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Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed May 21, 2020 at 08:00 am
Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset Picture
5.9
Mixed Usage
5.7
Neutral Sound
5.6
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
5.4
Office
5.0
Wireless Gaming
4.9
Wired Gaming
4.8
Phone Calls
Type Mono Earbud
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is a poor mono Bluetooth headset for phone calls. It's comfortable, has a good app with a ton of customization options, and lasts nearly eight hours off a single charge, which should easily get you through a full work day. Unfortunately, its overall microphone performance is very disappointing, and while on phone calls, your voice sounds unnatural, thin, and lacking in detail. Unlike the Plantronics Voyager 5200, which has excellent noise handling, the Voyager Legend's mic has a tough time separating your voice in louder environments, and your voice may get lost completely.

Our Verdict

5.9 Mixed Usage

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is a sub-par mono Bluetooth headset for mixed usage. It's designed primarily for phone calls and isn't a good choice for listening to music due to its single-bud design and very un-balanced sound profile with practically no bass. Its Bluetooth-only connectivity and poor overall mic performance also make it a bad choice for gaming. On the bright side, it's comfortable enough to wear for long periods, and lasts nearly eight hours off a single charge, making it somewhat suitable for taking phone calls in the office.

5.7 Neutral Sound

The Plantronics Voyager Legend isn't designed for listening to music. It's a mono headset with a very unbalanced sound profile that's severely lacking in bass.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.6 Commute/Travel

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is sub-par for commuting or travel. It can be helpful if you make a lot of phone calls while traveling or commuting, but it isn't the best choice due to its disappointing mic performance. It also blocks out practically no background noise, though this is by design, so you can hear yourself while speaking on the phone.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.0 Sports/Fitness

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is a great choice for sports and fitness. Because of its ear-hook design, it feels very stable and shouldn't fall off even during strenuous workouts. It blocks practically no background noise, which is great if you run outdoor and like to stay aware of your surroundings. If you like to make phone calls while jogging, it can be a good choice, though unfortunately, it has poor overall microphone performance.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.4 Office

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is a poor choice for use in the office. It leaks a fair amount of audio, so your coworkers will likely hear whoever you're speaking to. It also blocks no background noise by design and has a disappointing overall microphone performance. On the bright side, its 7.8-hour battery should last you through an entire work day of phone calls, and it has a standby feature to help conserve battery even more.

See our Office recommendations
5.0 Wireless Gaming

The Plantronics Voyager Legend isn't recommended for wireless gaming. Since it's Bluetooth-only, it can't be connected to any modern console, and when connected to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, it's high latency and poor microphone performance is less than ideal.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
4.9 Wired Gaming

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is a Bluetooth-only headset that can't be used wired.

4.8 Phone Calls

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is a bad Bluetooth headset for phone calls. It's comfortable enough to wear for extended periods, has a ton of customization options, feels very stable in the ear, and lasts nearly eight hours off a single charge, which is good. Unfortunately, when using the microphone, your voice sounds unnatural, thin, and difficult to understand. Its boom microphone also has a difficult time separating your voice from background noise, so even in moderately noisy environments, it's difficult to hear you. Finally, while the sound profile is extremely well-balanced in the mid-range, where most vocals sit, some higher-pitched voices sound shrill and painful.

  • 5.9 Mixed Usage
  • 5.7 Neutral Sound
  • 5.6 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.4 Office
  • 5.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 4.9 Wired Gaming
  • 4.8 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Comfortable fit that can be used on either ear.
  • Very stable design.
  • Good app with tons of customization options for phone calls.
Cons
  • Disappointing microphone recording quality.
  • Microphone has difficult time separating speech from background noise.
  • Sound profile is slightly shrill and piercing with some voices.

Check Price

Black/Silver Voyager Legend
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Plantronics Voyager Legend looks almost identical to the newer Plantronics Voyager 5200. Both headsets are primarily matte black, but the Legend's thin boom microphone is almost entirely silver. It has a very straight-forward and professional look.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is quite comfortable. It's fit and design is identical to the Plantronics Voyager 5200, and it comes with three sizes of silicone tips, which don't enter deeply into the ear canal. Unlike the 5200, the Legend also comes with two sizes of cloth covers for the earbuds, which may be more comfortable for some people. While the ear-hook is flexible and doesn't put too much pressure on your ear, it may start to cause some slight fatigue or discomfort after a couple of hours. Luckily, you can easily swivel the mic around and switch ears throughout the day to reduce discomfort.

7.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The controls of this headset are decent overall and are almost identical to the Plantronics Voyager 5200, except that the volume buttons are in a slightly different place. The buttons are designed for call controls and give you a good amount of options, including the ability to trigger your phone's voice assistant.

