Take calls by using these Jabra Elite 85h wireless headphones. The SmartSound technology analyzes surrounding noise and makes adjustments to deliver crisp audio. These Jabra Elite 85h wireless headphones feature a built-in battery that lasts up to 36 hours on a single charge for continuous use while accepting calls and listening to music.
Offers up to 36 hours of use on a charge.
Active noise cancellation
Effectively blocks out distracting background noises, so you can enjoy a focused, immersive sound environment.
Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.
Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device.
Normally Jabra hasn’t been a key player in a headphone market recently dominated by Bose and Sony. Jabra’s recent wireless 65t earbuds though put them in contention for a new player in the headphones space. As far as wireless earbuds go, I think the 65t’s are one of the best all-around earbuds on the market currently. So, when these 85h over-the-ear headphones came out, I figured it was definitely something to check out, especially since these were being classed in the category as the Sony MX3s and Bose QC35s. Jabra says they’re better than the others but are they really?
To start, I own both the Sony MX3s and QC35s. Of the two, the MX3s are my favorite, overall, as they have better noise cancelling, sound and slightly better battery life; the added earcup controls are a nice little bonus as well. So, now it’s time to see how the 85h’s compare to the other two headphones.
IN THE BOX: You get the headphones in a very nice carrying case with a velvety interior, airplane adapter, 3.5mm cable (really short) and a USB-C charging cable (also really short).
FIT: Of the three headphones, the QC35 fit the best. While the 85h do fit well, they are a tad on the snug side for my tastes. That said, I’ve been wearing them for the past 3-4 hours and no discomfort at all. Also to note, I have a big head so pretty much all over-the-ear headphones are going to feel snug. With the other headphones, I usually have to extend the arms most of the way to get it fit well. These 85h’s I have to pull the arms out all the way just to get it to fit.
NOISE CANCELLING: The MX3’s win here. They do a fantastic job with ANC and block out a lot of exterior noise. The 85h’s, however, are a close second. With the snug fit of the headphones, the ANC does a pretty good job at blocking out external noises better than the Bose but not quite good as the Sony’s. I’d put the noise cancelling feature a very close second to MX3’s.
SOUND: MX3’s win here. The extra bass the Sony’s have add that stiff punch to bass notes that the Bose and Jabra just doesn’t have. Even with the EQ pumped up, there isn’t that oomph you want when listening to EDM, Hip-Hop, Metal, etc. However, if you listen to other types of music like vocal, instrumental, classical then the 85h are probably a better fit regarding sound. Aside from deep bass notes, the mids/highs are crisp and clear. Really depends on what type of music you listen to so it’s kind of a draw across the board in my opinion. Since I listen to more bass heavy music, the MX3 do it for me. With the Jabra app, you can fine tune the EQ to your liking and save presets as needed for your headphones. There is also an AI component to the sound where 4 of the 8 mics on the headphone pick up and analyze where you are and how noisy it is and switches the headphone setting to optimize sound and battery life. For example, if you’re at home and it’s quiet, it’ll shut off the noise cancelling. Or if you’re in a subway and it’s super noisy, it’ll switch the ANC on. There is also a hear-through setting where you can hear outside noises while playing your music. There is a similar feature on the MX3’s so it’s interesting and a nice feature.
BATTERY: Honestly, this really isn’t a huge factor for me. I believe the QC35’s have the lowest battery life and the MX3/85h tout 32+ hour battery life. I’ve never gotten any headphone down to more than 20% battery so, for me, this really isn’t an issue since all three are relatively the same in this aspect.
VOICE ASSISTANT: I don’t really use this feature on any device I have so it’s not a huge concern for me. However, with most headphones, you’ll either get compatibility with Alexa OR Google OR Siri but never all of them. The 85h allows you to use any of them depending on what device you’re paired to. You’re only able to setup the headphones with one assistant at a time however you’re not limited to having headphones only being compatible with Google Assistant or just Amazon Alexa. I’ve tested this with my iPhone XS Max and it works as expected. There are 8 mics on these headphones, 2 of which (I think) are dedicated to for the voice assistant feature. Just say Hey Alexa/Google/Siri and it works. No issues here so far.
ODDITIES: There’s no power button on these. Had to read the manual to find this out. Basically, you turn the earcups flat to turn them off. Not sure if I like this feature honestly. If you accidentally take your headphones off and hang them around your neck, the cups will kind of turn flat and you may shut off your headphones inadvertently. And if you’re like me and put your headphones on stands, the headphones will stay on.
