Providing convenience, mobility, and expandability, wireless devices are becoming increasingly popular in the market. Particularly, wireless earphones and earbuds, that have taken over the traditional wired headphones and speakers almost completely. In the wireless earbud’s world, there are different categories. From the sport’s subcategory, two earbuds stand out – Jabra Elite Active 65t and Bose SoundSport Free. However, the question arises about Jabra Elite Active 65t vs Bose SoundSport Free and which one is better and worth its price. The following review answers all your questions about the great audio giants.
What is Jabra Elite Active 65t?
Jabra Elite Active 65t is one of the best and most popular earbuds developed by Jabra, a lead American audio and video equipment company. Active Elite 65t are wireless earphones that are fully sweat-resistant and feature a comfortable design that fits right in your ear. Offering amazing sound quality, they are not only great for listening to music but also for making calls. Further, the model features two microphones in each earpiece, and comes with a decent battery life of 5 hours, along with a charging case that can fully charge the earbuds twice.
- Great battery life
- Reliable for making calls
- Solid connectivity
- Two-year warranty
- Poor noise suppression
- Fit can sometimes become lose
What is Bose SoundSport Free?
Developed by Bose, an American company specializing in audio devices, Bose SoundSport Free is a set of wireless earphones. Offering great sound quality, the earbuds are durable and water-resistant. They feature a pretty decent battery life, along with a comfortable design that can stay secure in your ear. They also come with a charging case that can fully charge the earbuds twice. Further, the sound delivery is crisp, and some people have even reported them to be better than Apple’s Airpods.
- Great sound quality
- Stable fit
- Great mic
- Relatively expensive
- Can sometimes have connection issues
Jabra Elite Active 65t vs Bose SoundSport Free
Jabra and Bose are two of the biggest companies invested in the development of audio devices. Meant primarily for workout and sports, Jabra Elite Active 65t and Bose SoundSport Free are two of the best TRULY wireless earphones available in the market. Offering some great, high-quality features, the two are undoubtedly among the top of the ‘best earbuds for sports’ list.
However, there are some differences between the two models that make them stand apart. To compare the two:
One of the key features to keep in mind while designing sports earpieces is their design. The devices need to be able to withstand the physical exercise and movement and stay in the ear without getting loose. Having the right fit is essential for making the experience worthwhile.
Jabra Elite Active 65t and Bose SoundSport Free, both feature a sleek and modern design. They come with extra ear accessories to cater to different ear types. Elite Active 65t comes with three pairs of EarGel tips and the SoundSport Free has two pairs of ear fins.
Both earbuds feature a small design, however, when put side by side, SoundSport is slightly bigger and more attractive. When worn, Elite 65t has a more sophisticated look and can fit perfectly in your ear. On the other hand, SoundSport features a more protruding and bulky design.
The protruding feature of SoundSport can feel wobbly during exercise, however, they do not fall off. Elite 65t on the other hand features a “twist and lock mechanism” that improves stability and makes sure the earbuds are secure in your ears.
Both devices accompany a charging case. SoundSport’s case is relatively larger, almost the size of a small spectacle case. This makes it difficult to carry around, defying the main purpose of having a charging case. Jabra’s case is, however, sleek and attractive, and hence, more portable.
The Bose case has built-in magnets that hold the earbuds in place, as compared to the Jabra case, in which earbuds have to be squeezed in. Both cases provide two full charges. They also have a fast charging feature that can charge the earbuds in 15 minutes. For Jabra, a fast charge will last for 45 minutes and for Bose, it will last for about 1.5 hours.
Out of the two, Elite 65t connects relatively faster. The earbuds get activated as soon as they are removed from the charging case. All you need to do is take them out, scan for Bluetooth, and connect. SoundSport follows the same procedure.
Once the earbuds connect, the earbuds play an automated message. Jabra Elite usually says something like “Device 1”, while the Bose SoundSport takes the device’s name.
Video Audio Performance
One major problem faced by wireless earpieces is the latency while watching videos. The voice is hardly in sync with the video. For both models, the latency was pretty small, however, comparatively, Bose SoundSport lagged a little bit more.
Controlling the playback and voice is generally a hurdle with wireless earbuds. For Bose SoundSport, the left earbud has a multi-function button in the center, with volume buttons surrounding it. Tapping the button will play or pause the video while holding it down activates virtual assistant. If you tap it twice, it will skip the song forward, and if you tap it thrice, it will perform a backward skip.
The Jabra’s controls are less complicated. The control button is located in the center of the earbud. If you press it once, you will be able to end or receive a call. If you are listening to music, the action will play or pause the audio. A virtual assistant is triggered if you double press it. The left earbud has volume buttons that can also be used to forward or rewind the music. You cannot skip a song though.
When compared, Jabra Elite 65t does a better job at noise isolation as compared to its market competitor. It features an airtight seal that makes sure the minimum amount of sound seeps in or out of the earbud. Jabra has also included a HearThrough mode on their application. Through this, you can monitor the amount of noise you want to let through.
Bose offers average isolation with no high-level functionality but certainly makes up for this in the sound quality department.
Water and Dust Resistance
The Jabra Elite 65t has IP56 rating which implies that it is resistant to dust, sweat, and high-pressure water. Bose SoundSport has an IPX4 rating which also makes it dust and water-resistant.
Bose SoundSport, without a doubt, offers a better sound quality, this is what we come to expect from Bose, they truly are masters in the sound quality department. However, Jabra Elite 65t’s quality is also pretty great. Jabra also has a dedicated application through which you can manage the sound quality.
Overall, both earbuds deliver great sound quality and are amongst the best in the market. Selecting one is entirely dependent on your requirements and budget. Jabra Elite 65t is slightly less expensive as compared to Bose SoundSport.
However, considering all features, Jabra Elite 65t may be the better option. It delivers great quality, has an application to manage the specifications, and is also more comfortable to use. However sound is perhaps the main feature when it comes to earbuds and Bose delivers excellence once again with masterful audio quality.