Plantronics Backbeat Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Mic £84.99 Amazon Lightning Deal
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Plantronics Backbeat Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Mic £84.99 Amazon Lightning Deal

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Found 26th Nov 2015
Plantronics Backbeat Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Mic

£84.99 Amazon Lightning Deal

Great headphones at a great price. Lowest ever!

Up to 24 hours continuous wireless streaming
Automatic music play/pause when headphones are put on/removed
DeepSleep mode puts headphones into hibernation device, when away from device, extending battery life up to 6 months
Up to 100m* range from Class 1 Bluetooth device
On-demand Active Noise Cancelling (ANC)

BackBeat PRO

Wireless, noise cancelling headphones + mic

Music makes any moment more personal.

Get lost in rich, lifelike audio and make every moment your own. With up to 24 hours of continuous wireless use, you’re going to need a longer playlist

Immerse yourself in music and block out the noise whether working, traveling, or just relaxing.

At work, you need to be able to tune out distractions and tune into your thoughts. On the go, you need a soundtrack to what you’re seeing. At home, you need music that moves you but does not disturb others. Plantronics BackBeat PRO active noise cancelling headphones deliver all the brilliance and nuance of your music plus the emotive clarity of your voice for connecting with colleagues, friends, or family wherever you go. With up to 24 hours of continuous wireless use, you’re going to need a longer playlist.
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Lowest price I've seen these, great set of headphones if you don't mind the size, build quality is Apple-esque and bluetooth range is amazing.
Totally agree with you. Bought them for £140 year ago and still love them. Sound it's just amazing and all that extra features makes them the best headphones I ever bought :-)
Noise cancelling works perfect in a plane. Same like In Bose QC3 but price are much lower and this one are wireless :-) battery last for ages
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Here is my review:

I was after a pair of wireless and noise cancelling headphones around the £100 mark. With my (low) budget my choice of headphone was limited to just two pairs, the Plantronics Backbeat Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones with Mic and the Sony MDR-ZX770BN Wireless and Noise Cancelling Headphones.

My reasons for wanting both the wireless and noise cancelling features was that I needed the headphones for three tasks: Walking, Housework and Office (with occasional air travel).

The online reviews for the Plantronics are like Marmite i.e. you will either love them or hate them. I think this has a lot to do with whether you are an audiophile or not. When I first received the headphones I was aware after reading and watching other reviews that they would be bulky and heavy. I am not a fashion conscience person so I wasn't bothered by the look of the headphones, I just required them to serve their purpose with great sound. The Sony MDR-ZX770BN do look better if that is a key criteria for you and I do receive some odd looks if wearing the Plantronics outside due to their bulky size when on your head!

I walk a lot for health purposes not to mention when doing the housework (i.e. hovering) and I hated the wires of my previous headphones getting caught and tangled and having to sort them each time I put the headphones on, so the Bluetooth function provided by the Plantronics was a box ticked. As mentioned already they are bulky and heavy compared to other headphones. I tested them while out walking on two occasions. The headphones are not uncomfortable to wear however, sweat gathered on the leather cups around the ears and I had to take them off to clean them on a couple of occasions. I'm guessing that this would be a normal occurrence for any over-ear headphones due to the humidity in the area between ear and cup when exercising but it was probably also due to their bulkiness as well.

With my iPhone 5 I found the Bluetooth range was very poor. I couldn't even listen to the headphones between rooms without some jittering of sound. However, I tested the range with an iPhone 6 and it was fantastic, I was able to leave the phone inside the house and I could still hear the music outside! Obviously the iPhone 6 has a better Bluetooth technology than the iPhone 5?

No one likes to hear the hoover through the music so with the Plantronics having the Active Noise Cancelling ability another box was ticked. The headphones with ANC activated certainly reduced the impact of the white noise, obviously not removing it completely (I don't think even then Bose Quiet Comfort can achieve this?) but enough to enjoy the music without too much distraction. Within my office I have to put up with the noisy air conditioning unit every day. The ANC completely stops this white noise from reaching the ear and you can listen to the difference quite clearly when the ANC is deactivated. In terms of other office noise i.e. work chatter, phones etc. you can still hear these although at a much duller level and if listening to music loud enough you barely notice the noise.

The OpenMic feature works wonders when you do need to speak with a work colleague and you can tune into everything around you at an amplified level without anyone else noticing! If I have to take a landline call in the office I can simple place the headphones around my neck and music automatically turns off. When I place them back onto the head the music resumes which was one of the major selling points these headphones had over the Sony's. Obviously for mobile calls you simply use the headphones to take the call with a touch of one button on the right ear cup. Holding this button down for 3 seconds activates voice command (in my case Siri) and you can obviously make a call this way without having to touch your phone. The headphones also have a DeepSleep function which hibernates them if the headphones are removed for an extended period of time without switching them off extending the battery life further (if it wasn’t already good!).

I haven’t used the wired feature of the Plantronics as yet although I tested them and it worked fine, to play and control music as well as taking and receiving calls. As the battery life of the headphones is so good you will only ever need to use the wire when on an airplane. In wireless mode the music can be controlled with the nicely designed controls on the headphones without any fuss.

The Sony MDR-ZX770BN Wireless and Noise Cancelling Headphones looks wise are much nicer, lighter and importantly cheaper than that Plantronics Backbeat Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones however, for around £20-£30 more the Plantronics provide quite a lot of extra features which are worth the extra expense (including the ability to connect up to two bluetooth devices at the same time which I had not previously mentioned). I cannot comment on which headphone between the pair provide better sound and noise cancelling so if you can test these yourself in a store please do (I couldn’t find the Plantronics in any stores!). I must add however, that the Plantronics are great (in my opinion of course) in both of these aspects.

The size and weight of the Plantronics are the reason why I didn't rate the headphones 5/5 but you do have to remember that the battery life on these are top of the charts. One charge lasts a heck of a long time (even with ANC activated) and hence the large lithium ion battery is the reason for the weight and size of these headphones.

The manufacturing and purchase of these headphones is a balancing act which hasn't quite reached 50/50 yet, so purchasing them would depend on whether you feel having a great battery life with a ton of cool features is more important to you than bulkiness (and looks) of a headphone. For me, I am going to purchase another cheap pair of Bluetooth only headphones for my walks however, I am keeping the Plantronics as they are a great pair of cans for everything else I need them for.
Have these and very pleased with them. Great battery life and very good call quality.
Link is for 108 gbp.....
Ok sorted it thanks ordered
bought at £79.

Tried for 2 days.

Initially thought was too big and heavy.

The more I wear it, the more I like it. I only used earbuds normally, not used to wear headphones for long period. But this one is comfortable.

Good sound, good battery, the controls on the headphones are really good, really comfortable.

I am keeping them and consider taking them on my normal commute despite their size.

I am currently burn-in them for a week. I am looking forward to see the improvements on sound. They already sound great brand new without burn-in.

Only down point, Plantronics could design the look better.

But for £80 and everything else, I am more than happy. Highly recommend even at original price around £110.
Edited by: "huangxq2" 29th Nov 2015
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