The company responsible for the design of Neil Armstrong's headset when he stepped onto the moon has announced a new line of earphones and headphones specifically designed for phone calls and athletes.
Four new entries have been announced in the BackBeat product line, three of which are in the sport-oriented Fit product line. The fourth is a premium product that finally brings the brand's popular BackBeat Pro range into the true wireless world.
BackBeat Pro 5100
While it looks like every audio company has had a blast on the premium true wireless market so far, Plantronics has been particularly absent so far.
With the introduction of the BackBeat Pro 5100, the company promises to bring its voice call expertise to a market that suffers from poor phone call quality due to the small size of its products.
Despite its tiny and lightweight design, the Pro 5100 uses four noise-canceling microphones and WindSmart technology to remove background noise and enhance the audio quality of a call.
They are equipped with a battery life of 6.5 hours on board and an additional 13 hours in a relatively compact charging case. Each bud has a button that responds to both capacitive touch and click, offering twice as much control as most competitors.
Plantronics' first foray into the premium wireless real-world game brings you $ 170 (£ 160, AU $ 299) and you can have any color you want while it's black.
BackBeat Fit 3150 & 3200
For the more sporty music lover there is the BackBeat Fit series. The Fit 3100 was launched in late 2018 and refreshed a year later with the BackBeat Fit 3150.
Major year-over-year improvements include better connectivity, full IP57 water and sweat resistance, and longer battery life. The Fit 3150 should last 8 hours on its own and carry an additional 16 hours.
This new iteration contains the same "Always Aware" earplugs that do not seal like most conventional earplugs, but allow some external noise for protection during jogging or other environments that require your attention.
However, if you are not interested in this type of earplug, the BackBeat Fit 3200 offers the more traditional, sealed type of earplug and modified drivers that better suit you. Typically this means you get better bass reproduction and all around improved audio quality, but at the expense of ambient noise.
Whether you prefer to hide the world with the Fit 3200's in-ear seal or let in ambient noise with the Fit 3150's more open-ended earbud design, both true wireless earphones are available for $ 150 (£ 130, AU) $ 249 ).
BackBeat Fit 6100
Another entry into the Fit range is an over-ear headphone – the BackBeat Fit 6100.
For those who do not want to work out, jog or exercise with in-ear headphones, but still want to play their music, the Fit 6100 offers a largely rugged design in a completely different form factor than its smaller counterparts.
Equipped with 40mm drivers, IPx5 sweat resistance, a 24-hour battery life and a highly flexible headband, the Fit 6100 can be tightened quickly for tougher activity. He is ready to close a gap in the sports market over-the-ear cans.
This set of flexible training cans costs 160 USD (150 GBP, 299 AUD) and is available in black, gray or camouflage. All four products are available today at major retailers.
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