There are far fewer fitness-friendly Bluetooth headphones on the market than there are in-ear options. Thankfully, Plantronics’ BackBeat Fit 500 pair is a winner. For $99.99, audio performance is quite good, with thunderous bass balanced out by a sculpted high frequency response. And the moisture-resistant design manages to feel both comfortable and secure at the same time. That makes the BackBeat Fit 500 a solid overall value, and our Editors’ Choice for exercise-focused Bluetooth headphones.
on the market than there are in-ear options. Thankfully, Plantronics’ BackBeat Fit 500 pair is a winner. For $99.99, audio performance is quite good, with thunderous bass balanced out by a sculpted high frequency response. And the moisture-resistant design manages to feel both comfortable and secure at the same time. That makes the BackBeat Fit 500
Available in black or black-and-teal models, the supra-aural (on-ear) BackBeat Fit 500 headphones have a generously cushioned memory foam headband and earpads for a comfortable fit over long listening periods. The headband has an angular, geometric contour that is striking, and the fit can be adjusted from ear to ear precisely using detents on each side. Despite the on-ear design, the fit is quite secure on the head and should stay in place during most exercise routines.
have a generously cushioned memory foam headband and earpads for a comfortable fit over long listening periods. The headband has an angular, geometric contour that is striking, and the fit can be adjusted from ear to ear precisely using detents on each side. Despite the on-ear design, the fit is quite secure on the head and should stay in place during most exercise routines.
The outer panels of the earcups are a moisture-resistant matte rubber, which unfortunately acts like a magnet for dust. The good news is they can be easily cleaned, thanks to the water-resistant P2i nano-coating. Inside each earcup, 40mm drivers deliver the audio.
On the outer panel of the right earcup, there’s a switch for power/Bluetooth pairing, and a button for answering or ending phone calls. A status LED is located in between these two controls. On the right earcup’s outer panel, there are controls for play/pause, dedicated track navigation buttons, and a separate volume switch on the outer panel. (The volume levels work in conjunction with your mobile device’s master volume levels.) Why so many manufacturers fail to create such a simple setup that doesn’t combine multiple functions onto one button is a bit of a mystery–Plantronics succeeds in giving you all the controls you need in a graceful, easy-to-use design.
The headphones ships with a 3.5mm audio cable for wired, passive listening. The cable lacks an inline remote control or mic, so using it means answering calls and controlling playback and volume manually, as connecting the cable automatically powers down the headphones. In addition to the cable, the headphones ship with a short micro USB charging cord and a drawstring carrying pouch.
The mic offers above-average intelligibility. Using the Voice Memos app on an iPhone 6s, we could understand every word we recorded clearly without too much in the way of added audio artifacts–it’s a crisp, clear microphone.
Plantronics estimates battery life to be roughly 18 hours, but your results will vary with your volume levels and your mix of wired and wireless playback.
On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the headphones deliver powerful bass depth that will appeal to those who are motivated by deep lows during their workouts. At top, unwise listening levels, the bass doesn’t distort, and at more reasonable listening levels, the lows are still quite full, and reasonably balanced with the higher frequencies.
Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” a track with far less deep bass in the mix, tells us a little more about the BackBeat Fit 500’s overall sound signature. The drums on this track sound almost thunderous here–these same drums can sound thin on less bass-boosted headphones. So, the headphones definitely boost the lows beyond levels that will appeal to purists, but there is a strong high-mid and high frequency presence as well. In other words, this is an exceptionally sculpted sound signature that manages to balance out the boosting by doing it on both ends of the frequency range.
On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum loop gets an ideal amount of high-mid presence, allowing its attack to retain its punchy edge and cut through the layers of the mix. The sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat are delivered with serious depth–bass lovers will be thrilled. And yet, the booming lows don’t overwhelm the mix–the vocals on this track are delivered with solid high frequency clarity and little added sibilance.
Orchestral tracks, like the opening scene in John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary , have more bass boosting than will appeal to most classical music fans, but it’s not egregious–the lower instrumentation just takes a notable step forward in the mix. The higher register brass, strings, and vocals still retain their brightness through the BackBeat Fit 500, but the lower register instrumentation plays more of a noticeable role and less of a supporting one.
, have more bass boosting than will appeal to most classical music fans, but it’s not egregious–the lower instrumentation just takes a notable step forward in the mix. The higher register brass, strings, and vocals still retain their brightness through the BackBeat Fit 500, but the lower register instrumentation plays more of a noticeable role and less of a supporting one.
If you’re looking for accurate, audiophile-grade sonic performance, look elsewhere. However, if you like boosted bass during your workouts and want an on-ear fit that will stay in place without issue, look no further than the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 500. In terms of competition, we also like the Jabra Move Wireless and Urbanears Active Hellas , but neither pair is quite as gym-friendly. If you want to go the in-ear route, the Jaybird X3 and JBL Reflect Mini BT are both solid options for roughly the same price. As far as on-ear headphones go, though, the BackBeat Fit 500 earn our Editors’ Choice.
If you’re looking for accurate, audiophile-grade sonic performance, look elsewhere. However, if you like boosted bass during your workouts and want an on-ear fit that will stay in place without issue, look no further than the Plantronics BackBeat Fit 500.
are both solid options for roughly the same price. As far as on-ear headphones go, though, the BackBeat Fit 500 earn our Editors’ Choice.
