• Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)
  • Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)
  • Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)
  • Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)
  • Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)
Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)
Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)
Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)
Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)
Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)

Plantronics Wireless Noise Cancelling Backbeat - Headphones (Black & Tan) (Pro 2)

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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: ear cups swivel flat to slip into the protective nylon travel sleeve; Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz

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I'm super happy with my purchase Received these a few hours ago and what can I say - WOW!I'm super happy with my purchase!I bought Sony MDR100ABN on sale at Costco last week and had to take them back two days later. They were not comfy at all, squeezing my head too much and ANC made all sorts of hissing and electrical buzzing noises. I also didn't like that I had to manually turn off NC every time I turned them on. And the absolute deal breaker for me was their inability to connect to two devices at once.These Plantronics Headphones are everything I was looking for. They are much more comfortable on my ears with much softer cushions. Build quality appears to be great so far. My ears are getting just a little bit warm, but not uncomfortable. Better than Sony's were. BackBeats sound really good to my ears. Very nice and balanced sound!External controls seem to work great with my Google Pixel 2 and buttons on the ear cup are big and easy to locate, unlike the Sony. They pause when I take them off, which is nice. Range is awesome, I can walk around my entire house (2 story, 2100 sq ft) and play music from my MacBook with no cut offs at all.Another huge plus here is Open Mic feature which seems to work great as well as ability to keep Noise Cancelling off permanently, which is a nice feature for me since I will rarely need it working in a quiet home office, but still want NC functionality for when I occasionally travel.And the best feature - I can stay connected to my laptop and listen to music/podcast and still take calls on my cell phone, seemlesly without having to disconnect from one and connect to the other!I cannot comment on the battery life, since I have not owned these long enough.TL;DRPROS:Very comfortable to wearConveniently located, large controlsGood sound qualityEasy dual device pairing/connectivityGood build qualityCONS:Wish they had a USB-C port for charging. Because of these I have to carry a MicroUSB cable with me. 5Almost dead after less than a year of use... Pros:Great sound. Nice bass.Excellent rechargeable battery life--days and days.Great for phone conversations or music. People I speak with on the phone tell me I sound great.Handy buttons for phone functions and a spring-loaded dial for volume.Much more affordable than similar Bose headphones.Cons:Bulky and heavy. MUCH heavier than Bose.Noise cancelling is pretty good, but not as good as Bose.Shallow earcups (too shallow) that put pressure on your ears and cause some discomfort for extended wear.Earcups have pivoting attachments at the top to attach to the head piece, and they don't pivot enough, so that the top of the ear cups do not rest on your head like they should, which causes more comfort issues.EVERY SINGLE TIME you turn it on, you have to listen to a stupid, cheesy sound effect and a voice that tells you about the battery level and all bluetooth connections. And I swear it waits until you put it on to make all this unwanted noise--you can't turn it on, give it a few seconds and then put it on to avoid it. It really needs a STFU setting or button.EDIT: April 2018My headphones are now almost a year old, and they no longer work very well. Quite often now when I put them on and turn them on, they will cycle thru their power on nonsense (stupid sound effect and announcing charge level and Bluetooth connections) and then seemingly power off or disconnect from everything, and then start over again in an endless loop. It takes several or many attempts of power cycling to get it to stay on. The battery is fully charged. These headphones have been babied through their short life; almost no travel and only used a few times a week in an office environment. There is no reason for them to be so unreliable at less than a year old.Spend the extra money and get the Bose headphones. These will not last and they're just not as comfortable or good as Bose. 1Fantastic bluetooth headphones with average noise cancelling. I bought these as an upgrade from my HN-900 that died recently. I needed a solid pair that was wireless because I'm tired of losing the cable dongles for the IPhone. My wife is a huge fan of her Bose Quiet Comforts so I briefly considered QC-35s but I simply don't like the looks. These looked like they could fit the bill.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. 