The Jabra Elite Active 65t are decent mixed usage truly wireless in-ears and a slight improvement to the Jabra Elite 65t's design. They are a bit more sweat resistant and the matte finish and cool blue color scheme look slightly more premium. They also have a more reliable case that will better protect the earbuds and will not open at the slightest impact. They're easy to use, portable and a good option for sports. They also block enough noise passively to be suitable for commuting and the office.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are a slightly better-built variant of the regular 65t. There isn't much difference in the design of the earbuds apart from the matte blue color scheme that feels a bit more high-end. The buds are still a bit bulkier than most truly wireless headphones so they may not be as comfortable for all listeners. They're also slightly less stable than some of the other truly wireless designs we've tested. But on the upside, they have a much better case. It's the same shape and size as that of the regular 65t, it also doesn't have any magnets to keep the earbuds in place once opened, but the lid of the case is not as loose which will keep your earbuds secure and less likely to fall out at the slightest impact, which was one of the biggest flaws in the original model's design.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t look pretty much identical to the Elite 65t but come in a cooler looking dark blue color scheme and a matte finish that makes them feel a bit more high-end. They have the same unique earbud design, that's slightly larger than most truly wireless in-ears, but fortunately, the bulkier part of the earbuds sits within the notch of your ear so they do not protrude as much as the Bose SoundSport Free. Overall, they look a bit more polished than the regular 65t but not by much.
The Elite Active 65t keep the same, slightly bulky design of the original 65t. The earbuds are shaped to fit within the contours of your ears without needing any stability fins. This design choice may be ideal or decently comfortable for some, but for others, the larger size of the earbuds pushes on the concha of your ear and gets fatiguing after a couple of hours of listening. Unfortunately, since you can't change or adjust the shape of the earbuds, they won't be the best choice for all listeners, especially those with smaller ears. Also, they are in-ears, so if you're not a big fan of in-ear designs, then you will have some of the same issues with these headphones.
The Jabra Active 65t have a decent control scheme with the same button layout as the Elite 65t. They have two main buttons on each earbud. The right earbud controls play/pause/calls when pressed once, and voice assistance (Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant) when you press and hold. The left earbud controls volume and track-skipping with a button rocker (unlike the single button of the right earbud). Pressing either side of the button rocker turns up or lowers the volume level and holding it will skip or rewind tracks respectively. It's a decently efficient control scheme once you get used to it, but the layout could be improved. Using the controls would sometimes break the air-tight seal of the in-ear fit which changes the sound quality, and also forces you to push the bulky earbuds against your ear like the Jaybird Run, which is not ideal.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t, like most other truly wireless in-ears, are very breathable headphones suitable for more intense sports. Like the 65t, they do not cover your outer ear which will remain cool no matter the physical activity. The larger earbuds do trap a bit more heat within the notch of your ear when compared to more typical in-ears, but it's a negligible temperature difference that won't make you sweat more than usual.
These headphones are very portable and will easily fit into most pockets. They're the same size as the Elite 65t so they're a bit bulkier than most truly wireless designs. On the upside, their case is very compact. They are easy to carry around on your person and have on you at all times.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t come with a better and more secure case than the original Elite 65t. It's the same shape and size and it's just as compact, which will easily fit into your pockets. However, the lid fits much more securely than on the original model which was its biggest flaw. The case is now on par with that of the Apple AirPods or Samsung Gear IconX but doesn't feel quite as polished or as high-end.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t have a good build quality that's a bit more sweat resistant than the original 65t. They are rated IP56 compared to the original's IP55. The earbuds are thick, dense and durable, and have a cool matte finish that feels a bit more high-end than the regular 65t. The improved case also makes their overall build quality feel a bit more on par with some of the premium truly wireless designs we've tested like the Apple AirPods and BeoPlay E8. Unfortunately, it still lacks magnets to keep the earbuds in place, like the Gear IconX's case, but since the lid is much more secure, it's less of an issue. Overall, the slight design improvement in the case's design and the matte finish on both the earbuds and the case, makes the Active 65t feel a bit more high-end than the regular 65t. Sadly, we do not yet have a reliable test to evaluate their improved sweat resistance.
These headphones are stable enough for sports. They have a unique shape that doesn't require additional stability fins. Once in your ears, they don't move around much but the larger size of the earbuds may not be as stable for all listeners. Unfortunately, since they do not have any stability fins you cannot adjust the fit if you have smaller or larger ears. They should still be good enough for running and working out and since they're compact and wireless they won't hinder your movements. But overall they are not as stable as some of the other truly wireless designs like the Gear IconX or the Jaybird Run.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t is an average sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones, and for all intents and purposes are identical to the Elite 65t. They have a very good bass, with just the right amount of punch and kick, a great mid-range which is even and well-balanced, and a very good treble. However, their bass can be prone to inconsistencies if a good seal is not achieved, and it lacks a bit of thump and rumble. Also, their mid-range sounds a bit muddy and cluttered especially on vocals, and their treble could sound significantly sharp and piercing on S and Ts.
