Jabra has just launched three newest members of the Elite series in Singapore; The Elite Active 65t, Elite 65e and Elite 45e. While the wireless audio market is extremely crowded, Jabra’s new Elite Bluetooth headsets promise to shake up the market with no compromise audio – great music performance with a stellar communications experience.
While Jabra is known for strong and practical design sense and audio engineering, their products have always been more of specialist items rather than all-rounders – excelling in audio or functionality while providing passable quality in other areas. This is the same conundrum faced by many audio makers today – their wireless headphones either have fantastic audio but suffer from bad battery and fit or have great fit but suffer from terrible audio and connectivity woes.
The Elite range changes all that by promising to provide an audio experience with no compromises – performing extremely well in both the great music headphones or a headset designed for voice and calls and can have both with whichever Elite product they choose.
The new Elite Active 65t, Elite 65e, and Elite 45e – take after the best features of the popular Jabra Elite Sport but add on new and improved features devised by the company’s engineering experts in audio, headset and hearing aid technology. For example, each new Elite headset comes with unique microphone configurations to ensure that the users will be heard the first time, every time when talking to people over the phone. We feel that this is the best feature of the Elite series because many audio manufacturers add substandard microphones to their products – calls sound very echoy and voices are distant in most competing products.
The Jabra Elite 65t’s One-touch button
The Elite series also features a one-touch access to all major voice assistants such as Google Now and Siri – and Jabra’s microphone technology ensures that the assistants won’t mishear your commands either. In addition, Jabra has also developed a companion Jabra Sound+ app which allows you to adjust the equalizer settings on your headset – if you like more bass, you can adjust your music to fit. This is similar to the what the Jaybird and B&O apps can do, and we’re happy to see this come to the new Elite series.
To show their confidence in the Elite series’ build quality, Jabra is promising a two-year warranty against dust and water ingress (two years for the Elite Active 65t, including sweat ingress) – twice as long and more comprehensive than the usual one year offered by many audio manufacturers.
These are the common features of the Elite series – but each headset within that series offers a specific fit for a variety of users. Let’s check them out in detail.
Elite Active 65t (S$298)
The Jabra Elite Active 65t is the star of the show – engineered for active users who want a premium true wireless voice and music experience while working out. The headset is essentially an Elite 65t with sports-focused additions. Compared to the Elite 65t, the Elite Active 65t are now IP56 rated for sweat, water and dust resistance. The earbuds have also tweaked slightly for better fit, with a new soft-touch body which helps to secure the housing to the ears firmly without it getting too uncomfortable.
The fit is a balance between the extremely comfortable feeling you get with the Bose SoundSport Free, and the extremely secure fit of the Jaybird RUN. The Elite Active 65t also comes with an integrated accelerometer for fitness tracking as well.
The best part of the earbuds though, is the battery life. The Elite Active 65t provides listeners with five hours of listening time on one charge.
Its battery case provides an additional two more full charges, giving it a complete extended battery life of 15 hours. This goes beyond the industry standard, stopping short of the stellar 25 hours of battery life provided by Apple’s Airpods.
As with its predecessor, the Elite Active 65t provides an excellent audio experience. The overall sound signature is very, very well balanced – similar to the ones you get on high end audio products from Sony. It’s not extremely heavy on the bass like the Jaybirds, and neither does it go all crazy on the treble like Klipsch – it’s a very good balance with clean highs, strong mids and a solid bass. The Elite Active 65t comes in soft-touch Navy Blue with a copper-orange like metal accent on the side buttons.
Elite 65e (S$328)
These neckband earbuds are engineered for best-in-class wireless calls and music. The Elite 65e provides two levels of noise cancellation – a decent level of passive noise cancellation courtesy of the well-fitting silicone eartips, and an excellent level of active noise cancellation (ANC) powered by Jabra’s special technology. The Elite 65e also promises to offer great conversation with three-microphone technology that creates a noise-blocking zone – making sure your voice is conveyed with crystal-clear clarity. Comes in Black.
Elite 45e (S$168)
The Elite 45e is made for users who want the best combined voice and music experience in a headset with a discreet design and a great fit. This soft neckband (with memory wire) headset has a lightweight form factor and comes with Jabra’s great microphone technology. We’d say that this is a lighter, sleeker and more affordable version of the 65e, without the noise cancelling tech. Comes in Black.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t gets our stamp of approval!
We think that Jabra’s new entries line up well against the competition in the market, but the Elite Active 65t promises to go above and beyond the competition. These are one of the top True Wireless buds we’ve tested this year, and we’re excited to take it for a spin in an upcoming review.
The Elite 45e and Elite 65e are available now with authorised Jabra retailers, while the Active 65t will be available from starting of July 2018. Find out more about the new Jabra Elite family at: www.jabra.com/elite