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Jabra Evolve 65t Truly Wireless
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
7.0
Mixed Usage
6.8
Critical Listening
7.6
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
7.2
Office
5.5
TV
5.2
Gaming
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Truly Wireless
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Jabra Evolve 65t are decent mixed-usage truly wireless headphones and are a great option for sports as well. They are designed to be a more business-oriented variant of the regular Elite 65t model, including a dongle for PC that improves the microphone performance. Unfortunately, the mic performance isn’t that much better and might not be worth the extra investment. On the upside, they are very portable and block enough ambient noise to be suitable for commuting and office use. Unfortunately, their design is bulky for in-ears and might not be as comfortable for everyone.

Test Results
Design 7.6
Sound 6.7
Isolation 8.2
Microphone 6.5
Active Features 6.9
Connectivity 3.4
Pros
  • Good passive isolation.
  • Stable and breathable for sports.
  • Better microphone performance with the proprietary dongle.
Cons
  • Bulky in-ear design.
  • Not as comfortable for everyone.

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7.6

Design

The Jabra Evolve 65t are practically identical in design to the original 65t model, with the better-designed case of the Elite Active 65t. They have the same unique design that is a bit bulkier than other truly wireless headphones, but thankfully they don’t look so large once in your ears. The in-ear and bulky design might not be the most comfortable fit for everyone, especially people with smaller ears. On the upside, the buds are dense, well-made and are rated IP55 for dust and water resistance. Also, their case now has a lid that closes effectively and won’t open easily, which was a big flaw of the original model. 

Style

The Evolve 65t look pretty much the same as the Elite 65t, even color-wise. They have the same bulky in-ear design that is larger than most truly wireless earbuds, and they slightly protrude out of your ears. Their design looks better when placed inside the ears.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Jabra Evolve 65t kept the same design of the original 65t and Elite Active 65t. The buds are larger and fit inside your ears so you don’t need stability fins. They can be decently comfortable for those who can fit in the buds but might not be ideal for people with smaller ears. Also, the in-ear design isn’t for everyone, and some will feel listeners fatigue faster than others.

7.3 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
Yes
Additional Buttons : No

The Evolve 65t have a similar control scheme to the Elite 65t, but with an additional command for talk-through. Each bud has a main button. The right one offers calls and music management, and you can also trigger your device’s voice assistant. You can control the volume on the left earbud and skip tracks backward and forward. The controls are easy to use, but the layout could be improved. Also, when using the control scheme, you have to push the earbud even further inside your ear canal, which is uncomfortable.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, the Evolve 65t don’t trap much heat inside your ears. Their bulky bud design might be a bit less breathable than some smaller in-ears, but this shouldn’t make a big difference in temperature. You can wear these during physical activity without sweating more than usual.

9.5 Portability
L : 1.6 "
W : 1.0 "
H : 0.9 "
Volume : 1.4 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most truly wireless headphones, the Evolve 65t are very portable. You can easily fit both earbuds inside small pockets or a bag. They also come with a small case that doesn’t add too much bulk and will still fit inside pockets as well.

7.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 4.0 "
W : 3.2 "
H : 1.3 "
Volume : 17 Cu. Inches

The Evolve 65t come with a similar case to the Elite Active 65t, which was a great upgrade over the original Elite 65t case. The size and shape are practically the same, but the lid now closes effectively and doesn’t open easily. The case protects the earbuds against scratches and minor impacts. However, the earbuds aren’t held by magnetic force inside the case, and the lid is quite hard to open now. This results in the buds often popping out if you’re struggling to open the case.

7.5 Build Quality

The Jabra Evolve 65t are practically made the same way the Elite 65t are. The buds are thick, dense and feel durable. They should survive a few accidental drops without suffering too much damage. They have the same IP55 rating for dust and water resistance, which is a slightly lower water resistance than the IP56 rating of the Elite Active 65t. On the upside, the case is similar to the Elite Active 65t. The lid doesn’t open as easily as the original 65t, meaning the buds are better protected, which is a good thing since the earbuds aren't held in place by magnets.

7.5 Stability

The Evolve 65t have the same stable design as the other 65t models. Their unique shape doesn’t require stability fins since the bulky design holds in place inside your ears. Unfortunately, since they do not have any stability fins, you cannot adjust the fit if you have smaller or larger ears. They should still be good enough for running and working out, and since they're compact and wireless, they won't hinder your movements. You also won’t have to bother for a cable getting stuck on something.

Cable
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

These headphones come with a micro-USB charging cable.

