Shoppers looking for Bluetooth noise canceling headphones have a new option that promises 24 hours of battery life while using the headphones to wirelessly listen to music. The new Bluetooth noise canceling headphones also use Active Noise Canceling to drown out noises around you.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro wireless noise canceling headphones lean on the company’s expertise in Bluetooth and audio and are cheaper than the Bose QC3 wired noise canceling headphones. You can buy the BackBeat Pro at Amazon for $249.
Plantronics BackBeat Pro headphones are not the first wireless headphones from Plantronics, following in the steps of the BackBeat Go 2 and BackBeat Go Sport. They are more affordable than the Logitech UE 9000 Bluetooth noise canceling headphones we reviewed in 2013, and promise significantly longer battery life.
These are over the ear Bluetooth noise canceling headphones with an impressive 24 hour battery life claim and a 3.5mm audio jack to listen after that time is up. When you take the headphones off the headphones pause your music and noise cancellation and there is a deep sleep option to keep your headphones charged for up to six months in deep sleep mode or 21 days of standby power.
If you choose to use these as wired headphones the battery is capable of delivering 60 hours of Active Noise Cancelling according to Plantronics. Users charge with a Micro USB cable, like most Android phones.
Bluetooth noise canceling headphones can’t completely tune out the world around you, but with active noise canceling these headphones should help you focus and block out a lot of external noise. When you want to hear what is happening you can turn on OpenMic to listen to noises around you without taking the headphones off.
With Bluetooth you can travel up to 300 feet away from the device you are connected to, according to Plantronics, but you will likely need to stay a little but closer than that. With Bluetooth you can control your music using on ear controls and answer phone calls with a tap as well. The headphones feature dual microphones to deliver better sounding audio calls and it can pair to two Bluetooth devices at once.
Inside the large over ear cups are 40mm drivers that use Plantronics audio tuning to deliver music to your ears. The design allows for headphones to fold flat and stash inside a travel sleeve while on the move. The headphones weigh 340 grams, which is roughly three times as much as an iPhone 5s. This is heavier than the Bose QC 15, likely due to the battery and Bluetooth technology.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro headphones will alert you to connectivity, battery life and incoming calls using spoken alerts, so you’ll easily understand how much battery life you have and if you are connected to your smartphone. There are also LED indicators to show you how much battery life is left.
You can use these Bluetooth noise canceling headphones with iPhone, iPad or Android as well as basically any other Bluetooth compatible device. On Android you can use NFC pairing to tap the Android phone to the side of the Plantronics BackBeat Pro for faster pairing.
You can buy the Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth noise canceling headphones direct for $249.95 and soon on Amazon.