AirPods Pro versus Jabra Elite 75t -- Which is the best wireless earbud?

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in General Discussion edited December 2019
Apple's AirPods Pro is an unbridled success -- but aren't without competition. Some of Apple's fiercest competition is coming from the new Jabra Elite 75t.

Jabra Elite 75t versus AirPods Pro
Jabra Elite 75t versus AirPods Pro

AirPods unarguable prowess

There are (technically) three versions of AirPods available at the moment. The second-gen AirPods retail for $159, the second-gen AirPods with the Wireless Charging Case for $199, and AirPods Pro run $249. We will primarily be focusing on AirPods Pro, though we will touch on the others -- just to a lesser extent.






Where AirPods win most, is with Apple's user experience. The setup process, deep iOS integration, and the ability to seamlessly move between your devices are simply unmatched. Apple controls both the software as well as the hardware, making those integrations possible. That full-stack control is why people get iPhones, then AirPods -- and stick with the pair.

Apple's user experience is unmatched
Apple's user experience is unmatched


Compared to the Jabra Elite 75t, AirPods Pro also features active noise cancellation, versus passive noise cancellation. Passive cancellation is implemented with a good seal inside the ear, blocking external sound. That gives AirPods Pro the best noise cancellation, Jabra Elite 75t right behind it, but both are better than standard AirPods, which don't have much of a seal at all.

Siri is built-in to AirPods Pro, which can be activated by the well-known keyphrase. The Jabra Elite 75t has support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa alongside Siri, but you have to invoke these manually by using the onboard controls.

Comparig the Jabra Elite 75t and AirPods Pro
Comparig the Jabra Elite 75t and AirPods Pro


Fast charge on AirPods Pro can provide users with one hour of use after only a five-minute charge, which would take 15 minutes on the Jabra Elite 75t. There is also Adaptive EQ that adjusts the sound to each user's ears and more than three times the usable range.

Jabra Elite 75t came to fight

AirPods Pro are outstanding, but Jabra Elite 75t is here to earn their share of the market.

Jabra Elite 75t case
Jabra Elite 75t case


As we mentioned, it supports not only Siri but Alexa and Google Assistant (the latter if you are using an Android phone).

Jabra also excels in battery life -- giving users seven and a half hours of use time on a single charge, for a total of 28 total hours including the case. AirPods only get a total of 24 hours of usage, and 4.5 hours contained within the earbuds. That becomes five if you turn ANC off.

Jabra Elite 75t has user-controllable EQ
Jabra Elite 75t has user-controllable EQ


While Apple touts the automatic abilities of Adaptive EQ, Jabra offers customizable EQ from within the Jabra Sound+ app. Users can turn up the bass, drop the treble, or whatever their preference may be. There are even presets to make it easy.

Jabra Elite 75t earbuds
Jabra Elite 75t earbuds


Jabra boasts a resistance rating of IP55, which means it can withstand dust and jets of water, while AirPods Pro is only able to withstand sweat and rain. Apple did not test dust ingress into AirPods Pro, resulting in the IPX4 rating.

Importantly, we also found that Jabra Elite 75t is capable of better sound quality than AirPods Pro. The cases individual buds are slightly larger, which could yield a bit more bass and overall fuller sound. If sound quality is the predominant factor in selection, then the Jabra Elite 75t takes the crown.

Possibly most notable, is the Jabra Elite 75t come in far below AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro cost $249 at retail, versus the Jabra's $179. That makes Jabra more affordable than both AirPods Pro and the AirPods second-gen with the wireless charging case.

Jabra Elite 75t earbuds in their case
Jabra Elite 75t earbuds in their case


The closest comparison is the second-gen AirPods with the standard case. In that comparison, the Jabra Elite 75t comes off as far superior with better sound, a battery that lasts longer, USB-C, Siri/Alexa support, HearThrough, passive noise cancellation, more durable, and with a more extended warranty period.

Where to buy

AirPods Pro can be picked up on Amazon for $249 while the Jabra Elite 75t can be picked up for $179.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 21
    Gjo3Gjo3 Posts: 4member
    As someone who has purchased both the Jabra Elite 75t and Airpods Pro, I wholeheartedly disagree with the conclusion of this review.

