The Perfect Gym Buddies
The new and improved Jabra Elite Active 75T earbuds are the successors of the 65T. The 65T were a great pair of earbuds boasting some great features geared towards the fitness market.
Does the 75T take what made the 65T so good and improves upon it?
Let’s find out in this Jabra Elite Active 75T review…
The Jabra Elite Active 75T features a sleek and modern design. In fact, most of what was the 65T has been redesigned.
Jabra includes three different sized ear tips, and it’s safe to say they fit comfortably in your ear. Jabra coats the earbuds with an anti-slip layer that grips nicely inside your ear and makes removing them easy as well. They fit comfortably and did not slip out at all during morning jogs.
Jabra also built-in a pressure relief vent that acts as an ambient noise suppressor, whilst helping to keep the sound inside.
The company have included automatic ear detection that senses when you take out the earbuds and turns them off automatically. Once reinserted, they start playing again. Sometimes these kinds of systems can cause problems with false detections, but we had no issues with this pair.
The earbuds come with an IP-57 rating, which means dust and water won’t be a problem at all. They can be submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes, and Jabra provides a 2-year warranty.
The earbuds sound is colored with a warm bass tone that fits the market it’s aiming for. This does lend to a lot of audio masking, but when you’re out on a run, the thumping bass really gets your blood pumping.
The audio masking does get the best of the mid-range frequencies. Listening to music that’s vocal forward, you might find the instrumentation, especially the drums and bass, overpowering the rest of the mix. Again, it’s well suited for the gym environment, but you won’t find us wearing these at the office while doing mundane tasks.
There is no active noise cancelling present, but the acoustic isolation is fine. Without the ANC, you’ll still find all of the low hums present. Busses and airplanes, especially. It’s important to make sure you’re wearing the correct sized ear tip for optimal isolation.
There are four microphones working together to isolate your voice. The earbuds clearly pick up your voice and nicely isolates the rest of the background noise, even in noisier environments. Picking up a call with this pair is convenient and sounds stunning. Jabra seems to be using the same technology that they use for their market-leading headsets.
Jabra only offers AAC support for IOS devices, so no AptX. Great if you are an IOS user, not so much if you’re an Android user.
Battery & Connectivity
You’ll get just over seven hours of playback time on a full charge. Charging the earbuds for 15 minutes will give you an hour of playback. Great if you need to go out for a run and forgot to charge them.
The case provides almost enough juice for three charges before it needs to be recharged. The case charges full in 2 hours and uses USB-C.
The earbuds connect using Bluetooth version 5. You will find no stability issues within a 10-meter range or two thick concrete walls. Considering the intended purpose of these earbuds, chances are slim you’ll be using them far away from your phone. Swimming isn’t an option anyway, since there is no onboard storage and Bluetooth connectivity doesn’t do well when swimming underwater.
Multipoint connectivity is also supported, meaning you can connect two devices at the same time.
What’s The Difference Between The Jabra Elite 75T & Jabra Elite Active 75T?
There isn’t much difference. They both use the same software, Bluetooth, design, and case.
The biggest difference is the Active model is made for fitness-minded people. This means the durability for active users is higher. It comes with a certified IP-57 rating; the standard Jabra Elite 75T does not.
If the durability factor is of great importance to you, the Jabra Elite Active 75T is a great pair of earbuds to choose. If you are looking for TWS earbuds only, the Jabra Elite 75T is not one of the best options, especially at the price range.
Who Is The Jabra Elite Active 75T For?
The Jabra Elite Active 75T is perfect for people who want a durable pair of earbuds with decent sound quality and connectivity.
Jabra is a reliable brand and well known in the business headset market. The Elite Active 75T offers stellar microphone performance and might suit someone who enjoys working out, but needs the reassurance of a good microphone in case an important call comes up.
If you are looking for TWS earbuds and don’t mind the IP rating, there are much better options around the same price range as the Jabra Elite Active 75T.
Other sport-oriented earbuds include the Jaybird Vista and the Bose SoundSport Free. The SoundSport is older and might not be as good as it was, but if you are a fan of Bose, it is still a great option. The Jaybird Vista offers a great app that also provides the option to try out other listeners’ sound profiles. It is also a little bit cheaper.
If you are looking for earbuds with active noise cancelling, Sony’s WF-1000XM3 are best in class. Apple’s AirPods are also a great ANC option.
For even more options, check out our comprehensive reviews of the Best Running Headphones and the Best Headphones for Cycling currently available, which both include a number of excellent earbud options.
Jabra Elite Active 75T Pros & Cons
- Durable IP-57 rating.
- Great microphone.
- Small, lightweight design.
- Average sound quality.
- No aptX support.
The Jabra Elite Active 75T offers great durability with good sound and an excellent microphone. It is well suited to the fitness environment with an IP-57 rating and can withstand the toughest of environments. It provides a comfortable fit with a non-slip coating.
However, if you don’t actually need the IP-57 rating, there are better options on the market like the Jaybird Vista or Sony WF-1000XM3.