Jabra Elite 5 ANC earphones review – stay connected to your music and calls

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  • VERDICT

The Jabra Elite 5 earphones continue the tradition of audio quality with a comfortable design and features to suit the modern user who want to effortlessly stay connected to their music and calls for the whole day.

Jabra has released its latest earphones – the Elite 5 – which have been designed to deliver impressive audio while eliminating ambient sound so you can focus on your music and content.

The Jabra Elite 5 earphones have Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation, which is powered by the Qualcomm QCC Bluetooth SoC (system on a chip).

Microphones are used inside and outside your ear to accurately detect outside noise and eliminate it.

The Jabra Elite 5 earphones are smaller than most earphones on the market and are shaped to fit comfortably in your ear when twisted into place.

And they hardly protrude from your ears so it will look like you’re not wearing earphones to other people.

They are dust and water resistant (IP55) so they are ready to be worn at the gym or on a run or in the rain.

Pairing them is easier than ever with Google Fast Pair so they appear on your Android smartphone’s screen for a one button connection.


iPhone users will need to go to Bluetooth in the settings to pair.

And is has Bluetooth Multipoint which means you can be connected to two devices at the same time and switch between them seamlessly.

Tech Guide has been using the Jabra Elite 5 and found the noise cancellation to be quite effective.

As a result we were able to hear the podcast or music we were listening to very clearly while the background noise faded away.

It’s not far off the level you come to expect from the more expensive brands so it’s certainly punching above its weight.

But if you need to hear everything going on around you can do that with a tap of the earphones for those times when you want to order a coffee or hear the traffic on a busy road.

The Jabra Elite 5 get their quality from the finely tuned 6mm speakers which deliver crisp and sharply defined sound which can be heard at high volume with no distortion.

But we would have loved a little extra bass.

The bass is OK but fans of certain music genres will be wanting a little more.

The Jabra Elite can handle SBC, AAC, and Qualcomm’s aptX codecs to enjoy superior quality.

Within the Jabra+ app you can access an equaliser to adjust the bass, mid-range and treble to customise your sound.

Users can easily control their music and answer their calls with the touch controls on the outside of the earphones.

Another standout feature was the call quality thanks to the six microphones which cut down wind and external noise so you can hear and be heard clearly.

The Jabra Elite 5 can also be used to access Google Assistant and Alexa with your voice.

On the battery side, the Jabra Elite 5 can offer up to seven hours of playback – and that’s even with ANC turned on.

The charging case can be charged wirelessly or via a USB-C cable and offer a total of 28 hours of power.

And if you’re in a rush, a quick 10-minute charge can give you an hour of playback.

The Jabra Elite 5 earphones are available now and are priced at $219.

VERDICT

The Jabra Elite 5 earphones continue the tradition of audio quality with a comfortable design and features to suit the modern user who want to effortlessly stay connected to their music and calls for the whole day.

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