Plantronics BackBeat PRO Bluetooth Headphones
I must admit, it is not often that the hype of a product is as advertised, but the Plantronics BackBeat PRO headphones exceed expectations. I had a chance to use them on my trip back from CTIA Mobility Week and to sum them up in a simple word, they are a godsend. The Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC-enabled over-ear headphones are superior and more comfortable than others I have reviewed. I was able to change songs by simply turning a knob on the headset and also adjust the volume in a similar way. I could also answer calls and activate the Active Noise Canceling function. I was able to pair both an iPhone 5S and a Samsung Galaxy S4 simultaneously and alternate between the two easily. The sound quality is superb with a great balance of mid range and lows. I listened to Demi Lovato, Marvin Gaye, Mos Def, 2 Chainz and more while I had a few hours between flights heading back to the east coast. Users have a range of 100 meters to stream music wirelessly and I was able to charge my devices and listen to music without having to “hog the wall”. During my flight, the BackBeat Pro headphones were wonderful as I listened to sounds through the Relaxia app on my iPhone and managed a couple hours of sleep in my cramped seat. These are a truly great pair of cans and at a price of $249.99 they’re a must-buy.
HyperX Cloud Headset
The Kingston HyperX Cloud pro-gaming headset is one of the best available and proved to be versatile and multiple-purpose during our testing. One of the greatest benefits of the HyperX headset is the available accessories that come with the packaging that allow for great online multi-player gaming. We were able to use the HyperX for music production, DJing and gaming both on the PS4 and our own custom-built rig. The headset has amazing clarity and the detachable mic works well. The headset’s padded cups and memory foam ear cushions are incredibly comfortable over the ears. The extended cables were also a plus. The HyperX Cloud Headset costs $99.99. For more information, visit www.kingston.com.
Audio-Technica SonicFuel ATH-CKX 7iS In-Ear Headphones
Audio-Technica is a global company that makes a variety of audio components and equipment including headphones. The SonicFuel line has a vast selection but the in-ear headphones with in-line mic and control particularly tickled my fancy. As a journalist, I travel a lot and appreciate a good pair of in-ear headphones that sound great and are affordable, comfortable and portable. The SonicFuel ATH-CKX 7iS headphones fit the bill perfectly with a retail price of $79.95 and a variety of features. I personally loved their red and black color scheme which matched my iPhone case perfectly. For more info, visit www.audio-technica.com.