Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 Review | Wireless Active Noise-Canceling Earbuds
This is Plantronics’ premium wireless earbuds in a neckband form factor featuring active noise cancellation, sweat resistance and smart magnetic ends. The package comes with a total of 3 eartips size, a micro-usb to 3.5mm cable for old school analog, a 3.5mm to USB adapter for charging and a soft carrying pouch. The earfins are one with the eartips and it can be used for quick pace walking or gym if needed. It doesn’t feel heavy or distracting compare to the Sony Wi-1000X.
The controls are located on the right side which houses the microphone and typical 3 button array setup. Each button has a tactile bump for easy identification, but does require some force to actuate it. The charging port is located on the right side on the neckband, when the auxiliary cable is hook up it doesn’t feel heavy. The smart magnetic ends serve as a fast on/off power switch to conserve battery life without the need to press the button on the controller.
The passive sound isolation (physical hardware) is good thanks to the longer sound tube length that goes deep into the ear canal. It is 1.3 cm long including the eartips.
When it comes to the active noise cancelling, its does block the majority of the low frequency noise in your environment without adding back any weird humming noise to your ears (up to 20db). If they improve the noise cancelling frequency range up more and make it smoother sounding, it could rival the much more expensive Sony WF-1000X or Sony Wi-1000X, but at half the price this performs well at public area commuting and in noisy trains.
Looking at the app which is much more user friendly compared to bigger brands. The home page shows the battery life in percentage or time, the ANC low or high, the EQ and other settings. For the EQ, bright or bass has a little differences between the two. So I set mine to bright.
It’s powered by pair of 10mm Neodymium Dynamic Drivers. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity and the maximum stable line of sight is 11 meters. The rated battery life is 8 hours on ANC and 10 hours on ANC-off. Our battery life test is based on the iPhone 6 at the 4th volume bar. Without noise cancelling we managed to get 9 hours and 55 minutes, with the active noise cancelling at high it gave us 8 hours and 45 minutes.
Iphone 4th volume
-ANC HIGH: 8 hours 45 minutes
-ANC OFF: 9 hours 55 minutes
Bluetooth : 5.0 (A2DP 1.3, HFP 1.7, HSP 1.2, AVRCP 1.5, SPP 1.2)
Listen time : Up to 8 hours (ANC), Up to 10 hours (OFF ANC), Up to 50 hours (On time + ANC)
Talk time : Up to 9 hours
DeepSleep : Up to 6 months
Speaker driver size : 10 mm
Frequency response : 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Sensitivity 94 dBSPL : @ 1 kHz
Impedance : 32 ohms
Harmonic distortion : <3%
Active noise cancellation : Up to 20db, dual-mode (high/low)
Weight : 35 g/1.2 oz
Range : Up to 98 ft/30 m
Charge time : Up to 2 hours for full charge
Microphone : HD Voice certified (mSBC codec)/Wideband enabled Multi-point
Connect to 2 devices simultaneously and stream from either one
Tiaan – Be Ok (Low bass frequency)
Low bass frequency is superbly energetic and highly notable, you can feel the air pressure booming in your ears even at lower volumes. It doesn’t eat into the vocals and has zero bass distortion. The subtle bass vibrations fade smoothly. Low bass frequency is well bodied. The low bass slight overpower with the vocals in terms of audible levels but just a minute amount.
Pia Mia – Do It Again (standard bass)
Bass is superbly energetic and highly notable, you can feel the air pressure. The bass fade butter-mega-ultra-smooth with a long drag especially at the 2:05 mark, the vibrations is just eargasm and turns me on real good. Bass doesn’t overpower vocal much and feel balanced, clear separation between the two. Bass is well bodied. EDM tones sounds alive, excited and reactive.
Violinder – Raindrops (high frequency instrumental)
Piano/Violin tone sounds right and natural, leans closer to the crystal-clear type not the warm-sound, I prefer crystal-clear type. It has right amount of shine at the highs, feel lively. Tones are well bodied doesn’t sound half-hearted. Bass/Drums feels balance with Piano/Violin in term of audible levels, with the Violin the lead sometimes which I prefer. Good indication of a nearly balance IEM.
Pentatonix – See Through (high frequency vocals / vocal separation)
Mitch Grassi’s Hi-pitched-male Tenor vocals perform very well at the highs with the right amount of shine, feels bright. Each singer can be identified easily. Every diction and pronunciation is crystal clear. Vocal beat-boxing, echoing and humming is eargasm which doesn’t overpower Mitch Grassi’s vocal in the song.
This wireless IEM performs well throughout the entire range from the lows to highs, beating the more expensive Sony Wi-H700 with clearer mids to highs. Almost can rival the premium priced Sony Wi-1000X and BOSE line-up in term of audio quality. If Plantronics refine the ANC more in the future version; BOSE & Sony would face a good competition.
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