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Plantronics Backbeat 500 Review: Amazing, Affordable Wireless Headphones

Publish Date:

Thursday, March 23, 2017 1:30 pm PDT

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Gotta Be Mobile

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It’s a wireless world, but you don’t want to spend $300 just to get your foot in the door. Forget the super cheap, and frankly bad wireless headphones that you’ll see sitting on store shelves for $40 or $50 and go with a tried and tested pair. The Plantronics Backbeat 500 look, feel and sound like a more expensive set of wireless headphones. 

At $79.99 the Plantronics Backbeat 500 wireless headphones aren’t going to break the bank, but they pack in impressive sound at the price, an eye-catching design and all the features you need in a good pair of wireless headphones.


Amazing Value

Astounding battery life

Modern design

Comfortable for long wear

Impressive sound quality for the price

No noise cancelling

If you can't spend $200 to $300 on high-end wireless headphones, the Backbeat 500 wireless headphones are a great choice that hit all the

For less than $80 you get wireless headphones with 18-hour battery life, the ability to connect to two devices at the same time and you can go cord-free for up to 33 feet from your Bluetooth device. Like more expensive models, the Plantronics Backbeat 500 earcups fold flat so you can store them easier in a backpack and there is an included cord to plug in when you don’t want to go wireless.

Plantronics Backbeat 500 Design
The Backbeat 500 design is bolder than the Backbeat Sense headphones with sharper angles on the ear band that carry over from the Plantronics gaming headsets. Combined with the sharp white/orange, gray/green and gray on black color options you end up with a nice looking set of headphones.

A small red Plantronics tag is the only standout branding on the head band. A soft memory foam style cushion keeps the headphones from weighing on your head and soft fake leather ear cups are comfortable even for longer listening sessions. The earcups connect to a metal arm that clicks satisfyingly into place at set positions.

It’s easy to know which direction to put the headphones on since there are large indicators inside the earcups. A small button on the right earcup lets you access Siri, Google Now, Google Assistant or Cortana. Thre is a power toggle and pairing switch on this earcup as well.

Controls for volume, play and pause and track control are on the left earbud where you will also find a Micro USB port to charge and a 3.5mm headphone jack that you can connect the included cable with to plug into a game controller or simply to use without Bluetooth for some devices.

Plantronics Backbeat 500 Sound
The Plantronics Backbeat 500 wireless headphones deliver warm and balanced sound. If you are looking for good bass, give these headphones a listen. At the price point, the sound quality is quite impressive across the board.

Even at full volume  Kanye West’s bass heavy Love Lockdown doesn’t distort. These are not a one-trick pair of headphones. Mids and highs ring through and Plantronics manages to put together headphones that deliver complex vocals, guitar tracks, and bass together.  On Roundabout by Yes, the vocals, bassline and guitar all come through individually. On many cheaper headphones this track comes across as muddled or lacking at least one of these components.

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