Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset - Retail Packaging
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- Bluetooth earpiece combines easy-to-use operation with outstanding sound quality
- Dual-mic AudioIQ2 technology cancels background noise for superior clarity
- Patented gel ear tip offers great comfort and a secure fit
- Included case with LCD display charges your earpiece while storing it
- Backed by a one-year warranty,Battery Power: 5 hours
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Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset
Ingeniously simple. That's the Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth earpiece. Blending easy connectivity with dual-microphone, noise-canceling AudioIQ2 technology and patented ear tips for a stable, comfortable fit, this elegantly simple earpiece lets you listen clearly and makes you sound sharp, even in noisy environments. With its innovative, rechargeable carrying case that can triple your talk time while you're on the go, you'll wonder why staying connected hasn't always been this simple.
Minimal in size, maximum in performance, the Discovery 975 offers an elegant simplicity that conceals its advanced sound technologies. For starters, an easy-to-access button offers one-touch control over powering the earpiece on and off and answering and ending calls. A subtle white indicator light flashes only once when the earpiece is powered on. The earpiece features a dedicated volume control that's also a handy mute control. Voice prompts keep you in the know when your Bluetooth connection is lost, the earpiece is on mute, or the battery is running low.
The Discovery 975 also features a patented gel ear tip that offers a supremely comfortable and secure fit. The flexible silicone tip makes it effortless to take the earpiece on and off while the unique shape of the tip provides a stable fit that doesn't interfere with glasses.
The innovative case charges your earpiece while storing it. An LCD shows the battery and power levels. View larger.
You've already got enough to think about without having to worry about how to connect your earpiece to your cell phone. Thanks to QuickPair technology and universal connectivity, pairing the Discovery 975 with virtually any Bluetooth-enabled phone couldn't be any easier.
Simply turn your phone's Bluetooth feature on, turn the earpiece on, and follow the commands on your phone. It's that simple. The Discovery 975 also features multipoint technology, so you can pair it with two Bluetooth devices such as your personal mobile phone and your work smartphone, keeping you connected wherever you are.
Ingeniously Advanced AudioIQ2 and WindSmart Technologies
The superior sound performance of the Discovery 975 begins with dual-mic AudioIQ2 technology. Dual microphones simultaneously capture your voice and cancel background noise so you can be heard clearly, while the earpiece's 20-band equalizer delivers rich, natural voice quality. Meanwhile, AudioIQ2 technology automatically adjusts incoming calls to clear, comfortable listening levels.
When you're outside in windy conditions, don't panic. Plantronics' advanced WindSmart technology offers three layers of protection against the elements: grooved vents deflect the wind, acoustic fabrics block the wind, and electronic filters remove wind noise.
Ingenious On-the-Go Charging Triples Your Talk Time
Perfect for airplane travel or extended down-time while you're on the road, the Discovery 975 includes a handsome and innovative carrying case with an internal battery that charges your earpiece while you store it. This means that you can stay connected until it's time to shut your cell phone down, and the case will recharge the earpiece while it’s being stored.
When fully charged, the case's internal battery has enough power to triple your earpiece's overall talk/standby time while you're traveling. An easy-to-read LCD shows the battery and earpiece levels, and it also displays a Bluetooth symbol if it is connected to a phone. A handy eject button makes it easy to pop the earpiece out of the case.
Sounding good every time doesn't get much easier or more ingenious than this.
The Discovery 975 earpiece is backed by Plantronics' one-year limited warranty.
Get the most from your Plantronics headset with apps for Android
One touch conference call connection
InstantMeeting automatically identifies conference calls and dialing details from your calendar, reminds you just before the meeting is scheduled to begin, and, with one touch, connects you to your conference call.
What's in the Box
Bluetooth earpiece, charging case, case strap, AC Charger, gel eartips (S,M and L).
WindSmart technology ensures clear conversations even in noisy environments.
