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Plantronics BackBeat 903+

Est. $45
Reviewed
July 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Plantronics BackBeat 903+

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Great music quality for a Bluetooth headset
Cons
  • Doesn't fit all head sizes
  • Ambient noise can seep in
  • Very poor outgoing voice quality

Bottom line

Reviewers are generally impressed with the wireless Plantronics BackBeat 903+ Bluetooth headphone, which is popular for use during exercise and has been redesigned to prevent sweat from seeping into ear bud seams. Although sound quality isn't pristine enough to satisfy audiophiles, music performance isn't bad for a Bluetooth headset. Phone call quality is a disappointment, however.

Performance

Good for music, weak for phone. The Plantronics BackBeat 903+ is designed for those who like to listen to music while working up a sweat. As such, it rates well among reviewers in the music sound-quality department, at least by Bluetooth audio-quality standards. Audio purists won't be impressed, but that can be said of all Bluetooth headphones. Yet no one's standards will be met by the BackBeat's built-in microphone, and many critics and users complain of awful outgoing audio quality when making phone calls.

Comfort

One size doesn't fit all. The behind-the-ears design of the 903+ places a flexible band behind the head and an ear bud redesign prevents sweat from leaking into seams, making them a good companion in the gym or when out for a run. However, reviewers have significant concerns about the fit of this headphone. It can't be adjusted, and critics warn that it might not be comfortable for everyone. Some users say the 903+ slips off their ears, and others find it uncomfortable during extended wear.

Value

Good value if you can ignore the warts. Although call quality is lacking and some may find it's not a good fit, the Plantronics BackBeat 903+ carries an attractive price. Factor in its streamlined design and generally strong sound fidelity when listening to music, and this Bluetooth headphone is worth considering, especially by exercise or running enthusiasts.

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Our Sources

1. CNET

Lee's experience with the Plantronics BackBeat 903+ doesn't start off on a high note as the one-size-fits-all headphones continually fall off her head. Music is clean and clear, she says, but phone call quality suffers; users' voices sound weak and static-filled.

Review: Plantronics BackBeat 903+ Headset Review, Nicole Lee, Feb. 16, 2011

2. CNET (Australia)

Although the Plantronics BackBeat 903+ is mistakenly referred to as the 903 here, the review itself is thorough. Hands-on testing is conducted and "the BackBeat 903 does a great job of pumping out music," Hanlon says. He also finds setup easy, but he has issues with call sound quality and fitting the headphones.

Review: Plantronics BackBeat 903, Joseph Hanlon, Sept. 1, 2011

3. Gizmodo.com (Australia)

Broughall praises the physical design of the Plantronics BackBeat 903+ and calls audio quality fantastic: "There's really good range in both the low and high ranges, with the mid range performing well too." He doesn't address call quality, but says the ear buds can become uncomfortable after prolonged use.

Review: Plantronics BackBeat 903+ Bluetooth Headphones Are the Best on the Market, Nick Broughall, Dec. 3, 2010

4. Amazon.com

About 1,250 Amazon.com users give the Plantronics BackBeat 903+ an overall rating of 3.4 stars out of 5. Music sounds very good, they say, although some find that the bass boost feature decreases audio quality. While many owners praise the headset's comfort, others can't get it to stay on or complain of pain after extended use. Some report issues with build quality and the reliability of the Bluetooth connection.

Review: Plantronics BackBeat 903+ Headset – Frustration-Free Packaging, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013

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