Jabra Elite 10 review
Jabra Elite 10 review
Jabra Elite 10 review

Jabra Elite 10 Review: Flagship earbuds from Denmark

Jabra Elite 10 review
8.5

The renowned Danish company, Jabra, has been a leader in producing top-notch headsets since 1983. Now, they have ventured into the TWS format. With a strong commitment to quality, Jabra meticulously conducts numerous experiments and tests on each product before its release, ensuring utmost convenience and excellence. By integrating cutting-edge technologies with premium materials, assembly, and components, Jabra continues to deliver exceptional products.

Personally, I had never experienced the audio prowess of this brand before, which made it even more intriguing to put their flagship model, the Jabra Elite 10, to the test. This model stands out among the finest TWS headphones, encompassing all the latest technological advancements and achievements. Undoubtedly, they come with a higher price tag compared to other Jabra headphones, but this only heightened my curiosity. Let’s delve into the realm of these state-of-the-art technologies and explore how they all come together in the end.

Unpacking and packaging

The process of getting acquainted with the device always starts with unpacking. We are provided with a compact box that is slightly elongated and divided into two sections. The top part is a vibrant gray cover featuring an image of the headphones, designed with the number 10. These headphones represent their premium model, the pinnacle of their product range, which might explain the presence of clouds in the image. Below, we can observe a portion of the main box, prominently displaying the words “Dolby Atmos.”

Removing the cover and opening the box, which is sealed with Velcro, it opens to the right and to the left, we see a beautiful presentation:

  • on the left, it says that 62,000 ears were scanned to ensure a perfect fit, so that during the whole day of wearing there are no uncomfortable sensations and pressure on everyone, which is present to one degree or another in wireless headphones.
  • headphones are packed in a case in the middle, accessories are below
  • the matter is important information on how to control the headphones, the dimensions of the ear pads, how to connect the headphones. In order to quickly orientate yourself, there is also an additional instruction in the application, more on this later.

 

Design and features

Let’s begin with the case design. It shares the same color as the headphones and prominently displays the “Jabra” logo on the front. Below the logo, there is an indicator that shows the charge level of the case. The indicator uses different colors to represent the charge level: green for high, yellow for medium, red for low, and purple for firmware updates or factory resets. Inside the case, there is also an indicator that informs about the charge level of the headphones. The case itself is made of exceptionally high quality materials, with minimal backlash or movement. It rivals the Bang&Olufsen EX in terms of build quality, although the latter is predominantly metal. Among plastic cases, it stands out as the best option. The magnets that secure the headphones in place are incredibly strong, ensuring that they won’t fall out even if the case is shaken.

Moving on to the design of the Jabra Elite 10 headphones, they feature an intriguing and sleek anatomical shape. The housings are crafted from silicone, providing a comfortable and secure fit that prevents them from slipping out of the ears. The ear pads are also designed with comfort in mind, and it’s evident that Jabra has put significant effort into their design by analyzing thousands of ears. After wearing them for a few minutes, you’ll hardly notice that you have headphones on. The Jabra Elite 10 comes in five different color options, all of which exude elegance without being overly vibrant. Personally, I opted for the Titanium Black variant, which boasts faceplates painted in a titanium-like color, although they are made of plastic. I must mention that the faceplate features a single physical button, which I find more convenient than touch controls found on some other headphones. With this physical button, it’s clear when you’ve made a click and successfully executed the desired action.

Inside the headphone, there is a visible microphone, with the letters L or R marked underneath to indicate the left and right sides respectively. Below the microphone, there are two contacts for charging the headphones, and at the bottom, there is an infrared proximity sensor that automatically activates play/pause. It is worth mentioning that this feature works flawlessly, as the music quickly stops playing when one earpiece is removed, ensuring you don’t miss your favorite part of the song.

Additionally, I would like to highlight the unique triangular shape of the ear pads and sound pipe. According to the company, this shape is designed to provide the best possible sound quality, considering the shape of the earcups. The combination of excellent sound and user-friendly design creates a pleasant experience when using these headphones.

