Jabra Elite Active 65t Wireless Earbuds
- Comfortable to wear
- Long battery life/charging case
- Works in all conditions
- Remarkable technology
- Premium price tag
Earbuds engineered for true wireless music, calls, and sport.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds from Jabra. A longtime fan of Jabra, I was excited to be able to experience one of their two newest earbud additions — the other being the Elite Active 65t earbuds, which are the focus of this review. Both sets of earbuds have been specially engineered for the best on-the-go true wireless call and music experience a person can have. These headphones build on the success of the Jabra Elite Sport, which is still a part of Jabra’s wireless earbud line of products. After my personal success with the Elite 65t earbuds, I was very enthusiastic about the ‘active’ version of the same headphones.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds are specifically designed for the ‘active’ user. A part of Jabra’s True Wireless headphone line of products, the Elite Active 65t is for people who want superior sound with added durability for sporting activities as well as everyday use. They are certified to be dust resistant and waterproof with an IP56 rating. The Active earbuds are also treated with a special coating for better grip and an accelerometer for tracking. The 65t and the Active 65t are both built on the success of the Jabra Elite Sport. The Elite Active 65t boasts a 5-hour listening time on one charge and has the added benefit of a charging case that can provide an additional 10 hours.
The Elite Active 65t (as well as the Elite 65t) earbuds are fully compatible with most voice assistants including Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa. The Elite Active 65t earbuds feature Jabra’s 3rd Generation True Wireless technology and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity functionality. They are compatible with both iOS and Android devices and you can even customize your listening experience with the aid of a Jabra Sound+ app. The earbuds come boxed in a standard black and yellow Jabra-branded box. They are packaged with a short Micro USB cable for charging the earbud case, three sizes of ear gels, and a quick start guide.
- Microphone Concept: 4 x MEMS
- Wind Noise Protection: Yes, 4 mic’s system + acoustical open chamber design
- Ambient Noise Reduction: Yes, 4 mic’s system
- Microphone Frequency Range: 100Hz to 10kHz
- Microphone Sensitivity: -38 dBV/Pa
- Speaker Size: 6.0 × 5.1mm
- Speaker Frequency Range: 20Hz to 20kHz
- Auto Turn-on and Pause: When taking earbuds out of the charging case, they will automatically turn on; Device will enable pause function on a connected device when one earbud is removed from the ear
- Rapid Charge: 15-minute charge gives up to 1.5 hours of battery life
- Wireless Range: up to 33 feet
- Bluetooth Pairing: Can connect to up to 8 devices; 2 devices can be connected at one time
- Accelerometer: Track fitness and performance with an integrated motion sensor
- Packaging Dimensions (L x W x H): 12.4 x 5.5 x18.65cm
- Headset Weight: Right headset: 6.5g – Left headset: 5.8g – Charging case: 67g
Because the two sets of earbuds are so alike, I wanted to look at the differences between the 65t and the Active 65t earbuds as well as my personal experiences with the active earbuds. After looking into it, there aren’t many differences between the two models of earbuds except that one set is more designed for an active lifestyle than the other.
|FEATURE||ELITE 65T||ELITE ACTIVE 65T|
|Battery Life||Up to 15 hours||Up to 15 hours|
|Price||From $169.99||From $189.99|
When I review headphones and earbuds, I usually look for comfort and sound quality above all other features because I feel that those are the two most important aspects of a set of listening devices. Earbuds are always a little on the tricky side for me and it really comes down to the ‘fit’ of the headphones. Earbuds are meant to fit inside the ear canal and form a tight seal with your ear. A proper fit of an earbud will create a certain amount of noise reduction with any outside ambient noises. You can instantly tell when an earbud isn’t a good fit or too loose because you don’t notice that immediate drop in ambient noise.
I said all that so that I could point out what a great fit the Elite Active 65t earbuds are. Everyone’s ears are different. That’s why many headphone manufacturers provide a variety of ear gels to help with creating the proper fit. Jabra includes three sets of ear gels with the Active 65t earbuds and thanks to their magnificent design, they work very well to ensure a good fit. I had the smallest ones installed on the earbuds while I used them and they stayed seated very well in my ears. I didn’t feel them move once and it didn’t matter what I was doing. They were great sitting at my computer, walking around the neighborhood, and even taking a quick dip in the Gulf of Mexico while I was on vacation.
The Elite Active 65t have performed quite admirably. I’ve worn them for hours at a time and not ended up with sore ears like I do with some earbud-style headphones. They aren’t bad to wear, but I did notice that the longer I wore them, the more I felt some vacuum pressure build up in my ears. Other than that, they stayed where they were supposed to and the sound quality, as a result, was consistently crisp and lovely.
Using the app with the Elite Active 65t earbuds is a new experience from the Elite 65t because there are additional activity features available that aren’t enabled with the non-active model of the earbuds. There is an entire Activity widget option that includes the duration of activity, steps/min, and max step/min. In addition to the activity features, the app also gives you control over headphone preferences and access to an equalizer that allows you to customize your audio’s output sound.
I listened to a variety of audio including streaming video (Netflix) and music (Pandora). The video sounded very clear. I watched a television show that is heavy with spoken dialogue. Sometimes it’s very hard to hear on a regular television, but I didn’t have any issue hearing people using the Active 65t earbuds. The sound effects and music soundtrack of the show were a bit in the background though and sounded a little hollow. Music sounded amazing and at times, I actually preferred using the earbuds to listen to music over a standard set of shelf speakers.
When making calls with the Active 65t earbuds, phone sounds come through nice and clear. There was no interference and the receiver said they could hear me very well. They compared the call to sounding similar to a phone call using Apple AirPods. The call quality was that strong.
One of the features I really enjoy is the automatic play/pause function. This feature is a shared one with Apple AirPods as they act the same way. When you take one earbud out of one ear, music you are listening to pauses and then resumes when you replace the earbud. This doesn’t work with Netflix. The audio will mute, but the video will continue playing.
Jabra has always made an amazing Bluetooth headset and now they have created my favorite set of wireless earbuds. They work beautifully and provide a solid performance for the user. Even though it has a premium price tag, the Elite Active 65t earbuds are worth every penny. I LOVE my Jabra earbuds. They have a much better sound than the Apple AirPods. They are easy to connect and most of all, they stay in my ears. I can’t recommend these enough to users who have active lifestyles.