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Plantronics BackBeat 500 Series Headphones Make Wireless Your New Standard With up to 18 Hours of Deep, Rich Sound – For MSRP Under $80

Versatile Bluetooth® headphones bring your music to life with the freedom to listen in all-day comfort

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 5:01 am PDT


Santa Cruz
"BackBeat 500 Series is that perfect first pair of over-the-head wireless headphones, offering the longest listening time in its price range, along with premium design touches and Plantronics signature high-quality audio."

Santa Cruz, Calif. – March 21, 2017 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), a pioneer in audio and wearable technology, today announced the new BackBeat 500 Series[1]. The on-ear Bluetooth® stereo headphones incorporate Plantronics signature audio, a lightweight design and up to 18 hours of listening and talk time on a single charge. With an MSRP of $79.99 USD, BackBeat 500 Series helps make the transition to wireless listening simple without sacrificing quality, comfort and affordability. Plantronics BackBeat 500 Series is now available worldwide.

“Your first great pair of headphones is something special – it’s an extension of your style, and a constant companion that provides the soundtrack to your life. These days, more and more consumers are choosing to ditch the cord for the first time, but aren’t willing to make any compromises,” said Greg Miller, director of Portfolio Business Management at Plantronics. “BackBeat 500 Series is that perfect first pair of over-the-head wireless headphones, offering the longest listening time in its price range, along with premium design touches and Plantronics signature high-quality audio.”

Whether you’re racing to class or sitting in a packed coffee shop, BackBeat 500 Series brings your music to life without weighing you down. It features 40 mm drivers and a bass tube design for deep, rich sound. Comfortable memory foam ear cushions help isolate sound, while on-ear controls provide easy access for calls and music. Take calls with a wideband-enabled mic and access Siri, Google Now, or Cortana straight from the headphones.

Additional BackBeat 500 Series features and benefits:

  • Stream up to 10 m/33 ft. from compatible smartphones and tablets with Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity.
  • Ear cups rotate to lay flat for compact storage in a bag or backpack.
  • DeepSleep hibernation mode helps maintain battery charge for up to six months when your headphones are out of range or left on.
  • The 3.5 mm jack and included analog cable can be plugged in as backup without disrupting your listening experience.
  • Automatically connect up to two devices simultaneously and pair up to a total of eight devices.
  • Bluetooth set up to pair your device is quick and easy with a few simple steps.

Pricing and Availability
BackBeat 500 Series is available today in three colors – white, grey and dark grey – on for $79.99 USD, with additional availability from authorized Plantronics retailers coming soon. For more information, visit

Plantronics Award-Winning BackBeat Family
BackBeat 500 Series is the newest member of the Plantronics BackBeat family of wireless stereo products. Other BackBeat stereo Bluetooth headphones include BackBeat PRO 2, critically acclaimed  wireless headphones with on-demand active noise cancellation; BackBeat FIT, waterproof[2] and sweatproof wireless sport headphones that meet the IP57 rating featuring a unique, safety-oriented design and a stable fit regardless of activity level; BackBeat GO 3, wireless stereo earbuds designed from the ground up, and ear out, to provide vivid, high-res audio quality; BackBeat SENSE, smart on-ear wireless headphones with sensor technology; and BackBeat 100 Series, hybrid neckband wireless headphones with an ultra-light design for easy all-day wear. Each features the ability to make phone calls in addition to enjoy music, as well as the quality, durability, comfort and best-in-class experience that customers have come to expect from Plantronics.

About Plantronics
Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication to Bluetooth headsets to gaming solutions, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100™, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and various mission critical applications for those on the frontline. For more information, please visit or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics, BackBeat and DeepSleep are trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. registered in the US and other countries. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

[1] BackBeat 500 Series includes BackBeat 505 and BackBeat 500, differentiated by regional markets and channels in which the products are sold.

[2] Waterproof in fresh water up to one meter (3.28 ft.) for 30 minutes (IP57). However, Bluetooth® technology does not transmit underwater.


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