Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 - Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (Black & Tan)
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- Audio Quality: Immersive, high-res sound, and powerful speaker drivers deliver the right balance of rich bass, crisp highs, and natural mid-tones for your music
- Active Noise Cancelling (ANC):Switch on active noise cancelling (ANC) to minimize ambient noise while working or traveling
- 24-hour streaming / listen longer: Enjoy up to 24 hours of wireless music, movies and calls before choosing the cabled connection or recharging.
- Wireless Freedom: Stream rich, lifelike audio up to 100 meters/330 feet away from your Class 1 Bluetooth® smartphone or tablet
- Travel sleeve: Earcups swivel flat to slip into the protective nylon travel sleeve
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We believe that people come first and that technology must be simple, intuitive, and personalized. As an industry leader, we look beyond just building the best headsets. Through the insightful application of the latest technology, we create innovative audio solutions that help solve the problems that prevent people from getting their most important tasks done.
BackBeat Pro 2
Wireless noise cancelling headphones
Enhance every moment with on-demand active noise cancelling and immersive audio to create an oasis of calm.
- Enjoy rich bass, crisp highs, and natural mid-tones with Plantronics signature audio
- Play up to 24 hours of music, movies, and calls on a single charge
- Stream audio up to 100 meters /330 feet from Class 1 Bluetooth devices
- Use open-listening mode to hear your surroundings with your headphones still on
- Connect two devices at the same time and switch seamlessly between them
On-demand active noise cancelling
Silence the world around you with on-demand active noise cancelling at the touch of a button.
Rich, immersive audio
Escape with Plantronics signature audio for crisp high notes and rich, deep bass.
Smart sensors pause your music automatically when you remove your headphones and then resume playback when you put them back on.
24 hour battery power
You’re free to listen or talk continuously for up to 24 hours on a single charge.
Sound shapes your day, so enhance every moment with BackBeat PRO 2 wireless headphones. Ondemand active noise cancelling creates an oasis of personal space in a public place at the touch of a button. Ready to roam? BackBeat PRO 2 also gives you Class 1 Bluetooth power with an amazing range of up to 100 meters* and up to 24 hours of continuous listening time on one charge, so you can move with a whole new level of wireless freedom. *Requires a Class 1 Bluetooth device
Top customer reviews
Appearance: fantastic. I know a lot of people consider wood grain a strange choice but I think these pull it off. I ride NYC subway every day and half the people I see with ANC headphones are wearing Bose which aesthetically are a bit boring to my eyes. These headphones stood out quite a bit. All other plastics are of high quality and the headband is amongst the best I've ever seen. Perforated mesh is incredibly comfortable and breathable. The faux leather on the cups also has a very pleasant feel to it as well as ample padding. Button clicks feel very solid and you get used to the control scheme in under a day. The placement of controls is very well thought out. LED lights for battery indication are also a nice touch that reminds me of old macbook batteries.
Functionality: probably the best I've seen on any bluetooth headset/headphones. The first time you take the headphones off and they auto-pause the music feels like magic. Everyone I've shown it to was impressed. Ambient sound mode is very helpful. Paired easily with both my Macbook and my iPhone and switched seamlessly between the two. Voice prompts are very clear and brief enough not to be annoying. The only downside is the iPhone app for these which frankly doesn't do much. Not that you'd need it as all the functionality you need is already built into the headphones themselves.
Audio quality is pretty good. I listen mostly to Jazz and death metal and both of those sounded well enough on this set. Bass is pronounced but not overwhelming. Despite using vacuum amps for my office headphones I'm not an audiophile and can't really make an informed comment on mids/highs/lows etc. They sounded great to my ears.
Battery life is incredible. In a week of my testing these I couldn't get the battery to dip below 3 out of 5 LED dots. I'm nearly convinced that the 24 hour battery life with ANC is a conservative estimate that the company puts out to be on the safe side.
Active Noise Cancellation. This is the only downside of these, the reason for my 4 star rating, and the ultimate reason I ended up returning them and getting a different set. I ride NYC subway every day and my ultimate test is the ability to watch Netflix movies on my phone without subtitles. These headphones came pretty close but ultimately failed this test unless I was willing to crank the volume on the movie to a painful level. This is pretty much the harshest environment I can think of for the noise cancelling headphones, much worse than jet engine noise during takeoff. If you don't encounter such levels of noise these might be fine for you. They did smooth out the roar of the highest decibel train arrivals and departures as well as clanky garbage trucks from painful to somewhat bearable. The ANC also worked well enough to shut down the outside world for walking around the city while listening to music. Also because ANC level is "light" they didn't exhibit ear popping that I experience with my wife's QC 15s and my current Sony set which I ended up getting, which I suppose is a plus. However, one other minor downside is that without music with ANC these produce quite noticeable hiss with random spikes. Therefore, if you want to just put them on to use noise cancellation to shut off the outside world for meditation or such they might not accomplish this goal.
Conclusion: great set of wireless headphones that will probably satisfy most people, but perhaps look elsewhere if your ANC demands are high.
Features I like: Forwarding of videos & music. Mic mute. Volume control ring. On-Off switch. Pause control. Battery life is great.
The only thing missing is a balance control...or I've not found it yet. Haven't played with the sound dampening controls yet.
I've paired it to my I-pad and Android phone, both were ultra-smooth and easy. Thought about doing it to my car but really don't need to do that. :)
I've only had these for about a week. Will review again after a few months.
