Jabra Elite

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The Jabra Elite Sport is eas­ily the most ex­pen­sive pair of head­phones in this shootout, but also the most fully-fea­tured. You see, Jabra wasn’t con­tent with merely pro­vid­ing a set of head­phones for au­dio, adding a clin­i­cal grade in-ear heart rate mon­i­tor and tri-axis ac­celerom­e­ter to the mix.

The head­phones are also IP67 rated, mean­ing they’re dust-tight and can be sub­merged in up to 1m of wa­ter for 30 min­utes. Not enough for a swim, but cer­tainly enough for runs in the rain. There’s also a com­pan­ion app you can down­load to use for more fully-fea­tured fit­ness track­ing, hence the “Sport” des­ig­na­tion. How­ever, all th­ese added fea­tures place a toll on bat­tery life. The Elite Sports only man­ages three hours of play­back per charge, so it’s good that the car­ry­ing case dou­bles up as a bat­tery pack, giv­ing you two more full charges.

Like the Bragi Head­phone, the Elite Sport uses phys­i­cal but­tons to let you skip tracks and ad­just play­back vol­ume. Thank­fully though, Jabra splits this across both sides so you only have the top and the bot­tom of each ear­piece to feel for. Like the Muse 5, the Elite Sport a sin­gle ear­bud acts as the main con­troller– the right. How­ever, you don’t have to power on and off the ear­buds sep­a­rately to get both to play to­gether. Sim­ply open­ing the case pow­ers them on, and plac­ing the ear­buds back in the case and clos­ing the cover shuts them off.

In terms of au­dio, we thought the Elite Sport had good at­tack with a good sense of pace and dy­nam­ics, great for the faster mov­ing tracks that peo­ple tend to use for work­ing out. Listening to Johnny Frigo’s I Love Paris, the head­phones did a good job of keep­ing up with the drums and strings in the piece, in­ject­ing a sense of en­ergy that be­fits the track.

The prob­lem with the Elite Sport is that they can some­times sound a lit­tle too ar­ti­fi­cially boosted. On El­e­ments of Life by Tiesto for ex­am­ple, the highs sounded a lit­tle screechy and the mids bloated. The same ef­fect doesn’t oc­cur on acous­tic pieces like Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia by The Ea­gles though, so per­haps it’s just Jabra’s way of in­ject­ing ex­cite­ment to your work­out.

Mag­nets hold the Elite Sport in the case.

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