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6.7

Sound

The Jabra Evolve 65t is an average sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones, and for all intents and purposes are identical to the Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t. They have a very good bass, with just the right amount of punch and kick, a great mid-range which is even and well-balanced, and a good treble. However, their default sound profile bass lacks a bit of thump and rumble. Also, their mid-range sounds a bit muddy and cluttered especially on vocals, and their treble could sound significantly sharp and piercing on S and Ts. Overall, these headphones are quite versatile and suitable for a variety of genres, especially bass-heavy music. You also have access to a 5-band EQ inside their companion app, but we measured these headphones without an EQ. 

Update: 26/03/2019: Some users have been experiencing a hissing sound when using the 65t above 70% volume level. We tested this with our Elite 65t, Elite Active 65t and Evolve 65t, but did not experience a self-noise much worse than most earbuds and headphones beyond 70% volume level. There is a faint hiss but not enough to be distracting. However, like a user mentioned in this discussion thread, Jabra acknowledged that this could be an issue happening with some units although the greater majority of people should be fine. You can participate in the discussion thread and let us know if you're experiencing this issue as well.

8.4 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.23 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
26.31 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-2.02 dB
Mid-Bass
:
0.89 dB
High-Bass
:
3.34 dB

The bass of the Jabra Evolve 65t is very good. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 26Hz is very good. Low-bass lacks by almost 2dB, meaning the Jabra will be a bit light on rumble and thump, but this won't be very noticeable. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and punch of the kick drums is quite well-balanced. However, high-bass is overemphasized by more than 3dB, which adds a bit of boominess to the sound.

8.6 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.85 dB
Low-Mid
:
2.0 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-1.78 dB
High-Mid
:
-0.26 dB

The mid-range is very good. The response is quite even and mostly flat. The overemphasis, which is the continuation of the high-bass bump, adds a bit of muddiness to vocals/leads and clutter to the mix. However, at 2dB, the effect will be subtle. The 3dB dip around 850Hz nudges the vocals and leads towards the back of the mix by giving more emphasis to the lower frequencies, but again, this effect will be subtle.

7.8 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.68 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.88 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.72 dB
High-Treble
:
2.14 dB

The treble performance is good. Low-treble and mid-treble are quite even and flat up to 8KHz, which is great for producing well-balanced vocals and leads, with a minor underemphasis affecting their detail and brightness. However, the 12dB peak around 10KHz adds a significant amount of emphasis to the sibilance range, making the S and T sounds quite sharp and piercing, especially on overly bright tracks.

9.2 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.17 dB

The frequency response consistency is great. Assuming the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones. However, since the buds are quite big, some people may have difficulty getting a perfect seal with them.

7.2 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.26
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
3.51
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.67
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
1.2

The imaging performance is decent. Their weighted group delay is 0.26, which is within good limits. The GD graph also shows that the group delay almost never crosses the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. In terms of driver-matching, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in frequency and phase response. However, just like on the regular Elite 65t, we measured more than 3dB of amplitude mismatch between the L/R drivers which skews the stereo image and makes it noticeably heavy on one side. It should be noted that this could be considered as a marker for poor quality control, and the unit you purchase may or may not have this mismatch.

1.0 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
2.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.3
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage of the Evolve 65t 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 Beats have a closed-back design, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods or the Bose SoundSport Free.

7.1 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
2.567
Weighted THD @ 100
:
4.584

The harmonic distortion performance of the Jabra Evolve 65t is decent. The amount of THD produced in the bass and mid ranges are quite low and within good limits. There's almost no change in the THD under louder volumes either, which is good. However, the amount of THD in the treble range is elevated, which could make the sound of those frequencies a bit harsh and impure, especially around the 4KHz peak.

8.2

Isolation

The Jabra Evolve 65t have an in-ear fit that blocks a lot of noise passively. They prevent a lot of high-frequencies from seeping into your audio and do fairly well with rumbling low-frequencies, like those of an engine, despite not being noise-canceling headphones. They also barely leak, even at higher volumes, so you can easily mask some of the ambient noise by turning your music up without bothering the people around you.

7.4 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-24.59 dB
Bass
:
-12.08 dB
Mid
:
-19.98 dB
Treble
:
-42.25 dB
Self-Noise
:
21.66 dB

The noise isolation performance of the Evolve 65t is above-average. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieved 12dB of isolation which is above-average. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by 20dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and fan noises like A/C systems, they isolate by more than 42dB, which is great.

9.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
22.58 dB

The leakage of the Jabra Evolve 65t is excellent. The significant portion of the leakage is spread over a very narrow range in the treble, making their leakage very thin sounding and mostly consist of S and T sounds. The overall level of the leakage is also very low. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage averages at 23dB SPL, and peaks at 31dB SPL, which is way below the noise floor of most offices.