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Whether you’re warming up or winding down, move freely with BackBeat FIT 500 Series wireless sport headphones. Enjoy deep, rich sound, sweat-resistant nano-coating by P2i and a lightweight design for comfortable wearing all day.
From the locker room to the lecture hall, you’re always on the move. Listen for up to 18 hours on a single charge, then use DeepSleep mode to conserve power when your headphones aren’t in use. Can’t find a place to recharge? Listen uninterrupted with the 3.5 mm backup jack.
Constantly on the move? P2i military-grade nano-coating protects the headphones against sweat, moisture and spills, so they’re durable enough to withstand rainy commutes and gym sessions.
Don’t just hear your favorite tracks, feel them. 40 mm drivers and advanced acoustic technology deliver audio balance and deep, rich sound — whether you’re hitting the weights or the books.
Rechargeable battery lets you wirelessly listen all day with up to 18
hours of power on a single charge.
Memory foam headband and earcups provide comfort and sound isolation so
you can enjoy music, movies and calls.
40 mm drivers and advanced acoustic technology deliver the right audio
balance and deep, rich sound, whether you’re listening to music or watching
Multipoint Bluetooth(r) lets you automatically connect up to two devices
simultaneously and pair up to eight.
DeepSleep hibernation mode maintains battery charge for up to six months
when your headphones are out of range or left on.
Easily download and install Plantronics Hub for iOS or Android to update
your headphones and enable features such as Find MyHeadset.
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This week the folks at Plantronics have gone to the wireless side with a collection of active/sport oriented earbuds and headphones. Their new lineup includes the BackBeat FIT 300 Series, the BackBeat FIT 500 Series, the BackBeat FIT Training Edition, and the BackBeat FIT Boost Edition. The BackBeat FIT 300 Series will be available starting today in four lovely colors, while the other three series will be made available “in early October.”
The BackBeat FIT Boost Edition will connect with Bluetooth 3.0, HFP 1.7, HSP 1.1, A2DP v1.2, and AVRCP v1.4. These buds are powered with their own charging pouch and are said by Plantronics to last up to 18 hours a charge, listening time. Inside are 13mm dynamic drivers and frequency response between 50Hz and 20,000Hz.
Both the BackBeat FIT Training Edition and BackBeat FIT Boost Edition work with the PEAR Personal Coach App for both Android and iOS. This connection is part of a new partnership between PEAR and Plantronics – software on the smartphone from PEAR, hardware in the buds from Plantronics.
The difference between the Boost and Training editions is the charging pouch. Both version work with 12 hand-picked PEAR Personal Coaching App workouts and a six-month access to PEAR+ membership. The BackBeat FIT Boost Edition is shown above.
Another pair of earbuds in this new Plantronics lineup are the BackBeat FIT 300 Series. This series is made to be discreet, and are made to block out noise (while the FIT Boost Edition lets some noise in to allow the wearer to hear their surroundings whilst on a jog). The BackBeat FIT 300 series are made for commuting (train, not car), “casual leisure”, and running errands. Plantronics also suggests the the 300 series is made for the gym, light running, and “casual active” like dog walking.
These earbuds last up to 6 hours on a single charge and connect with Bluetooth 4.1, HFP 1.6, HSP 1.2, A2DP v1.2, and AVRCP 1.4. These buds work with a frequency response between 20Hz and 20,000Hz and have a single mic input.
The on-ear headphones of the bunch are the BackBeat FIT 500 Series – sweat resistant nano-coating technology by P2i included. These headphones have a dedicated Bluetooth pairing slider, a power switch (both in one), and a wideband-enabled microphone for connected calls. Also onboard for calls: a call control and smartphone VPA access button. This button can answer calls, ignore calls, mute on and off, and access Siri, Google Now, and Cortana.
This pair of headphones can roll wireless or wired, charged with a micro-USB cord and able to connect with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. BackBeat FIT 500 Series is set to be available in both Black/Teal and Black/Grey.
These headphones connect with Bluetooth 4.1, HFP 1.6, HSP 1.2, A2DP v1.2, and AVRCP 1.4. Battery time is ranked by Plantronics at up to 18 hours (of listen time). Speaker driver size is 40mm – with a bass tube design, frequency response is between 50Hz and 20,000Hz, and sensitivity sits at 92 dBPL.
“There’s a sweat-protected, stable and comfortable pair of BackBeat FIT headphones that’s right for any level of fitness,” said Greg Miller, director, Portfolio Business Management at Plantronics. “Whether you’re looking for a dedicated sport headphone with on-demand coaching, or just want something comfortable and stylish to wear throughout the day.”
The BackBeat FIT 300 Series is available starting today for $80 USD in four colors. Those include black/grey, dark blue/blue, grey/coral, and grey/lime green (in select retailers). The BackBeat FIT 500 Series will begin to be available in early October for $100 in Black/Teal and Black/Grey.
BackBeat FIT Training Edition will be available in early October, while BackBeat FIT Boost Edition will be available starting today. The Training Edition will be available in power blue, sport grey, core black, fit fuchsia and stealth green, all for $130. The BackBeat FIT Boost Edition sill be available in sport grey, black core, and power blue, each for $160 USD.