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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Jabra Elite 65e – Exciting EQ Sound Customization

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    pauldar
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    After two weeks of using the Jabra Elite 65e Wireless Neckband everyday, I feel confident in writing an evaluation focusing on its most significant features. I received this complimentary Jabra Elite 65e Neckband in exchange for an honest and informative review. Sound Quality: * Ultimately, the most important characteristic of any wireless earbuds is the sound quality. Coupled with the Jabra Sound App are numerous features, which give me not only control, but the opportunity to customize my listening enjoyment to my own personal preferences. I am referring to the on-board, Apps' Music Equalizer. This Jabra Sound App can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play for Free. It has allowed me to adjust and manipulate the various sound frequencies as I see fit. I am an 'old-school' audiophile, and I believe this is the most significant and FUN feature the Jabra Elite 65e offers. Other brands of earbuds, if they offer any user-adjustments at all, focus on the mid ranges, and, or, may give you a choice of EQ presets – Pop, Rock, Jazz, and Classical. But, the Jabra engineers knew only too well that the heart and soul of the musical sounds we hear focuses on the 60 Hz to 4 KHz - 7 KHz range. So, they based their Music EQ App predominantly in those ranges. This is very unique for any headphones or earbuds to have an on-board EQ, which allows you to increase or decrease the loudness of that particular frequency range. Back in the day when we had analog music, the 'Smile' was the most common pattern used in a 50 Hz to 16 KHz range EQ, and, still is today. Now, I prefer more richer bass, especially in the lighter bass range of 200 Hz – 800 Hz range. So, my 'Smile' gets warped here as I set the range, 250 Hz, at a higher level (see my attached photo). For me increasing this range brings out the low end of acoustic guitars, deeper notes from vocalists, piano, and adds 'oomph' for robust tones, which I enjoy so much. You do not have to use this Jabra Sound App EQ. You can enjoy your music 'flat' with no EQ enhancements. Most earbuds are designed for the mid ranges anyway. But, once you actually take the time to use this App EQ with your ears, and finely tune your listening preferences – you will be 'hooked'. This significant feature alone turns your Jabra Elite 65e Earbud's listening enjoyment into 'tasty' ear-candy. WooHoo! Call Clarity & Noise Cancellation: *Jabra Elite 65e uses 3-microphone call technology, which creates effective noise canceling insuring call clarity to a degree that’s only found in high-end, more expensive earbuds. Using three separate microphones elevates the Jabra Elite 65e into a upper-end class all of its own. If you receive and make lots of calls you will really appreciate this feature. You can adjust your audio for Jabra Default, Enhanced Treble, and Enhanced Bass. You can also adjust the Sidetone, which enables you to hear your own voice through the microphones. How cool is that? The calls I made through my digital assistant, Siri, were amazingly clear. The folks on the receiving end said I was very distinct and audible, and sounded very near to them. At this time only Siri can be enabled as my voice assistant. Amazon Alexa is coming soon. * Noise Cancellation is a two step process. First, it is very important to insure that Passive Noise Cancellation is in place with the proper fit of the correct size of EarGel and EarWings for your ears. There are three sizes of EarGel and EarWings from which to choose, small, medium, and large. A snug, but comfortable fit insures Passive Noise Cancellation. I used the large size EarGel and they are very efficient at blocking out most surrounding noise. Then, I was super amazed at the quality of Noise Cancellation using the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) control, which utilizes the three-microphones to effectively block ambient sound. There is a dedicated ANC / Hear Through button on the left side of the neckband to activate or deactivate the ANC, but you can also turn the ANC, ON or OFF, using the Jabra Sound App. I found that on my daily four mile walks it was better to allow surrounding noises by deactivating the ANC so I could be aware of auto traffic, etc. Comfort & Fit During Physical Activity: * The Jabra 65e is lightweight and comfortable to wear during most physical activities. What I really liked about the neckband is that it has a plastic body facing the back of my neck. Unlike other rubberized neckbands, which have irritated the back of my neck, this Jabra 65e is easy to wear while moving around and bouncing up and down. I would recommend this neckband for most physical activities, but not vigorous jogging or running. This is my own personal opinion, because neckbands, in general, have irritated my neck while I ran just wearing a T-Shirt. I have had to wear Polo-Styled shirts to prevent neck irritation. *While wearing these earbuds I walked four miles each day, exercised at my fitness center for an hour every other day, worked in my yard and garden, and, of course, did routine, daily, household chores. They hold up well to perspiration and clean easily. However, I must note that these earbuds are only rated, IP54, which is the lowest water protection rating. They are not submersible or waterproof, but will take perspiration and a small splash. I wore them twice on my early morning walks while it was raining - no problem. Other Jabra Elite 65e Features: * Handy Carrying Case - Included. * Three Sets of EarGels and EarWings - Included small, medium, and large. * Battery – up to 8 hours of use with the ANC ON. Up to 13 hours with ANC OFF and volume at 50%. Two hour charge time. Battery Indicator at top of the Jabra Sound App. Can charge using the included USB cord to your computer or using your smart phone charger. * Voice Guidance – You can turn this feature ON or OFF. * Phone Calls – You can make and receive exceptionally clear phone calls using your digital assistant. Additionally, you can end phone calls letting your earbud magnets mate together. * Two Year Warranty - Covers the lifespan of the device and dust and water damage. * Bluetooth – Easy and fast connection using Bluetooth 5.0. Can connect two devices at once. Two IOS. Two Android, or, one IOS and one Android. I connect with an I-Phone SE and my wife connects with a Samsung Galaxy. * Standby Time – Automatically shuts down after 15 minutes of B Bluetooth inactivity. * Free Jabra Sound App – Download from Apple or Google Play Stores. This is a 'must' for enhancing your listening enjoyment and streamlining your earbuds controls. * Vibration Neckband – When power is turned ON or OFF, and, or incoming phone calls. You can turn this feature OFF is desired. Recommendations: The sound quality, noise cancellation, and EQ ability to adjust and customize this Jabra Elite 65e to my own personal listening preferences is the most significant feature. YooHoo! Beforehand, I had to use a 3.5mm cable from my amp to my headphones to utilize an EQ for incredible sound. The adjustable voice clarity of phone calls is the second most outstanding feature. If you are busy and on the go, and make many phone calls - this one is for you. The two channel separation coupled with the nuances of gentle and prominent background sounds is spectacular. I love this Jabra Wireless Elite 65e Neckband. I highly recommend the purchase of this Jabra 65e for yourself, family member, friend, or that special graduate. You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well rounded for every use

