Jabra Elite 5 Review: Best Audio, Value For Money

Jabra Elite 5

Presently, the truly earphones market is flourishing, and top brands are rapidly launching new headset prove the superiority of their products. People love premium earbuds and the 5000 priced range is the category most people buy earbud. Jabra introduced its latest earbuds Jabra Elite 5to target the segment. These new truly wireless earbuds were launched today and are price at just $149 (Rs. 11,897 approx.) / £149/€149. Let’s find out what exciting features they hide into this earbud.

Things we like

  • Rich, crisp audio with effective EQ
  • Quality noise cancellation for the price
  • Customizable controls
  • Resistant to water and dust
  • Hands-free Alexa support

Things we don’t like

  • Push-button controls won’t appeal to everyone
  • Jabra offers better options for just slightly more money
  • None
  • None

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Jabra Elite 5 Specs

TypeIn-Canal
WirelessYes
True WirelessYes
Connection TypeBluetooth
Water/Sweat-ResistantYes
Active Noise CancellationYes

Jabra Elite 5: In-Box Content

  • Handset
  • Charging case
  • USB Type-C Cable
  • Three pairs of ear tips
  • Quick Guide

Jabra Elite 5: Design

Jabra Elite 5 come in a fairly compact, rectangle case that is roughly the size of match box. The lid of the case feels tight and closes with a satisfying click. The whole case absolutely feels dense and of higher quality compared to most other TWS earbuds in the price segment. The earbuds come in two color: Black and white. Both colors look amazing on Elite 5.

There is a USB Type-C charging port at the back and go along with a charging status LED on Front. Since the case is mostly covered in the matte paint job, there are fewer chances of scratches and smudges appearing on it. Plus, the whole case easily fits inside a jeans’ coin pocket. Not to mention, the case is Qi-certified, which offer super built quality.

The earbuds themselves are fairly compact for the price. They have an IP55 rating, which means you can take them to the gym or in the rain. The fit is good, and the earbuds feel comfortable in the ears. They lack automatic wear detection, though, so they won’t automatically pause or play music, depending on whether you’re wearing them.

They look ergonomic, but it’s not as big as the ones found on most TWS earbuds in the price segment. There is a touch-sensitive area on the back of each earbud, and you can use taps to control music playback and volume. You can also use touch controls on the earbuds as a shutter button for the paired smartphone’s camera app.

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Jabra Elite 5: Audio Quality & Connection Stability

Jabra Elite 5

There were no connection issues during our brief testing period, and most people may not face any connection issues since the Jabra Elite 5 have a Bluetooth 5.2 chip and support for AAC, Qualcomm aptX™, SBC codec. Sounds super geeky, but they’ll make your music sound amazing. Elite 5 also feature Jabra Sound+ app for better customization. With this app, you will control everything like check Battery status, volume up/down, Firmware update, and much more.

The earbuds feature a Bluetooth Multipoint connection, which keep you connected to two devices at once. Speaking of audio quality, the Jabra Elite 5’s audio cloning felt quite good for the price. Most wireless earbuds in the price segment sound tinny, and their audio tuning is bass heavy. But the 6mm drivers inside the Jabra Elite 5 are tuned in a relatively neutral way. Thus, Goosebump inducing, heart racing, soaring sound that has to be heard to be believed.

The audio is definitely V-shaped (focus on bass and treble), but the audio cloning is still quite enjoyable. There’s a good amount of bass, and the treble is sparkly without being over the top. Vocals don’t get too intimidated by lower and higher audio frequencies. The soundstage is quite average for the price. Overall, the Jabra Elite 5’s audio quality is surprisingly good.

The wireless connection was stable. The earbuds stayed connected to the phone even when they were in a different room and the door was shut. However, once they were separated by two walls, the connection broke. They also provide a Spotify Tap playback to get better music.

Hybrid Noise Cancelling

A Qualcomm QCC3050 chip offer the hybrid noise cancellation feature in this earbud. A combination of inward-facing and outward-facing microphones cancel noise from inside and outside the ear, for more reliable noise cancellation across a wider range of sounds. Hybrid ANC performance is less sensitive to how you position the buds in your ears, so you get better noise cancellation on both your calls and music.

Elite 5 offer powerful low-frequency rumble. They also certainly cut back the lows and mids from a recording of a busy restaurant with clanging dishes and boisterous conversation. The pair struggled a bit more against the highs in the test recording, however, and introduced a bit of a high-frequency masking hiss to the signal, something common with more affordable handset. One more thing to say is that ANC doesn’t affect the sound signature, which is quite promising.

Not to mention, intuitive Hear-Through technology uses the buds’ built-in microphones to let you hear what’s happening around you, without removing a bud. Overall, it has a world class noise cancelling feature, you can no find anything like it.

Call Quality

The call quality is rather decent. Each earbud has three mics, and Jabra has implemented background noise cancellation for voice calls. The positioning of 6 internal microphones is exactly right. So, whatever you’ve got to say, you can say it from anywhere.

The external microphones are active on all your calls, but the really special part is the internal bonus ones, tucked away on the inside of the buds. They magically activate when it’s windy, so you’ll never have to say “sorry, I’ll call you back” ever again (well, unless you want to).

Jabra Sound+ app

Download the Jabra Sound+ app to unlock the full potential of your headphones, including access to exclusive features available only through the app and the latest firmware updates to help keep your headphones at the top of their game.

Sound+ makes your music personal. Choose how much of the real world you want to let in with Hear-Through, let My Sound give you music that’s perfectly tailored to your individual hearing profile or fine tune it using the customizable equalizer. You can even edit the app itself, so you only see the widgets you use.

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Jabra Elite 5: Battery Life & Charging Speed

With ANC on, you will get up to 7 hours in the buds, and up to a total of 28 hours with the Qi-certified wireless charging case. Which means you will get total 35 hours of playtime with ANC on. On the contrary, with ANC off, you will get up to 9 hours in the buds, and up to a total of 36 hours with the Qi-certified wireless charging case. Which means you will get total 45 hours of playtime with ANC off.

The company claim that they have optimized fast charge feature to give you an hour of power in ten minutes, and you can stretch your battery out even further by using one bud while the other charges. So, no matter where your day takes you, the beat goes on.

Final Thoughts

The Jabra Elite 5 are among the best wireless earbuds in their price segment. They are built well, have a compact and high-quality case, and have an IP55 rating. The earbuds offer fairly neutral audio reproduction, at least compared to most other wireless earbuds in the price segment. They also feature AAC, Qualcomm aptX, SBC codecs and a Jabra Sound+ app.

The battery life is good, too, and they have a USB Type-C charging port. Overall, I did not find any major issue with the Elite 5, which itself proves a lot in the price segment.

What is the best alternative to the Jabra Elite 5 available in the market?

The earbud is over price, so, if you want to buy a budget friendly earbud, then latest release OPPO Enco Buds2 would be perfect choice to buy. The rounded earbuds are small in size, yet very sturdy. Which offer powerful bass. With reference to predecessor, these buds improve in all the aspect. They offer a large titanium drivers, stereo sound, and AI deep noise cancellation for clear calls. The OPPO Enco Buds2 come with a Low latency with Bluetooth 5.2, for faster and more stable wireless connection. You also get 24 hours of playtime. Overall, they are awesome in every aspect.

Skullcandy Dime 2 is another great alternative to the Jabra Elite 5. The headphone fits more comfortably and also light weight to handle easily. The case is very sturdy and compact, though battery life and lack of quick charging impede its usefulness. Overall, the buds sound great with straight forward music and for that purpose, they perform, but they’re a little rough around the edges.

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