Want upper echelon earbuds but don’t have the skrilla? Us too! That’s why we checked out Jabra’s Elite 85t earbuds, now on sale at $50 off MSRP. Jabra researched 62,000 ears (weird, right?) to give the Elite 85t top tech and maximize miniaturization.
If you want the Lambo, but you only got Camry money, this is your moment. Here’s our overview of Jabra’s wireless, active noise-canceling earbuds.
Jabra Earbuds Specialty Fit and Tech
Jabra scanned 62,000+ actual ears to develop the Elite 85t’s form factor. (Presumably, this was performed with consent.) Then, it ran the results through an algorithmic simulator and collated the information to deliver a unique user experience. In fact, users can tap the Jabra Sound+ app to dial in their fit, seal, and performance.
Familiar high-end design touches are there, too, like pressure release valves to limit eardrum strain. The Jabra earbuds come in 3 different sizes of silicone earpieces.
The thought of a custom-fit wireless earbud is enough to make a lot of users ecstatic. A lot of people seem to wear earbuds effortlessly, but I am not one of them. For some reason, it usually takes a specific earpiece and a lot of irritating finagling to get it to work. I have no idea how some people seem to run, box, do gymnastics, flying squirrel suits, etc., with Apple AirPods in. But it appears Jabra has gone out of its way to answer the prayers of awkward-ear-canal folks like me.
And we haven’t even discussed the sound.
Jabra Elite 85t Sound
Two design variants of Jabra Elite 85t earbuds are available: a semi-open and a closed design. Both styles offer active noise cancellation and Jabra’s unique 11-setting ANC adjustment. Users can choose any of 11 levels, ranging from full noise cancellation to full transparency, to get the right level of ambient noise for the situation. The feature is super exciting for anyone who, say, has only one pair of earbuds and likes to wear them everywhere.
The advantages of the semi-open and the closed design are pretty intuitive. The semi-open design lets you hear more of what’s around you, and the closed design maximizes immersion. Interestingly, Jabra says the semi-open Elite 85t earbud helps filter out more of your “own” noise, like chewing or drinking.
Use the impressively-abled MySound app to access algorithm-driven sound customization. Among other things, the app uses a test to choose from 80,000 hearing profiles to optimize the user’s personal experience.
Wireless Charging, Pricing
The Jabra Elite 85t earbuds keep up with the industry standard of coming with a wireless charging case. The earbuds are capable of 5.5 hours of ANC listening. The charging case delivers an additional 25 ANC hours, starting with a full charge.
If you’ve got your eye on premium earbuds but can’t hack premium prices, this looks like your moment. From what we’ve seen in the early going, the Jabra Elite 85t earbuds are way more loaded than the new Beats Studio Buds. And with MSRP slashed from $230 to $180, they’re now price-point competitive.
Learn more at Jabra.com.