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    So far, I am finding these headphones to be very well rounded and are turning into an awesome daily driver with very few faults I can find. The box and items inside seem well designed with a nice appearance of quality and not a whole lot inside. The headphones are nicely presented upon opening and you will also find a small manual, additional headphone ear buds and hooks, a nice cloth carrying pouch and a USB cable. The unit was smaller than I expected having tried multiple behind the neck headphones over the years. The ear bud portion feels rather well built. The cables feel strong and hold their shape pretty well. I believe this is by design to best keep the microphones on the right side close to your mouth for phone calls. The base neck portion is sturdy and very slim. They have a great grippy silicon texture to them so they will not slip very easily around your neck with normal wear. The design is not flashy at all and I would describe it as more functional, they are not bad looking by any means though. Pairing is straight forward like any Bluetooth earbuds and works best with the Jabra + software if you want to fine tune the EQ and update the firmware. It is not needed but nice to have. Audio quality is very good. I tested them walking outside, doing office work, at the gym and going to bed. One battery charge lasted me the whole day with LOTS of listening. Walking out side I used the ANC feature and it did a very good job of blocking most of the static from the road while letting it just enough important audio like cars and cross walk signs. I took a few calls and it was very clear on my end with the caller saying the same. Office work was music with the pass through feature engaged. It does a very good job of allowing all ambient sound in while not overpowering the music. It does sound a little amplified though and can be annoying over extended periods. So when no one was around I turned it off and just concentrated on my music and podcasts. My gym usage was surprisingly good. I usually get lots of interference at the gym with Bluetooth headphones but had no issues with this headset. The music came in loud and clear with good quality. The ANC was perfect for the gym as it eliminated all the background music, conversations and most of the sounds of the weights. The water resistance is IP54 rated so it should do a decent job protecting against sweat and rain but I wouldn’t try to get it more wet than that. This might have become my favorite gym headphones partly because of the audio quality / ANC and partly because it stays in position on my neck perfectly due to the grippy texture. Bed time music was a good experience since I could just concentrate on music so lets talk about audio quality. If you are used to any high quality wired headsets, you will instantly notice the music is a little more muddy due to the use of SBC profile. The website and box didn’t describe what Bluetooth profiles were supported and only say Bluetooth 5.0. I checked developer options on my phone and it wouldn’t change from SBC mode so it appears there is no APTX or LDAC (high quality) profiles present. That being the case, the music did sound very good overall but I think you will need to adjust it with the EQ in the app to get a good setting you like. I was curious about the Bluetooth 5.0 as it is supposed to make larger range connections with your phone possible but I didn’t see much improvement from the normal 30 or so feet over Bluetooth we have become used to over the years. Bluetooth 5.0 is also supposed to make file transfers and battery life better which were both hard to test since my phone I tested it with supports 5.0 and I didn’t have another phone to test it with a different version. From my experience though, the firmware updates transferred relatively quickly and battery life was exceptional as it lasted me pretty much the entire day. You battery life will go down with ANC enabled. I give this headset a 4 out of 5 as it is very high quality and is well worth a purchase. I only took a star away for little details I would like to have seen, mainly support for APTX, high water resistance rating and something other than micro-USB for charging. Those are little gripes so if that doesn’t bother you, you will probably enjoy these very much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Comfort+Usability+Voice Clarity+Phone Functions

