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Plantronics Launches Four Digitally Enhanced PC Headsets for Multimedia and Voice Applications

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Barcelona –14th February, 2010 – Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) today expanded its award-winning family of .Audio(TM) PC headsets with four new wideband models that feature high-performance digital signal processing (DSP) technology for unparalleled audio quality when listening to music, gaming and for PC-based conversations.

The new lineup includes the Plantronics .Audio(TM) 476 DSP, the Plantronics .Audio 646 DSP, the Plantronics .Audio 626 DSP and the upgraded .Audio 655 DSP. Ideal for podcasts and PC-based conversations on services including Skype 4.0 Super Wideband, each headset combines a noise-cancelling microphone with advanced DSP technology that work together to effectively remove ambient noise, while still maintaining the natural sound of your voice. Each headset also supports wideband audio to deliver clearer, richer sound that gives the feeling of true ‘face-to-face’ conversations.

The new .Audio headsets also provide outstanding full-range, stereo sound when listening to music and gaming by combining the DSP technology with premium speakers and a precise fit.

“We know consumers want great PC audio experiences so we’ve packed each of the new .Audio headsets with cutting-edge DSP technology, advanced noise-cancelling microphones and wideband support,” said Stuart Bradshaw, EMEA Consumer Category Manager at Plantronics. “We also know that consumers want choice and the new .Audio lineup delivers just that with various wearing styles, features and prices.”

Plantronics .Audio 476 DSP – Voice on the Go
The Plantronics .Audio(TM) 476 DSP is perfect for frequent travelers. In addition to providing great audio so you can hear and be heard clearly, it features an over-the-head wearing style that folds almost completely flat for traveling. The headset uses a plug-and-play USB connection and includes a three-button inline control for volume up/down and microphone mute. The .Audio 476 comes with a carrying case for added on-the-go convenience and is priced in the region of €49.99 (£39.99), inc VAT.

Plantronics .Audio 655 DSP – Performance and Comfort
The Plantronics .Audio (TM) 655 DSP headset delivers deep bass and full-range digital audio through 40 mm speakers and features Fast Mic Mute™ technology that lets users quickly mute the microphone by raising the boom. The .Audio 655’s soft, swivel-mounted ear cushions and lightweight design provide all-day wearing comfort. For ease of use, the headset features one-touch volume controls on the earpiece and is priced in the region of £39.99 inc VAT.

Plantronics .Audio 626 DSP – Enhanced Sound
The Plantronics .Audio™ 655 headset features Digital signal processing technology which provides enhanced sound quality in this comfortable stereo USB headset.  A noise-cancelling microphone and wideband echo cancellation deliver clear voice calls, while an acoustically tuned equaliser supplies rich stereo sound. Easy-to-use inline controls make this headset perfect for PC audio needs and is priced in the region of £29.99 inc VAT.

Plantronics .Audio 646 – Behind the head wearing style
The Plantronics .Audio™ 646 features a discreet behind the head wearing style, DSP technology and USB connectivity. The noise-cancelling microphone and wideband acoustic echo cancellation capture a broader range of voice signals for calls that are clearer and more natural sounding.  The acoustically tuned equaliser supplies rich, resonant stereo sound and optimises voice response to clearly hear vocal tracks when listening to music, watching a movie or playing a video game and is priced in the region of £29.99 inc VAT.


The new Plantronics .Audio DSP headsets will be available during the Spring and will be available from and select retailers. For more information about the products, please visit


About Plantronics
Plantronics is a world leader in personal audio communications for professionals and consumers. From unified communication solutions to Bluetooth headsets, Plantronics delivers unparalleled audio experiences and quality that reflect our nearly 50 years of innovation and customer commitment. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100 and is the headset of choice for air traffic control, emergency dispatch and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics and .Audio are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.