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Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition - Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
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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 Headphones (ANC):Switch on active noise cancelling (ANC) to minimize ambient noise while working or traveling
- 24-Hour Streaming: 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
- Rigid Travel Case: Ear cups swivel flat to slip into the protective travel case
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BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition
Wireless noise cancelling headphones
Enhance every moment with BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition wireless headphones. On-demand active noise cancelling creates an oasis of personal space in a public place at the touch of a button.
Plus, this Special Edition features instant NFC pairing for compatible devices and a rigid travel case.
- On-demand ANC to reduce ambient noise
- Up to 24 hours of wireless streaming
- Up to 330 ft/100 m range using Class 1 Bluetooth device
- Improved design to be 35% smaller and 15% lighter than its predecessor for all-day comfort
- Open listening mode lets you hear your surroundings
- Automatic music play/pause when headphones are put on/removed
- Connect and switch audio between a smartphone and tablet
- Pair compatible devices instantly with NFC technology
On-demand active noise cancelling
Silence the world around you at the touch of a button with on-demand active noise cancelling.
Designed for all-day comfort
Headphones feature a cushioned, over-the-ear design for long wearing comfort.
24-hour battery power
You’re free to listen or talk continuously for up to 24 hours on a single charge.
Protective travel case
Protect your headphones with a rigid case to stand up to the wear and tear of travel.
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Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 Special Edition - Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
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-The headphones needed to be Bluetooth as I have snapped a few headphone cables during my commute.
-The headphones would need some sort of active, electronic noise cancellation.
-They would need to have a good battery.
-Comfort would need to be sufficient enough that wearing them for a long stretch of time (2+ hours) wouldn't be too uncomfortable.
-The sound quality would need to be good, but at my target price range, I'd be willing to sacrifice some sound quality for convenience.
-Price in the range of $150-$250.
I originally planned to get the newly announced Sennheiser HD 4.50 headphones. They looked great and, being a fan of Sennheiser's sound quality, I figured it would be a no-brainer. Amazon (and most other outlets) had a very long delay for shipping (6 weeks!), so I was forced to look for an alternative. Naturally, I considered the Bose QuietComfort series, however, the price was just a bit more for the 35's than I was willing to pay (not to mention that I didn't really "need" top-shelf sound cancelling because the office I work in and the train are both pretty reasonable when it comes to noise level).
After doing some searching, I came across a review for the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. Every professional review I could find gave this headphone a solid rating and every one of them scored the battery life, comfort, and features to be excellent. Eventually, I opted to buy the BackBeat Pro 2 Special Edition model at $249, and here are my thoughts so far:
Battery life: It is amazing. It is easy to check the battery level both visually and audibly (if you pause any media playing on your headphones, then tap the right ear cup button, a voice will tell you what level your battery is at in the form of "high, medium, or low"). A charge lasts literally all week, and that is with a minimum of 4-6 hours of use a day (2 hours on commute alone). Also, there have been times that I have left them switch ON and forgot that I did, but they must have some sort of sleep mode because, the next day, they still had a high battery level!
Comfort: The ear cups are a memory-foam type of padding and VERY comfortable. I have zero complaints about wearing these for a long period of time and even my wife, who is very picky about headphones, said they were very comfortable. I also hate when headphones feel too warm on my ears and these aren't bad at all.
Sound quality: I've started to explore with great interest different kinds of headphones because I want to hear music the way it should be heard. You don't really notice how much sound information you're missing out on until you put on a good pair of headphones. I own a pair of Sennheiser HD 600's, Momentum 2's, and these BackBeat Pro's. I also drive them with a Mayflower Objective 2 headphone amplifier. I can confidently say that my HD 600's and Momentums beat the sound quality of the BackBeat Pro's, but that isn't a fair comparison at this price point! HD 600's are known to be, arguably, the best sounding headphones you can buy under $800-$1000, especially if driving them with an amp. While I prefer the sound of either of my Sennheiser headphones to the BackBeat Pro's, I can just as confidently say that the sound quality is solid. Whether it is a coffee shop or a public bus, the sound has good lows and highs with average mids. These headphones do have more bass than the HD 600's or Momentums, but I actually enjoy the extra kick because it isn't the same as my other headphones. Even if these are the only headphones you will use, the bass is not going to be overbearing or make your media sound bad.
