mobile phone feature
  • Separate your voice from the noise using dual-mic AudioIQ technology
  • Hear your outside world with a quick press of the OpenMic button
  • Enjoy the full dynamic range of your music using bass-boost feature
  • Personalize your fit with telescoping and swivel adjustments
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 5.5 inches, 2.3 inches, 9.5 inches
  • Weight: 5.12 ounces
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.3 x 9.5 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001TK3AC0
  • Item model number: Plantronics Backbeat 903
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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Enjoy full-spectrum stereo music and take your calls wirelessly with the Plantronics BackBeat 903 Bluetooth Headphones. These ultra-comfortable wireless headphones deliver rich stereo sound from your stereo Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone or MP3 player, while smart dual-mic AudioIQ voice technology offers exceptional clarity for your cell calls. And with a quick tap of the headphone's OpenMic button, you can immediately hear what's going on around you without removing the headphones.




The SnugFit earbuds ensure a secure fit that is comfortable all day. View larger.
Wireless Freedom for Your Music and Calls
Whether you are working or playing, walking or running, the BackBeat 903 lets you wirelessly take your calls and stream and control your music. These unique wireless headphones easily connect to your stereo Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone or MP3 player to give you high-quality audio performance.

(If you want to wirelessly connect to your iPhone, iPod or other music player that doesn't have built-in Bluetooth capability, check out the BackBeat 906, which offers all the great features of the BackBeat 903 and includes a stereo Bluetooth adapter.)

Outstanding Audio and Call Quality
Thanks to dual 14 mm speakers and bass-boost feature, you can enjoy your music in full-spectrum stereo for a rich audio experience. And when it's time to make or take a call, the headphones feature dual-mic AudioIQ, an advanced digital signal processing technology that dramatically improves the audio levels on both ends of your call, giving you superb call clarity and performance. So whether you're listening to your tunes or taking an important call, the BackBeat 903 has you covered.

Control Your Music Remotely
The headphones feature an easy-to-access set of dedicated controls that give you full control of your music and call functions, including play/pause, bass boost, call mute, and volume and track control (for devices supporting the AVRCP Bluetooth profile).

Keep an Ear Open to the World Around You
The BackBeat 903 is also equipped with OpenMic technology, an ingenious feature that lets you hear all the happenings around you without taking off your headphones. By simply pressing a button, the microphone will pick up outside sound and feed it through the speakers, so you can fully engage in a conversation or simply listen to your surroundings.

Adjustable Design for All-Day Comfort
Designed for comfortable, all-day wear, the BackBeat 903 features contoured earbuds that are made of flexible material that comfortably conforms to the shape of your ear. The headphones weigh just 1.2 ounces and offer telescoping and swiveling adjustments for a personalized and secure fit. And for further convenience, the soft neckband folds for easy storage in a pocket, purse, or bag.

Bluetooth makes for easy wireless connections and AudioIQ ensures great call quality.
Rechargeable Battery Offers Long Listening and Talk Time
The rechargeable battery delivers up to seven hours of talk/music playback time and has a standby time of up to eight days. It takes just three hours to fully charge the headphones.

The Plantronics BackBeat 903 is backed by a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Bluetooth headphones, AC charger.

Product Description

Plantronic BBT903/R BackBeat HeadphonesBBT903/R Backbeat Headphone...Wirelessly stream and control music asyou walk, run, work or play; Separate your voice from the noise using dual-mic AudioIQ technology; Hear your outside world with a quick press of the OpenMic button; Enjoy the full dynamic range of your music using bass-boost feature; Personalize yourfit with telescoping and swivel adjustments; Easily store this flexible design in your pocket or bag.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Sound quality is great, music sounds good.
Kerton
The neck cable is WAY too long and any time you move your head even a little bit the cable knocks the earphones off your ears.
C. Windell
First off, the ear buds do not fit inside my ear canal very well like they are designed to.
Talon Gaudio

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

194 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Kerton on October 18, 2009
I'm in the phone industry (but I don't work for any bluetooth headset maker). I got a pair of these free from Altec before the product release. I like these better than competing models from Motorola, Jabra, Samsung and other brands. I have owned all of them. Reasons:

1) The non-rigid wire connecting the two allows for compact folding, and pocket stuffing. Most other brands don't offer that.

2) Sound quality is great, music sounds good.