There are three buttons on outside of the right earcup; volume up/down and play/pause button. The MX3 has a feature like this but are touch/swipe and that I do like. The 85h controls don’t seem quite as refined and seem like they were put there as an afterthought. I might get used to them over time however, for this feature, I prefer the MX3 implementation.
OVERALL: The 85h are a great set of cans for anyone looking to get an upgraded/higher end set of headphones. With the MX3/QC35 being in the $350 range, that might be a damper for most people looking to pick up new headphones. The 85h come in at $300 which might be a little easier to swallow. You can find the other two headphones slightly lower than retail however, the price point for the 85h should be a nice selling point. Considering that, the features and performance of the 85h are on par with the other two headphones. Might not be as good in one area compared to the others but I think they perform really well and are worth the buy if you’re in the market for a nice pair of higher end headphones.
When I selected the Jabra Elite 85h BT Over-The-Ear Headphones for a comprehensive review in exchange for the headphones, I was very curious to explore the newer technological features. I consider myself an audiophile since I started building stereo sound systems in the early 60's for family and friends. I was totally fascinated with sound reproduction and to this day I love listening to music over the highest quality audio equipment I can afford. As an 'Old-School' music lover I have an extensive record collection and enjoy listening to them several times a week through my turntable connected to my amp-receiver and high-end speakers. However, sound technology, especially wireless, has opened up a whole new world for me and offers me freedom from connected audio cables. While devouring the technology specs of this Jabra 85H I immediately found the AI (Artificial Intelligence) engineered into these headphones with Jabra SmartSound. A outstanding feature from audEERING goes over and above any other active noise cancellation (ANC) solutions available. SmartSound includes environmental adjustments, which automatically aligns to my ever-changing surroundings from street sounds, yard noise, office noises, crowds, and even weather. I love it! Normally I would start my review with sound quality. However, because of the spectacular, advanced, technology features, this is where I am going to begin.
*** Technology ***
> Passive Noise Cancellation - The Passive NC is actually the fit of the over-the-ear earphones. They are snug and comfortable and have a padded top and two large ear cups covered with soft leatherette material that rest comfortably against my ears. WooHoo! The headphones slide on a band over my head and are easily adjustable. They weigh approximately ten and a half ounces – very light.
> Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) - The Jabra Elite has eight microphones, four of them are used by the digital ANC to filter out background noises. SmartSound, when activated in the Free Jabra App, or, the headphone mics will gather information from your surroundings and switch between different 'Moments' automatically. However, I have discovered that this may take up to ten seconds to change environments. 'Moments' are categorized as Commute, Public, and Private. Be aware: If you wear glasses like I do, have long hair covering your ears, or any clothing, covering your ears – these may affect the quality of your ANC.
> Voice Assistant – Connection to Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant is available by pressing the 'Voice Button' on the RIGHT earphone. I can use voice commands to make calls, send or receive messages. How cool is that?
> Phone Calls - When I use this phone feature six of the eight mics give me spectacular wireless call quality. Jabra is the industry leader in high quality, professional headsets. For incoming and outgoing phone calls this set is superior to anything else I have ever used.
> Auto ON & OFF - There is no ON or OFF button. When I take this headphone set out of its carrying case, and twist to place on my ears, they turn ON automatically, and like wise, when I return it back to the case, folding it inwards, they turn OFF.
> Ear Detection - There is a sensor system inside each earcup that automatically pauses or plays when you take OFF or put ON the headphones. WoW!
> Bluetooth Version – Jabra 85h uses the latest BT version, 5.0. My I-Phone quickly connected to the Jabra, and remembers its registry. My wife's Samsung did the same. In fact the Jabra H85 can connect to two different devices at the same time and up to eight devices in its registry.
> Intuitive Controls – Easy learning curve. After three weeks of using these cans daily I love how easy it is to just pick them up, twist, and place over my ears. Presto, they are ON and ready to pair, or immediately connect to the last mobile device they were 'paired' with. If someone needs my attention, I simply take the cans off and they automatically pause. They resume when I put them back on. Love it! The RIGHT headphone has the Voice Button to activate your Voice Assistant. A USB-C charging port and an RCA 3.5 mm Audio Jack for connection to outside audio devices. On the outside of the earphone is a Multi-function Button for pairing and phone calls. On the top side of the Multi-function Button is the Volume Up Button, and the Volume Down Button is beneath it. The LEFT earphone only has one button, Sounds Mode. I can turn the ANC ON or OFF, engage 'Hear-Through', and cycle through Moments.
