The Jabra Elite Sport are good headphones for running and working out, but they also do well for most use cases. They have a decently sturdy and rugged design with easy-to-use controls but a mediocre layout. They also sound moderately well-balanced although a bit bright and slightly lacking in detail. On the upside, they come with a good app with a customizable EQ so you can adjust the sound to your liking. Unfortunately, they are not the most comfortable truly wireless design and their app's interface can be a bit confusing at first.
The Jabra Elite Sport have a rugged design that feels decently durable and is stable enough for the gym. They come with a variety of tips and stability fins to help you find a comfortable and secure fit for running and working out. However, their size and stiff fins may make your ears a little sore after wearing them for a while. This means they won't be the most comfortable truly wireless design but on the upside, they come with a much better case than the Elite 65t, and they're fairly easy to use once you get familiar with the controls. Unfortunately, the button layout is not ideal, and though they feel sturdy and durable they do not look as premium as some of the other truly wireless in-ears within their price range like the Bose SoundSport Free or even the cheaper Samsung Gear IconX.
The Jabra Sport have a rugged looking design that matches their sporty aesthetic. They are slightly bulkier than most truly wireless designs, although not as large as the Elite 65t. They also come with a more premium, sturdy looking case that's compact enough to fit into most pockets. They do not come in as many color variations as most sports headphones, but their understated color scheme and rugged appeal will work for most, even if they do not look as premium as other truly wireless designs in or below their price range.
The Jabra Elite Sport are decently comfortable if you use the right tips and stability fins for your ears. The earbuds are a little bulky so they won't fit the contours of your ears as well as some of the other truly wireless designs like the Samsung Gear IconX. But on the upside, they come with a great set of foam tips that are covered in a more durable coating than typical Comply foam tips. Unfortunately, the biggest issue with their comfort level comes with their stability fins. They do not yield as much as some of the other stability fins/wing tips we've tested, which will cause a bit of soreness and fatigue especially with the bigger sizes that make these headphones not as comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Using the smallest fins does somewhat mitigate this issue but won't be as stable for listeners with larger ears, which a little disappointing.
The Jabra Elite Sport have a decent control scheme with physical buttons. However, the layout of the controls forces you to push the earbuds against the notch of your ear canal which is not ideal. On the upside, they provide all the necessary controls; call/music, track-skipping, and volume buttons. The right earbud has the power/play/pause/and calls button as well as a dedicated app button for health tracking. If you double tap the power button, you will enable the hear-through mode and if you press and hold when powering on it will trigger Bluetooth pairing. The left earbud is for volume control and track-skipping so pressing once on the "+" button turns up the volume and if you hold skips to the next tracks. Similarly pressing the "-" button turns down the volume and rewinds tracks.
Like most other truly wireless in-ears, the Jabra Elite Sport are very breathable headphones suitable for more intense sports. They do not cover your outer ear, which will remain cool no matter the physical activity you're doing. Their larger earbuds, like the Elite 65t, trap a bit more heat within the notch when compared to more typical in-ear designs, but it's a negligible temperature difference that won't make you sweat more than usual.
The Jabra Elite Sport are very portable headphones. They will easily fit into your pockets despite being a bit bulkier than most. Like the Elite 65t, they are on the larger side of truly wireless designs, but they're still compact enough that they won't be a hassle to carry around on your person. They also come with a good charging case that doesn't add much bulk and will easily fit into your pockets.
The Jabra Elite Sport come with a much better case than the Elite 65t. It's slightly larger and denser but also flat, so it's not a hassle to fit into your pockets like some of the other turly wireless charging cases like the Jaybird Run's or the SoundSport Free. It easily fits into most pockets, and unlike the 65t's case, the lid doesn't pop open at the slightest impact, which is great for keeping the earbuds secure when they are in your gym bag or backpack. Overall, it's a tough, hard case that will protect your headphones from drops and impacts and minor water damage although the case is not water resistant like the earbuds.
The Jabra Elite Sport are well-built and decently durable but not as polished or as premium-looking as some of the other truly wireless designs, especially considering their price range. The ear buds feel sturdy, dense and won't break from a couple of accidental drops. They're rated IP-67 sweat and water resistant. The case is much better built than that of the Elite 65t and protects the headphones from impacts and drops. However, their build does not feel as premium as some other truly wireless designs below their price range like the Apple AirPods or the Gear IconX especially when you remove the stability fins.
These headphones are stable enough for sports. They have a more traditional design than the Elite 65t and come with stability fins and a couple of memory foam tips to help you find a secure fit for the gym. They're stable enough for more intense exercises once you get the right combination of tips and fins. However, the fins are a bit uncomfortable at times which may force you to adjust the ear buds somewhat frequently. The buds also move around a bit when using the volume controls which breaks the seal within your ear canal and causes the fit to change which also requires readjusting. Overall they won't fall out of your ears for most activities and workout routines but the somewhat constant need to adjust the earbuds is a bit disappointing unlike some of the other truly wireless headsets we've tested like the Gear IconX or the Jaybird Run.