3) Phone calls are great. With two ears to hear the call, I can hear people even when I am in a very noisy environment. The microphone isn't as good, so they may have problems hearing me if it is VERY noisy. Beware, many other brands of bluetooth stereo headsets only use one ear for phone calls - that's stupid and makes it relatively hard to hear.

4) Buttons do not get pushed by mistake. Jabra was terrible on this issue.

5) No stupid blue light show to make you look like a geek idiot. Jabra also was bad on this issue.

5.5) Overall, these are relatively discrete. You don't look like you have two big cans on your ears.

6) The charging plug type is Micro B USB, which may be new to you, but all new cell phones will standardize on this plug type in the 2010-2012 time frame.

Negatives include:

a) The earbuds fall off in your pocket, on the street, etc. I used a drop of superglue so as to prevent losing these. I recommend you do the same.

b) As others have stated, don't sweat into them. I don't use for exercising, so not a problem for me.

c) Caveat: Bluetooth inserts a small lag, which doesn't matter at all with phone calls or music, but with video can cause the audio and video to be slightly out of sync. Doesn't bother me, but be aware.
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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful By A. Dent #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2009
Altec's BackBeat stereo headphones offers near-invisible stereo wireless headphones that can be paired with Bluetooth enabled devices, including A2DP-capable music players capable to streaming high-quality stereo output to Altec's Bluetooth-enabled headphones. This model does not include a Bluetooth transceiver to deliver A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) capabilities when connected to any player that has a standard 3.5 mm audio output jack. If such a device is needed to, for example, listen to Internet radio off a computer, then the Altec Lansing 906/R US BackBeat Headphone with Dongle is recommended.

You get the following in the box:

- Stereo headphones
- with one pair of silicone ear buds (still trying to find a source for replacements)
- Charger working through a USB Micro connection
- English/Spanish manual, pretty good, actually

My review will first discuss features that I deem important then, I will close with a brief evaluation.

Headphones:
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While not 'high end', they deliver a reasonably good quality sound. Some may have issues with headphones that go 'in' the ear rather than covering the ear. I know that I do but I seem to tolerate these quite well for as long as the volume is kept low.

On the positive side, the 2 headphones are connected with a stereo cable that goes on the back of the head. This makes the entire assembly nearly invisible when worn, especially if the person who wears them has hair :). The microphone seems to be integrated in the headphones body and it seems to work well because no one asked me to speak louder while on the phone, using the BackBeat.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful By S. Hall on July 18, 2009
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I purchased two of these units from Amazon. The recent iPhone firmware update allows for bluetooth headsets; these appeared perfect. Both units have now failed. The first set lasted for 2 workouts. The second set for 4 workouts.

Altec is sending replacements, but I have to send in the failed set. So, the turnaround time is a hindrance.

Both sets suffer the same problem. It appears the on/off switch stops working. It has a full charge, but if you can't turn on the headsets, they are worthless. My guess is that sweat gets into the device via the button and shorts it out.

Let's hope they fix the problem. Sound is great. The concept is brilliant. The execution, however, is flawed.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mikey on October 7, 2010
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I purchased the BackBeat 903 a couple weeks ago from Amazon. This is my honest review of the product.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Houser on March 14, 2010
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Believe all of the things you read about high failure rates on these devices.

This is not some isolated failure that everyone who is affected wants to complain about on a message board. These headphones work well when they work, but they will fail on you, probably within a few months.

I saw mixed reviews, and like a fool, decided to rush in for a purchase. I thought the few people who had problems were making the most noise, but saw that some people were happy with them. So, I figured, "What are the chances that MINE will be defective?" OOOOPS! It seems the chances are 2 for 2.

The first pair I got had a defective volume up/down controller. Music was very soft, and I could not increase the volume. So, I sent it back and exchanged it for a new pair. After very light use, NO SWEAT, NO WATER, NO ABUSE, the headset just stopped working. It was fully charged and was working well, I attempted to re-connect it to my netbook bluetooth instead of its usual pairing partner (my cell phone). Pffftt!!!! It just stopped working. I have tried (REPEATEDLY) the plug it in and hold down the power button trick to no avail. No lights when plugged in. No response when resetting. It just died.

If you do buy them, I suggest using them to exclusively listen to Jimmi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elvis, and John Lennon. Like them, these will die well before they should have.

If you do decide to buy these anyway, please take this advice: Do not get too attached to the little fellas. They will only let you down.
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