I've long been enjoying Plantronics Voyager Bluetooth headsets. I've normally favoured the over-the-ear models, having always struggled to fit traditional earbuds — such as those bundled with most smartphones, even Apple's allegedly superior design — in my ears, let alone keep them in. The Voyager 5200 is my current go-to model.
Yet, a slightly bulky over-the-ear model with a premium price-tag isn't for everyone. When I received the Voyager 3200 I assumed, by virtue of its model number, that it would be a low-end brother. I was pleasantly surprised to find a superbly comfortable and crisp audio experience.
The Plantronics Voyager 3200 has a discrete design which fits snugly in your ear. Even I, a person for whom earbuds just fall out, had no difficulty whatsoever. I just stuck it in my ear – and that was it. It fit first go and stayed until I took it out myself.
What's more, the three microphone noise-cancelling technology proved effective even when I tried it in a busy shopping centre car park in light wind.
Plantronics says the Voyager 3200 is designed to impress and made to perform, and it truly does offer a stylish, discreet design with premium audio functionality.
“Today, the world is your office, but you don’t want it to look or sound that way,” said Greg Miller, director, Portfolio Business Management at Plantronics. “The Voyager 3200 Series brings advanced audio management to a sophisticated form factor, allowing you to stay in control of the conversation so you can confidently take calls anytime, anywhere.”
The headpiece featured triple microphones with enhanced digital signal processors (DSPs) to separate your speech from background noise, delivering clear audio to both yourself and your listeners.
Now, mere words don't do justice. Check out my video below where I literally walk through a car park and record using the headset. Cars, wind and people are dramatically silenced.
The headset works with Plantronics Manager Pro, for enterprise IT deployments, as well as with Plantronics PLT Hub smartphone app that lets you tune your headset's settings and keep its firmware up-to-date.
It also has a range of built-in smarts, such as alerting you if you are speaking while muted, as well as configurable options to answer or transfer calls when putting the headset on. It can announce callers, provides up to 30m of wireless range, provides Plantronics SoundGuard technology to protect against unexpected loud sounds, and lets you activate your preferred digital assistant — Siri, Google Now or Cortana — with the simple touch of a button.
The Voyager 3200 is available in three colours – diamond black, buff white and carbon grey, and the Voyager 3200 UC will also be available in carbon grey.
More specs are available online. The headset retails for RRP $149.95 by itself, and for $179.95 including the charging case.