Sequels are typically underwhelming, just watch Ocean’s Twelve, but the Jabra Elite Active 75t boasts an attractive redesign and improved functionality over the debut Elite Active 65t, and now they have noise cancelling. Let’s find out what makes these exercise earphones so exceptional, and why they’re a great accessory for any workout enthusiast.
Editor’s note: this Jabra Elite Active 75t review was updated on November 18, 2020, to address how the Elite Active 75t compare to the Bose Sport Earbuds.
Who should get the Jabra Elite Active 75t?
- Athletes should get the Elite Active 75t because they’re IP57-rated and provide a secure fit. Fast charging is supported which is a necessity for any respectable pair of exercise headphones.
- Anyone with an active lifestyle should get these. You don’t have to be an athlete to get workout earbuds, and the versatile Jabra Elite Active 75t prove that. Even when casually commuting via bike, having one earphone in was easy to do and I never worried about them falling out thanks to the housings’ grippy finishes.
- General consumers will benefit from the Jabra Elite Active 75t because of the ventilation system that filters out some ambient noise. What’s more, the charging case is svelte and small, taking up little space in a pocket or purse.
What is it like to use the Jabra Elite Active 75t?
Jabra’s updated workout earphones feature a more slender, chic design compared to last year’s Elite Active 65t totally wireless earbuds. Everything from the case to the actual earbuds have been redesigned with a smaller footprint.
Related: Jabra Elite 65t review
These earbuds fit well and include three ear tips (small, medium, large) to accommodate most users. This provides a secure fit, and optimizes audio quality because external sounds are blocked out. Both earphones are finished with Jabra’s grip coating, ensuring they stay in place during all your workouts. This coating also makes it easy to remove and insert the earbuds without fumbling them onto the floor.
Bassheads will love how the Elite Active 75t sound.
The Jabra Elite Active 75t integrate a pressure relief vent that simultaneously filters ambient noise out while promoting a strong bass response. This sound signature is likely too exaggerated for casual listeners but it can be changed in the Sound+ app. The earbuds house sensors for automatic ear detection: removing one earbud automatically pauses playback, and re-inserting it resumes playback.
Are the Jabra Elite Active 75t good for working out?
Yes, the IP57 rating, comfortable fit, and effective isolation performance are what make the Jabra Elite Active 75t a superb pair of workout headphones.
I go indoor rock climbing a few times a week and dust-resistance is a must-have feature. The IP57 rating lets me feel confident that my chalky hands won’t damage the earbuds. Plus the “7” denotes extreme water-resistance whereby the earbuds can be fully submerged for up to 30 minutes. Unfortunately, they lack on-board storage and can’t be used for swimming: Bluetooth connectivity doesn’t hold up underwater. On the off chance that dust or water damage does occur, Jabra backs its product with a two-year warranty, so you’re insured no matter what.
The tactile controls are responsive, but don’t offer much resistance. Sometimes when I adjusted my, I inadvertently paused the music or skipped the track. It was rarely a problem in the gym, but was frustrating when walking about.
Users should download the Jabra Sound+ app
Jabra Sound+ offers a range of unique, practical features bundled into an attractive interface. First and foremost, the MySound+ app makes it easy to check for and install software updates. Then there are more fun features like the ability to create and save a custom EQ or switch between six presets, including a speech preset which is great for podcasts. You can even choose between three EQ presets for calls: default, treble boost, and bass boost.
There are other practical options like HearThrough mode, which is easy to enable when you want to remain vigilant, something particularly important for outdoor athletes. You can also choose what virtual assistant to use; I prefer Google Assistant but listeners can also opt for Siri or Alexa.
On May 29, 2020, the Sound+ app (version 4.3) rolled out a firmware update to the Jabra Elite 75t and Jabra Elite Active 75t that enabled MySound and MyControls. The optimizes the sound signature based on an integrated hearing test, and the latter enables users to remap the multifunction controls. Set controls will not work in mono mode, however; though, Jabra is working on that with a future update.
Editor’s note: firmware update 1.31 that enables Jabra MySound and MyControls.
How does the Jabra Elite Active 75t noise cancelling compare to the Jabra Elite 85t ANC?
