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Wireless neckband headphones shootout: Plantronics BackBeat Go 410 vs. RHA MA390 Wireless vs. Sony WI-C600N

By Marcus Wong - 15 Jun 2019

Plantronics BackBeat Go 410

Plantronics BackBeat Go 410

Much like the rest of the BackBeat Go family, the BackBeat Go 410 has an understated, utilitarian look to it, with the only bits of flash being the red accents behind each earbud. These come with dual-mode active noise-cancelling (ANC) that allow you to choose how much external noise to tune out. The earbuds themselves also have magnetic sensors within that keep them together when not in use; disabling ANC in the process. Unlatch the earbuds, and the ANC is automatically reactivated, ready to go when you are. It’s a nice thoughtful touch that also extends the battery life of the neckband headphones, so that’s most appreciated.

On that note, the BackBeat Go 410 uses Bluetooth 5.0 with Bluetooth Low Energy to connect to your media device, thus saving energy in the process (as long as the device you're connecting to supports such modern BT standards). This also allows the headphone Multipoint Connectivity so you can be connected to two different devices simultaneously. You still can only stream from one device, but you won’t have to disconnect from one to connect to the other, so switching sources is much faster.

Simple controls, but they work.

The BackBeat Go 410 has a listening time of up to eight hours with ANC activated, and a fast charge feature that gets you one hour of listening time with just 15 minutes of charging. At just 35g, they’re also very light on the neck. The range of replaceable earbuds provided also make it easy to get a good secure fit too, so there’s nothing to complain here.

Finally, a sweat-resistant design means you can take it out with you on your workouts without fear. With a battery life of eight hours with ANC activated and 10 hours without, the BackBeat Go 410 certainly has enough juice to take you through a full day. A full charge takes just two hours.

 

Audio Performance

We kicked off our audio testing with an Eagles classic – the acoustic version of Hotel California from their Hell Freezes Over album. Listening to this on the BackBeat Go 410, we were pleasantly surprised by the headphones' performance. Highs were nicely rendered, and there was good clarity to the piece so you could easily identify individual instruments.

Lows were nicely fleshed out with this pair of headphones too, as it brought the best rendering of Rebecca Pidgeon’s Spanish Harlem of the three tested. This piece is anchored by a bass line right from the start, and with the BackBeat Go 410 you can actually feel it throughout. Add to that a nice warm rendering of Pidgeon’s vocals, and you’ve got a recipe for an immersive listening session.

Moving on to a faster-moving jazz piece in Maceo Parker’s Children’s World, we were again impressed by the headphones’ ability to reproduce the atmosphere of the live bar setting. You can pick out bits of chatter from the crowd, but once Parker’s saxophone gets going, it easily captures your attention as the piece buzzes with frantic energy.

Overall, a really good showing by the Plantronics BackBeat Go 410.