Jebra Elite Active 65t

• Jabra Elite Active 65t Review

Truly wireless headphones are all the rage these days, and manufacturers are releasing products at an ever-increasing rate. So we will have a look at some earbuds from Jebra that are not the newest but come with many many great feedback views. The Jabra Elite Active 65t, which supports Bluetooth 5.0 and also promises good sound quality, up to 15 hours of battery life, and a secure fit.

Firstly I was are impressed with its sound quality, and this is a variant of Jebra Active range aimed at sports and fitness enthusiasts. The difference between them is that with the Elite Active 65t, Jabra has bumped up the water resistance rating and added some fitness tracking features to the mix.

Two buttons on the left earpiece allow you to skip tracks and adjust the volume, and a large button on the right one lets you play/ pause music, answer calls, invoke your paired phone’s voice assistant, and trigger the ‘Hear Through’ mode. This mode filters in a bit of outside sound using the built in microphones. It must be noted that these earphones passively seal out ambient noise and this works for the noise cancellation. This feature works well enough, and I could hear general external noise and approaching vehicles while outside with ease while not being overly distracting.

Music automatically pauses when you take either the left or right earpiece out of your ear, and both earpieces turn off when you put the right one back in the charging case. This is a feature that I liked a lot.

Phone call audio only routes to the right earbud, which can however be a bit disorienting at times.

The Elite Active 65t has an accelerometer, which allows for fitness and performance monitoring via the Jabra Sound+ smartphone app. The app is easy to use and found it picked up the earphones quickly . There is no auto tracking and you have to start an activity manually in the app, after which it records the duration of the activity, maximum and average steps per minute, and the total number of steps.

This feature is great for those who simply want to log their workouts and do not care about features like all-day step tracking, automatic exercise recognition, and sleep tracking, which are offered by dedicated fitness wearables. The information provided is also quite accurate. When this was compared to other step count apps and devices the numbers were more or less the same.

The retail box contains three sets of high-quality silicone tips, which allow for a fair amount of personal configuration. Foam tips, which offer even better isolation and comfort, would have been slightly better as a previous flagship model.

• Jabra Elite Active 65t design, comfort, and features

The Elite Active 65t looks identical to the standard Elite 65t model. Its earpieces are made out of plastic and are ergonomically shaped. The earpieces won’t stick out too far from your ears, and are quite comfortable for short listening sessions. Wear them for more than an hour, though, and the bulk may start to get a bit bothersome for some. The build quality of the earpieces is top-notch and they feel solid in the hand.

The Jabra Elite Active 65t has an IP56 rating and comes with a two-year limited warranty against water and dust ingress. This means that the earphones should be unaffected by even the sweatiest workout sessions. They have a very secure fit and do not fall out – even while running or exercising.

The earphones ship with a charging case, which is a bit bulky and is secured by a clasp as opposed to a magnet. The lid is very tightly sealed and it takes a substantial effort to open it. The case is built well and feels quite durable but do feel that improvements could be made to the opening and closing. It has a Micro-USB port at the bottom. It takes about 3 hours to fully charge the case and earpieces. I do wish it was the more commonly used USB-C rather than the Micro-USB but being a couple of years old now it should be expected I guess.

Jabra Elite Active 65t sound quality and battery life

The sound on offer is crisp and detailed, and there is a solid sense of balance to it. No frequency band outshines the others. The bass is tight and punchy, with good impact. The mids are ever so slightly repressed, but sound natural. The highs are clear and precise.

Where these earphones outclass other truly wireless options is the outstanding detail and clarity on offer. Instrument separation is great and everything sounds distinct and precise. Each instrument shines in complex, densely layered tracks.

Noise isolation is also excellent. Thanks to their secure fit, these earphones seal most ambient noise out, even at low to medium volume levels. The Jabra Sound+ application has an equaliser that lets you adjust the sound quality to your taste.

Battery life is quite good. The earpieces themselves last close to five hours on a single charge with music playing at 70- 80 percent volume. The included wireless case can fully charge the earphones twice. A combined battery life of 15 hours might not be segment-leading, but is quite impressive.

There are four microphones – two on each earpiece – for ambient noise reduction, making this one of the best pairs of truly wireless earphones for voice calls. We experienced no issues while on calls during our test period. We also used the Jabra Elite Active 65t with a plethora of video sources, from YouTube to Amazon Prime Video, and did not experience any video-audio sync issues.

Verdict
The Jabra Elite Active 65t ranks amongst the best pairs of truly wireless earphones still even after having been out for a couple of years now.  These earphones deliver stellar sound quality, good battery life, a secure and stable fit, high-quality microphones, and excellent noise isolation. The IP56 rating and fitness and performance monitoring features just add to the appeal. All is not smooth sailing though. The ear tips are however a little bulky and may be uncomfortable for excessive prolonged use but that will be one thing we will only find out over time, and the possible most annoying things is the case, while it feels and looks great it is a bit fiddly and the ear buds don’t magnetically stay in.

Pros

Good battery life

IP56 dust and water resistance

Secure and stable fit

High-quality microphones

Crisp, balanced sound

Cons

Bulky earpieces

Fiddly case

Ratings (out of 5):

Design: 3.5

Comfort: 4

Audio quality: 4.5

Battery life: 4

Value for money: 4 (bought for £80 on offer December 2020)

Overall: 4

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