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Reviewed on Aug 01, 2018 , Marc Henney, Yannick Khong

Jabra Elite Active 65t
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
7.0
Mixed Usage
What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
7.0
Critical Listening
What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
7.6
Commute/Travel
What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
8.0
Sports/Fitness
What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
7.2
Office
What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
5.5
Home Theater
Score components:
5.0
Gaming
Score components:
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Truly Wireless
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

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.

Test Results
Design 7.7
Sound 6.8
Isolation 8.3
Microphone 6.3
Active Features 6.7
Connectivity 2.9
Pros
  • Good range and wireless connection.
  • Stable and breathable for sports
  • Good passive isolation.
Cons
  • Not as comfortable for everyone.

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7.7

Design

Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Design Picture

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.

Style
Jabra Elite Active 65t Design Picture 2

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.

6.5 Comfort
What it is: Adjustability and degrees of freedom, pressure, stiffness and weight.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used for long durations.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Jabra Elite Active 65t Comfort Picture
Weight : 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
What it is: The force that the headphones exert on your head, once you have them on. This is purely a measurement of the force applied, which does not take into account the earpad's surface area and the resulting pressure you will feel, on or around your ears.
When it matters: The tighter the headphones, the more force they put on your head. This can get uncomfortable or cause pain and soreness during long listening sessions.
:
0 lbs

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.

7.1 Controls
What it is: The control scheme of the headphones, the number of functions provided, button layout and ergonomics as well as the quality of tactile feedback.
When it matters: If you want to control volume, pause your music or make phone calls without directly interacting with your audio device.
Jabra Elite Active 65t Controls Picture
Ease of use : Above-average
Feedback : Average
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
What it is: Being able to mix audio channels directly on the headphones.
When it matters: This is most useful when using a separate chat software so that you can mix in-game audio and chat audio depending on your needs.
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through : N/A
Additional Buttons : N/A

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.

8.7 Breathability
What it is: How hot the headphones get when you wear them for an extended period of time.
When it matters: If you often have long listening sessions or use your headphones while doing physical activities like running or working out.
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Breathability After Picture
Avg.Temp.Difference : 1.3 C

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.

9.5 Portability
What it is: The volume of space occupied by the headphones when folded into their most compact format.
When it matters: If you're often on the move and need to carry your headphones in a bag, purse , or pocket.
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Portability Picture
L : 1.2 "
W : 1.2 "
H : 0.8 "
Volume : 1.2 Cu. Inches
Stand required : N/A

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.

7.5 Case
What it is: The provided carrying options to protect your headphones when transporting them.
When it matters: To prevent damaging your headphones, if you often carry them in your bag or pocket.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Jabra Elite Active 65t Case Picture
Type : Hard case
L : 1.4 "
W : 2.3 "
H : 1.1 "
Volume : 3.5 Cu. Inches

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.

8.0 Build Quality
What it is: Durability, material quality, cheap/expensive feel.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used by multiple users (classes/studios), by children, in tough conditions, on a daily basis, or for exercise.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Jabra Elite Active 65t Build Quality Picture

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.

7.5 Stability
What it is: How the headphones are designed to prevent them from slipping off your ears or falling off your head.
When it matters: If you plan on using the headphones while doing sports or other physical activities that requires a lot of movement.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Jabra Elite Active 65t Stability Picture

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.

Cable
Jabra Elite Active 65t Cable Picture
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

These headphones come with a micro-USB charging cable.

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6.8

Sound

What it is: How accurately the audio is reproduced. The tests are performed with the headphones' most commonly used features enabled (noise-cancelling, wireless, etc.)
Jabra Elite Active 65t Frequency Response

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.

