The sporty variant of the impressive Jabra Elite 75t

The sporty variant of the impressive Jabra Elite 75t

The successor to the wildly popular Jabra Elite Active 65t and the sporty alternative to the relatively new Jabra Elite 75t, the Jabra Elite Active 75t is almost identical to the latter in design and sound quality. The main difference between the Active variant and the regular variant is the addition of extra robustness with the IP57 rating for sweat and water resistance. However, coming from the Jabra Elite Active 65t, you’ll find quite a few upgrades, including a more compact design, longer battery life, a higher IP rating and a more powerful bass response. So let’s see how the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless earphones fared in our tests.

Build, design and fit

One difference between the Jabra Elite 75t and the ‘Active’ variant is the rubber coating on the earbuds and the charging case that prevents accidental drops. The matte plastic construction on the regular 75t was a bit slippery, so the rubberized texture is a welcome addition. However, due to the new and relatively improved texture, the case and earbuds attract a lot more fingerprints and dust over time. Be prepared to wipe them clean every day or two. Still, the matte rubber texture feels a bit more premium than the original 75t.

Using the same design as the Jabra Elite 75t, the Active 75t has a noticeably smaller footprint compared to the 65t models. The charging case is rectangular with rounded corners and slight dimples at the top and bottom. Unlike the 65t models, the case can stand upright, which is a significant improvement in our opinion. On the back is a USB Type-C charging port and on the front is the understated Jabra logo. The magnets on the lid and in the charging case are quite strong and the earphones stay in the case even if you drop them.

The earbuds have also been significantly reduced in size compared to the Elite 65t models and now have a small and modest form factor. They are also significantly lighter compared to the older models. The angled mouthpieces add to the comfort and fit, making it easy for users to wear even over extended listening periods. Jabra also supplies silicone earplugs in three sizes and the right fit is imperative for good sound isolation.

Each earbud also has a physical button, an LED indicator to relay battery information, and microphone grilles. The physical buttons are very easy to press and do not require much force. You don’t have to worry about the earphones digging into your ear when you press the buttons as they require very little force to register. You can pause/play music, answer/reject calls, search for songs and even increase/decrease the volume using the standard controls.

In addition, the buttons can even be customized to your own preference via the accompanying Jabra Sound+ app. More on that later. We found the controls to be extremely responsive during our extensive testing, but the volume control is a slow and imprecise process. You have to hold down the left/right button to decrease/increase the volume and because of this you can’t really control the volume levels exactly. In addition, the volume controls cannot be adjusted via the app either, which is rather disappointing.

Functions

The Jabra Elite Active 75t is a feature-packed true wireless earphone with IP57 dust and water resistance, HearThrough mode, customizable controls and EQ, auto pause and play, multipoint connection (can connect to two devices at the same time) and USB charging Type-C. However, some features that are missing, especially at this price, are Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), aptx support, and touch controls.

While we didn’t miss ANC (because of the excellent isolation) and touch controls on these earphones, we were disappointed for the lack of aptX HD sound support. Wireless charging for the case was missing on our test unit, but the latest models of the Jabra Elite Active 75t will have wireless charging. These units will be available on Amazon from August 6 for Rs 16,999. Since we received a device without wireless charging, we were unable to test the feature.

One of the main differentiators between the Jabra Elite 75t and the Elite Active 75t is the IP rating. Compared to the IP55 rating of the former, the Jabra Elite Active 75t has an IP57 IP rating, meaning it can be fully submerged in water for up to 30 minutes (maximum 1 meter depth). The company also has a 2-year warranty against dust and sweat damage.

We also found the auto-pause and play and multipoint connection features to be quite useful. The earphones have sensors in the earphones that determine whether they have been removed from the user’s ear and replaced. Depending on this, the media will automatically pause when the earphones are removed and will automatically replay when the earphones are reinserted into the ear. Multipoint connection allows you to connect to two devices at the same time. So you can be connected to both your smartphone and your laptop at the same time and seamlessly switch between them as and when you need to. Both features worked as advertised, with no overbearing glitches.

