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Plantronics Confirms No Ongoing Discussions with Logitech

Plantronics, Inc., a market leader in the global headsets, voice, and video endpoint market, today confirmed that the Company is no longer engaged in discussions with Logitech International S.A. ("Logitech") regarding a potential combination. While it is Plantronics' practice not to comment, in accordance with Swiss disclosure requirements, Logitech was required to disclose the status of the discussions following recent media reports.

Logitech approached Plantronics regarding a potential acquisition and, consistent with the Plantronics Board's fiduciary duties, the Company entered into discussions with Logitech. Those discussions have ended. Plantronics will not comment further on this matter.

"Our combined organization of Plantronics and Polycom is working tirelessly to help our customers communicate, work, and play, wherever they are," said Joe Burton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Plantronics, "Already the market leader in Unified Communications with the most comprehensive portfolio of communications and collaborations endpoints, our prospects are outstanding. We are working to reinvent the industry with valuable business insights available through unique software and analytics capabilities that span the entire portfolio of endpoints."

Plantronics Announces New RIG 500 PRO Series Gaming Headsets

Plantronics, an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced the RIG 500 PRO Series of gaming headsets, created to deliver high-fidelity audio in an ultra-lightweight design for the truly competitive gamer. RIG 500 PRO Series are the first gaming headsets to feature an exoskeleton earcup design with isolated inner acoustic chambers to reduce distortion, creating the ideal audio solution for today's high-resolution gaming platforms.

Premium 50 mm drivers deliver wide-range frequency response while dual-material ear cushions provide the combination of noise reduction and comfort competitive gamers need for long, focused sessions. In addition, the Xbox and PlayStation officially licensed editions come with the patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial, a 3.5 mm connector with integrated volume control for wireless game controllers. Console gamers can now adjust volume directly from the controller without lifting their hands. PC models feature an inline volume slider.

Plantronics Announces the BackBeat GO 600 Wireless Headphones

Plantronics, an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced its Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 Series: wireless, over-the-ear immersive headphones featuring unique capabilities for people who put music first, at an economical price point.

To ensure music lovers can create the listening experience they prefer, BackBeat GO 600 comes equipped with dual equalization (EQ) modes, to allow the listener to easily alternate between 'Bass Boost' and 'Balanced' EQ. Balanced EQ mode is Plantronics' signature sound, which is tuned to be the most accurate possible representation of the source audio across all genres of music. Listeners can move between modes with a single push of a button - a feature not typically found on headphones in this price range. BackBeat GO 600 is slim and lightweight with an over-ear design and soft memory foam ear cushions that provide the ideal balance of comfort and isolation resulting in deep, rich sound with minimal distraction.

Plantronics Introduces the Voyager 6200 UC Bluetooth Neckband Headset

Plantronics, an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today introduced Voyager 6200 UC, the company's latest addition to its flagship Voyager family of enterprise headsets. The new neckband wearing style features Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a boomless design with comfort-fit earbuds, active noise cancellation (ANC) and integration with major unified communications (UC) applications. With the addition of Voyager 6200 UC to its line-up, Plantronics is now offering professionals the widest range of stereo Bluetooth devices with ANC of any vendor in market.

"Accommodating individual employee workstyles is becoming increasingly important, especially when it comes to retaining millennial and Gen Y talent," said Alaa Saayed, ICT Principal Analyst, Frost & Sullivan. "By offering a wide choice of headsets and letting people choose their preference, IT and line of business managers can create a solid win-win scenario; optimizing the UC and collaboration experience overall for the company, and engendering goodwill with highly valuable personnel."

Plantronics Announces Global Availability for Their Dolby Atmos Gaming Headsets

Plantronics, an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced the worldwide availability of its new RIG LX family of gaming headphones featuring Dolby Atmos. This special audio enhancement for Xbox One and Windows 10 lets gamers hear sounds with three-dimensional clarity - from above and below, in front and behind - giving them increased advantage in nearly any gaming scenario. Dolby Atmos for Headphones activation is available with Plantronics RIG 400LX, RIG 600LX and the wireless RIG 800LX, which was recently revealed to be a CES 2018 Innovation Award Honoree in the gaming category.