    The Elite 75t's microphone was so sensitive during phone calls that people I spoke with from my home office asked me if I was in the bathroom washing my hands. In fact, I was in the office with the windows closed. Outside the office 30 feet away is a gentle water feature. That's what people were hearing. I also could not type on my computer during a call because the tapping was distracting to the person on the other end of the call. Advantage Airpods Pro.

    The Airpods Pro sound quality during music playback is so close to the Elite 75t that it's a wash. They both sound very good. 

    Regarding EQ, if one wants to EQ their Airpods Pro, then simply use the EQ presets feature of iTunes. This is a wash.

    Airpods Pro have active noise cancellation, while Elite 75t do not. The active noise cancellation works very well. Advantage Airpods Pro.

    Siri Support: Airpods Pro work flawlessly with Siri. Say, "Her Siri", and Siri responds. With the Jabra Elite 75t, a button must be pressed on the earbud, which triggers a beep. Depending on your environment, you may or may not hear the beep. Even after hearing the beep and proceeding with your request, Siri may or may not fulfill the request. Advantage Airpods Pro.

    Finally, the Airpods Pro fit extremely well and securely. Experiment with the ear tips, and you'll like find a very comfortable custom fit. They're lighter than the Elite 75t. Comfort is subjective, but the Airpods Pro are clearly lighter in weight.

    Set-up with the Airpods Pro is a breeze, and they work every time without fail. The Elite 75t would occasionally drop out. The Airpods Pro have not. Advantage Airpods Pro.

    For me, the super sensitive microphone of the Elite 75t was a deal breaker because I use the earbuds for phone calls, and call quality is important.

    If the Airpods Pro are beyond one's budget, then the Jabra Elite 75t are a good second choice. If budget is not a restriction, then my suggestion is to buy both and keep the pair you like. 



    edited December 2019 wonkothesaneyuck9kevin keeroundaboutnowMplsPgilly33watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 21
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,833member

    The spec table at the end of the article seems to be incorrect. It seems like a copy-paste from a different article comparing iPhones to the Pixel 4. Oversight?

    drdavidgilly33watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 21
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,896member
    AirPods Pro need a larger ear tip option. Unfortunately due to the proprietary nature of the tips, such a product may never arrive from Apple or 3rd parties.
  • Reply 4 of 21
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,176member
    Gjo3 said:
    As someone who has purchased both the Jabra Elite 75t and Airpods Pro, I wholeheartedly disagree with the conclusion of this review.

    The Elite 75t's microphone was so sensitive during phone calls that people I spoke with from my home office asked me if I was in the bathroom washing my hands. In fact, I was in the office with the windows closed. Outside the office 30 feet away is a gentle water feature. That's what people were hearing. I also could not type on my computer during a call because the tapping was distracting to the person on the other end of the call...

    For me, the super sensitive microphone of the Elite 75t was a deal breaker because I use the earbuds for phone calls, and call quality is important.




    Were you using HearThrough mode or SideTone? 
    edited December 2019
  • Reply 5 of 21
    Gjo3Gjo3 Posts: 4member
    gatorguy said:
    Gjo3 said:
    As someone who has purchased both the Jabra Elite 75t and Airpods Pro, I wholeheartedly disagree with the conclusion of this review.

    The Elite 75t's microphone was so sensitive during phone calls that people I spoke with from my home office asked me if I was in the bathroom washing my hands. In fact, I was in the office with the windows closed. Outside the office 30 feet away is a gentle water feature. That's what people were hearing. I also could not type on my computer during a call because the tapping was distracting to the person on the other end of the call...

    For me, the super sensitive microphone of the Elite 75t was a deal breaker because I use the earbuds for phone calls, and call quality is important.




    Were you using HearThrough mode or SideTone? 
    Both. As I recall I tried all iterations.
    edited December 2019
  • Reply 6 of 21
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,176member
    Gjo3 said:
    gatorguy said:
    Gjo3 said:
    As someone who has purchased both the Jabra Elite 75t and Airpods Pro, I wholeheartedly disagree with the conclusion of this review.