4The best of the best; a worthy upgrade from the original BackBeat Pro I've owned / used the original Plantronics Backbeat Pro and this is definitely a worthy version 2. The following are a few thoughts:a: Size: The smaller size is probably the biggest plus in my view. The original was just huge... but since they were so awesome sounding, yea; I wore them, but they were huge. The newer version isn't compact, but the "right size"; at least for me and my head.b: Sound: This isn't a scientific opinion but they sound awesome, just like the originals. No issue or complaints here. I've tried numerous bluetooth and regular headphones; these are definitely the best headphones out there in terms of sound, battery life, ease of use / controls etc... A no brainer.c: Controls: The controls are the only step down from the original. I'm assuming because of the smaller form factor they could have the rotating dials on both sides of the headphones? In the version 2, the primary controls for the music are solely on the left side; I can live with that and I'm sure that I'll get used to it. However, I thought that the original controls were more "manual" and intuitive.d. All in all, another super product from Plantronics 5Disapointing quality Sound quality: excellent, trulyNoise reduction: below average, my old Cowin headphones had equal if not slightly better noise reduction and they cost $60Overall they look good and battery lasts a long time. They turn on and off, pause music randomly and taking them off sometimes pauses the music and sometimes it doesn't.The biggest problem, however, is that after about a month of moderate use (maybe an hour or two per day and only a few times a week) a sound started appearing on the left side, it's a mechanical "clicking" sound that appears every time i move my head or try and walk with the headphones. So, oddly, using headphones that ought to make it more quite, I got more noise. 1if you use it to listen music like hip hop or something with a lot of bass Well, I owned Beats Studio Wireless and recently purchased this (Plantronics Backbeat PRO 2). There is a lot of difference in sound quality. Let's try to explain. If you are a Basshead you definitely have to choose BEATS STUDIO WIRELESS. The bass in these headphones is powerfull but this impacts the other range of sound (medium and high). I mean, if you use it to listen music like hip hop or something with a lot of bass, the Beats are fine. On the other hand if you need a balanced sound where you can hear the details of the music you should choose PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT PRO 2. Speaking of the other features: ANC beats is better (although no for me because I feel that I am submerged in a pool and the pressure isn't comfortable for me). The auto stop / play function does not exist in the beats studio, the OPEN LISTENING does not exist in beats studio, the CONTROL BUTTONS are more friendly in plantronics backbeat pro 2, BATTERY LAST beats studio 12 hours, Plantronics 24 Hour, COMFORT Plantronics is more comfortable) In fact it can rotate 90 degrees making it very comfortable when you put it on your neck, MULTIPOINT CONNECTION does not exist in Beats Studio Wireless. This feature allows you to connect two devices at the same time and switch between one and the other, in addition, if, for example, you are in your computer listening to music and a call come to your phone, the music is paused and you can answer the call, at the end of the call, you just need to play back to the music again. FOLDABLE, Plantronics is not foldable. CASE HARD, Plantronics does not have a hard case, it has a bag (it is sturdy). (I apologize for my spelling mistakes, I'm learning to write in English) 5Very pleased! Here's my list of experiences from the first 24 hours of owning these headphones.PROS------------------------- Since I'm a graphic designer, the packaging it came in made me happy. It wasn't fancy, but better quality than I expected. :)- Music: Sound quality is amazing. I've tried out hard rock, orchestral, R&B, rap, indie, KPOP and a few other genres. The instrumentation is clean and clear, base is strong but not overpowering, and it has a good soundstage for a closed-back pair, especially on quieter songs. No distortion at louder volumes (though I haven't turned it up to max for the sake of my eardrums).- Videos: YouTube on mobile and desktop is perfectly synced between audio and video.- Gaming: I used them while playing Guild Wars 2 on my dell laptop. There was no latency time even when rapidly using attacks, and I could differentiate sounds coming from behind or in front of my character. Sounds were well balance and going from a quiet ambience to a monster roaring in your ear wasn't painful. 10/10- The pause-when-removed and put-on-to-resume feature works perfectly and is a nice quick fade in and out of the audio. Just make sure your hair isn't in the way of the sensor when you go to put them back on. It will pause on SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify, and Zune (for those that still have it). I don't have iTunes so I can't vouch for them, but I would assume this feature also works there.- When you remove them on a call, it moves it to in-private on your phone. Used them for an hour conference call with no issues. Mic on/off works great and sounds clear.