RE­FRESHED SOUND

Plantron­ics Back­Beat PRO

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By John Law

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.

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