Review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2

Headphones rarely have to leave your head. They make phone calls, let you query of Siri or Google Assistant, and they give you hours of bliss as you consume podcasts, books, and playlists en masse. Having a pair that can do it all well is crucial.

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 is a very capable and pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones that will give you more than 20 hours of comfortable listening on a charge. For $200, you get very good sound coupled with active noise-canceling—one of those premium features usually reserved for pricier headsets.


The fit is comfortable, even for big-heads like me. (They fit small-heads too.) Bluetooth works as advertised, from pairing to phone calls to keeping a clean connection. The sound is clear and detailed. Even when playing highly compressed files, I heard new things in a few songs that I hadn’t noticed before, or at least hadn’t heard so clearly. The tone of the headphones is a little on the cooler side, but tracks with warmer acoustics still sound good. A lot of the credit for the sound quality goes to the fact that the headphones do an excellent job of blocking outside noise just with the seal of the leather ear pads against the skin. There is an active noise-canceling mode as well, but because the BackBeat Pro 2s are already good at isolating the listener, it’s hard to judge specifically how much difference the noise canceling makes. It did slightly reduce the scant amount of ambient noise that was still reaching my ear without changing the mix or tone of the music.