Plantronics BackBeat FIT 2100 Wireless Headphones, Sweatproof and Waterproof In Ear Workout Headphones, Grey - 212201-99
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- Safety: Stay visible in the dark with the reflective finish and train safer with always aware eartips that are designed to let in ambient sound, allowing you to simultaneously listen to music and hear your surroundings
- Comfortable design: Backbeat fit wireless headphones have a soft, flexible and secure fit earloop design that provides a comfortable fit and remains stable during your most rigorous workouts
- Long lasting battery: Bluetooth headphones have up to seven hours of wireless power so you can move more and charge less
- Waterproof and sweatproof: IP57 rated durable, sweatproof and waterproof design protects the earphones from sweat, rain, and spills and can withstand your most rigorous workouts
- My tap: New my tap offers feature customization through the plantronics backbeat app. Set a timer, start a stopwatch or select your favorite playlist directly from your earbuds without ever interrupting your workout
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Embrace the outdoors with rugged and ultra-stable BackBeat FIT 2100 wireless sport earbuds, featuring Always Aware ear tips that allow you to hear your surroundings for safer training in any environment. Built with waterproof and sweatproof materials, its secure-fit earloops stay put and withstand rigorous exercise while its lightweight design keeps you comfortable. And with up to seven hours of wireless listening, you can power a full week of workouts.
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Generally everything is the same or slightly better. The ear buds are the same, fit and feel the same (which is great). The over the ear loops are a slightly softer/rubber-ier material, little thinner. I would say slightly more comfortable, but hardly a big change. The buttons are down to one on each side (from two). It's fine. The old way worked, but I can see the appeal of dropping buttons and the new combos just take a sec to learn and work just as well. The new buttons are fine, little less tactile feedback, but again just different, not better or worse. One nice improvement is that there is no longer a seam between the ear loop and connecting band. That is what broke down on my original one (after years of shoving into pockets and backpacks) and that seam is gone, its one piece of material from end to end. So they should last longer. Oddly the electronic voice seems to have taken a step back. I don't really care what they sound like since I really only hear it when I turn them on, but it's an odd thing to have it be noticeably worse, just more electronic-y and slightly harder to understand. Not a big deal at all, just really weird.
And that is pretty much it. EXCEPT for the hissing noise. I saw a few people mention it in other reviews but figured that they got unlucky or just weren't used to the open ear sound. NOPE. I have had three pairs now (after returns) and all three have sounded terrible. They work, the music/podcasts play, but in the background is a white noise static that is 1/4-1/2 the volume of the podcast voices. The worst of the three was loud enough that it occasionally would completely drown out the people talking if they get slightly quiet. Tried updating each one to the latest firmware, no change. After three tries, this is obviously a flaw in design, software or manufacturing.
Basically, you should not buy these at this time (Nov 2018). If they can fix the hissing sound issue and reliably deliver a working headphone, I have no reservation giving these a 5 star review and will buy them in a heartbeat. Until then, buy the originals (which I will do shortly). Also at this time the originals are about $25 less anyway. While the new ones are better in a couple of little ways, really not worth an extra $25. Buy the originals.
Update (Jan 2020): My second pair of the original version is starting to break down (kid got to them, my fault), so my wife bought a pair of these new ones from Costco and I tried them out again. Exact same hissing noise and the electronic voice was so bad I had a hard time understanding it. I'd rate this copy 1 star, honestly I'm stunned it's still a problem and this bad of one. I'll again buy the originals and are unlikely to bother trying the 2100s ever again.
I did everything trying to fix it.
2: update the firmware
3: Call tech support and ask for help... their response "return to amazon and get a new one".
4: I did that, just got my SECOND pair today. SAME PROBLEM.
I thought *maybe* I was nuts. I compared again to my old pair.... no problem with those.
I even asked my wife to listen and see if she notices it. YES even she does!
I hope Plantronics can fix this problem. It seems like a simple minor defect... I really really want a new BackBeat Fit. For now though, I'll have to return both of these ones.
I used my previous Blackbeat FIT almost daily for two years until my backpack was stolen with it inside. I ordered this latest version to replace it and received it yesterday. The sound on this new version, including the automated battery level voice, is distorted and sounds like it's coming through a long tin can. Whenever audio is connected, there is a very noticeable background hiss. I'd like to think this particular pair is defective somehow, which I can't rule out for sure, but it came sealed in a new package. I'm returning and ordering an older version still on sale at Amazon in hopes it will be like the one I had before. One additional quibble even if the sound was decent: The older version had two buttons on each ear which made it easier to do different things, but this version only has one button per ear, and a long list of different click pattern instructions to do different things (e.g. play=1 click, next track=2 clicks, previous track=3 clicks)--I definitely found the old way more intuitive.
