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Jabra Elite Active 75t Review

Waterproof and great battery life, but sound doesn't live up to the price tag
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Price:   $200 List | $200 at Amazon
Pros:  Great battery life, waterproof
Cons:  Expensive, sound not as good as other in the price range, comfort varies greatly between different people
Manufacturer:   Jabra
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Apr 30, 2020
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RANKED
#8 of 23
  • Sound Quality - 30% 7
  • Comfort - 20% 6
  • Athletic Performance - 20% 7
  • Battery Life - 15% 7
  • Portability - 10% 9
  • Ease of Use - 5% 8

Our Verdict

The Jabra Elite Active 75t is essentially the same as the non-active version but improves the casing from IP55 water resistance to IP57 complete waterproofing. While this does make the buds more durable overall, we found that the beefed-up casing downgrades the overall sound quality from great to merely above average. While we do appreciate the extra durability, unless you actually sumberge your buds in water you likely won't notice the difference in waterproofing levels. Additionally, like their non-active siblings, the fit of these buds varies greatly from person to person, with some finding them very comfortable and others finding them almost unbearable to wear for more than an hour. You should always order earbuds from a retailer that allows for returns in case they don't fit, but that recommendation goes double for these buds. Overall, while these are nice earbuds, we think most people would be better off with the slightly less expensive and slightly better sounding Jabra Elite 75t

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Jabra Elite Active 75t are some of the few truly wireless earbuds to sport IP57 waterproofness, meaning they can survive complete submersion in a meter of water for 30 minutes. However, that additional waterproofing comes at the cost of sound quality and, unless you drop the earbuds in a puddle, isn't necessary.

Analysis and Test Results



Sound Quality


The Jabra Elite Active 75t sounds good. However, their siblings, the Jabra Elite 75t (non-active) sound exceptional. The tradeoff is that the Jabra Elite Active 75t is waterproof as opposed to only water resistant. If waterproofing is very important to you, the Jabra Elite Active 75t sounds good enough for most situations, but if you're fine with just water resistance (which easily stands up to sweat) the original Jabra Elite 75t sounds appreciably better.


The Jabra Elite 75t is essentially an incredible sounding pair of earbuds wrapped in a waterproof casing, and that's about what it sounds like. Everything still sounds good, but slightly muffled and garbled. The bass is fairly powerful, but many of the particularly low notes lose some of their boom. Mid and treble ranges come through fairly clear, but with just a hint of a muffled quality.

The Jabra Elite Active 75t buds sound good  but the extra waterproofing dulls some of the stellar acoustics we know they're capable of.
The Jabra Elite Active 75t buds sound good, but the extra waterproofing dulls some of the stellar acoustics we know they're capable of.

Comfort


We've had more than a dozen testers try on these earbuds, and the main lesson we've learned is that people either love them or hate them, with very little middle ground. The moral of the story is to buy these somewhere that offers returns in case you end up in the latter group.


Some of our testers put these earbuds in and it was like they were custom made. They fit comfortably, securely, and gave absolutely no issues over multiple hours of wear. Others felt immediate discomfort upon putting them on, and that discomfort only grew as time went on. The only way to really find out is to try them on, so make sure you have the option of returning them!

Some testers loved how the Jabra Elite Active 75t fit  finding them suitable for everything from working out to long plane journeys.
Some testers loved how the Jabra Elite Active 75t fit, finding them suitable for everything from working out to long plane journeys.

Athletic Performance


Like comfort, we found the athletic performance of these earbuds to vary greatly between individuals. If they happened to fit well, then they worked great for athletic endeavors. If they didn't happen to fit well, they were not great workout companions.


Those testers that could easily find a comfortable fit with the Jabra Elite 75t were able to take them on runs, down bouncy downhill mountain bike trails, and do burpees and jumping jacks with no discomfort nor semblance of instability. Those that could not find a comfortable fit found these earbuds to naggingly tug at their ears as they ran and felt like they were going to fall out while doing jumping jacks.

Other testers found the Jabra Elite Active 75t to be quite uncomfortable  with that discomfort getting worse during athletic endeavors.
Other testers found the Jabra Elite Active 75t to be quite uncomfortable, with that discomfort getting worse during athletic endeavors.

Battery Life


The Jabra Elite 75t lasts an impressive 7.5 hours on a single charge. The battery in the charging case carries another 2-3 charges as well, tripling the overall battery life.


Portability


The case is one of the smaller and slimmer we tested. It easily fits in jean pockets. It also has a removable lanyard.

Ease of Use


Each earbud is controlled by a single button. The right earbud's button serves as a play/pause button, summons virtual assistants when double pressed, and raises the volume if you hold it down. Holding down the button on the left earbud lowers the volume. This button can also skip tracks forward/backwards using double and triple presses. Like every good pair of truly wireless earbuds, music is automatically paused when you take one of the earbuds out.

We found the single button on each earbud fairly easy to use.
We found the single button on each earbud fairly easy to use.

While these commands are not the most intuitive that we've seen, we quickly got used to them. We did like the design of the buttons, which register a clear 'click' when you press them but don't require so much force as to create undue pressure in your ears.

Value


The Jabra Elite Active 75t are quite expensive, but do provide total IP57 waterproofness, somewhat of a rarity in the truly wireless earbud world. However, we've found other buds that are totally waterproof and sound slightly better, so we don't think the Jabra Elite Active 75t's performance totally justifies the high price tag.

Conclusion


The Jabra Elite Active 75t are great if they fit you well and quite poor if they don't. Also, the extra waterproofing makes an otherwise fantastic sounding pair of earbuds sound just pretty good, and that extra waterproofing likely isn't necessary for most situations.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell