Plantronics Voyager 520 Bluetooth Headset

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Plantronics Voyager 520 Bluetooth Headset [Retail Packaging]

  • Features Multipoint Technology For Switching Between 2 Bluetooth Phones With 1 Headset
  • Noise-Canceling Microphone Filters Unwanted Background Noise
  • Wind Screen Reduces Distracting Wind Noise
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A cell phone headset provides a hands free option for cellular communication as you go through life’s duties.

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Plantronics Voyager 520 Bluetooth Headset. In the car, at the airport, or on the job, the Plantronics Voyager 520 delivers business quality audio performance, while its versatile design provides a secure fit for all day wearing comfort wherever your meetings take you. The noise-canceling microphone filters distracting background noise so you can be easily heard while the innovative wind screen minimizes wind noise. This user-friendly headset offers convenient one-touch call controls.

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Rating: (stars out of 542 reviews)


Price: $ 40.46

5 Responses to “Plantronics Voyager 520 Bluetooth Headset

  • Review by S in Los Angeles

    S in Los Angeles
    Rating:
    In my search for the perfect bluetooth headset, they ALL require compromises… it sounds great, but it’s uncomfortable to wear for extended periods… it’s lightweight, but the person on the other end can’t always hear me… works great, but the batteries die in the middle of an average day or the volume can’t be raised loud enough… you get the idea.

    Well, Plantronics has come out with the Voyager 520, and it requires, for me, the minimum amount of compromise of any headset I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a LOT!

    First, it utilizes a soft rubber ear bud which is cone shaped to fit in your ear canal, but is soft enough to not irritate your ears. The hook is made of firm plastic near the head set, then transitions into a soft, clear rubber for the portion of the hook that rests on your ear, so that the hook conforms to your ear, rather then forcing your ear to conform to it! The ear bud directs the sound of the person you’re speaking with into your ear, providing sufficiently loud volume while blocking out external noise! You’ll actually need to lower the volume on this headset, if you’re using it in a quiet environment! Now that’s a nice change.

    First compromise… (yeah, there are still compromises, even on this head set!), it’s larger then many other bt head sets. BUT… it’s lightweight, and it’s size allows for battery life that goes on and on and on. While I’d prefer a smaller size (think Samsung WEP 200, Nokia BH 800), I’ll take the moderately larger form factor, if it delivers better sound quality in both directions, and longer battery life, and the 520 delivers on both counts (again, compromise…)

    Second compromise… noise cancellation. Yes, the Voyager 520 DOES have noise cancellation, but frankly, it’s not as strong as, or as good as the Aliph Jawbone, or the BlueAnt Z9, but it does work. Will it eliminate the thunder of a roaring 747, while you’re standing on the runway at LAX? No. Will you look like you have a cheese grater stuck to the side of your face while using it? Again, NO!

    Compromise.

    The 520 also brings with it a desk charging cradle (cheap plastic), offers the user to connect to two bt devices, displays battery level each time you turn it on, etc. etc. Go to Plantronics site, if you really need/want all of the minutia.

    Bottom line… If you don’t mind it’s conservative looks and slightly larger size, and you want EXCELLENT sound quality, great comfort and long battery life from your Bluetooth head set, check this one out.

    You just may find it’s worth the compromise!

  • Review by Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed
    Rating:
    I’ve tried them all: Moto, Jabra, Cardio, Plantronics 320 (junk), Jawbone (2 stars), and nothing came close to outperforming my trusty old Plantronics 510. Funky form factor, but great battery life and excellent sound quality. The new Plantronics 520 comes close in sound quality, but is more comfortable and looks better. Overall, a solid performer and recommended.

  • Review by X

    X
    Rating:
    Hello People. Here is an honest review for those who are looking for a good headset. I purchased the Voyager 510 over two years ago to go with my Katana phone. The problem I was having with the 510 was that the signal would drop a lot, so much that I called Plantronic and they told me that the Katana was not compatible with the 510. However, they’re customer service was excellent. They told me that cell phones control headset, headsets don’t control phones. Cell phones send out signals and headsets pick up the signal. But to make sure I didn’t have a defected headset, they sent me a new 510 hoping that will solve the problem. However it didn’t. So I was convinced that it was the headset, not my Katana.

    My wife and I decided to upgrade our phones, so I purchased the Samsung Instinct and I wanted a Bluetooth headset that would work with my new phone, since I was convinced that the 510 was not a good headset. So I purchased the Plantronic Discovery 925. I really was excited when I received the 925.

    However, here are my Pros and Cons of the 925:

    Pros:

    1. It looked great and its small size was great compared to my 510.

    2. The recharging case was a neat feature.

    3. One button controlled everything.

    Cons:

    1. It was the most uncomfortable headset I ever wore; so much that it hurt my ear.

    2. The sound was not very loud compared to my 510.

    3. The recharging case was very difficult to place the headset in.

    Summary: I returned the 925. It just caused too much pain to my ear. In the meantime I continued to use my 510, which I notice was working pretty well, no drop calls with my new Instinct. Still not too sure about the 510, I purchased the Jawbone. Once again, I was really excited when I received the Jawbone.

