Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC Bluetooth Headband With Earbuds Review

You will forget you even have them on. The multi-talented Voyager 6200 UCs (or just the 6200s going forward) can do a lot and intrude a little. Here is our review.

DESIGN:

I never thought I would like a headband BT headset, but here we are. In a world of "smaller is better," in this case I'll go with larger. The headband is such a great fit around my neck that it has never been a nusance like I belvied it would be. Moving my neck around, resting my head on a pillow during a road trip and even working out with them on, the 6200s stayed right in place and almost felt like they weren't there.


The controls are in ideal places as well. The play/pause/Siri/jack of all trades button will lay along the left side of our neck but out of place for unintentional presses. Above that are the volume buttons, (two independent buttons rather than a rocker) which are easy to depress. To enter pairing mode, push the power button up for two seconds.


On the other side of the multi-function button is an orange button toggles wide-band audio and stereo support, which this means that users with a compatible device can manually toggle HD voice. Further up the neckband is the active noise-cancelling switch. 

The included carrying case is the perfect combination of sturdy and flexible. The inside pouch will easily store the included cables and cradle.

The headband is a flexible, soft matte rubber neckband with thin red cables connecting to chunky, yet lightweight, earbuds. The silicone ear tips have an extra section that rests against your ear for improved stability and a more secure fit, making these great for the gym. Best of all, with three included ear tip sizes, the fit has been very comfortable.

It is a very sleek design, one that definitely adds to the multi-function nature. These are nice looking headphones that are meant for call center work, but can also be used in the gym or around the house.

HOW DO THEY SOUND:

There is a lot going on here. Wireless connectivity, four microphones, speakers, call quality, battery life and more features than you can shake a stick at. Let's try to break it down.

First, mic quality, because after all, these are work headphones. Plantronics claims a 90-foot Bluetooth range. We didn't get that far in our testing, more like 40-50 feet without obstructions, but that is still very good.

The four-mic array uses digital signal processing to build great sound quality from those mics. Built in features make it certified for Skype for Business by getting rid of most background sounds and audio spikes. Wind and music in the background of calls still make it through and really challenge the noise cancelling. The noise cancellation gets confused and cancels out aspects of the music along with the speaker's voice.

As for the speakers in the earbuds, the offer noise cancelling as well, of the active variety. The ANC does an amazing job of getting rid of low frequency like you'll hear inside of a plane cabin. Passively, with the right ear tip, these will also block out some sound, but paired with ANC on, that really does the trick.


An included USB dongle was in the box for us to try. This allows you to connect to a PC directly to the dongle via BT. This is where we had the best performance across the board, as to be expected. The mics and speakers produce clearer sound and better audio mix.

The 6200s love them some bass, which is pretty surprising for their size. The reproduce bass relatively sloppy though. Mids and highs do well but you might have to EQ down on the default bassiness of the 6200s.

A small black cradle charges the Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC headset, but they can also be charged directly via the micro-USB port on the bottom of the neckband.

Charge for an hour and a half and you are good to go for up to 16 hours of playback, nine hours of talk time, and 14 days of standby time. ANC will cut into that time as Plantronics reports that you will only get 10.5 hours of playback time. To get a battery readout, just hold the power switch up for two seconds.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
At $199, the Plantronics' Voyager 6200s aren't cheap, but they are cheaper than when they first came out. But with loads of features like, ANC, a charging cradle, the USB dongle and great battery life, the sound quality is good if not great in all occasions. These are really worth a look for someone who is taking calls all day, even at the gym.

GRADE: A



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