Not bad for a little bud.
For many years now, I’ve been using Jabra true wireless earbuds almost exclusively. They are tried and true and I’ve never had any complaints when using them. A few months ago — just before Apple announced its next-generation iPhone models — Jabra released the Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds. According to Jabra, the 75t “take things up a notch.” They have taken the same form and function as the Elite 65t earbuds and made it better. The Elite 75t earbuds are approximately 20% smaller than its predecessor and boast a better battery life on top of that (50% more battery than the Elite 65t). These updates along made me want to check them out. So, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been using the Elite 75t earbuds and I couldn’t be happier about the results.
The Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds feature a smaller and more compact design that is optimal for comfort and a secure fit. The battery life is 7.5 hours, which is extended to 28 hours of use with the charging case. It has premium sound and four-microphone technology for crystal-clear calling experiences. Users have the option of customizing their listening experience with the Jabra Sound+ app.
- Passive noise cancellation (PNC)
- Noise reduction on outgoing voice audio, 4-microphone call technology
- Wind noise protection
- Audio codecs supported SBC, AAC
- Speaker size 6mm
- Speaker bandwidth 20Hz to 20kHz (music playback)
100Hz to 8kHz (calls)
- Microphone type 4 x MEMS
- Microphone bandwidth 100Hz to 10kHz
- Music and talk time Up to 7.5 hours with earbuds and up to 28 hours including charging case
- Sleep mode Auto-off after 15 minutes without connection or 60 minutes without activity, configurable in the Sound+ app
- Standby time 6 months
- Charging time2 hours and 20 minutes (Full charge with dedicated 500mA USB wall charger)
- Fast charge Up to 60 minutes when charging earbuds for 15 minutes in the charging case
- Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
- Supported Bluetooth profiles HSP v1.2 , HFP v1.7, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, SPP v1.2
- Operating range Up to 10 meters (33 feet)
- Paired devices Up to 8
- Multi-connect Two devices can be connected at a time
- Auto pause music Yes, when one earbud is removed from the ear
- Auto power on/off “ON” when earbuds are out of charging case
“OFF” after 15 minutes without connection or 60 minutes without activity
The Elite 75t comes in the standard gray and yellow Jabra box. There is a nice, but subtle image of the earbuds on the cover of the box with some key details spelled out below it. The back of the box shows an image of the charging case along with additional details. When you open the box, you are greeted with a message that says, “Welcome to Superior Sound.” Beneath that, is a cutout that shows off the earbuds themselves. Beneath that is a quick startup guide with details on how to use the Jabra Sound+ app. On the back of this message card is a slightly more in-depth startup guide with illustrations of how to power on and use the hardware. At this point in the unboxing process, you can see the charging case and the accessory kit that houses the USB-C charging cable and the replacement ear cushions.
Getting the earbuds set-up with your mobile device is pretty painless. You place the earbuds into the charging case to ensure they are charged. When you take them out of the case, they power on and if it’s the first time you are using them, they enter pairing mode. They appear as “Jabra Elite 75t” in a user’s Bluetooth menu. If you use the Jabra Sound+ app, you will receive instructions to walk you through the entire set-up process. On that note, the app is actually very handy. My favorite feature of it is the tutorial it provides about the button controls on the earpieces. In addition to monitoring the status of the earbuds, you can also customize your listening experience by using the EQ.
My greatest challenge with earbuds is their fit. Jabra does a great job of creating a small form factor, which is both comfortable and stylish. My fiance has problems with earbuds being comfortable due to inner ear suction that occurs when an earbud is a tight fit. While I’ve not had that problem, I have had the opposite issue where earbuds, namely the first generation Apple AirPods, fall out of my ears. So the fact that the Jabra Elite 75t was able to work well for both of us comfort-wise is really impressive. The earbuds are lightweight and wear really well.
As for battery life, I’ve been most impressed. I do have to admit that I haven’t found the end of the earbuds’ battery life though because I keep the case charged and when the headphones aren’t being used, they are in the case – charging. I do want to say that I’m glad to see this model charges with USB-C. This is actually an upgrade from the Elite 65t model.
The sound quality of these headphones is really top-notch. While they aren’t noise-canceling, they are noise-isolating and they have the ‘HearThrough’ feature, which allows users to hear their surroundings without taking the earbuds out of their ears. This comes in quite handy if you are using the headphones in a work setting. I’ve found that using HearThrough doesn’t really affect the quality of the music you are listening to. It sort of opens a window for you to be able to hear ambient noise.
The Elite 75t have performed quite admirably. I’ve worn them for hours at a time and not ended up with sore ears as I do with some earbud-style headphones. With their predecessor, the Elite 65t earbuds, I felt the pressure build up inside my ears the longer I wore them, but that hasn’t been a problem with this updated model. I love the way audio sounds through the Elite 75t earbuds. The only issue I had was call quality. I had an issue at one point with hearing my daughter clearly when she called me from work. Now, this could have been because she was talking on lesser quality earbuds or because she was in a building, but I wanted to be objective while reviewing these headphones so I made a note of that problem. As for as calls with others I have had no complaints from others hearing me and I could hear them perfectly. The Jabra Elite 75t retail for around $180. An ‘active’ version of these remarkable earbuds is currently available for pre-order for around $200. While it is a considerable investment for earbuds, you will receive a premium listening experience with them.