The Jabra Elite Active 65t are great sports earbuds designed to be lightweight, breathable, and portable. Slightly improved from the Jabra Elite 65t, these earbuds have a premium look and a more secure carrying case that'll help protect your earbuds from slight impacts. Unfortunately, they don't have the most comfortable fit and can be fatiguing if you're using them for long periods. Their sound profile is also a bit unbalanced as there's an overemphasis in the bass and treble ranges. However, the companion app offers a graphic EQ, allowing you to tweak the sound to better suit your preferences.
Decent for mixed usage. The Jabra Elite Active 65t are sports earbuds designed for portability and stability. These earbuds can be fatiguing to wear for long workout sessions. Those who use them in the office might also find their 5.2-hour battery life to be a little too short. However, they do come with two additional charges in the case. These earbuds do a great job of isolating noise; while they can reduce some of the sound produced by bus or train engines, they'll cut down more chatter and speech. On the downside, critical listeners might not like the overemphasized bass and treble. Gamers also won't be able to use these earbuds for their consoles and PC users might find the lag too high to enjoy.
Alright for neutral listening. The Jabra Elite Active 65t have a slightly overemphasized bass that might sound boomy and muddy. While the mid-range is decently balanced, the treble lacks clarity. Higher notes in the treble range can also sound especially piercing on bright tracks. As these earbuds are closed-back, they won't have as open of a soundstage as open-backed headphones. On the upside, you can customize this sound profile to better suit your tastes using the graphic EQ or presets in the Jabra Sound+ app.
Decent for commuting. The Jabra Elite Active 65t have great noise isolation for your daily commute as they'll be able to reduce some of the noise of bus and train engines. While they can be fatiguing when worn for long periods of time such as on multi-hour flights, they should be comfortable enough for a short commute to work. They're also fairly portable, even in their carrying case, and if you find the 5.2-hour battery life a little short, the case offers two additional charges.
Great for sports and fitness. The Jabra Elite Active 65t are designed for high portability and breathability. Their unique design isn't the most stable, though, especially when compared to other truly wireless in-ears we've reviewed so far, and they tend to move around or slip out depending on the shape and size of your ears. Although we don't currently test for it, these earbuds are also more resistant than the Elite 65t.
Fair for office use. The Jabra Elite Active 65t are reasonably comfortable but can be fatiguing when worn for long periods. On the upside, they have great passive noise isolation and they can help to reduce chatter. You can also turn up the volume to further reduce background noise without bothering your coworkers as these earbuds barely leak. However, the 5.2-hour battery life might not be enough to get you through the day without a recharge. Luckily, the carrying case has two additional charges.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with PS4 or Xbox One, and while you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, their latency is likely too high for gaming.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.
Alright for phone calls. The Jabra Elite Active 65t has a mediocre microphone. Speech will sound thin, muffled, and lacking in detail. Although you'll still be understood, especially in quiet environments, this mic also has problems separating background noise from speech, which can make it harder for the person on the other end to hear you. On the upside, these earbuds have great passive noise isolation thanks to their in-ear design, so you should be able to focus on your phone call rather than the sound around you.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are similar in look to the Jabra Elite 65t but with a matte navy and brown color scheme that gives them a more premium look. Their unique design is slightly larger than most truly wireless in-ears but it isn't as noticeable as the bulkier part sits within the notch of your ear and doesn't protrude as far out as Bose SoundSport Free.
The Elite Active 65t are reasonably comfortable but they can get fatiguing to wear after a while. While they come with three sets of ear-gel tips to better contour to the shape of your ears, they're still fairly bulky. If you're looking for a slimmer earbud, the Jabra Elite Active 75t are more compact and comfortable while still having a secure fit.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t have okay controls. They have the same button layout as the Elite 65t with two main buttons on each earbud. The left earbud controls volume and track-skipping with a button rocker: by pressing either side of the button rocker, you'll be able to raise or lower the volume while holding the button down will skip or rewind tracks. The right ear can play/pause and manage calls with one touch. If you press and hold the button, you'll activate voice assistant. You can also press the button twice to activate a talk-through mode. Unfortunately, using these controls could break the airtight seal and could change the sound quality. You might also push these earbuds against your ear, which could be uncomfortable.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t, like most truly wireless in-ears, are very breathable headphones and are great for sports. Although they don't cover the outer ear, they sit within the notch of your ear, trapping a little bit more heat compared to other in-ears. However, this shouldn't make you sweat more than normal.