Moreover, the set includes four pairs of ear pads, in addition to the ones already installed on the headphones. This ensures that you can choose the most suitable size for your comfort. The compact housing of the headphones eliminates any protruding spikes, allowing you to wear them comfortably even with a hat. From an aesthetic standpoint, the design is both beautiful and tidy.

Management and functionality

Let’s start with the connection. The headphones must be in the case, after opening it and taking them out of the case, press the buttons for 3 seconds until a pop-up menu appears on your smartphone, or go to Bluetooth and connect.

Control here is very simple, the right earbud:

  • single press – answer a call, turn on or off the microphone, play/pause when listening to music
  • double tap – reject call, end call, next track
  • triple tap – previous track
  • holding down the button will increase the volume level both during calls and when talking on the phone

Left earbud:

  • single press – answer a call, turn on or off the microphone, switch transparency/noise reduction modes (in the application, you can add a mode when nothing is activated)
  • double tap – reject call, end call, voice assistant or Spotify Tap
  • holding down the button will decrease the volume both during calls and during phone calls

 

I will begin by discussing the microphones, noise reduction, and transparency mode among the functional features. In order to provide an objective evaluation of their capabilities, it is essential to compare them. Therefore, I have chosen my Technics AZ60 as the traditional rival for comparison.

Let’s focus on noise reduction, which is typically tested by playing music on speakers rather than headphones to ensure objectivity. This method helps to partially block external sounds and eliminate distractions. In comparison to Technics, Jabra excels in noise reduction, particularly in the low frequencies and a portion of the mid-range. Jabra skillfully cuts off unwanted noise, similar to the performance of the Sony WF1000XM5, which also demonstrated this feature effectively.

In regards to transparency, Jabra excels in providing a natural transmission of the surrounding sounds, while Technics still maintains an electronic processing feel even without activating the attention mode. Speaking specifically about Jabra’s transparency levels, the difference between the first and fifth level is approximately twice as much. When compared to the volume level in passive mode (without any modes), the surrounding world becomes three times stronger, with the addition of low frequencies. At the fifth level, this amplification increases to six times.

Moving on to the microphones, Jabra’s extensive experience in the field ensures excellent performance. In comparison to Technics, Jabra’s voice quality is noticeably clearer and more distinct. The quality of the voice is also appreciated by the interlocutor during phone conversations, as it becomes louder and clearer.

Version 1:
The application, named Sound+, is accessible for download from both PlayMarket and AppStore, and it is free of charge. Upon installation, users are prompted to enable location services to accurately identify the headphone model and color. The app provides a user-friendly introduction, guiding users on how to operate the headphones efficiently. While the application offers various features, I will highlight the one that impressed me the most.

Displayed on the main screen are images of the headphones in their respective colors, along with the battery levels of each headphone and the case. This feature not only provides an estimate of the remaining battery life but also offers precise details through the app. Users can access different modes, such as active noise cancellation and transparency mode with adjustable levels (1 – minimal sound transmission, 5 – maximum). Additionally, users can deactivate all modes at once. The Dolby Atmos tab, which simulates 3D spatial sound, is also available. This feature creates a realistic effect, making it seem as though the sound remains stationary even when the user moves their head, similar to a cinema experience. I recommend trying it out while watching a movie.

Furthermore, users can customize the sound by selecting from pre-set sound profiles or creating their own. At the bottom of this tab, users can access a library of sounds (ocean, rain, waterfall, pink noise) for various purposes, such as testing the Dolby Atmos effect, relaxing after a long listening session, or preparing for a different headphone experience.

The light bulb tab provides information on app updates, user guides, and the option to integrate Spotify for quick access. The (i) tab offers additional interesting features.

