Jabra Elite 75t - Reviews
Pros: - Tactile sub-bass, seismic in nature
- No bass bleed into the midrange
- Detailed sounding midrange
- Comfortable ergonomic shell shape, secure fit without ear fins
- Compact charging case
- Good features in Jabra Sound+ app
Cons: - Uncontrolled, woolly sub-bass
- Imbalance within bass region, hyper-boosted sub-bass and relatively tame mid-bass makes for an uneven timbre
- Tinny tonal quality
- Treble region could do with more definition
- Narrow-sounding headstage
Jabra Elite 75t Review - Mini sub-bass cannons

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Specifications:
Price - 179.99 USD
Product page here
Driver - 6mm DD
Weight - 35g charging case, 5.5g each earbud
Frequency response - 20Hz-20kHz (music playback)
Battery - Up to 7.5h with earbuds and 28h including charging case
Charging time - About 2h20min to full charge
Connectivity - Bluetooth 5.0
IP rating - IP55 (resistant against dust and sustained low-pressure water jet spray)

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General thoughts:
The 75t is Jabra's new offering as a follow-up for the popular 65t. The 75t takes a different approach from the 65t's neutral sound, attempting one that gives users a solid kick with their favourite tunes. The shell size and charging case are now much smaller, a more-than-welcome feature I love about it. This review primarily aims to describe the 75t's sound, more so than the other features.

Build, comfort and isolation:
The body shell is made of plastic and is much smaller than its predecessor, the 65t. The titanium black face of the buds is finished with a grainy texture and the body has a smooth matte finish. The build feels alright for what you're paying for and I personally wouldn't mind forking out an extra $20 for the Active version released earlier this year.

The charging case has a smooth matt finish that is pleasant to touch. Jabra has now adopted a magnetic lid which snaps shut on closing. Opening and closing the 75t's charging case is unusually satisfying of all TWS sets I've played around with before. It gives me the same satisfaction as toying with a fidget cube.

The shells are incredibly ergonomic as the ear buds now better replicate the ear anatomy with the curved nozzle simulating the 2nd bend in the ear canal, as compared to straight nozzles seen almost everywhere. The result is a comfortable, secure fit without ear fins/hooks which can cause irritation to the ear cymba. Despite having physical buttons, they are easy to press comfortably. With some other TWS, pressing these buttons can be uncomfortable because the user ends up jamming the ear bud further into the ear when they want to pause or take a call.

Passive noise isolation is average and gets the job done within the realm of UIEMs.

Packaging and accessories:
  • Earbuds
  • Charging case
  • USB-C cable
  • S, M & L silicone ear tips ("eargels", as Jabra likes to call it)
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Comments on accessories:
I appreciate how the charging case is compact and thin, taking on the thickness of an average wallet. This makes pocketing the tech really handy when going about my daily activities.

Testing procedure:
The 75t was tested with Spotify on my MacBook Pro and Samsung smartphone. I have also tested the 75t with a tone generator to look out for any jarring peaks or dips. While I can never be as precise and accurate as a graphing tool, I use the rough information to rationalise specific sonic qualities which I hear for myself. Take this information with a pinch of salt.

Each【X】is a reference for some of the test tracks used to come to that conclusion. The list of referenced test tracks can be found at the end of this review. This list is not exhaustive, the full pool of test tracks can be found on my website.

Sound overview:
The 75t has a reverse J-shape response - essentially an imbalanced U-shape response with more emphasis on the sub-bass. Attack transients are a tad slow, and can seem even slower in the presence of the excessive sub-bass boominess.

Sound analysis:
The 75t has a hyper-boosted sub-bass with a spike in the bass response 90Hz and below. This sound might not normally work with average IEMs if we pump the sub-bass up to max on the EQ. However, Jabra manufactured the DD to fit in well with its tuning by giving the 75t DD a good sense of physicality - this makes the sub-bass seismic in nature.

However, little was done to provide grip to the sub-bass, making it woolly. This woolly sub-bass provides plenty of rumble and slam for bass-heavy tunes【1】, but it can lend an odd timbre to the sound. This stems from the fact that there isn't a complementary mid-bass boost.

The sheer imbalance within the bass region, with a hyper-boosted sub-bass and tame mid-bass, can make tracks sound uneven in rock & metal - kick drums give a resounding physical thump but tom-toms and snare drums pale in comparison with a lack of weight【2】. The unevenness is alleviated on playback of tracks with consistent synthetic bass beats【3】and therefore works better with the Pop genre.