These headphones are very portable. They're the same size as the Elite 65t, and although they're bulkier than most other truly wireless designs, they'll still easily fit in your bag or into most pockets. The case is also fairly compact, making it easy to carry around with you.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t have a good hard case. While it's the same shape and size as the original Elite 65t, its lid fits more securely, which is a good improvement especially if you like to toss the case into your bag. The case is fairly compact and should fit in most pockets. On the downside, the case doesn't feel as polished or as premium as the likes of the Samsung Gear IconX or Apple AirPods.
The Elite Active 65t have a great build quality. They're thick, dense, and feel durable. Although we don't test for it, the Elite Active 65t have a rating of IP56 for water resistance. These headphones also have a nice matte finish that feels more premium when compared to the regular 65t. Their improved carrying case feels similarly well-built, especially when compared to other truly wireless designs we've tested so far such as the Apple AirPods.
These headphones are decently stable but since they're a little bulky, they might not be stable for all listeners. They also don't come with additional stability fins to better fit smaller or larger ears, but they do offer three sets of ear-gel tips instead. However, they should be stable enough for a run in the park or light physical activity and they shouldn't hinder your mobility.
The sound profile of the Elite Active 65t is slightly boomy and muddy. Fans of EDM and hip-hop might like the added bass. If you're listening to jazz or classical music, higher-pitched instruments in the treble range like the flute or violin might sound veiled but piercing.
The frequency response consistency of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is excellent. Assuming the user can 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 each time they use the headphones. However, because these earbuds are a bit bulky, some users might have a hard time achieving a perfect seal, which could cause a slight drop in bass.
The bass accuracy performance of the Elite Active 65t is very good. While the mid-bass is fairly well-balanced, the low-bass lacks a bit of thump while the high-bass adds a touch of muddiness and boominess to the sound.
The Elite Active 65t's mid accuracy performance is remarkable. There's still a slight overemphasis continuing from the bass range and it adds a touch of muddiness and clutter to vocals and lead instruments. A slight dip in the mid-mid also subtly pushes instruments to the back of the mix. However, both will have a very subtle effect on the sound as the mid-range is still quite even and mostly flat overall.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t's treble accuracy performance is very good. There's a slight dip between the low to mid-treble which will make leads and vocals lack clarity while making the overall mix sound dark and lispy. However, a rise in the mid-treble will also make higher notes like sibilants like S and T sounds more sharp and piercing, which might not be suitable for especially bright audio.
Their peaks and dips performance is very good. While there's a slight discrepancy between the left and right driver, they mostly follow the same pattern. The overall peak in the bass range will sound muddy and boomy but more so in the left driver. The dip in the mid-mid can also push instruments to the back of the mix, but particularly more in the right driver. Another dip in the mid-treble produces a dark sound while the following peak extends into the high-treble and will make sounds in this range especially bright and piercing.
The stereo imaging of these headphones is very good. The group delay falls almost entirely below the audibility threshold for the entire range, ensuring a tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. However, similar to our Elite 65t test unit, there's some amplitude mismatch between the left and right drivers, meaning that the stereo image will be slightly unbalanced. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.
The soundstage of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is poor. Like most other in-ear headphones, their design bypasses the pinna or outer ear. As activating the pinna with resonances helps to create a speaker-like and out-of-head experience, bypassing it will make the soundstage sound small and located primarily inside the user's head. Since they have a closed-back design, their soundstage will sound less open compared to that of open-back headphones.
The Elite Active 65t don't have any virtual soundstage features.
The Elite Active 65t's weighted harmonic distortion performance is very good. While audio reproduction should be fairly clean and pure, there may be some noticeable distortion at higher volumes. However, this might not be noticeable to all listeners.
The Elite Active 65t's results are only valid for these settings. However, we were unable to determine the firmware version. If you own these headphones and know where to find it, let us know in the discussion section below.
The isolation performance of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is great. If you commute to work, these earbuds will help to reduce low sounds like bus and train engines. In an office setting, it does an even better job of cutting down chatter and speech. Higher pitched sounds like the hum of A/C units will also be reduced significantly.
The leakage of the Elite Active 65t is excellent and is way below the noise floor of most offices, making these a great choice when you want to crank up the volume without disturbing those around you.
The Elite Active 65t have an integrated microphone.
The recording quality of the Elite Active 65t's microphone is alright. Speech recorded will sound relatively thin. While you should still be able to be understood, your voice will also sound muffled and lacking in detail.
