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Free ANC update in the test: Jabra clearly rates the Elite 75t at


With the ANC update, Jabra is moving the two Bluetooth earplugs Elite 75t and Elite Active 75t into a new device category.

A test by Ingo Pakalski November 2, 2020, 9:02 a.m.

Jabra's Elite 75t now also offer ANC. (Image: Martin Wolf / Golem.de)

The ANC update for the Elite 75t and Elite Active 75t Bluetooth earplugs announced by Jabra in September 2020 is now available and we have tested it with the Elite 75t model. As with other firmware updates, this is easily imported via the Jabra Sound + app. This means there is Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) on the Elite 75t.

Active Noise Cancellation means that the ambient noise is mostly analyzed using external microphones in order to be able to play a suitable counter-sound in the headphones. This basic principle is the same for all ANC headphones. So far, Jabra is the first manufacturer to provide an ANC function by means of a software update for a product that was marketed without ANC technology.

The Elite 75t uses two external microphones to measure external noise. Unlike other ANC products, there are no microphones inside. Despite this technical limitation, we are thrilled with the ANC performance of the Jabra plugs. We compared the Elite 75t with the Airpods Pro from Apple and the Freebuds Pro from Huawei. The latter currently provide the most powerful ANC technology in the field of Bluetooth earplugs.

Elite 75T with ANC makes flight noises quieter

Typical flight noises are considerably reduced by the active noise suppression of the Elite 75t. The same also applies to monotonous noises such as a vacuum cleaner or an extractor hood. Office noises or traffic noise are suppressed much less intensively. Since the Elite 75t already have a pretty good passive noise reduction, the ANC technology also helps that we can fully concentrate on this while enjoying music.

The Elite 75t are slightly weaker than the Airpods Pro in terms of ANC performance; The Jabra plugs are less effective, especially for noises other than aircraft noises. Fortunately, the ANC technology of the Elite 75t does not cause any unpleasant noise, so that audio books or podcasts can also be listened to very well with it. As with the Airpods Pro, the ANC performance is not powerful enough to generate silence.

Elite 75t not sensitive to wind even with ANC

The Elite 75t are pleasantly not susceptible to wind. When we use the plugs outside and it's windy, there are no loud whistling noises, as is the case with many other ANC plugs , which are basically not suitable for outdoor use. But many ANC headphones also struggle with wind noise without the manufacturers bothering about it. Sony and Jabra are currently the few manufacturers that are addressing and solving the problem.

Jabras Elite 75t (Image: Martin Wolf / Golem.de)

Jabra Elite 75t, True Wireless In-Ear Headphones with Passive Noise Cancellation, Long Battery Life, Black

The ANC activation does not change the sound. In our test of the Elite 75t, we liked the sound quality. There is an intense bass and balanced mids and highs. The sound is voluminous and lively. However, the earplugs remain prone to step reverberation. If the attachments actually seal optimally, this creates pressure in the ear, which then leads to step reverberation: We hear every single step as we run as a dull appearance – this is uncomfortable and reduces the enjoyment of music.

We found it a bit annoying that the Jabra plugs don't remember whether ANC was activated. If we want to switch on the plugs and use ANC, we always have to switch this on manually first. Again, this is very simply solved. With a tap on the left earplug we can turn ANC on or off. The music control and the answering of calls is done by tapping on the right plug.

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Elite 65t better when it comes to controls.

There are some problems when using it under a hat: As soon as we move our head, there are annoying rustling noises that cloud the enjoyment of music. On the other hand, it is positive that the earplugs under a cap do not squeeze or hurt. This also has to do with the fact that the plugs are significantly smaller than many competing products. This is still not a matter of course with completely wireless earplugs, many other models hurt so much under a hat that they cannot be used at all.

Jabra Elite 75t, True Wireless In-Ear Headphones with Passive Noise Cancellation, Long Battery Life, Black

Great app for Elite 75t

The Elite 75t can be configured particularly extensively via the Jabra app. The app is well structured and happily requires neither registration nor GPS activation, as is the case with more and more apps for headphones or ear plugs. We have an equalizer as well as a location function and can switch off the ear detection if necessary. With the transparency mode we can determine whether the music playback is automatically paused when activated.

Left a plug from the Elite 65t, right a plug from the Elite 75t (Image: Martin Wolf / Golem.de)

In addition, a sidetone can be activated when telephoning and the tone color can be adjusted for telephone calls. It is also possible to define after what period of non-use the earplugs switch off, if this is desired. The function can also be deactivated completely.

A very practical specialty can be the playback of natural sounds, for example to drown out disturbing background noises. It can be less distracting than music, for example when there are waves on the beach, running water, the chirping of birds or the like. This soundscape function can only be found somewhat hidden in the focus mode; the option does not appear in the other two modes.

Elite 75t with good battery life with activated ANC

Jabra states that all Elite 75t models provide 5.5 hours of battery life with the ANC on. We were able to almost confirm this value with the Elite 75t, we were only a few minutes below the promised runtime. With the ANC switched off, a battery life of 7.5 hours is promised. But even with the current firmware, like in the first test, we only managed just under 6.5 hours.

If the plug battery is empty, it can be used again for 40 minutes after five minutes of charging with the ANC switched on. Without ANC, a usage time of 50 minutes is achieved. The charging case should be able to fully charge the plug almost four times, so that with the ANC switched on, a total battery life of around 24 hours should be achieved.

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offers the Elite 75t at a list price of 180 euros, while the Elite 75t is available in stores for around 160 euros. The Elite Active 75t cost 200 euros, some of the Elite Active 75t retailers sell for around 165 euros.

Conclusion

If you use the Elite 75t or Elite Active 75t, you can be pleased that the Bluetooth earplugs are subsequently given good ANC performance at no extra charge. Those who want to listen to music with less background noise get exactly that. The ANC update does not rustle, does not change the sound and is in the very good midfield compared to the competition, a little below the ANC performance of the Airpods Pro.

If you are currently looking for True Wireless In-Ears with Active Noise Cancellation, you should take a look at the two Jabra earplugs. Because the Elite 75t provide a great sound, a comfortable fit in the ear, useful software additions and practical parallel use with two devices. When it comes to controls, the Elite 65t doesn't offer the maximum convenience, but we can do all the important things right at the plug.

Jabras Elite 75t (Image: Martin Wolf / Golem.de)

Jabra Elite 75t, True Wireless In-Ear Headphones with Passive Noise Cancellation, Long Battery Life, Black

Other manufacturers should follow the example of Jabra. At this point we can only praise the good support from the Danish manufacturer, who delivers a function that is crucial to purchase with a free update. It remains to be seen whether other manufacturers will follow suit. No comparable announcements from other providers are known to date.

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Source: golem.de