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    I like the sound of these Jabra Elite 65e Wireless Noise Cancelling In-Earbud. They easily match my preferred sound profile. I like accurate, natural bass and good detail. Their comfort, ease-of-use, voice clarity, and functionality for phone use are real winners. I can easily recommend these earbuds, with a few caveats noted in my review. SETUP: The more time I spend with my electronics, the more I realize that ease-of-use is at least as important as my obsession with sound quality. Jabra could be a bit more helpful here, as their “Get Started Guide” shows the very important Sound+ APP inside it’s cover, but makes no other mention of it. Do yourself a favor, and download the APP while you wait for that 1st charging. With the App installed on your phone, you can set aside the “GET STARTED” guide I will give kudos for a guide you can read without magnifying glasses and with genuinely useful diagrams. But, it’s the APP that has a USER MANUAL under the DEVICE ICON. Save yourself time and go directly here. COMFORT and FUNCTIONS: With the Jabra Sound+ the PAIRING process is fast. The control for ON/OFF/BT/Phone use sits between nicely separate UP/Forward and DOWN/Reverse controls, along the right “arm” of the neck band. You’re ready to play music. All three buttons are really raised and really easy to locate while out-and-about. There are only 2 controls on the left neckband “arm” which control noise cancelling and MUTE/VOICE/SIRi, etc. The earbuds are very lightweight and it was easy for me to get a good fit. I’m a big fan of the oval shaped gels and the “wings’ that Jabra employs. These earbuds sit in your ears without fuss and fiddling. The neck band is fairly comfortable, and “disappears” quickly enough, but it seems designed for the average to smaller neck sizes. SOUND and Noise Cancelling: Accurate, detailed. Exceptional voice quality for phone calls. For overall sound, there is a nice surprise for you: in the APP, under the HOME ICON, touch the GEAR ICON, then Audio Experience, then Music equalizer, and here you discover a 5 Band Equalizer, music controls, and a quick RESET to start over. Nice, if buried deeper than necessary. Other controls are here under the GEAR and simpler adjustments are just under the HOME icon. Noise Cancelling is on board. This is not the “blackhole” silencing some other headphones can provide, but it can certainly quiet down a droning engine. COMPLAINTS: On my iPhone6 I found that the noise cancelling was critical to getting high quality sound from the Jabra Earbuds. When I defeated it, sound quality took a bad turn, losing bass and volume. But, I also had another odd quirk, which may or may not have been contributing to my results. The APP was actually PAIRING with my iPhone6, twice. Working with Jabra Support is a pleasure, as they take whatever time is required to sort out problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    fantastic audio and call quality

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    If you’re looking for the best earphones for the gym, these might not be for you. If you’re looking for completely wire free, also (obviously) not for you. If you’re like me and need something for the office that not only sounds great but has good call quality as well, Jabra’s most recent offering may be exactly what you’re looking for. the good: sound quality - Wow. I am blown away by the quality of sound that I’m seeing in Jabra products recently (the 65t sound great as well, for wire-free ear buds). Full spectrum is represented well here, with nice low end extension and crisp (but not fatiguing) highs. Really well done, and fun to listen to. These have quickly become my daily drivers because of music and call quality. multiple device connectivity - can connect to 2 devices at the same time. This is so convenient during the work day. I connect to both my laptop and my phone, and switching works quite well. call quality - This is what comes to mind when I think Jabra (though I have begun to think “audio quality” as well. I use these for multiple calls for work through the day, and those on the other end of the line tell me they sound great. ANC - Passive I’ve seen before…all in ears are passively isolating to a certain degree. Active noise cancelling?? I’m not sure if they cancel on par with something like an over ear QC35 from Bose (which are probably tops here) but still pretty effective. I’ll definitely be trying these on my next flight. comfort / fit - I have trouble with lots of in ears fitting properly, and the shape of these, along with the wings, make for a really secure fit. Very comfortable to use all day for me. battery life - So far, no issues using these all day during work. case - For this neck band style of in ear, an include soft case is a nice touch. it’s enough to keep them in good shape if you just toss them in your bag at the end of the day. app - Jabra’s mobile app has some nice features (ANC control, equalizer), but overall could probably use a little work. It’s probably the weakest part of the entire package in my opinion, but in no way is it especially bad. I’d really like to see the ability to control connected devices here (Bose app has this feature). the bad: none for me overall: For me, these are an absolute home run. I never imagined that my go to pair of headphones for daily drivers would Jabra (over, say, Bose, JBL, Sony, B&W). I need 3 things in my daily use - 1. obviously music quality is paramount 2. phone call quality for work and 3. at least enough battery life to get through the day. This headset is superb for all 3 without a doubt. 5 stars, highly recommended for those with similar needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Jabra Quality, Great Usability