The Jabra Elite 75t have recently been updated to include active noise cancelling and we’ll be sure to update this review once we have objective noise cancelling measurements. We do already know a few things about the Jabra Elite Active 75t noise cancelling performance: it’s not as effective as the Jabra Elite 85t, which has a six-microphone array and all of the mics facilitate feedforward and feedback ANC. Instead, the Elite 75t series uses all four of its microphones, two on each earbud, in conjunction with the Qualcomm chipset to block out background noise.
Unlike the Jabra Elite 85t, you cannot adjust noise cancelling intensity and may only toggle it off and on. The Jabra Elite 85t noise cancellation effectively hushes background noise like loud computer towers and showering roommates. Battery life decreases when ANC is enabled; Jabra states users will get up to 5.5 hours of playtime with noise cancelling on, two hours less than our recorded playtime.
Hold up! Something’s missing:
This section is typically where we display a noise cancelling chart to show you exactly where the ANC shines and where its deficiencies lie. Unfortunately, we’ve hit a technical snag in our testing. To combat this, we’ve purchased a Bruel & Kjaer 5128 test fixture (and the appropriate support equipment) to update our testing and data collection. It will take a while to reach our office in Canada, but we will update this review (and many others!) once we’re able with improved sound quality measurements and ANC performance plots. These will be made obvious by an announcement explaining the change, and a new chart aesthetic.
Thank you for bearing with us, and we hope to see you again once we’ve sorted everything out.
Jabra Elite Active 75t vs Jabra Elite 75t: what’s the difference?
The marked difference between the Jabra Elite 75t series headsets is durability: the Active model is can be submerged to depths of one meter for 30 minutes. If did the same with the standard Elite 75t, you’d be left with two expensive ear plugs. The Jabra Elite Active 75t and Elite 75t true wireless earbuds are indistinguishable from one another. Bluetooth codec support, firmware version, battery life, and now noise cancelling are all the same.
Aside from that, the models. are available in different color variants: the Jabra Elite 75t come in black, titanium black, and beige, while the Elite Active 75t are available in navy, copper black, titanium black, grey, sienna, and mint. If you don’t need the waterproof IP57 rating, then you’re better off saving $20 and getting the standard Elite 75t over the Active version.
How do you connect the earphones?
The Jabra Elite Active 75t uses Bluetooth 5.0 firmware which permits a 10-meter wireless range. In practice, connection quality isn’t as reliable as I anticipated: there were many times when playback skipped and stuttered as I walked outside with my phone in my coat pocket. This isn’t a huge issue as the connection was never fully dropped, but may prove annoying to some.
As with other Jabra products, the Elite Active 75t also supports multipoint connectivity, meaning the headset can be connected to two devices at a time. Multipoint lets you keep an ear on incoming phone notifications while streaming music from a laptop. The Elite Active 75t remembers up to eight devices at a time, making it easy to manually switch between sources.
The Jabra Elite Active 75t can connect to two devices simultaneously.
AAC is the only high-quality Bluetooth codec supported by the Elite Active 75t, which serves iOS users well. However, this doesn’t provide much benefit to Android users as AAC performance is unreliable on Android OS. Seeing how these are billed as workout earbuds, high-quality codec support isn’t a priority. Other features like durability, comfort, and fit typically take precedence for this variety of true wireless earphone.
Battery life is above average
The Jabra Elite 75t earbuds last 7 hours, 14 minutes on a single charge. While this falls slightly short of Jabra’s posited 7.5-hour battery life, real-world use is likely to yield a longer duration, so long as you listen with the volume lower than 75dB (SPL). To conserve battery, the earphones automatically turn off after one hour of inactivity, or 15 minutes of without connection.
Since these buds are intended for exercise, quick charging is more important than longevity: 15 minutes in the case yields an hour of listening. The case supplies an additional 2.73 charges, meaning unexpected battery drainage is a rare occurrence. Once the USB-C charging case is empty, you have to set aside 2 hours, 20 minutes to fully charge it. The case does not support wireless charging.
Do the Jabra Elite Active 75t sound good?