The noise handling performance of the microphone is mediocre. While you'll have no problem in quiet environments, in moderate to loud spaces, this microphone will have difficulty separating speech from ambient noise, making it harder for the person on the other end of the line to understand you.
While not as long-lasting as other truly wireless earbuds such as the Sony WF-1000XM3 or the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, their 5.2-hours of battery life isn't bad. The two additional charges in the case should be enough to last you through your 9-5 gig, especially if you charge them during your breaks. They also charge fairly quickly and they'll turn off after one hour of inactivity.
If you like to customize your sound experience, the Jabra Sound+ offers a good amount of options and features. It has a graphic EQ plus presets and a hear-through mode, which is good if you want to stay more aware of your surroundings. It also has battery data and location-based triggers for keeping your work and home settings separate. If you're into fitness, this app additionally offers an accelerometer with a basic step counter - it's not a replacement for more sport-oriented apps, though.
The Elite Active 65t have good Bluetooth connectivity. While they don't support NFC pairing, they can simultaneously pair with up to two devices. They'll also remember up to eight of the last synced devices when you open the charging case, making it easier to auto-pair. On the downside, these earbuds have high latency on PC and iOS which could affect your video streaming or gameplay. Although Android has lower latency, its users might also experience some lag. However, some apps seem to compensate for this, so your mileage may vary in real-life usage.
These earbuds are Bluetooth-only.
These headphones aren't compatible with the PS4. While they'll connect to any Bluetooth-enabled PC, their latency is likely too high for gaming.
These Bluetooth-only headphones aren't compatible with the Xbox One.
Although similar in design to the Jabra Elite 65t, the Jabra Elite Active 65t are sports-oriented earbuds with slightly different features. They're just as portable as most truly wireless headphones we've tested so far, but aren't the most stable. They're also adequately comfortable, although those who like to use their headphones for hours at a time may find them fatiguing. Their battery life is less than newer headphones on the market. While their sound profile might not be ideal for critical listeners or fans of deep bass, the companion app features a graphic EQ with presets that makes it easy to fine-tune your sound experience, making them one of the best sounding wireless earbuds/in-ears. Check out our recommendations for the best headphones under $200 and the best noise cancelling earbuds.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are better headphones than the normal Jabra Elite 65t model. They are slightly more sweat-resistant and are rated IP56 compared to the original’s IP55 rating. They are also a bit more neutral-sounding. Overall, they are very similar headphones, but active people who run outside in bad weather or sweat a lot might prefer the better build quality of the Active If this doesn't apply to you, the normal 65t may be a better and less expensive choice.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are a slightly better truly wireless headphones overall than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. The Bose have a more comfortable earbud design. They also sound a lot more balanced out of the box than the Jabra. However, the Jabra 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 EQ so you can tweak their sound to your liking.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are similar truly wireless headphones to the Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless, with different strengths and weaknesses. The 65t are able to isolate more noise passively, and do a significantly better job at blocking out the engine rumble of planes or buses. They also have a more neutral sound profile which isn't as bass-heavy. On the other hand, the 75t are much more comfortable, smaller, have almost double the overall battery life, and have better controls.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t and Jabra Evolve 65t are very similar headphones; nearly identical. The biggest difference between these two is the fact that the Evolve come with a USB dongle for PC that offers a slightly better microphone performance. They also have slightly better battery life and noticeably better wireless range. However, if you aren’t looking for business-oriented truly wireless earbuds, then the Elite Active 65t are way less expensive, and are a bit more water-resistant, making them better-suited for sports.
The Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are both decent mixed usage headphones and perform quite similarly. The Sony are slightly more comfortable and come with more tips, but it’s hard to get an air-tight fit with them. Their app offers slightly more features and they have a longer battery life for a single charge. On the other hand, the Elite Active 65t have a better passive isolation performance than the ANC of the XM3, they have volume controls, and can be connected to 2 devices simultaneously.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are better truly wireless headphones than the Jabra Elite Sport. The Elite Sport have a more stable, durable, and rugged design for physical activity. They also offer more health tracking features, which make 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 75t Truly Wireless are a better option for most than the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless, as long as noise isolation isn't a top priority. The Active 75t have a more compact earbud design that's a lot more comfortable but doesn't isolate noise as well. The Active 65t also sound better-balanced out-of-the-box, but their battery performance isn't as good.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless. The Samsung are more comfortable, have an incredibly neutral sound profile, and they have longer continuous battery life. However, the Jabra are still fairly balanced, they can passively isolate more noise, and they have a wider range of controls. Their companion app offers a graphic EQ on top of presets, giving you more range to tweak their sound to your liking and they can also be paired with up to two devices at a time.