While the earbuds lack ANC, they come equipped with a rather capable HearThrough mode. This mode competes with the transparency mode on the Apple AirPods Pro and many other true wireless earphones from different brands. It’s safe to say that the HearThrough mode is just as effective as the acclaimed transparency mode on the AirPods Pro. We had music at about 70 percent volume and could still hear the ambient sounds quite well.

The earphones can also be paired with the Jabra Sound+ app, which gives users access to a plethora of features and customizations. There’s adjustable EQ, adjustable HearThrough levels, different ‘Moments’ for different scenarios like My Moment, Commute and Focus, and a range of music presets. Another feature of the app is ‘Find My Jabra’, which basically allows you to locate the earphones in case you lose them.

You can also customize the controls in the app for media, incoming calls, and ongoing calls by changing the command for certain actions, such as pause/play, next/previous song, accept/reject a call, and more. There is also a My Sound feature that adjusts the sound from the earphones according to your hearing ability, which can be useful for users with hearing loss. It’s safe to say that the app adds a wide range of customizability to the earbuds so that they function the way you want them to.

However, there was one area where we were very disappointed. The Jabra Elite Active 75t, like the non-active variant, can only be used via the right earphone in mono mode. So if you keep the left earbud in the case, you can still hear music/media through the right earbud and also answer calls if needed. However, most earphones, especially in this price range, offer Mono mode through both earbuds.

battery life

In terms of battery life, it has received a remarkable boost compared to the last generation products (the 65t models). The earphones themselves have a whopping 7.5 hours, while the charging case brings the total battery life to 28 hours. In our tests, at around 60-70 percent volume, the earbuds lasted 7 hours cool, while the charging case outperformed the earbuds three times and still had some juice left. Impressive.

There is also a sleep mode that activates after 15 minutes of no connection or 60 minutes of inactivity when connected. Like most things, this is also configurable via the Sound+ app. The earphones also come with Fast Charging capabilities, with 15 minutes of charging time equating to 60 minutes of playback. Plus, in our testing, the charging case went from empty to full in about 2 and a half hours, which is quite decent. These earbuds will easily last most users all day long and if you are a heavy user you can always use Fast Charging to quickly charge the earbuds if needed. We were able to blast through almost a whole week without charging the case.

Sound quality

The 6mm drivers in the Jabra Elite Active 75t earphones produce a lively and dynamic sound with a powerful bass response, detailed mids and decent highs. The overall sound signature lacks a bit of warmth due to the underexposed high bass, but the low bass has a lot of power and results in a low-accented sound. There is a slight auditory masking in the mids due to the extended low bass. In Hysteria by means of Musethe low drums certainly cloud the vocals, but it’s not very noticeable in most songs and genres.

The highs, on the other hand, are not stretched too far but sound quite detailed and balanced. They aren’t usually tinny or shrill, but at higher volumes (beyond 80 percent) you’ll hear some hissing in the female vocals. Soundstage, as expected from in-ears, is quite limited, yet imaging and instrument separation is excellent. In busy tracks like Selkies by means of Between the buried and meeach instrument is clearly displayed and there is no discernible overlap.

The quality of the microphone, as expected on Jabra products, is quite good. The earphones use a 4 microphone call technology which does a really good job at damping out external noises like noise and wind. There were also minimal problems with speech intelligibility during conversations and when recording notes with speech. Although we had some issues with wireless connectivity on the Jabra Elite 75t, occasionally experiencing lags and audio skipping. This problem was completely absent in the Elite Active 75t, which also had solid wireless connectivity and good range.

bottom line

If you’re looking for a premium pair of true wireless earphones that cost significantly less than the AirPods Pro and the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2, the Jabra Elite Active 75t is a pretty good choice. They have a fairly balanced sound profile with punchy bass and detailed highs, but you do miss out on features like ANC and aptx support. For those with an active lifestyle, the earphones offer an IP57 dust and sweat resistant IP rating and a snug and comfortable fit. If you choose between the original Jabra Elite 75t and the Active variant, it makes more sense to go for the Active variant, as you get a higher IP rating and a 2-year warranty.

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