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Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 review: Exceptional wireless headphones

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With the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2, Plantronics has taken the generally great design of the original PRO headphones, shaved off some significant bulk and ended up with a genuinely great set of headphones.

The good

  • Exceptional battery life
  • Good quality audio
  • Subtle noise cancellation
  • Automatic music pausing
  • Acceptable phone passthrough

The bad

  • Things can get sweaty
  • Auto shutoff doesn’t like walking much

The future, so Apple tells us, will be exclusively wireless. That’s the thinking behind its still-delayed AirPods headphones, but it’s not as though Apple invented Bluetooth audio in the first place. Plantronics BackBeat PRO headphones were already exceptional headphones when they launched a few years back, and the sequels improve on them in most important respects.

Design

  • Retains the solid design of the first BackBeat PRO
  • Things can get sweaty
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Performance

  • Good quality audio
  • Exceptional battery life
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Features

  • Subtle noise cancellation
  • Automatic music pausing
  • Acceptable phone passthrough
  • Auto shutoff doesn't like walking much
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Verdict

With the Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2, Plantronics has taken the generally great design of the original PRO headphones, shaved off some significant bulk and ended up with a genuinely great set of headphones. They're going to be the best fit for frequent travellers, because that's always the market for noise cancelling headphones, although office workers who don't want wires and favour not having to recharge all that frequently should also find them highly compelling.

In terms of competitors, there are plenty of noise cancelling headphones you could try, with Bose, Sennheiser and Sony all having offerings in this space, albeit not always at this kind of price point.

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Pricing and availability

The regular Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 headphones are priced in Australia at $299. There’s also a fancier Special Edition set with memory foam earpieces which sell for $349.99 outright.

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Specifications

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2

Build

Category
Over-ear Headphones
Colours
Grey
Driver Diameter
40mm
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz
Sensitivity
93dB
Impedance
32 ohms

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles
HSP 1.2 and HFP 1.6 (Wideband HD Voice), Class 1 BT Radio

Features

Noise Cancelling
Active Noise-Cancelling
Rechargeable Battery
Yes
Foldable
Yes
Battery Life
Up to 24 hours
Battery Charging Time
3 hours
Battery Type
Rechargeable, non-replaceable lithium ion polymer

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