6.5

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The Jabra Evolve 65t have an average microphone performance, even with the proprietary dongle. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, but with the dongle, speech will be detailed and clear but may lack a bit of airiness. In noisy situations, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise, even in moderately loud environments such as a busy street. There is a model certified for Microsoft Skype for Business, and another that is UC-certified. You can hear a noticeable difference between the Evolve 65t with the dongle and the Elite 65t if you listen to the two headphones' microphone recording quality samples. Note that you will get results similar to the Elite 65t's microphone if you use the Evolve 65t without the provided dongle.

6.9 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
276.97 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
2.55 dB
HFE
:
6001.45 Hz
Weighted THD
:
11.85
Gain
:
7.62 dB

The integrated mic of the Evolve 65t with the dongle has a decent recording quality. The LFE of 276Hz results in a recorded or transmitted speech that is relatively thin. The HFE of 6KHz with the dongle suggests a clear and detailed speech, but it may lack a bit of airiness. These results are better than most Bluetooth headphones microphones, and better than the Jabra Elite Active 65t. However, without the dongle, the HFE was around 3.3KHz, which results in a speech that is muffled and lacks detail. The intelligibility of speech on this microphone will be decent in quiet environments.

6.1 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
14.09 dB

The mic of the Evolve 65t is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 14dB, indicating they are best suited for quiet and moderate environments. However, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in loud situations.

6.9

Active Features

The Jabra Evolve 65t have a good battery life that lasts longer than most truly wireless headphones on a single charge. The charging case also gives you two more charges, bringing the estimated total to 15-18 hours of battery life. Also, they have two companion apps that give you many customization options. The mobile app gives you access to an EQ and presets while the desktop app lets you customize and control the microphone for more business-oriented tasks, thanks to the proprietary dongle.

6.8 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
5.9 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.0 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No

The Jabra Evolve 65t have almost 6 hours of playback on one charge, which is above-average for truly wireless headphones. You also get 2 additional charges from the case, which gives you an estimated total of about 15 to 18 hours of playback. We also expect them to have the same auto-off timer of 1 hour of inactivity, which is considerably longer than most truly wireless headphones and wastes a bit of power.

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

The Jabra Sound+ is a decently well-made app that offers a good amount of customization options. You get an equalizer, hear-through, options for the mic to reduce wind and ambient noise, as well as battery data and setting profiles and widgets to change your settings if you're at work, home or commuting. Also, you have access to ambient sounds like white noise, ocean waves, etc. to help you focus and mask the noise around you. However, the app lacks an adjustable auto-off timer and in-app player, but overall, it's a good app that improves your experience with the Evolve 65t.

Also, the Jabra Evolve 65t have a desktop app called Jabra Direct (see picture). This app is more oriented towards office use cases, and customization options will be more related to the microphone. It is also used to download the latest firmware for your devices

Jabra Direct desktop app

3.4

Connectivity

The Jabra Evolve 65t are Bluetooth-only truly wireless headphones. They have great wireless range, but their latency might not be ideal for watching video content and gaming. They also come with a proprietary dongle, but it didn’t reduce the latency, unfortunately. They're also Bluetooth 5.0 headphones, but our current test bench only supports up to Bluetooth 4.2. So, they may have a better range when using a Bluetooth 5.0 source. On the upside, you can connect them to 2 devices simultaneously, which is convenient.

6.8 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
No

These Bluetooth-only headphones can be connected to 2 devices simultaneously, which is very convenient if you want to switch between your phone and office computer. They also tell you which 2 devices are connected, which is nice. Unfortunately, they don’t support NFC and can’t be used with consoles. While the headphones are Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, curiously the provided USB dongle only supports Bluetooth 4.2.

0 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A

These truly wireless headphones can’t be used wired.

3.3 Base/Dock
Type
:
Wireless USB Dongle
Optical Input
:
No
Line In
:
No
Line Out
:
No
USB Input
:
Yes
RCA Input
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
USB
Dock Charging
:
No

The Jabra Evolve 65t come with a USB Bluetooth 4.2 dongle that gives you better mic performance and audio support on your PC. Additionally, like truly wireless headphones, they come with a charging case that gives about 2 additional charges.

9.0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
52 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
158 ft

The Evolve 65t have an excellent wireless range. You’ll be able to walk around a small apartment or office without hearing too many audio cuts. You shouldn’t have any problems especially if you keep your phone on you while working out. However, wireless range is dependent on your source signal strength, so your results may vary.

1.5 Latency
Default Latency
:
215 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Like most Bluetooth headphones, the Jabra Evolve 65t have high latency that may not be ideal to watch video content and gaming. They have about the same latency with and without the provided dongle, which is disappointing. However, apps like YouTube and Netflix offer some sort of compensation, so you might not notice the delay on those apps.