8.4 Bass
What it is: Frequency Response from 20Hz-250Hz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on bass frequencies, such as those of kick drums and bass guitar.
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Bass
Std. Err.
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in bass frequency response (20Hz-250Hz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) bass performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
2.31 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
What it is: The lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: Shows how extended the bass is.
Good value: <40Hz
Noticeable difference: 5Hz
:
26.7 Hz
Low-Bass
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 20Hz-60Hz.
When it matters: Kick drums and low frequency effects get their 'thump' from this range. Mostly felt than heard.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-2.8 dB
Mid-Bass
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 60Hz-120Hz.
When it matters: Melodic bass instruments have most of their fundamental frequencies in this range. This is where the 'body' and 'punch' of the bass sits.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
0.22 dB
High-Bass
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 120Hz-250Hz.
When it matters: Most instruments get their warmth and full-ness from this range. When over-emphasized, mixes tend to get muddy and boomy.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
2.93 dB

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.

8.7 Mid
What it is: Frequency Response from 250Hz-2KHz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on mid-range frequencies. This is the case for the majority of audio content.
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Mid
Std. Err.
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in mid frequency response (250Hz-2.5KHz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) mid performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
1.68 dB
Low-Mid
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 250Hz-500Hz.
When it matters: Most instruments have their fundamentals or low harmonics in this range. Over-emphasis in this range sounds muddy and cluttered. Under-emphasis, thins out the vocals and lead instruments.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
1.81 dB
Mid-Mid
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 500Hz-1KHz.
When it matters: This range is occupied mostly by upper harmonics. Over-emphasis sounds forward and boxy. Under-emphasis pushes instruments to the back of the mix.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-1.31 dB
High-Mid
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 1KHz-2KHz.
When it matters: Most instruments, especially vocals, get their intensity and clarity from this range. Over-emphasis sounds honky and harsh, under-emphasis sounds weak and distant.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
0.66 dB

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.

8.0 Treble
What it is: Frequency Response from 2KHz-20KHz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on high-range frequencies, such as voice, cymbals, and any other material where brightness, brilliance and airiness is desired.
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Treble
Std. Err.
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in treble frequency response (2.5KHz-20KHz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) treble performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
3.46 dB
Low-Treble
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 2KHz-5KHz.
When it matters: Almost all instruments rely on this range for their presence, detail, and articulation. Over-emphasis can sound harsh and painful. Under-emphasis hurts the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-0.12 dB
Mid-Treble
What it is: The average amount of over/under emphasis in frequency response from 5KHz-10KHz.
When it matters: This is the sibilance range. Cymbals, vocals, and lead instruments rely on this range for brightness and presence. Over-emphasis sounds piercing and painful, under-emphasis sounds dull and lispy.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
0.53 dB
High-Treble
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 10KHz-20KHz.
When it matters: This range gives brilliance and airiness to the sound. Over-emphasis sounds hissy, under-emphasis sounds closed-up and lifeless.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-0.31 dB

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.

Raw Frequency Response
What it is: The average uncompensated frequency response of the headphone. For in-ears and earbuds, this corresponds to the average of 5 measurements/re-seats on the dummy head (HMS). For over/on-ear headphones, this corresponds to the average of 5 measurements/re-seats on the HMS (Head Measurement System) for the mid and treble ranges, and 5 measurements/re-seats on 5 human subjects for the bass range.
When it matters: This is for those who want to see the raw and uncompensated frequency response of the headphone. Some of the more advanced users, are able to read and evaluate headphone frequency response in its raw form and without compensation. This will be especially useful to them if they have their own headphone compensation/target curve, which may differ from the compensation curve/target response used by RTINGS.com.
Score components:
9.2 Frequency Response Consistency
What it is: The amount of deviation of each frequency response pass, from the average frequency response.
When it matters: Shows how consistently the headphones perform after re-positioning them.
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Consistency L Jabra Elite Active 65t Consistency R
Avg. Std. Deviation
What it is: The average amount of deviation in frequency response of 5 re-seats, from the average frequency response.
When it matters: Shows how consistently the headphones perform after re-positioning them.
Good value: <0.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
0.16 dB

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.