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    The Jabra Elite 65e is yet another neckband style headset. I haven't used a lot of Jabra products in the past few years, but I always remember their bluetooth headsets back in the day. The 65e is a solid headset in keeping with Jabra's reputation. Setup is quite easy. They enter pairing mode immediately and are easy to pair. The voice prompts are straight forward and not as grating as some other cheaper headsets. There was significant attention to detail on user experience here, and it shows. While the 65e boasts superior call quality, this feature has fallen far on my list of important features. I haven't had any complaints with the few calls I've taken. It's pretty cool that they can vibrate as well as make a pretty subdued tone to let you know you have an incoming call. The experience is quite nice w/ calls. Where the 65e stands out to me is both audio quality and ANC. To get the best experience you need to ensure you've fitted the earbuds properly. The silicone inserts need to create a decent seal in your ears. The inserts that came out of the box installed were perfect to me, but there is a tray of other silicon pieces to ensure a great fit. This is essential to both sound quality and ANC working. The buds are held in place by the inner lobe area using the 'EarWings'. The manual goes through how to install and adjust for your needs. If properly sealed, the 'passive' noise cancellation does a decent job of keeping things quiet. The ANC when enabled really cuts down on the background hums. Compared to my other ANC headphones (over the ear), the noise cancelling is pretty good. Things get quite quiet. I haven't used them on a flight yet, but my assumption is that they'd perform well in that situation (which is essentially what ANC was designed for). Sound quality is top notch. The bass is quiet sublime without stretching to the absurd. The mids and highs are clear, and don't suffer from any over extension. The sound stage is narrow, but such is life when the sound drivers are literally in your ear canal. I found the treble could approach a bit of harshness and higher volumes (at least for me), but using the Sound+ app from Jabra, you can use a global 5-band equalizer to tune sound to your preferences. The overall design of the headset is very premium. The materials are solid, and most of surface is a soft-touch plastic. The only downside for me is that the neckband can get a bit hot if it's sitting directly on skin. The right side has a multifunction button flanked by volume up and down. The left side has an 'assistant' button and ANC on/off button. One of the cooler features is the 'hearthrough' which mutes your music, and passes through microphone input to your ears. The idea is if you are listening to music, and someone needs to talk to you, you just hold the ANC button for 2 seconds and then you can carry on a conversation without ever removing your earbuds. In practice it's a bit odd for me, but it does function quite well. Another great usability feature is the magnets for the earbuds. While it keeps them tidy when not in your ears, it's also smart enough to pause your music when you click them together. Also if you're receiving a call (and feel the vibration), separating the buds will answer the call. This is really nifty. Overall, the Jabra 65e are a highly polished set of ANC earbuds with excellent sound quality. Its the sort of polish that you won't get from most $200 earbuds. If you're in the market for earbuds, and would like ANC to cut out some background noises/hums, try the 65e's - you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good audio but totally useless noise cancelling

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    The earbuds are comfortable, have a good premium feel, and the build seems solid. The audio quality is good and the voice is clear, but the active noise cancelling is useless and does nothing to filter out any ambient noise. The app is basic, allowing you to switch between three mode and has an equalizer and options for audio cues and vibration. Overall I was satisfied with the audio performance but the ineffectiveness of the noise cancelling was a huge letdown making the asking price very hard to accept. Pro: -Audio was balanced -Build quality is good Con: -Noise cancelling does nothing -The audio cues is hard to tell apart -Tiny buttons The earpieces are comfortable and light. The soft rubber wings doesn’t put any pressure on my ear and it stays in just fine. The neck band is solid and is heavy enough with a slight curve so it doesn’t slide around or fall off. The buttons on each side are a little squishy and are somewhat small. I have to feel around to make sure I’m pressing the right buttons. The audio quality is good enough for me. The sound was balanced enough for casual listening. I don’t like earbuds that try to emphasize the bass by muffling the rest of the sound so I was satisfied with these. The vocals came in clear and crisp. For the active noise cancelling, I did not have the same great experience that other users have reported so maybe I got a defective one, but for me the ANC is just terrible. It’s so ineffective that there’s practically no difference between it being on or off. The only slight difference is that the audio is a bit louder. I can still hear all the ambient sound around me just as clear, even the low hum like the ac or fan still comes through. I would go as far as to say that these are the worst noise cancelling earbuds I’ve had, especially at this premium price. As for the app, it’s pretty basic. You can select between your general default, commute, and relaxing. The general setting lets you use the equalizer, and lets you adjust some setting for audio cues, vibrations, and your prefered noise cancelling mode. The option for commute lets some ambient sound in while the relax option is supposed to block out all ambient sounds. My main annoyance is with the audio cues. You can set it to have either vocal or audio cues indicating when the earbuds power on/off and when the ANC is on/ambient/off, but it doesn’t work consistently between the three modes. Vocal cues only seems to work in the General setting. When using the audio beeps, it’s hard to tell which mode the ANC is in, especially since there’s very difference in the audio. So unless I was sent a defective pair, these earbuds are not worth the price. Even though the audio was quite good, the “profession grade ANC” is an absolute failure. A hard pass.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, decent noise cancelling, fits well!

