We have lengthy been followers of Plantronics’ BackBeat line of Bluetooth headphones, and it has a robust new possibility within the type of the Backbeat Go 600. At $99.99, the headphones ship stable high quality throughout the board, with robust audio efficiency, a snug match, and exceedingly straightforward controls. There’s little to complain about, aside from the truth that they’re barely upstaged by one other Plantronics mannequin, the BackBeat Fit 500, which supply a moisture-resistant, gym-friendly design for a similar value.
Supplied in black, grey, khaki, or navy, the BackBeat Go 600’s circumaural (over-the-ear) design is kind of snug, even over lengthy listening periods, because of beneficiant cushioning within the giant reminiscence foam earpads and on the underside of the headscarf. Plantronics mixes faux-leather coverings with matte rubber supplies and a cool geometric contour on the highest of the headscarf for a contemporary look. An orange material emblem tag is connected to the headscarf close to the suitable earcup. Internally, every earcup homes a 40mm driver behind its material grilles.
The left earcup’s outer panel homes a central playback button, whereas the outer arrow buttons management observe navigation. There is a devoted quantity rocker change on the aspect of this outer panel, in addition to a micro USB port for the included charging cable and a three.5mm jack for the included audio cable. All of those controls are straightforward to function, and the dearth of multifunction buttons retains issues easy.
The suitable earcup’s aspect panel homes the facility/pairing change, in addition to a button that, when pressed, supplies an audio battery life replace, and can also be the decision administration button for incoming telephone calls, in addition to the bass enhance button. This aspect panel additionally homes a standing LED.
The built-in mic affords above-average intelligibility. Utilizing the Voice Memos app on an iPhone 6s, we might perceive each phrase we recorded. The mic has a crisp, clear high quality, and whereas there are hints of audio artifacts right here and there, it is a principally clear sound that’s far clearer than a typical Bluetooth headphone mic.
The audio cable lacks an inline distant management, which is a little bit of a bummer. Plugging it in places the headphones in passive mode, which is beneficial, however you may want to regulate all playback and observe navigation in your cell gadget itself, and there is no mic to discipline calls on this mode.
Together with the 2 cables, you get a grey drawstring protecting pouch, which is fairly giant (and obligatory, for the reason that headphones do not fold into themselves for compact storage, although the earcups do swivel to a flat place).
Plantronics charges battery life to be a stable 18 hours, however your outcomes will fluctuate together with your quantity ranges.
On tracks with intense sub-bass content material, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the headphones ship a strong bass response that solely will get extra intense with the Bass Enhance mode enabled. In both mode, the low frequency presence is powerful, and at high volumes ranges, it does not distort. At extra reasonable listening ranges, the bass continues to be highly effective, however it’s all the time pretty balanced with the upper frequency content material within the combine.
One notice: The Bass Enhance mode triggered a slight clicking to happen on the assault of the deep bass drum hits on this observe. It wasn’t as pronounced as what we hear when there’s typical distortion, and it solely occurred on this observe, and even then solely intermittently. We’ll chalk it as much as a quirk with the DSP (digital sign processing) that’s barely annoying, however not often a problem—and never a problem in any respect when Bass Enhance isn’t enabled.
On Invoice Callahan’s “Drover,” a observe with far much less deep bass within the combine, we get a greater sense of the overall sound signature, in addition to what the Bass Enhance is able to. With out it on, the drums on this observe sound spherical, with a stable thump, however they are not thunderous like they will typically sound on bass-forward headphones. Callahan’s vocals have a nice low-mid richness that is matched with some crisp treble edge, whereas the acoustic guitar’s assault will get a nice brightness. With the bass boosted, the drums immediately get some actual thunder, and Callahan’s vocals turn out to be notably deeper. The general stability with the highs is not put in jeopardy, however the combine now not sounds pure.
On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church within the Wild,” the kick drum loop receives a great quantity of high-mid presence, holding its assault sharp and punchy. With out the bass boosted, the loop’s assault is its strongest high quality, however with it boosted, some added thump supplies additional fullness. The sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat sound clear, however not essentially deep; with the bass boosted, the sub-bass is dialed up considerably and the synth hits pack some rumble. The vocals on this observe are delivered with stable readability in each listening modes.
The Bass Enhance mode on some tracks, notably this one, seemingly lowers the general quantity of the observe. That is virtually positively DSP limiting the quantity to stop distortion, nevertheless it’s odd to listen to Jay-Z’s vocals dip in quantity with it on, after which elevate when it is off, notably as a result of the vocals themselves have little or no or no bass presence in them.
On orchestral tracks, just like the opening scene from John Adams’ The Gospel In accordance with the Different Mary, the decrease register instrumentation is delivered with stable physique and depth—nothing too excessive, however some delicate, nice bass boosting. That is true for each listening modes. The upper register brass, strings, and vocals have a shiny, crisp presence to them.
The Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 headphones ship a stable audio expertise in impartial mode, and a sculpted, bass-forward expertise in Bass Enhance mode. Bass lovers shall be pleased with the outcomes, and people looking for an correct combine will discover the impartial mode to be higher than common—there is a stable stability between lows and highs, even when there’s some sculpting and boosting. On this value vary, we’re additionally followers of the aforementioned BackBeat Match 500, the Jabra Move Wireless, the Marshall Major III Bluetooth, and for much less, the Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT. We give choice to the BackBeat Match headphones, because of their extra versatile, gym-friendly design, however the BackBeat Go 600 actually will not disappoint.