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February 05, 2015 08:00 ET

Plantronics New Professional Audio Solutions Keep Noise Distractions at Bay and Help People Focus on Work

Four New Products Enable Collaboration and Call Clarity in Open Office Environments and On-the-Go Work Scenarios

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwired - February 05, 2015) - Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today unveiled four new UC (unified communications) audio devices designed to deliver exceptional audio quality and noise management technology to help people effectively communicate and collaborate, regardless of workplace or location. These new offerings are comprised of the Blackwire 725, the company's first UC stereo headset with Active Noise Canceling (ANC) for those people who want to stay focused in noisy office environments; the Voyager Edge UC, the latest product in the Voyager family of Bluetooth headsets aimed at workers constantly on the road; the Calisto 610, a portable speakerphone for instant anywhere conferencing, and the Clarity 340, designed for those who face vision, hearing, or dexterity challenges. Now, workers in the office and on the road have tools they can use to control outside noise that allow them to hear as well as be heard clearly.

"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, unified communications, IDC. "The new Plantronics offerings not only address these important requirements, but also the surrounding noise factor on both sides of the call."     

"Everywhere is the new workplace. We know office noise is increasingly becoming a concern due to more open working environments that promote collaboration, but workplace noise isn't just a problem for those in the office," said Bill Loewenthal, vice president, enterprise product solutions, Plantronics. "You can't always control your environment and you certainly can't control your caller's environment, so we help ensure workers have solutions they need to block out the noise, allowing them to have a high-quality communication experience wherever their workplace is."

The shift to Smarter Working-style environments, though undoubtedly beneficial, creates new noise challenges for individuals and their colleagues which can often undermine productivity gains. The following are Plantronics' new solutions that address the inherent ambient noise challenges and potential audio quality concerns associated with today's Smarter Working scenarios and environments:

Blackwire 725:

The company's first UC product with Active Noise Canceling technology (ANC), provides a corded option at a very affordable price for office workers who need to hear and be heard. The Blackwire 725 is ideal for managing PC calls and enjoying music and multimedia with dynamic hi-fi sound. Also, with the combination of wideband audio, Digital Signal Processing and a noise canceling microphone, incoming calls and your voice are both crystal clear.

Voyager Edge UC:

New wearing style for mobile UC users who need to be heard and want to use their Bluetooth® enabled communications devices (laptop, smartphone or tablet) together. The solution includes a small Bluetooth USB dongle that provides seamless wideband audio to your laptop.  The latest addition to the Voyager line features a slim, sophisticated design that fits quickly and comfortably in your ear and comes with its own portable charging case. It boasts signature Plantronics audio technology that eliminates disruptive background noise and includes intuitive, responsive features that keep you moving by automatically answering calls as you place it on your ear.

Calisto 610:

Corded USB speakerphone that provides users the ability to easily create on-the-go conference calls for small groups of people. It enables workers to hear remote participants with high-quality, omni-directional audio, in an easy-to-carry form factor that integrates easily with a softphone of their choice, all at the price of a basic speakerphone; includes carrying case.

Clarity 340:

Designed for knowledge workers with vision, hearing, or dexterity challenges, the Clarity 340 handset-style phone features amplified sound, an easy-to-read screen, large buttons for dialing, and crisp audio.

With Clarity 340, now everyone can fully participate and benefit from UC solutions.

Pricing and Availability

Voyager Edge UC, Blackwire 725 and Calisto 610 are available immediately. The Clarity 340 will be available in March.

MSRP (all USD):

Blackwire 725 -- $179
Voyager Edge UC --$199
Calisto 610 -- $99
Clarity 340 -- $149 

Additional Product Information

Blackwire 725: http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/blackwire-725

Voyager Edge UC: http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/voyager-edge-uc

Calisto 610: http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/calisto-600
Clarity 340: http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/clarity-340

About Plantronics

Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From unified communication to Bluetooth® headsets to gaming solutions, 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 various mission-critical applications for those on the frontline. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Blackwire, Calisto, Clarity, Plantronics and Voyager are trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. registered in the US and other countries. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Plantronics is under license. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. 

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