The Indian market is thirsting for some well-sounding Bluetooth headsets. All of us want headphones that easily connect and sound good. The Plantronics Backbeat Sense headset are little steeply priced for the Indian market, but they are designed for music enthusiasts.
In case, you haven’t heard about Plantronics, it is a company that designs headsets for pilots and NASA since the 1960’s. This makes them an expert on sound technology. They make headsets for phones, computers and consoles.
In terms of looks, these headphones are pure luxury. It comes in a nice package. As soon as you pull off the cover, you are schmoozed by the box.
Inside, there is a headset bag, rugged on the inside and soft on the inside.
Then, you perform the holy act of taking out the headphones.
The headphones themselves are premium built. They are a mix of premium grade steel, high-quality leather and different kinds of plastic. Compared to all other Bluetooth headphones in the market, these definitely look premium.
In terms of usability, the Plantronics Backbeat Sense gives you a lot of room to move around, yet they aren’t too fragile. They don’t turn around 360 degrees, but can turn a lot in both directions. The leather earpads cup your ears and make it a comfortable listening experience.
The one thing appeals more to me than even the earcups is that Plantronics has taken care of comfort in a new way. Rather than simply putting your head in contact with a steel rim, it has created a leather cushion between your head and the rim. This makes it comfortable to put on and take off.
Instead of the usual soft touch power button, Plantronics has actually added a physical button for power on the right side. This gives you surety of whether the headset is off or on. This way your battery doesn’t get drained unnecessarily. Sliding this switch up will switch on the Bluetooth pairing.
The left side has pause, play and skip track buttons. To turn up the volume you move around the dial, you can find the volume sign on the top to hold it. On the right side, you have a voice control button, which will let you activate voice search and accept/decline calls.
A small red button on the bottom of the left ear cup pauses playback. It also captures feeds from traffic and music playback. This lets you hear stuff without taking the headphones off.
The Plantronics Backbeat Sense actually has a proximity sensor onboard. Taking off the headphones immediately pauses the playback.
The Plantronics Backbeat Sense is designed to create great playback for different kinds of music. Both high-end and mid-range sounds played well, but the bass is absolutely awesome. The headphones sound better via Bluetooth rather than a cable.
The microphones are designed for noise cancellation and also prevent sound leakage so that you don’t annoy people in your surroundings.
Plantronics claims 18-hour playback, which is actually true. It comes to a full charge in 2 hours and in case it is turned off, you can play via an AUX cable. The LED lights on the left side will let you know the amount of charge in the headphones.
The Backbeat Sense can actually connect to two devices at the same time. It has a range of 330 metres which is commendable. Call quality was good too.
The Plantronics Backbeat Sense comes for around Rs. 9999 (MRP). You can get it online for around 7300.
Plantronics Backbeat Sense: To Buy or not to buy
The Plantronics Backbeat Sense is a headphone designed for audiophiles. There is no NFC on board though and little issues with isolation, but apart from that, we found these headphones to be super comfortable and well-designed. They are definitely on of the best headphones out there in the mid-range. These are the headphones designed for those who like clear audio, but can’t shell out too much for a high-end headphone.