8.9
Design
Portability
L 3.6 "
W 2.1 "
H 0.6 "
Volume 4.5 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

This headset is very portable. It can fold into a compact position and should be able to fit into most pockets. If you want something even more portable, check out the Mpow EM12 Wireless Earphone Bluetooth Headset.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

This headset doesn't come with a carrying case, though you can purchase a charging case separately.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the Plantronics Voyager Legend is good. It looks and feels almost identical to the Plantronics Voyager 5200, and should be able to withstand a few accidental drops and bumps without sustaining too much damage. The ear-hook is flexible, and the headset looks fairly premium overall.

8.0
Design
Stability

The Plantronics Voyager Legend feels very stable thanks to its ear-hook design. Even during fairly strenuous workouts, it stays in place, which is good if you make a lot of phone calls while jogging.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Plantronics Voyager 5200 headset
  • 3x Tip sizes
  • 2x Cloth covers
  • Proprietary USB charging cable
  • USB wall charger
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-22.94 db
Treble Amount
0.75 db

The sound profile of the Plantronics Voyager Legend isn't the most balanced and accurate, but it's fairly well-tuned for voices and speech. It's very lacking in bass, but most voices sound present, clear, and detailed. Unfortunately, some higher-pitched voices may be slightly harsh and piercing.

8.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.28 dB

The frequency response consistency of this headset is great. Provided you achieve a proper fit with the included tips, you should experience similar bass and treble response every time you use it.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
1.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
22.17 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
232.91 Hz
Low-Bass
-37.96 dB
Mid-Bass
-22.17 dB
High-Bass
-7.87 dB

The bass accuracy of this headset is terrible. There's practically no low-bass or mid-bass, so music will have no thump, rumble, or punch. That being said, as this headset is designed for phone calls and not listening to music, it shouldn't be too noticeable, especially since high-bass, which is responsible for giving low-frequency voices warmth, is less recessed than the rest of the ranges.

9.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.13 dB
Low-Mid
-0.16 dB
Mid-Mid
0.23 dB
High-Mid
-0.42 dB

The mid accuracy of the Plantronics Voyager Legend is superb. The entire range is very well-balanced and accurate, without much over or under-emphasis. Since this range is where the majority of voices sit, this results in clear and full voices that don't sound honky, thin, or weak.

5.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.45 dB
Low-Treble
2.83 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.26 dB
High-Treble
-9.31 dB

The treble accuracy of the Plantronics Voyager Legend is sub-par. Unlike the Plantronics Voyager 5200, which has very well-balanced low-treble, this range is quite over-emphasized on the Voyager Legend. Unfortunately, this will make some higher-pitched voices sound shrill and harsh. The rest of the ranges are quite uneven as well. Some mid-treble sounds are dull and lispy, while others sound piercing and painful. The majority of high-treble is very recessed, which causes some sounds to be closed-up and lifeless, though most voices don't reach these higher frequencies.

5.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.97 db
Dips
1.98 db

The peaks and dips performance of this headset is sub-par. The large peak across high-bass and low-mid causes lower-frequency voices to appear boomy and muddy in relation to the very recessed low-bass range. The dip in mid-treble that falls between the peak in low-treble and the mid to high-treble makes some higher-frequencies sound sharp and piercing, while others will be dull and lifeless. Overall, while the entire sound profile is uneven, this is most noticeable with music, and won't be as noticeable during phone calls, except for the peak in low-treble, which may cause some parts of speech to be sharp and piercing.

N/A
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
N/A
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
N/A
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
N/A
Weighted Phase Mismatch
N/A

Because this headset is mono, there's no stereo imaging.

3.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
9.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.6

Like with most in-ears, the passive soundstage of this headset is poor. This is because properly activating the resonances of the pinna (the outer ear) is one of the important factors in creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage. Since in-ears and earbuds completely bypass the pinna, their soundstage tends to be perceived as small and located inside the listener's head. That being said, because of the earbud design that doesn't enter your ear canal as deep as in-ears, audio sounds very open.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

This headset doesn't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.363
WHD @ 100
0.417

The weighted harmonic distortion of this headset is decent. While there's some distortion present, it likely won't be too noticeable for most people while on phone calls.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
v.109
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 3.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test this headset. Our results are only valid when listening using these settings.

Isolation
0.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-0.33 dB
Bass
0.08 dB
Mid
0.48 dB
Treble
-1.47 dB

This headset isolates practically no background noise. This is likely by design, as while on phone calls, it helps to be able to hear your own voice when speaking. This is also due to the fact that the earbuds rest inside the ear as opposed to going deep into the ear canal like typical in-ear headphones.

