Last month, Plantronics introduced the world to the Discovery 925 Bluetooth earpiece, their new signature line of designer headsets for men and women. The new Plantronics Discovery 925 is the latest in a long line of Discovery headsets that is known for being very small and lightweight but extremely functional with very good sound quality. The Plantronics designers and engineers have done a complete overhaul on the Discovery headset line and is marketing this new flagship model to those demanding excellence from the technical functionality of the headset, but also elegance from the look and feel of the headset. We have been using the Discovery 925 for the past few weeks and know how well Plantronics has reached their goal.
With an MSRP of $150, the Plantronics Discovery 925 had better be special. In the past we have looked at both the now elderly Discovery 640 and the Discovery 655 and were pretty impressed with both their sound output and their relatively comfortable fit and feel. Neither one of these headsets had overly impressive noise cancellation features however; in fact, we were a bit perturbed by the older Discovery models to be able to pick up our voice in loud situations.
Plantronics’ Discovery headsets are all “in-the-ear” type of headsets which gives them all above average sound quality when listening to your conversation. The design of the Discovery 925 departs a bit from the original “bullet-style” of the old Disco 640/655 with a funky new “VFrame” design. This design is intended to follow the contours of the face to place the microphone closer to the mouth to increase your voice quality. I have to admit, that when you look at the new Discovery 925, it looks a bit like a piece of jewelry or some designer product than a cutting edge piece of technology.
The Discovery 925 has a very minimalist design and when you look at it, you really only see the large Plantronics symbol on the side. The unit actually has two buttons – besides the large main multi-function button, there is also the volume control that is hidden in the back. The multi-function button is also a visual indicator letting the user know the status of phone calls, battery level, etc. The layout and design of the 925 is really up to date and does a lot to move the Discovery Series that Plantronics offers ahead.
Plantronics has equipped the 925 with active noise cancellation called AudioIQ. The DSP that controls noise reduction is designed to automatically optimize audio levels removing background noise while simultaneously adjusting the caller’s incoming volume. This is supposed to enhance both sides of the caller’s conversation more than your typical DSP solution.
The collection of Discovery 925 headsets – or earpieces – as Plantronics likes to call them, come in a variety of colors for both men and women. Luckily, Plantronics sent us the Onyx Black version. We would probably have a lot of explaining to do if we showed up at the gym with a Cerise Pink headset. There is also Alchemy Gold so that you can get your bling on. To be honest, all of the colors look pretty good and those of you wanting to coordinate your couture will no doubt love the choices.