Oh, and the case is now 35g – it has lost a lot of weight.
BT 5.0 – EXCEED
BT 5.0 means it pairs with up to eight devices and can connect to two different ones at the same time. But what is best it that it supports SBC for CD quality and Apple ACC codecs for higher-resolution music.
Theoretical distance from a device is 240 metres (line-of-sight). Jabra only claims 10m distance. Our tests were rock solid to about 80 metres. Compared to BT 4.2 that falls over at 20m this is wonderful and means you should be able to leave your phone in a gym locker.
Sweat and more sweat – EXCEED
IP 55 means dust won’t impair its use and water jets (heavy rain) won’t hurt it. No, they are not for swimming. Jabra provides a 2-year warranty against dust and water if you register via the Jabra Sound+ App.
How do they sound? EXCEED with aplomb
We cannot use test meters on in-ear buds, so it all becomes a matter of the test tracks and making a subjective judgement. Jabra claims a 20Hz-20kHz frequency response.
Out of the box, factory settings (flat) they are lively and bright – a mid-sound signature for clear voice. Having said that my favourite test track is the Blues Brothers Peter Gunn Theme with heaps of bass and it did an excellent job.
But the Jabra Sound + app allows you to adjust bass, mids and treble and its pretty effective. I swear I could hear mid-bass from 60Hz.
But hey, you have to realise that no buds, even those with 6mm transducers can do great bass.
Volume – again subjectively – is more than loud. BT smartphones default to 80dB maximum so as not to blow your eardrums. You can switch this off in Android developer options and push these even higher (Thomas Bartlett says 112dB and he is not one to argue with).
Noise reduction and hear through – EXCEED
What was impressive was improved sound isolation over the Elite 65t (better in-ear canal fit) and you can use the app to set levels of feedback for external noises well – useful for runners and walkers in busy environs.
Perhaps the only Achilles heel is that microphones still pick up a little too much outside noise during phone calls but to offset that are very clear for voice.
User Interface – EXCEED – buttons are better
Call us old fashioned, but a physical button and a satisfying haptic feedback beats touch any day.
Well, each bud but has a push plate enabling tap or tap and hold or multiple taps. After a days use buttons are very intuitive – left is all about volume and right is all about calls or voice control.
To turn on/off the buds – just remove/replace them from the charging case.
GadgetGuy’s take – Jabra Elite 75t is a worthy successor to the Elite 65t
Having both sets on hand allowed us to compare. The Elite 75t is an advance on the 65t, but it is an evolution, not a revolution. Let’s just say that they polished a few edges (literally) off the 65t. You would be happy with either.