Plantronics, Altec Lansing Refresh Accessory Lines
New Plantronics and Altec Lansing headphone, headset and Bluetooth offerings hitting retail shelves in the summer and fall timeframe will provide consumers with numerous comfort and sound-quality improvements over earlier models. The changes are designed to further differentiate the products from market alternatives in their categories.
Debuting at the end of August in the Plantronics Virtual Phone booth line are the .Audio 480 (analog; $89.95) and .Audio 480 USB ($109.95; Mac-compatible) stereo headsets, optimized for mobile use with laptops. Both models have occluded earbuds with external stabilizers and noise-canceling microphones with wind screens. The .Audio 480 will hold particular appeal for gamers who enjoy “immersive” experiences, according to Plantronics’ Dan Race, senior manager of public relations.
The newest Plantronics Bluetooth headset is the Voyager 520 ($99.99; June). Its battery charge permits up to eight hours of talk time, according to Jan Caldardella, product manager, mobile. It features a noise-canceling mic, a wind screen and a silicone ear bud. Built-in Multipoint technology lets users switch between two Bluetooth devices such as cell phones to answer calls on both. Caldarella adds that the headset is designed to answer the needs of second- and third-generation Bluetooth headset buyers who are business and in-field professionals, adding that attention has also been paid to the phone’s aesthetics – another important differentiator on the retail showroom floor.