The Jabra Elite Sport is an average sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones. They have a deep, powerful and consistent bass, and an even and well-balanced mid-range, which makes them suitable for those who prefer a bass-heavy sound. However, their bass is a bit muddy and overpowering, and vocals tend to sound somewhat thick and cluttered on them. Also, their treble lacks a bit of brightness and detail, and depending on the material, could sound sharp on S and Ts.
The Elite Sport have a good bass. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Also, low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy genres, is over our neutral target by more than 3dB. This gives a bit of excess thump to the sound, which some may like. Additionally, mid-bass, responsible for body and punch, and high-bass, responsible for warmth, are overemphasized by at least 4dB. This makes the overall bass of these headphones a bit heavy and muddy.
The Jabra Elite Sport have a great mid-range. The response is quite flat and even, but with a tilt favoring lower mids. The overemphasis in low-mid thickens vocals and adds a bit of clutter to the mix. The 2dB underemphasis in mid-mid and high-mid nudges vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix by giving more emphasis to the bass range.
The treble performance is about average. Low-treble and mid-treble are under our neutral target by at least 3dB. This negatively affects the brightness and detail of vocals and lead instruments. The peak around 11KHz could make vocals and cymbals noticeably sibilant (sharp and piercing on S and Ts).
The frequency response consistency of the Elite Sport is excellent. If the user is able to achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones. However, if a proper and air-tight seal is not achieved with these headphones, the user will experience a significant drop in bass delivery.
The imaging performance is average. The weighted group delay is at 0.13, which is very good. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in phase response, which is important for creating a cohesive stereo field. However, our test unit showed a significant amount of mismatch in amplitude and frequency response. This skews the stereo image to one side and hurts the accuracy of the placement and localization of objects (instruments, voice, footsteps), in the stereo image.
It should be noted that this mismatch could be unique to our test unit and the one you buy may or may not have this issue.
The soundstage is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because the Jabra Elite Sport have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.
The harmonic distortion performance of the Elite Sport is above-average. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is elevated. On the upside, the bass range produces lower than average THD, which is good.
The Jabra Elite Sport have an in-ear fit that blocks a good amount of noise passively. They create a fairly decent seal that prevents noise from seeping into your audio, especially when using the foam tips, but they won't be the ideal option for very loud environments. They should isolate well enough for most commutes via public transit. However, some noise will be audible if you're not playing your music at high volumes. On the upside, since they barely leak and the headphones can get pretty loud you can always mask the ambient noise by turning your volume up without distracting those around you.
The isolation performance of the Jabra Elite Sport is decent. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sits, they isolate by more than 11dB, which is decent. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by 14dB, which is above-average. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they achieve more than 33dB of isolation, which is good.
The leakage performance of the Elite Sport is excellent. The significant portion of the leakage is concentrated in a narrow band in the treble range. This results in a leakage that is very thin sounding. The overall level of the leakage is very quiet too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at around 22dB SPL and peaks at 28dB SPL, which is way below the noise floor of most offices.
The microphone of the Jabra Elite Sport is sub-par. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound noticeably thin and muffled. In noisy situations, it will do decently in moderate situations but will struggle to fully separate speech from background noise in loud places, like a subway station.
The recording quality of the microphone is sub-par. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 486Hz indicates that speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound noticeably thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) is at 3.4KHz, which results in a speech that is lacking in detail and noticeably muffled.
The integrated microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 17dB. This means that it will be able to separate speech from ambient noise in moderately noisy environments to a decent degree, but will struggle in loud situations.
The Jabra Elite Sport have adequate battery life and a good sports-oriented app with decent customization options. They last about 4.9 hours on a single charge but have about 9 extra hours stored in the case for a total of about 14 hours of playback. It's not ideal for heavy users since you will have to take few breaks throughout your listening session, but overall it should last you an entire day. They also come with a separate companion app from the Elite 65t that provides more sports-oriented features like a heart rate tracker, health stats, and community/social media features. It also provides a customizable EQ which makes the app feel rich in features overall, but slightly complicated to use since the user interface is not as intuitive as some of the other headphone apps we've tested.