7.9 Imaging
What it is: Imaging qualities are inherent to the audio content, the headphones have to 'reproduce' them rather than 'create' them. They determine how accurately the objects are positioned in the stereo image, and how transparent the imaging is.
When it matters: When accurate positioning of the objects in the stereo image, and clear and transparent imaging is desired.
Jabra Elite Active 65t Group Delay Jabra Elite Active 65t Phase Response
Weighted Group Delay
What it is: The average amount of group delay calculated based on a perceptual weighting filter. Group delay indicates how long it takes for each frequency to reach their maximum amplitude. This is a monaural quality and can be perceived even with one ear.
When it matters: Headphones with lower group delay have more transparent imaging and a tighter bass. Headphones with higher group delay in the bass range tend to have a wimpy and loose bass, and headphones with higher group delay in the treble range tend to have a less transparent imaging.
Good value: <0.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
0.27
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
What it is: The Left/Right balance of our test unit, that is, the amount of amplitude difference between the left and right drivers. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When a properly balanced stereo image and low manufacturing tolerance is desired. A poor score indicates a noticeable difference in level between the left and right drivers.
Good value: <1.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.23
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
What it is: The amount of difference (Std. Err.) between the frequency response of the left and right drivers of our test unit. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When an even and stable stereo image, as well as a low manufacturing tolerance, is desired. A poor score indicates there may be 'holes' in the stereo image at certain frequencies.
Good value: <2
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
1.98
Weighted Phase Mismatch
What it is: The amount of difference (Std. Err.) between the phase response of the left and right drivers of our test unit. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When an even and stable stereo image, as well as a low manufacturing tolerance is desired. A poor score indicates there may be inaccuracies in the stereo image reproduction at certain frequencies.
Good value: <16
Noticeable difference: 3
:
1.82

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.

1.0 Soundstage
What it is: Soundstage qualities are not inherent to the audio content, the headphones have to 'create' them rather than 'reproduce' them. They determine whether the sound is perceived to be coming from inside or in front of the head, how open and spacious the soundstage is, how much the headphones acoustically interact with the environment, and how strong the phantom center is.
When it matters: When an accurately produced, large and spacious soundstage, similar to that of a stereo loudspeaker setup is desired.
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
What it is: The standard deviation of the PRTF (Pinna-related transfer function) of the headphones compared to a reference loudspeaker's PRTF at 30°. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: An accurate pinna activation is mainly responsible for how natural and speaker-like the soundstage is perceived to be. The less error in the shape of the PRTF, the more natrual and speaker-like the perception of the soundstage will be. High amounts of error may indicate a soundstage that is unnatural or odd.
Good value: <2.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
What it is: The average amplitude of the PRTF (Pinna-related transfer function) of the headphones compared to that of a reference loudspeaker's PRTF at 30°. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: This value is responsible for the perceived size of the soundstage. The higher the value, the larger the perceived size of the soundstage. However, values above the reference (5.0dB) could result in a soundstage that is perceived as unnatural or odd.
Good value: >3.7
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
What it is: The depth of the "10KHz notch" of the headphone's PRTF, which is caused by phase cancellations at the concha. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: This value is mainly responsible for the perceived distance and elevation of the soundstage. A small distance value may result in a soundstage that is perceived to be located inside the head. Larger values may help pull the soundstage out from inside of the head and bring it to the front.
Good value: >13
Noticeable difference: 1
:
N/A
Openness
What it is: How open the headphones are, and how open and spacious they sound. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test differentiates between acoustically and electronically produced crosstalk and only takes the acoustically generated crosstalk into account. This value is the inverse of the Noise Isolation test score, and could be indirectly related the acoustic impedance of the headphones.
When it matters: When a headphone with a sense of an open, and spacious soundstage is desired. A value of 10 indicates a fully open headphone, and a value of 0 indicates a fully closed headphone.
Good value: >7.5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
:
2.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
What it is: How loud the headphones are, and how much they excite their environment acoustically. If the headphones are loud and open enough, the sound leaking from the headphones will be affected by the environment (reflections/reverb) before reflecting back into the open headphones and to the listener's ears. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This value is the inverse of the Leakage test score.
When it matters: Headphones with higher excitation values, similar to openness, tend to have soundstages that are perceived as more open and spacious.
Good value: >7.5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
:
0.2
Correlated Crosstalk
What it is: How strong and solid the phantom center is. This is mostly a stereo quality and its effects on mono content are minimal. This test is sensitive to the phase of the crosstalk and whether it is produced acoustically or electronically.
When it matters: When a true reproduction of the stereo image is desired. A value of 0 indicates no crosstalk, or that the existing crosstalk is not correlated enough to affect the phantom center. A negative score means the crosstalk is out of phase with the original signal, resulting in a slightly wider stereo image at the expense of creating a 'hole' at the center of the stereo field. A positive score means the crosstalk is in phase and positively affecting the phantom center.
Good value: >1dB
Noticeable difference: 0.3dB
:
0.0 dB

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.

