I have a new pair of favorite headphones and they aren’t intended for someone my age. They’re Plantronics BackBeat Pro noise-cancelling headphones and they’re comfortable, wireless, have excellent on-headphone controls and only cost $250. I’m going to make a prediction: these are going to be the best headphones I try for the rest of 2015 all the way through 2016 (and possibly beyond). That’s how much I love them.
I actually had my doubts about these headphones when I first saw them online. They looked… clunky. I thought they might be a case of function over form. There was an older guy modeling them (at least two decades older than me), they were pure black (no bright, trendy colors) and their main feature was noise-cancellation (which admittedly, most millennials probably aren’t looking for).
But I’m not most millennials. I’m a blogger/vlogger and I work from home and from coffee shops. Home isn’t always the quietest place in the world with an awesome toddler running around. And coffee shops are generally anything but relaxing (well, the good ones where people actually show up). On top of that I do a fair amount of travel — and an airplane is one of the best places I can think of to use noise-cancelling headphones.
But I have to admit one more reason why I wanted to snag the BackBeat Pro headphones for a test. I’m newly obsessed with a startup called Brain.fm which provides brainwave training in the form of music that helps you focus, relax and sleep. Yes it sounds like a gimmick. Yes it works (read what I wrote about it the other day to see what I’m talking about). So having some wireless, noise-cancelling headphones for my Brain.fm sessions seemed like the perfect compliment. And ya, they pair very well together.
There are times when I really like background noise and there are times when the littlest noise can break my concentration or make me lose the thought I was just on the verge of grasping. For those times when I just need to be able to melt into my own thoughts and bang out three articles in a morning I decided I needed some noise-cancelling headphones. So I set about making some product review requests. And thankfully the first pair that arrived in my UPS box were the Plantronics BackBeat Pros.
I was so excited about checking them out ...