These headphones have a decent battery life of 4.9 hours with an additional 2 charges in the case for a total of about 14 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 hour of playback from a 20-minute charge. It's not the fastest quick charge feature but does come in handy in some situations. 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 Elite Sport comes with a different app than the Elite 65t and offers more features. It's a more sport-oriented app that tracks your heart rate, reps, distance covered, Vo2 ratio and more. It also has a built-in coach but unfortunately, the coach is not as developed as that of the Samsung Gear IconX. On the upside, it also provides a good graphic and a basic preset EQ, to adjust the sound of the Elite sport. You also get community/social media features, sidetone options and hear through settings. Overall, it's a good app that delivers a lot of features and is only lacking an auto-off timer option. Unfortunately, the app's design is not the most intuitive. There are a bunch of menus, and you have to go through a few tabs before getting to the headphone settings (where you can find the graphic EQ). If the interface was better, the app would be much higher on the list of best companion apps/software.
The Jabra Elite Sport only connect via Bluetooth. They can't pair simultaneously with 2 devices like the Elite 65t and do not support NFC. They also do not come with an audio cable since they are truly wireless headphones so they will not work with your consoles. On the upside, they have a good wireless range for most use cases and a stable connection that doesn't cut out as often as the JBL Free. Unfortunately, like most Bluetooth headphones they will have a bit too much latency to be the best option for watching movies or gaming.
These headphones only connect to other devices via Bluetooth. They do not support NFC or simultaneous multi devices pairing. On the upside, the Jabra Elite Sport remember the last synced devices for auto-pairing when you open the charging case and overall they are fairly easy to pair with phones and most Bluetooth devices.
The Jabra Elite Sport have a charging case that delivers up to 9 hours of extra battery life. However, it has no inputs.
These headphones have a good wireless range of 34ft when the Bluetooth source was obstructed by walls and up to 88ft 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 should be enough most for everyday use cases, especially if you keep your phone/Bluetooth source close to you or in your pockets.
These headphones have about 210ms of latency, which is slightly better than the 65t but will still not be ideal for watching a lot of video content or gaming.
The Jabra Elite Sport are decent headphones for most use cases and do especially well for sports. They have a tough, rugged in-ear design that's a bit bulkier than most but should be durable enough to last you a while. They have a decent but slightly sharp sound, and they come with a great sports-oriented app that gives you a lot of tracking data for your workouts. Unfortunately, their size and stiff stability fins will not be as comfortable as some of the other truly wireless in-ears compared below. They also do not isolate as much in loud environments but should block enough noise for most commutes, especially if you're playing your music at higher volumes.
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 Samsung Gear IconX are compact truly wireless in-ears with a better, more premium-looking design than the Jabra Elite Sport. They have an above-average sound quality, that's better than the Jabra's out-of-the-box. They're also more comfortable, stable and block a bit more noise passively, which make them a better option for commuting. They also come with a more stylish and compact charging case but it only offers one additional charge so their battery life will not last as long as the Jabras overall. The Samsung Gear slightly outperforms the Jabra Elite Sports in most categories and they're a bit cheaper so they would be the better option overall. However, despite their premium design, they do not feel quite as durable so the Elite sport could be a good alternative, with as many sport-oriented features if you're willing to spend a bit more.
The JBL Free are decent mixed usage headphones with an above-average sound quality. They sound better than the Jabra Elite Sports out-of-the-box, but they do not have an app so you can't EQ their sound quality to better match what you're listening to. They're compact truly wireless in-ears that are easier to use than the Jabras but do not have volume controls. On the upside, they're stable enough for sports, and casual use and they're more comfortable than the Jabras even with the larger tip and rubber sleeve sizes. Unfortunately, they have a much less reliable wireless Bluetooth connection, and their lack of features makes feel a bit bland overall. If you have the budget, get the Jabra Elite sport, but for a simple truly wireless design, the JBL Free are a decent alternative.
The Jaybird Run are a bit more comfortable for sports than the Jabra Elite Sport. They have multiple stability fins and tip options to help you achieve a secure fit that does make your ears hurt like the Jabra. Also, the earbuds of the Run are more compact, but unfortunately their case adds a lot more bulk than that of the Jabra and isn't as portable when in your pockets. They tend to be a bit more treble heavy and sharp sounding on already bright tracks, but like the Jabra's, they come with a good app and a customizable EQ. For purely sports, go for the Jaybird Run but if you want more health tracking features, go for the Jabra instead although they are bit pricier.
The Jabra Elite 65t have an unusual design that sets them apart from a lot of the other truly wireless headphones. They're still portable enough to have on you at all times and come with a charging case that's compact enough to comfortably fit into your pockets. However, it's not as good as that of the Elite Sport and the slightly larger earbuds won't be as comfortable for all listeners. They do not have as many tip options and are less stable since you can't adjust the fit but for the right ears, they should be good enough for running and working out. On the upside, they have a reliable Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connection with a good range and simple control scheme once you get used to it. However, their app is not as feature-packed since they are not sport-oriented headphones with health tracking.