Chuck Berry sang about “Rock and Roll Music” that “it’s got a backbeat, you can’t lose it.” And with that he justly describes the distinguishing feature in rock music and all its cousins that came before: R&B, Gospel, Dixieland jazz and more. With that in mind Plantronics seems to have chosen the right name for its most dynamic headphones — BackBeat being more descriptive than just Beats, the Apple headphones offering by way of Dr. Dre. The New York Times-owned The WireCutter review site recently named Plantronics BackBeat Fit Wireless Headphones as its #1 choice for runners. The earbuds, which allow in just enough of the ambient world beyond the music to keep a runner from being too isolated, sound “better than any nonsealed headphones we’ve heard,” claims the site. The Plantronics BackBeat beat out, so to speak, the second choice Urbanears Stadion. The BackBeats headphones win over most Amazon purchasers too — with 4-of-stars on over 2,000 reviews — so there are plenty of opinions to mine.
At Amazon, a search for Prantronics BackBeat also sometimes reveals the Senso Bluetooth Headphones, rated the Best Wireless Sports Earphones with nearly 21,000 reviews. Amazon shows the Senso under the title “What do customers buy after viewing this item.” For those who move to the Senso after viewing the BackBeats, it’s probably because the BackBeats will set you back $85 on sale, while the Senso is just $37. It’s really a question of how good you want the sound to be during mile 3, or mile 23.