Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 Review | Wireless Sport IEM
Our very first Plantronics wireless earbuds/IEM for review, that has a premium look thanks to its grey tone with the plastic finish that looks like wood. It has nano-coating that makes it water-resistant and sweatproof, great for sports, running or gym-bros-doing-gym-stuff. The cable is 60cm long (earbud to earbud), can be untangle easily. I wish it came with cable management like Jaybird’s to shorten the cable length to prevent it from dangling around too much. It weighs 19 grams, it fluffy lightweight.
It comes with 2 additional size earbuds, you can’t use 3rd party ones as it has a different locking method (not cool man). If you purchase with the charging pouch option it can give you up to additional 13 hours. However that would set you back 100 USD, without the pouch it is 80 USD. I wouldn’t mind getting the pouch for the 20 USD premium, longer battery life is always a good choice.
The battery rated to last 6.5 hours listening time, we manage to get it at 6 hours with 5th volume bar on iPhone 6. What I like about this IEM is in idle mode, press any button it will tell you how much estimated battery life left. It has a wireless range of 10 meters from our testing. Sound isolation is good, it made me fall asleep well as the buds goes deep into the canal. The earbuds are unlikely to fall off easily as the sound tube goes deep into the ear canal and the ear-loop lock the earbud firmly at the exterior part of the ear.
There is an app but is more for tutorials, to help switch to another Bluetooth device, update the firmware and tell you the battery life. Simple but you don’t need it.
- Battery: Up to 6.5 hours listen, standby time up to 14 days
- Codec: HQ custom SBC
- Driver: 6 mm dynamic drivers
- Frequency response: 20Hz -20,000Hz
- Noise reduction: Passive (20db)
- Harmonic Distortion: <3%
- Sensitivity: 102 dBspl/mW @ 1 kHz
- Moisture protection Sweatproof design with nano-coating by P2i on headphones
- Bluetooth v3.0 A2DP 1.2, AVRCP v1.5, Wideband audio HFP v1.7, HSP v1.1
- Weight 19 g/0.67 oz
- Operating + storage temp 14°F to 122°F/-10°C to +50°C
- Operating distance (range) Up to 33 ft/10 m from phone or tablet
Pia Mia – Do It Again
Bass is highly energetic, well bodied and fade well smoothly that you can hear the subtle vibration at the end. Bass doesn’t eat into the vocals.
Tiaan – Be Ok
Low frequency bass is overpowered there is tiny bit distortion which we had to lower the volume to 2nd bar from the 5th. Eq tuning is need for low frequency.
Ed Sheeran – Touch and Go
Guitar tone is decent, lack shine or the sharp sound, feels little muted. Guitar chord ended quickly,sadly.
Vocals is decent but does lack shine in the upper mid onwards, tho vocal dragging/humming is good.
The XX – Intro
Guitar tones does not shine much, feels muffled. Snare is pushed back a lot.
Pentatonix – See Through
Vocal group humming is okay (good but can be better). Mitch Grassi hi pitch vocals did not shine well, feels little muffled. Vocal clarity overall feels flat.
Summary, it perform well from lower mid to mid range again this a portable IEMs for sport and commute. Pop and bassy song would do good, anything related to acapella/instrumentals there are better options. Plantronics need to improve the audio quality to compete with other brands.
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