    The Elite 75t's microphone was so sensitive during phone calls that people I spoke with from my home office asked me if I was in the bathroom washing my hands. In fact, I was in the office with the windows closed. Outside the office 30 feet away is a gentle water feature. That's what people were hearing. I also could not type on my computer during a call because the tapping was distracting to the person on the other end of the call...

    For me, the super sensitive microphone of the Elite 75t was a deal breaker because I use the earbuds for phone calls, and call quality is important.




    Were you using HearThrough mode or SideTone? 
    Both
    Wouldn't that explain the environmental noise? I ask because other reviews mention SideTone in particular with phone calls, and otherwise note very good sound on both media and calls. I had planned to get my son a pair of wireless buds this month and originally penciled in the Anker Liberty 2's, but these look pretty good based on reviews (for what they're worth)

    EDIT: His motorcycle helmet with on-board audio and call support was stolen and I'd prefer not to buy him another. 
    edited December 2019 muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 7 of 21
    Gjo3Gjo3 Posts: 4member
    gatorguy said:
    Gjo3 said:
    gatorguy said:
    Gjo3 said:
    As someone who has purchased both the Jabra Elite 75t and Airpods Pro, I wholeheartedly disagree with the conclusion of this review.

    The Elite 75t's microphone was so sensitive during phone calls that people I spoke with from my home office asked me if I was in the bathroom washing my hands. In fact, I was in the office with the windows closed. Outside the office 30 feet away is a gentle water feature. That's what people were hearing. I also could not type on my computer during a call because the tapping was distracting to the person on the other end of the call...

    For me, the super sensitive microphone of the Elite 75t was a deal breaker because I use the earbuds for phone calls, and call quality is important.




    Were you using HearThrough mode or SideTone? 
    Both
    Wouldn't that explain the environmental noise? I ask because other reviews mention SideTone in particular with phone calls, and otherwise note very good sound on both media and calls. I had planned to get my son a pair of wireless buds this month and originally penciled in the Anker Liberty 2's, but these look pretty good based on reviews (for what they're worth)

    EDIT: His motorcycle helmet with on-board audio and call support was stolen and I'd prefer not to buy him another. 
    I stated I recall trying all iterations...meaning HearThrough on & off, and SideTone on & off. I also re-installed firmware twice on the advice of Jabra support. I'm a cyclist. I can't imagine the Elite 75t working for calls while moving on a bike with air rushing past the microphones.

    That said, the Jabra can be purchased from most retailers with a generous return window. They're worth a try. 
    gilly33
  • Reply 8 of 21
    I wish if the AirPods paired with my iPhone and MacBook Pro simultaneously, instead of having to manually pair it to my Mac then re-pair it with my iPhone or iPad. If Apple truly controls the hardware and software they should be able to solve for this. 
    montrosemacsuraharad_2
  • Reply 9 of 21
    fred1fred1 Posts: 833member
    Yet another comparison of the AirPods Pro with . . . something else that claims that they’re comparable. But the something else doesn’t have active noise cancellation!  Then the two units are not the same and shouldn’t be compared, at least in my mind. ANC is the main reason I got the AirPods Pro and is their most important feature, among many other great ones. Another great feature of the APsP is the way the music or movie pauses when you take one out of your ear. Why isn’t this mentioned?  
    Gjo3uraharagilly33watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 21
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,472member
    Competition? No way. The AirPods Pro are from a well respected, well known brand that the public trusts.  This is yet another case of comparisons that only matter to self-appointed audiophiles and tech forum denizens. It simply does n’t matter if these Jabra products are competitive. In the real market, not the tech blog market, the AirPods Pro will outsell this “competing” product by a factor of 100 or more.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 21
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 855member
    Does the Jabra case support wireless charging? The article didn’t say. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 21
    I wish if the AirPods paired with my iPhone and MacBook Pro simultaneously, instead of having to manually pair it to my Mac then re-pair it with my iPhone or iPad. If Apple truly controls the hardware and software they should be able to solve for this. 
    Yeah this is one thing I don’t get about APs, you have to manually select them from a hidden icon on each device you want to use them on. It’s odd. If I’m at the gym with my iphone, and the last device I connected to is my ipad back at home, why doesn’t it just auto-connect to the unlocked iphone in my hand?
    gatorguydewmed_2urahara
  • Reply 13 of 21
    Does the Jabra give you that "head exploding" feeling when you put them in? One of the things that the AirPod Pods were supposed to do is alleviate that. It drives me nuts with pair of passive-noise-reducing wireless earbuds I'm using now.
    edited December 2019
  • Reply 14 of 21
    I am not impressed of the sound quality of my AirPods pro. They are easy to use, reliable, but sound only somewhat ok and are not “pro” at all.