7.0 Total Harmonic Distortion
What it is: The subtle, unwanted frequencies (harmonics) produced alongside the intended frequencies.
When it matters: When clean and pure sound reproduction is desired, though its effect is not as noticable as frequency response.
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 90dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: <0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.091
Weighted THD @ 100
What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 100dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at loud listening levels.
Good value: <0.300
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
5.949

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.

8.3

Isolation

Score components:

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. 

7.5 Noise Isolation
What it is: How much outside noise is blocked out by putting the headphones on.
When it matters: If the headphones are going to be used in a noisy envinronment (airplane, subway, etc.)
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
What it is: The overall amount of environmental noise reduction in dB.
When it matters: In loud envinronments like planes, trains, offices, etc.
Good value: <-20dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-26.06 dB
Bass
What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the bass range (20Hz-250Hz).
When it matters: When the outside noise is bass-heavy, like in airplanes.
Good value: <-15dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-13.24 dB
Mid
What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the mid-range (250Hz-2.5KHz).
When it matters: When the environment's noise is mid-heavy, like in an office.
Good value: <-15dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-19.62 dB
Treble
What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the treble range (2.5KHz-20KHz).
When it matters: When the environment's noise is treble-heavy. Although uncommon, areas with sharp sounds fall under this category.
Good value: <-30dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-45.64 dB
Self-Noise
What it is: The amount of noise created by the active electronics of the headphones (if applicable), measured from 300Hz-20KHz. Applies mostly to wireless and noise-cancelling headphones.
When it matters: If too loud, it could become distracting when listening to quiet material like podcasts and audiobooks.
Good value: <16dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
21.55 dB

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.

9.8 Leakage
What it is: The amount of sound bleeding out of the headphones.
When it matters: When the listener doesn't want people around them (in office, recording studio, etc.) to hear what is being listened to.
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
What it is: The amount of sound leakage heard 1 foot away from the user, while the user is listening to a 100dB SPL signal.
When it matters: When you don't want people hear what you are listening to.
Good value: <35dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
22.15 dB

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.

6.3

Microphone

What it is: The microphone section shows the quality of speech capture and transmission by the mic, as well as how well the microphone under test handles noisy environments.
When it matters: For your speech to be transmitted to and understood properly by the listener, the microphone needs to have a good recording quality. If the environment the microphone is being used in is noisy, a microphone with a good noise handling performance would be needed as well.
Score components:
Integrated
What it is: The microphone integrated in the ear cup or ear bud of a wireless headphone.
When it matters: For calls, gaming and voice over IP software or for any other use of the microphone.
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
In-line
What it is: The microphone inside the in-line remote of audio cables for wired and wireless headsets.
When it matters: In-line microphone are usually better than integrated mics. If you need better recording quality and noise handling for calls, gaming and voice over IP software then use the audio cable of your wired or wireless headphone if it has an inline microphone.
Good value: Yes
:
No
Boom
What it is: A typically better microphone, that's also adjustable and extends so that the mic is closer to your mouth.
When it matters: Much better recording quality and noise handling than in-line or integrated mics. Primarily used for gaming and voice over IP software.
Good value: Yes
:
No
Detachable Boom
What it is: A boom mic that is detachable from the headset.
When it matters: If you want to use your headphone outdoors without the bulk and hassle of the Boom mic.
:
N/A

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.

