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Plantronics BackBeat FIT and BackBeat PRO Win Prestigious Consumer Electronics Association Honors

BackBeat PRO And BackBeat FIT Named as 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honorees
Monday, November 17, 2014 4:01 pm PST

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Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), a pioneer in audio and wearable technology, today announced that BackBeat PRO wireless active noise-cancelling stereo headphones, and BackBeat FIT fitness-focused wireless earbuds, have been named 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honorees in the Headphones product category. This honor is the seventh consecutive year that Plantronics has been recognized by the Consumer Electronics Association.

Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

“The Plantronics stereo products being recognized today offer consumers the ability to enjoy their music wherever their day might take them – from their early morning jog to a late flight home – in wireless freedom,” said Greg Miller, category director, mobile entertainment solutions at Plantronics. “Our focus is to provide people with products that deliver our signature audio performance, exceptional comfort and fit, and incorporate the latest technologies. Being honored by the CEA for a seventh year in a row truly underscores Plantronics’ continued excellence in consumer audio.”

BackBeat PRO

BackBeat PRO is a wireless, active noise-cancelling headphone with 24-hour battery life and the power to outlast your playlist. This over-the-ear headphone offers Plantronics’ signature audio performance and design for all-day wearing comfort at home, travelling, in the office, and on the go. BackBeat PRO includes Plantronics’ smart sensor technology that automatically pauses your music when you take the headphones off and resumes play when you put them back on. The wireless Bluetooth® connection cuts the cord, and advanced active noise-cancellation (ANC) technology minimizes background sounds so you can fully immerse yourself in your music.

BackBeat FIT

BackBeat FIT combines comfort, fit and stability with Plantronics’ renowned audio excellence. Connecting to devices wirelessly via Bluetooth®, the small, lightweight headphones let people focus on fitness and enjoy their music, providing superior stereo performance and eliminating the distraction of tangled cords. Safety features such as bright colors, unique reflective materials, and a specially-designed eartip allow exercisers to be aware of their surroundings, and its flexible design provides a comfortable, secure fit whatever your activity level. The BackBeat FIT also comes with a neoprene armband that secures your smartphone when exercising and reverses to store the headphones.

About the International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

In addition to being shown in the Plantronics booth at the event, the BackBeat PRO and BackBeat FIT will be on display at the CES Unveiled event on Sunday, Jan. 5, in South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay during the 2015 International CES, which runs Jan. 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present.

Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market.

2015 CES Innovation Honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovation, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, description, photo and URL.

About Plantronics – Simply Smarter Communications™

Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50 years, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth® headsets, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100™, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics, BackBeat and Simply Smarter Communications are trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. registered in the US and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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