Jabra set expectations high with their description of the Sport Elite headphone by stating, “With 16 years of Bluetooth experience and a unique expertise in sound quality, the Jabra Elite Sport wireless earbuds guarantee superior sound and call quality.” Let’s take a look and see if they can live up to the hype.
Starting with the battery life, you can expect up to three hours of music or talk time from one charge. With an additional two full charges from the on-the-go charging case, you are looking at a total nine hours of playtime. The Elite Sport will connect over Bluetooth 4.1 and is compatible with all devices with this function, including Android, iOS smartphone and Windows. The headphones are completely wireless and are waterproof up to one meter, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain. In fact, Jabra offers a three-year limited warranty against failure from sweat damage, so there is no excuse not to push extra hard when exercising.
The Elite Sport feature bespoke bass-enriched speakers with 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency range and employ passive noise cancellation and HearThrough technology that channels external ambient noise into the earbuds for extra awareness of your surroundings. So, how did we find the sound quality? They kick out an impressive noise: punchy bass that isn’t overpowering with clearly defined mid and high tones. The connectivity is strong and over-all they produce a pleasing audio experience. However, these little earbuds don’t just help you work out by playing decent tunes to sweat to - they also work with the free Jabra Sport Life app, which provides you with real-time guidance through in-ear audio coaching. Heart rate tracking allows you to monitor a target pace or heart rate zone during a run, and the device can also count reps or just help you to keep track of your overall performance, all topped off with advice on recovery to avoid overtraining. I quickly got tired of this feature, but that’s because I prefer not to over examine my workout and simply enjoy them instead, but it could be a brilliant feature for people starting out or looking to analyse the workout in more detail.
The Elite Sport headphones have four built-in microphones for clear phone calls that filter out background noise and make sure that only your voice is heard in every environment, making it easier than ever to order my takeaway in a noisy gym whilst thrashing it out on the cross-trainer (or is that just me?)
One last detail regarding the wearability of these headphones - when I first put them in I was worried that they might pop out, especially as I jump about or get sweaty. Now that I have used them a few times, I don’t think twice about losing them. The Jabra Elite Sport are easily the best wireless sport focused headphones we have tried out to date. No, they are not cheap, but in this case I believe that you get what you pay for: comfort, great sound and a host of useful features to improve your workout. RRP £229.99
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5 out of 5
Good sound quality
Long battery life
Compact protective case doubles as on-the-go charger
In-ear heart rate monitor
Jabra Sport Life app
Three-year extended warranty for sweat-related damage
Waterproof up to one metre
Passive noise cancellation
HearThrough external noise