Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Headphones

In case you travel frequently, You probably familiar with the headphones that can’t block out sound or low battery life. See our amazing pick Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Headphones, one of the best headphones that cost less than half as much as one of the bigger names and it can do all of the above. It sounds nearly identical with less premium materials. That being said, we feel the Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Headphones are an affordable pair of ANC headphones that will please travelers and commuters who don’t want to spend too much money on headphones. The noise canceling of this headphone not comparable with Bose’s or Sony’s, but it does a decent job muffling sound. It has high and low noise cancellation modes and bright EQ setting in the BackBeat app. There’s a little bit of presence boost in the treble that makes the headphones sound a little forward at times, but that seems to be par for the course these days for headphone sound profiles.

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Over-ear     Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Headphones

Enclosure:
Closed-Back

Wireless:
Yes

Noise-Cancelling:
Yes

Mic:
Yes

Transducer:
Dynamic

 

Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Headphones Good control scheme
Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Headphones Great audio reproduction
Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 Headphones Great battery life
Disappointing ANC performance
Lackluster customization and companion app
Very high latency

 

Design

Has Stereo SpeakersX
Has An Over-the-ear Foam
Has A Detachable CableX
Sweat ResistantX
Can Be FolderX
Travel Bag is IncludedX

Sound Quality

Highest Frequency20000Hz
Lowest Frequency50Hz
Sound Pressure Level99dB/mW
Has Passive Noise Reduction
Impedance32 Ohms
Has Active Noise Cancelling (Noise Control)

Power

Has A Rechargeable Battery
Has A Battery Level Indicator
Has A Removable BatteryX

Connectivity

Can Be Used Wirelessly
Has A 3.5mm Male Connector
Supports Bluetooth Pairing Using NFCX
Has WI-FIX

Features

Can Be Used As A Headset
Control Panel Placed On A Device
Has An In-Line Control PanelX
Has A Noise Cancelling MicrophoneX
Has Voice PromptsX
Has Wireless ChargingX

 

Design
These headphones are decently designed over-ears. These headphones are fairly comfortable, thanks to their good padding, but they might feel tight on larger heads. They're also decently well-built, but creaky and feel a bit cheap when they're in your hands. On the other hand, their control scheme is easy to use with buttons that are easy to distinguish. They're also very lightweight for over-ears, but their bulky design won’t be the most portable, especially since they don’t have a hard case.
StyleComfort
These headphones are good looking headphones. They have a nice matte finish which has a high-end feel, and their copper headband gives them a premium look. They have decently thick ear cup padding and have a fairly similar design to that of the BackBeat Pro 2. They come in three different colors: Graphite Black, Navy Blue, and Bone White.The BackBeat Go 810 are fairly comfortable, but the cups are a bit small and shallow, which won’t be ideal for everyone. Also, they might be tight and have an unnatural fit on larger heads. The padding is decently thick and soft, and the headphones are lightweight, which is good. The headband is also decently padded, so you shouldn’t feel too much pressure on the top of your head. You can wear these for a while, but some may feel fatigue rather quickly.
PortabilityBuild Quality
Like most over-ear headphones, these headphones aren’t very portable. They aren’t as bulky as some other headphones, but they don’t fold into a more compact format. Thankfully, the cups swivel to lay flat, so it's easier to slide them inside a bag or wear them comfortably around your neck. Unfortunately, they only come with a pouch that doesn’t really protect the headphones.The BackBeat Go 810 are decently built headphones. They don’t feel as solid as the BackBeat Pro 2, but the materials used feel similarly sturdy. The metal headband is solid and flexible, but the overall build creaks a lot, especially when you’re pulling the cups apart to position the headphones on your head. On the upside, the cups feel dense and should survive a few accidental drops without suffering too much damage.
StabilityControls
The BackBeat Go 810 are stable headphones, and you should be able to run with them without too many problems. They don’t move much from side to side and have a fairly secure fit. Some larger heads may feel like they are even more tight, which can be good for sports. However, their bulky design might not be ideal for sports activities. Their wireless design also gets rid of the risk of having a cable getting hooked on something and yanking the headphones off your head.The control scheme of this headphone is pretty good. The cups look like they have touch-sensitive surfaces, but the left ear cup actually has physical buttons for music management. You also get separate volume controls and have additional Bluetooth and presets buttons. The preset button lets you switch between the default/balanced and bright presets and acts as a mic-mute button when on calls. All buttons offer great tactile feedback and are easy to use.
Unfortunately, there are no noise-canceling controls directly on the headphones, but you can change this inside their companion app. Also, there’s no audio cue that lets you know which EQ preset you're on, so you also need to look at the app.
Sound
These headphones are great-sounding over-ear headphones. They have an excellent, extended and consistent bass performance, a flat and virtually flawless mid-range, and a great treble as well. However, some may feel like they are a bit light on bass, and their treble is slightly uneven as some S and T sounds may feel lacking in detail while some feel a bit sharp and piercing, but this shouldn’t be too audible. Overall, they have excellent audio reproduction and will be suited for a wide variety of music, from bass-heavy to vocal-centric genres. Also, these headphones have a button for you to switch between bright and default/balanced EQ presets.
BassMid
The bass is excellent. Low-bass, which is responsible for the thump and rumble common to EDM, hip-hop, and film scores, is well-balanced and extended down to 10Hz, which is great. Mid-bass, occupied by the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums, is also reproduced virtually flat, but slightly overemphasized by about 2dB over our target. However, high-bass, responsible for warmth, is within 1dB over our target, which is great. Overall, they have an excellent bass performance, but some may feel like they are bass-light.The BackBeat Go 810’s mid-range performance is remarkable. The response throughout the range is virtually flawless and follows our target curve almost perfectly. This will result in accurate and detailed reproduction of vocals and lead instruments.
Isolation
The isolation performance of this headphone is mediocre, especially considering they are noise-canceling headphones. Their ANC feature doesn’t block too much noise and is only decent for commuting, as the headphones don’t block out engine rumble well. On the upside, they don’t leak too much, so you’ll be able to block more background noise by listening to audio content at higher volumes without bothering people surrounding you.
Noise IsolationOverall Leakage

