Jabra Elite Active 75t -the noise and sweat

The Jabra Elite Active 75t is as good as the 75t but gain a complete seal for a higher price of only $30 . But is it really useful?

After our test of the excellent Elite 75t, we switch to the active version. And this year, the Elite Active 75t are not only sweat-resistant, they are one of the few completely waterproof models. Thanks to their IP57 certification, it is indeed possible to fully immerse them for 30 minutes up to a depth of 1m, while the 75t are only IP55 certified, which already allows you to play sports with that said.

Since the other characteristics of the active version are identical to those of the “standard” version, we will not dwell on the subject. Thus, we invite those who wish to know our opinion in detail to read the test of the Elite 75t.

Jabra Elite 75t review

For the others, here is our “miniature” test of the Elite Active 75t, currently sold $199.99 at most distributors.

Elite Active 75t: technical specifications

What’s in the belly of these Jabras?

Passive noise reduction thanks to their shape.
Noise reduction on outgoing sounds: for calls, better sound thanks to 4 microphones. Your interlocutor’s understanding is excellent, even outdoors.
Wind noise protection: not bad when running.
Supported audio codecs: SBC, AAC
Size: 6mm for powerful bass.
Speaker bandwidth (music playback): 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Bandwidth (calls): 100Hz to 8kHz
Microphone type: 4 x MEMS
Wide microphone band: 100 Hz to 10 kHz

Waterproof: like a fish in water

We immersed the Elite Active 75t in water for 30 minutes, stopwatch in hand, to verify the company’s promise and as expected, the headphones held up perfectly. The sound remains the same and no damage seems to have been caused by this experience.

Note that we could not immerse them to a depth of one meter which makes it easier for them, the pressure being lower, but this is not really a problem since anyway, the Bluetooth does not cross the water, therefore the music cuts off instantly when they are fully submerged.

In fact, the interest of a total seal for headphones is only to reassure those who practice swimming (on the surface) with their headphones because if they lose them in the water or if they inadvertently wet them completely, these will still work perfectly, which is less certain with the IP55 models. Ditto for those who like to take baths for example.

Therefore, we advise you to invest in this version only if you find yourself in these use cases. Otherwise, the standard version will suffice. It should take a little rain or even sports sessions without any problem.

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Design: compact and comfortable

The two headphones are wedged in molded plastic, as well as the charging box and below, a small packaging with ear tips (2 large and 2 small, the 2 medium ones being on the headphones) as well as the USB charging cable. C of 30 cm. There is a quick start guide in flyer form giving you basic instructions. But anyway, there is nothing too complicated.

The design of the headphones is really nice: both compact and collected on themselves, this shape allows them to come to be wedged in the pavilion of the ear and not to move. In addition, it also allows them a passive noise reduction by following the shape of your external auditory canal, wedged with the conch, the tragus and the antitragus (we let you see on the internet to know the morphology of the ear). They are about 20mm in diameter (although they’re not really round) and 16mm thick. Add to that almost 1 cm of nozzle (including the extension) for a weight of 5.5 g / piece.

They are made of very good quality plastic, the PC / ABS (Polycarbonate / Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) giving a high resistance to impacts and scratches (we dropped them once or twice during the test). The logo plate is in copper coated metal. The tips are made of EarGels silicone, a specific coating allowing better grip of the earbuds and limiting discomfort. Everything about the design and the materials shows that these headphones are made to be used while playing sports (hence the notion of “Active”): resistance to dust and sweat, shock resistant, very good fit … having tested several, it is the earbuds that bother me the least, if at all, after several hours of use.

Bluetooth: a reliable connection but …

Bluetooth 5.0 compatible but they don’t really take advantage of it
Connection is always so reliable
Contained latency which allows watching videos without audio / video synchronization problem
More details in the Elite 75t test
Controls: fewer physical buttons
Native voice assistant from your smartphone or Amazon Alexa
You have to press the button on the right earpiece twice to access the assistant while the AirPods Pro have a hands-free mode to summon Siri by voice
Customizing control buttons with the MyControls function
Less intuitive controls than with the 65t, there is only one button per earpiece but they are no less complete
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Audio: still good quality

The audio quality is still excellent, it gains in clarity with very bright highs, a little too much even, some may find them slightly aggressive
The bass, on the other hand, is deep and powerful, too even, with a lot of attack.
The mediums are a little behind. The whole gives a nice color, which will go perfectly to Rock, electro or rap, maybe less with classical music
The Jabra Sound + application (Android and iOS) offers an equalizer whose settings can be saved in the firmware of the headphones, which is very convenient
Transparency mode for (let in ambient sounds) useful for sport in the street
Possibility of having sound equalization adapted to the user’s hearing profile with the MySound function
The spatialization is correct and the maximum volume level also, we did not perceive any harmonic distortion either.

