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Plantronics 2017 Headphones
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We have currently reviewed 2 Plantronics headphones. They're a brand best known for their Bluetooth headsets but they also produce some of the most feature-packed headphones on the market.

Compared to other brands

  • Lots of Features. The Plantronics headphones we've reviewed so far have some of the best combination of active features. They typically have an excellent wireless range and latency, great battery life, noise canceling, different aware modes and a bundled app that adds a few unique features compared to other headphone apps.
  • Exciting Sound. The Plantronics sound profile has a lot of bass, which may not be ideal for more critical listeners, but it delivers an exciting sound with most tracks, especially, since they also usually have a good mid-range for instruments and vocals.
  • Great Controls. One of the most noticeable features of the Plantronics lineup are the controls. They're unique and often unorthodox compared to other brands but they're efficient and ergonomically placed on the ear cups, making them easy to use.
  • Mediocre Noise Canceling. Although Plantronics headphones are packed with features, noise cancellation is not their biggest strength. They isolate well enough for certain environments but they have a lot of self-noise and do not block ambient noise as well as some other noise canceling headphones from competing brands.
  • Overly Emphasized Bass. The Plantronics headphones have a powerful bass that sounds exciting for some but may be too emphasized for others. 
  • Poor Headphone Variety. In total, Plantronics only has about 11 available music oriented headphones. Although they cover most headphone types, there's not a lot of variety.

Overall, Plantronics is a brand that makes feature-packed and versatile everyday headphones for casual use. They're affordable, especially considering their features and build quality. They have some of the best control schemes we've tested so far, excellent wireless ranges, low latency codecs, long-lasting battery lives and noise canceling. However, their noise canceling is not as strong as that of the competition and although they deliver an exciting sound, they can sometimes be too bass-heavy for more critical listeners.

Best Plantronics Headphones

Plantronics does not have a vast lineup of headphones but they have a model for each headphone type.

  • Pro = The main lineup from Plantronics composed of feature packed over-ear headphones.
  • Sense = The lightweight on-ear lineup from Plantronics for mixed usage.
  • Go = Wireless in-ear designs for sports and everyday casual use.
  • Fit =  Wireless earbuds with a more comfortable fit specifically for sports and physical activity.

Best for Mixed Usage

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
7.5Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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7.6Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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7.5Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
7.2Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
7.8Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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The best Plantronics Bluetooth headphones for mixed usage are the BackBeat Pro 2. They are a great successor to the well-rounded Backbeat Pro as they are just as versatile and packed with active features. If you're looking for a good pair of wireless over-ear headphones that you can use pretty much everywhere, then the Pro 2 are a good option. They have an efficient control scheme, an excellent wireless range, and a long lasting battery life. They also have a better sound than the previous model and a redesign that makes them worth the upgrade.

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Conclusion

Plantronics does not have the biggest lineup but makes sturdy and versatile, wireless headphones that are packed with features. We have yet to test their full lineup but their Pro series offers an excellent wireless range, easy-to-use control schemes and an exciting, if a bit too bass-heavy, sound. However, despite having all these great active features, some of Plantronics headphones struggle with noise cancellation, typically delivering an average-at-best isolation performance and a lot of self-noise when the ANC is enabled. 

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