With the new Jabra Elite 7 Pro headphones, I seem to have found an almost ideal sound with active noise cancellation (ANC) for both music and phone calls. The compact headphones offer surprisingly expansive sound and are incredibly comfortable to wear over a long period of time.
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Jabra Elite 7 Pro review
Of the various headphones I’ve tried lately – and of course, it’s not like I’ve tried them all – the Jabra Elite 7 Pros offers the best sound, the easiest controls, and the most comfortable fit. They seem to be worthy successors to Jabra’s highly regarded Elite 75t headphones.
And at $ 199, they’re not cheap. But it’s certainly an enticing price for anyone considering an AirPods 3, priced at $ 179, or a “premium” product like the AirPods Pro or Sony WF-100XM4, which typically cost $ 50 to $ 150 more than the Jabra 7s.
Jabra Elite 7 Pro headphones: compare and contrast
In that regard, it’s no surprise that the Jabra Elite 7 Pro headphones outperformed some other recent headphones I’ve tried. They all come at lower prices. And they’re all pretty good for what they cost. But none compares to Jabra headphones for sound clarity, comprehensive comfort, ease of use as well as customization options after setup.
For the record, those recent comparison points are the Edifier Neobuds Pro with high resolution ($ 129), the versatile Earfun Air Pro 2 ($ 79.99), affordable non-ANC Tozo 12 wireless headphones ($ 39), and Beyerdynamic Soul Byrd wired headphones ( 69 USD). All devices are paired with the iPhone 13 Pro for stored music, Amazon Music and voice calls.
And there you can find at least one review claiming that the Jabra Elite 7 Pro completely beat the AirPods Pro in several ways. Due to the lack of AirPods Pro pairs, I can’t agree or disagree with that opinion. But its existence doesn’t surprise me, considering how good the Jabra Elite 7s are.
Great fit and great control
Immediately after taking it out of the box, Jabra Elite 7 Pro buds offer you certain adjustments. They come with small, medium and large replacement silicone lugs. Other headphones may offer more options, such as Edifier Neobuds, but the large Jabra tops matched my ears perfectly.
The tips, which adhere well in combination with the compact size and shape of the buds, made them rest easily and safely in the ear. The other headphones seem to have loosened up a bit and need to be tucked in a bit – not these, or at least not for me.
And when you need to touch the headphones to adjust the docking, you could accidentally pause playback or run some other control, which can be annoying. I think that’s the case with the Tozo 12 headphones. They would pause when I pushed them, and then they wouldn’t play when I tapped, so the phone would come out. But that has yet to happen with the Jabra Elite 7s.
Part of the reason why you don’t accidentally activate the function with Jabras is their simple and efficient design. You know when you activate the button on the headset because it moves a little when pressed. Depending on what you want to do, you clearly click once, twice or three times, and each pup is used for different functions for music and phone calls.
Then place the buds in a compact, magnetized charging case (USB-A to USB-C) and they are ready for the next time.
Great sound starts with personalized tuning
Setting up the Jabra is a little more complicated than with many headphones, but that’s a good thing. This is because these headphones suit your hearing levels.
Once you download the Jabra Sound + app, setting up the headphones is a bit like visiting an ear doctor. One by one, the system will test which high and low frequencies you can hear. Instead of raising your hand so your ear doctor can see, press a button in the app. The whole cycle lasts a few minutes.
The attention to detail seems to come to the fore in the overall sound quality of the headphones. They work loud and clear across the spectrum – clean and sharp treble, satisfactorily full bass and solid mids.
The app works a lot
In addition to helping you personalize the headphone audio output to suit your hearing level, Jabra Sound + makes for a fair amount. This is very welcome, since many headphones don’t even have an app.
Using Jabra Sound +, you can easily select the ANC level if you do not want to use the physical buttons on the headphones. You can choose between Active Noise Canceling, HearThrough or Off.
The sound quality does not seem to differ much with different ANC settings. With some other headphones it can. In a recent test, another pair sounded best with maximum ANC, but otherwise unusual.
The app also contains a music equalizer so you can adjust the bass, midrange and treble. Or you can use music settings for different sound quality – neutral, speech, bass boost, treble boost, smooth and “energizing”. You can also create custom settings for music and call sound.
The Soundscapes section of the app interface creates sound masking and relaxation. You can create variations on the white forest, as well as several different sounds of nature (waves, rain, birds, etc.).
And of course, the app will tell you your charge levels for each handset and charging case.
A set of functions
- Microphones: Two MEMS microphones plus a bone conduction sensor in each handset
- Speaker size: 6mm driver
- Dust and water resistance: IP57 rating (effectively waterproof and dustproof)
- Supported audio codecs: AAC and SBC
- Battery life: Up to eight hours of play plus 22 hours of battery life from the charging housing. Five minutes of charging provides up to an hour of battery life.
- Wireless connection: Bluetooth 5.2
- Weight: 5.4 grams per handset
- Application support: Jabra Sound +
You are unlikely to be better than the Jabra Elite 7 Pro ANC headphones for sound quality, ease of use, customization and comfort. They’re worth $ 199 – and maybe more.
Where to buy: Amazon and other retailers
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