Plantronics BackBeat PRO
this BackBeat PRO is that Plantronics has fitted these pair of headphones with slightly smaller 40mm drivers, compared to the original 50mm drivers in the first pair of BackBeat PRO that we tested a little more than a year ago. Usually, there wouldn't be that big a change between 40mm and 50mm drivers. Not quite the case with these new BackBeat PRO's drivers.
Where low-range pitches were a highlight with the original BackBeat PRO, this model with its 40mm drivers actually produce far richer tones and pitches for its mid and high registers. Low pitch tunes, such as Nina Simone's ‘Feeling Good' still sounds good, with little to no trace of distortion whenever the tuba kicked in. Even songs with strong bass drums like Prodigy's ‘Voodoo People' and Walk The Moon's ‘Shut Up and Dance' sounded absolutely wonderful, with the same outcome of a distortion-free bass experience.
But as mentioned, the strength of these headphones lies within its mids and high registers. Playing Austin Wintory's score for the Journey soundtrack was an absolute treat, with sound staging being very accurate, while each and every individual instrument within the score could be heard loud and clear during their part in the songs. On that note: Throughout the entire score, the headphones showed no signs of breaking on the high registers, which is another indication of the BackBeat PRO's quality.
Just like its predecessor, this variation of the BackBeat PRO is also fitted with several similar features that we first experienced with the earlier model. You still get the automatic stop and play function for when you remove the headset from your head, along with the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) function. One new feature that has been added to this BackBeat PRO, however, is the dual device connectivity, which allows you to connect two devices to the headphones at once. This means that you can be wirelessly connected to your notebook, listening to music, while your phone can be wirelessly connected and prepped, ready for you to take any incoming calls.