- I have paired it with 3 devices so far with no issues (smart phone, laptop, work computer).- Plantronics Hub app has two useful features: Displays hours of battery life left and has location tracking for the headphones (in case stolen or lost). And that's it... just the two features. Functional, but not as expansive as apps offered for other wireless headphones.- Soft case is well made and has two zipped sections for the headphones and included cables.- I can walk from the top floor of my house to the bottom floor without loosing signal.- Very substantial build and are plush and comfortable overall.- I've used them on and off for a full day for music and calling and still have a calculated 14 hours of battery life left.CONS------------------------- The only noticeable latency is when playing mobile games. It looks to be about a half a second off.- Standing in front of/near a running microwave causes the sound to break up (I'm not sure if that's normal for a bluetooth device).- The sound quality noticeably suffers when used on my iHome at work (compared to my phone and dell laptop), and the pause-when-removed feature doesn't work for Spotify or YouTube. Again I did not test on iTunes, so it make work in that instance.- As far as being over ear, it's a bit of a tight fit. After about 4.5 hours of use at work the cartilage of my ears became a little sore.- They are on the heavier side, so be careful if you're prone to headaches wearing headbands or hats (like me). Again after about 4.5 hours of use they started becoming uncomfortable.- Bending halfway forward or back will cause them to slide from the weight (so yoga and some workout routines are a no-go).OVERALL------------------------For my usage these headphones are a perfect fit and I can live with the cons. When they bother me after extended usage it's a good indicator to get up and take a break anyway. Very happy with the purchase for the price! 4Thrilled... really. I'm a "prosumer" audophile. I don't own $20,000 speakers, but I listen to music a LOT, every day, at home, at work, in bed, doing chores, cooking dinner. With four kids, immersive high-quality music soothes the savage breast... and so it does for me. I've been using bluetooth over-ear headphones frequently for many years, previously primarily two pairs of Bluedio R+ Legends, which I thought were excellent, had spectacular bass (and I am a man who enjoys his deep, articulate, thorough, controlled but punctuated bass... one could say, even a little too much). I primarily listen to EDM, "sadcore", easy-going, Jazz, some Ibiza-style stuff, all of which has a lot of stuff going on between 20Hz and 60Hz that you need to hear - clearly - every tone - or you're missing something important on the track.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!Happy listening!------------------------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. 4One of the best headphones I've been in search of the perfect (well, close to perfect) headphones. I've been on this quest for the last six months or so, testing out several headphones. My requirements were Multipoint bluetooth (so I could connect to two devices at the same time), Bluetooth 4.0 or higher, comfortable fit for long periods of time, easy to use controls, good balance of sound between highs and lows, and noise cancellation (though this is not a requirement). I also wanted an over-the-ear design for sound isolation and comfort, but again, not an absolute requirement.One last thing, looks or style of the headphones is completely irrelevant to me. I'm wearing this in the house, so only I care what they look like.I tried Bose, Beats, Plantronics BackBeat Pro (the first version of this line), Sony, and a few more. I never got precisely what I want. Finally, I decided on the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. Here's what I like about them:1. Price is $100-150 cheaper than competitive headphones for what appears to be similar quality and features.2. Multipoint Bluetooth connectivity allows me to connect to my iPhone and TV at the same time. So you can listen to your main device for music or TV, but still able to answer your phone without taking off the headphones.3. Extremely comfortable. The earpods and headband have some very nice cushioning. I have worn these things for 4-5 hours without any complaints from my ears or head.4. Noise cancellation. I'm not a big fan of noise cancellation, since I'm just in my house, which is mostly quiet. But I can turn the noise cancellation off, and get great realistic sound. But if I need NC, I've got it with a flip of a switch.5. Controls are large and intuitive. It's easy to answer the phone, forward to the next song in a playlist, or pause. The volume controls aren't quite as intuitive, but figuring it out was easy.6. Bluetooth connectivity to my Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iMac and Amazon Fire TV was fast and solid.7. With the caveat that I'm not a music aficionado, the sound quality was amazing. There was good deep, but not annoying, base, crisp mids, and sweet highs. I could hear the lyrics of most songs like someone was speaking to me face to face. The