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 August 28, 2020, to address new noise cancelling features.

Who should get the Jabra Elite Active 75t?

An aerial picture of the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless workout earbuds (navy) in the open charging case on a white bookshelf.

The USB-C charging case has one LED indicator that flashes magenta when updating the earbuds’ software.

  • Athletes of all kinds should get the Elite Active 75t because they’re IP57-rated and provide a secure fit. Battery life is above average, and 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.

Using the Jabra Elite Active 75t

A macro picture of the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless workout earbuds (navy) ventilation system.

The pressure vent effectively keeps external noise out while maintaining a strong bass response.

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. Despite the down-sizing, standalone and on-the-go battery life is better than the Elite Active 75t’s predecessor.

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I’m happy to report that these earbuds fit well and include three ear tips (small, medium, large) to accommodate most users. Not only does this provide a more secure fit, but it also optimizes audio quality by keeping external noise 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, as I tend to do with other true wireless buds.

The Jabra Elite Active 75t integrate a pressure relief vent that simultaneously filters ambient noise out while promoting a strong bass response. It proves an effective system, which is great for athletes. It’s likely too exaggerated for listeners looking who want accurate audio reproduction, though. The earbuds house sensors that allow for automatic ear detection: removing one earbud automatically pauses playback, and re-inserting it resumes playback. This can be toggled via the MySound+ app.

Are the Jabra Elite Active 75t good for working out?

A picture of the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless workout earbuds (navy) covered in water droplets behind a Casio digital watch.

The IP57 rating means the Elite Active 75t are resistant to dust and water.

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 of any workout earbuds for me. 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.

I also appreciate the tactile controls as they’re easy to operate but wish the buttons offered more resistance. There were times I was just trying to adjust my hat and in doing so, I inadvertently paused my 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

A picture of a hand holding a smartphone with the Jabra MySound+ app pulled up for the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless workout earbuds (navy).

The Sound+ app has a “find my earbuds” function for when the ‘buds are misplaced.

Jabra Sound+ is among my favorite headphone apps because it 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.

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.

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.

Editor’s note: firmware update 1.31 that enables Jabra MySound and MyControls.

Is the Jabra Elite Active 75t noise cancelling good?

Our testing is ongoing, and we’ll be sure to update this review once we have objective noise cancelling measurements. We do, however, 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 Elite 85t, you cannot adjust noise cancelling intensity and may only toggle it off and on. 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.

How do you connect the earphones?

A picture of the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless workout earbuds in navy inside a wooden bowl.

The earbuds can pair to two devices at a time.

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 is one of my favorite Bluetooth features as it enables me to keep an ear on incoming phone notifications while streaming music from my 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.

The only high-quality Bluetooth codec supported by the Elite Active 75t is AAC, 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 bass-heavy sound can be fine-tuned

An emphatic bass response colors the Jabra Elite Active 75t sound signature and in turn, subjects music playback to auditory masking. This frequency response makes sense for a pair of workout earbuds, and if it’s too amplified for you, it can be reduced in the MySound+ app. The elevated 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.

The Jabra Elite Active 75t is great for phone calls

A frequency response chart of the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless workout earbuds' microphone system, limited to the human voice band with a slight emphasis from 450Hz-1.5kHz to improve speech intelligibility.

The four-microphone system does a great job of attenuating background noise while transmitting the speaker’s voice.

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:

How do the Jabra Elite Active 75t compare to other true wireless workout earbuds?

The Jabra Elite Active 75t are my new favorite workout headphones: they’re more comfortable than the Jaybird Vista and Bose SoundSport Free; plus they’re more durable than the Beats Powerbeats Pro.

An image of the Jaybird Vista, an alternative to the Jabra Elite 75t, in charging case which is open and on a Chrome backpack.

The Jaybird Vista charging case is compact and holds 10 hours of additional battery life.

However, there are good reasons to get the Vista over the Elite Active 75t: for one, you save $20 with 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.

The Bose SoundSport Free still stand as the company’s flagship true wireless earphones, but they’re showing signs of aging. The large housings are difficult to justify as battery life is just ok compared to more recent true wireless releases. What’s more, they aren’t nearly as durable as any of Jabra’s workout headsets. That said, anyone who wants to enjoy a more neutral sound signature should opt for Bose’s earbuds.

Shot of the Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds which use a different earhook design from the Jabra Elite Active 75t.

The Powerbeats Pro have the same over-ear hook design as the standard Powerbeats, but they ditch the wire connecting them.

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.

Jabra Elite Active 75t vs Jabra Elite 75t: what’s better?

The Jabra Elite Active 75t and Elite 75t true wireless earbuds are indistinguishable from one another. Bluetooth codec support, firmware version, battery life, it’s all the same. The marked difference between the two headsets is durability: the Active model is waterproof and can be submerged up to depths of one meter for 30 minutes. If you tried to do the same with the standard Elite 75t earphones, you’d be left with two expensive plastic ear plugs. 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.

Should you buy the Jabra Elite Active 75t?

A picture of the Jabra Elite Active 75t true wireless workout earbuds (navy) on a leather surface with the charging case open in the background.

Jabra’s workout earphones are expensive but well worth it for listeners looking for versatile earbuds with fantastic microphone quality.

Yes, the Jabra Elite Active 75t is an excellent set of durable earphones that will withstand almost anything you throw at 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. The hyper-sensitive controls are frustrating at times, but that being my greatest nit-pick speaks volumes about the overall headset quality. What’s more, the emphatic bass response can be too much after a while, but it’s easy to temper in the Jabra MySound+ app. If you can accept the high cost of these earbuds, you’ll be extremely happy with them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I wait for the Jabra Elite 85t or find a good deal on the Elite 75t and download the upgrade? Is there any difference?

We don't yet know how either headset's noise cancelling performs, but we do know that hardware differences exist between the 85t and 75t series. The Elite 85t has a six-mic array, four of which are used for feedforward and feedback noise cancelling, while the Elite 75t has a four-microphone array but not all are used for ANC. What's more the Elite 85t has a dedicated ANC chip while the Elite 75t series doesn't. Listeners can make adjustments to noise cancelling intensity with the Elite 85t but not with the Elite 75t. We may surmise that the Jabra Elite 85t will have more effective noise cancelling but can't say for sure. If you value durability more than ANC performance, you may want to stick with the Jabra Elite 75t series, because the 85t is only IPX4-rated.

Would these or the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus be better for Android?

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.

Can I use the left bud for mono listening?

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.

Do they have a heart rate monitor built into the earbuds?

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.

How do you order the mint or grey color?

As of April 15, 2020, the Titanium Black color variant for the Jabra Elite Active 75t is only available directly through the Jabra website here or through Best Buy. The mint model isn't available.

Jabra Elite Active 75t vs Sony WF-1000XM3?

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.

Are the controls touch or physical buttons?

The Jabra Elite Active 75t controls are physical buttons that must be pressed in order for a command to register.

Are these better than the Samsung Galaxy Buds plus in terms of sound, fit, and connection stability?

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.

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