Features: This is where these really shine! Features galore, from a detachable headphone cable to an audible queue telling you what battery level you are at or what devices are connected, these headphones seem to cover everything. For example, if I am in the office listening to music and a co-worker wants to speak to me, I can just take my headphones and put them around my neck and they will automatically pause my media! I haven't tried videos, but I have tried web-based podcasts, Stitcher radio podcasts, Spotify, and local files. You can get this same functionality by simply taking one ear cup and moving it to the side of your ear! They will detect this and pause. There are FULL playback controls, you can pair them with two separate devices simultaneously, and they even swap your Bluetooth-connected phone calls right to your headphones as soon as you turn them on! Or, let's say that you have your headphones on while on a call, but you want to put the call on speaker phone: simply press the speaker icon on your phone and the BackBeat's will transfer the call audio back to the phone's speaker (and vice versa). There is a mute button on the headphones which, while not used as much, is very convenient. Lastly, the open-mic mode is a great feature for if you want to hear around you without taking your headphones off (great for commuting on public transportation as people think you cannot hear them).
Noise cancellation: It isn't Bose, but it is good enough! The noise cancellation + sound being played through the headphones will drown out all but very loud noises. It isn't going to make your train ride completely silent, so if you are looking for headphones that will have the BEST noise cancelling available, you'll need to spend more money, plain and simple. These headphones tend to take lower sounding loud noises and tame them down to where they aren't a big deal. I actually like this as it is helpful for when I'm walking on the sidewalk in the city or a crosswalk. I WANT to be able to hear certain things, like cars.
Overall, these headphones are fantastic. If I had to name some cons, they wouldn't be fair as the price point is on par. Better mids and better noise cancellation would be it! Everything else is great! Sure, having a more metal-based construction would be nice, but the build quality of these is already very good and they feel solid. If you are looking to get some headphones that are super expensive, but do everything well, these are them. You won't be disappointed. If you have questions, feel free to ask me!
Very comfortable - they feel much lighter than the Sonys and I feel as though I could wear them all day.
The bass and midrange feel much tighter and more balanced than the Sonys, which are very bassy.
When using the mic, people say they can hear me very well, and in some cases had to turn down their volume.
The control buttons are well layed out.
The noise cancellation isn't great. It does cut out some noise, such as my computer fans, but I can hear other noises going on around me.
The sensors that detect when the headphones are removed work "too" well. Frequently, my iPod would pause the sound while listening. Fortunately, there is a way to disable this feature and the problem hasn't happened since doing so.
When on a phone call, the headphones will occasionally tell me that the mute is on, when it really isn't, and I haven't touched the mute button.
The bad isn't really enough to make me want to return them. I'm going to follow up with Plantronics support about some of the negatives and see if they have a fix, or maybe a firmware update will resolve them (the software says I'm on the latest firmware now).
--Long battery life. Plantronics is not joking on this one. At my desk at work, I can use them for more than a week before recharging. If fully charged, there will still be a charge left after a 16 hour flight of continuous use.
--Quality of build seems good.
--Stylish - I've had several people ask me on flights what brand they were and how I liked them.
--Noise cancellation isn't perfect, but it is good.
--Built in sensors work great when not in the air.
--Sound quality is good. They aren't a loud or bassy as my beats were, but the volume is still loud enough to drown out background noise on a plane.
--The case that comes with the SE headphones is handy to have. I can store the cords in the case and it fits easily into my backpack.
--Bluetooth pairing has worked flawlessly so far when using with my iPhone, iPad, and Surface Pro devices.
--Hands free calling with these work great. Calls are clear, and others have no issue with hearing me at normal conversation level. I have not tried the hands free in a vehicle or in a noisy environment yet though.
Cons: Not everything is perfect
--I wish they would fold up to a smaller size than they do.
--It could use some slight improvement in noise cancellation and maybe some increased volume.
The switch issues that people have reported on the Bose QC 35's scared me off of going that direction. I liked the Beats I had previously, but the battery life was less than stellar, and the ear pads were in pretty rough shape after two years of usage. I use Plantronics devices for my desk phone at work and also for my hands free while driving, so I was familiar with them and they make great quality products. I took a leap and tried the BackBeat Pro 2 SE headphones, and I am glad I did. I would buy again without hesitation.
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Could be user error. Comfort is ok, the ear covers could be larger.Read more