bass was just perfect for a wide range of songs, but I know that some people love the Beats bass, and this isn't that.8. Fit and finish is top of the class. It's well constructed with a lot of texture, and solid feel to all of the parts. The switches have excellent feedback, so you know when you're engaging them. This headphone can match the quality of any competitors, even ones that are $200 more!But everything wasn't perfect. The carrying case was just a bag and it wasn't as nice as the tough, stiff bag that was provided with the BackBeat Pro, the earlier version. I might have to get a carrying case for these headphones if I travel with them. The color is kind of a muted brown, which has got to be the most boring color ever. Again, I didn't buy this for style, but it really goes out of the way to not appear stylish.Otherwise, this is one of the best headphones on the market. And it's so much less expensive than competitors, unless there's some specific feature of the more expensive competitors that thrills you, this should be where you stop your shopping, and just click on buy. 5Best $140 Bluetooth over ear headphones Pros* Rated as the best headphones you can buy for under $200 (I got these for $140).* Clear, rich, accurate sound.* Deep thumpy bass. But it doesn't overpower everything. It's the perfect amount of powerful bass that still lets you hear the rest of the music.* Comfortable. You can easily wear these for 8+ hours every day.* 30+ hours of battery. Insane really.* Noise cancelling is a nice bonus.* Good build, good looks. It's made of metal and comfy pleather.Cons* Controls could be better, I don't like the dial for the volume, they should've just used buttons.* "Smart" on/off feature isn't really that smart. Every time I turn and tilt my head to reach for something, it thinks I've taken the headphones off and turns off. I haven't figured out yet how to turn this off.* Mic is meh. But you aren't buying this for the microphone.* Don't buy these if you're looking for noise-cancelling that'll drown out a subway ride.RTings.com rated these as the best headphones you can buy for under $200, and I believe them. I've been searching for the best budget over-ear headphones that I could comfortably wear for 8+ hours a day at the office, and these are definitely it. The noise-cancelling I consider a bonus, they work well enough to cancel out office noise and chatter, my coworkers can be sitting right next to me chatting away and I won't hear a single word they say, it's great.When it comes to good sound, one important thing to look for is Bluetooth. Most phones/tablets/PCs have weak internal DACs so when you plug in a headset through the headphone jack, they don't sound half as good as if you connect with Bluetooth. I didn't know about this until I experimented with different headphones. These headphones also come with a headphone jack, but it simply sounds much better if you connect with Bluetooth. I'm not sure why reviewers never mention this simple fact. Try it if you don't believe me. 5
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I'm super happy with my purchase Received these a few hours ago and what can I say - WOW!I'm super happy with my purchase!I bought Sony MDR100ABN on sale at Costco last week and had to take them back two days later. They were not comfy at all, squeezing my head too much and ANC made all sorts of hissing and electrical buzzing noises. I also didn't like that I had to manually turn off NC every time I turned them on. And the absolute deal breaker for me was their inability to connect to two devices at once.These Plantronics Headphones are everything I was looking for. They are much more comfortable on my ears with much softer cushions. Build quality appears to be great so far. My ears are getting just a little bit warm, but not uncomfortable. Better than Sony's were. BackBeats sound really good to my ears. Very nice and balanced sound!External controls seem to work great with my Google Pixel 2 and buttons on the ear cup are big and easy to locate, unlike the Sony. They pause when I take them off, which is nice. Range is awesome, I can walk around my entire house (2 story, 2100 sq ft) and play music from my MacBook with no cut offs at all.Another huge plus here is Open Mic feature which seems to work great as well as ability to keep Noise Cancelling off permanently, which is a nice feature for me since I will rarely need it working in a quiet home office, but still want NC functionality for when I occasionally travel.And the best feature - I can stay connected to my laptop and listen to music/podcast and still take calls on my cell phone, seemlesly without having to disconnect from one and connect to the other!I cannot comment on the battery life, since I have not owned these long enough.TL;DRPROS:Very comfortable to wearConveniently located, large controlsGood sound qualityEasy dual device pairing/connectivityGood build qualityCONS:Wish they had a USB-C port for charging. Because of these I have to carry a MicroUSB cable with me. 5Almost dead after less than a year of use... Pros:Great sound. Nice bass.Excellent rechargeable battery life--days and days.Great for phone conversations or music. People I speak with on the phone tell me I