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Plantronics Voyager 855 - headset - Convertible, Binaural
November 2007 · Plantronics · Earhook · Ear Bud · Cell Phone · Wireless · Bluetooth
Tune out the world, tune in full-spectrum stereo music and conveniently switch to calls on your music-enabled phone. Innovative stereo ear buds seal out noise and seal in sound, while AudioIQ two-way noise reduction technology digitally enhances sound quality on both sides of the ...
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- Plantronics Voyager 855Pros: Clever, convertible design Long battery life Loud stereo sound Good range
Cons: Small buttons Poor call quality in windy environments Unequal noise cancelation among earbudsRead full review
- Plantronics Voyager 855 Bluetooth headset reviewThe Plantronics Voyager 855 is a Bluetooth headset for making voice calls and a stereo headset for listening to music.
Sound quality for calls is solid, and the physical design is pretty slick, too. The Plantronics Voyager 855 won't replace your high-end music earphones, however.
At 2.25in long, the Plantronics Voyager 855 looks a bit more conspicuous than similar headsets we've tested. Nevertheless, its call, volume, and mute buttons are comfortably positioned in the top third of the staff, closest to your ear.
We didn't hit any buttons accidentally when adjusting the Plantronics Voyager 855's fit. At 15g, it weights more than competing Bluetooth headsets, but not significantly more. The 855 comes with an AC charger, a carrying case, and a useful printed user guide.
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Even in small ears the Voyager 855 fits very comfortably. That's because it comes with small, medium, and large plastic earbud attachments, which hug your ear canal and block out ambient sound. The Plantronics Voyager 855 comes with an optional earhook as well, for a more solid fit.
The Voyager 855's unique feature is another bundled attachment - an earhook with a second earbud, which plugs into a slot on the back of the Plantronics Voyager 855. The result is a set of stereo headphones.
We listened via Bluetooth to songs loaded on a Motorola Razer2 V9, using the mute button to play and pause the music. Volume controls worked fine, but they also advanced tracks if we held them down for a few seconds.
When we received a call, we hit the call button to answer it and (simultaneously) to pause the music. Callers' voices then channeled through both ears, sounding at times like that of the giant disembodied head in The Wizard of Oz. When the call ended, the music resumed.
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The Plantronics Voyager 855 is a Bluetooth headset for making voice calls and a stereo headset for listening to music.
Sound quality was pretty good, even in a crowded train station. One nice touch: the bottom two-thirds of the Plantronics Voyager 855 slides down to move the microphone closer to your mouth.
The 128 kilobits per second (kbps) and 192kbps MP3 files that we played from a phone sounded good, but the Plantronics Voyager 855 is no match for a wired set of music headphones, especially for reproducing higher-bit-rate music. Plantronics' stated talk time of 7 hours between battery recharges does not seem exaggerated.
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- Review: Plantronics Voyager 855 Stereo Bluetooth HeadsetWe wish the noise-cancelling technology was a bit better, but on the whole the Voyager 855 is a classy dual function headset with good all round performance. If you want a single headset for taking calls and listening to music, it's one of the best options around at the moment. The Voyager 855 stands out from the crowd for two main reasons. First, unlike most standard models it can operate both as a standalone traditional mono headset and also as a pair of wireless stereo headphones when its secondary earpiece is attached. Second, it has a boom mic that you slide out from the main body of the headset to pull it closer to your mouth when you're taking a call. /b44362|d001_10960-voyager855img1.jpg Design-wise, Plantronics has taken a very different approach to that of the Bluetrek Duo Stereo headset that we reviewed. To use the Bluetrek device in stereo mode, you had to attach a completely separate pair of headphones with the main headset then being reduced to the role of a simple Bluetooth transmitter and receiver. However, with the 855, switching from mono to stereo operation is simply a matter of connecting an extra earpiece via a short cable to a special socket on the inside edge of the main headset. It's still a two part solution, but we think it's a much neater and less fiddly design. Without the extra earpiece attached there's little to tell the Voyager 855 apart from most standard mono headsets as it has a fairly standard matt black finish with some silver trim around the edges. Thankfully it's relatively light at 11g so you don't feel like you've got a dumbbell hanging from your lug-hole when you're wearing. And measuring approximately 1.6 x 1.3 x 5.7cm it's also quite narrow and slim, but when the boom mic is pulled out this does add around 2cm to its overall length. /3ad275|b21b_10960-voyager855img2.jpg The boom mic part actually forms the majority of the body of the headset. Plantronics has added a couple of plastic grips to the side of it to help when you're opening and closing it, but to be honest, the sliding action is so smooth that a little pull or tug on any part of the boom is enough to get it to open. The only small problem with the sliding design is that you can sometimes slightly dislodge the 855 from your ear when you operate it. The 855 comes with three ear bud gels (small, medium and large) for both the headset and the extra stereo earpiece so you shouldn't have any problems getting it to sit comfortably in your ear. However, all of these gels are designed to be used in combination with the headset's ear hook so none of them are strong enough to hold the headset in place by themselves. /2480e7|f9b4_10960-voyager855img4.jpg Paring the headset with your phone is easy as the 855 includes Plantronics quick pairing technology. All this means is that the first time you turn it on it automatically enters pairing mode. So to get it working with your handset all you have to do is turn on Bluetooth on your phone, do a search for a new device and enter the standard 0000 passcode. The headset also supports multipoint so it can be paired and active with more than one device at any one time. For example, it could be paired with your laptop to listen to music and your phone ready to take incoming calls. Read full review
|Product Type||Headset - Bluetooth 2.0 EDR|
|Recommended Use||Cellular phone|
|Additional Features||Answer/end button, volume control, track select buttons, play/pause button, QuickPair|
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