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    Overall - great fit in my ears and very comfortable. Others have complained about comfort - but I guess it's really personal preference! Even with Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) turned on, I get just about 8 hours of run time and a quick 2 hour charge! These Jabra 65e's have "EarGel" ear pieces, helping to block out noise withing even being turned on and make them for comfortable for duration wearing! The snug fitting buds hold tight to my sweaty ears even during workouts - a definite plus. The con is I find myself taking one ear bud out when trying to talk to people. I commute on a public bus to avoid rush hour traffic, and these work just great for that! Block out all that unwanted bus and traffic noise. Great for listening to audio books! The neck halo is comfortable, but eventually I'll likely upgrade to true wireless earbuds and not have the wire draping around my neck. My friends tell me the call quality is good - and could be easily used in the car - just be careful as you may not hear other driving sounds that are important to you! I find myself NOT using the hands free features and talking with on the bus though - looks to much like I'm talking to myself and to easy for others to hear. Use the mobile app to tweak your listening experience a bit - not necessary but kind of cool. Unfortunately, they did not come with a bag, pouch or case of any sort. A bit of a miss in my opinion as many of us will take these on the go and just have throw them in the bag or backpack with the rest of your junk. I suppose the quality build and materials can take it, but would have been nice to include a case.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, with some flaws but more strengths

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    I am going to start with my dislikes, because there are few. Dislike: -Overall these seem to be really well made and exceptional quality, but the mic grill/cover does not feel like it will stay attached very long. There is a edge that protrudes from the mic grill at the housing that feels like it will snag and pull right off in time. -The neck band. I have a larger neck, 17" shirt collars. The neck band is snug, it really is hard to describe. While most of the weigh is at the back, the flex points seem to put the pressure towards the front of my neck. - The app. This a a good and evil. There is the Sound+ app in the Play Store (Apple Store for those people :) that is pretty decent, BUT you have to install a second Jabra Service that is linked in the app, bottom of the screen after connecting. Two apps to manage the headphones just seems odd, neither seem to be required. Also, late add, the app says there is a update to the headset, that after it starts installing...IT NEVER ENDS. The app seems to be designed to be a initial setup but is not in the documentation. Likes: -The sound is almost perfect to my taste. Good bass, treble, very balanced out of the box. There is a equalizer that is slightly hidden in settings. - Ear pieces fit really nicely. Good comfort there. - Mic has a really good quality to it. - ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) is one of the better implimentations that I have used. - Magnetic earpieces so they do not accidentally get snagged in something. - Wires to the earpieces feel really thick and strong. - Buttons are clicky and very intuitive. - You can connect to two devices without issue. Tested with a Chromebook, iPhone and a Android Phone. Just hold the power for about 3 seconds when powering on and you can connect the other device. It will connect to two devices at once, but will remember more. I have 3 devices remembering the headset and they switch rather easily by connecting in BT settings. - Battery life has been really good, exceeding the 12 advertised hours. Overall, I really like these headsets. I just wish the weight distribution and tightness in the neck piece were better distributed. I would recommend for normal sized humans. Larger people may want to try them on before deciding if these are a good fit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    headband format, noise cancelling, liveable flaws

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    I'm not totally sure what to think of the headband/neckband style of headphones, or neckbuds as I've seen them referred to. They're definitely made for activities and they definitely get in the way of said activities if not implemented correctly. This latest offer from Jabra steps it up in a number of ways. The headband for this pair is a little more sculptured to fit the back of the neck and sit comfortably on your clavicle. This keeps them from flopping around as much as some others. Active noise canceling is out of this world, probably due to the use of 3 microphones internally to drive the noise canceling. They also use these 3 microphones to give you a "boosted ear" mode which is kind of cool, but I'm not sure what you'd use it for unless you're hunting big game. The active NC seems to get better and better with every pair of headphones I put on, everyone is trying to match Bose's capabilities. Jabra is right up there with Bose and Sony for the amount of presence that you DO NOT feel when the active noise canceling is on. Battery life goes down quite a bit from 13 hours to 8 when you use the noise canceling, which is less than stellar. Also, Jabra has insisted on including another semi-useless app that has the ability to change the sound profiles and make sound adjustments. Now to the loss of a star. These kinds of headphones are BEGGING to be used on an airplane. Or in a vehicle, but the noise canceling is a feature that many seek out for flying. Why then has Jabra omitted a hardwire plugin for these headphones? These phones are sweat resistant, which is appropriate for activities but not water resistant like some of their competitors at this price range. Unfortunately, the ~2 bills price range is littered with headphones doing active noise canceling and I can't say this is my first choice. If you have to have a neckband/neckbuds then you'll like these, otherwise, score yourself more features at the same price elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for Music not yet for Calls