Surprisingly, the 75t also manages to sound tinny. This only goes to depict the extent of the mid-bass recession despite the ample dose of sub-bass. The 75t might have been tuned this way to make room for the dominating sub-bass presence and to avoid bass bleeding into the midrange.

As a rough gauge, there is a recession from 90kHz to 200Hz, followed by a slow and gradual climb from 200Hz all the way to 6kHz which could be contributing to its tinny timbre. This also causes the midrange to be on the thin side and border on harshness. Tonal quality takes a hit as vocalists sound as if they are singing from their throat【4】and speedy electric guitars lose their crunch【5】.

In tracks with a ballad before a grand multi-instrumental outro which I can best describe as "calm before the storm"【6】, the 75t makes me want to skip the "calm" and dive right into the "storm". The imbalance discussed earlier can make the 75t go from a dark-sounding set to a bright one, solely dependent on whether the mix contains sub-bass presence. It essentially becomes bright without the sub-bass to mask the upper midrange shout.

On a more positive note, the midrange does "force out" subtle background cues because of its detail-oriented aggressive upper mid boost【7】. Some may enjoy this if they don't mind the midrange features discussed earlier.

The treble of the 75t is characterised by its massive spike from 6kHz to 8kHz, which could be Jabra's attempt at balancing out the sub-bass spike. This brings cymbals and hi-hats forward, but does little to give them shimmer and sparkle. In busy rock or metalcore mixes, crash cymbals can sound splashy【8】.

It should also be noted that the overall resolving ability of the 75t is not particularly fantastic for both midrange【9】and treble. This is especially so for the treble region where it lacks definition in cymbal strikes and hi-hat patterns - this contributes to a splashy background harshness as well【10】.

In other news for technical ability, the 75t has a narrow-sounding headstage, exacerbated by its thin midrange. However, the woolly sub-bass can help alleviate this depending on the quantities of sub-bass present during playback. The 75t doesn't do much for separation or imaging. Sonic cues are projected upon a narrow 2-dimensional wall of sound with little depth to it. Subtle background details become audible but aren't placed in a discernible location within its narrow headstage.

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When left on "neutral", it sounds as if somebody already cranked up the sub-bass on the EQ and left it as that. We will now discuss each EQ pre-set in brief.

Speech: Sub-bass presence is the most tame in this setting. Thin and hard sounding vocals described earlier now dominate the mix.

Bass Boost: Amplifies the already excessive sub-bass bloom and rumble. Helps drown out any abrasiveness in the upper mids and treble for a smoother playback.

Treble Boost: The most "balanced" signature the 75t has to offer. Be warned that listener fatigue may set in quickly. For me at least.

Smooth: Begins to imitate a more traditional V-shaped sound signature. Becomes smoother relative to its original sound but is still distinctly 75t sound, which is, not smooth.

Energize: Similar to "neutral" but with vocals pushed even further back.

Who is this for?
Unique tunings, while interesting, can be polarizing. The 75t is not for those who:
  • Don't want another earbud that has a midrange which borders on shoutiness (varies between listeners depending on their tolerance)
  • Want a TWS with an organic musical playback with their multi-genre library (vocalists can sound as if singing from their throat, etc…)
But the 75t may fit the bill for those who:
  • Want gobs of skull-rattling (sub) bass for the kicks, especially at the gym
  • Appreciate a tactile bass response - this is what makes the 75t's overly-bassy tuning work
  • Don't mind the unusual sub-bass spike for a different take on their music
  • Have a library which involves heavy rotation among synthetic "future bass" Pop or EDM. (Marshmello, Gryffin, Illenium, Seven Lions, The Chainsmokers, etc…)
  • Want something convenient and comfortable for their daily commute. The ergonomic earbud housing and compact charging case fit into my daily life with ease.
Would I change anything about it?
With the available EQ presets, I don't find myself wanting the original tuning to be tweaked. I most often find myself rotating between "bass boost" and "treble boost" ("bass boost" for workouts and "treble boost" for short mundane tasks such as folding laundry).

Concluding thoughts:
If this sounds like something you'd like to have on top of your primary reference gear, you might be happy to hear that the other features of the 75t are very well done. The Jabra Sound+ app offers users other features:
- A transparency mode, "HearThrough", that gets the job done
- Soundscapes such as "white noise", "ventilation fan", "ocean waves", "rainy day", "crowd", etc…
- Multi-device connection. It spares me the trouble of configuring the earbuds for use between my laptop and phone.