    However, here are my Pros and Cons of the Jawbone:

    Pros:

    1. It looked great and its small size was great compared to my 510.

    Cons:

    1. It wasn’t comfortable to wear.

    2. The sound wasn’t very loud.

    3. The buttons are hard to find and the fit was very hard to achieve.

    Summary: I read several reviews and a lot of people recommended getting Jabra mini eargels and it would fit perfect. So I order the eargels. However, I said to myself, “why should I pay an extra $10 to get a headset to work correctly. I already spent $90 on the headset. The eargels should have come with the headset.” So after I gave it some though, I returned the Jawbone. I wasn’t impressed with the Jawbone at all. My 510 worked better than the Jawbone. At this point, I started to believe that it wasn’t my 510 at all; it was the Katana, just like Plantronic customer service said, because my 510 is working great. However, since my 510 is over 2 years old, I’ll try one last headset and use the 510 as a backup headset. So I purchased the Voyager 520, which was supposed to be an upgrade to the 510.

    However, here are my Pros and Cons of the 520:

    Pro:

    1. The 520 is the most comfortable headset I ever wore.

    2. One button controls everything

    Cons:

    1. You must keep the headset close to the phone. It says you can go 33 feet away from your phone using this headset, but that’s not true. It’s more like 9 feet and I’m being generous with the 9 feet. With my 510, I can go a long distance and the signal is still strong.

    2. Not very loud compared to my 510.

    3. There is a lot of static compare to my 510.

    Summary: Needless to say, I was very disappointed with the 520 and returned it.

    Conclusion: I must say out of all these headsets, my Plantronic Voyager 510 worked best and out performed all of these for my needs. I’m not saying the rest of these headset are not good headsets. However, for my needs, none of these headset are better than my 510. The 510 has to be one of the best headsets ever made and I would recommend it to anyone. Just make sure your phone is compatible with it. And yes, the 925, Jawbone and 520 all are compatible with my phone, but the 510 still out perform them all.

  • Review by J. T. Pedersen

    J. T. Pedersen
    Rating:
    Plantronics units have typically proven to be the ‘Cadillac’ of Bluetooth headsets in my experience. My previous 510s have shown themselves to be comfortable long-term, long battery life, and stay in place. Could I find a replacement (for the 510 I’d just lost) that would do as well…let alone better? In a word, Yes.

    I was fairly comfortable the 520 would be my next headset after doing the required research. However after reading the reviews on Amazon I become somewhat concerned. I decided to bank on past product experience and go ahead anyway.

    The concerns about the docking station that have been made are way overblown and don’t quite represent the situation. It’s not that they give you something you have to ‘put together’, per se. Rather they send you the docking station (assembled) with the charger separate. By the way, it’s the exact same charger you get with the 510, in case you too are upgrading.

    Basically you get another ‘510’ type charger-and-a docking station. If you decide you want to use the little docking stand, you just take the rubber foot off (it’s only a two-piece unit), insert the adapter end into a little socket, and put it back together. In short, don’t let all the reviews about…why didn’t they give it to you assembled…bother you in the slightest. If they had, then we’d see reviews about…why didn’t they give it to me separate…I don’t need a docking station for travel.

    As for the 520 itself, I find it definitely has superb sound quality compared to the 510. The 510 seemed to lose its edge during its life. The 520 has a noticeably better sound quality for recipients of my calls (I’ve asked…after the call), and it is also better for me on my end.

    The earpiece now is more of a shaped ‘waveguide’, channeling the audio more effectively into your ear. I can see how it might not work for everyone, but in my case it works beautifully.

    The fit and finish is also first class. I particularly like how they fit all the functionality that required 4 buttons before (510) into just one on this unit. The button on the 520 seems like its much more robust than the ones on the 510 (which I wore out twice).

    As for those of you with BlackBerry’s or similar, you can control volume via the phone w/o having to rely on the headset’s controls. Your preference.

    Oh, I should mention, while I’ve not run it to ground yet;), the suggested 8 hr battery life seems incredible. I put hours a day on my phone…I particularly like not worrying about headset battery life…and one thing the reviews haven’t mentioned…the 520 gives you feedback as to whether its 1/3, 2/3, or >2/3 charged. Now, I only worry about my phone’s charge…the headset will easily let me out talk the phone’s talk time.

    Last thoughts, I’ve used Plantronics warranty services previously (wore out buttons on a 510). They ship the replacement, w/o credit card, before you send the old one back. Their warranty service is about the best I’ve ever experienced and should be a consideration in your purchase. Second, we found the 510, it went through the laundry. My daughter’s using it now.

    If you liked the 510, you’ll like the 520 at least as much, if not more.

    Highly Recommended,

    JT…

  • Review by G. McClendon

    G. McClendon
    Rating:
    It is a nice fit. I have trouble with other earpieces, they always fall out of my ear, but this one is comfortable, no pinching and stays put. Sound quality is really nice. No one complains that they don’t hear me either. The button took a bit of getting used to.. just one and its sometimes difficult to press it “in” and not “left” or “right.” But after a few days I got the hang of it. Battery lasts me all day, sometimes more. Easily paired with 3 of my cell phones and also my desktop VoIP phone.

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