The Jabra Elite 75t improves upon its predecessor in just about every way, except tonal balance. The 75t offers much-improved battery life, a much smaller charging case, and a more comfortable fit. Continue reading the following Jabra Elite 75t review to understand more about these devices.
Jabra Elite 75t Review
The Jabra Elite Active 75t is currently available on Amazon, Best Buy, and Jabra’s website and comes in six colors: Copper Black, Dark Grey, Navy, Titanium Black, Sienna, and Mint. The lowest current price seems to be $150, from Amazon.
Jabra also sells a wireless charging-enabled version of the Elite Active 75t in Dark Grey and Navy, albeit for a much more expensive $230.
The Jabra Elite 75t are 20% smaller than Jabra’s previous in-ear true wireless headphones, the Elite 65t. While that doesn’t sound like much on paper, it’s a dramatic difference in the hand. Whereas the Elite 65t’s earbuds were simply too big to fit some ears, the diminutive earbuds of the Elite 75t should be small enough to fit just about anyone.
Each earbud still features a single button, but gone is the volume rocker of the Elite 65t. Instead, a long-press of the left earbud increases volume while a long-press of the right earbud decreases volume. Unfortunately, this volume control means it’s extremely tricky to dial in the exact volume you want and we found ourselves overshooting our desired volume quite a bit.
Thankfully playback controls are intuitive though, and you can still summon your phone’s assistant, plus Alexa users have the option of using it as the default assistant, which can be changed in the app.
Despite being smaller the charging case now provides an additional 20 hours of battery life for a total of 28 hours, which is especially impressive when you take into account that the 65t’s charging case only held 10 hours of charge and was substantially bigger. The smaller charging case means you’ll be able to slip the headphones into your pocket comfortably.
When it’s time to charge the headphones, you’ll be treated to USB-C instead of the 65t’s micro USB port. The inclusion of USB-C means there’s fast charging as well, which nets you an hour of playback from just 15 minutes of charging.
Speaking of the charging case, it’s now fully magnetic, too.
In terms of materials, the Jabra Elite 75t are made entirely of plastic and rubber, giving them a utilitarian look and feel. They’re IP55 splash resistant so they will put up with your sweat at the gym but don’t dunk them. While made of plastic, the Elite 75t feel very well put together and are grippy, which helps discourage accidental drops.
3. Audio quality
The Elite 75t stands out as one of the best-sounding pair of wireless earbuds out there.
Since we’re talking about some of the best sports headphones here, the bass often takes precedence when discussing sound quality. There is certainly enough here to fuel you through the most vigorous workouts.
Method Man & Redman’s “Da Rockwilder” helped crank things up during the middle of my 5K run. The booming amalgamation of 808 effects and propulsive lows got my adrenaline going. This is a record that can sound like one distortion-filled disaster with the wrong earbuds, but the Elite Active 75t does such a terrific job of minimizing the fuzzy bass tones for a crisp listen.
Recovery time often calls for more melodic tunes, which, for me, consists of jazz classics. Ahmad Jamal’s “Poinciana” delivered tranquil vibes. The rhythmic bass lines and high-pitched keys were handled delicately, which allowed me to appreciate certain nuances like the fingertip-friction sounds from the guitar play.
4. Battery life
The next part of the Jabra Elite 75t review is battery life. Jabra claims that the Elite 75t earbuds will get you around 7.5 hours of constant playback, with the case providing up to 28 hours of playback. For our battery tests, we make sure to play music on loop at a constant output of 75dB which is just below the recommended output to avoid damaging your hearing.
5. App and special features
Jabra Sound+ offers some sweet incentives that allow for personalized sound and calls. The built-in EQ remains the app’s killer feature, which listeners can meddle with to create different sound profiles. There is a handful of music presets available as well that cater to specific genres.
Jabra has its own transparent mode dubbed HearThrough that opens up the soundstage to hear what’s around you. It’s a great solution for outdoor runners who want to be more mindful of their surroundings, whether running during the day or at night.
Jabra also introduced two new features: MyControls and MySound. MyControls lets you assign the controls on both earbuds for personal preference, while MySound uses adaptive sound technology to create a sound profile that’s tailored to your hearing. They’re both great additions to what’s already an extensive feature set and will be welcomed with open arms once you toy with them. Call Experience is another great feature you won’t want to take for granted, as it optimizes call quality by increasing how loud and deep your voice sounds on calls. Keep this in mind when trying to hold a conversation in rowdy settings.