> Jabra Sound App – The Jabra Sound App is FREE and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. It is a multi-functional App, which allows me to set many music and listening settings. Impressive! Important – If you register your Jabra 85H through the Java Sound App your warranty is good for Two Years. Otherwise, you will be limited to a one year warranty. This App has so many User-Friendly settings, it really allows you to take full control of your entire musical experience while using these fantastic headphones. NOTE – The Jabra Sound App was designed for Mobile Devices. Laptops, desktops, tablets may not have the ability for you to really enjoy using these headphones to the fullest.
> Water & Dust Resistant – Although Jabra does not specify a specific IP rating, I believe it is IP 52. This Jabra 85h has a nano-coating on the internal components and are advertised as being rain resistant. I use them out at my pool and on the patio. In any case, Jabra offers a two years' warranty for these headphones against water and dust. YooHoo!
*** Sound Quality ***
> Speakers & Sound – The Jabra speakers are 40mm and deliver crisp, clear, in-depth sound. They are targeted for the mid-ranges, frequency from 10Hz to 20kHz, with exceptional clear voice and channel separation. Impressive! The nuance sounds come clearly to the forefront and 'tickle' my ears with their refinements. These headphones are 'Ear-Candy' to my ears – not to much bass to overpower general music genres, but enough to appreciate when it needs to be emphasized. The bass can be boosted using the Jabra Sound app, but, it is never overpowering. There are six music presets: Default, Bass Boost, Smooth, Speech, Treble Boost, and Energize. I personally like the Energize preset since it reverts back to the classic 'Smile' in the EQ for most music genres.
> Versatility - Headphones feature a 3.5mm RCA Audio Jack. This jack allows me to play my vinyls through my turntable connected to my amp-receiver. I can also play my CDs or DVDs through my amp to these headphones. Fantastic! I love my vinyls. My amp has eighteen EQ frequency settings. These Jabra 85h headphones responded way beyond my expectations using my amp EQ. I organize and play my vinyls according to the music genre that strikes my mood. I adjust my amp-receiver EQ accordingly, which keeps me from having to go back and re-align the EQ playing mixed genres. When I use these headphones in wireless, BT mode through Internet Music Services, like Pandora, I do the same thing. The EQs are also impressive using the Jabra Sound App presets.
*** Other Features ***
> Battery Life - Up to thirty-six hours of battery life on a single charge. It takes me approximately two hours to fully charge these headphones. After three weeks of use I get approximately thirty hours on each charge. This unit includes a USB-C cable for charging, which is the latest tech for expediency. I can also get an additional five hours of playing time from fifteen minutes of charging time. Great!
> Carrying/Storage Case - The included zippered hard case is ideal for trips and provides protection for storage. It also has compartments for the USB-C charging cable, and flight adapter. When the headphones are placed in this case they automatically turn OFF. Cool!
*** Wish It Had ***
> High Resolution Audio (HRA) – Surprisingly, the Jabra 85h Elite does not have the Qualcom' aptX or Sony' LDAC, the latest HRA codecs designed to deliver CD quality sound over Bluetooth. However, without these codecs I was surprised at the depth of the sound field and the excellent, stereo, channel separation. No matter what genre of music playing I can hear all of the subtle background nuances to include raindrops falling and hitting roofs. Amazing!
*** Conclusion ***
> For me the most fascinating feature of this Jabra 85h Elite Headphone is the Artificial Intelligence (AI) built in to analyze the background noises of my current audio environment. If my neighbor is outside trimming his hedges, the AI will adjust the ANC to match my surroundings accordingly, and tell me what 'Moment' I am in when it changes. I am not aware of any headphones on the market today beside Jabra that features this technology. I also love that I can take these cans outside because they can take a little moisture. Again, I am not aware of any other over-the-ear headphones that are rainproof and dustproof. I highly recommend these Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Over-The-Ear Headphones – Five Stars.
I have used these both on a couple of plane trips and on my commute home on the bus - they do greatly reduce background noise.
- Battery life is super long.
- The auto pause when you take them off and auto off/on when you flip them flat works great.
