Plantronics Expands Family of Stereo Headsets Designed for Music-Enabled Mobile Phones

Bluetooth and Corded Headsets Provide Multiple Designs and Wearing Styles

to Offer Consumers More Choice

Jul 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from Plantronics, Inc.

    NEW YORK and SANTA CRUZ, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Today at the Plantronics Design: Body & Form event in New York City,
 Plantronics, Inc., (NYSE:   PLT) announced new additions to its lineup of
 stereo mobile headsets, including the Pulsar(TM) 590 Stereo Bluetooth(R)
 headset series and MHS series of corded headsets. All of the products
 enable users to listen to music and video in high-quality stereo sound and
 answer or initiate mobile phone calls with the single touch of a button.
     "As music and voice converge in the next generation of mobile handsets
 this holiday season, consumers will begin to integrate music into every
 aspect of their lives -- work, play and everywhere in between," said Renee
 Niemi, vice president of Mobile and Entertainment at Plantronics.
 "Consumers will require a solution that enables them to maximize their
 entertainment experience without missing a call. Plantronics' new stereo
 lineup delivers on this potential."
     Wireless Mobility ... With Your Favorite Tunes
     The Plantronics Pulsar 590E Stereo Bluetooth Headset, based on the
 popular Pulsar 590A, enables those users with mobile phones that support
 stereo Bluetooth to wirelessly listen to music and answer/end calls without
 the need for an adapter. Stereo Bluetooth on mobile phones is enabled by
 the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). Pulsar 590E features
 include the following:
     * High-fidelity stereo sound and superior audio performance
     * Telescoping voice tube for clear conversations
     * Up to 12 hours of talking time and 10 hours of listening time
     * Freedom to roam up to 33 feet from a Bluetooth device
     * Compatibility with any A2DP mobile phone
     * Support for the Audio Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) to allow
       customers to remotely control functions such as mute, volume level or
       track forward/back
     * Dedicated buttons for accessing call and music control functions
       directly from the headset
     * Foldable headset design for convenient travel and compact storage
     The growth of mobile phones supporting the latest entertainment
 protocols, such as A2DP and AVRCP, is rising sharply. According to Strategy
 Analytics, more than 50 percent of the 500 million Bluetooth mobile phones
 sold globally in 2008 will have the A2DP and AVRCP profiles installed. This
 projection increases to 70 percent in 2009 (June 2006).
     More Design and Wearing Options
     Plantronics today also introduced its new MHS series of corded stereo
 headsets that offer consumers multiple wearing options to fit specific
 lifestyles. The three new MHS headsets feature in-line microphones with a
 one-touch call answer/end button to provide the convenience of listening to
 music and video content without missing a call on a mobile phone. The MHS
 113 features flexible ear bud speakers, ensuring maximum comfort and
 discretion. The MHS 123 provides improved noise insulation with comfortable
 ear cushions and flexible ear loops that are perfect for all-day use. The
 MHS 213 provides outstanding audio quality through occluded ear buds that
 fit snugly and block out background noise -- perfect for commuting and air
     Putting Design First
     At the Plantronics Design: Body & Form event, Plantronics executives
 discussed the company's design philosophy for creating elegant headsets
 that are very easy to use and deliver superior sound technology.
     Plantronics Design treats the human form as a canvas from which to
 begin the inspiration process. The team's expertise in human behavior and
 anatomy, ergonomics, color, proportion and complex surface development
 converge in the design of advanced products that look beautiful and become
 extensions of the body. By marrying the intricacies of sound innovation
 with the intimacy of personal fashion and comfort, Plantronics Design
 enables people to express their style preferences and individuality through
     Pricing and Availability
     The Pulsar 590E will be available in August at and
 has a manufacturer suggested retail price of US $139.95.
     The MHS series will be available in September at
 The MHS 113, MHS 123 and MHS 213 models have manufacturer suggested retail
 prices of US $29.95, US $34.95, and US $39.95, respectively.
     To learn more about Plantronics Design and the new fall products,
 please visit:
     About Plantronics
     In 1969, a Plantronics headset carried the historic first words from
 the moon: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
 Since then, Plantronics has become the headset of choice for
 mission-critical applications such as air traffic control, 911 dispatch,
 and the New York Stock Exchange. Today, this history of Sound
 Innovation(TM) is the basis for every product we build for the office,
 contact center, personal mobile, entertainment and residential markets. The
 Plantronics family of brands includes Plantronics, Altec Lansing, Clarity,
 and Volume Logic. For more information, go to or call
 (800) 544-4660.
     NOTE: Altec Lansing, Clarity, Plantronics, Sound Innovation, and Volume
 Logic are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. The
 Bluetooth(R) word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and
 any use of such marks by Plantronics, Inc. is under license. All other
 trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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