updated 08:30 pm EDT, Thu August 28, 2014
Company claims over-the-ear headphones have 24-hour battery life
Plantronics announced a new model of Bluetooth headphones this week with the BackBeat Pro. The over-the-ear headphones feature a long battery life, 40mm drivers, active noise-cancelling technology and "Plantronics signature audio performance and design." Not leaving noise cancelling as the only trick of the headphones, Plantronics also added a smart feature to help consumers pick up where they left off if the headphones are removed.
"People want to enjoy their music anytime, anywhere, without having to compromise. That's why we created BackBeat Pro," said Category Director, Mobile Entertainment Solutions at Plantronics Greg Miller. "We designed BackBeat Pro to eliminate distractions with active noise-cancellation, and Bluetooth wireless and ridiculously long battery life melt away the frustrations of limited charge and a tangled mess of cords."
Perhaps the most impressive feature of the BackBeat Pro headphones is the battery life. Plantronics claims that the headphones will last for up to 24 hours of listening time on a single battery charge, while the charging time is only three hours. Used only for the active nose-cancellation, they can last up to 60 hours. Standby time is said to be 21 days, while they also offers a DeepSleep mode that keeps them charged for six months.
On top of delivering sound through the 40mm drivers, the headphones also has some other features built-in. With the active noise-cancellation technology, the BackBeat Pro uses two microphones to get rid of background noise. The BackBeat Pro also has a feature called OpenMic, which allows wearers to hear what is going on outside of the headphones with a quick button touch. The dual microphones for the noise cancellation also appear to be used for phone calls or interaction with smartphone voice applications.
The BackBeat Pro headphones have smart technology built-in that pauses music if the wearer takes the headphones off. Then when they are put back on, the song will continue from the point the BackBeat Pros were removed. Plantronics adds that it uses unobtrusive "whisper updates" to inform users for incoming calls, battery life and connection status.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro headphones are available in the United States now, with a worldwide launch coming in October. Pricing for the headphones in the US is $250. European countries can expect to pay €250, while pricing for the United Kingdom will be £250.