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Plantronics BackBeat Go 600: A comfortable and affordable over-ear Bluetooth headphoneFor a full-size headphone the BackBeat Go 600 is very light -- and sounds decent, too.
Plantronics put out an affordable wireless on your headphone last year called the BackBeat Go 500 that sounded decent and fit comfortably for an on ear model anyway. Now the company's bringing the same value concept to an over ear design with the new BackBeat Go 600 which costs $100 and comes in four color options. First thing you'll notice about them is that they're really light. I give them an 8 out of 10 for comfort. They feel like premium cheap headphones, which sounds like an oxymoron, but that's how I describe them. They seem fairly sturdily built and have some metal in their headband, but the plastic finish on the ear cups will show scratches over time if you're not careful. They do fold flat, that's always good, and a lightweight carrying pouch is included along with a cord for listening in wired mode. Controls for volume and skipping tracks forward and back are located in the left earcup along with the USB charging port. While the feature set is pretty no frills, there's no active noise cancelling, the BackBeat GO 600 does have two equalization modes You can alternate between dais push and balance EQ with a press of a botton. It is not a huge difference but you do get a little bit more base with a base boost engaged. I thought they set a quit good at price but they lack a little definition to base and they aren't as articular as lip sounding as [UNKNOWN] headphones They do work well for making calls and have good battery life at around 18 hours. For the money, this is a likable headphone, it's lightweight, comfortable to ware, sounds descent, and works well for making calls. It didn't blow me away but it's as good or better than a lot of wireless headphones in this price range. I'm David Canna for cnet.com. Thanks for watching.