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Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2: Premium wireless noise-cancelling headphones for lessThe next-generation BackBeat Pro is a sleeker headphone and a good alternative to pricier models from Bose, Sony and Sennheiser.
[MUSIC] Hey, I'm David Carnoy for cnet.com. And I'm here with Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, the next generation of the company's over ear wireless headphone with active noise cancelling. The original BackBeat Pro was a good headphone for the money, but it was a little bulky and just didn't look all that slick. But with this new model, [UNKNOWN] has slimmed the headphone down by about 35% and it's now a much more attractive headphone than the original but still costs $200. It also sounds really good for a bluetooth headphone with relatively clean, well balanced sound that rivals the sound from higher priced models from Bose and Sony The headphone's comfortable too and has sensors that pause and resume your music when you take off or put on the headphones. And while the noise canceling isn't as effective as Boise's, it does a decent job muffling ambient noise without creating an audible hiss. Control buttons including a ring for adjusting the volume levels And a left ear cup, along with a button that you can switch on to activate an open microphone mode, that allows ambient noise into the headphones and let's you hear your surroundings better. As you might expect from a Plantronics product, the headphone is designed to take and receive calls, and works very well as a headset, but the side turn [UNKNOWN] will let you hear your voice in the headphones as you talk. Battery life for music playback is rated at a healthy 24 hours at moderate volume levels. With the included cable, you can use this as a wired headphone. And a nice cloth carrying case is included. Plantronics also makes a special edition model that costs $50 more and includes a hard carrying case and NFC tap to pair technology for devices that support it. All in all, this is a significantly better headphone than the original backbeat pro and an excellent alternative for those who don't want to spend 350 or $400 on full-size, noise-cancelling, wireless headphones from Bose, Sony, or Sennheiser. I'm David Carnoy for CNET.com, and that's the Plantronics backbeat pro two. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]