Sound isolation is just as important when it comes to closed-back headphones, if not more so than sound quality. With this mindset, it is, that we can forgive ourselves for including another pair of wireless headphones.
The Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 is competing with its best in class rival, the Bose QC35 and a solid offering from the American housed company.
These instruments come in two varieties – a plain grey, and a black tan. The tan style brings on a ‘hate it’ or ‘like it’ sentiment. We can appreciate the ample leather that lines the ear cups and headband – but the brown color of the headband base will leave some scratching their head at the choice of poor design. Further, this is implicated by the silver accents of the ear cups which contrast massively against the brown palate of the headband.
The only thing left us wanting more was the lack of portability. We were expecting a wireless headphone to be complemented by the ability to fold up, but these cans cannot do that. The ear cups do swivel, but that is as far as it goes. Along with the design of the model of black tan mentioned earlier, this is another aspect which seems to be neglected by Plantronics. It would just seem logical that a wireless headphone marketed towards portability would be able to confine into a more travel-friendly package, but surely, Plantronics had a different idea.
There is a lot of technology packed in the form of active noise cancellation in each ear cup. It can be toggled on or off with a button on the left ear cup. Of course, turning it on will reduce the battery life drastically. Both active and passive noise cancellation is not as good as Bose’s QC35, but they still beat out many similar price range headphones.
In terms of sound, it is pretty solid across the board, with emphasis on the bass. The fans of the previous model – the Backbeat Pro – will have expected this, but audiophiles may be disappointed in it’s less than analytical approach.
These headphones are not as good at the sound quality or noise cancellation as the Bose QC35, but they are also significantly cheaper than previous, and they provide 4 hours more battery life (24 Vs 20). For that reason, we have included them on this list, and they are worth consideration if solid sound isolation, mobility, and a lower budget are your priority.
- Fun sound production with emphasis on bass
- Good noise isolation
- An affordable option if the Bose QC35 is too expensive
- Love or hate design (for the black tan version)
- Does not fold