If you want to focus on your training and block the outside world noise, get the Jabra Elite Active 65t, but if you jog outside and need to be aware of your surroundings, the Bose SoundSport Wireless will be a better option. The Jabra Elite Active 65t have a more typical in-ear fit while the SoundSport Wireless feel more like earbuds, which is more comfortable. If you care about sound quality, the Bose SoundSport Wireless will be the better-sounding option between the two. However, if you’re looking for sports headphones to also use daily for different uses, the Elite Active 65t will be a better choice thanks to their isolation and truly wireless design.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless have very similar performance to the JBL Reflect Flow True Wireless. They're a slight improvement over the regular 65t, but they have a better build quality. They're bulkier than the Reflect Flow and may not fit everyone. The overall sound lacks a bit of thump in the bass and the treble can be quite sharp and piercing. However, they're very consistent in their sound reproduction, provided that you're able to get a proper fit.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless and the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are both great sports headphones, and each model is better in different categories. The ear-hook design of the Beats is more stable for sports and we also found them to be more comfortable. The Beats also have one of the best battery lives for truly wireless headphones. On the other hand, the Jabra have an airtight fit that blocks a good amount of ambient noise, which the Beats don’t do. If you’re looking for very stable headphones for sports, get the Beats, but if you’re looking for sports headphones that can be versatile in everyday usage, the Jabra might be a better option thanks to their better passive isolation.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are better headphones than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They are more neutral-sounding, and you can also use the more complete five-band EQ available in the Jabra mobile app. They also have better battery life and can connect to two devices, which is convenient. On the other hand, the Sennheisers have amazing wireless range and a nice touch-sensitive control scheme that offers more functionality. Their case also feels better-made and they support lower latency codecs.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless and the Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless are two great truly wireless headphones for sports, but people might prefer the functionalities of the Jabra over the Jaybird. The Jabra have onboard volume controls, which the Jaybird is lacking; this could be a deal-breaker for some. They also block a bit more noise and feel slightly better made. They also have lower latency and can connect simultaneously to two devices. On the other hand, the Jaybird are a bit smaller and a bit more comfortable than the bulky design of the Jabra. Their app also offers better customization thanks to a fully parametric EQ. They also feel a bit more secure in the ear thanks to their stability fin sleeve options.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are slightly better than the Jaybird Run Truly Wireless, 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 a similar sound and isolation performance and would both be a good choice for sports.
The Jaybird Vista and the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are two great sports headphones but perform well for different reasons. The Jaybird design is more comfortable and more stable during physical activity. Their case is smaller and easier to carry around, and charges via USB-C. The Jabra are bulkier, but their fit isolates better against ambient noise and leaks less. Their treble is also more neutral out-of-the-box, but their app doesn’t offer a full parametric EQ like the Jaybird. On the other hand, the Jabra can connect to two devices simultaneously and have lower wireless latency.
The Samsung Galaxy Buds have a smaller bud design which feels more comfortable in the ears than the bulky Elite Active 65t. They also fit more securely, which is better for sports and working out. Both headphones sound similar, but you might get more bass with the Samsungs. On the other hand, the design of the Jabra Elite Active 65t blocks more ambient noise and will be better at blocking out bus engine rumbles when you are commuting. You’ll get more customizable options on the Jabras, but won’t have the great 7.5 hours of continuous playback the Galaxy Buds has.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are better headphones overall than the Jabra Elite 25e Wireless. The Active 65t are compact truly wireless in-ear earbuds that you can easily carry around in your 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 longer battery life and have an earbud fit that's more comfortable for most.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are a better truly wireless option than the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017. The Apple have a longer cumulative battery life than the Jabra, at 25 hours compared to 15. The Apple also have less latency, especially on iOS devices, so they're a bit more suitable for watching videos. Their open earbud design is also more comfortable than the Jabra and are more suitable for monitoring traffic when running outdoors. However, the Jabra have a better balanced and more customizable sound. They also have a lot more bass than the Apple and isolate better in noisy conditions thanks to their in-ear fit. This makes them a far better choice for commuting than the Apple. The Jabra are also more stable, which makes them better for sports and physical activity in general.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless. The Jabra have a more neutral sound profile, their integrated mic has a better recording quality, and they have a companion app that offers a graphic EQ plus presets. They can also passively isolate more noise than the JLab, even with their ANC on. However, the JLab are more comfortable, have a better battery performance, and come with a lower latency Movie Mode.