Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Special Edition Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Headphone + Mic Review

plantronics backbeat pro 2 special edition bluetooth active noise cancelling headphone + mic review

I used to have the previous version, Plantronics BackBeat Pro. It offers a slightly bass-heavy sound, and Plantronics carried over this sound signature to the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. I think Plantronics is keeping the nice features as well as fixing the downside from the previous version. Let’s have a look at some of the new features.

First impression

At first sight, I think the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 is a bit bulky.

Design

plantronics backbeat pro 2 special edition bluetooth active noise cancelling headphone + mic review

The appearance of the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 headphone is quite large with a fairly high level of comfort when used. Pads attached to the ear cup feels soft when in contact with the skin around my ears. The headband is also equipped with soft cushions wrapped in centric leather, so it feels very comfortable when resting with the headphone for a long period of time.

 

Features

plantronics backbeat pro 2 special edition bluetooth active noise cancelling headphone + mic review

In terms of battery life, I’m extremely impressed with the battery of the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. The original also offered incredible 24-hour battery life but the second generation sips even less power when idle, offering a claimed six months of DeepSleep (up from 180 hours). I think it’s a killer feature for travellers who can’t be tethered to an outlet, and while the active noise cancellation isn’t the best in the industry, but it's still very good at muffling the noisy sound.

 

Performance

The original BackBeat Pro headphones offered a slightly bass-heavy sound signature. Plantronics carried over this sound signature to the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2. While I was using the BackBeat Pro 2 in wired mode, it tames the bass quite a bit. I’m surprised to find ANC still works when playing music in wired mode, which means you can save battery. In terms of noise cancellation, I notice a slight hiss when no music is playing.

What I like What I dislike
  • 24-hour battery life
  • comfortable headband
  • Bulky style
  • expensive

Conclusions

I believe great comfort comes at a high price. The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 comes at A$329.95. It’s quite expensive but believe me, it does feel comfortable on the ears, and head when resting with the headphone. Other headphones might have better noise cancellation, but the Plantronics do just about everything else right.

With the BackBeat Pro 2, you’re getting a travel headphone with incredible battery life, and supreme comfort on the head, and ears. So, that’s all about my honest review. If you have any experience with the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, you can share here and let me know what you think.

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