Plantronics Intros the New BackBeat Sense
Plantronics a pioneer in audio and wearable technology, today unveiled the BackBeat SENSE: smart wireless headphones that redefine stereo headphone capabilities, comfort and audio excellence. Whether you want to get lost in a playlist, podcast or movie, BackBeat SENSE combines barely-there lightweight materials, best-in-class Bluetooth battery life, intelligent Smart Sensors, understated style and signature Plantronics audio. BackBeat SENSE is available today in the US and will be available worldwide in September 2015.
“From sun up to sundown, people are indulging in streaming media on-the-go. They need headphones that don’t just keep up, but actually maximize their experience,” said Lori Langona, Director of Consumer Marketing, Plantronics. “With BackBeat SENSE, we’re bringing a new breed of headphones to the market that are equipped with intuitive sensor technology to help make the most of today’s always-on, content-rich, music-first reality.”
What makes BackBeat SENSE so different? Built-in Smart Sensors automatically pause your music or media when you slip off the headphones, preserving battery life when they’re not being worn, then gently fading in when you put them back on. Intelligent pairing makes connecting and moving back and forth between devices fast and seamless; including pairing with two devices simultaneously. Whispered voice alerts provide important updates on battery life, connection status and more. Centralizing the headphones’ controls on one earcup makes the headphones easier to use and more intuitive, and battery life gets a serious boost with the ability to stream music and media for up to 18 hours on a single charge.
BackBeat SENSE also takes an innovative approach to design, reflecting an entirely new approach to ensuring all-day wearing comfort for everyone. Its unique, patent-pending headband is designed to comfortably fit 99% of head sizes, and evenly distribute the weight of the headphones, extending wear time by eliminating pressure that can cause fatigue and discomfort. At only 140g, about the same weight as a smartphone, BackBeat SENSE is over 50% lighter than other on-ear Bluetooth headphones available today. Pillow-soft memory foam earpads conform to the shape of the listener’s ear, improving audio performance. The headphones’ compact form and fold-flat earcups make BackBeat SENSE comfortable and convenient to wear around the neck when not in use.
Additional BackBeat SENSE technologies and benefits include:
- Signature Plantronics audio and dynamic drivers create the optimal balance of rich bass, crisp highs, and natural midtones to let you enjoy your music to the full, and hear every detail in your media.
- Advanced Class 1 Bluetooth lets you control up to two connected smartphones or tablets from up to 330ft/100m1 away – the length of a football field.
- Dual mics enable HD Voice communication for clear calls or interactions with voice applications such as Siri™, Google Now, Cortana and Skype.
- OpenMic™ technology for those times when you’ll occasionally need to hear the outside world. With OpenMic, you can do so with the touch of a button and without missing a beat.
- Fold-flat earcups makes BackBeat SENSE easy to transport and store, and SENSE comes with a durable pouch with a handy pocket for charging and audio cables.
Plantronics Award-Winning BackBeat Family
BackBeat SENSE is the newest member of the BackBeat family of wireless stereo products from Plantronics. Other BackBeat stereo Bluetooth headphones include the critically-acclaimed BackBeat PRO over-the-ear wireless headphones featuring Active Noise-Cancelling and a record-setting 24 hours of streaming, the BackBeat FIT sweatproof wireless headphones which feature a unique, safety-oriented design and a stable fit that stays in place comfortably no matter how hard you work out, and the popular BackBeat GO 2 + Charging Case wireless earbuds that provide premium audio in an incredibly small and light form factor. BackBeat PRO, BackBeat GO 2 + Charging Case and BackBeat FIT are currently available at select retailers.
Pricing and Availability
BackBeat SENSE will be available in two styles – Black/Espresso and White/Tan – and will be immediately available at authorized Plantronics retailers in the US including Plantronics.com and T-Mobile. BackBeat SENSE will be available worldwide starting in August. MSRP for BackBeat SENSE is $179.99 USD, €179.99 EUR, £149.99 GBP. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com.
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 www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.