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In 2018 I reviewed the Jabra Elite 65t, the previous generation of earbuds from Jabra. And not to bury the lead, I was absolutely blown away but nearly all facets of those buds, from their design, to their performance, and especially their price. Over the last three years, [essentially] ever since Apple’s first generation AirPods were released, the “truly wireless” market for headphones has become saturated with options at all price ranges—from value options on Amazon, to the recent AirPods Pro, to some more fringe choices for the audiophiles out there.
And while I’m sure some of those value options on Amazon are a great buy (spoiler alert….I have another review coming up on one such pair), they may not offer the same audio performance as their more expensive counterparts. And for some, that’s perfectly fine—my wife, for instance, is not a big audio nut like me, so value options on Amazon would be just fine.
However, I’ve been spoiled by the likes of Sony’s WF-1000XM3 and the Jabra Elite 65t, which are my two go-to pairs of earbuds. The former are great for public and office use: Starbucks, at work, really anywhere the din every day can creep in. The latter are (in my opinion) far better at eliminating louder environmental noises like lawnmowers and trimmers, making them great as my yardwork companions. The 65t’s, though, are in many ways the quintessential truly wireless buds, with a balance of cost, performance and battery life that can check a lot of boxes for most people.
Enter the 75t’s, the next generation truly wireless bud from Jabra. Given my love of the earlier generation, to call myself ‘excited’ about the release is an understatement.
In many ways, the 75t’s fix the few issues that plagued the 65t’s. They now sport a USB-C port for charging (although still don’t support wireless charging). The case is held closed with a magnet instead of a physical latch, which makes them easier to open and close. The buds themselves are secured in the case also by magnets, meaning they won’t fall out if you turn them upside down, and they sit more comfortably and easily in the case because of those magnets. And, the case is a bit smaller as well.
The buds are smaller, but still have a comfortable and secure fit in your ears. I prefer the fit of the 75t’s, but my wife seems to prefer the fit of the 65t’s, so that part is going to be subjective.
The app is the same, and just as good, as I remarked in my review of the 65t’s. There is now a “Soundscape” feature within the app that will play white noise and nature sounds to help with masking noises around you or relaxation, which is a nice add on that all manufacturers should include in their apps (RIP, Bose Sleep Buds). I also like the “Find My Jabra” feature, which locally logs your location at the last time of connection to the buds.
On to performance—the 75t buds have adopted the base performance of many of the audio products in the market, in that the bass tuning is just a little bit exaggerated. And, as much as I’m all about that bass, I definitely prefer a flatter profile and the ability to tune that profile via an app. Regardless, the performance overall is stellar, and aside from exaggerated bass out of the box, these buds do a phenomenal job making just about any music sound balanced, handling vocal, classical, hip hop, jazz and EDM alike. And, thanks to the in-app equalizer, adjusting to your preferred genre is done with ease.
Other features and performance highlights from the earlier generation are maintained here…pause playback upon removal, no bluetooth lag, decent call performance with monitor feedback and HearThrough, to name a few.
At $199, these are a bit more expensive than the 65t price tag of $169, but that extra $30 is well worth the cost considering the improvements in design and performance. That said, you can find the 65t earbuds on sale right now for a hefty discount, so if your budget is strict you may consider last year’s model as they are still one of the top performers in the space…but at full retail, the 75t earbuds are easy to recommend.