At $299.95, Plantronics’ Voyager 6200 UC Bluetooth earphones aren’t low cost, however they’re loaded with options. You get energetic noise cancellation (ANC), a desktop charging cradle, and a USB Bluetooth accent for streaming audio out of your laptop. Whereas the ANC is first rate, the audio output is wildly sculpted, and voice name high quality is simply common. Some sub-bass lovers can be happy, however these searching for something near accuracy is not going to. That could be OK for a a lot cheaper price, however nothing right here rises to the extent of high quality set by the excessive price ticket.
Out there in black or tan fashions with pink cabling, the earphones have a versatile, tender matte rubber neckband with the skinny cables connecting to reasonably chunky, however light-weight, earpieces. The silicone eartips have an additional part that rests towards your ear for improved stability and a safer match. The in-ear match is comfy, however for the value, extra eartips would’ve been good—there are solely three pairs included, every a unique measurement.
A multifunction button on the within of the fitting finish of the neckband handles playback, monitor navigation (when pressed a number of instances), and name administration (when held down for 2 seconds), whereas devoted plus and minus buttons on the skin deal with quantity management. A small energy/pairing button is situated close to the connection level for the fitting ear’s audio cable. On the left facet, there’s a big pink button that mutes your mic, a standing LED, and a button that controls the ANC. The neckband vibrates to warn you of incoming calls, which is exclusive.
Along with pairing through Bluetooth with a cell system, the earphones could be wirelessly linked to your laptop utilizing the included BT600 USB adapter. Merely plug it in to your laptop and stream audio from the adapter to the Voyager 6200 UC in case your laptop would not make a direct connection to the headset. There’s additionally an included charging base accent that may plug into your laptop or any USB outlet and act as a desktop cradle for rapidly charging the earpphones. You may as well simply use the included micro USB charging cable, which connects to a lined port on the fitting finish of the neckband. Along with the aforementioned equipment, the earphones ship with an exceptionally flat zip-up protecting case that’s ultimate for journey.
Plantronics estimates battery life to be roughly 16 hours for music playback and 9 hours for speak time, however your outcomes will differ based mostly in your quantity ranges and your mixture of calls and audio playback. Plantronics additionally claims a 90-foot Bluetooth vary, whereas most fashions are about 33 ft. Our personal testing did not yield these outcomes, however efficiency was strong inside 40 to 50 ft.
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The four-mic array makes use of digital sign processing (DSP). Utilizing the Voice Memos app on an iPhone 6s, we might perceive each phrase recorded, however the audio was laced with fuzzy artifacts and under no circumstances conveyed any benefit these 4 mics present over what we sometimes hear. The mic system is not less than sensible—when you begin to speak whereas the headset is muted, you will obtain a voice immediate telling you so.
The earphones are licensed for Skype for Business, and have built-in options that remove or tamp down transient audio spikes in order that loud noises do not disrupt calls. The mic did a good job of eliminating some loud low frequency rumble we pumped up whereas making an attempt to have a dialog—on the opposite finish, you may hear the speaker’s voice and nearly not one of the background noise.
The difficulty is that mic readability continues to be fairly common—it would not sound like a crystal clear, business-friendly Bluetooth headset. It sounds extra like your typical Bluetooth earphone mic. Past this, when there’s tougher noise within the background—some rock music, as an example—it turns into almost unimaginable to grasp the individual talking. The noise cancellation will get confused and cancels out features of the music together with the speaker’s voice, as nicely. Should you’re extra serious about voice calls than music, you are higher off with a conventional Bluetooth headset.
The Voyager 6200 UC’s ANC does a laudable job of tamping down intense low frequency rumble such as you’ll hear on a aircraft, in addition to high-to-mid-frequency ambient noise just like the whir of an AC unit. It is not the perfect ANC we have heard by any stretch, and like loads of different noise-canceling fashions, the circuitry provides a excessive frequency, tape-like hiss to the equation—it is not disagreeable, however it does masks among the noise reasonably than remove it. The noise cancellation would not appear to have an actual affect on the audio efficiency, which is a optimistic. That stated, when you’re after the perfect in-ear noise cancellation in a wi-fi pair, the Bose QuietControl 30 earphones are exhausting to beat.
For music, on tracks with intense sub-bass content material, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the earphones ship an exceptionally sculpted sound signature that will not enchantment to audiophiles. The bass depth is highly effective, and at prime, unwise ranges, it would not distort. Nevertheless, the highs are wildly sculpted—they sound crisp, certain, however issues are altered dramatically.
Invoice Callahan’s “Drover,” a monitor with far much less deep bass within the combine, offers us a greater sense of the Voyager 6200 UC’s sound signature. The drums on this monitor are insanely thunderous—the lows are very closely boosted. The highs are additionally sculpted to an intense diploma—the tape hiss comes ahead within the combine, and Callahan’s wealthy baritone vocals get a pointy treble edge to match their bass presence. The top result’s a combination that sounds very scooped—numerous bass, numerous treble, and little or no in the way in which of mids.
On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church within the Wild,” the kick drum loop’s assault receives loads of high-mid presence to assist it minimize by the combo’s layers, whereas the sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat are delivered with severe, subwoofer-like gusto. The vocals obtain maybe an excessive amount of high-mid presence—they sound a tad too brilliant or skinny, generally overly sibilant—however you may at all times perceive them, even when the sub-bass is booming.
Orchestral tracks, just like the opening scene from John Adams’ The Gospel In keeping with the Different Mary, get far an excessive amount of bass-boosting for anybody searching for an correct response. However it’s not less than counterbalanced by a strong high-mid and excessive frequency presence. Once more, the sound is scooped, and we get extra bass depth and brightness than we sometimes hear, and the mids appear to have gone lacking.
The Voyager 6200 UC’s mega-bass audio efficiency is not terrible, however it’s nowhere close to correct. As a jack of all trades that seamlessly transitions from wi-fi headset to energetic noise cancellation to music playback, the earphones are strong, however nonetheless priced greater than we might wish to see. For the same worth, the aforementioned Bose QuietControl 30, in addition to the wi-fi, noise-canceling (however not in-ear) Bose QuietComfort 35 II, AKG N60 NC Wireless, and Sony WH-1000XM2 ship extra correct wi-fi audio, and in some circumstances, higher noise cancellation. They could not have as many extra options, however they get the fundamentals proper, which is extra necessary.