Plantronics BackBeat PRO Wireless Noise Canceling Hi-Fi Headphones with Mic - Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, and Other Smart Devices
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- NOISE-CANCELING HEADPHONES: Block out background noise while working, relaxing, and traveling with on-demand active noise canceling technology.
- MULTIPLE DEVICE SYNC TECHNOLOGY: Listen to a movie on your tablet and quickly answer the call on your smartphone; these headphones are compatible with all smart devices including iPhone, iPad, and Droid devices.
- HIGH QUALITY AUDIO: Rich and lifelike audio delivering rich bass, crisp high, and natural midtones through extremely comfortable headphones.
- LONG LASTING BATTERY LIFE: The Plantronics technology offers up to 24 hours of listening while providing 330 feet of Bluetooth range.
- COMFORT: Perfect travel and in-flight headphones include pillow soft earcups to provide lasting comfort while canceling and isolating background noise.
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Plantronics BackBeat PRO
Wireless, active noise canceling headphones + mic
Music makes any moment more personal.Every day, we stream our digital music to create a personal soundtrack while at home, work, running errands, and even while traveling.
To find refuge from a noisy world and immerse in your music, slip on the new Plantronics BackBeat PRO stereo headphones and let rich, lifelike audio make every moment your own. With up to 24 hours of continuous wireless use, you’re going to need a longer playlist.
- Plantronics signature audio
- Up to 330ft/100m* Bluetooth range
- Active Noise Canceling (ANC)
- Up to 24hr listening
- Connect 2 devices
- Auto play/pause
- Status alerts
- Hibernation mode
Immerse in your music
Plantronics signature audio and exceptional design allow you to fully immerse in your music. With 50+ years of industry-leading expertise in audio and communication technologies and design, Plantronics understands how to deliver all the rich bass, crisp highs, and natural midtones of your music through headphones so comfortable, you won’t want to take them off.
Tune out distractions
When you need to tune out the world and tune into your thoughts, Active Noise Canceling (ANC) rescues you. Use it with or without your music to help you focus or just get lost in the moment. When you want to check back in with the world around you, our adjustable OpenMic feature lets you control the level of ambient noise you hear.
Create a longer playlist
With up to 24 hours of continuous music streaming and an audio cable for a wired connection, you can keep the music and movies going as long as you like. Power-saving features such as automatically pausing the streaming audio and ANC when you slip off your headphones plus an out-of range hibernation mode also keep the battery charged longer.
Pillow-soft headband and earcups deliver lasting comfort.
- Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR
- *Stream music up to 100 meters (330 feet) from a Class 1 Bluetooth device
- NFC pairing for Android devices
- Up to 24 hours of listening time from rechargeable battery
- Up to 21 days standby time
- Up to 6 months of DeepSleep hibernation mode
- Controllable Active Noise Canceling (ANC)
- Multipoint technology (2H2S)
- Dual microphones
- 40 mm dynamic drivers
- Automatic play/pause
- aptX low latency codec
- A2DP for audio streaming
- AVRCP for music controls
- 14 language options for status alerts
Wireless, active noise canceling headphones, ballistic nylon travel sleeve, 3.5 mm inline cable for airline mode (offers enhanced music controls for Apple devices), micro USB charging cable
“Made for iPod,” “Made for iPhone,” and “Made for iPad” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod, iPhone, or iPad, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod, iPhone, or iPad may affect wireless performance.
(C) 2014 Plantronics, Inc. BackBeat, DeepSleep and Plantronics are trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. registered in the US and other countries, and OpenMic is a trademark of Plantronics, Inc. The aptX mark and the aptX logo are trademarks of CSR plc or one of its group companies and may be registered in one or more jurisdictions. Bluetooth trademarks are owned by Bluetooth SIG Inc., any use by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. iPhone, iPad, iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod touch and Retina are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the US and other countries. iPad Air and iPad mini are trademarks of Apple, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Patents pending.
Plantronics Backbeat PRO wireless, active noise canceling headphones with mic
Top customer reviews
I thought they would have sounded mediocre.
I was very wrong!
They are one of the very best sounding BT Headphones which I have tried. And I have tried almost 30, over the last months, as you can see in my thread "Huge Comparison of [almost] all the Best Bluetooth Headphones" on Head-Fi.
The Backbeat Pro are not my Favourite, but on some things they beat my Favourite. Which is normal, because there is no such a thing as ONE perfect Headphone for all people and all kind of music.
And the BBP are overall a real AMAZING pair of Headphones. At least using them with an Aptx enabled device (I could not test them without).
Their overall sound is at same time powerful enough for rock and other energetic music, clear and balanced for classical and jazz, soft and pleasant for chill out and soft pop.
Although those who want a totally balanced flat sound may feel that there is out of the box (= without applying any EQ) a little boost in the bass, I personally felt it well present without being too much, and of quite good quality, with enough punch and some gentle rumble, clean, controlled and detailed.
