I’m sound obsessed. Everyone knows it. In fact I’m pretty sure that Michelle and I have forged a good portion of our friendship over agreements that meals should be silent, there should be no slurping, chewing or lip smacking sounds. One of my favorite things to do (particularly when traveling) is to wear my Bose sound reducing head phones so that I can’t hear people. I don’t listen to music or anything. I just filter out noise that irritates me.
I also use Beats for long walks or trips to the gym. My love affair with the Beats brand was solidified when mine broke and they honored their warranty. I know, I shouldn’t be excited when people or brands simply do what they’ve promised but oddly I still do.
When someone sent me a pair of Plantronics BackBeat Go headphones I figured I’d give them a try but I wasn’t looking to fall in love as I have two very different ways to love my music. Further, I’d read some of the reviews and many folks said that they didn’t go loud enough.
Let me start with the punchline. I’ve retired the Beats.
It is an incredible joy to listen to music or podcasts without being tethered to your device. In fact I can even have a phone call and pace a little without being tangled up in wires. Running is great because sometimes when you run with earbuds in the wires are heavy and sort of tug at your ears. Get rid of the wires, get rid of the problem.
The sound quality is great but I’m not an afficionado. I’m just looking to not be able to hear the guy next to me at the gym grunting. Along with slurping, chewing and lip smacking, grunting is a vile sound that I want to never hear from a stranger. Connecting the BackBeat Go’s was easy but I did reset my iphone and have to reconnect the headset. I’d forgotten how and looking for instructions took longer than it should (I’m not organized) so here are the pairing instructions for folks like me (and maybe you) that can’t keep ahold of paperwork.
As to the volume issue. If anyone tells you these aren’t loud enough they have a problem. You’re putting music into your ear. You’re sticking a speaker right next to your ear drum. There should be limits on how loud it goes. I’ve never had a reason to turn the volume of these up more than about midway. I’ve been using them for a couple of weeks at the gym, hiking and running (okay it’s jogging… semantics). I’m not in a quiet environment. I’m trying to understand what people have done to their hearing and I’m a little confused.