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    These were my first wireless noise-canceling in-ear headphones and for that reason, I didn’t have any experience with a similar device. I tried not to compare with an over the year type to be true to the audience target this was meant for. One feature that I really like is the neckband. Although I do like the ones with no wires, I never feel comfortable exercising with them. No matter how they swear they wouldn’t pop out of your ears, they do even if it’s just once in a while. The Jabra Elite 65e is less likely to happen in my experience so far and I do exercise at least once a day. To me, what really matters is comfort and sound quality. Comfort was not bad but I couldn’t stand using them for more than a couple of hours in my ears. This is a common problem for me and you may not experience it the way I do. As for sound quality, this will not disappoint many people, even audiophiles like me. Good base for this type of device. There were no statics with iPhone 7 Plus or iPad. Call quality, however, was a mixed experience. For me it was excellent but people at the other end complained about echo. I couldn’t figure out the right settings – if any – to fix that. Noise cancellation cannot be compared with an over- or on-the-year device. It does work and it is good for a walk or run in the park but for complete isolation from the world outside and comfort, I always find myself going back to over-the-year headphones. The main issue so far is the app for customization. It could be a lot better but to be fair, I have the same problem with apps for other brands such as Sony. Maybe the issue I had with phone calls could be easily fixed with the app if it was better designed. I would give five stars for sound quality, a.k.a. music, three for phone calls, noise canceling and comfort, and two for the app. I may be mistaken but all but one of the issues above may be fixed with a software update, especially considering that these headphones have 3 mics. I would easily change my rating to five stars when those fixable issues are addressed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Light Weight Design

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    The name titanium black felt heavy and I was wary that it would weigh a lot on my neck. Well, that is not so. From the moment of unpckaging there’s this beautiful silicone body of the headphones which feels so nice on my neck. The headphones come with different ear gels, a charging wire and a nice zipper pouch to keep it safe. Voice clarity is the best I’ve ever had in a pair of headphones. I’m on the go a lot and many of my calls are taken by phone. Other headphones get complaints from my callers and these allowed me to accomplish my work. As you can see I’m at the gym and the noisy speaker didn’t affect my listening experience! The Jabra app is interesting and I hope it evolves to have more sound presets. Ecause three is just to limiting. You can tailor how you listen to music and your calls which is a big difference maker. I enjoy there being bass in my music but treble in my calls so I love that I can change that as I need it. I’m sort of nervous thag the charging port on the neck band doesn’t have a cover for when I’m not charging which means dirt or dust can fall in there. These are my work headphones so I’m glad the design is very luxe so that no one can question how much fun I’m having with my headphones. I keep asking people out of politeness to see if they can hear me okay and my feedback is that I sound very clear. So I’m enjoying my 65e’s quite a bit!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as I had hoped

    Posted
    CAdreamin1

    I purchased the Elite 65e in hopes of finding a good all around set that would work well on my commute, on daily Google Hangouts/Meets, and on the occasional plane trip (to replace my aging Sony over-the-ear noise cancelers). I tried them with an iPhone 7 and a couple of MacBooks. The Good: - Nice rich basey sound for music - Very good passive noise isolation due to earbud fit - Helpful voice and tone assistance - Effective "hear through" mode - Good companion app for changing equalizer signatures, ANC/Hear-Through on-off and various other settings. Also includes pink noise and ocean wave tracks. - When not in use, earbuds click together with magnets and auto power down, making it easy to keep them in reach for next use - Nice quality build and premium feel, including carrying case The Disappointing: - Call mic quality was not good at all in anything but a quiet environment, and thus not effective for most of my call scenarios. This was especially disappointing given the reviews and marketing claiming superior call quality. I tried with both the phone and the MacBooks with same result. - Frequent dropouts on busy NYC streets. - Neckband, although attractive and a nice fit, started to feel heavy on my neck after wearing more than 30-60 minutes. Defeats the desired convenience of wearing them all day so they would be in easy reach. - ANC not very effective, either blocking noise from being heard or improving call quality for other party. I really wanted to like the 65e with high hopes they would meet all my needs, but in the end they fell short on too many fronts.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Unparalleled call quality, terrible design