6.4 Recording Quality
What it is: Microphone recording quality shows how natural, neutral, extended and intelligible speech would be with the device under test, in a quiet environment.
When it matters: A microphone with a good recording quality ensures that the person listening to you would hear a full, clear, and easily understandable speech. Therefore, it is important whenever a good quality of speech transmission and intelligibility is needed.
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t Microphone Frequency Response
Recorded Speech
What it is: Actual audio recording of the headphone's microphone, recorded while placed on the dummy head, with speech being played back through the dummy head's mouth simulator.
When it matters: When a clean, full, and intelligible speech transmission is required.
:
LFE
What it is: Low-frequency extension shows how deep the bass response of the microphone is, and therefore, how deep and full your voice would sound to the listener. It is the lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: LFE is not a big factor in speech intelligibility and even speech recorded with a mic that has an LFE of 500Hz could still be easily understood. Therefore, it is mostly important if you are concerned with how deep and full your voice would be heard.
Good value: <150Hz
Noticeable difference: 30Hz
:
276.97 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
What it is: Frequency Response Standard Deviation shows how accurately and balanced sound is captured by the microphone at each frequency. FR Std. Dev. is calculated between LFE and HFE, and the rest of the spectrum is ignored.
When it matters: A good frequency response is desired when a natural and neutral speech quality is desired. As opposed to HFE which is more a metric for speech intelligibility, frequency response could be considered as a metric for a natural and neutral sound.
Good value: >3.5dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5dB
:
3.15 dB
HFE
What it is: High-frequency extension is the highest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response. It shows how extended the treble response of the microphone is.
When it matters: HFE is one the most important factors in speech intelligibility. The higher the HFE, the brighter, more open, and more extended the speech quality will be which makes it a lot easier to understand by the listener.
Good value: >8KHz
Noticeable difference: 1KHz
:
3417.19 Hz
Weighted THD
What it is: The unwanted frequencies (harmonics) produced alongside the intended frequencies, which cause deformation of an output signal compared to its input.
When it matters: When clean and pure sound reproduction is desired, though its effect is not as noticable as frequency response.
Good value: <1.5
Noticeable difference: 1.0
:
13.118
Gain
What it is: Shows how much louder the microphone can go above our reference loudness level. The gain value is reported relative to our reference level, which is 94dB at a distance of 5cm from the mouth.
When it matters: A microphone with a high gain is important when the input signal (speech) is very quiet. For example when whispering, or talking on the phone in a library.
Good value: >18dB
Noticeable difference: 3dB
:
36.96 dB

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.

6.2 Noise Handling
What it is: How well the microphone is able to separate speech from background noise, so that the transmission would include more voice and less noise.
When it matters: When a clean and intelligible speech transmission is desired in a noisy situation like talking on the phone on a busy street or on the bus.
Score components:
Jabra Elite Active 65t SpNR
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
What it is: Speech to Noise Ratio is the difference in level between speech and background noise as heard by the listener
When it matters: If the microphone is going to be used in a noisy environment, it is important for it to be able to separate the speech from background noise, so the voice would be easily audible and understandable.
Good value: >24dB
Noticeable difference: 3dB
:
14.72 dB

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.

6.7

Active Features

What it is: Headphones with active components that require a battery. This includes noise cancelling and wireless headphones that actively reduce noise or transmit audio via a wireless connection.
When it matters: How suitable the power and wireless specifications of an active headphone will be, depending on your listening habits. The range and/or discharge time of the active headphone you select will be important if you're often on the move or have long uninterrupted listening sessions.
Score components:

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.