An emphatic bass response subjects music playback to auditory masking, meaning it’s hard to perceive relatively quiet sounds like vocals. This frequency response makes sense for workout earbuds, because most of us prefer bass-heavy music for exercise.
The gently emphasized response from 600Hz-2kHz helps recover some perceived loss of detail in the midrange, as many important resonances fall within this range. Suffice to say, the default sound of the Elite Active 75t isn’t great for analytical listening but served me well during cardio sessions at the gym.
Isolation is fine, and low-end noises are slightly attenuated. To get the most out of passive isolation, make sure to find the best-fitting ear tips for you.
Lows, mids, and highs
Fun’s song Take Your Time (Coming Home) clearly demonstrates the Elite Active 75t’s bass emphasis within the first few beats of the song. Nate Ruess’ vocals are masked by the low impact sound of the kick drum at 0:06. This is especially noticeable at 1:14 when Reuss sings, “Take your time…” This moment lacks any instrumental underscoring, leaving the vocal harmonic resonances easy to register. However, at 1:16, the band rejoins and renders the rest of the line, “…coming home,” much quieter.
Again, this sound is fine for exercising and something I prefer when running or using my stationary bike. When it comes to casual listening, I take the time to adjust the EQ in Jabra’s mobile app to mitigate the low-end response.
Can you use the microphone for phone calls?
One of our favorite features of the Elite 65t was the microphone array, and that remains a shining star of the Elite Active 75t. The four-microphone system works well with Jabra’s DSP and beamforming technology to relay clear voice transmission while rejecting background noise. This is no surprise as Jabra makes some of the best professional headsets on the market; anyone who prioritizes call quality from their daily earbuds should have these on their shortlist.
Jabra Elite Active 75t microphone demo:
Jabra Elite Active 75t vs. Jaybird Vista
The Jabra Elite Active 75t are often compared to the Jaybird Vista: both are great workout earbuds for a wide variety of athletes. When it comes to comfort, though, Jabra has Jaybird beat.
However, there are good reasons to get the Vista over the Elite Active 75t: for one, you save money by choosing the Vista. Also, the on-board buttons are sturdier, making accidental playback adjustments a non-issue. The Jaybird MySound app makes music social by allowing users to test other Jaybird listeners’ sound profiles.
Jabra Elite Active 75t vs. Bose Sport Earbuds
The Bose Sport Earbuds aren’t quite as durable as the Jabra Elite Active 75t, but they’re still made for athletes. Bose’s IPX4 earbuds operate via Bluetooth 5.1 firmware, and support the same Bluetooth codecs as Jabra’s earbuds. Unlike the Elite Active 75t, the Bose Sport Earbuds feature wing tips that secure themselves to your ears. This is a smart design, and less cumbersome than a full-fledged ear hook build.
Bose Sport Earbuds microphone demo:
The Sport Earbuds cost the same as the Elite Active 75t, both of which can be found on promotion at different times throughout the year. Unlike Jabra’s line of earbuds, you can’t yet EQ the Bose Sport Earbuds. So if you don’t like the default sound signature, you’re a bit stranded. That said, Bose’s earbuds have a much more accurate frequency response that bodes well for most all genres of music, including spoken word content. If you’re willing to part with certain features like dust- and superior water-resistance, the Sport Earbuds may be a better buy.
Jabra Elite Active 75t vs. Beats Powerbeats Pro
Sometimes a standard fit just won’t cut it for workout earbuds. Athletes whose training regiments are particularly vigorous may need an earhook design for added security. In that case, we often recommend the Beats Powerbeats Pro especially for iPhone users, since they house Apple’s H1 chip and use Class 1 Bluetooth.
Not only do you benefit from hands-free access to Siri, but you also get extremely long battery life and seamless switching between iOS devices. Although they can’t be fully submerged like the Jabra headset, the Powerbeats Pro received an IPX4 rating, which is the gold standard for general-purpose earbuds for exercise.
If you want to stick to the Jabra sphere but like the earhook design, the Jabra Elite Active 45e are an affordable choice. These are wireless neckband earbuds that support Bluetooth multipoint, allow you to remain aware of your surroundings by letting ambient noise filter through, and are IP67 certified.
