Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 vs. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT: Headphone Review & Battle

Between the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 vs. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT; which headphones are the best?

Here it is ladies and gentlemen. Two highly popular headphones side-by-side facing off. While each pair has its standard ups and downs, they also have their own unique benefits. Depending on what you’re looking for in a pair of headphones will determine which of these might be the best choice for you. After extensive research, personal experience, and reviews; We formulated an in-depth comparison between each one. May the battle commence!  

But first…

What Makes A Pair Of Headphones Good?

  1. Sound Quality: How good the overall audio quality of music, phone calls, or video.
  2. Comfort: The ability to remain comfortable for extended periods of time without itchiness, annoyance, or ear pain.
  3. Build Quality: The overall durability and longevity. Able to withstand harsh conditions for extended periods of time.
  4. Noise Isolation/ Active Noise Cancelling: If any at all, how well the active noise cancelling or noise isolating abilities are.
  5. Battery Life: How long the battery life of the pair of headphones is at a full charge.
  6. Added Features: A few examples of added features headphones offer can be Bluetooth capabilities, built-in AI assistant, headphone controls, built-in microphone for phone calls, flexibility, rotatable ear cups, etc.

We compared and contrasted each of these factors for the Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 vs. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

Sound Quality

Especially for music listeners, the overall quality of sound is a massive factor in finding your perfect pair of headphones. There are various factors that impact a pair of headphones’ sound quality.

Plantronics Pro 2
With high-res sound, these headphones offer a fantastic balance between all frequencies. The music sound very detailed and crisp. While it still has a great bass response, it does not take away from the punchy mids and sparkly highs. Overall, these headphones have much better sound quality than their price. I give the sound quality a 9 out of 10.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
Audio-Technica’s 45mm drivers produce exceptional sound quality while wired. Unfortunately, in wireless Bluetooth mode, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT does not sound as good. However, in wireless mode, the quality of sound is still good. Many claim they are unable to tell the difference while audiophiles and musicians say there is a difference in sound. Overall, I give them a 9.4 for sound quality while wired.

Overall, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT has better sound quality than the Plantronics Pro 2.

Comfort

The ability for headphones to remain comfortable for extended periods of time without itchiness, annoyance, pressure, or ear pain. Considering many people use headphones for commute, air travel, or work; Comfort is a vital factor.

Plantronics Pro 2
Both the perforated mesh and faux leather contribute a massive amount to the Plantronics Pro 2’s high-level comfort. The earpads are breathable and don’t get the skin itchy or hot. The headband and earcups are well cushioned. These headphones are able to be worn for 7-9 hours at a time without any need for a break. Overall, I give it a 9 out of 10 for comfort.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
These headphones are relatively comfortable. However, in my experience, they become a bit uncomfortable after a few hours. Many others claim otherwise. It just depends on personal preference and your head/ear type.

Overall, the Plantronics Pro 2 is more comfortable than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT.

Build Quality

What good are your amazingly sounding headphones if they break in a few months? The overall durability and longevity are crucial for any investment you make. Especially for those who need headphones for commute, it’s important they’re able to withstand vigorous traveling conditions consistently.

Plantronics Pro 2
The Plantronics Pro 2 has a very unique build quality in which I’m a big fan of. It has a textured and sturdy plastic, metal, and a comfortable pleather while maintaining its lightweight. In terms of longevity, the only thing that may be an issue further down the road is the material that covers the ear cups. Overall, I give it an 8 out of 10 for the build.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
The design and build quality of these headphones is superb. They are robust and tough while remaining lightweight. The materials used are much more robust than the vast majority of headphones in this price range. Overall, you will be more than satisfied with the build.

Overall, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT has a better build quality.

Noise Isolation/ Active Noise Cancelling

Don’t be confused between active noise cancelling and noise isolation headphones. They are both entirely different. Noise-cancelling technology is very unique. Unlike noise-isolating headphones, noise-cancelling headphones do not eradicate outside noise by physical insulation. Within the ear cups, they have a mini microphone that picks up the outside environmental noise. It then triggers a frequency entirely opposite to the outside ambient noise. Thus, canceling out most outside ambient sound.

Plantronics Pro 2
The active noise-cancellation is very good. In my experience, the noise-cancelling abilities are good enough to block out most chatter, office work, coffee shops, and a vast amount of airplane travel. However, it is not enough to fully block out a busy subway or train ride.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
These headphones do not provide active noise-cancelling. However, they have decent passive noise-isolation. They are not the best, but they are not too bad, either. Overall, I give them a 5.5 out of 10 for noise isolation.

Overall, the Plantronics Pro 2 is the only pair of the two with active noise cancelling.

Battery Life

Battery life is an overlooked subject when speaking about over-ear headphones. Obviously, the only headphones that have a battery life are those which are wireless. Many headphones on the market do not have wireless capabilities. But for those who do, a more extended battery-life becomes a convenient factor.

Plantronics Pro 2
The Plantronics Pro 2 has a decent battery life of 24 hours.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
These headphones provide a staggering 40-hour battery life.

Overall, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT has a more extended battery life.

Added Features

Here we summarize each pair of headphones and talk about some of the added features.

Plantronics Pro 2
A very unique feature these headphones offer is the wireless range of 330 feet. However, many claim the range is only 70-100. Keep in mind, nearly every other pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones on the market has an average of 30 feet of wireless range. Something that I find unique about the Plantronics Pro 2 is its automatic pause to music once the headphones are taken off. I also like the multifunction button on the right ear cup as it allows you to access the virtual assistant and answer phone calls. On the left ear cup are various controls as well, such as the pause/play, skip a song, previous song, volume, and ANC switch. Overall, the Plantronics Pro 2 is an incredible pair of noise-cancellation headphones that will not let you down.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
These headphones give you the option to go wireless via Bluetooth 5.0. However, you still have the option to use them wired. To charge it for going wireless, you get a USB charging cable with the purchase. Added to that, the headphones also have a built-in mic for phone calls. You can also manually adjust the volume with the headphones, as well. 

Our Winner

Between The Plantronics Pro 2 & Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

Keep in mind that our opinion is not the end all be all. Like mentioned earlier, everyone has different needs, requirements, and budgets for their headphones. However, our winner is the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT due to its sound quality, build, and battery life. We highly recommend it. However, if you’re looking for active noise cancelling headphones, the Plantronics Pro 2 is a better choice.

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