Plantronics BackBeat GO 410 Magnetic Travel Pillows Headphones

Last updated: January 7, 2022

Plantronics BackBeat GO 410 Magnetic Travel Pillows Headphones

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 141 expert reviews, the Plantronics BackBeat GO Magnetic Travel Pillows Headphones placed 24th when we looked at the top 25 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Escape with the BackBeat GO 410, wireless, active noise-canceling (ANC) earbuds. Its lightweight design provides comfortable all-day listening, while dual-mode ANC makes it easy to control how much noise you tune out. When you want to hear your surroundings, patent-pending magnetic smart sensors latch to conserve battery power by disabling ANC and disconnecting your earbuds from your Bluetooth device. Bluetooth is automatically reconnected and ANC is turned on when the magnets are unlatched, so they’re ready when you want to listen to music or need to take a call.

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

Its USB charging cable has an integrated 3.5mm cable so you can plug into in-flight entertainment systems on planes. That's a big plus because one of the reasons people buy noise-cancelling headphones is to drown out plane noise when they're traveling.
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The microphone works. It does an all right job minimizing background noise and parlaying the speaker’s voice well.
The headphone’s strong, reliable connection thanks to the inclusion of Bluetooth 5.0 that prevented the headphones from skipping or dropping out in our daily use.
Plantronics claims an eight-hour run time when listening via Bluetooth with the noise cancelling on; listening wirelessly with ANC off will net you 10 hours of use.

What experts didn't like

This headphone doesn't have the excellent voice calling performance of the Voyager 6200. But it's a Plantronics headphone so voice calling is still decent, just not great.
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Mic position makes it easy to brush mic against clothes.
ANC is average, blocking out a good amount of noise but not as much as class leaders from Bose or Sony, due in part to its size but mostly the algorithm and hardware plantronics implemented in its approach. What's worse, however, is that there’s also a noticeable hiss when ANC is activated.
The BackBeat Go 410 earbuds are sweat-resistant, but the collar can bounce or slide around during vigorous workouts.

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Calvin West, a music and video producer, recorded his first album at 19 and has been in the music business since. Currently based in Spain, where he has worked with artists and labels around the world providing services in music mixing, mastering and lyric video production.

Overview

Headphones are huge right now. Music fans, gaming buffs and podcast aficionados spent more than $9.5 billion dollars on them in 2016, and that number is projected to balloon to $13.8 billion in the next seven years.

There are multiple styles of headphones. Earbuds, on-ear and over-ear headphones are the three most popular types, and they’re all available in wired and wireless versions. If you’re intimidated by the number of options you’re seeing online or in the electronics aisle, there are a number of ways to narrow down the choices and find the best headphones for your needs.

“The most important factor to consider when shopping for headphones is the environment it’s going to be used in,” says music and video producer Calvin West.

Will you use the headphones at the gym, at home or on the train? If you’ll be outdoors a lot, or wearing the headphones on the bus while you commute to work, consider headphones with noise-canceling properties, West suggests.

Earbuds, or in-ear headphones, sit just inside your ear canal. Soft silicone tips fit snugly inside your ears, and some models come with different sizes for a customized fit. Other models have secure-fit tips that create a stronger seal in your ear canal so they stay put.

Earbuds are available in standard wired versions, wireless versions (which connect around the back of your neck with a small wire but do not need to connect to your device with a wire), and true wireless versions where both earbuds operate independently with no wires at all.

On-ear headphones, which are sometimes called supra-aural headphones, are larger, with soft ear cups made from real or synthetic leather. They sit on top of your ears and allow more sound in while you’re listening, which makes them great for times when you want to listen to music without completely canceling out surrounding sounds. They’re also more lightweight and portable than heftier, full-coverage over-ear headphones.

Over-ear headphones enclose your entire ear in soft ear cups. They’re the largest headphone option, and they boast advanced features like noise cancellation and higher sound quality than other types of headphones. They’re great for wearing indoors while you’re focused on work, playing video games or enjoying high-definition sound on your smart TV. They tend to be a bit bulky to take with you when you’re commuting or traveling, but the total noise cancellation option makes them great for long flights.

Some over-ear headphone models have active noise cancellation as well as ambient sound modes for different listening scenarios. Other types of over-ear headphones come with a transmitter that connects to your home audio or entertainment system for a more robust digital listening experience.

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