Should you buy the Jabra Elite Active 75t?
The Jabra Elite Active 75t are excellent earphones that will withstand almost anything you throw at them, and we highly recommend them.
These earbuds do everything well and the design doesn’t scream “workout earbuds,” which is a plus for anyone who wants to use these as their daily drivers. Plus, Jabra’s rollout of the free noise cancelling update for its Elite 75t series speaks volumes about the company, and how it values its customers. This kind of update is remarkable, and free updates like this are a big reason to consider some companies over others when picking expensive wireless headsets.
Save money with the Jabra Elite Active 45e
The Jabra Elite 45e retail for significantly less than the Elite 75t, and as of October 10, 2020, they’re available for just $59 USD. One of the biggest differences between the two Jabra workout headsets is connectivity: the Elite 45e earbuds are joined by a flexible cable.
Another main difference between the Jabra Active series headsets is how they fit. Unlike the 75t earbuds, the Elite Active 45e use an open-type fit, meaning they don’t seal to the ear canal. This makes them less versatile as an everday pair of earbuds, but safer for outdoor athletes. You don’t have to rely on software to remain aware of your surroundings.
The Jabra Elite Active 45e are even more durable than than the Elite Active 75t, and merit an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating. If you don’t want to spend more than $100 on workout earbuds, the Elite 45e are a great pair to get.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Jabra Elite 85t's noise cancelling is much more effective than the Elite 75t. We chose to refrain from publishing charts on either headset's ANC performance until we get our Bruel & Kjaer 5128 test fixture (and the appropriate support equipment) to update our testing and data collection. We can, however, make an honest assessment that the Jabra Elite 85t ANC is much better than that of the Jabra Elite 75t series. The Elite 85t appears to be on-par with the Panasonic RZ-S500W.
When comparing the Jabra Elite Active 75t or Jabra Elite 75t vs the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, it's important to figure out what you prioritize in a headset. Both Jabra headsets are more durable than Samsung's and include dust and water-resistance ratings, making Jabra's true wireless offerings better for rock climbers and training gymnasts. Samsung's earbuds work incredibly well with Samsung Galaxy phones, affording an experience comparable to that of the AirPods on an iPhone or the Google Pixel Buds with an Android phone. Sound quality is more accurate and clearer with the AKG-tuned Galaxy Buds Plus, but the Jabra buds' sound signatures are better for bassheads. Microphone quality is very good with either headset, but the Jabra Elite 75t microphones do a better job of filtering out background noise. To learn more, check out Android Authority's Jabra Elite 75t vs Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus article.
Unfortunately, only the right earbud can be used for mono listening with the Jabra Elite Active 75t and Jabra Elite 75t headsets. This is because the right earbud is automatically set as the primary receiver that then transmits the signal to the (secondary) left earbud. Perhaps the company will allow users to designate which earpiece connects directly to a smartphone, as it's something we've seen from the Plantronics BackBeat app for the Plantronics BackBeat 3200 earphones.smartphone.
No, the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless headset doesn't have integrated heart-rate monitors. For that, you'll have to pay a bit more for the Jabra Elite Sport.
These are two completely different headsets: the Jabra Elite Active 75t is for athletes as it merits an IPX7 water-resistant rating that lets listeners submerge the 'buds for up to 30 minutes. On the other hand, the Sony WF-1000XM3 earphones are great for travelers with minimal bag space due to their noise cancelling qualities.
The Jabra Elite Active 75t controls are physical buttons that must be pressed in order for a command to register.
Unfortunately, fit is highly variable from one individual to another. For instance, one of our colleagues at Android Authority dislikes how the Sony WF-1000XM3 fit, while Lily finds them to be comfortable. Sound quality is objectively more accurate with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus as the heavy low-end emphasis with the Elite Active 75t causes midrange frequencies to be masked and more difficult to perceive. That said, there are instances where this may be preferred (e.g. working out or commuting). During our testing periods for each headset, the Jabra Elite Active 75t connection was less stable than the Galaxy Buds Plus. However, both are Bluetooth 5.0 earphones with AAC support. Connection stutters were only apparent when taking the Elite Active 75t outdoors and stability may very well be improved with future updates.