Here comes the boom-mic: Plantronics launches a new durable earpiece

Callers who demand the best sound when they’re speaking generally know that there’s more to their phone than just holding the slate to their ear, and a new headset from Plantronics aims to make your voice clearer with better resistance to wind and rain.

Hitting stores next week for $129, the Voyager Legend represents the next generation of single-earpiece Bluetooth solutions, throwing in three microphones and digital signal processing to pay attention to the sound and words you’re speaking and cancel out wind, background noise, and movement when you’re in transit.

The earpiece, which can be fitted to either a left or a right ear, is also setup to work with voice commands, allowing you to answer a call by just saying “answer” – or even “ignore” it – in case you don’t want to touch any buttons on the earpiece itself.

You can, though, and you can even survive a spot of bad weather with the Legend, as it features some water-resistance from P2i, a company that produces a nano-coating like the one on the Motorola RAZR HD to stop water from destroying electronics.

A sensor also switches the headset to pause when it’s taken away from your ear, and you can even stream music to the earpiece thanks to A2DP, so you don’t have to walk around hearing nothing like you used to.

“The new Voyager Legend continues Plantronics legacy of developing cutting-edge advancements in communications technology,” said Peter Petrides, Retail Sales Manager for Plantronics Australia. “The Voyager Legend is uniquely equipped to deliver exceptional audio quality in the most demanding environments for mobile professionals, commuters, business travellers and anybody who needs to be connected to family and friends while they’re on-the-go.”

Battery life is rated for up to seven hours of talk time and up to 11 days of standby, with Bluetooth 3.0 supported and a headset battery metre built appearing on iOS devices.

Interestingly, it’s the first headset we’ve seen in quite a while that lacks a microUSB port, with Plantronics opting instead for a proprietary magnetic dock that powers by USB.

We’re not sure why Plantronics has made the change, but we’re currently seeking comment, as it could make charging it a little harder if you forget that special cable.