Some other BT Headphones offer more quantity but very few do it with this quality (apart for the Philips Fidelio M2BT, the Logitech UE9000, the Audio Technica ATH-WS99BT, and the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8. All of them being able to produce more bass than the BBP, with same or even superior quality).
Without EQ you can use them for almost any kind of music. For Techno and similar you definitely are gonna need some EQ.
And they actually respond quite good and bring out some serious bass.
They show anyway their limits at one point, and you are not going to see them bumping while listening to Dubstep, like the ATH-WS99BT can do.
They go gentle on Mids, but have enough to build a bridge along the sound, so that the listening experience is overall pleasant and harmonious.
I have liked their signature, with this soft mids, and they definitely do not sound cold or V-Shaped to me, but I personally would have liked them a bit warmer here, with a bit more presence.
For example the House of Marley Liberate XLBT or of the Samsung Level Over, or also the Bose Soundlink On Ear, have more warmth and presence in the mids. But the BBP beat them in all other frequencies. As said, there is no perfect headphone.
Even the ATH-WS99BT, which for my tastes outperform on sound any other BT Headphones (among those I have tried, of course) will surely not please some people, who may find them too bassy or too warm. And they lack most of the special functions of the BBP.
For my tastes, excellent. Clear, detailed, abundant. I really liked how they perform on the highs. So much that I was surprised to read that some people find the highs to be a bit too much or even sometimes a bit harsh. I personally did not feel any harshness, and I may understand that those who cannot use an EQ and are very sensitive to high frequencies may prefer headphones with a more flat sound signature, but I believe that most people today have smartphones with music players equipped with an EQ, and it is really easy to decrease a bit the highs if you find them too much, while the result is not always good when you have headphones which lack highs and you try to boost them up.
Very good, you just notice the difference with most other BT Headphones. Here is all more defined, precise, and well separated.
Very very good. Airy, fresh, spacious enough to make you feel that the sound does not come from "right near the ear". This is actually one of the features where the BBP really excel. To be honest I still did not find ANY other BT Headphone with a better Soundstage. Not even my favourite, the ATH-WS99BT, which do have a nice soundstage, lot of detail and well separated instrument, but not this spacious, wide, airy sound.
Now, I have read that the "coming soon" Definitive Tech Symphony 1" have a wonderful Soundstage, like being in the middle of a Concert Hall. I will surely try them when they are out, and I will update this review with my opinion on how they compare.
- Multipoint: can connect to two devices simultaneously. For example, your Phone and your Tablet/PC. So you can receive a call while watching a movie. The audio on the other device will be paused during the call, and resumed after the call ends, all automatically.
Be honest, this is just COOL, and extremely practical for daily travellers and business men or people working in a office, or when you are at home and want to listen to music on your computer without worrying that you may not hear your phone ringing.
- ANC: active noise cancelling. For quantity of noise filtered they are not on the level of the Samsung Level Over, but they are better than others (like the very mediocre Phiaton Chord MS530, and the even worse Beats Studio Wireless). For quality of the filter, they felt good to me, there was no audible hiss or any very noticeable alteration of the sound signature (which I cannot say of the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8, 500 Euro of headphone with an average ANC which produces a noticeable hiss and decreases the response on bass and low mids, and even causes a bump at every step you take).
A good thing is that it can be deactivated if you do not need it.
- Open Mic: with the click of one button the noises around you are increased while the music is decreased. So you can hear what people tell you, without having to wear the headphones out. You can even change the gain of the Mic with the Volume control. It works very well and on a out of topic note I had fun using it just to have a sort of bionic ears and be able to hear more and more far.
- Voice Prompts: a gentle female voice tells you the state of the battery, which device is connected, etc
- Head Sensor: pauses the music automatically when you wear the Headphones off or when you quickly make them around your neck. And when you wear them again, the music resumes. This is really cool.
- Low Latency Aptx. Yes, LOW LATENCY. Many Headphones now have the normal Aptx, but almost none has got Low Latency Aptx. If you do not know it, Aptx is a Codec which does not degrade the quality of music like the traditional SBC codec does. Of course it is needed that also your source (phone, PC) supports Aptx. And in this case if your source support Low Latency Aptx you have ZERO delay between audio and video, something which gamers and movie eaters will appreciate a lot. And there are indeed some adapters around which offer Low Latency Aptx, like the Avantree Saturn Pro or Avantree Priva.
- AAC: it is another good Audio Codec, which will mostly interest Apple users, because the iOS devices at the moment only support AAC, not Aptx.
- NFC: to pair with a device by just putting them close
- Class 1 bluetooth: so, before Low latency Aptx, now also Class 1. This is avant-garde. There is as far as I know no other BT headphone on the market which is equipped with Class 1. Class 1 can reach 100ft of distance! Now, you must be aware, you need that also your source is class 1. And in this case I am afraid that there is not yet any source with Class 1. Still, it is really a sign of leading attitude from Plantronics. And, btw, on my tests even when connected with a Class 2 source the BBP had a really good wireless range. I had zero blind spots at home even going in other rooms and having walls between me and the source. Something I cannot said of many other BT Headphones. For example, the 500 euro Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 have probably the very worse range of ALL what I have tested. And my ex favourite ones, the Fidelio M2BT, had also a rather average to poor range. While on the other hand my new favourite, the ATH-WS99BT have a wonderful range, more or less comparable with the BBP.
