The BackBeat FIT is the cockroach in the world of headphones. They may not look it, but they can withstand anything. Flexible rubber coils over the head’s neck, which can be bent regardless. Their IP57 ranking is probably the best attribute of these headphones. These were put through their paces. I subjected the‘ buds to running water, complete submergence and dragging them against the unfinished basement floor in the hopes that dust would collect (spoiler: it did). The FIT handled all of it like a champ.
What’s more, the one-size-fits-all style will please outliers with large craniums. If your head is average-sized though, you may find the extra silicone flopping around to be a bit unsightly. On the plus side, it does feature a reflective coating to maintain nighttime visibility. This bodes well for the FIT as a safety-first pair of headphones. However, since the ear tips don’t create a seal, awareness comes at the expense of sound quality. Although not immediately apparent, you can toggle the volume: repeatedly press the plastic nub on the left earbud to increase volume and hold to decrease it. Odd but functional. Thankfully, the standard controls are much more intuitive and are depicted iconographically.
The Backbeat Suit 2100 is distinctive in appearance. The earpieces are mounted on a thin rubber string, which passes from one ear to the other along the back of your head. The earpieces come in one size and rest within the cavity of the ear instead of closing in the ear canal. I love those earpieces from Plantronics. I’ve odd-shaped feet, so wearing earbuds for sport is the bane of my life. I can’t count the amount of occasions I burst the fence, got down the block halfway and then one bud fall out. Now, for the ear hooks. While still offering some give, they are noticeably sturdier than the headband. Thanks to seventh grade science class, I know that my ears are 2.5 inches tall, pretty average for a female. Yet, the hooks still manage to peak above my helix. Ears on the small end of the spectrum may have trouble keeping the FIT in place. That said, the anchored funnel design of the ear tips combat a wobbly fit.
We would’ve liked some other options, the included soft, rubberized silicone tips wrap around both sides, helping ward off sweat and water, and the colors are neutral, save for the loud orange used for the tip and wing. (The loud color could be a smart decision considering that if you lose the tips, you have to contact Plantronics to replace them.)
The charging case is a little hefty, but tastefully designed with a functional twist. We liked the zipper to open and close it, and had little trouble putting the earbuds in and taking them out. A small button with LEDs indicates how many charges are left (the case can hold an extra two). A small pouch inside the top flap is shallow enough to hold the really short microUSB charging cable.
An easy pairing process makes getting started with the BackBeat FIT a breeze. Although, after just a few weeks and connection drops are becoming increasingly frequent. This rarely happened in the first couple of weeks. Now that the honeymoon phase has worn off, the FIT have a difficult time staying connected. While listening to Spotify or Youtube, the audio occasionally goes blank before saying, “not connected.” To resume playback, I have to quit and relaunch Spotify. For $90, I expect a connection more stable than my high school relationships.
Those seemed to have less trouble with my camera, fortunately. Because these should be combined more frequently than not with your mobile app, the connection is a sorta-plus. So frustrating, however. On the other side, thanks to whisper mode, the microphone has made my speech noticeable and consistent. The Suit dramatically diminished its speech (8 foot away) while capturing a fragment of interaction with a buddy. The result is perfect for those who want to speak in crowded environments such as a coffee shop, grocery store or gymnasium.
Battery life for workout-oriented’ buds’ is perfect. Loader scans do not happen more than once a week if they clock in at seven hours. It requires two hours of stamina to get a complete charge, but at least they have added a few battery-oriented apps to match. To example, it triggers the processing time to be read aloud by clicking the power button (nub on right earpiece). Alternatively, the FIT heads into hibernation mode like Grizzly bear. Which makes an average deep sleep period of six months. Crazy. Its crazy. Hibernation mode is disabled for more than 10 minutes, when left on but away from the source computer. We last 14 days around normal standby mode. I estimated after 12 charging cycles that the BackBeat Fit battery would last— with medium volume replay — 8 hours, with the best at 8:30 and the worst case at 7:21. By increasing the volume to the maximum acceptable point, life was reduced but not by much; the peak was 7:44, and the shortest battery life was 6:09. Charging is achieved with a very short USB micro cable.
Fitting the BackBeat Fit earphones over several different pairs of ears was tricky. Only one wearer whose ears weren’t close to the head had no difficulty. Still, I wore the BackBeat headphones for a couple of successive hours without discomfort.
The BackBeat Fit earpieces have a 40-degree axial range, so a wide range of ear canals have a good chance of a nice fit. After testing them out on several individuals, I found that while they remained secure even while the people were bouncing on a treadmill, the earphones didn’t create a very tight seal, so they allowed ambient noise to penetrate. Still, the seal was strong enough that listeners heard music well except in really noisy environments.