    Posted
    Magnus100
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    - Unbeatable inbound and outbound phone call quality in noisy or quiet conditions, much better than any other headset I've used (believe me, I've tried so many of them over the past 12 years and this is the only one that delivers excellent call quality, all others were utter garbage in this department) - Excellent ambient noise reduction / excellent active noise cancelation - Better than average sound quality for music - comfortable to wear for hours and stays in your ear, once you find the right sized ear tip for your ear - It can connect to two devices at once - construction is solid and materials appear durable Cons - Charges via terribly outdated Micro-USB instead of USB C - Charges very slowly - just okay battery life - design (not construction quality) is not intuitive or user friendly as, e.g LG headsets - Not very secure for jogging or very vigorous exercises unless you don't mind losing your precious headset - Pairing is not automatic and unintuitive Overall, if making phone calls is important to you then the performance of this headset is 10/10, but the design inferiority listed above still need to be addressed. I'm glad I got this headset as it's consistently excellent for making calls with very crisp and loud sound in every enviroment, every time, all the time and sounds even better than holding up the phone to my ear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Another great headset from Jabra

    Posted
    LouRevue
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    I wasn't all that impressed with Jabra as a headphone maker however between this, and the 65t's, I'm a fan. The 65t are probably one of the best wireless earbuds out there in terms of sound quality and price. While I'm not that big a fan of neckband headphones like this, given these were the same line as the 65t's, I had to give them a shot. Not surprisingly, these are just as good as the 65t's and add noise cancellation feature to them. Sound wise, these are very good for pretty much any range of music. There's not a whole lot of bass with these but just good enough. Highs and mids are pretty spot on so no complaints there. In the box you get the usual assortment of goodies. This comes with a neoprene carrying case which is nice as well as some extra earbud tips. Battery wise, the website says you should get about 8 hours with noise cancelling on and 12 without. As far as fit/finish, these are pretty good all around. I don't like neckband headphones since some of the ones I've tried aren't very comfortable and it "feels" like you're wearing something around your neck. With these, don't really have that sensation and can barely tell they're on unless you start moving around. All in all, I'm quite pleased with these both from a functional and aesthetic perspective.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Elite 65e are great but...

    Posted
    CrysisComplex
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    Jabra - Elite 65e Wireless Noise-Canceling are great BT headphones. Excellent all round great performance and they are certainly well built. They have a nice construction that holds well in the modern era. The problem with these headphones come in when you are trying to fit them in the ear. They are not comfortable to some users and this theory was tested with me and my girlfriend who did not enjoy the Jabra but I had better times with it. First off they are easy to pair with your phone or tablet, They also are lightweight enough to swing around on your neck all day. They lack Bass but the clear sound and tone to the audio were good enough for me to enjoy these. Stylish and subtle these headphones are nice which doesn't draw too much attention. The Active Noise cancellation is good and blocks out enough sound in the city. I've used these headphones on most of my phones and they worked out perfectly. The battery did hold up well in my experience with a full day worth of streaming music but they rapidly charge up. I wished they used USB C but that is not here. Also making great phone calls with a clear mic between me and the caller. Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant for voice-activated control worked fine. My girlfriend didn't enjoy trying these because she said they felt uncomfortable and kept falling out no matter what earbuds tips we used. If I'm being truthful here they didn't hold up that well in my ears either until I got the hang of having them in. The ends are magnetic but do not hold together well around her neck either. It's strange to say but they are great headphones and they are nice to use but with them falling out a lot I'm not sure I'm going to use them as much as I like. They are held back by the tiniest issue which could be the shortcomings of these.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not very good ANC

    Posted
    Bluenycom

    I bought it for an upcoming trip to Asia. I have good experience with Jabra Elite Sport (truly wireless). It has good design and setup was easy. The sound quality and call quality are very good. Ear tips (S, M, L) are not as comfortable as I like, but tolerable. I figure I'll grow into them. The main issue, the reason for me to buy this, was the ANC. It didn't seem to be very effective. I tested on the car where there is constant noise, the kind of noise that's normally reduced by ANC. It worked but not as dramatic as I thought. My wife has an old Bose QC 20 for me to compare. It was a noticeable difference!! I then thought maybe plugged-in vs bluetooth is the problem. I then bought a Bose QC 30 for comparison. Sound quality (both music and call) wise, the Jabra is better. To my ears, the QC 30 is better in ANC and comfort (very nice eartips). I returned the Jabra 65e. Sound quality during a flight is not as important to me. The goal really is to reduce background noise so I can hear whatever I want at a reasonable volume. With ANC on, I kept the volume at 30-40% percent. With ANC off, I'd have to increase the volume to 70-80%, not very good for the ears for a 10+ hours flight. Comfort is also another important thing for a long flight. No matter how good the sound is, if it's not comfortable, then it's basically useless. I think this Jabra is good for its price if it fits your ears. The sounds is excellent. To my ears, it's just not as good as Bose for ANC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Jabra

