The headphone additionally is available in black.

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Plantronics describes its Voyager 6200 UC as a “business-ready Bluetooth neckband headset with earbuds.” That is what you’d count on from a product within the firm’s Voyager line, which incorporates all the corporate’s mono headsets, that are strictly for making calls. With its large bass and presence enhance within the treble, nonetheless, it would not sound like a “enterprise” headphone in any respect, except what you are promoting is Def Jam Information. The sound is decidedly hip hop. 

To this point so good, however there was one large concern for me. The eartips — three sizes are included — that include the Voyagers 6200 UC match my ears properly however the earbuds did not keep in my ears securely. If I jostled my head round or walked quick on the road I misplaced a number of the seal from the ideas and sound leaked in, inflicting sound high quality to decrease a bit.

However then I found a little bit trick that made the headphone considerably higher. Noticing Bose’s eartips seemed comparable, I pulled them off the QuietControl 30 and, lo and behold, they match the Voyager 6200 UC! However here is the important thing distinction: The Bose eartips have wings on them. Immediately, the Plantronics’ buds locked properly into my ears. (You could find substitute Bose recommendations on Amazon for about $10.)

The eartips look just like Bose eartips however are lacking wings.

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For many individuals, the included ideas will work superb. However the Bose ideas made an enormous distinction for me. I used to be capable of run with the headset on after the swap (how sweat-resistant it’s I am unable to inform you, but it surely’s actually not being marketed as sports activities headphone). I also needs to word that the buttons for all of the controls, together with the the noise-canceling on/off button, appeared properly positioned and straightforward to function by really feel.

Designed to compete with Jabra’s Elite 65e, Bose’s QuietControl 30 and Sony WI-1000X, all of that are amongst a small variety of neckband-style in-ear headphones that characteristic active-noise cancellation, the Voyager 6200 UC carries a listing worth of  $300 however can fortunately be had on-line for lower than $175 (£212, $AU277).

At that worth, it is a way more intriguing proposition. Not solely does it include a pleasant carrying case and a magnetic dock charger, however you additionally get a UC (Unified Communications) USB dongle to connect with you pc to be used with UC purposes and softphones from Avaya, Cisco, Skype and others.

It is a greater headphone than Jabra’s Elite 65e, which I discovered a little bit disappointing. Not solely does the Plantronics sound higher however its noise-canceling is little more practical. It isn’t fairly as much as the extent of the Bose QuietControl 30’s noise-canceling, but it surely does muffle sound round you to a level (in different phrases, do not count on it to completely muffle ambient sound). 

The headphone itself would not really feel fairly as sturdy as Bose’s QuietControl 30, however the Voyager 6200 UC’s neckband is healthier designed and lighter. I discovered it extra snug to put on than the QuietControl 30, which is saying so much as a result of Bose is understood for its snug headphones. Alas, like with the Bose, there is not any cable that permits you to plug right into a flight-entertainment system on a airplane. 

Together with a case, you get a UC USB dongle and charging dock.

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So far as making calls goes, I assumed the Voyager 6200 UC carried out fairly properly. Callers stated my voice was clear (I had “HD Voice” on), and I might hear callers fairly properly. The neckband vibrates when a name is available in, and there is devoted mute button for these convention calls the place you have muted your line and must rapidly unmute it to make a remark. Additionally, there is a sidetone characteristic that permits you to hear your personal voice within the headphones if you converse so you do not elevate your voice throughout calls (you possibly can regulate the quantity of sidetone within the settings menu of the Hub app).

The included case.

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Plantronics has tweaked the sound barely for the reason that headphone first launched. Once I upgraded the firmware through the Plantronics’ Hub app on my iPhone — it took lower than 5 minutes — there was a notation about “richer” sound high quality. I did not discover an enormous distinction, however the sound appeared a tad smoother after the improve. Battery life did not change: It is rated for as much as 16 hours of music listening time at average quantity ranges or 9 hours of discuss time. That is good.

As I stated, the headphone has loads of bass — it goes fairly deep and won’t disappoint bass lovers. There’s a little bit little bit of a presence enhance (treble push) to make issues sound a little bit extra sparkly. General, this headphone has been tuned to sound thrilling, which you would not essentially count on from a “enterprise” headphone.

I would guess that the Voyager 6200 UC is a little bit of an experimental product for Plantronics, and the corporate has extra of mainstream model kicking round which may simply match beneath its BackBeat model. There’s one thing good right here. It might not sound fairly pretty much as good because the Bose QuietControl 30 or have as efficient noise cancelling, however with Bose’s eartips it’d simply be higher for the cash. Hopefully Plantronics will proceed to tweak it.

Listed here are the Voyager 6200 UC’s key specs, in response to Plantronics:

Skilled-grade audio with enhanced Digital Sign Processing.On-demand energetic noise canceling.Incoming name alert.Dynamic mute alert.Class 1 Bluetooth with 98-foot/30-meter wi-fi vary (for gadgets that assist it).Customizable name and media choices.Hello-fi stereo and passive noise canceling with earbuds.Unified Communications-ready.Devoted mute button.Wideband audio and stereo telephony assist.As much as 16 hours of music playback at average quantity ranges.As much as 9 hours of discuss time.


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