Reviewed on May 31, 2018 , Marc Henney, Yannick Khong

Jabra Elite Sport
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
6.8
Mixed Usage
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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.
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6.7
Critical Listening
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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.
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7.2
Commute/Travel
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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:
7.9
Sports/Fitness
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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:
6.9
Office
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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.
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5.4
Home Theater
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5.0
Gaming
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Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Truly Wireless
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

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.

Test Results
Design 7.6
Sound 6.5
Isolation 7.9
Microphone 5.8
Active Features 6.4
Connectivity 2.9
Pros
  • Stable and breathable for sports.
  • Good range and wireless connection.
  • Good customizable app.
Cons
  • Not as comfortable for everyone.
  • Sub-par microphone.

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7.6

Design

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Jabra Elite Sport Design Picture

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.

Style
Jabra Elite Sport Design Picture 2

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.

6.5 Comfort
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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 Sport Comfort Picture
Weight : 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
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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.
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0 lbs

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.

7.0 Controls
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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 Sport Controls Picture
Ease of use : Average
Feedback : Average
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
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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.
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N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through : N/A
Additional Buttons : Voice enabled controls

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.

8.7 Breathability
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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 Sport Breathability After Picture
Avg.Temp.Difference : 1.3 C

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.

9.5 Portability
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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.
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Jabra Elite Sport Portability Picture
L : 1.2 "
W : 1.2 "
H : 0.6 "
Volume : 0.9 Cu. Inches
Stand required : N/A

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.

8.0 Case
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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 Sport Case Picture
Type : Hard case
L : 1.8 "
W : 2.8 "
H : 0.9 "
Volume : 4.5 Cu. Inches

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.

7.5 Build Quality
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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 Sport Build Quality Picture

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.

7.5 Stability
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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 Sport Stability Picture

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.

Cable
Jabra Elite Sport Cable Picture
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

These headphones come with a micro-USB charging cable.

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6.5

Sound

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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 Sport Frequency Response

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.

7.5 Bass
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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 Sport Bass
Std. Err.
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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
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3.77 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
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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
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10 Hz
Low-Bass
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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
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3.05 dB
Mid-Bass
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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
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3.7 dB
High-Bass
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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
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5.27 dB

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.

8.3 Mid
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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 Sport Mid
Std. Err.
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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
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2.3 dB
Low-Mid
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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
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1.09 dB
Mid-Mid
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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
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-1.89 dB
High-Mid
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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
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-2.51 dB

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.

6.7 Treble
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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 Sport Treble
Std. Err.
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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
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4.55 dB
Low-Treble
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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
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-4.06 dB
Mid-Treble
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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
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-3.06 dB
High-Treble
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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
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-2.31 dB

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).

Raw Frequency Response
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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.
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9.0 Frequency Response Consistency
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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 Sport Consistency L Jabra Elite Sport Consistency R
Avg. Std. Deviation
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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
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0.2 dB

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.

6.2 Imaging
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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 Sport Group Delay Jabra Elite Sport Phase Response
Weighted Group Delay
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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
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0.13
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
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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
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5.46
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
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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
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4.47
Weighted Phase Mismatch
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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
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3.41

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.

2.8 Soundstage
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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.
Openness
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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
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3.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
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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
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0.1
Correlated Crosstalk
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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
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0.0 dB

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.

7.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
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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 Sport Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
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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
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2.478
Weighted THD @ 100
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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
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3.79

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.

7.9

Isolation

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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.

6.8 Noise Isolation
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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 Sport Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
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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
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-19.78 dB
Bass
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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
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-11.53 dB
Mid
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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
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-14.05 dB
Treble
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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
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-33.73 dB
Self-Noise
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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
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20.43 dB

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.

9.9 Leakage
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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 Sport Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
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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
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21.57 dB

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.

5.8

Microphone

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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
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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
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Yes
In-line
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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
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No
Boom
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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
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No
Detachable Boom
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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.
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N/A

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.

5.1 Recording Quality
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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 Sport Microphone Frequency Response
Recorded Speech
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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.
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LFE
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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
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486.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
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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
:
2.46 dB
HFE
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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
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3368.2 Hz
Weighted THD
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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
:
49.169
Gain
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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
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39.0 dB

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.

