As we mentioned earlier in the review, the Audio 995 features a lightweight design which is something that makes a big difference to the comfort level of the headset.
Plantronics have chosen to cover the earpads in a perforated leatherette material which gives the headset a quality feel. It can become ever so slightly uncomfortable if you wear the headset for an extended period of time, though.
The headset is adjustable on either side which lets you achieve the most comfortable possible fit. Thanks to the light weight of the headset, it only applies a small amount of pressure to your ears and manages to stay very securely in place.
Moving on to the performance, we encountered a few issues with the wireless connection between the headset and our PC. When testing the headset using a desktop PC below the desk with the dongle connected to the front panel USB connector, we noticed a couple of drops in connection despite the headset being less than a metre from the dongle. When using the headset with a laptop on our desk there were fewer drops.
Between the lapses in connection the audio quality of the headset was actually quite good. When playing music the sound was clear and well balanced. There was some occasional distortion in the lower registers but this seemed to be a result of the wireless connection. Unlike some wireless headsets, the Audio 995 is capable of reaching very loud volumes. We didn’t find ourselves having to exceed 50% volume at all and setting the volume to the maximum level would assuredly cause damage to ears.
The headset also seemed to be well suited to movie playback but the lack of any virtual or dedicated surround sound is noticeable.
The inbuilt boom microphone folds down from the left earcup and remains nicely out of the way when it’s not needed. The quality of the sound recorded by the microphone is perfectly good for chatting on Skype although it also seemed to suffer from issues with the wireless connection.