Jabra Elite Active 75t – The Headphones which competitors has to beat
REVIEW: The latest headphones from Jabra are effectively protected from dust and water – and it sounds great
When is a headphone best? Or just good enough?
The answer, in my opinion, depends primarily on the needs you as a user have. Therefore, if you measure according to what the average needs and benefits from – and not by laying specifications against each other and finding a ruler – you can fairly easily find a headphone that is best to be good enough.
And just like that, Jabra’s range of in-ear headphones has evolved in recent years. The Danish tech company has been fantastic at hitting a good level for a headphone that does not tear you at the checkout. But as in all crucial points is best for most – and most.
Keeps water out
The Jabra Elite Active 75t is, as the name reveals, a technical and design copy of the Jabra Elite Active 75t, but with special abilities to keep out dust and water.
Like its predecessor, the Elite Active 65t, the model is built for those who demand that their headphones can withstand running and other physical activities. And this model can.
But the Jabra Elite Active 75t has also shrunk physically, while the sound and battery qualities have been improved.
Close to being too small
I already had with the 65t series a good user experience with this model. 65t is admittedly larger, but already sat well in the ears at the time, was easy to operate and solid and well-built.
The units have since shrunk and are now on the verge of being too small. But also only on the edge because they still sit really well in the ears and can be adjusted with the included ear pads.
The changes are also about the charging case, which is now easier to open but still cannot be charged wirelessly.
It happens instead with a USB-C cable, which I can easily live with for the price.
At the level of the best
You also do not get active noise reduction in the model, but when you choose the right earplug, you experience such a close connection that the passive noise reduction is really good.
The same can be said about the sound quality, which is a bit more basset, but still well balanced and completely on par with the best headphones in the class.
However, Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 2 is acoustically better, but also larger and not secured in the same way against dust and water as Jabra’s model is.
Hard to praise enough
AirPods Pro is another strong competitor in terms of sound and with a noise reduction that Jabra Elite Active 75t cannot beat. But again without adequate protection during fitness.
And then we are back at the beginning: Best or good enough? I find it hard to praise Jabra Elite Active 75t enough to be the best at being good enough at what matters to most people.
But you should only buy this model if you have a need to use your in-ear headphones in humid and dirty situations.
If not, choose the Jabras Elite 75t instead.