sound great.Handy buttons for phone functions and a spring-loaded dial for volume.Much more affordable than similar Bose headphones.Cons:Bulky and heavy. MUCH heavier than Bose.Noise cancelling is pretty good, but not as good as Bose.Shallow earcups (too shallow) that put pressure on your ears and cause some discomfort for extended wear.Earcups have pivoting attachments at the top to attach to the head piece, and they don't pivot enough, so that the top of the ear cups do not rest on your head like they should, which causes more comfort issues.EVERY SINGLE TIME you turn it on, you have to listen to a stupid, cheesy sound effect and a voice that tells you about the battery level and all bluetooth connections. And I swear it waits until you put it on to make all this unwanted noise--you can't turn it on, give it a few seconds and then put it on to avoid it. It really needs a STFU setting or button.EDIT: April 2018My headphones are now almost a year old, and they no longer work very well. Quite often now when I put them on and turn them on, they will cycle thru their power on nonsense (stupid sound effect and announcing charge level and Bluetooth connections) and then seemingly power off or disconnect from everything, and then start over again in an endless loop. It takes several or many attempts of power cycling to get it to stay on. The battery is fully charged. These headphones have been babied through their short life; almost no travel and only used a few times a week in an office environment. There is no reason for them to be so unreliable at less than a year old.Spend the extra money and get the Bose headphones. These will not last and they're just not as comfortable or good as Bose. 1Fantastic bluetooth headphones with average noise cancelling. I bought these as an upgrade from my HN-900 that died recently. I needed a solid pair that was wireless because I'm tired of losing the cable dongles for the IPhone. My wife is a huge fan of her Bose Quiet Comforts so I briefly considered QC-35s but I simply don't like the looks. These looked like they could fit the bill.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. 4The best of the best; a worthy upgrade from the original BackBeat Pro I've owned / used the original Plantronics Backbeat Pro and this is definitely a worthy version 2. The following are a few thoughts:a: Size: The smaller size is probably the biggest plus in my view. The original was just huge... but since they were so awesome sounding, yea; I wore them, but they were huge. The newer version isn't compact, but the "right size"; at least for me and my head.b: Sound: This isn't a scientific opinion but they sound awesome, just like the originals. No issue or complaints here. I've tried numerous bluetooth and regular headphones; these are definitely the best headphones out there in terms of sound, battery life, ease of use / controls etc... A no brainer.c: Controls: The controls are the only step down from the original. I'm assuming because of the smaller form factor they could have the rotating dials on both sides of the headphones? In the version 2, the primary controls for the music are solely on the left side; I can live with that and I'm sure that I'll get used to it. However, I thought that the original controls were more "manual" and intuitive.d. All in all, another super product from Plantronics 5Disapointing quality Sound quality: excellent, trulyNoise reduction: below average, my old Cowin headphones had equal if not slightly better noise reduction and they cost $60Overall they look good and battery lasts a long time. They turn on and off, pause music randomly and taking them off sometimes pauses the music and sometimes it doesn't.The biggest problem, however, is that after about a month of moderate use (maybe an hour or two per day and only a few times a week) a sound started appearing on the left side, it's a mechanical "clicking" sound that appears every time i move my head or try and walk with the headphones. So, oddly, using headphones that ought to make it more quite, I got more noise. 1if you use it to listen music like hip hop or something with a lot of bass Well, I owned Beats Studio Wireless and recently purchased this (Plantronics Backbeat PRO 2). There is a lot of difference in sound quality. Let's try to explain. If you are a Basshead you definitely have to choose BEATS STUDIO WIRELESS. The bass in these headphones is powerfull but this impacts the other range of sound (medium and high). I mean, if you use it to listen music like hip hop or something with a lot of bass, the Beats are fine. On the other hand if you need a balanced sound where you can hear the details of the music you should choose PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT PRO 2. Speaking of the other features: ANC beats is better (although no for me because I feel that I am submerged in a pool and the pressure isn't comfortable for me). The auto stop / play function does not exist in the beats studio, the OPEN LISTENING does not exist in beats studio, the CONTROL BUTTONS are more friendly in plantronics backbeat pro 2, BATTERY LAST beats studio 12 hours, Plantronics 24 Hour, COMFORT Plantronics is more comfortable) In fact it can rotate 90 degrees making it