- Storage case is great quality and even holds the included airplane adapter, aux wire for wired use, and charging cable.
- Decent Bluetooth headset for taking phone calls while listening to music.
- Controls for pausing, next/back, volume and calls.
- The pass through noise cancelling mode is far worse than just pulling one side off your ear to listen. The background noise is louder than normal and distorted.
- I don't think I would wear these while doing physical activity or expose them to any real dirt/water. They are partially covered with fabric (top and sides) and have a double hinge (to fit in their case).
- Sound quality is mid-range. Bass is flat and max volume is still a little too low for my taste.
- They are big and have some weight.
- No USB charger - only cable.
They are not for harsh use, but quality packaging / materials, solid call quality, effective noise cancelation and smart features are why I would consider these.
I absolutely love the Jabra Elite 85h headphones. In fact, my whole family loves them (our 16 year old is the one currently wearing them!). They have amazing sound quality, noise cancellation, battery life and even on-ear detection. Once you install the app on your phone, you instantly get so many great options that you're sure to love and voice prompts to help set you up!
These are amazing headphones! I was using another name brand over-the-ear headphones before getting these and I love the Jabra more.
There is a corded option if you'd rather use that than Bluetooth. I prefer the wireless. When you turn the ear cups, it automatically shuts off which is pretty awesome. I really, really like the USB-C charging. Every single time my husband or I have paired a Jabra device to our phones, it was almost instantaneous! No joke!
Would definitely recommend!
Battery life, Noise cancellation, Use for phone calls
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
I think Jabra can do better
Battery life, Noise cancellation, Use for phone calls
I'm mostly familiar with Jabra professional headset products for call centers and I do like them, that is why I was super excited to try the new 85h headphones! I have a mixed feelings though.
Let's start with good stuff:
1) Headphones are very well made, that "fabric" texture outside of the ear cups, super comfortable cushion on the head band, smooth extension. They fit my head just great and don't clamp too much.
2) Long 36 hour battery life with a quick USB-C charging, this is enough for a long trip!
3) Noise cancelling is amazing, it's really powerful. Hear thru mode is available if you want to be aware of your surroundings.
3) Rain resistant, they don't mind to be a little wet.
4) Carry case is included along with airline adapter and cables.
5) Ability to use them as wired headphones, 3.5mm cable is included.
6) Controls are nice and intuitive, headphones would pause automatically if you take them off your head. Power would automatically shut off as soon as you rotate the earcups into the "storage" position.
7) Mobile app is available, it provides the ability to create a "pre-setup" settings like "Relax", "On the go", etc, each setting would have it's custom noise cancelling option and equalizer positions.
8) Ear cushions are easily removable and replaceable
Now what is not so good:
1) Sound quality!!! It's sub par for this level of headphones. Bass is virtually non-existent unless you pick a "Bass boost" in the EQ, Highs are muffled together, there is no clarity. Mid range is ok, but sound feels "compressed" at the frequency edges. I'm not a big fan of artificial EQ so I was doing my testing with "Default" flat EQ. Sound quality does not significantly change even if wired connection is used. I'm hoping Jabra can improve this with the next firmware update.
2) Power control - the only way to power off is to rotate earcups 90 degree into the "storage" position, which is not always practical. It's ideal if you put them in the case all the time, but not so comfortable if worn around the neck when not in use. I would prefer a physical On/Off switch instead.
Overall I'm excited about Jabra entering noise cancelling headphone market, but I'll be waiting for the next model to see if sound quality improves. Or maybe a firmware update?
Hello xKing - Thanks so much for your detailed feedback! We are glad to know that you are enjoying many features offered with the Jabra Elite 85h, including the build quality, battery life, and noise cancellation. We do believe that we can help to improve the sound quality for you overall. A new firmware was just released yesterday to increase the volume levels and address other minor issues. Please be sure to complete the update through the Jabra Sound+ app. If you have any other questions or concerns, we hope that you will contact us as soon as possible so we can address them. You can reach us by sending a private message on either Facebook or Twitter (JabraSupport). Thank you again for your review!
Battery life, Features, Noise cancellation
Use with apps, Volume
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Traveling Professional's Dream… ALMOST
Battery life, Features, Noise cancellation
Use with apps, Volume
Build and Design 5/5
Features and Function 4/5
Audio Quality 3/5
Call Quality 5/5
After a week with these as the daily driver having used them at work, traveling/commuting, and around the house, I decided I have seen enough to form a helpful opinion. Will they remain my daily driver, is the question. My background is in sales and I also am a small business owner. It is from those angles I will review these but all will find something in this review useful. I like to think of myself as a tech nerd and sound enthusiast who enjoys innovation as an early adopter.
