Wireless earbuds the Beat to Back, says Plantronics

Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 headphones available in Australia from 1 September

Plantronics has announced the Australian availability of its second generation BackBeat Go 2 wireless earbuds, with the device to go on sale from Sunday, 1 September.

The Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 headphones, in white.
The Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 headphones, in white.

The BackBeat Go 2 are wireless, stereo earbuds designed primarily for use with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. The original BackBeat Go headphones were one of the first wireless earbud products on the market.

Plantronics says the BackBeat Go 2 headphones have improved audio over the original BackBeat Go model, include a new moisture-proof coating to guard against sweat, and offer a "DeepSleep" hibernation feature that keeps battery power preserved for up to six months between charges.

The headphones also include voice prompts to alert users about charge remaining, battery life, and what device is paired, and will now pair up to eight Bluetooth devices.

Plantronics Australia's national retail sales manager, Peter Petrides, says the company feels the BackBeat Go 2 headphones compare favourably against wired headphones in the same price range.

"We want there to be no difference between a wireless product thats $100 and a wired product that's $100, if anything we want this to be better."

"What we're trying to do here is set the bar for in-ear wireless headphones. There's not really huge amounts of competition in the space, yet, but we believe that everyone will eventually go to wireless."

"One question I always ask everyone is 'if you had a choice between wired or wireless, what would it be?'. There isn't a person who turns around and says they want wired. Everyone wants wireless."

Petrides says the key aspect of the BackBeat Go 2, aside from the wireless aspect, is the compact design.

"The whole aspect of this product is its miniaturisation. There is so much technology that's built into these two small earbuds to enable them not only to be wireless but to have noise cancellation, to have good audio, to have good RF, and also the sweatproof part of it."

"We look at what's going to come out eventually, and people are still releasing headphones with dongles built onto them and so much chunky things. We're the first company to find that solution and make it work well. We're trying to be the top tier of this wireless product category."

Plantronics will sell two retail packages of the BackBeat Go 2 headphones in Australia. The stand alone headphones will retail for $99.99, while a $129.99 option bundles a charging and storage case that increases listening and talk time by two full charges, or approximately 10 hours.

Plantronics will sell the BackBeat Go 2 through JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Apple Stores and other authorised retailers across Australia.

A $129.99 option bundles a charging and storage case with the BackBeat Go 2, pictured above.
A $129.99 option bundles a charging and storage case with the BackBeat Go 2, pictured above.

The company will also sell the headphones through Telstra and Vodafone stores, but Petrides says consumers still look to mass retailers first when buying headphones.

"History tells us that headphones, and the best experience for headphones, you're going to get out of a mass retailer. Until such time where a telco really drives that category for their business and makes consumers really aware of it, they'll be successful at it."

"There are major telcos who are really looking at that and wondering how they can get everyone buying headphones from a wall that's a quarter of the size of a JB."

Plantronics will sell both black and white variants of the BackBeat Go 2 headphones in Australia.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags smartphonestabletsheadphonesplantronicswireless headphonesin-ear headphonesPlantronics BackBeat Go 2

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?