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June 08, 2015 08:00 ET

Plantronics Unveils First Wireless Stereo UC Headset With Active Noise Cancellation for Smarter Workspaces

Voyager Focus UC Makes It Easy to Stay Focused and to Hear and Be Heard in Open, Collaborative and Remote Workspaces

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwired - June 08, 2015) - Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers, today unveiled Voyager Focus UC, the industry’s first wireless Bluetooth® stereo headset with active noise-cancellation (ANC) technology designed to reduce noise and distraction in open, collaborative and remote workspaces.

A premium product for unified communications (UC) and multimedia applications, Voyager Focus UC was designed for enterprise workers in an open office or other loud environments, who want to eliminate background noise on calls or during focus time. The headset provides all day comfort and includes intuitive smart sensor technology, audio alerts, and wideband audio and hi-fi stereo sound for an outstanding calling/music experience.

"No one can dispute the positive impact a great audio experience has on effective communications and collaboration," said Rich Costello, senior research analyst, IDC. "But audio experiences are increasingly being challenged, especially as traditional office environments expand to include workers in more remote and non-traditional, open-office environments that introduce more external noise factors."

The Voyager Focus UC headsets high-quality design provides superior audio on both sides of the call. The immersive on-the-ear design means that many high frequency noises like office sounds and voices are reduced in volume. Wearers will find that low frequency sounds, like air conditioners, are reduced through ANC. In order to reduce the noise that is transmitted and overheard by others, three precisely-tuned microphones and noise-canceling algorithms reduce noise caused by keyboard clatter, close-talkers, and movement, while optimizing voice intelligibility. This means others hear the wearer’s voice, not their surroundings.

"We tried to think of every collaboration challenge and built a solution that solves for them. We created a premium design that will convey confidence and competence during a video call. We’ve used sensors and context to adapt the user experience to the wearing style and state so it just works as expected," said Bill Loewenthal, vice president, enterprise solutions management, Plantronics. "But our real innovation is in the audio performance. We adapted our best-of-breed microphone technology with improved algorithms to ensure clarity of the user's voice, while suppressing background noises and tuning the audio listening profile to ensure that your favorite playlist sounds dynamic and impressive."

Highlights of the new Voyager Focus UC include:

  • Extended Bluetooth range: Class 1 Bluetooth with adaptive power delivers up to 150 feet of wireless range while preserving battery life.
  • Worry-free mute assurance: Dynamic Mute Alert technology -- an industry first -- senses speech and then alerts that the mute function is still active. Additionally, the headset will automatically mute when a user takes it off and unmute when it’s put back on.
  • Comfort and durability: Leatherette ear cushions wrapped around pillow-soft memory foam deliver all-day comfort, while a cushioned metal headband provides durability and helps maintain a comfortable, secure fit.
  • On-board sensors: On-board sensors create an intuitive and “smart” user experience. Examples include answering a call by simply putting the headset on and pausing mobile audio when the headset is taken off and restarting it when replaced.
  • UC-ready: Rigorous testing of the Voyager Focus UC with the predominant collaboration solutions from Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya, and Huawei ensures the best possible experience when using these applications.

Please visit www.plantronics.com for a complete list of features and capabilities.

Pricing and Availability

Voyager Focus UC will be available in the US in mid-July with a MSRP of $299.95. Find more information at www.plantronics.com.

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.

Plantronics and Voyager are trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. registered in the US and other countries, and Dynamic Mute Alert is a trademark of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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