6.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
40.47 dB

The leakage performance of the Plantronics Voyager Legend is only okay. Unfortunately, it leaks a bit more audio than the Plantronics Voyager 5200 and if you work in an open office, coworkers nearby will likely hear the person you're speaking to.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

This headset has a boom microphone that can swivel so you can use the headset in either ear.

4.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
151.02 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
14.59 dB
HFE
22988.02 Hz
Weighted THD
5000.371
Gain
-23.24 dB

The recording quality of the mic on the Plantronics Voyager Legend is bad. It's worse than the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset or the Jabra Steel Bluetooth Headset and your voice sounds distorted, unnatural, and thin.

5.7
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
7.99 dB

The noise handling of the microphone is disappointing. Even in only moderately noisy environments, the person you're speaking to will have a hard time hearing you. On the bright side, unlike headphones with an integrated mic, the boom microphone prevents your voice from getting completely drowned out. If you want a Bluetooth headset with much better noise handling, check out the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset.

Active Features
6.3
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
7.8 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
7.8 hrs
Charge Time
1.2 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port Proprietary

The overall battery performance of the Plantronics Voyager Legend is mediocre. It lasts nearly eight hours off a single charge, which should be more than long enough to get you through an entire work day's worth of phone calls. It also has a standby mode to help conserve battery life between calls. Unfortunately, it uses a proprietary magnetic charging cable, which is a pain if you forget or misplace it.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Plantronics Hub
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The dedicated companion app for this app is good. While it includes all the same functionality as the for the Plantronics Voyager 5200, the Voyager Legend doesn't support 'Tile' to track the headset in case you misplace it. Other than that, it gives you a ton of customization options specific to phone calls such as the ability to configure the sensors in the headset to automatically answer or reject a phone call while you're wearing the headset.

Connectivity
7.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
3.0
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
127 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
146 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
238 ms
Android Latency
186 ms

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is a Bluetooth 3.0 headset that supports multi-device pairing so you can easily switch between your PC and phone, which is convenient. Likely due to the fact that this headset uses a much older version of Bluetooth, it has high latency on all devices while watching YouTube videos. It's worth noting that apps seem to compensate for this differently, so your mileage may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is a Bluetooth-only headset.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is a Bluetooth-only headset that can't be used wired. It comes with a proprietary magnetic charging cable and a USB wall plug, but has no other inputs.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

This headset is Bluetooth-only and isn't compatible with PS4. It should work with any Bluetooth-enabled PC.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

This headset is Bluetooth-only and isn't compatible with Xbox One.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

The Plantronics Voyager Legend we tested doesn't come with a dock or base. While a docking cradle can be purchased separately, we haven't tested it.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is a bad mono Bluetooth headset that doesn't perform nearly as well for phone calls as the newer Plantronics Voyager 5200. While both have almost identical designs, the microphone on the Voyager Legend performs much worse overall. The recording quality of the mic is noticeably lower, and it does a much worse job at handling background noise. Check out our recommendations for best Bluetooth headsets for phone calls, or if you want something better-suited for gaming, the best wireless gaming headsets.

Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset
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Amazon.com

The Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset is a much worse mono headset for phone calls than the Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset. Both headsets share almost the same design and feel equally comfortable, well-built, and stable, except the 5200 charges via Micro-USB while the Legend uses a proprietary magnetic charging clip. The 5200 has a better-balanced sound profile for phone calls, resulting in less piercing and painful voices. It also has a much better microphone that makes your voice sound slightly more natural and does a significantly better job of separating your voice from background noises. On the other hand, the Voyager Legend has longer battery life.

Jabra Steel Bluetooth Headset
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Amazon.com

The Jabra Steel Bluetooth Headset is slightly better for phone calls than the Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset. The Jabra leaks much less audio, has a significantly better recording quality, and does a better job at separating your voice from background noises. On the other hand, the Plantronics is more comfortable, has better controls, looks and feels more premium, has a better-balanced sound profile for phone calls, lasts longer off a single charge, and has a much better app with a ton of customization options.

Mpow EM12 Wireless Earphone Bluetooth Headset
Unavailable
Amazon.com

The Mpow EM12 Wireless Earphone Bluetooth Headset is a better mono headset for phone calls than the Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset. The Mpow's microphone has a better recording quality, and the headset leaks much less audio. On the other hand, the Plantronics is more comfortable, has much better controls, a significantly longer battery, and a dedicated companion app with a ton of customization options.

Plantronics Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset Price

Black/Silver Voyager Legend
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