This is the tenth consecutive year that Plantronics has been recognized by the Consumer Technology Association for its innovative audio solutions. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

Plantronics Invites Gamers to Experience Cutting Edge Audio at PAX Prime 2014

Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), a global leader in audio communications, will be at this year's PAX Prime in Seattle showing off the latest in high-end gaming audio with headsets for every gamer - console, PC and mobile. Attendees will have a chance to experience RIG gaming headsets at the Plantronics booth (#3446), and check out Plantronics partners Portalarium (Shroud of the Avatar), Absolute Software (LoJack), Coffee Stain (Goat Similator), EPIC Games (Infinity Blade) and Wargaming (World of Tanks).

Plantronics will be demonstrating two new gaming headsets, RIG Surround and RIG Flex. RIG Surround is the first RIG headset to offer Dolby Surround 7.1 to get your adrenaline pumping with totally immersive positional audio. RIG Flex provides gamers the flexibility to enjoy superior audio whether they are gaming on their PC or enjoying music on the go.

Plantronics Launches the BackBeat PRO Wireless Headphones

Plantronics, a pioneer in audio and wearable technology, today announced BackBeat PRO, wireless active noise-cancelling headphones with battery power to outlast your playlist. The latest addition to its award-winning BackBeat stereo product family, the over-the-ear BackBeat PRO headphones offer Plantronics signature audio performance and design for all-day wearing comfort at home, in the office, and on the go. Bluetooth wireless freedom cuts the cord, and advanced active noise-cancellation (ANC) technology minimizes background sounds so you can fully immerse yourself in your music. BackBeat PRO is available today in the US and will be available worldwide starting October 2014.

"People want to enjoy their music anytime, anywhere, without having to compromise. That's why we created BackBeat PRO," said Greg Miller, category director, mobile entertainment solutions at Plantronics. "We designed BackBeat PRO to eliminate distractions with active noise-cancellation, and Bluetooth wireless and ridiculously long battery life melt away the frustrations of limited charge and a tangled mess of cords."

Plantronics Brings PC Games to Life with RIG Surround at Gamescom 2014

Plantronics, a global leader in audio communications, today announced two new PC gaming headsets, RIG Surround and RIG Flex at Gamescom 2014, the world's largest event highlighting interactive games and entertainment. The new headsets will be showcased at the Plantronics MarketPoint Pavilion 18, and on the show floor in the ESL ZONE in Hall 9 in Salon C-054a, and will be available worldwide for Holiday 2014.

"PC gamers know they can rely on Plantronics to deliver premium gaming audio and headsets that can take on serious gaming sessions," said Dorothy Ferguson, head of global marketing at Plantronics Gaming. "RIG Surround takes everything PC gamers love about Plantronics headsets - performance audio, long-wearing comfort, form perfectly suited to function - and takes everything a step further, offering a feature-rich premium gaming audio system at an unbelievable price."

Plantronics Launches Licensed Audio Solution for RIG

Plantronics, a global leader in audio communications, today announced it has entered into its first-ever partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) to provide advanced audio perfectly optimized for performance with PlayStation4 (PS4), PlayStation3 (PS3), and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita). The new, officially-licensed product, the Plantronics RIG for PS4, PS3, PS Vita will be available across Europe, Middle East and Oceania for the 2014 holiday season.

"Whether in the living room or on the go, PlayStation offers immersive gaming experiences, and new, connected ways to enjoy media," said Judy Ward, peripherals business manager at SCEE. "With its recognized commitment to innovation, Plantronics was a natural partner as we look for solutions that offer the high-quality audio and clear communication essential to deliver the best PlayStation experience."

Plantronics Launches RIG Headset + Mixer for Gamers

Plantronics today announced that RIG Headset + Mixer, the first member of the new RIG family of gaming products, is available at major retailers for $129.99 MSRP, starting today. A complete audio system of stereo headset, mixer, convertible mics and cables, RIG Headset + Mixer is the first gaming headset designed from the ground up with mobile in mind.

The RIG audio system lets players focus on the game by managing their mix, their way. Dial in a preferred mix of game and smartphone sound - calls, music, and app notifications - for a fully customized audio experience. The RIG headset delivers epic audio performance, with precision stereo, crystal-clear voice and three EQ profiles, including Seismic mode, allowing players to feel the bass.