very comfortable when you put it on your neck, MULTIPOINT CONNECTION does not exist in Beats Studio Wireless. This feature allows you to connect two devices at the same time and switch between one and the other, in addition, if, for example, you are in your computer listening to music and a call come to your phone, the music is paused and you can answer the call, at the end of the call, you just need to play back to the music again. FOLDABLE, Plantronics is not foldable. CASE HARD, Plantronics does not have a hard case, it has a bag (it is sturdy). (I apologize for my spelling mistakes, I'm learning to write in English) 5Very pleased! Here's my list of experiences from the first 24 hours of owning these headphones.PROS------------------------- Since I'm a graphic designer, the packaging it came in made me happy. It wasn't fancy, but better quality than I expected. :)- Music: Sound quality is amazing. I've tried out hard rock, orchestral, R&B, rap, indie, KPOP and a few other genres. The instrumentation is clean and clear, base is strong but not overpowering, and it has a good soundstage for a closed-back pair, especially on quieter songs. No distortion at louder volumes (though I haven't turned it up to max for the sake of my eardrums).- Videos: YouTube on mobile and desktop is perfectly synced between audio and video.- Gaming: I used them while playing Guild Wars 2 on my dell laptop. There was no latency time even when rapidly using attacks, and I could differentiate sounds coming from behind or in front of my character. Sounds were well balance and going from a quiet ambience to a monster roaring in your ear wasn't painful. 10/10- The pause-when-removed and put-on-to-resume feature works perfectly and is a nice quick fade in and out of the audio. Just make sure your hair isn't in the way of the sensor when you go to put them back on. It will pause on SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify, and Zune (for those that still have it). I don't have iTunes so I can't vouch for them, but I would assume this feature also works there.- When you remove them on a call, it moves it to in-private on your phone. Used them for an hour conference call with no issues. Mic on/off works great and sounds clear.- I have paired it with 3 devices so far with no issues (smart phone, laptop, work computer).- Plantronics Hub app has two useful features: Displays hours of battery life left and has location tracking for the headphones (in case stolen or lost). And that's it... just the two features. Functional, but not as expansive as apps offered for other wireless headphones.- Soft case is well made and has two zipped sections for the headphones and included cables.- I can walk from the top floor of my house to the bottom floor without loosing signal.- Very substantial build and are plush and comfortable overall.- I've used them on and off for a full day for music and calling and still have a calculated 14 hours of battery life left.CONS------------------------- The only noticeable latency is when playing mobile games. It looks to be about a half a second off.- Standing in front of/near a running microwave causes the sound to break up (I'm not sure if that's normal for a bluetooth device).- The sound quality noticeably suffers when used on my iHome at work (compared to my phone and dell laptop), and the pause-when-removed feature doesn't work for Spotify or YouTube. Again I did not test on iTunes, so it make work in that instance.- As far as being over ear, it's a bit of a tight fit. After about 4.5 hours of use at work the cartilage of my ears became a little sore.- They are on the heavier side, so be careful if you're prone to headaches wearing headbands or hats (like me). Again after about 4.5 hours of use they started becoming uncomfortable.- Bending halfway forward or back will cause them to slide from the weight (so yoga and some workout routines are a no-go).OVERALL------------------------For my usage these headphones are a perfect fit and I can live with the cons. When they bother me after extended usage it's a good indicator to get up and take a break anyway. Very happy with the purchase for the price! 4Thrilled... really. I'm a "prosumer" audophile. I don't own $20,000 speakers, but I listen to music a LOT, every day, at home, at work, in bed, doing chores, cooking dinner. With four kids, immersive high-quality music soothes the savage breast... and so it does for me. I've been using bluetooth over-ear headphones frequently for many years, previously primarily two pairs of Bluedio R+ Legends, which I thought were excellent, had spectacular bass (and I am a man who enjoys his deep, articulate, thorough, controlled but punctuated bass... one could say, even a little too much). I primarily listen to EDM, "sadcore", easy-going, Jazz, some Ibiza-style stuff, all of which has a lot of stuff going on between 20Hz and 60Hz that you need to hear - clearly - every tone - or you're missing something important on the track.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!Happy listening!------------------------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. 