Plantronics .Audio 995 Wireless Headset - Plantronics .Audio 995 Review

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Aesthetically, the 995s aren’t anything special, but what they lack in visual flair they make up for in comfort. Unlike the Creative set, they don’t put adverse pressure on your ears, so remain comfortable for reasonable lengths of time. Padding is ample and very soft, while the adjustable headband and tilting ear-cups ensure that a comfortable fit is found.

So far, then, this set is acquitting itself pretty well. The fact you can’t use them over USB is disappointing, but they’re very easy to use and very comfortable to wear – two important features for any wireless headset. However, all this good work is let down by mediocre sound quality.


Initially, the .Audio 995s sound passable but the longer you use them, the more their deficiencies become apparent. First, is the general lack of clarity. This is particularly apparent with rock music, where the percussion seems strangely distant. This is coupled with a general lack of power and richness. While the mid-range is clear and audible, the overall sound is thin and lacks contrast. Lighter types of music fare much better, but anything requiring a little oomph comes out sounding rather flat.

This lack of power and clarity isn’t a big issue when enjoying a film, unless it’s very action packed, but does rule the set out for serious gaming duties. That’s a shame given the microphone, which features active noise cancelling, is very good. It captures very crisp and well-defined audio and though the noise cancelling isn’t faultless, background interference is rarely a problem.


You should be able to chat for a long time, too. Strangely, Plantronics doesn’t make any specific claims about battery life, but we used the set for around eight hours before it finally required charging. Plantronics does quote a range of 30 metres, which is suitably impressive, though doors and walls will reduce this figure. We didn’t have any problems roaming around our office, so unless you live in a warehouse, range shouldn’t be an issue.

Verdict


This is a decent wireless headset, but it’s let down by under-par sound quality. If you’re after convenience at relatively little cost, the .Audio 995s are just fine, but more discerning ears will be disappointed.

Score


Score in detail

  • Value 8
  • Features 7
  • Design 7