Plantronics Introduces the RIG Gaming Headset

At Gamescom 2013, the world's largest event highlighting interactive games and entertainment, Plantronics announced its upcoming line of gaming products, RIG. RIG products are designed to help today's multi-screen and multi-device connected gamers manage their digital life. RIG systems blend superior game audio and chat, at home and on-the-go, with mobile audio, music, and apps, and lets users take calls without hitting pause. The first member of the RIG family is a premium stereo headset and mixer audio system, available worldwide this fall.

"The RIG headset marks the start of the next generation of gaming audio solutions, crafted for demanding gamers and their dynamic lifestyle. Building on our expertise in acoustics, industrial design, and communications, RIG delivers unique benefits for gamers," said Chuck Frizelle, head of Plantronics Gaming. "RIG immerses gamers in their virtual world while keeping them seamlessly connected to the real one."

Plantronics Announces New Mobility Products for Business Professionals

In a rush, jumping from a mobile call to a webinar and wish you could use one audio device? Plantronics has you covered with the launch of three products designed for different flavors of flexible working. From noisy open office environments to impromptu meetings on the go there's a greater need for mobility throughout the day. Plantronics' new line-up includes a Bluetooth speakerphone, a crossover USB Bluetooth headset and the award-winning Voyager Legend UC headset.

"For many professionals, conducting business from a cubicle or closed office environment has become a thing of the past. Work has become much more about what someone does and a lot less about where they do it," said Rob Arnold, Senior Analyst, Frost & Sullivan. "With that said, it's important for companies to equip their mobile professionals with the latest solutions that not only give them the flexibility to communicate well regardless of where they are, but that also make the user experience as intuitive as possible, and that's something Plantronics has down to a science."

Plantronics Introduces Crossover USB Headset Designed for Multimedia, PC and Mobile

Are you tired of missing mobile calls when you're working on your computer? If you're listening to music or on a softphone call, mobile calls can easily be missed. With the new Blackwire 700 series from Plantronics, you can easily be connected to both your PC and mobile phone with all-day comfort and excellent audio. The Blackwire 700 series is the first corded headset to feature Plantronics' Smart Sensor technology, which tells the headset when it is being worn so it can pause music and route calls intuitively.

Ideal for people who use a PC and a mobile phone or tablet, this versatile headset goes beyond providing outstanding PC audio quality by also connecting to a Bluetooth enabled phone or tablet. A detachable cable and integrated clothing clip allow you to take your mobile call to-go with up to 10 hours of talk time.

Plantronics Headsets Now Even More Reliable With Military Grade Moisture Protection

From the workplace to home life and everywhere in between, Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) knows that one of the biggest risks to the performance of electronic devices is exposure to moisture - including rain, humidity, sweat and accidental spills. Plantronics, along with P2i, the world leader in liquid repellent nano-coating technology, today announced an exclusive partnership where P2i's nano-coating technology will be used on select Plantronics devices causing liquid to simply bead up and run off the headset instead of permeating electrical components potentially leading to corrosion damage.

The invisible P2i coating, originally designed to treat soldiers' uniforms as protection from environmental and chemical hazards, has a thickness equivalent to one thousandth of a human hair and does not change the look or feel of the Plantronics product. Its ultra-thin size means it also does not affect electrical conductivity, so the entire product, inside and out, can be treated. Coating every surface of the product adds significant protection against damage from moisture. The new award-winning Voyager Legend and BackBeat GO headsets, including the soon to be released white BackBeat GO headset, include P2i's nano-coating.

Plantronics Announces the Voyager Legend Bluetooth Headset

As work and personal lives come together, the new Plantronics Voyager Legend headset is the ideal communication tool for work, life and play. With a blend of precisely tuned audio, Smart Sensor technology and intuitive voice enabled controls, the Voyager Legend is Plantronics' most user friendly and best sounding Bluetooth headset.

The Voyager Legend is the next generation of Plantronics' award-winning Voyager headset line and has three precisely tuned microphones and enhanced DSP that optimize your voice and minimize noise caused by wind, movement, and background sounds. Industry-first Smart Sensor technology intuitively directs calls to your phone or headset and allows you to automatically answer by placing the headset on your ear. The Voyager Legend proactively delivers voice alerts to keep you informed of battery level, connection status and announces caller name. The headset also takes voice commands such as "pair", "answer" or "ignore" to keep you in control of your technology.