      Hello Bluenycom. Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you like the overall fit and feel for your Elite 65e. The ANC is always depended on the right fit of your headset. Every ear shape is different. The Elite 65e comes with 3 different sized ear-gels and ear-wings. Often one has to try different size scenarios to achieve the ultimate fit for noise cancellation. Jabra

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound, bad interface

    Posted
    KnoxVegasGeek

    I really wanted to love these headphones, but the way they connect and function just won't let me. On the Good Side: Sound is GREAT. ANC works well, fits my ear well also. The So-So: Microphone isn't all that awesome. I have 2 different Plantronics single-ear models that have significantly better microphone performance than these did. Skype calls were a big need for me, and I was kind of disappointed here. Also, the battery only seems to last 6-7 hours if you use ANC, not the 13 hours shown. Lastly, the range and connectivity is mediocre at best. There are many pauses/stuttering audio even at 5-10 ft away. The Bad: The app/service that runs on your phone when using this product is bad. There aren't enough features to justify needing it over using buttons on the headset. A service runs the whole time it's paired to your phone, and that service eats a lot of battery. When I've connected to 2 devices at the same time, typically the media players on both devices stop working. Out of all the BT devices I've owned, this one does the worst job of managing multiple connections. The only option I've had with this is to make sure I completely disable Bluetooth on any device I'm not using right at that moment when turning the Jabra on. Overall, I'm let down by this headset. It just doesn't stack up to the other Jabra products I own, and ultimately I returned mine.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Jabra

      Hello KnoxVegasGeek - We were sorry to read that you had some troubles with your Jabra Elite 65e. We hope that you reached out to us prior to returning your headset as we likely could have helped or resolved some of the troubles you had through troubleshooting. We appreciate your interest in Jabra products and hope you return to us in the near future for your headset needs. Thank you. Jabra

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good headset but noise canceling isn't great

    Posted
    Dave
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    I liked almost everything about the headphones. You can adjust the fit using the extra gels and earwings, I was able to get a good, comfortable fit. The mic worked well, and the headset sounded great. You get additional controls using your android or iPhone. A very nice headset. The only negative, which was a dealbreaker for me, was the noise cancellation. From what I have read, earbuds are generally not as effective as over-the-ear headphones for passive noise reduction, and I could tell that was the case with these. The active noise cancellation wasn't enough to make up for that. I bought the headphones as much for travel and noise cancellation as I did for its audio and mic performance. So...they went back to the store. I purchased an over-the-ear headset with active noise cancellation and that has far better noise reduction. If I only wanted the headset to counteract office noise and other mild noise reduction, I would have stuck with the Jabra, absolutely. That's why I gave it 4 stars. But for noise reduction on an airplane, which is where I would use it much of the time, I don't think any earbud type headset would cut it. The Jabra may have great noise reduction among earbuds, but I decided I needed more, and that's the only reason I didn't keep them. Everything else about them was great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing noise cancelling headphones!

    Posted
    stangapds
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    These are great noise cancelling headphones! Jabra has really nailed this one right out of the park. Overall the sound quality far exceeding my expectation. The mobile app lets you configure the EQ, it produces quite an amazing level of low end, and the ear bugs fit and seal perfectly in my ear. The ANC definitely helps in certain cases, but it does drastically decrease your battery life. I actually ended up seeing closer to 6-7 hours of use before needing to recharge the battery. I was using them in fairly noisy environments so it was definitely being tested. I specifically found them great for using with the lawn mower. They isolate the outside noise and allow you to listen to music at a more moderate volume. The carrying pouch helps keep the headphones protected a bit and the magnetic sensors on the earbuds worked most of the time. The build construction is solid, but the neck band could be slightly bigger for people with large necks. These things really excel especially when you use them for calling people. The ANC and microphones really help this achieve a phenomenal call quality, this is where Jabra really shines though with these headphones. If you're looking for an amazing, affordable pair of bluetooth earbuds with ANC, look no further. This pair will not disappoint!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones for Work

    Posted
    TreyM
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    I was looking for a pair of headphones with good quality sound and mic as I was going to use it for work phone calls that took up all of most days. Got them on sale for $129 and had a $75 gift card, so overall ended up being a good value. Great sound and mic. Design takes a little getting used to as the thicker neck band is intended to give a little more rigid form that keeps the mic line closer to your cheek. Kinda like an elderly person's classes cord you'd see holding their glasses, so its sometimes within your peripheral view. But because of that there have been no issues with the mic. The standard ear pieces fit exceptionally well (there are 3 different sizes I think) and never get loose or fall out. However, my biggest complaint (and this really goes for all in ear headphones), is my ears get sore after wearing them for hours. Also, I think they are a little slow to charge. But overall, the quality to use as mostly work mics was great. There's also a nice carrying bag included.

    I would recommend this to a friend