4One of the best headphones I've been in search of the perfect (well, close to perfect) headphones. I've been on this quest for the last six months or so, testing out several headphones. My requirements were Multipoint bluetooth (so I could connect to two devices at the same time), Bluetooth 4.0 or higher, comfortable fit for long periods of time, easy to use controls, good balance of sound between highs and lows, and noise cancellation (though this is not a requirement). I also wanted an over-the-ear design for sound isolation and comfort, but again, not an absolute requirement.One last thing, looks or style of the headphones is completely irrelevant to me. I'm wearing this in the house, so only I care what they look like.I tried Bose, Beats, Plantronics BackBeat Pro (the first version of this line), Sony, and a few more. I never got precisely what I want. Finally, I decided on the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. Here's what I like about them:1. Price is $100-150 cheaper than competitive headphones for what appears to be similar quality and features.2. Multipoint Bluetooth connectivity allows me to connect to my iPhone and TV at the same time. So you can listen to your main device for music or TV, but still able to answer your phone without taking off the headphones.3. Extremely comfortable. The earpods and headband have some very nice cushioning. I have worn these things for 4-5 hours without any complaints from my ears or head.4. Noise cancellation. I'm not a big fan of noise cancellation, since I'm just in my house, which is mostly quiet. But I can turn the noise cancellation off, and get great realistic sound. But if I need NC, I've got it with a flip of a switch.5. Controls are large and intuitive. It's easy to answer the phone, forward to the next song in a playlist, or pause. The volume controls aren't quite as intuitive, but figuring it out was easy.6. Bluetooth connectivity to my Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iMac and Amazon Fire TV was fast and solid.7. With the caveat that I'm not a music aficionado, the sound quality was amazing. There was good deep, but not annoying, base, crisp mids, and sweet highs. I could hear the lyrics of most songs like someone was speaking to me face to face. The bass was just perfect for a wide range of songs, but I know that some people love the Beats bass, and this isn't that.8. Fit and finish is top of the class. It's well constructed with a lot of texture, and solid feel to all of the parts. The switches have excellent feedback, so you know when you're engaging them. This headphone can match the quality of any competitors, even ones that are $200 more!But everything wasn't perfect. The carrying case was just a bag and it wasn't as nice as the tough, stiff bag that was provided with the BackBeat Pro, the earlier version. I might have to get a carrying case for these headphones if I travel with them. The color is kind of a muted brown, which has got to be the most boring color ever. Again, I didn't buy this for style, but it really goes out of the way to not appear stylish.Otherwise, this is one of the best headphones on the market. And it's so much less expensive than competitors, unless there's some specific feature of the more expensive competitors that thrills you, this should be where you stop your shopping, and just click on buy. 5Best $140 Bluetooth over ear headphones Pros* Rated as the best headphones you can buy for under $200 (I got these for $140).* Clear, rich, accurate sound.* Deep thumpy bass. But it doesn't overpower everything. It's the perfect amount of powerful bass that still lets you hear the rest of the music.* Comfortable. You can easily wear these for 8+ hours every day.* 30+ hours of battery. Insane really.* Noise cancelling is a nice bonus.* Good build, good looks. It's made of metal and comfy pleather.Cons* Controls could be better, I don't like the dial for the volume, they should've just used buttons.* "Smart" on/off feature isn't really that smart. Every time I turn and tilt my head to reach for something, it thinks I've taken the headphones off and turns off. I haven't figured out yet how to turn this off.* Mic is meh. But you aren't buying this for the microphone.* Don't buy these if you're looking for noise-cancelling that'll drown out a subway ride.RTings.com rated these as the best headphones you can buy for under $200, and I believe them. I've been searching for the best budget over-ear headphones that I could comfortably wear for 8+ hours a day at the office, and these are definitely it. The noise-cancelling I consider a bonus, they work well enough to cancel out office noise and chatter, my coworkers can be sitting right next to me chatting away and I won't hear a single word they say, it's great.When it comes to good sound, one important thing to look for is Bluetooth. Most phones/tablets/PCs have weak internal DACs so when you plug in a headset through the headphone jack, they don't sound half as good as if you connect with Bluetooth. I didn't know about this until I experimented with different headphones. These headphones also come with a headphone jack, but it simply sounds much better if you connect with Bluetooth. I'm not sure why reviewers never mention this simple fact. Try it if you don't believe me. 5
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