6.6 Battery
What it is: The power source of your headphones. All headphones with active features have a battery that will deplete over time.
When it matters: To continue using the active features of your headphones. Some models lose features or switch off completely when the battery is drained, which limits what you can do with them until the next charge.
Battery Type
What it is: The type of battery that the headphones use. Usually AAA or embedded, Li-ion rechargeable batteries.
When it matters: When your headphones run out of power. Rechargeable batteries usually charge via the headphones Micro-USB port whereas AAA batteries have to be replaced or charged with an external device.
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
What it is: The amount of time it takes for a headphones' battery to be completely drained. Battery life will vary depending on the active features used and volume level.
When it matters: For active headphones that connect wirelessly, have noise cancellation or other audio-enhancing features, that cease to work once the battery is dead.
Good value: >10hrs
Noticeable difference: 0.5hrs
:
5.2 hrs
Charge Time
What it is: The amount of time your active headphones have to be connected to a power source to charge from 0 to a 100%. However, charging time will vary depending on your power source.
When it matters: To be able to use the active features of your headphones. Especially, wireless ones that completely switch off and need to be recharged when the battery is dead.
Good value: 2h or less
Noticeable difference: 0.25h
:
1.5 hrs
Power Saving Feature
What it is: A feature that turns off the headphones, after a set time, when they're not in use.
When it matters: To prolong battery life when the headphones are not being used, or if you forget to manually turn off your headphones.
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
What it is: Some active headphones remain usable while charging. They continue to stream audio and do not disable other active features.
When it matters: This makes sure that your headphones's battery are not being drained when your relatively close to a power source. However, this means wireless headphones will need a wired connection to the power source during the charging process.
:
No
Passive Playback
What it is: Active headphones that still work when all their active features are turned off or out of power.
When it matters: If you run out of power and do not have spare AA/AAA batteries or access to a power source to recharge your headphones.
:
No

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.

7.5 App Support
What it is: The additional app provided to enhance your listening experience. They typically deliver a set of practical features that give you more control over the sound, noise cancelling and effects that the headphones produce.
When it matters: An app with a lot of features allows you to customize your listening experience to suit your taste and preferences. For example, additions like an equalizer can give you more bass or treble and room effects can simulate a bigger Soundstage in closed back headphones.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Jabra Elite Active 65t App Picture
App Name : Jabra Sound+
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
What it is: Parametric, graphic or preset sound profiles that slightly alter the frequency response.
When it matters: If you want to tailor, your listening experience. Depending on what you're listening to you may want more or less bass for some tracks or more mid-range for vocals-heavy audio.
:
Parametric + Presets
ANC control
What it is: Control over the Active noise canceling technology. This could be either a simple on/off button, and adjustable slider or even adaptive self-regulating noise cancellation.
When it matters: If you're in an environment where you need to monitor your surroundings or completely isolate yourself from ambient noise.
:
Yes
Mic Control : No
Room effects
What it is: Room effects that enhance the audio quality to make it more immersive.
When it matters: If you want to further tweak your listening experience. Adding room effects, can simulate a more spacious Soundstage or deliver a surround sound-like feel.
:
No
Playback control
What it is: An in-app player that gives you access to play/stop, track skipping or volume controls directly with the app.
When it matters: It's a shortcut that allows you to control your audio without leaving the application.
:
Yes
Button Mapping : No
Surround Sound : N/A

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.

2.9

Connectivity

What it is: The inputs and outputs of wired and wireless headphones, as well as their latency performance and range.
When it matters: To know how compatible your Bluetooth device, console or PC will be with your wired or wireless headset.
Score components:
  • 10% Bluetooth
  • 33% Wired
  • 10% Base/Dock
  • 22% Wireless Range
  • 25% Latency

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. 

6.8 Bluetooth
What it is: Bluetooth support for wireless headphones.
When it matters: To connect wirelessly to Bluetooth sources like your phone, tablet, console, PC and TV.
Score components:
  • 80% Multi-Device Pairing
  • 20% NFC
  • <1% PS4 Compatible
  • <1% Xbox One Compatible
Bluetooth Version : 5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
What it is: A Bluetooth profile that's allows some headphones to be simultaneously connected to multiple Bluetooth sources.
When it matters: To quickly switch between your Bluetooth sources. For example switching from your phone to your home or work PC.
Good value: 2 devices.
:
2 Devices
NFC
What it is: Near Field Communication technology that allows you to quickly, pair your headphones with your Bluetooth and NFC-enabled device.
When it matters: This makes pairing with an NFC-enabled device a lot easier than the typical and often tedious hold-to-pair procedure that most wireless headphones have.
Good value: Yes
:
No
PS4 Compatible
What it is: Bluetooth compatibility with the PlayStation 4.
When it matters: To connect your headphones wirelessly with your PS4.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
No
Xbox One Compatible
What it is: Bluetooth compatibility with the Xbox One.
When it matters: To connect your headphones wirelessly with your Xbox one.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
No

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.