|M25||M50||M55||M165||Discovery 975SE||Voyager Legend|
|Wearing Style||In-ear gel eartip with optional over-the-ear loop||Over-the ear with included ear loop||In-ear gel eartip with optional over-the-ear loop||In-ear gel eartip with optional over-the-ear loop||In-ear gel eartip||Over-the-ear with integrated ear loop|
|Talk Time||Up to 11 hours||Up to 11 hours||Up to 11 hours||Up to 7 hours||Up to 5 hours – Up to 15 hours with charging case||Up to 7 hours – Up to 21 hours with charging case|
|Standby Time||Up to 16 days||Up to 16 days||Up to 16 days||Up to 11 days||Up to 7 days||Up to 11 days|
|Noise Cancellation||Noise cancellation for everyday voice clarity||Noise cancellation for everyday voice clarity||Noise cancellation for everyday voice clarity||Dual mic noise cancellation for enhanced voice clarity||Dual mic AudioIQ2 technology automatically adjusts volume to protect against wind and background noise||Triple mic noise cancellation with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for premium voice clarity|
|Multipoint Connection - pair and maintain connections with two phones and answer calls from either phone||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Smart Sensor Technology - intuitively directs calls to your phone||✓|
|Voice Command||✓||✓||✓ (expanded commands available)|
|Caller Announce - announces caller's name synced from your phonebook||✓|
|DeepSleep - up to 5 months battery readiness||✓||✓||✓|
|A2DP Enabled - stream music and other content from your mobile device||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Mobile App Compatible||Find MyHeadset Headset Battery Meter||Find MyHeadset Headset Battery Meter||Find MyHeadset Headset Battery Meter||Find MyHeadset Headset Battery Meter|
|Rechargeable Charging Case||✓ (included 2-in-1 car + USB charging case with LCD battery display)||✓ (sold separately)|
|Supported Languages||English||English||English||English||English||English, English UK, Cantonese, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish|
|Weight||8 grams||11.5 grams||8 grams||7 grams||8 grams||18 grams|
Top customer reviews
- Excellent call quality
- Great battery life (5 hour talk time)
- Charging case provides an additional 10 hours of talk time
- Good noise canceling
- Voice prompts
- Great range
- Stylish looks
- Multiple ear tip cover sizes
- Battery status indicator on case
- Good warranty service
- Multi-function button difficult to press
- Very small, single volume button
- No longer includes USB charging cable
- Price premium
- Some questionable build quality
I have personally used Bluetooth headsets for several years now with my most recent favorite being the Plantronics Discovery 925, which the 975 succeeds. While the Discovery 975 is much improved, some annoyances still remain.
Pairing the 975 to my Blackberry Curve and Motorola Droid was easy. After charging, I turned it on and set my phone to search for devices. After it was found, I typed in the pairing code and that was it.
The fit is one of the most important features of a headset for me. I have tried plenty that were either difficult to put on, were uncomfortable, or would not stay on. The unique gel ear tips on the 975, which come in 3 sizes, allow me to insert it in my ears in such a way that it is snug but not too uncomfortable, using what they call a "stabilizer loop." That being said, I have never had a headset so comfortable that I could leave it in all day. A couple of hours of continuous use would probably be my limit. The 975 weighs just 8 grams, which is the same as the 925.
The 925 and 975 are very similar in dimensions and size. The obvious difference in appearance between the two is the change from a triangular boom mic to the single skinny boom mic. I personally like this change to a more simple and understated design. It draws less attention to the wearer than the design of the 925. I don't think ANYONE should walk around town with their unused headsets in their ear, because quite frankly, it is the epitome of douchebaggery. I stole that word directly from a Wired article with Brad Pitt on the cover. Also quote, "He can barely pull it off, and you are not him." It is NOT jewelry folks. If you have been watching the TV show "24" Season 8, you might have noticed that it appears that CTU staff are wearing the 975 in their ears. Also, the front of the 975 is now a faux leather material rather than just plastic. I found different part numbers on the Plantronics website which led me to believe that they will have a silver version of the headset available in addition to the graphite version but I have yet to see it. I have included some photos of the 925 and 975 for comparison.
The call quality is amazing from both ends. The 975 features the dual-mic AudioIQ2 noise canceling technology to create amazing clarity and noise cancellation. I couldn't personally tell a big difference in call quality between the 925 and 975 but then, I usually turn my car radio off and roll up the windows when I make or take calls. Noise cancellation effectiveness may be more noticeable in noisy environments. Voice prompts are a welcome feature addition. Instead of trying to decipher a series of beeps, a voice will notify you of mute on/off, battery low/recharge battery, and lost connection.
BATTERY & CHARGING
Both the 925 and 975 are rated for 5 hours of talk time and about a week standby. Note, that if you turn on multipoint, you'll lose about 3 days of standby time. Amazingly, the 975 charges in just 90 minutes, whereas the 925 takes a full 3 hours using the AC adapter. The 925 came with a USB charging cable in addition to the AC charger, but Plantronics has omitted this highly welcome accessory from the 975. I love being able to charge the headset from my computer at work.
The battery in the 925's charging case is Nickel-metal hydride, which always bugged me. Plantronics must have read my mind because the 975 and charging case batteries are now both Lithium ion. More changes to the charging case include an LCD status display for battery life as well as relocation of the charging port from the bottom of the case to the side. I always found it idiotic that the charging port was on the bottom, so again, kudos to Plantronics for correcting this. The case is actually bigger too and they changed the material a bit. I prefer the look and feel of the 925's case but not a big deal.
