Yes, Jabra’s Elite Active 75t is almost one year old, but it’s time to take a second look at these sports-oriented true wireless earbuds. Why? Well, Jabra just updated the firmware, suddenly endowing the Elite Active 75t (as well as the less expensive Elite 75t) with a major new feature: Active noise cancellation (ANC). To make the occasion, we’ve updated our Review of The Jabra Elite Active 75T you need to know.
Review of The Jabra Elite Active 75T
The design of the Jabra Elite Active 75t is basically identical to the non-Active Elite 75t: the earbuds and charging case are exactly the same but the Active version features a rubberized coating that prevents drops.
The matte plastic on the regular Elite 75t is a bit slippery so the rubberized texture is a nice addition. However, it’s also a fingerprint and dust magnet. If you plan on using these to work out, be prepared to wipe down the earbuds and case from time to time to keep them looking clean. The charging case is also coated in a rubberized texture and features the same USB-C charging port of the regular Elite 75t.
With the same design as the Jabra Elite 75t, the Active version gets the same excellent fit and finish as its cheaper brother. Controls can be handled with the physical buttons on each earbud, though it’ll take a bit of time to learn all the shortcuts. For example, music playback is controlled via the left earbud only, so that means you won’t have access to them if you’re using the headphones in single-earbud mode. (This also means that you won’t be able to use the left earbud in single-earbud mode.)
2. Sound Quality
Internally, a 6mm driver in each ear delivers a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the earphones produce absolutely thunderous bass depth, and somehow do so without completely upsetting the balance of the mix. Those who prefer a more balanced sound signature with less thump, however, will likely want to dial things back a bit in the app’s EQ.
Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” a track with far less deep bass in the mix, gives us a better sense of the general sound signature. The drums are indeed thunderous here, so bass lovers and those motivated by booming lows while exercising will be thrilled. The high-frequency presence is also excellent, and Callahan’s vocals and the acoustic strums get some crisp treble edge. Dialing back the lows in the app can take things from booming to full, round, and natural.
On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum loop receives plenty of high-mid presence, allowing its attack to retain most of its punchiness. We also hear the vinyl hiss and crackle move forward in the mix somewhat—there’s a lot of high-frequency tweaking and sculpting happening here. The sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the beat are intense, with some of the most subwoofer-like response you’ll hear through a pair of earphones. And yet the vocals are delivered cleanly and clearly, though it sounds as if they are doing battle with the lows if you boost the bass even slightly.
3. Calling Quality
One of our favorite features of the Elite 65t was the microphone array, and that remains a shining star of the Elite Active 75t. The four-microphone system works well with Jabra’s DSP and beamforming technology to relay clear voice transmission while rejecting background noise. This is no surprise as Jabra makes some of the best professional headsets on the market; anyone who prioritizes call quality from their daily earbuds should have these on their shortlist.
Since these buds are intended for exercise, quick charging is more important than longevity: 15 minutes, in this case, yields an hour of listening. The case supplies an additional 2.73 charges, meaning unexpected battery drainage is a rare occurrence. Once the USB-C charging case is empty, you have to set aside 2 hours, 20 minutes to fully charge it. The case does not support wireless charging.
If you don’t need a dunkable design and want to save a few bucks, the Elite 75t is also high on our list. And if you’re willing to spend up, the Elite 85t offers a more comfortable and natural fit, better ANC, and better sound (though with only IPX4 dust/water resistance they’re not as sporty or durable).
Any way you go, Jabra’s latest true wireless earbuds are crowd-pleasers that should be stalwarts in the genre for a long time to come.