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Plantronics Backbeat 903

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      06.03.2011 02:26
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      Definitely buy if you are desperate for wireless. If comfort is important, give it a miss.

      The Plantronics BackBeat 903 is an entry-level set of wireless Bluetooth headphones which also double as a hands-free kit for mobile phones. It is compatible with just about every audio device which has Bluetooth. For those of you with older-generation MP3 players or other devices without Bluetooth connectivity, you have two choices: either buy the BackBeat 906, which includes a Bluetooth transmitter, or find one on the cheap from eBay. Either way, you will then be on your way to enjoing your audio files wirelessly.

      When I first bought these headsets, I was intending to buy and entry-level pair to give wireless headphones a chance. I am currently in the process of upgrading most of my electronics to minimise the cable clutter, and despite my love affair with my wired Shure SE550s, I did the research and decided to give these a go. I was not expecting brilliant sound quality - in fact, most reviews of wireless audio were lukewarm. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this pair. The volume is very loud - I have mine turned to the minimum possible level. Treble is good and sounds rich. The only complaint I have is that the bass is a little weak. The sound quality obviously cannot match wired headphones. However, the compromise is worth it if you find yourself cursing wires all the time.

      The call quality is also very good. People on the other side of the line frequently do not realise that I am using a hands-free kit, and they report a clear call quality. My only major complaint is that during the winter, when my phone is in my pocket (and hence covered by 3 layers of clothing) some connection cut-outs of 3-5s each do occur.

      I chose these because they were small - I am not a fan of big head phones. However, be warned, they are still quite big and fairly cumbersome to fit. They are not the most comfortable pair of headphones (I wear them for an hour or two at a time only). In addition, they come loose very easily and even in a low-impact activity like cycling will fall off. Do not think about using them for any sort of sport.

      Battery life is excellent - 6 hours of talk-time was what I got, with 8hrs of pure listening time.

      Overall - good entry-level set, although not comfortable. Small wireless headsets still have a way to go - if you can afford to, I would wait till bigger fish are available.


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