The asking price offers the consumer a fun, unusual playback with the convenience of TWS. The other features may merely be a gimmick for some but I do find them useful. Its unique playback is genre-specific which makes it one of those earbuds I'd wear to enjoy self-curated playlists containing songs which don't reveal the 75t's bass imbalance - mainly synthetic "future bass" pop. I don't often play acoustic on these as it can sound "naked" without the sub-bass to carry the sound.

The 75t's seismic sub-bass is one that I've grown addicted to in the gym. It is clearly geared towards bassheads who can appreciate its odd flavour and those who need a kick in their tunes.

Test tracks for reference: Artiste 1Song 1, Song 2. Artiste 2Song 1…
  1. The Glitch Mob - Aminus Vox, We Can Make The World Stop, Come Closer. Billie Eilish - bury a friend, bad guy, you should see me in a crown. The Weeknd - Starboy, Six Feet Under.
  2. All Time Low - Favourite Place, Cinderblock Garden, Summer Daze. Solence - Paralyzed. Bring Me The Horizon - Sleepwalking, Shadow Moses.
  3. Josie Dunne - Old School, Ohh La La, Same. The Weeknd - Blinding Lights, I Feel It Coming, True Colours. Halsey - Colours, Roman Holiday, 100 Letters. Aimer - ONE, 3min, Monochrome Syndrome.
  4. Andrea Bocelli - Vivere. Of Monsters And Men - Wild Roses, Stuck In Gravity. Andrew Lloyd Webber - The Music Of The Night, 'Til I Hear You Sing, Memory, Any Dream Will Do. Aimer - Marie, Choucho Musubi, Rokutouseino Yoru. Radwimps - tazuna, Is There Still Anything That Love Can Do?, Confession. Coldrain - JANUARY 1ST. The Fray - You Found Me. Daughtry - What About Now, No Surprise.
  5. My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade, Famous Last Words, Thank You for the Venom. M83 - Go!. MY FIRST STORY - Mukoku, LET IT DIE, REVIVER, 2 FACE, ALONE.
  6. Falling In Reverse - The Drug In Me Is Reimagined. MY FIRST STORY - Love Letter, Last Kiss, Kimi no Uta. Radwimps - Mountain Top, Breath, Hari to Toge.
  7. MY FIRST STORY - Mukoku, LET IT DIE. LiSA - Gurenge, ADAMAS, Ash. Sawano Hiroyuki - Binary Star, Tranquility, Trollz, narrative.
  8. Coldrain - ENVY, F.T.T.T, SPEAK, ANSWER / SICKNESS, LI(E)FE. Crystal Lake - +81, Lost in Forever, Devilcry, Apollo, Sanctuary. Bring Me The Horizon - Sleepwalking, Shadow Moses, Avalanche.
  9. Bring Me The Horizon - Drown, Oh No, mother tongue, Happy Song. ONE OK ROCK - Wasted Nights, Take What You Want, We Are, Decision. Sawano Hiroyuki - REMEMBER, i-mage, View. MY FIRST STORY - REMEMBER, REVIVER, Monologue + Kyogen Neurose (Orchestra Ver.). Radwimps - 万歳千唱, 正解 (18FES ver.).
  10. Royal Blood - Little Monster, Hook Line & Sinker, Out of the Black, Figure It Out. ONE OK ROCK - Cry Out, Taking Off, The Beginning, Mikansei koukyoukyoku. MY FIRST STORY - WINNER, Home, Fukagyaku Replace, MONSTER.
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Pros: 1. Compact case with 28 hours battery life
2. HearThrough mode offers optional ambient awareness
3. Multi-Connect allows 2 active device connections
4. IP55 water rating
Cons: 1. Excessive sub-bass tuning and lacks midrange warmth
Jabra gained popularity in the consumer audio with their mono headsets in 2000s. They later expanded into stereo headphones which I reviewed with great potential. They continued to improve on their audio signature and met my listening standard with the Jabra Rox Wireless (which I bought). I also later bought the Jabra Sport Pulse, the first wireless earphones with heartrate monitor. Then the Elite series debuted and won many fans. On review here is the new Elite 75t.

Jabra Elite 75t unboxing


Compared to Jabra Elite 65t
For far, the Elite 75t appears similar to Elite 65t. Improvements over the Elite 65t, the charging case of the Elite 75t is more compact, lighter and can now stand upright, carrying almost double the battery life in total with the buds. The earbuds are now secured on the case with magnets so they do not drop out easily, unlike the Elite 65t. The volume controls operate on both earbuds: press-and-hold the right earbud to increase volume, and the left earbud to decrease. To change tracks, double-click the left earbud to go next track, and triple-click to go previous track. To bring up voice assistant like Google and Amazon Alexa, double-click the right earbud.