Passive insulation is quite good but insufficient in the Paris metro, for example.
Incorporating active noise reduction should be, in our opinion, the brand’s next goal

Audio calls: a perfectible rendering

The headphones have four microphones, two in each ear cup, located on the front and back of each earpiece
Call quality is very decent although for us the Anker AirPods Pro and Soundcore Liberty Air 2 are a cut above thanks to their noise reduction
You can use the right earpiece alone to listen to music in mono or for calls
Function to hear your own voice in headphones handy

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JABRA Elite Active 75t In-Ear Headphones: use with Jabra Sound +

The brand delivers its Jabra Elite Active 75t with the case and headphones already charged. Perfect to enjoy it right away! When we see such qualitative products, we fall back into childhood, we rush and if unfortunately we have to wait a little for them to load, we go crazy.

In order to use them fully, it is necessary to download the Jabra Sound + application from the store. You can see the presentation of the application on our video. First, the application will allow you to connect your 75t in Bluetooth. It’s as simple as all Bluetooth connections: activate your phone’s Bluetooth, put it in search mode (and visible), remove the earbuds from the box (press one of them for a few seconds if necessary but keep general, as soon as you unplug, it turns on) and let pairing with the app. Plus, if you listen to them during the process, you’ll have spoken instructions … in English.

The application will give you the most interesting sound experience. First, on the main page, you see three reading “moments”.

My moment: this is your use at the moment t. Who will depend on what you do (sport or other)
Routes: this is a sound profile that you can customize to make it suitable for your environment (bus, metro, train, etc.).
Focus: it’s the same thing, but for your music moment, quiet …
In any moment, you can either manually modify the equalizer by moving the bass, midrange or treble with your finger. But you also have presets with saved sound profiles. This is very good to compensate for audio streaming applications that do not have it. You may also see the “soundscapes” or background noise at the bottom of the main page. What is it used for ? Quite simply to isolate yourself from ambient noise without necessarily wanting to listen to music. You can choose between different soundscapes ranging from pink noise (would help to sleep), white noise (unbearable as possible, personal opinion) or even fan noise (as seen above), storm, cave… C ‘ is a big plus to isolate yourself or calm down, meditate … You can also activate the HearThrough mode from here which we have already spoken about.

But it doesn’t end there. By going to the “my helmet” tab, new customizations are possible. First, you can update the firmware if necessary. You can also register your headset with Jabra, evaluate the product, access guides and manuals. More interestingly, you have the possibility to change the language of the voice guidance, which you will hear in your headphones. For this, an update will be necessary after downloading the language pack. The Find My Jabra setting is more of a gadget for finding your 75t based on its last known location (with GPS active).

Now let’s go into the headset settings. From there you can modify the audio experience such as turning off the music when you take off an earphone. It’s very useful. You can also, at the call level, activate the slidetone or not, that is to say decide whether or not to hear your voice during a call. You also have the option of choosing an equalizer when you get a call. Headset assistance will allow you to choose when your headsets go to sleep when out of use and whether you want to hear voice guidance.

The call experience is also displayed automatically when you are online. Let’s talk a bit about the sound quality during calls. It is good but will depend a lot on the quality of the network and of the telephone of your interlocutor. Don’t expect to sound as good as listening to music. It is good but not exceptional at this level. On the other hand, your interlocutors will understand you very well thanks to the 4 microphones.

The discovery tab will highlight new features, updates or tips to test while “about” is a catch-all of customer service, contacts, sales …

You can see that this app is really complete and really takes advantage of your headphones. We will see the voice assistant part later.

But before that, let’s talk a bit about sound.

It is totally bluffing:

.A perfect fit in the ear, allowing for total musical immersion,
.The bass is excellent, bordering on vibration in certain circumstances (in a good sense),
.The equalizer does great things to enhance your favorite tracks,
.No sizzling even when pushed to the limit,
.The spatialization is excellent, as well as the stereophony. Some pieces swirl from ear to ear, passing through the back of your head,
.You will discover your songs like never before.
.They are truly some of the best headphones we have ever had in our ears. They are simply excellent.