I liked them, the volume is a ring on the right speaker. To change track is a ring on the left speaker. To pause music you tap on the left speaker, etc. I kind of felt that they were very practical and effective, and in my thread I had similar feedbacks from other users.
This is a tricky point, because people have different heads and ears. I loved them, they did not felt heavy to me (like for example the UE9000 which after a while were too much), and my ears could fit perfectly in the pads.
But other people did complain about the pads being too small for their ears.
I can tell you this: if your ears are not longer than 5.5cm (the inner diameter of the earpads), than you should have no problem ;)
- A very nice, nylon, semi rigid carrying bag on the style of the Sony MDR-1RBT.
You should NOT underestimate the importance of a semi rigid carrying bag! A rigid case means more protection but also more space taken, and a lost of time to take it out of the backpack, open it, etc.
A soft bag means a very low protection, and also a lost of time because trying to slip the headphones back in the bag while the bag is inside of the backpack is like trying to play Billiard with a cooked spaghetti.
While a semi rigid bag is the perfect solution, it does not take much space, it offer a good protection, and you can easily slip your headphone out and again in the bag while the bag is in the middle of a stuffed backpack. You do not need to take the bag out.
This makes a difference which you may not understand now but WILL understand in the daily use.
- an audio cable with Mic to answer calls and buttons to control the music. It comes also in a special version for Apple devices.
If 24 Hours are not enough for you, you should sleep more :)
Seriously, 24 Hours! I mean... Yes a very few other can last longer, but the most do not last the half of this.
So, I think there is no other Headphone at the moment, which offers all what the Backbeat Pro offer.
But if there is, please tell me in the comments, I will be pleased to try them out.
Of course, if you love very fat sounding headphones or very warm sounding ones, you may not like its sound signature (and for that there is Amazon, where you can return things).
But I am confident otherwise the chances that you will love this Headphone are very high.
And if you have an EQ in your music player, than even more, because you can "retune" the sound signature to your tastes.
Now, due to some trolls downvoters who think that the purpose of the voting system is to cut down who has got a different opinion: if you have a different opinion you do not need to vote mine down (I surely do not vote yours down). You just can express yours in your review.
It is important to have different reviews from different people with different tastes and opinions.
Votes are for if a review is useful. And a review is useful when the reviewer explain in detail what he thinks of the product and why. No matter if you agree with his opinion or not.
I have spent LOT of time in comparing headphones and writing reviews, and although I had fun while doing it, I did it to help people, including you.
And I will be happy to give you more suggestions if you write me in the comments. In that case please specify which music do you listen to the most, and what do you want from a Headphone.
I hope this helped you making the right purchase.
One of the very cool features is the ability to slightly reduce the streaming audio volume and click ON the sounds outside your headphones. This allows you to click a well placed button to have a conversation without removing the headphones, then click it off again to good back to your audio.
There are dual microphones for use with Skype or recording very clean narration for video projects. With built-in sensors, the headphones will automatically pause music when you take them off, and resume when you put them back on. As well, there are manual controls that are really well positioned and easy to find that advance music tracks, pause, or initiate a phone call or launch Siri on either a primary or second device.The bluetooth signal is very strong compared to other more compact devices or other bt headphones I've used.
One of the killer features is a 24 hour battery. Travel days will be a lot more tolerable with a headphone that can make the trek from California to Europe, including layovers. There are inline cables for direct plug-in via either USB (to charge or listen to audio and Lync) as well as 1/8" 3.5mm mini-plug to fit handheld devices without bluetooth or to hardwire the headphones to your audio source when bluetooth isn't an option.
Quality-wise, these headphones as fantastic. They are not bubble-gum colored, ostentatious, or make you look like an EDM DJ. Controls are ergonomic, and well laid out, with most audio controls on the right and easy to access, including a large damped, knurled volume wheel with voice prompts of the selected volume, the on/off selection button for background audio, power on/off, and the Phone Call button to answer a call or launch Siri. On the left side are a second knurled dial for moved forward or backward between audio tracks, the on/off button for noise cancelling and a large pause/play button. The leather headband, stainless ear cup springs, and plastic used is very clean, understated and not gaudy at all. The ear cup leather is extremely soft and comfortable. Size-wise, they're not small, but not bulky either, and they look great. A cool mechanical feature is the ability to fold the cups flat and drape the headphones around your neck and over your collar when you aren't listening.
They come in a ballistic black pouch with purple velvet liner, purple silicon audio cord, and a matching purple USB/micro USB cord.
Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are very glad to hear that you're making the most of all of the great features the BackBeat PRO has to offer! Thank you for choosing Plantronics to help make your long trips between California and Europe just a little more enjoyable!