Jabra Elite 75t
Jabra firmware 1.27.0 (1033)
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I used the EQ to boost the mids up a bit to get rid of most of that midrange coarseness and bring in more warmth. I’m usually not this heavy-handed in the boost, but that edge in the lower midrange is super irritating. The app is the 75t’s savior.
Much improved over the Jabra 65t, the Jabra 75t is whole ‘nother beast. The sound is clear and crisp and just breathes. It’s almost like an x-ray into the music. At the same time, you get major bass that comes out of nowhere. Almost as if they dedicated a separate driver for it. The mids are superbly detailed and the treble has nice touches of shimmer. This clarity never gets masked by the rhythm of the low end. The Jabra 75t is also surprisingly tactile and nuanced. I also enjoy the rawness of the sound. It has this lifelike resolution that’s nonexistent on most of these TWS earphones.
On the other hand, timbre and tonal quality are quite a ways off from sounding natural. There’s an obvious uptilt towards treble and a colder tone. Piano sounds a little too lean and bright. Voices are clear as hell but have no density and are sometimes sibilant. Cymbals sometimes sound like breaking glass. Acoustic music has plenty of sparkle but not enough warmth. And listening to Metallica feels like biting into foil. EQ helps a bit but there’s this underlying icy foundation to the signature. It’s a bit anemic in color. Sometimes sibilant. The overall scale is also noticeably smaller than other TWS earphones. Like watching a movie on your cellphone – from 9 feet away.
Overall, the Jabra 75t has a lot of great sonic qualities. Incredibly transparent. But needs more solidity, warmth, and midrange smoothness to be more engaging. The overall sound is insightful but cold. However, transparency and resolution chasers would undoubtedly enjoy this earphone. Especially with the surprising amount of bass.
- Samsung Galaxy Buds: Jabra is warmer and more musical than the Samsung Galaxy Buds. The Buds just sound too clean in comparison.
- Master & Dynamic MW07 GO: Both Master & Dynamic MW07 GO and Sony WF-1000XM3 has more weight and warmth.
- Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro: has far better tonality – but is rougher in its delivery. The Liberty 2 Pro is also flattering sounding.
- Beats Powerbeats Pro: The bass on the 75t is more pronounced over the Powerbeats Pro.
- Bose Soundsport Free Wireless: The 75t doesn’t have a lot of curves or mold to the sound. The Bose Soundsport Free Wireless, for example, has plenty of it – and is much smoother.
- 1More Stylish True Wireless: Although not nearly as transparent or spacious sounding, the 1More Truly Wireless earphones have much truer tone and weight. It’s much warmer and more natural. The 1More is more “musical” but doesn’t have as much shine or air. I prefer the more forward and intimate signature of the 1More. And the separation, focus, and snappier dynamics of the Jabra. In the end, the 1More’s Achilles’ heel is its paper-flat sound.
- Sony WF-1000XM3: The Jabra is much more vivid and brilliant sounding. The Sony is thicker, denser, heavier, and more forward. It doesn’t have as much clarity and treble presence, but is smoother and warmer. The Jabra sounds a bit brighter and skinnier in comparison. The Sony is more organic-sounding and easier to listen to. The 75 is a more hyped, bright sound.
- Jaybird Vista: Both are neutrally toned. Jaybird is softer and MUCH smoother. It’s also fuller and more tangible. A calm grey? Jabra is more stringy and tactile. But it’s a bit rougher and thinner in the mids – which is alleviated with an EQ boost in the lower mids. Jabra’s background is also much darker and has more tonal hues. It’s also more transparent and “alive.” Jabra just has more red bull energy, outline, delineation, and sparkle. Jaybird doesn’t draw attention to itself and isn’t as dynamic. Bass on Jabra is also more enjoyable. The Jabra also textures and focuses better.
- Soundcore Liberty Neo (Upgraded): Far more engaging than the Jaybird. It has more crunch, meat, and dynamics. Bass is more tight and punchy on the Jabra and more of a hum and thump with the Soundcore.
- Soundcore Liberty Neo (Original): Jabra is far better focused, layered, quiet, and presents a much larger soundstage. There’s a organic and faithful sound of the Soundcore but it’s pancake flat. The Jabra has far more dimension and dynamics to the sound. Soundcore has no separation – at all. Everything on the same plane. Jabra has a lot more air.
- Soundcore Liberty 2 Air: The Soundcore is sharper (very sibilant) and the Jabra is smoother. The Soundcore has truer tonal colors. The Jabra is a little squeaky and tonally heightened in comparison. Jabra is easier to listen to. Both have pretty strong bass. If you’re willing to sacrifice a little bit of tonal quality for smoothness and easier listening, go for the Jabra.
- I get random disconnects for no reason. The music keeps playing but I’ll have to reconnect the Jabra 75t.
- The equalizer is easy to use but the app sometimes doesn’t “see” the earbuds until you disconnect and reconnect.
Who should buy it?
This true wireless earphone is made for those who appreciate transparency and delineation without sacrificing dynamics and bass. Especially those enjoy a clear and sparkly sound. It’s detailed and calm. However, if you’re a hardcore timbre snob or prefer more body to your music, I would skip the Jabra 75t.