The bass of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is very good. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 27Hz is very good, but not as extended as some other closed-back in-ears like the JBL Free and the Beats BeatsX. Low-bass is lacking by almost 3dB, meaning the Jabra will be a bit light on rumble and thump, but this won't be very noticeable. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and punch of the kick drums is quite well-balanced. However, high-bass is overemphasized by about 3dB, which adds a bit of boominess to the sound.
The mid-range is very good. The response is quite even and mostly flat. The overemphasis, which is the continuation of the high-bass bump, adds a bit of muddiness to vocals/leads and clutter to the mix. However, at 2dB, the effect will be subtle. The broad but shallow dip around 700Hz, nudges the vocals and leads towards the back of the mix by giving more emphasis to the lower frequencies, but again, this effect will be subtle.
The treble performance of the Elite Active 65t is very good. Low-treble and mid-treble are quite even and flat up to 8KHz, which is great for producing well-balanced vocals and leads. However, the 15dB peak at 10KHz adds a significant amount of emphasis to the sibilance range, making the S and T sounds quite sharp and piercing, especially on overly bright tracks.
The frequency response consistency of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is great. Assuming the user is able to achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones. However, since the buds are quite big, some people may have difficulty getting a perfect seal with them, which will cause a drop in bass.
The imaging performance is quite good. Their weighted group delay is 0.27, which is within good limits. The GD graph also shows that the group delay almost never crosses the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. In terms of driver-matching, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in frequency and phase response. However, similar to our Elite 65t test unit, we measured some amplitude mismatch between the L/R drivers of the Elite Active, but to a lesser extent, which skews the stereo image slightly. It should be noted that this could be considered as a marker for low manufacturing tolerance, and the unit you purchase may or may not have this mismatch.
Like most other in-ears, the soundstage of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is poor. This is because in-ears bypass the pinna (outer ear), and don't interact with it, while activating the resonances of the pinna is one of the key factors in creating a speaker-like and out-of-head soundstage. Also, because of their closed-back design, their soundstage tends to be less open than that of open-back headphones.
The harmonic distortion performance of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is about average. The amount of THD produced in the bass and mid ranges are quite low and within good limits. There's little change in the THD under louder volumes either, which is good. However, the amount of THD in the treble range is slightly elevated, which could make the sound of those frequencies a bit harsh and brittle.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t, like the regular Elite 65t, block a lot of noise with their in-ear fit. Their passive isolation is as good as some of the noise canceling headphones we've tested, and will be isolating enough for most noisy environments and commutes, especially if you're playing a little music. They also barely leak, so you can mask even more ambient noise by playing your audio your at higher volumes without distracting the people around you.
The isolation performance of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is good. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieved almost 13dB of isolation which is above-average. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by more than 20dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they isolate by more than 45dB, which is excellent.
The leakage of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is excellent. The significant portion of the leakage is spread over a very narrow range in the treble, making their leakage very thin sounding and mostly consist of S and T sounds. The overall level of the leakage is also very low. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage averages at 22dB SPL, and peaks at 31dB SPL, which is way below the noise floor of most offices.
The integrated microphone of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is average-at-best. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will be relatively thin sounding, noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. However, it will still be decently understandable. In noisy situations, it will struggle to separate speech from background noise even in moderately loud environments, like a busy street.
The recording quality of the Elite Active 65t's microphone is about average. They lack quite a bit in the bass range, except for a narrow area around 90Hz. This results in a recorded/transmitted speech that's relatively thin sounding. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.4KHz means that speech will sound noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. This HFE performance is a limitation of the Bluetooth protocol and is a common shortcoming between almost all Bluetooth headphones. However, it will still be relatively easy to comprehend, since speech intelligibility is mostly dependent on the 500Hz-4KHz range.
The microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, the Jabra Elite Active 65t achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 15dB, indicating that they are best suited for quiet environments. But in moderate and loud environments, they will have difficulty fully separating speech from ambient noise.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t have a decent 5.2hr battery life and a customizable app. They do not last longer than the Elite 65t overall, but charge slightly faster, although not by much. Their app support is also the same. The Jabra Sound+ app provides a customizable EQ and a couple of aware modes depending on your location. It also makes use of the accelerometer in the Active variant of the 65t to give you activity stats but it's very basic. Overall, it's a decent app that enhances your experience with these headphones but it's not as feature packed as some of the other companion apps we've tested.
These headphones have a decent battery life of 5.2 hours with an additional 2 charges in the case for a total of about 15.6 hours of playtime on average. This should be enough to last you throughout the whole day, especially if you take breaks. They also benefit from a quick charge feature that gives you about 1.5 hours of playback from a 15-minute charge. They also automatically turn off after 1 hour of inactivity but it's considerably longer than most truly wireless headphones and wastes a bit of power.
