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Plantronics Unveils Stereo Headset for Macs and iPods

(June 07, 2005)

Plantronics (NYSE:PLT) announced today availability of the .Audio 85(TM), a foldable, multipurpose stereo headset that provides high quality listening for Apple(R) iPod(R) and Apple computers, including iMac(R), Power Mac(R), PowerBook(R), iBook and Mac(R) mini.  The .Audio 85 also provides excellent voice transmit for Apple's popular iChat and GarageBand, as well as online gaming, speech recognition and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communication applications.

    "With the .Audio 85, Apple users can experience unparalleled sound and comfort with the latest computer multimedia applications," said Dean Hovey, vice president and general manager of mobile and entertainment markets for Plantronics.  "In addition, the .Audio 85's sleek and compact design fits the style Apple users expect -- in home or on the go."

    The .Audio 85 is designed for a broad spectrum of Apple users, from gamers to professionals. It is ideal for VoIP applications to place and receive audio or video calls anywhere in the world.  Music and movie aficionados will enjoy the ability to add voice tracks to GarageBand or voice-over to iMovie projects. Any audio or video enthusiast, as well as entry level computer users, that want high quality listening and voice experiences will benefit from the quality and simplicity of the .Audio 85.

    The .Audio 85 features advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology for superior noise canceling in the microphone -- improving speech recognition accuracy and providing excellent voice transmission -- and brilliant full-range stereo sound.  The QuickAdjust(TM) microphone boom ensures correct placement for speech applications and the inline volume and mute control enables effortless control.  The .Audio 85 headset offers an adjustable headband, and soft swivel-mounted ear cushions, so users can work or play in comfort. Featuring USB plug and play compatibility, users can get started in a snap.

    The .Audio 85 comes with a leatherette carrying pouch for storing and travel.  The .Audio 85 has a suggested retail price of $79.99 and is available at Apple's online and Retail Store as well as other retail outlets where Apple products are sold.

    About Plantronics

    Plantronics introduced the first lightweight headset in 1962 and is recognized as the world leader in communications headsets. A Plantronics headset was used for Neil Armstrong's historic "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" transmission from the moon in 1969. A publicly held company headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, with approximately 3,900 employees, Plantronics maintains offices in 20 countries. For more information go to or call 800-544-4660.

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