In the box

  • Jabra Evolve 65t headphones
  • 3x tip options
  • Charging case
  • Proprietary USB dongle
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Jabra Evolve 65t are decent truly wireless headphones that are business-oriented and set themselves apart by their USB dongle that give you a better microphone performance for calls. Unfortunately, they aren’t that different from similar Jabra 65t models, and the extra investment might not be worth it. If you’re interested in this type of headphones, see our recommendations for best truly wireless earbuds, the best Bluetooth earbuds, and the best earbuds with a mic.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless

There's practically no difference between the Jabra Elite 65t and the Jabra Evolve 65t other than the microphone performance. The Evolve 65t come with a proprietary USB dongle that gives a better recording quality which is audible when you listen to the two recording samples. However, without the dongle, you can expect similar performance between the two models. Overall, the Elite 65t might be a better option for most, unless you often make calls on a travel laptop or at the office.

Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite Active 65t and Jabra Evolve 65t are very similar headphones; nearly identical. The biggest difference between these two is the fact that the Evolve come with a USB dongle for PC that offers a slightly better microphone performance. They also have slightly better battery life and noticeably better wireless range. However, if you aren’t looking for business-oriented truly wireless earbuds, then the Elite Active 65t are way less expensive, and are a bit more water-resistant, making them better-suited for sports.

Jabra Elite Sport Truly Wireless

The Jabra Evolve 65t are more business-oriented, while the Jabra Elite Sport are designed for physical activity. However, the Evolve 65t are a bit more versatile since they have better accurate audio reproduction, a better battery life, and can connect simultaneously to two devices, while having a much better microphone when used with the USB dongle. On the other hand, the Elite Sport have a better case that isn’t as frustrating to open as the Evolve 65t, and they are more affordable.

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

The Jabra Evolve 65t are better truly wireless earbuds than the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless. They have a more accurate sound, especially in the treble range. Their microphone is also better when using the provided dongle on PC. They have great battery life on a single charge and you can EQ their sound to your liking, which you can’t do on the Sennheisers. On the other hand, the Momentum True Wireless have a more premium feeling and feel better-built. They also support lower latency codecs, which can be useful if your source supports them too.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017

The Jabra Evolve 65t are more versatile than the Apple AirPods. Due to their open-back design, the AirPods don’t isolate much noise and aren’t the best option for commuting and at the office. The Jabras also have better sound quality and are a better option for sports due to their stable design. On the other hand, the AirPods are very well-made and are very comfortable in the ears. Their case is also great and offers a great total 25-hour battery life.

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Conclusion

7.0 Mixed Usage
Decent for mixed usage. They have a decent audio reproduction for critical listeners, but the in-ear fit might not be as comfortable for everyone, especially with their bulky design. On the upside, they isolate a good amount of noise and will be good for commuting and to use at the office. You can also use their dongle with your work computer for better microphone performance. Their portable and breathable design is great for sports, even without stability fins. Unfortunately, their latency might be too high to be suitable for watching TV, and their mic may not be good enough for online gaming.
6.8 Critical Listening
Decent for critical listening. They have a very good bass, with just the right amount of punch and kick a great mid-range which is even and well-balanced, and a good treble. However, their default sound profile bass lacks a bit of thump and rumble. Also, their mid-range sounds a bit muddy and cluttered especially on vocals, and their treble could sound significantly sharp and piercing on S and Ts. Thankfully, you have access to an EQ in the mobile app to customize the sound to your liking.
7.6 Commute/Travel
Good for commuting and traveling. These headphones isolate a good amount of ambient noise, including engine rumble, and you’ll be able to mask even more noise by raising your listening volume. They are very portable and easy to carry on you at all times. Unfortunately, the in-ear fit might not be ideal for long flights, but you shouldn’t have any comfort issues for short bus rides.
8.1 Sports/Fitness
Great for sports. Even if they don’t have stability fins, the bulky design of the Evolve 65t is stable inside the ears and won’t pop out. Also, they are very portable and can easily fit in pockets or a bag when going to the gym. They are breathable, and you shouldn’t sweat more when using them during workouts.
7.2 Office
Above-average for the office. They can connect to 2 devices like your phone and work computer which is convenient. Also, you can use the proprietary dongle to get a better microphone performance and additional controls. They also isolate ambient chatter well, but you might have to charge them once during your workday since they hold about 6 hours of continuous playback on one charge.
5.5 TV
Sub-par for watching TV. Their latency might be too high to be suitable for watching your favorite shows and movies. If you don’t notice the delay, you’ll be able to watch TV from the comfort of your couch without a problem. However, some may feel ear fatigue after a while wearing them.
5.2 Gaming
Poor for gaming. These headphones have too high latency for gaming, and their microphone performance isn’t as great as gaming headset boom microphones. Even if you aren’t looking for headphones with a microphone because you don’t play online games, these headphones should not be your first option for gaming.

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