I've read plenty of reviews of plenty of headphones and have been on a Quixotic journey in recent months to cover all the big names and find a modern, appropriately feature-rich, ooey-gooey soft and comfy, sparkly, vocal, deep, rich, spectacular-sounding pair of headsets that just say, wow, damn, that's it. I tried a couple (relatively) cheap pairs and was very thorough and scientific, and wrote MANY hundreds of words picking them apart, when the fundamental question is: does it work? Is it comfortable, do the controls work, does it look/feel like quality stuff, and most importantly, does it sound good? I'll admit on my journey cost was a bit of no object. I tried pairs for $20 and pairs for $500. I found that the reviews are very subjective and indeed, it can be pretty hard to describe the "rich mids" or "sparkling highs", or even soundstage, or what "controlled" or "prominent" bass even really means. One person's "lots of bass" is another's "meh... it's good".
I don't want bass that rattles the windows and license plate frame. I want bass you can HEAR. And with headphones, I expect to hear tones that my 12" powered subwoofer can make, without going all wet and rubbery. So that's it - not a punch-you-in-the-ear-lobes bass, but just below that. It's there, it's clear, it's no quieter than any other tone. Overall sound quality, I gave my top spot to the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9.
That having been said, I've also tried Sennheiser Momentum HD1 Over-Ear/ANC (same price), Bluedio Victory and Bluedio Vinyl, Bose QC35, Sony MDR1000X to name a few of the more prominent contenders. The Bose and Sony sound good but not B&O or Sennheiser good. The Bluedios sounded OK, but make a lot of amplifier hiss - a huge let-down from a brand I otherwise expected to deliver a pretty clear no-regrets experience. The Sennheiser sounds great, but has some surprising cheap plasticky material that's surprising on a headset at that price point. The Bose can't maintain a steady Bluetooth connection outdoors with your phone in your pocket and the Bluedio Vinyls had an odd breaking-up playback randomly with the first and last few seconds of several tracks in a row - seemingly at random, regardless of location or which tracks were listening. The Bose does probably win the comfort war by a hair, but the Senns, B&O and Sony are all so comfortable and well-designed, it's hard to say any one is clearly the best. It's like asking, which super-soft plush, open-grain leather arm chair you prefer sitting in. They're ALL great.
Straight out of the box, where are these on the spectrum defined above? Build quality is good. They're light enough. They are predominantly plastic, like the Senns, Sony and Bose, but textured plastic that looks pretty good. The aesthetic with the faux wood (plastic) inserts on the ear cups won't be for all, but at least they stand out. Comfort level is pretty good - let me wear them for a few hours... Features: plenty of controls and they all feel well put together. One I REALLY like about these is they have tilt / gyro sensors that automatically pause your music when you lift them off your head or lay them down. You can also apparently answer a call automatically just by picking them up and putting them on. That's slick - that's an idea by a company who grew up making headsets for wireless phones. Now: sound quality.
KaBOOM! The bass here is beautiful, resonant, vocal, and undeniable. Somehow the bass on the B&O feels a touch more... articulate. But the performance is "near as doesn't matter". It sounds just fantastic. A joy to listen to.
Now, that alone doesn't make it a win. 1) whereas top-notch integrations of ANC with, e.g. Sony and B&O, make no discernable impact on the sound quality and minimal to no 'white noise', this does seem to damper the bass. Not to the point where it's under-performing; it simply sounds better, BIGGER, with ANC off. You can't deactivate ANC on the Bose or Senns, but both do a good job making virtually no white noise even when the music is silent. 2) When you have the headphones at full volume, there is a minimal, but perceptible amplifier hiss, which is most certainly not present on the Senns or B&Os. I flayed the Bluedios for this, although it was far more prominent, and didn't diminish significantly turning down the headphones onboard volume. With these, if you turn them down a few notches and turn up your phone, the noise is effectively imperceptible. The Bluedios also weren't this comfortable, were a great deal heavier, didn't sound this good, and didn't have the nifty gyro sensor feature.
Admittedly, the metal tangs that adjust the headband size feel a little loose when extended. Sony, Bose, B&O and Senn all feel very well-manufactured by comparison. I'll also note that the cans don't fold under, so they aren't quite the same kind of compact "road warrior" as the Sony, Bose or Senn. (The B&O also doesn't fold in but the cans rotate 90% on the vertical axis, so you can easily wear them around your neck.) Last complaint is, these are a few ounces heavier and grip a few ounces harder on your head than Bose, Sony, B&O or Sennheiser, together which means, they can generate a little physical fatigue around your ears after a few hours of listening. The pads are soft and pliable, but I don't think these are quite the peer of the other four in comfort.
Overall, I like these - greatly. I'm happy with them. I'll keep them. If you value Very Good sound together with more compactness for storage, sort of "road warrior" portability, I'd recommend the Sony, Sennheiser or Bose (even give the Sony the edge because of some also-very-nifty touch controls - you hold your hand over the right side and can hear the environment around you, better even than with your own ears, as these can do, but with toggling a manual switch that you won't be able to find quickly if, for example, there's a boarding call or an announcement about a flight change.) If you value dazzling good sound performance above all else, I'd suggest the Bang & Olufsen first, with the Senns and these Plantronics tied for second. They're all very good, all very comfortable, and sound sculpting is going to be a highly subjective determination; but for outright sound performance, given that they're 40% of the price of the Senns or B&O, that might carry the day giving these my #2 spot. Very good!
It was not LOUD enough for that purpose. The volume was turned to the max on the headphones and also on the transmitter. I guess you need a headphone amplifier to accomplish what I wanted to do. There was plenty of volume when listening to music on my phone though. These are very nice headphones and worked well for my phone conversations as well.
I have not listened to many headphones so I am not familiar with all the pros and cons other that reading the reviews online. These did make my ears hot after a while and I decide I like the on/ear phones better after trying the Bose SoundLink phones at Sams Club plus they had a lot more bass too. If you want to use these for gaming or music from you phone or computer or other Bluetooth device they would be very nice.
Insufficient volume for use with a TV though.
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