0 Wired
What it is: The type and compatibility of audio cables for wired and wireless headphones.
When it matters: For all devices with a regular audio jack (line-out) and also compatibility of the in-line remote/boom microphone with consoles and Personal computers.
Score components:
  • 13% Analog
  • 9% USB
  • 26% PS4 Compatible
  • 26% Xbox One Compatible
  • 26% PC Compatible
Cable Tested : N/A
Analog
What it is: A regular 1/8" TRS audio jack or a 1/4 or 1/16 TRS with a 1/8 TRS adapter.
When it matters: For all devices with a line out.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
USB
What it is: A USB or USB adapter to connect to your devices for audio and microphone.
When it matters: A digital USB adapter usually offers a slight advantages over a regular audio jack, like a DAC, and amplifier module or software support and compatibility with PCs. However it may not be as compatible with consoles.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
What it is: PS4 compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your PS4
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
What it is: Xbox One compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your Xbox One
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
PC Compatible
What it is: PC compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your PC.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A

These are truly wireless earbuds that do not have an audio cable or a wired connection. If you want a decent sounding and stable in-ear with a wired connection, we would suggest the Mee Audio M6 PRO or the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear.

2.1 Base/Dock
What it is: The base station, dock or dongle transmitter of wireless headphones that receive data/audio via a proprietary frequency range.
When it matters: Knowing the inputs and outputs of the base/dock/dongle as well as its compatibility with consoles and Personal Computers. Also whether the base supports dock charging to easily recharge the headphones without any cables.
Score components:
  • 5% Optical Input
  • 22% Line In
  • 5% Line Out
  • 22% USB Input
  • 4% RCA Input
  • 9% PS4 Compatible
  • 9% Xbox One Compatible
  • 9% PC Compatible
  • 2% Power Supply
  • 13% Dock Charging
Wireless Type
What it is: The type of wireless connection used by the base station/dock to communicate with the headphones.
When it matters: For latency and range. For example Radio frequency has low latency but mediocre range when obstructed and proprietary docks have their own 2.x GHz or 5 GHz frequency which varies in performance.
:
N/A
Optical Input
What it is: Optical input for audio.
When it matters: Optical can carry a bit more data at faster speeds than typical wired connection which allows for more high quality, lossless audio.
Good value: Yes
:
No
Line In
What it is: The regular wired input via a 1/8" TRS audio jack.
When it matters: For any device that has a line out for audio transmission.
Good value: Yes
:
No
Line Out
What it is: A regular 1/8TRS audio jack output.
When it matters: If you need to share the audio source with other devices. A line out lets you connect other headphones or speakers to the dock/base station.
Good value: Yes
:
No
USB Input
What it is: A digital USB input instead of a typical 1/8 TRS line-in.
When it matters: A USB connection can provide both an audio input and power to the Dock or Base station.
:
No
RCA Input
What it is: Audio input using via an RCA connectors.
When it matters: Provides better stereo audio to the dock/base that's then transmitted to the headphones.
Good value: Yes
:
No
PS4 Compatible
What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with the PlayStation 4.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with the Xbox One.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
:
N/A
PC Compatible
What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with your Personal Computer.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
Power Supply
What it is: The connector type of the power source.
When it matters: The accessibility of the power source. For example a power supply with USB/USB-C connects to multiple devices, PC , PS4, Xbox One or even with your regular phone charger whereas a A/C adapter is less common.
Good value: USB/USB-C
:
USB
Dock Charging
What it is: Charging the headphones via the dock/base station instead of a charging cable.
When it matters: It makes charging your headphones easier and gives you a sport to store your headphones when they are not in use.
Good value: Yes
:
Yes

The Jabra Elite Active 65t have a charging case that delivers up to 10 hours of extra battery life. However, it has no inputs.

