Poly Voyager 8200 UC review: ANC headphones uphold Plantronics heritage

Can the Poly Voyager 8200 UC's sound quality and suite of clever features justify its price tag?

A pair of Poly Voyager 8200 UC headphones on a wooden desk
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Our Verdict

The Poly Voyager 8200 UC headphones feature rich, immersive sound, with plentiful bass, mids and highs, for most genres of music. As a conferencing headset, it does a professional job, with clear voice audio and quality built-in mics, and the fact there's no mic boom means you can wear them out and about as everyday headphones too. A suite of smart features, such as auto-pausing whenever I removed them, with clever on-device controls, is mostly a delight, but noise-cancellation isn't as strong as the premium price point would lead you to think.

For

  • Rich sound quality
  • Comfortable, soft earpads
  • Beautiful styling
  • Clever innovative features

Against

  • Disappointing ANC
  • Sorry, they cost how much?

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The Poly Voyager 8200 UC are one of the flagship headphones from the famous audio brand formerly known as Plantronics. In fact, the change to the Poly branding is still so recent that the packaging and even the headset itself still sees the Plantronics brand name emblazoned across the headband. And many online stores still sell them under the name Plantronics Voyager 8200 UC. 

But while the heritage is ancient (Plantronics were the first headsets on the moon, after all), these Voyager 8200 headphones are stacked with the latest tech to make them cleverer than just about any headphones I've used, a lot of which you won't find among many of even the best wireless headphones around.

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Weight: 289g
Charging time:Approx 2.5 hours
Playtime:24h (around 18-20 ANC on)
Driver:40mm
Bluetooth:5.0
Frequency response:20 Hz to 20 kHZ (media mode)
The Verdict
4.05

out of 10

Plantronics Voyager 8200UC

The Poly Voyager 8200 UC headphones feature rich, immersive sound, with plentiful bass, mids and highs, for most genres of music. As a conferencing headset, it does a professional job, with clear voice audio and quality built-in mics, and the fact there's no mic boom means you can wear them out and about as everyday headphones too. A suite of smart features, such as auto-pausing whenever I removed them, with clever on-device controls, is mostly a delight, but noise-cancellation isn't as strong as the premium price point would lead you to think.

Erlingur Einarsson
Tech Reviews Editor

Erlingur is the Tech Reviews Editor on Creative Bloq. Having worked on magazines devoted to Photoshop, films, history, and science for over 15 years, as well as working on Digital Camera World and Top Ten Reviews in more recent times, Erlingur has developed a passion for finding tech that helps people do their job, whatever it may be. He loves putting things to the test and seeing if they're all hyped up to be, to make sure people are getting what they're promised. Still can't get his wifi-only printer to connect to his computer.