This is Plantronics Backbeat Go 410, a premium wireless earbuds in a neckband form factor featuring active noise cancellation. It is sweat resistance and has 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 Type-A adapter for charging and a soft carrying pouch. The ear-fins are one with the eartips and it can be used for quick pace walking or gym activities. Doesn’t feel heavy or distracting compare to the Sony Wi-1000X. Latest pricing here Amazon/Shopee/Lazada.

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The charging cable (with the USB Type-A adapter attached) and eartips
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The carrying pouch

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 it 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 option to power on/off, it is an easy way to conserve battery life with this method without the need to press the power button.

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The magnetic ends

The passive sound isolation (the physical hardware alone) is good, thanks to the longer sound tube length that goes deep into the ear canal. When it comes to the active noise cancelling, its does block majority of the low frequency noise in your environment without adding any weird humming noise to your ears. It could rival (and on par with) the much more expensive brands such as Sony WF-1000X or Sony Wi-1000X, but at the half the price, this performs well at public area commuting and in noisy trains. Knocks down superb amount of background noises.

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Without/with eartips on

The app is much more user friendly compared to bigger brands. The home page display the battery life in percentage or time, the ANC low or high option, the EQ and other settings. For the EQ, bright or bass has a little differences between the two. So I set mine to bright. Do check our review video to see how the software looks like.

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Top view of the IEM

The Plantronics Backbeat Go 410 is 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 with  ANC on 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, while with the active noise cancelling at high it lasted about 8 hours and 45 minutes.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Weights: 35 g/1.2 oz
Wireless Range Up to: 98 ft/30m
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, Class 1, A2DP 1.3, HFP 1.7, HSP 1.2, AVRCP 1.5, SPP 1.2
SBC codec: Yes
Harmonic distortion: <3%
Driver size: 10 mm
Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 kHz
Sensitivity: 94 dBSPL@1kHz
Microphone: HD Voice certified (mSBC codec) / Wideband enabled
Active noise cancellation: Up to 20db, dual-mode (high/low)
Listen time with ANC: Up to 8 hrs
Listen time without ANC: Up to 10 hours
Listen time with ANC: and without streaming media 50 hrs
Moisture protection: Sweat-resistant
DeepSleep: Up to 6 months
Fast charge: 15min charge = 1 hour listen time
Multipoint: Connect to 2 devices simultaneously and stream from either one
Battery capacity (Earbuds): 180 mAH
Charge time: 2 hours for full charge

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AUDIO QUALITY

Test was performed on the Iphone 6.

POP/EDM:
Tiaan – Be Ok (low bass frequency)
The 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 and the low bass frequency is well bodied. The low bass does slight overpower the vocals in terms of audible levels but it is just a minute amount.

Pia Mia – Do It Again (standard bass)
The bass is superbly energetic and highly notable, you can feel the air pressure. The bass fades butter-mega-ultra-smooth with a long drag especially at the 2:05 mark of the song, the vibrations is just eargasm and it turns me on real good. The bass doesn’t overpower vocal much and it feels balanced, tho is a clear separation between the two. The bass is well bodied and the EDM tones sounds alive, excited and reactive.

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Vocals/Instrumentals :
Violinder – Raindrops (high frequency instrumental)
The piano/violin tone sounds right and natural, it leans closer to the crystal-clear type not the warm-sound. Personally, I prefer crystal-clear type. It has right amount of shine at the highs and it feels lively. The tones are well bodied and doesn’t sound half-hearted. The bass/drums feels balance with piano/violin in term of audible levels, with the violin takes the lead sometimes which I prefer. Good indication of a nearly balance IEM.

Pentatonix – See Through (high frequency vocal/separation)
Mitch Grassi’s hi-pitched-male tenor vocals perform very well at the highs with the right amount of shine, it feels bright. Each singer can be identified easily. Every diction and pronunciation is crystal clear. Vocal beat-boxing, echoing and humming is an eargasm which doesn’t overpower Mitch Grassi’s vocal in the song.

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FINAL VERDICT

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. This also can rival the premium priced Sony Wi-1000X and BOSE line-up in term of audio quality. If Plantronics refine their ANC more in the future version then BOSE and Sony would face a good competition.

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