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Voyager PRO: Weighing the Trade-offs for Superb Sound

Fri Aug 21, 2009 - 3:07 PM EDT - By Annie Latham

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The Plantronics Voyager PRO is one of the best selling Bluetooth headsets for the Palm Centro and Treo Pro.

I was curious to try it out because of the claims that it is "the most advanced noise-canceling Bluetooth headset available." I wanted to see how well it did up against the family of Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headsets with NoiseAssassin. The Plantronics fancy name for noise canceling is "AudioIQ2" (probably pronounced AudioIQ-squared).

One look at this headset and you can tell the emphasis was on technology, not design. The boom features two noise-canceling mics on its boom. Plus, it has three layers of "WindSmart technology" consisting of the stainless steel mic screens, acoustic fabrics, and an electronic filter, for blocking out intrusive wind noise. Add in the AudioIQ-squared software with its adaptive 20-band equalizer and you are pretty much set. Under normal conditions, windy outdoors, city streets, etc., the Voyager PRO has you "unwired" for sound. All that tech does its job well too. For the most part, the Voyager PRO was outstanding on both ends of the conversation.
That's the good news.

The bad news is... well... it sure is ugly. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh. It definitely takes the whole cyborg thing to a new level. For sure, it won't win any beauty contests next to the Jawbone or any of the other svelte Bluetooth headsets. Understandable since all that noise-canceling tech has to reside somewhere. In this case, it's in a lump behind your ear that looks a lot like grandpa's old school hearing aide. Like I said, that may sound harsh, but you ought to know what you're up against.

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