Headphones, once a product mainly for music fans or audio engineers, are now a daily sight in the office and on the street. Not just for listening anymore, they not only let you take phone calls but help you keep your concentration in the noisy open offices so beloved by many companies.
I tried out two recently released Bluetooth headphones by well-known audio vendors: the Sennheiser MB 660 UC, which costs $445 (Amazon price) and the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2, priced at $200 (Amazon price). Both offer all the features that today’s business users are looking for — wireless connectivity, portability, good sound and active noise cancellation (ANC). However, they differ in a variety of ways, not least in their approach to how you control the features and how much you pay for them.