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They aren't sealed which for me is exactly what I wanted. I tried other headphones prior to these, where your ear canal is sealed by a rubber fitting. This means sound quality is enhanced but with the major drawback that you can hear "thud thud thud" as your foot strikes the ground, and you can't hear any passing traffic if you run on the roadside. The constant thudding and inability to hear cars approaching are precisely what you DON'T want in a pair of running headphones.
As with all headphones I think a lot of it boils down to personal preference. The fit is also down to your particular head size and shape etc, a bit of a lottery. For me, these are ideal and I did not have any problems with the static noise.
Battery life - Around 7 hours from a full charge. Fully chargeable in 2 hours.
Sound quality - Full sound, loud enough, good low end without being too bass heavy
Sweat & dust proof - important if they are to be used mainly for exercise
Controls - I have found the controls intuitive and responsive
Unsealed - you can hear the outside world, which is important when running outdoors
Price - not exactly cheap but compares to some alternatives not too bad either
Not true wireless - they have the rubber band around the back
Fitting - can be awkward to get in your ear at first
Sure, I read the user reviews where people complained about the background noise in this new model but I hoped that was just some sort of faulty units. Surely there was no way Plantronics could have messed up a product so bad, was there? Technology is supposed to improve all the time, by leaps and bounds, instead of getting worse! But guess what? It's true, they messed up these phones really bad. The background white noise is there and once you notice it you can't unhear it; it's always on the periphery of your audition, even when the music is running; if you stop the music, the background noise will stay on for a few seconds and when it finally cuts off and the headphones go truly silent you finally realize you weren't just imagining thing and the noise was really there all along. If there's even a tiny little bit of an audiophile in you, it's going to drive you crazy.
Another really bad point is the automated voice. The one on the original model was pretty robotic, sure, but this one is way, way worse. When the voice comes on, it's like you're hearing a really terrible recording beamed from halfway around the world; the sound of the voice is distorted and there's hissing and popping noises. This is 2018, everything is digital, how can you mess up your audio prompts so bad? At a cost of 100 Euros, these aren't the most expensive headphones out there, sure, but you wouldn't expect anything this bad if you bought a brand new 10 Euro pair of buds at a Chinese discount store.
The only positive I can see in the new model is the shortened length of the cable; the older one stuck out from the back of your head a little more and tended to snag on the collar of your jacket. The new one could be shorter still, but it's an improvement. What a waste. Why, Plantronics, why? You broke my heart with this. :(
That being said, the reason i have had to buy so many pairs is because each pair malfunction within a few months. My latest pair has developed a fault by which it will randomly adjust the volume downwards during use, so within a few minutes you wont be able to hear any music.
It is a real shame that Plantronics have designed such a comfortable pair of headphones with such shoddy build quality
The sound is good considering their semi-open design, and you can remain well aware of your surroundings. This design also prevents hearing a thump-thump when you run.
They pair fast, and with multiple devices. Battery life is good as well.
I removed one star as the on/off button is super sensitive, and I took them out a couple of times only to find out the battery had depleted.
There are often deals and reduced prices so check frequently for a bargain.
Plus point it's that they do proper cancel anybackground noise and the sound is decent. Plus you can have 2 phones synchronised at the same time as I do; your personal phone and the works one!
J'avais loupé l'annonce de la sortie du modèle 2100. Après achat un essai d'une dizaine de minute a suffit pour que je le remette dans la boite et que je commande la V1.5.
C'est bien simple, j'ai l'impression d'avoir à faire à une mauvaise contrefaçon/ copie cheap de l'original :
- Les annonces vocales sont horribles (on dirait qu'elles sortent du haut parleur d'une gameboy...)
-La qualité de construction est en chute libre, la trappe USB est mal ajustée (!!), il y a des traces de moulages partout...
-Le bruit blanc/sifflement/neige est très présent. J'ai essayé de m'y faire mais c'est impossible et sur de la musique douce c'est réellement inconfortable.
Sur les points positifs :
- Les nouvelles commandes sont intuitives même si je trouve le retour tactile des commandes de l'ancien plus pratique dans le feu de l'action.
- Le tour d'oreille est légèrement plus fermé, le maintien est donc meilleur.
Pour moi les défauts sont rédhibitoires. Je ne sais pas si le problème de grésillement est aléatoire, peut être corrigé à l'avenir par mise à jour ou est purement hardware. J'ai adoré le précédent modèle justement pour le fait que ça conception ouverte permet de profiter de la musique ET des bruits extérieurs. Dans l'état actuel des choses je préfèrerais n'entendre que l'extérieur que ce grésillement.
En conclusion, à cette date (mars 2019), le surplus de prix demandé par le 2100 ne vaut absolument pas le coup, faites comme moi et prenez un ancien tant qu'il en reste encore !