the Jabra Elite 65t still tops our list of best real wireless headphones thank you for their good autonomy (at the time), personalization, sound quality and price. But over the past two years, the competition has improved a lot and Jabra has had to react.
The new Jabra Elite 75t, on paper, seems to be a slight improvement over its predecessor, but in use, the changes seem much more significant. The headphones and charging case are much smaller, the battery life takes a huge leap, catching up with the competition, and the customization features we took advantage of in the 65t remain.
However, there is an Achilles heel with the Elite 75t, which is its extremely heavy sound signature. They provide more bass than Skullcandy Push – which, while impressive, is just too much and overwhelms the mediums. If you’re the type of person who loves thrilling dance music, however, the Jabra Elite 75t is a worthy upgrade from over 65t.
The Jabra Elite 75t is 20% smaller than Jabra’s previous real wireless in-ear headphones, the Elite 65t. While it doesn’t look much like paper, it’s a dramatic difference in the hand. While the Elite 65t’s headphones were just too big to fit some ears, the tiny headphones on the Elite 75t should be small enough to fit almost anyone.
Each headset still has a single button, but the volume switch on the Elite 65t is gone. Instead, a long press on the left earpiece increases the volume while a long press on the right earpiece decreases the volume. Unfortunately, this volume control means that it is extremely difficult to dial the exact volume you want and we found ourselves slightly exceeding the desired volume. It’s just easier to change the volume from the phone.
Fortunately, the playback controls are intuitive and you can still invoke your phone’s wizard, and Alexa users can use it as the default wizard, which can be edited in the app.
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Although smaller, the charging case now offers an additional 20 hours of battery life for a total of 28 hours, which is particularly impressive when you take into account that the charging case of the 65t only held 10 hour charge and was considerably larger. The smaller charging case means you can slip the headphones comfortably in your pocket.
When it’s time to charge the headphones, you’ll be treated on USB-C instead of the 65t’s microUSB port. The inclusion of USB-C also means fast charging, allowing you to read an hour of reading from just 15 minutes of charging.
Speaking of the charging case, it’s now fully magnetic as well. Previously, the 65t was held close by a tab, which was not as satisfying to use as the magnetic cover of the 75t. The headphones are also held by magnets, so there is no risk of the headphones coming out of the case.
In terms of materials, the Jabra Elite 75t are made entirely of plastic and rubber, which gives them a practical look and feel. They are splash proof to IP55 so they support sweat in the gym, but don’t soak them. Although plastic, the Elite 75t feels very well assembled and grips, which helps deter accidental falls.
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Although the design is a huge improvement, the sound quality takes a step in the wrong direction with too much bass. The amount of bass impact generated by the Elite 75t is incredible, but it is also tiring. Big bass isn’t always a bad thing, as we’ve seen with the Sol Republic Amps Air 2.0, which has quality bass puffs. But the Elite 75t’s bass is not very good, blurring the mids and losing detail. (We would go so far as to say that the default equalization curve is not listenable because it gave us headaches during prolonged use.)
Fortunately, the Jabra app has a customizable equalizer that allows us to lower the bass. The reduction of the bass and mid frequencies by 50% made the headphones closer to neutral. However, this means that you will not have access to the equalization settings if you are using the Elite 75t with devices that do not support their iOS or Android application, such as your laptop. We want Jabra to set the 75t to be neutral and allow those who wanted more bass to increase it with the equalizer.
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Although the Jabra Elite 75t does not have active noise cancellation, its passive noise isolation works very well. With a good seal, the headphones block most of the external sound, although active noise cancellation would have got rid of more low and high frequency sounds like an aircraft drone.
The battery life is excellent, the headphones last about 7 hours on a single charge and the charging case is able to charge the headphones flat for 3 additional additional charges. The quick charge function is also nice when you need to charge in the blink of an eye.
Call quality is something Jabra has always excelled at and it is no different with the Elite 75t: it is excellent and our friends and family had no problem understanding each other. Just know that because the right earpiece acts as the main control unit, it’s the only one you can use in single earpiece mode.
While the bass setting was disappointing, the Jabra Elite 75t is still a worthy successor to the excellent Elite 65t. The reduction in size and the significant increase in battery life make the Elite 75t a pleasure to use. And while they don’t have the best sound quality and there is no active noise cancellation, that doesn’t stop them from being a solid pair of truly wireless headphones to use either. , especially if you make frequent calls with your headphones on.
- Expect to see them on our list of Apple AirPod alternatives