Plantronics Pro 2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones Black & Tan
|Color||Black and Tan|
|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear|
About this item
- 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 upto 24 hours of wireless music, movies and calls before choosing the cabled connection or recharging
- Wireless freedom: stream rich, lifelike audio upto 100 meters/330 feet away from your class 1 bluetooth smartphone or tablet
- Travel sleeve: Ear cups swivel flat to slip into the protective nylon travel sleeve; Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
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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.
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|Color||Black and Tan||Black||Grey||Black||Black||Black|
|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear||Over Ear||In Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear|
|Item Dimensions||8.10 x 7.80 x 9.00 inches||7.68 x 7.09 x 3.07 inches||9.00 x 9.00 x 3.00 inches||6.54 x 3.62 x 7.13 inches||3.23 x 6.30 x 5.12 inches||7.31 x 2.94 x 10.44 inches|
|Item Weight||0.63 lbs||0.58 lbs||0.64 lbs||0.80 ounces||0.53 lbs||0.56 lbs|
|Special Features||Sports & Exercise||Hi-Res Audio, Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation, BassUp Technology, Crystal-Clear Calls, Foldable, Noise Cancellation, Volume-Control||Noise-Canceling, wireless||Noise Cancellation, Wireless, Built-in Microphones, Comfortable Over-ear, Hi-Fi stereo, Deep Bass, Lightweight, 30 Hours Playtime, Travel on the plane||Active Noise Cancelling Technology, Bluetooth 5.0, CVC8.0 Microphone, 35Hrs Playing Time, HiFi Deep Bass Sound,Crystal-Clear Calls, Foldable,Fast Charging Function||Sony WH1000XM3 Wireless Industry Leading Noise Canceling Overhead Headphones (WH-1000XM3)|
Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 - Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones (Black & Tan). Operating and storage temperature - 0 to 40 degree celsius.
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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.
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!
Updating this - the gyro feature is a bit of a blessing and a curse. I was wearing these while cooking and found that the gyro paused the music a bit too often when I hadn't moved it off my ear, and when I had, didn't un-pause the music several times when I had put them back on my ears. Another challenge - when connecting to a bluetooth transmitter connected to the TV, the "pause when taking it off your ear" function causes it to cut its connection to the transmitter. There is no "pause" or "mute", just "disconnect". So whenever I lift these from my head while watching TV, the only way to re-connect to the transmitter is to get up and go press the button on the transmitter to re-connect.
I love the idea and they tried to really carefully craft the feature to match the motion of lifting an ear cup from your ear, or taking them off your head. All very cool. But it seems it gets a bit flummoxed at points. Still like these a lot, and still brilliant for listening to music connected to a smartphone, but maybe that "auto-pause" feature should be able to be toggled on and off.
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Update: Over a year of heavy use and no degradation in quality whatsoever.
These are the perfect headphones. (I bought them for $190 CAD)
I've tested one pair and the quality is astounding; believe the reviews that tell you these headphones rival the $350+ stuff from Bose and Sennheiser. I'm a woman with small ears so the cups fit comfortably with space to spare. Headband IS adjustable but it fits my head well at the default size. I'm able to wear these for hours without issue, even while wearing glasses underneath.
There are a good six or so pairs of headphones that I rotate between for different purposes; these are #1 for quality and comfort out of everything I own.
But they broke, so after doing a lot of research I bought this.
The build quality is better then my old pair. But it doesn’t sound as good as the JBL! I loved my old pair more.
But i got a bargain with features.
*The plantronics has a little noice cancelation which can be a lifesaver if you are traveling on a bus and babies cry or people fight/shout we can see that happening a lot in Indian public transportation.
(And also recommendable while on plane ✈️ but most of us won’t be flying that often. It works on the plane nicely and no more buzz sound in the ears while flying)
*And it’s wireless!! The best wireless setup i have ever seen on a headphones!!
(I didn’t buy bose or shure or dr dree wireless headphones and won’t compare with them. Their price is not acceptable to me even if they sound better then these or not. )
*The battery life is amazing. I charged it once when i got my hands on it. Till now (more than a month) It has half more juice in it. (I use it little less, max when i am traveling)
**It is a good sounding pair. I sacrificed some sound quality for the features it is providing. And i am happy. So choose wisely.
1. Build quality: 4/5
- Sturdy build quality. Steel band.
- May not look great but feels great in the hand.
- Buttons are sturdy
2. Comfort: 5/5
- Super comfortable. The earcups fits over the ear.
- Tried others including Sony and JBL. But this one comes as comfortable as a Bose
3. Sound: 4/5
- Good noise cancelling, could not hear the TV in the room once noise cancellation was on.
- Good sound reproduction for most users. Found that the quality of the audio has a big impact. Certain content really sounds great. Tried on amazon music, apple music with iphone
- connects more than one device. Instantly paired without any issues.
Overall for the price (1/3 of bose or sony premium headsets) this one really is an understated gem. Purely based on the comfort the sound and noise cancellation, absolute winner at this price point.
It have great bass yet somehow it have great clarity you will listen some sounds in songs which you never heard before, it have a great set features, you can listen outside world with open mode. ANC can be activated or deactivated with a simple button slide, the song will be automatically passed when you remove headphones and it will play when you wear them again, it has every option in headphone you don't need to touch your phone/player for anything. I agree they are confusing at first but you will get used to it, it has the best battery life with 24hours, the 3.5mm jack is icing on the cake if you run out of battery or same some mobile battery,
One the rearest feature this headphone have is you can turn on ANC even when you are using them with cable, at this price it's a steal, I totally recommend it to all,
As usual Amazon service rocks, no need of special mention about it
1) the bluetooth connects really quickly
2) the sound is good, I loved the strong base (I believe the first song I played was Relationship by Future, like the basic boy I am)
3) the active noise cancelling (ANC) is not very good at all, esp compared to Bose (it seems to barely do anything, actually)
I was a little disappointed with the poor ANC but not necessarily surprised: quite a few reviews had pointed it out. After using it for a week or so, I noticed that they are quite comfortable, never seem to run out of battery (I randomly charge them once or twice a week), and are aesthetic: they fit very well with my look, contrary to what a lot of reviewers said. I think the design fits them quite well, but perhaps it's a bit better for younger people (for reference, I'm college-aged) as it's a bit more flashy than Bose ones, which I like. A lot of people ask to try my headphones on actually, as they think they look cool (they conveniently fit around my neck at parties or in class, even though I look like a bit of a tool) and haven't heard of the brand. Overall
-Insane battery life
-Convenient to carry around
-Comfortable to wear
-Buttons are intuitive and easy to understand
-great value (I got them at 150CAD)
-pauses music when taken off! (Seems like this should be a standard feature, as it's so nice)
-Weird open mic mode that doesn't work that well
-Soft carrying case
-Sometimes sound doesn't pause when taken off the ears or play when put back on (probably a sensor problem)
-When I am on a call, my partner hears outside voices louder than my own (the mic isn't well directed clearly)
I'll edit this as I notice things!