Jabra Elite 65t:
The truly wireless Jabra elite 65t headphone set can still be a wonder, but they are gradually becoming more common. He will no longer be the bearer of a couple to stand in the eyes of strangers on a train, now there is less chance of being mocked as a character by a series of cheap mini-star TVs.
There is a lot to be said for the benefits of wireless technology. Once you have experienced the joy of not being physically attached to your phone or laptop, it is amazing how tethered you are.
Furthermore, with each new model and every new iteration, connection reliability and ease of use are getting better and better, making wireless gems much more than just a realistic daily option.
And Jabra, with its Elite 65t earbud, has a lot of blunt boxes regarding the practical aspects.
Build And Features:
The packaging is pleasantly suited to the price, with an external paper case and a main side-sliding box that reveals two earphones embedded in the individual molded plastic beds.
Also in the package, there are three sets of tips of various sizes, a booklet with installation instructions, the carrying case, which also serves as a charging station for the earphones, and a USB cable used to power the case.
The earphones themselves are light (the right ear reaches 6.5g, left, 5.8g) and comfortable. Made of plastic, each has a small ledge that points forward towards the mouth with microphones for telephone calls.
The gem on the right has a central button for answering calls, pausing, and playing music, and allows ambient noise inside or out; the left has two small buttons for volume and track jump (with a long press).
When not in use, they sit in the clean, charging case.
There is enough power in a full earphone charge for five hours of listening, and the case holds energy for two recharges, which means you should be able to get 15 hours of playback from a fully charged set.
If your buds are running low on juice and you want to use them soon enough, a quick 15-minute charge gives you 90-minute battery life, enough for most home trips.
There is a free app that we recommend on your device. It has a complete manual and various tabs for adjusting the settings, such as the amount of ambient noise you want to allow and an equalizer, if you want to play with the sound signature of the headphones.
We attach the biggest advice on each gem and discover that the Elite 65t units fit tightly to our ears without ever feeling insecure (in a week or two of commuting, we often forget to have them inserted – so comfort is impressive).
Connecting the gems to a phone is simple, the instructions included in the package are enough to guide us, indeed, the earphones provide most of the instructions we need, once they are in place.
Soon we are operational and we enjoy the extraordinary release of wireless listening. These Jabra work impressively for connecting to the device without interrupting the service and, in our experience, the connection between the two earphones is absolutely solid.
They are easy to use and the practical aspects of answering telephone calls and so on are easily addressed. Jump in and your music stops. Put it back to restart. Double push the right ear to pause the music and let in the outside noise.
Adjust the volume with the flaps on the left earpiece and push longer to skip the track. Everything works without complaining. Impressive indeed.
However, we believe it is the fault of the sound produced by Jabra Elite 65ts. Listened in isolation, they are decent at transmitting a melody. But something doesn’t seem quite “on-song”. We’re not excited about the music we’re listening to – there’s no particular sense of drama or excitement here.
Tonally, the music is faithfully transmitted, with a slight emphasis, perhaps, on the middle range compared to the bass and treble – but there is nothing to worry about. And, if you are inclined to increase or the end of the sound spectrum, the equalizer can make a noticeable difference in those areas.
Jabra Elite 65t Sound:
But no amount of fiddling with the app can bring back the passion in the songs we are listening to. It seems a bit like we had to best describe the Jabra Elite 65ts as competent “audio” equipment rather than a true “hi-fi”.
Nothing turns out to be particularly negative – and perhaps it is there that we can point the finger: there is not a big spark in the presentation, there is no real dynamism. It’s all there in a non-offensive melange of sounds.
And this lack of passion is highlighted when we compare the Jabra with their closest rivals, the Sony WF-1000X (£ 125) and the Bose Soundsport Free (£ 180).
They are both superior across the board, with greater musicality and a much more enjoyable delivery style.
The Jabra Elite 65t True-Wireless earphones have a lot to offer, in general use, practicality, and solid connection.
Their problem lies in the lack of passion and dynamism in their musical presentation which, once confronted directly with some of their main rivals, is evident.
They will be the ideal companion for commuting for many people – but for audio lovers, we recommend saving a little more for superior sound performance.