What does not spoil anything is the fact that Jabra has decided not to succumb to the fashion for touch-sensitive headphones, which is a sore when handling them. There, press right once to pause and resume, let press left to lower the volume (and right to increase), press twice on the left to go to the next track, three to go back to the previous one, a single press to activate or not the HearThrough. It’s very easy to use. 

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That’s it, we’re getting there: Alexa! The Jabra Elite Active 75t have built-in Alexa. But how does it work?

By going to “choose your voice assistant”, you will see 2 options:

The default phone assistant: in this case, double-tapping the right earpiece will launch your phone’s assistant, which can be Alexa or Google Assistant or Siri. It’s up to you to properly configure your phone to activate it even if it is on standby.
Amazon Alexa: The approach is different. The Jabra 75t will be recognized as a learned device by the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone. To do this, you must, by pressing “connect”, link your Alexa application to Jabra Sound +. This is automatic if your app is already activated on your phone.

By choosing Amazon Alexa, when you press your earpiece, you will hear the well-known sound of the start of Alexa request. Ask her what you want, wait for the sound to end and she will do it. It is quite possible to perform routines, requests like turning on lights … In short, anything you can do with an Echo.

With two exceptions:

You will not be able to make requests to listen to music on Amazon Music or other, because it is just the Alexa application and your Amazon account which is attached to the Jabra, and not the third party applications like Amazon Music or Deezer … So it You will have to switch to manual to select your albums or playlists. However, this is possible with option 1 (default phone).
As the headphones are not themselves connected to the Internet but go through Jabra Sound + and then Amazon Alexa, there is more latency than an Echo device or live smartphone pass-through.
So ultimately, is it a real advantage to have Alexa integrated directly into the headphones? For people who don’t have Alexa as a live personal assistant on the smartphone, yes. For others too, because it can avoid seeing your smartphone screen turn on at each request and therefore wake up and lead to false manipulations. Note however, although in most cases the second method activates without any problem, it can be quite tedious to set it up on devices like those with MIUI overlays, which is our case for the test. However, there are tutorials on the manufacturer’s site (Xiaomi) to set Alexa as the default voice assistant and thus make everything operational with the second option.

The whole (requests, music, …) is stable and after several hours and days of use, no problem has been observed. Note that for full use of your Jabra Elite 75t, it is necessary to launch the Jabra Sound + application each time you use your headphones.

Competition 

The main competitors of the 75t are the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2, sold a few tens of euros less, the Sony WF-SP800N at the same price, the Sony WF-1000XM3, sold a few tens of euros more and the AirPods Pro, much more expensive this time. Suffice it to say right away, the AirPods Pro are a cut above in our opinion, especially in terms of comfort. In addition, their ultra-efficient active noise reduction is really practical, as is its wireless charging case. But, and this is a big but, it is really not the same budget … Moreover, they hold less well in the ears and are not totally waterproof.

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Then, the Sony WF-1000XM3 also offer better sound according to our tests, excellent active noise reduction, but slightly worse comfort. The question arises between Sony and Jabra, only Sony does not have IP certification and their use for sports sessions is not recommended. We must then resort to the Sony WF-SP800N which are very good and offer active noise reduction, but they are not completely waterproof either. Finally, the Anker are a good alternative at a reduced price but their sound is a little worse for our taste and the water resistance less. In addition, the functions offered by Jabra are more technically advanced, even if they do not include active noise reduction.

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In short, we advise you to opt for the Sony WF-SP800N if active noise reduction is important to you. Otherwise, the Jabra Elite Active 75t will be the only fully waterproof True Wireless headphones to offer you this level of quality. It’s up to you to see what your priorities are.

Conclusion

The Active version of the Elite 75t is really a niche product that will only prove useful to athletes who practice swimming (with their head above water despite everything since Bluetooth does not cross the water) or to those who are worried about dropping their headphones in the bathtub when bathing. With the exception of the first case, it is above all for your peace of mind that you pay 20 to 30 euros more compared to the standard 75t version. So, except in exceptional cases, we would tend to recommend the standard 75t, which are just as efficient. Otherwise, the Sony WF-SP800N will have the advantage of offering you active noise reduction for the same price.

 

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