Jabra Elite 65e HEADPHONES REVIEW

The Jabra Elite 65e are comfortable, mixed earphones for most applications. They have good workmanship and a flexible design that makes them a little easier to carry. They’re also sturdy enough to run with, do not leak much, and block pretty much noise with their noise canceling. This makes them a suitable option for the gym, office and commuting. Unfortunately, their sound quality is mediocre.

Design

The Jabra Elite 65e are comfortable, mixed earphones for most applications. They have good workmanship and a flexible design that makes them a little easier to wear. They’re also tough enough to run, do not leak much, and block quite a bit of noise with their noise canceling. This makes them a suitable option for the gym, office and commuting. Unfortunately, their sound quality is mediocre.

Sound

The Jabra Elite 65e is an average sounding pair of closed earphones. They have a consistent, dull and punchy bass, even a midrange and a decently balanced highs. However, their bass is inhibited in the sub-bass range, their midrange is noticeably reset, pushing the vocals into the background of the mix, and their highs are on the bright side, which could sound sharp and sizzly on S and Ts. Like most other headphones, they do not have a big, speaker-like sound.

Isolation

The Jabra Elite 65e offers good insulation performance. They do not quite eliminate the noise as well as the similarly constructed Bose QuietControl 30 or the Sony WI-1000X, but provide enough insulation to suit most commuters. They also barely leak, so you can increase the volume of your music to further obscure surrounding sounds that might leak through the buds. This makes them a great option for traveling or commuting under noisy conditions, but also so quiet that you can use them in the office without distracting people around you. However, the quality of the seal, which you can achieve with the top sizes included in the packaging, affects the isolation of these headphones.

Microphone

The inline microphone of the Jabra Elite 65e has above average performance. This microphone is better than most other Bluetooth microphones we’ve measured so far and is therefore a good option for making phone calls. In quiet environments, the language recorded or transmitted with this microphone sounds relatively physical, but lacks some detail. However, it will still be decent. In noisy situations, the language can be completely isolated from background noise in moderately loud environments such as a busy office or street.

Active Features

The Jabra Elite 65e has a good, customizable app and a decent battery life that lasts just over 8 hours. They should be long enough for most applications and have decent power management features. They are not automatically shut down when paired with a device. However, they have a long standby time and you can use them while charging. This makes them a great option in the office or at home when you are near a power source. Your app is also quite customizable. They offer a 5-band equalizer, various noise reduction profiles, and even a “focus” mode that plays pink noise to reduce the noise in your environment.

Connectivity

The Jabra Elite 65e is a Bluetooth headset that has neither a dock nor an audio cable. You can pair with two devices at the same time so you can easily switch between your phone or PC, and they have a reasonable wireless range, though sometimes they struggle to maintain a stable connection. Unfortunately, like most Bluetooth headphones, they have a bit too much latency to watch many videos or games. Our testbench does not yet support Bluetooth 5.0. Therefore, they can achieve better range and latency when using a Bluetooth 5.0 device as a source.

Conclusion

Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed use. The Jabra Elite 65e has a good design that is durable and portable. They also provide good isolation for noisy environments and an excellent control scheme with many features. They are stable enough to run and a suitable option for commuting and for the office. Unfortunately they are not the ideal option for games or home theater because they are just Bluetooth headphones. They also have a mediocre to average sound quality that may not be for everyone, but at least you can adjust it through their customizable Sound + App EQ.

Critical Listening

Passable for critical listening. Our measurements show a deviation that is not so audible. If you can put them together with the right positioning, these headphones sound decent and offer good bass, a moderately balanced midrange and a good treble range. They sound a bit more intense on instruments and vocals, but the very high frequencies and bass range give them an exciting audio experience on most tracks. Unfortunately, they sound a bit sibilant with already bright songs, and they do not have the best stage, so they are not the ideal option for more critical listeners. On the other hand, you can adjust their sound quality with the Jabra Sound + App EQ.

Commute/Travel

Above average for commuting. They are comfortable, portable and well insulated in noisy environments to be suitable for noise or public transport. They also have a decent control scheme and battery life.

Sports/Fitness

Good for athletic purposes. The Jabra Elite 65e is comfortable and sturdy enough to walk. Thanks to their design around the neck, they rarely fall to the ground even during intense movement. However, the collar can sometimes catch on garments, pulling the earplugs out of the ears. However, this does not happen so often and depends on what you wear.

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