There are just 2 buttons on the Discovery 975. The main multifunction button and a tiny single volume button. In order to change the volume, you must cycle through all volume levels in order to find the desired setting. I would have preferred separate volume up/down buttons, but I have gotten used to it. The multifunction button controls everything else. The multifunction button however, is part of the boom mic and as such, is extremely difficult to press. It's even harder to press than the 925's multifunction button was. Also, the light on it is white, not blue like most headsets, including the 925's. I prefer the white as it draws less attention. The only bummer is that it does not blink or glow when the headset is on, so I have no idea if I've left it on.
The original Plantronics Discovery 925 is a popular headset, which about 800 or so Amazon users rated 4 out of 5 stars. I am one of those 800 users who likes the 925, even with the minor drawbacks. The newer 975, improves on the 925 by adding better noise cancellation and a better charging case. The aesthetic changes are welcome, but may not be for everyone. The difficulty in using the buttons may be too severe for some users to live with. If you already have the 925, I would suggest you wait until you break it or lose it to upgrade to the 975.
*** 03/01/2010 UPDATE ***
After about 5 months of use, my Discovery 975 developed a chip in the corner, exactly like the one in user RSRCHB4UBY's photo. I have primarily kept the headset in the case so I am not sure how this defect occurred. Plantronics's support was initially less than stellar but once I escalated the issue, I received better support. I had to pay to ship the defective headset back to Plantronics, but they quickly turned around and sent me a replacement. From the day that I shipped it to when I received the replacement was 10 days. Great turnaround and good service once I got proper help. They also stated that my warranty period would start over from when I received the replacement. Nice!
2. Discovery 975 and Voyager equal
The audio quality on the Discovery 975 was definitely NOT as good as the Jawbone, whose noise cancelling was far preferable. On my old Jawbone, I often called people from airports right under the speakers and people didn't even know I was in the airport. With the Discovery and Voyager, people definitely comment on hearing background noise. Once with the Discovery 975, I was opening a printer paper package. My caller said it sounded like a lightening storm. A similar noise wouldn't have garnered a comment on the Jawbone.
1. Discovery 975
2. Voyager Pro
3. Jawbone Prime
The recharging case for the Discovery 975 is the deal maker for me. If you use a blue tooth headset less than 4 hours per day, I would definitely chose the Jawbone Prime. However, the battery life and battery charging case on the Plantronics means that I can use the headset all day instead of 4 hours. My Jawbone was usually dead by noon. With the Discovery, I can talk on it for two hours, head into a meeting, tuck it into its protective case, and its recharged and ready at the end of the meeting. I almost always make it to the end of the day with plenty of charge using the Discovery.
1. Jawbone Prime
2. Discovery 975
3. Voyager Pro
I have an ear that typically can't stand an insert ear bud. The only ear bud headphone that works for me belong to my 6 year old's Barbie MP3. Nonetheless, the Discovery standard ear bud DOES work for me. It is very stable and never falls out for me. I do prefer the Jawbone's ear loop, but its minor to me. The Voyager Pro was toooo bulky for my little ear and completely uncomfortable with my eye glasses.
1. Discovery 975
2. Voyager Pro
I didn't realize how much I'd love it, but the audio prompt "mute ON" and "mute off" from the Discovery is a huge plus. I am on many many conference calls, often ones where I am not actively in the lead. With absolute clarity that I have "muted", I can walk into a coffee shop and get coffee, yell at my kids, etc...with confidence I'm not broadcasting to all.
The 975 is extremely comfortable. I can wear it all day if needed without any soreness or discomfort. The med gel ear piece fits my ear well and keeps the device secure. The device includes sm, med, and lrg gel ear pieces so you're pretty much guaranteed a comfortable, secure fit.
Sound quality from the device is excellent. It's plenty loud even in noisy work environments. The speaker is held at the right angle in the ear canal so you hear everything. I use the medium volume setting on the headset and make fine adjustments on my phone if needed.
Where this headset shines though is in call quality. This is the first headset I've owned that people I'm calling say I sound perfectly clear. I was amazed that people said I sounded like I was in a quiet room when I was actually driving in the car on the freeway with my window partially down. That is serious noise cancellation. You truly have to experience this, and I promise you will be amazed. I drive a Subaru and have a throaty exhaust installed. I can take and place calls to clients on the road now and they have no idea I'm driving.
Next great feature of this headset it's its rechargeable carry case. I've only had to recharge once over a three week period. The case keeps the headset "topped off" so it's always ready to use. Has a visual LED indicator so you always know the charge available on the case and the headset. Now that I've had this headset nearly a month, I'd would have paid double for it. Yes, it's that good. I've purchased a second one for my girlfriend. She uses hers for conference calls at home. I am very pleased with this headset - Recommended purchase!