The active noise cancellation performance is disappointing. With their ANC enabled, this headphone achieved about 7dB of isolation in the bass range. This means they will do a poor job in reducing the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they provide 11dB of isolation, which is passable. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts and fan noises, they reduce outside noise by more than 33dB, which is good.
The leakage performance is good. The significant portion of the leakage is between 500Hz and 7KHz, so the leakage will sound quite thin. The overall level of the leakage is not loud either. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away, averages at about 35dB SPL and peaks at 45dB SPL, which is below the noise floor of most offices.
Microphone
The integrated microphone on this device has a mediocre performance. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound a bit thin, and quite muffled and lacking detail. However, it would still be decently understandable. In noisy situations, it will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise, even in moderately loud environments like a busy street.
Battery
These headphones have a great 24-hour battery life that will last you more than a workday, and it won’t need daily charging, which is nice. Plantronics’ spec sheet says, you can also get 3 hours of continuous playback thanks to a very short 10-minute charge, which is great. They enter a standby mode when being idle for a few minutes and can last for up to 10 days, but we obviously couldn’t test this. You can also use the headphones passively with the included audio cable, even if the battery is dead. We couldn't accurately measure their charging time since the LED wouldn't turn off or change color when fully charged. The specs sheet advertises a 2-hour charging time.
Connectivity
These headphones are Bluetooth headphones that can also be used wired, even if the battery is dead. They have an amazing wireless range, and you might get an even better connection if your source supports Bluetooth version 5.0. Unfortunately, they have very high latency, which won’t be suitable for watching video content and gaming. On the upside, you can use them wired to get rid of latency, and they can also be connected via Bluetooth to two devices at the same time.
BluetoothWired
The BackBeat Go 810 are Bluetooth compatible and can connect to two devices, which is useful if you want to often switch between your cellphone and work computer. Also, you might even get better overall performance if your source supports Bluetooth 5.0. Our current test bench only supports Bluetooth 4.2, but we do plan on upgrading this in a future test bench update.You can use this headphone passively with the included 1/8” TRS cable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have an in-line microphone, so you won’t be able to take calls or communicate in online games. However, we were able to use a third-party cable that has an in-line microphone. The headphones support it, but simply don't come with one.
Wireless RangeBase/Dock
The wireless range of these headphones is remarkable. We almost maxed out our testing facility in the direct line-of-sight range test and got an impressive 59ft of range when the source was obstructed by walls. You should be able to walk around a small apartment or office without too many problems. However, wireless range is dependent on many factors such as your device’s signal strength, the thickness and material of the walls blocking the signal, interference, etc. so your results may vary.The BackBeat Go 810 don’t have a base or dock.

 

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