The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 is a well-combined wireless headphone and has a much better design than the original BackBeat Pro. These are rugged, comfortable headphones with a user-friendly control scheme and exciting sound quality. They are also equipped with active features that make them suitable for most applications, but unfortunately they do not block as much ambient noise as some of the other noise-canceling headphones we reviewed recently.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 redesigns the look and feel of the first BackBeat Pro, but retains what the previous model made popular: easy-to-use controls, a comfortable fit over the ear, and a rugged, durable design. Although the ear cups are completely different, they offer equivalent comfort, if not better than the original model. Unfortunately, these headphones, like the first BackBeat Pro, are a bit bulky and can be worn on your body without a pocket since they do not fold to a more compact size. They are also a bit too bulky for athletes and although they are reasonably stable, they will make your ears pretty warm when you use them while running or exercising.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 is a good-sounding headset with a closed ear. They have a consistent, deep and dull bass, a smooth and neutral middle, which leads to clear vocals and very good and balanced highs. However, their bass is too heavy and clumsy, which bass fans may like (it’s one of the best bass headphones we’ve tested), and they might be a bit spicy on cymbals and s-sounds. This makes them a suitable headphone for a variety of genres, especially for bass-heavy music such as dubstep, EDM and film music. However, like most other closed headphones, they do not have a large and loudspeaker-like sound.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 solves the noise problem of its predecessor, but does not isolate as well as some of the noise-canceling models available on the market. It should provide sufficient isolation for normal commuting, but it is not the ideal headphone for use in noisy and noisy conditions. On the other hand, they do not leak much, so you will not distract anyone around you when listening to your music at moderate to high volumes, even in quieter environments.
The integrated microphone of the BackBeat Pro 2 is below average. In quiet environments, the recorded or transmitted voice sounds distinctly thin and incomplete. However, it will still be understandable. In noisy situations, it will be difficult to completely separate speech and background noise in noisy environments such as a subway station.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 has excellent battery life but a mediocre app. They lasted an average of 30 hours if played continuously, and the charging process took only about two hours. They will also shut off automatically if they are inactive for more than 10 minutes. This saves a lot of energy and makes them an excellent headphone for traveling and long flights. Unfortunately, your app does not offer as many customization options as other tested headphones like the Sennheiser HD 4.50 or the PXC 550 Wireless.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 has excellent wireless range and supports the coupling of multiple devices and NFC. You also have a simple audio cable that does not have an inline microphone that is not ideal for games. However, it provides secondary connectivity when the headphones are idle or latency is reduced when watching videos. As with most Bluetooth headsets, their standard connection lags too long for watching movies and games, but they support aptX-LL (Low Latency), making them suitable for home theater as long as you have the right sender dongle.
Above average for mixed use. The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are versatile headphones for most use cases. They have a solid and durable design, excellent range and battery life and are balanced enough for most casual and especially critical listeners. However, they are a bit bulky for training and have only average isolation, even though they use noise canceling headphones.
Good for critical listening. They have a balanced midrange and treble range and a powerful bass that should satisfy the fans of bass-heavy music. However, the bass can overshadow some instruments and vocals depending on the track. They also have a small soundstage due to their closed noise-canceling design.
Good for commuting. They are easy to use, comfortable and have a long battery life. Even though the insulation is not the best, it should be enough for regular commuters, especially if you are playing your audio at moderate to high volumes.
Above average for sports. They are a bit bulky and not the most breathable headphones you can take to the gym. However, they have a good wireless design so you can not interfere with an audio cable during exercise. In addition, they are strong enough on the head to be stable when running and jogging.