Performance and Final Thoughts
The performance of the BackBeat PRO 2 is top notch, delivering clear and crisp audio with a soft and fulfilling bass. Vocals and percussion come across nice and clear. Bass feels as it surrounds you without coming across as muddy. Call quality is just as clear, making conference calls that much more comfortable to be in. That sound presentation is fully appreciable thanks to the effective sound-isolating ear cups coupled with Active Noise Cancelation that doesn’t take away from the audio source. Like hearing your music a little louder? Well the BackBeat PRO 2 sound isolation worked well both ways, keeping sound from leaking out and disturbing others.
Using the BackBeat PRO 2 mic on those longer calls? The BackBeat PRO 2 will deliver your voice effectively to others in both indoor and most outdoor environments. I used the BackBeat PRO 2 on conference calls in the office, much to my delight. Call participants picked me up loud and clear. The mic is susceptible to particularly windy environments however, which is a common flaw in mobile headsets. While Plantronics excels at making chat-focused headsets that counter this well, know that the BackBeat PRO 2 is focused as more of media enjoyment device. In that regard, the BackBeat PRO 2 performs well on phone calls within an acceptable bulk of phone call environments.
The BackBeat PRO 2 has to be the most comfortable entertainment headset we reviewed from Plantronics next to the air-like BackBeat Sense. Its lighter frame and comfortable cushioning will have you lost in your music for hours. It’s a good thing the headset touts a 24hr battery life. After close to a business week of use, the headset didn’t even ask for charging until sometime within the 5th day. Of course you would have to consider any breaks I may have taken. But a business week of music is nothing to sniff at, making the BackBeat PRO 2 an awesome travel companion, no matter how long the length of your trip may be.
Should your listening outlast the BackBeat PRO 2, you can continue to use the headset passively with the included 3.5 mm cable. Add in the included traveling pouch, and the BackBeat PRO 2 becomes the complete audio entertainment package, housing quality sound and a collection of handy functions. It even pairs to two devices at once, automatically focusing on whichever device is playing at the time.
The BackBeat PRO 2 is a homerun for anyone between the casual listener or movie watcher on the go. It is a great luxury item that has goes for an approachable $200. If you’re looking for a headset that looks and feels fancy, performs well, houses many functions, and costs less than you would think, then the BackBeat PRO 2 is definitely a product you need to look into.
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† BackBeat PRO 2 review unit provided by Plantronics