Plantron­ics Back­Beat SENSE

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The Plantron­ics on-ears head­phones may look wiry and un­invit­ing, but it’s a dif­fer­ent story once it’s on your head. The head­set uses a plas­tic frame, en­cas­ing the elas­tic band and alu­minum frame that holds the head­phones to­gether. The leatherette head­band wraps the elas­tric band that’s built onto the arms of the head­phone, and this al­lows you to wear the head­phones at your de­sired height with­out let­ting the alu­minum frame bump against your head. With no cold, hard metal in con­tact with your head, the Plantron­ics Back­Beat SENSE feels very com­fort­able. The leatherette earcups come with mem­ory foam within, and it hugs the ears gen­tly when worn.

Quirky de­sign aside, the Plantron­ics Back­Beat SENSE has a strong suite of fea­tures that makes it stand out amongst its peers. The Back­Beat SENSE can be paired with two devices si­mul­ta­ne­ously – you can be lis­ten­ing to songs via your tablet, and it can pick up calls from a sep­a­rate smart­phone. It also comes with au­to­matic pause/play; re­mov­ing or putting on the head­phones will prompt the cur­rent track to pause and play re­spec­tively. Press­ing the red but­ton below the left cup pauses the cur­rent song while the in-built mi­cro­phone plays am­bi­ent noise back, al­low­ing you to hear your im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings. It even works with the Plantron­ics Find MyHead­set mo­bile app, just in case you mis­place your Back­Beat Sense. Won­der­ful, prac­ti­cal fea­tures aside, the cups are only ro­tat­able, and not fold­able. That is a mi­nor flaw con­sid­er­ing that the de­vice it­self is very light and thin, with a de­tach­able 3.5mm au­dio ca­ble for eas­ier porta­bil­ity in its stylish soft pouch.

It has a bal­anced sound sig­na­ture, with good con­trol and depth – Back­Beat Sense plays each in­stru­ment with­out mud­dy­ing them to­gether. This is most ob­vi­ous in elec­tron­ica tracks, like our test tune El­e­ments of Life by Tiesto, where var­i­ous elec­tronic in­stru­ments are at play and the Plantron­ics head­phone was able to keep them sep­a­rated.

It is also good for R&B songs like Adele’s ‘Melt My Heart to Stone’, which bal­ances well be­tween vo­cals and strings, with a tight bass. As a whole, you can ex­pect a spa­cious sound­stage, with its strength in achiev­ing great clar­ity be­tween in­stru­ments.

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