Plantronics Launches the BackBeat Go Wireless Stereo Headset

When you are on the go, you want to listen to your tunes without being tangled or tied to your Smartphone or music player. Plantronics today announced its smallest, lightest, wireless earbuds available, the BackBeat GO. Now music lovers, mobile gamers, and podcast and video fans can listen to their Bluetooth enabled device, in stereo, all without the hassle of cords.

The BackBeat Go boasts the ideal combination of style, premium sound, comfort and convenience all with the simplicity of wireless earbuds. Made for use with smartphones, tablets and MP3 players, the extremely compact and lightweight BackBeat GO includes deep, rich, stereo sound, noise reduction technology for improved call clarity and inline controls that allow you to take calls, skip tracks, and adjust volume all at your fingertips.

Plantronics Introduces New Affordable Unified Communications Headsets

As companies roll out unified communications (UC) solutions, they struggle to keep the cost per user low while trying to achieve widespread adoption. Great sounding, comfortable and easy to use headsets are a must-have in a UC deployment or end users will reject the new communication platform. To bridge the gap between the needs of end users and the cost restraints of IT departments, Plantronics today introduced the new Blackwire 300 corded USB headsets for UC.

For IT departments rolling out UC, a headset is a low priority, but a critical component of the deployment. The Blackwire 300 Series satisfies their need for a low cost, entry-level UC headset that offers a superior user experience.

Plantronics Teams With Microsoft to Provide Unified Communications Hosting Solutions

Easy to deploy unified communications (UC) solutions are increasingly important as more companies must address employee mobility, better utilization of office real estate and an ever increasing need for collaboration. Plantronics (NYSE:PLT) today announced its participation in the Microsoft Lync Hosted Pack Reference Architecture Partner Ecosystem. The ecosystem is designed to support Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack for Partner Hosting, a special deployment configuration scoped for Hosting or Telecom services providers.

Customers can quickly identify tested options, incorporating audio devices and hosted Microsoft Lync services, which will help speed their implementation times. Optimized endpoints from Plantronics, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, coupled with Microsoft Lync can help deliver a better experience by accelerating UC adoption within an enterprise or an SMB.

Plantronics' GameCom 780 Gaming Headset Goes On Sale

Announced early this year, at CES 2012, Plantronics' GameCom 780 Gaming Headset has now become available for purchase in Europe. The 780 offers a 7.1 surround sound experience (thanks to the Dolby Headphone and Pro Logic IIx technologies) and features 40 mm drivers, ultra-comfortable ear cushions and headband, a noise-canceling microphone, on-ear volume and mute buttons, built-in spin-joints (that let the earpods lay flat for easy storage), and USB connectivity.

The GameCom 780 can be bought for 49.90 Euro.

Plantronics Unveils GameCom 780 7.1 Headset

Plantronics unveiled its latest headset for professional gamers, the GameCom 780. The headset is probably scheduled to be launched at CES, but a presentation related to it was leaked to the web. The GameCom 780 is a large-sized over-the-ear headset with a rounded quadrilateral shape instead of round, the optimally fit the contours of the ears. While it's 2-channel, it features virtual 7.1-channel surround.

It connects to the PC over USB, and packs a native logic that processes Dolby Headphone and Dolby Pro Logic IIx technologies. Each of the two cans features a 40 mm driver. The cans are suspended on hinges and can swivel to fold the headset up for transportation. The head band is thickly cushioned. The noise-cancelling microphone is suspended by a hinged-armature. The headset has a braided 2 m long USB cable.

Plantronics Announces GameCom 777 Headset

Plantronics today announced the new GameCom 777 Gaming Headset with virtual 7.1 surround sound, enabled by Dolby Headphone and Dolby ProLogic IIx technologies. The GameCom 777 combines immersive surround sound and Plantronics' design excellence to deliver an unmatched sound and voice experience for PC gamers.

It features 7.1 Dolby Headphone technology in a plug-and-play USB sound card for the PC and Mac. In addition to its surround sound capabilities, the GameCom 777 headset was engineered with numerous functional and ergonomic wearing benefits including an open-ear design that keeps users connected to the game and their surroundings.
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