The more I use these, I have to say these are made with business professionals in mind. For Jabra's first entry into the ANC wireless headphone market, we as customers are going to be in for a treat. Jabra is pushing innovation in the ANC market with these and I only see them getting better. We will benefit in the long run with AI implemented here. The call quality alone makes these a business professional's dream if you find yourself switching between phone calls to conference calls to media consumption or media creation on the go. These support simultaneous dual connections allowing you to seamlessly move between two devices. This makes these a serious contender as daily driver for business. You get ANC, excellent call quality and voice isolation with an above average sound all in one feature packed pair of headphones by a company known to tow the line in bluetooth call innovation. I believe Jabra is onto something with AI and if they can get this nailed, it will be a game changer. I want to love these, but the biggest thing holding me back is the "just above average" sound these produce. They aren't very loud and the soundstage needs a lot of work.
Call Quality is the number one reason you would buy these. If you are a professional who travels and isn't an audiophile these can be for you. This is definitely for those who don't want to lug a separate device to make and take calls. With simultaneous connections, you can connect to your phone and a laptop/tablet to consume media. These are great for web conferences as well and voice isolation is superb. Background noises fade away with the algorithm and its 8 microphone array.
Hear Through with Jabra is THE BEST implementation of listening to your surroundings done in any headphones PERIOD. I really believe it has to do with the microphones being under the cloth of the ear cup. This design choice seems to provide acoustic qualities that just sound like professional microphones. Wind noise is almost none existent since the cloth acts like a "deadcat" for the mic. It sounds like I don't have on any headphones and it doesn't sound like it is over processed. The only gripe I have is the noticeable hiss when you don't have any music playing and they are in ambient mode. I have tried many headphones and this even beats the Sony 1000XM3's Ambient Sound option.
Smart Sound is an exciting feature in development. Living your life while your headphones analyze your surroundings is going to be a game changer. Currently I find it switching profiles too often caused by changes in the environment without changing your location physically. ANC and hear through profiles switch via AI when voices become prominent in a room and then stop. These switches became annoying since I left the voice prompt on to know when it changed. The AI needs to be tuned, but for now it is easier to press the button to switch modes myself. It is early technology and I know Jabra will be updating things to make this better. No other headphones have attempted this feature so kudos to Jabra!
Water resistance should be standard by now, but slowly the industry is implementing it. Jabra has done well here. I have not and will not be testing the resistance, but using these at the gym is a go! Sweatproof… CHECK! These are also windproof due to the microphone design and fabric over them. You are protected against the elements with these in short durations.
My Thoughts for Improvement
-Headband needs to be redesigned. It is difficult to size these with one hand on each ear. You also cannot tell whether each ear cup in equal on both sides. There are no lines, clicks, or numbers to reference. This could be resolved on their next rendition, so let's remember it's their first release to market.
-These headphones are not for audiophiles but rather the avg listener who hasn't experienced audio from other headphones in this price range. These lack power and have a weak soundstage which is disappointing. I found the EQ in the app not really effective making it more of a gimmick than a feature. It feels like the EQ only tweaks audio by only reducing instead an frequencies and not boosting them. To an untrained ear, these will sound great if you never owned a pair of headphones in this price range before. For the price you do actually get innovation and call quality. Maybe they will upgrade the speakers in a later release to get more range and clarity. Maybe these can be fixed via a firmware update, who knows.
-Ear cups cause me to sweat and stick to my face. Cloth isn't the greatest material for cleaning but it is nice. I wish the ear cups were interchangeable with a breathable material or a redesigned cup so they aren't so hot and get sweaty.
-Hiss is audible in hear through mode.
Things to know:
Cannot be used passively - you need to have a charge in them to use them passively. I haven't seen this in any other ANC headphones which is disappointing.
AI is buggy - it is good to see AI implemented in a pair of headphones. It still needs work as it changes for no reason without changes in the environment or sounds.
USB C - this should be standard in 2019 but you'd be surprised how many still use micro and mini USB to charge. They do work while you charge them so that is a plus. I am not aware of any other headphones you can charge and use.
Quick Charge - 15mins nets you 5 hours. Enough said.
