Plantronics Cuts Through the Noise with Four New UC Devices


Story by Dan Heilman

Santa Cruz-based audio communications company Plantronics this week released four new unified communications audio devices focusing on audio quality and noise management. The new products are the Blackwire 725, Plantronics’ first UC stereo headset with active noise canceling; the Voyager Edge UC; the Calisto, a portable speakerphone; and the Clarity 340, designed for users with vision, hearing, or dexterity challenges.

“There’s been increasing emphasis on the importance of a reliable, high-quality, seamless user experience when communicating and collaborating today, and rightly so,” said Rich Costello, senior research analyst for unified communications at industry research firm IDC. “The new Plantronics offerings not only address these important requirements, but also the surrounding noise factor on both sides of the call.”

Avoid the Noise

The $179 Blackwire 725 (pictured above) is designed for users who need to focus in noisy office environments. It has active noise-canceling technology, a noise-canceling mic, and hi-fi stereo performance. Its wide-band audio and digital signal processing mean clarity in incoming calls. The Dynamic EQ feature optimizes the user’s voice quality when on calls and automatically adjusts the equalization settings when users are listening to music or multimedia.

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