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Stay private and productive with 2 new Bluetooth headphones

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.

Sennheiser is well known by audiophiles for the quality of its products. The Sennheiser MB 660 UC headphones include a wealth of options for those who want to be able to listen to their music — or take their calls — without interruption from the outside world.

It’s obvious from the outset that the Sennheiser headphones mean business — both figuratively and literally. They come in a hard case, which will certainly keep them safe (but will also add to the weight when you’re traveling). Inside the case, besides the headphones themselves, are an audio cable; a micro-USB power cable; and a USB dongle for communication with laptops that aren’t equipped with Bluetooth.

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