    => Not disappointed overall, but not impressed either. Apple should really work on sound quality for future versions. 

    My two cents. 
  • Reply 15 of 21
    cpsro said:
    AirPods Pro need a larger ear tip option. Unfortunately due to the proprietary nature of the tips, such a product may never arrive from Apple or 3rd parties.
    There are already third-party ear tips on Amazon,
    Gjo3smiffy31
  • Reply 16 of 21
    lkrupp said:
    Competition? No way. The AirPods Pro are from a well respected, well known brand that the public trusts.  This is yet another case of comparisons that only matter to self-appointed audiophiles and tech forum denizens. It simply does n’t matter if these Jabra products are competitive. In the real market, not the tech blog market, the AirPods Pro will outsell this “competing” product by a factor of 100 or more.

    Outsell does not mean better. GM outsells Porsche and Ferrari.

    The sound quality of Soundcore/Anker's Liberty 2 Pro is far superior to either of these and far less cost and that's what I bought them for after a personal comparison. Personal music based choice based on what was most important for me. I could not care less about phone calls and other uses. And no, I am not a member of "self-appointed audiophiles and tech forum denizens".

    Condescension and arrogance are not redeeming qualities. Take heed.
    edited December 2019 Gjo3muthuk_vanalingamCloudTalkinblurpbleepbloop
  • Reply 17 of 21
    kevin keekevin kee Posts: 1,291member
    I really want the Airpod Pro, but 4 weeks is a long wait.
  • Reply 18 of 21
    tommikele said:
    lkrupp said:
    Competition? No way. The AirPods Pro are from a well respected, well known brand that the public trusts.  This is yet another case of comparisons that only matter to self-appointed audiophiles and tech forum denizens. It simply does n’t matter if these Jabra products are competitive. In the real market, not the tech blog market, the AirPods Pro will outsell this “competing” product by a factor of 100 or more.
    The sound quality of Soundcore/Anker's Liberty 2 Pro is far superior to either of these and far less cost and that's what I bought them for after a personal comparison. Personal music based choice based on what was most important for me. I could not care less about phone calls and other uses. And no, I am not a member of "self-appointed audiophiles and tech forum denizens".

    If you're buying earbuds primarily for listening to music, and you don't care about making or receiving phone calls, and you don't care about ANC, and you're not primarily in the Apple universe where seamless connectivity to Apple devices or Siri are helpful, then there are good choices at lower cost. I agree.
    edited December 2019 StrangeDays
  • Reply 19 of 21
    lkrupp said:
    Competition? No way. The AirPods Pro are from a well respected, well known brand that the public trusts.  This is yet another case of comparisons that only matter to self-appointed audiophiles and tech forum denizens. It simply does n’t matter if these Jabra products are competitive. In the real market, not the tech blog market, the AirPods Pro will outsell this “competing” product by a factor of 100 or more.
    So are you suggesting to take the popular over the best in every case? (not just the headphones)
    I would rather buy a better item than a popular item.
    gatorguy
  • Reply 20 of 21
    I used to use Jabra in ear phones before the AirPods came out.  My biggest problem was the variability of the sound quality.  Depending on how well the fit was, the sounds could lose the base easily. 
    What I like about the original AirPods is that the sound is always consistent even after getting sweaty with exercise. 
    For those with the AirPod Pro, do you have issues with variable sound quality either during a single use or after taking out and putting back in again?
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