6.5 Noise Handling
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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 Sport SpNR
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Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
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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
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16.92 dB

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.

6.4

Active Features

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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.
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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.

6.3 Battery
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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
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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.
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Rechargable
Battery Life
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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
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4.9 hrs
Charge Time
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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
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2 hrs
Power Saving Feature
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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.
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Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
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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.
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No
Passive Playback
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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.
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No

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.

7.5 App Support
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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
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App Name :
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
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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.
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Graphic + Presets
ANC control
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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.
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Yes
Mic Control : No
Room effects
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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.
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No
Playback control
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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.
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Yes
Button Mapping : No
Surround Sound : N/A

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.

2.9

Connectivity

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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
  • 32% Wired
  • 10% Base/Dock
  • 22% Wireless Range
  • 25% Latency

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.

6.0 Bluetooth
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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:
  • 79% Multi-Device Pairing
  • 20% NFC
  • 0% PS4 Compatible
  • 0% Xbox One Compatible
Bluetooth Version : 4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
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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.
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No
NFC
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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
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No
PS4 Compatible
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What it is: Bluetooth compatibility with the PlayStation 4.
When it matters: To connect your headphones wirelessly with your PS4.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
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No
Xbox One Compatible
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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
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No

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.

0 Wired
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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
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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
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N/A
USB
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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
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N/A
PS4 Compatible
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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
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N/A
Xbox One Compatible
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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
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N/A
PC Compatible
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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
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N/A

These are truly wireless in-ears 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
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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:
  • 4% Optical Input
  • 22% Line In
  • 4% 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
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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.
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N/A
Optical Input
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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No
RCA Input
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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
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No
PS4 Compatible
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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
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N/A
Xbox One Compatible
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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.
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N/A
PC Compatible
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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
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N/A
Power Supply
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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
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USB
Dock Charging
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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
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Yes

The Jabra Elite Sport have a charging case that delivers up to 9 hours of extra battery life. However, it has no inputs.

7.5 Wireless Range
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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
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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
:
34 ft
Line of Sight Range
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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
:
88 ft

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.

1.7 Latency
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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
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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
:
210 ms
aptX Latency
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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
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N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
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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

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.

In the box

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  • Jabra Elite Sport Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x6 sizes)
  • Stability Fins (x3 sizes)
  • Charging case
  • USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

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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.

Samsung Gear IconX

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.

JBL Free

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.

Jaybird Run

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.

Jabra Elite 65t

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.

Conclusion

6.8Mixed Usage
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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.
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Decent for mixed usage. The Jabra Elite Sport are good headphones for working out with a customizable sound. They come with a variety of tips and fins, but the larger sizes are not the most comfortable so they won't be the ideal truly wireless pair of headphones for all listeners. On the upside, they isolate well enough for commuting, and they have easy to use controls. 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 stable as some of the other in-ears.
6.7Critical Listening
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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 and a good bass that packs a punch but slightly overpowers instruments and vocals. Unfortunately, the higher frequencies are a little recessed which makes instruments and vocals feel slightly distant an lacking in detail. Overall, they should sound good enough for most, but their slight lack of clarity and poor soundstage (due to their small closed back earbud design) won't be ideal for more critical listeners.
7.2Commute/Travel
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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 will easily fit into your pockets and come with a great case that makes them quite portable. They also passively block enough noise for commute and travel, although they won't be the ideal headphones for louder environments. They have a decent control scheme 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, especially when using the larger stability fin sizes.
7.9Sports/Fitness
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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.
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The Jabra Elite Sport are great headphones for running and working out. They're stable, breathable, lightweight and portable with a fairly easy-to-use control scheme once you get used to it. However, their size and stiff stability fins make them a bit uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time and slightly less stable than the other truly wireless in-ears we've reviewed. They won't move much while in your ears but you may have to adjust them somewhat frequently to get a more comfortable fit, or when using the controls which sometimes breaks the seal that they create within you rear canal.
6.9Office
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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.
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Above-average for office use. They isolate well enough for an office environment and they barely leak. This makes them suitable to use in a quiet office. 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.
5.4Home Theater
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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
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Below-average for gaming. The Jabra Elite Sport have a sub-par microphone, and a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming. They're Bluetooth only headphones that will not be compatible with your consoles.
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