The Jabra Sound+ is a decently well-made app that offers a good amount of customization options. You get an equalizer, hear through mode options, as well as battery data and location-based triggers that change your settings if you're at work or home. It also makes use of the accelerometer in the Active variant of the 65t to give you activity stats but it's very basic step counter and does not give heart rate data or a built-in exercise coach like some of the more sport oriented apps we've tested. It also lacks an adjustable auto-off timer, but overall it's a good app that improves your experience with the headphones.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t have the same connection options as the Elite 65t and about the same range and latency. They are Bluetooth-only headphones so you can't use them wired when the battery dies or with your consoles. On the upside, they can pair simultaneously with 2 devices and can keep up to 8 in memory for auto-pairing when you take the headphones out of their case. They're also Bluetooth 5.0 headphones but our current test bench only supports up to Bluetooth 4.2. So they may have a better range when using a Bluetooth 5.0 source. Unfortunately, they do not support NFC and like most Bluetooth headsets, have a bit too much latency for comfortably watching movies and gaming.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t only connect to other devices via Bluetooth. They do not support NFC but do have simultaneous multi-devices pairing. They're also the first Bluetooth 5.0 headphones we've tested but our current test bench only supports up to Bluetooth 4.2. On the upside, they remember up to 8 last synced devices for auto-pairing when you open the charging case.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t have a charging case that delivers up to 10 hours of extra battery life. However, it has no inputs.
These headphones have a good wireless range of 40ft when the Bluetooth source was obstructed by walls and up to 95ft in direct line of sight. It's a slightly lower range than more typical wireless in-ears like the Fitbit Flyer or Jaybird X3 but it's better than most truly wireless designs and should be enough most for everyday use cases, especially if you keep your phone on you.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t headphones have about 227ms of latency, which is slightly above-average for most Bluetooth headphones with no low latency codecs. Unfortunately, this means they will not be ideal for watching a lot of video content or gaming.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t have the same unique design that set the original 65t apart from a lot of the other truly wireless headphones we've tested. They're portable enough to have on you at all times and come with a charging case that's compact enough to easily fit into your pockets and has a better more secure lid. Unfortunately, the slightly larger earbuds won't be as comfortable for all listeners and also makes them slightly less stable than typical in-ears with stability fins. On the upside, they have a reliable wireless connection with a good range and simple control scheme once you get used to it.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are a slightly better truly wireless headphones overall than the Bose SoundSport Free. The Bose have a more comfortable earbud design. They also sound a lot more balanced out of the box than the Jabras. However, the Active 65t have a better noise isolation and leakage performance than the Bose, which makes them more suitable for commuting and the office. The Jabra also have easier to use controls and a more customizable app, which gives you access to an an EQ so you can tweak their sound to your liking.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are a better truly wireless headphone than the Jabra Elite Sport. The Elite Sport have a more stable and durable, rugged design for physical activity. They also offer more health tracking features, which makes them the better sports headphone for most users, when compared to the Active 65t. On the upside, the 65t have a sleeker design that some will prefer over the Sport. The Active 65t also have a more reliable wireless connection, which makes them better to use day to day than the Elite Sport. The 65t also have a better sound quality and isolation performance than the Elite Sport out-of-the-box.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are slightly better than the to the Jaybird Run, although not by much. The Jaybird have a more comfortable In-ear fit and come with a few stability fin options, which makes them a bit more stable for running and for different ear shapes and sizes. On the other hand, the Elite 65t have a more stable Bluetooth connection and can pair to multiple devices at once. The Jabras also have a longer continuous battery life than the Jaybird, but overall they have the a similar sound and isolation performance and would both be a good choice for sports.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are a better truly wireless option than the Apple AirPods. The AirPods have a longer cumulative battery life than the Elite Active 65t, at 25hrs compared to 15hrs. The AirPods also have less latency, especially on iOS devices, so they're a bit more suitable for watching videos and their open earbud design is also more comfortable than the 65t's and more suitable for monitoring traffic when running outdoors. However, the Active 65t have a better balanced and more customizable sound. They also have a lot more bass than the AirPods and isolate better in noisy conditions thanks to their in-ear fit. This makes them a far better choice for commuting than the AirPods. The Jabras are aslo more stable, which makes them better for sports and physical activity in general.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are a better headphone overall than the Jabra Elite 25e. The Active 65t are compact turly wireless in-ear earbuds that you can easily carry around in you pockets. The Elite Active 65t also have a sweat proof in-ear design that's better for sports, isolates more on noisy commutes and has a customizable app with an EQ and limited health tracking. On the upside, the 25e have a longer battery life, and have an earbud fit that's more comfortable for most.