Plantronics BackBeat Fit HEADPHONES REVIEW

The Plantronics Backbeat Fit are above-average sports headphones, but rather mediocre for everyday use. They have a robust and flexible build quality and sturdy earhooks that prevent them from falling off even during strenuous exercises. Unfortunately, their sound quality is below average and very inconsistent. They also have a semi-open fit that does not make too much noise, which makes them a great choice for outdoor runners, as you can control your environment for traffic.

Design

The Plantronics BackBeat Fit has a simple and minimalist design that suits most but is not so comfortable for everyone. They have a light and flexible build quality that is compact enough to fit in your pocket, but is slightly larger than most typical wireless in-ear headphones. Unfortunately, their earphone fit is not as comfortable as other tested earphones like the SoundSport Wireless. Since they have no extra tips or stability fins, they can be a little tiring at long listening sessions. Its control scheme is also somewhat confusing and cramped, though it offers all the essentials. On the top, their earhook design is sturdy enough for running and more intense sports.

Sound

The Plantronics BackBeat Fit are below-average-sounding half-open earphones. The bass and treble output will vary greatly depending on the tightness and pressure of the earplugs on the ear, and they can be quite inconsistent across different applications and users. With the right amount of tightness they sound discreetly balanced in the mid and treble ranges, but the bass range lacks punch and punch. As more pressure is exerted on the ears, their sound shifts towards a bass-heavy and dark profile, but their bass will sound quite bombastic and muddy.

Isolation

The Plantronics BackBeat Fit are disappointingly isolated. They have no active noise canceling, and any isolation they achieve is solely due to the fit in your ear. As they are half open, they do not isolate themselves at all in the bass range, which is disappointing for commuters / travelers. They isolate the language slightly, but not much compared to typical in-ear or active noise cancellation headphones. The good news is that they have excellent leakage performance so you can always increase the volume to make up for it.

Microphone

The Plantronics BackBeat Fit has a mediocre microphone. In quiet environments, the voice recorded or transmitted with this microphone sounds relatively thin and noticeably muted, and lacks detail. However, it will still be understandable. In noisy environments, it will be difficult to separate the speech from background noise, even in moderately loud situations, such as on a busy street.

Active Features

The Plantronics Backbeat Fit has a decent battery life, but poor app support. They have a battery life of 6.5 hours, which does not last the whole day, but they should be enough if you take breaks and benefit from a quick charge function. You can also stay in standby mode for up to two weeks. Unfortunately, the companion app available for iOS and Android is not much and is essentially a glorified user guide and headphone update hub.

Connectivity

The Plantronics BackBeat Fit have poor connectivity. They can only be used wirelessly with Bluetooth, and there is no wired fuse if the battery fails or is used with a game console. You are using an older Bluetooth version and do not support NFC. However, you can quickly switch between two paired devices, which is good for switching between PC and phone. They have a decent wireless range, but like most Bluetooth headphones, they have too much latency to watch videos.

Conclusion

Mixed Usage

Mediocre best for mixed use. The Plantronics BackBeat Fit is a decent and stable headset for athletes with a rugged, sweat-resistant build quality and a decent-sized form factor that fits in the pocket, though slightly larger than typical in-ears. With a semi-open earphone design suitable for all sizes, they are not the most comfortable headphone for anyone and do not isolate enough in noisy noisy environments to be a great option for commuting. They also have a poorly balanced sound that has many mismatches. It does not sound so uneven in person, but it can still be a deal breaker for some listeners.

Critical Listening

Sub-par for critical listening. These headphones have a poorly balanced sound quality that sounds decently balanced or dark and dark depending on the tightness of the ear. Unfortunately, because they have a half-open earphone design, their bass does not have a lot of rumble and rumble and sounds more bombastic and confusing. Their poor bass and treble consistency can cause a large discrepancy between the left and right channels, which means you often have to adjust the headphone position to make the earphones sound the same. They are passable for occasional listeners but not suitable for critical listening.

Commute/Travel

Mediocre headphones for commuting or traveling. They have a bad insulation that can not eliminate the rumble of an engine. They are decently comfortable for longer trips but have a strange shape that some people find uncomfortable. They have decent battery life, but do not take longer flights without recharging and can not be wired.

Sports/Fitness

Discreet headphones for sports and fitness. They have excellent breathability and very good stability, so they will not fall out during brisk movements. They are slightly larger than other in-ear headphones, but fold well and can easily be stowed away in the bag.

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