Jabra Elite 75t close up


Features
When most true wireless earbuds are implementing the Qualcomm QCC302x chipset to transmit audio signals to both earbuds simultaneously, the Elite 75t continues to implement Near-Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) to communicate to the secondary left earbud. With that, the earbuds audio automatically pauses when the earbuds are further than the distance between your ears, a simple but effective solution without the need to build proximity sensors. To pair, user has to power down the earbuds first (press-hold 1 second), then press-hold both earbuds for 3 seconds, and the LED should flash blue.

Jabra Elite 75t on hand

Another feature not commonly found on wireless headphones is multi-connect: the Elite 75t can remember up to 8 devices, and 2 of them can be connected at the same time. When you are listening audio from one device, you will be able to answer an incoming call from the second device. Very useful for people carrying multiple devices.

Jabra Elite 75t casing


Audio Quality
I have liked Jabra’s audio quality for the past few years, including the Elite Sport and Elite 65t. While the Elite 75t continues to excel in the higher frequencies, I feel that the lower frequencies are overdone. When listening without comparison, most consumers would easily be impressed with the overall sound. You get clear and transparent treble and deep bass boom that rumbles your ear drums. Even in my case, after listening for a while, they do sound exciting and hyped. But once you switch to another better-tuned earbuds, you would suddenly realise how much musical details you have missed out. The Elite 75t lacks musicality and warmth, relegating the mid-bass to midrange into the unknown regions as if it is ashamed of their existence in audiology.

Jabra Elite 75t on ears review by musicphotolife.com Singapore tech blog

If you do not have software EQ to compensate this aural blasphemy, your saviour is Jabra Sound+, the smartphone app that provides personalisation of features. So using the app, you can adjust the EQ to tame the sub-bass and elevate the midrange to give more soul to the music. The app only has 5-band adjustment, which is inadequate for finer tuning. Below is the EQ compensation I applied using PowerAmp. Noticed how I reduced 30Hz by over 10 dB, while boosting 125 – 1000 Hz to revive the lost details.

Jabra Elite 75t EQ compensation review by musicphotolife.com Singapore tech blog

As far as I can see, there are no exclusive features added from the app to the Elite 75t, so just like earlier models, you get to select one of three “Moment” modes, where in each “Moment” mode you can customise the HearThrough mode, EQ, Sidetone (hear your own voice when on a call), sleep timer, and others. The Jabra HearThrough mode is similar to “Transparency” or “Ambient” mode on other earbuds, which lets the users hear what’s going on around them, and a slider from the app adjusts the amount of ambient sound to be heard. To enable HearThrough, single-click the left earbud.

Like all true-wireless earbuds, there is a short audio lag but negligible for video. Gaming would be a risk if you are counting on audio responses to win. Voice calls sound close and rounded.

Compared to Plantronics BackBeat PRO 5100
I compared the Elite 75t and Plantronics BackBeat PRO 5100. Both have similar design style, price and targets the same segments. The Elite 75t has a slightly smaller case with more battery life, IP55, HearThrough, multi-connect and different personalisation features through the app. The BackBeat PRO 5100 is only IPX4 water-rated, able to customise the tap controls, and can use either earbuds independently for voice calls. When it comes to sound quality, the BackBeat PRO 5100 has a wider sound staging, less packed, while the Elite 75t has a tighter sound, excessive sub-bass, weak midrange. Fit-wise, the Plantronics is slightly more comfortable as the nozzles are more angled and eartips are more contoured. For calls, the BackBeat PRO 5100 sounded a little more distant but clearer, while Elite 75t sounded closer but more baritone, and only the right earbud.

Jabra Elite 75t vs. Plantronics BackBeat PRO 5100


Verdict
Just like how the new-gen smartphone camera owners who love their image quality in over-saturated over-processed look, the Jabra Elite 75t will win fans who are into this “extreme-V” shaped sound signature. These earbuds sweeten the tracks to sound crystalised with heart-thumping deepness, while lacking in warmth and character. Consumers will love it, audiophiles will despise it, but the Elite 75t will satisfy.


Jabra Elite 75t review by musicphotolife.com Singapore tech blog


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logiatype
logiatype
What app is that? The Jabra app doesn't appear to have a 10-band equalizer.
musicphotolife
musicphotolife
That is Poweramp.
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