8.0 Wireless Range
What it is: Headphones that offer a cable-free listening experience over a wireless network, typically via Bluetooth or radio frequency.
When it matters: If you don't want to be limited by the length of an audio cable. This means having the freedom to move around in your home or office with a much greater range than an audio cable could provide, especially, if the Bluetooth source is heavy or difficult to carry.
Score components:
Obstructed Range
What it is: The range that the wireless headphones can reach before dropping any audio when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room.
When it matters: If you can't or prefer not to carry your Bluetooth source on you, while listening to your audio in an indoor environment. Although, the obstructed wireless range will slightly depend on your home or office layout.
Good value: >35ft
Noticeable difference: 5ft
:
40 ft
Line of Sight Range
What it is: The range that the wireless headphones can reach before dropping any audio when in direct line of sight of the Bluetooth device.
When it matters: If you can't or prefer not to carry your Bluetooth source on you, while listening to your audio in a large and open environment.
Good value: 170ft or more
Noticeable difference: 10ft
:
95 ft

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.

1.0 Latency
What it is: How long it takes for audio to play through your headphones once the audio signal has been sent from a source.
When it matters: When gaming or watching movies. High latency means you will hear the audio much later than the images you see on screen.
Score components:
Default Latency
What it is: The Base RF latency or the default sub-band coding (SBC) of most Bluetooth headphones.
When it matters: When watching videos a high latency can cause sync issues between the images you see and the audio you hear.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
227 ms
aptX Latency
What it is: An audio coding algorithm (Codec) that improves bit rate efficiency. It reduces latency and improves sound quality over Bluetooth.
When it matters: For better sound quality if your often streaming music over Bluetooth. Also it slightly improves latency when watching videos with wireless headphones.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
What it is: Low latency variation of aptX that significantly reduces sync issues between video and sound when using Bluetooth headphones.
When it matters: When watching videos or gaming latency is a lot more noticeable than just listening to music.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 5ms
:
N/A

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.

In the box

Jabra Elite Active 65t In the box Picture

  • Jabra Elite Active 65t Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x3 sizes)
  • Charging case
  • USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

Jabra Elite Active 65t Compare Picture

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.

Bose SoundSport Free

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.

Jaybird Run

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.

Jabra Elite Sport

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.

Apple AirPods

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.

Jabra Elite 25e

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.

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Conclusion

7.0Mixed Usage
What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
Decent for mixed usage. The Jabra Active 65t are good sports headphones with a customizable sound and they isolate well enough for commuting. They also barely leak which is good for noise-sensitive environments like the office. Unfortunately, they have too much latency for gaming and watching movies and their slightly bulkier design is not as comfortable for all users.
7.0Critical Listening
What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
Average for critical listening. They have a decently balanced mid-range that's not too forward with instruments and vocals and a good bass that's not over-hyped. However, the bass may seem a bit weak for fans of bass-heavy genres and they have a peak in the treble range that might sound a bit piercing on some tracks. Unfortunately, since they are also closed back in-ears, they can't create a open sounding soundstage but on the upside, you can EQ their sound profile with the Jabra Sound+ app.
7.6Commute/Travel
What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
Above-average for the commuting. They're portable and passively isolate better than some noise-canceling headphones. They have a decent control scheme that's a bit confusing at first but fairly easy to use, and they barely leak so you can mask some of the ambient noise by turning your volume up. Unfortunately, they are not the most comfortable headphones to wear on long trips.
8.0Sports/Fitness
What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are great headphones for sports. They're stable, breathable, lightweight and portable with a fairly easy-to-use control scheme once you get used to it. However, their unique design is not as stable as some of the other truly wireless in-ears we've reviewed so they may move around a bit or slip out from time to time depending on the size and shape of your ears. On the upside, they are a bit more sweat resistant than the Elite 65t.
7.2Office
What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
Above-average for office use. The Jabra Elite Active 65t isolate well and barely leak. This makes them suitable to use in a lively or quiet office environment. However, they do not have many connection options and have a bit too much latency for watching videos. Their design may also get a bit fatiguing after a couple of hours of continuous listening depending on the shape and size of your ears.
5.5Home Theater
Score components:
Below-average for home theater. They have too much latency for watching movies, and they're not the most comfortable headphones to wear for long viewing sessions. Unfortunately, they have no other connection options but Bluetooth.
5.0Gaming
Score components:
Below-average for gaming. The Jabra Elite Active 65t have a mediocre-at-best microphone, and a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming.

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