The controls are user friendly— nearly too simple. I mistakenly set the earphones to Mute before wearing the appropriate earpiece. Noise monitoring was also troublesome. To raise the sound, hit the Volume button, however you have to click and hold the same button to shut it off. This ensures that the amplitude rises marginally until it falls down again. I find it simpler to press Mute, and then heighten the sound.I have found that I was able to combine the BackBeat earphones with more than one unit at a time but this culminated in a cacophony as both outlets played.
The FIT support A2DP standard sub-band coding (SBC). What does this mean? Your audio quality will be fine. It won’t be as good as the proprietary aptX codec, but it’ll do. The 13mm speakers get loud at a measured 105 dB, but, as Yoda once said, loudness doesn’t a fine sounding headphone make.
Unlike other headphones working out, the bass is low. Sealing is crucial for anyone who do not learn, to a firm low end. Since of its non-siealed type component, the FIT can not produce. This is why I think Plantronics wanted to render those noisy as a means of compensating. In order to offer you an idea of the sound, Ed Sheeran’s “Barcelona,” which has a nice, trendy bass line, is turned suddenly into an A Capella version with the Appropriate speakers driving the tune. The mids are the clearest aspect of the sound profile yet may be strengthened. It’s like 80 per cent visibility viewing on a picture. You will see the whole photo here. You get it. But it’s not quite there.
Rock, pop and R&B sounded especially good. Tracks from Nirvana sounded detached, but Green Day sounded great. Joe Satriani begged for just a little more upper midrange, but it was still good. Marvin Gaye sounded fantastic. DJ music wasn’t quite as vivid, but had a pleasant amount of dynamic range. Jazz, especially traditional NYC jazz like Charles Mingus, was smooth and calming. The range seemed strong, except for the aforementioned very high highs. Because the BackBeat Fit headphones use the Bluetooth 3.0 spec, they had a range of more than 150 feet from my Bluetooth sources, which included a MacBook Air, an iPhone 5c, a Samsung S3 and a Kenwood Marine “car” stereo.
Call efficiency was outstanding on BackBeat App. I had predicted nothing less from Plantronics, which was from the start of the Bluetooth game. Conversational sound quality was really strong though I had to push the earpieces onto my ears due to the lack of a secure ear seal which implied more external noise. As kept, the Call Button acts as a Decline Call button, so you may use voice commands (if your computer accepts them) by keeping down the Call button before you hear the voice command sound on your screen.
Plantronics BackBeat Set, which comes in blue or lime green, might not be exceptional, but it’s stronger than any of the market’s portable sports headphones. It’s still fairly decent priced as long as you see any extra benefit in the addition of a removable and translucent necklace that secures the device and acts as a case for headphones. Like Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 Bluetooth and Jaybird Gear BlueBuds X in-ear wireless sports headphones, the Fit’s eartips aren’t built to be pushed all the way through the face. Instead, they are built to send you some ambient noise, and you can hear traffic while you’re walking or cycling with them.
The buds are tied to a lightweight string, so the whole kit is sweatproof. They work comfortably for me too, and I, while easy to wear after I fiddled about with the tip position. Real, if you have a headset that you’re putting in your face, it won’t end up being a good match for everybody. Yet Plantronics seems to have learned from its history in developing previous wireless sports models from BackBeat, like the BackBeat 903+. One big change with these BackBeat Equipped headphones is that they are smaller than previous sport versions from Plantronics, weighing 24 grams.
The controls are user friendly— nearly too simple. I mistakenly set the earphones to Mute before wearing the appropriate earpiece. Noise monitoring was also troublesome. To raise the sound, hit the Volume button, however you have to click and hold the same button to shut it off. This ensures that the amplitude rises marginally until it falls down again. I find it simpler to press Mute, and then heighten the sound. I have found that I was able to combine the BackBeat earphones with more than one unit at a time but this culminated in a cacophony as both outlets played.Those troublesome cables will free active citizens now. The $129 Plantronics BackBeat Design offers wireless earphones with superior sound quality and good battery life. The portability and the included armband overshadow the at times-diffy fit and touchy controls. The BackBeat Equipped headphones are a great option as a Bluetooth tool for those who work out. The BackBeat FIT may never be recognized for performance quality at the audiophile standard, but Plantronics sure knows how to make excellent headphones for workouts. This couple saw all of it: dirt, mud, sweat and for weeks being lugged at the bottom of my pack. Why do they feel like? Still as friendly as before they came.