Plantronics BackBeat 216 Headset

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Best earbuds for the dough!

Jan 1, 2011
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Pros:Sound, cord length, cord casing, comfort (long term), iControl ease, multiple earpiece sizes.

Cons:Lower the control/volume buttons about 2-3"

The Bottom Line: For >$50 you can have an awesome set of earbuds that sound good, look good, and are funtional for iPods/iPhones.


I lost my Sennheiser, I lost my Bi-Metals. I needed a new set of earbuds and I couldn't backtrack to the $15 Marshmallows that I started with back in the day...

I had never heard of Plantronics but I saw a few of them being pushed at Best Buy. My sights were on iPod/iPhone-ready Skullcandys, V-Moda's, or comparable mid-upper quality earbuds. I took a chance and bought these for $50. Holy crap I loved them from the first song I played on my iPod. This has been the only pair of earbuds that I have kept the EQ on OFF/Flat. My Sennheiser CX-series had excellent Highs, but weak Lows... so I had to set my EQ to 'Bass Boost'. My Bi-Metals were my favorite earbuds for a while, Lows were powerful, but Highs were too high... so I set the EQ to 'Reduce Treble'. These Backbeat-216's sound beautiful on 'Flat'. The ear pieces fit softly, yet firmly in my ear. The cord has a braided fabric on the outside so it doesnt snag like some of the rubbery silicone cords that pull on clothes.

There are 3 buttons on it to control music and phone options for your iWhatever. The top and bottom are Volume /- and there is a single center button. I was unsure how you could control everything through one center button... and the user manual for it looked even worse! But it is easy and becomes second nature: 1-click Play/Pause; 2-click Next Track; 3-click Last Track. I don't use it for phone stuff, you're on your own on that one.

My only con is that I wished the controls werent so high on the ear. It is about 2" below the right earbud... I wish it was 2-3" lower so I could kinda see it, but its still manageable.


Recommend this product? Yes


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