Posted at 4:00 pm.
Jabra has earned a good reputation over the years for the sound quality of these in-ear bluetooth headphones. The new model, the Elite 7 Pro, continues in the same vein, with rich, enveloping bass, and definition in the high and mid frequencies that give delicious fidelity to music.
Unless you’re using quality headphones, we don’t know which Bluetooth headphones look good, neither AirPods, nor Galaxy Buds, nor Pixel Buds.
From the very beginning, we have a tool in the internal application, sound +, which calibrates headphones for your hearing ability. The sounds, which range from very high frequencies to almost inaudible bass, allow the Elite 7 Pro to assess your hearing condition and present the sound accordingly.
A convenient test, MyFit, is also available. This is where you can choose from the three tip sizes on offer. Each earbud has three customizable controls, depending on how many times you tap, including forward, go back, answer a call, hang up, or activate a voice assistant.
In theory, we can thus invoke Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant. We will return to it.
Jabra has taken it even further with phone call management, thanks to a system called Jabra Multisensor Voice. First, outside, the background noise of the wind is almost magically canceled out. With four active microphones and a bone conduction sensor, you can hear your voice clearly, just like your interlocutor. The call quality is great.
The battery life of each earbud is up to 8 hours, and the case, which is charged via USB-C or magnetically, adds 22 hours. It is also possible to use one earphone at a time; Then the sound becomes monophonic.
The Elite 7 Pro features Active Ambient Noise Cancellation (ANC, in English), which is very effective in noisy environments such as the metro. With a single tap on the left earbud, you can switch from noise cancellation to the opposite mode, called HearThrough, which on the contrary amplifies the surrounding sound.
The ability to pair headphones with two devices was not introduced during the initial launch last December, finally last January.
For example, you can connect headphones to your phone for making calls and your computer for video conferencing. The headphones will control only the device that emits sound.
The headphones have been redesigned to be smaller and lighter than previous models, with a horn that goes deeper into the ear. Although it was not designed for sports at first glance, it held up well and never fell during physical activity. It’s IP57 rated, and it’s extremely resistant to dust and water, with a two-year warranty on both.
We love less
Android users, you will not be entitled to any configuration at this time: the app sound + Missing from the Google Play Store, for a mysterious reason that not even Jabra can explain. “We hope to find a solution soon, but we don’t have a time estimate at this time,” we were warned on the Jabra website.
So we weren’t able to try out the Google Assistant on these headphones. The iOS version offers Alexa or Siri. Calling them is a headache: Alexa only works when the Amazon app is open, and Siri doesn’t understand instructions very well.
It is not at all easy to manage the connection between two devices. Sometimes there is no sound, other times the second device refuses to connect. The job is clearly not at the heart of the matter.
do we buy?
Big dilemma here. On the other hand, we have unmatched sound quality and phone call handling that make us highly recommend this purchase. But the temporary absence of the app for Android precludes any customization, even if they can simply be connected via Bluetooth, and the addition of the three voice assistants ultimately lacks. If those two things bother you, don’t buy.
Paper: Elite 7 Pro
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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