Bluetooth 5.0 - Enough said.
No aptX, LDAC, AAC, or hi-fi codecs supported. HSP v1.2 , HFP v1.7, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, PBAP v1.1, SPP v1.2 support only with no plans to add HiFi codecs.
NOT BIG HEAD APPROVED!
Auto-On/Auto Pause - just by putting the headphones on powers them on. There are sensors that detect the presence of an ear in the cup.
Battery life KING. With ANC on you get 36hrs. Without ANC 41hrs. After a week of heavy use, I still have 60%. I do not doubt Jabra's battery claims. Industry average is around 25hrs so there you have it.
Build quality and design are excellent. No questions about this. Dedicated Voice Assistant button is a plus as well. The case provided is probably the best to date.
No Audio Delay/Lag on Android devices, but a slight delay on Apple devices I have tested.
Wear fatigue is real for some. Big heads will feel it. Ear cups handle big ears just fine.
Dual simultaneous connections occasionally cut in and out. Not often but it happens when you are streaming sound from one device and your other device gets a notification. It gets confused as to what should be heard and audio skips. This is to be expected.
Smart AI bugs are present. I guess the algorithms are still being tweaked but it will switch between the "public" and "private" moments with nothing in the surroundings changing. I will just be sitting on the couch and all of a sudden a voice will tell you what "moment" you are switching to. I ended up turning it off since the controls are pretty simple to find.
Lack of interchangeable ear cups. If these get ripped or damaged… tough. You will need to buy a new pair or look stupid. As of now I cannot find replacements. These remind me of those nasty toilet seats that were "foam" and when they tore, nasty stuff got in… same thing here. These will reek of sweat once the earcup membrane is compromised.
In short, if you are thinking about getting them… go ahead. If you can catch these on sale HECK YEAH buy them. If you are an audiophile… pay $50 more and get one of the top two competitors in the market.
Noise cancellation, Sound quality, Use for phone calls
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love the convenience of the Jabra Elie 85h
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of Use
5 out of 5
Noise cancellation, Sound quality, Use for phone calls
As a Mom of 2 who also works from home, these noise cancelling headphones have been so convenient. The fact that they are wireless gives me freedom of movement around the house/office and I love that when I take them off my ears, my music is automatically paused. I have also done conference calls with these headphones and the quality of audio was great.
The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about reliability, design, durability and noise isolation. Editors are less positive about portability and bass quality and have mixed opinions about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 96/100 = Excellent quality.
TechRadarRating, 4 out of 54.0Stephen Lambrechts on June 11, 2019
Jabra Changed How Noise-Canceling Headphones Work, and I Like It
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Jabra Elite 85h review: Noise cancellation to rival Bose and Sony
Jabra impressed us last year with a mix of quality and value on the Elite 65t. The Elite 85h is a well-built audio workhorse with amazing battery life and capable ANC, but the overall audio quality isn't as good as the Sony 1000XM3. And at $300,Full Review
Tom's GuideRating, 4.5 out of 54.5Alex Bracetti on May 20, 2019
Jabra Elite 85h Headphones Review: Great Bose Alternative with Killer Battery Life
For $250, the Jabra Elite 85h deserves serious consideration as your next noise-cancelling headphones. It's a versatile option that hits nearly every mark, from adjustable, dynamic sound to solid noise cancellation. Best-in-class battery life andFull Review
PCMagRating, 4 out of 54.0Tim Gideon on June 4, 2019
Jabra Elite 85h
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A:Answer These will have a newer tech than the Bose. Bluetooth 5.0, An App to adjust sound profiles and equalizer. Longer battery life: 36 hrs vs. 20 for the Bose. The Elite 85H's have Smart Adaptive Noise Cancellation that will adjust to your environment. These should be at the very least on par, if not a complete improvement over the the Bose and Top-End Sony's.
A:Answer None of the answers are accurate. In their spec they don't mention any of the audio "codec" they support. AptX or LDAC are all depending on A2DP, which is one of the Bluetooth profiles. I guess Jabra chose not to disclose it on purpose so we just have to wait for some real world usage.
A:Answer Yes. This is also the same for Jabra's other Elite devices (65t, 75t, Active models, etc). You can use Jabra Direct software on the PC to pair your Elite 85h to the Jabra 370 Link Adapter... and you can also manage settings from there and not exclusively through Sound+ on your phone.