Battery

The Jabra Elite 10 is advertised to last for 6 hours with active noise reduction and 8 hours without it on a single charge. When using the case, these numbers increase to 26 and 37 hours, respectively. This is a commendable performance, providing at least 4 full charges, which should suffice for a week’s use. In my testing, I only needed to charge the headphones once after discharging them completely, and they lasted for about a week with approximately 70% battery remaining. The manufacturer’s claims are accurate, but it’s important to note that these estimates are based on an average volume level. If you prefer higher volumes, the battery may deplete faster, requiring around 70-80% volume. Nevertheless, the battery life should still be adequate for a week. Additionally, the convenience of wireless charging should not be overlooked.

Sound

Let’s delve into the realm of sound and the emotions it evokes. Prior to delving into the intricate details of frequencies, I would like to touch upon the overall performance of the headphones. As per my usual practice, I listened without any equalizer to ensure utmost objectivity. I must highlight another noteworthy aspect – the more I listened to them, the more I found myself drawn to their charm. The presentation of the Jabra Elite 10 is truly fascinating, making it quite challenging to encapsulate its essence in just a couple of words. Despite its inherent brightness, the bass is exceptionally well-balanced and possesses a soft yet pronounced quality. It delivers a satisfying punch when required, while remaining restrained when not needed. The mid-range frequencies are vibrant and possess an analytical quality, while the high frequencies are undeniably bombastic in every sense. They exude a remarkable brightness and emphasis, yet are intricately detailed and defined. However, it is worth noting that these headphones may not be suitable for those who are averse to heightened high frequencies.

Frequencies:

Low frequencies : very soft, deep, not fast, but textured and weighty, they do not sound amplified, there are as many of them as on the recording. The genre is completely universal, and suitable for instrumental bass, drums, guitar, double bass, and electronic.
Mids : A bright accent is present, meaning that female voices will be slightly more expressive than male voices, male voices will sound very soft and bright at the same time, although this sounds quite pleasant in the overall sound picture, and again for all styles.
High frequencies : accented, sometimes very, but they give a lot of detail, they are defined, you can hear almost all the nuances, creaks, crackles, they do not come close to wired ones yet in the same price range, but very close.

In comparison to the Technics AZ60, I have had the opportunity to own them for over two years and can vividly recall their sound characteristics. The Technics offer a punchier, more pronounced bass that is driving and focused, while the Jabra provides a softer, more faithful reproduction of the original recording without added embellishments. The mid frequencies in the Technics are warm but less bright, resulting in voices lacking a bit of liveliness and presence. Conversely, the Jabra tends to be brighter and more highlighted in this range. High frequencies in the Technics may not be as distinct as in the Jabra, leading to some loss of information, which contributes to a darker, more musical presentation.

Overall, I found the sound of both models to be pleasing, although not particularly impressive. Initially, I was not fond of the sound in the first few minutes, but after some time, I gradually grew accustomed to it and now even enjoy it. Therefore, I recommend spending a bit more time listening to them in the store compared to other models, as it may help you appreciate their sound quality better.

Conclusion

The Jabra Elite 10 truly impressed me with its sound quality. While many people focus on its microphones, comfort, and noise reduction capabilities, the sound itself is also exceptional. Unlike the typical v-shaped sound profile, these headphones offer a soft bass, wide middle range, and accentuated bright high frequencies. This combination creates a delightful overall sound with a touch of audiophilia. I must mention that I grew to appreciate the sound of these headphones even more over time. Additionally, the comfort level of the Jabra Elite 10 is outstanding. The shape of the headphones, the ear cushions, and the materials used all contribute to a comfortable fit. In fact, I would go as far as to say that these headphones provide one of the best comfort experiences I have ever had, if not the best. Furthermore, the physical button controls are more convenient for me personally, although touch controls are also implemented impressively in some other headphone models.

Specifications

Weight and size indicators :

  • earphone size: 19.6×18.8×28.2 mm
  • case size: 24.4×46.9×65.4 mm
  • headphone weight: 5.7 grams
  • case weight: 45.9 grams

Acoustic parameters :

  • 10 mm dynamic driver
  • frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz

Bluetooth connection :

  • bluetooth version 5.3
  • codecs: AAC, SBC
  • working range up to 10 m
  • multipoint

Battery :

  • music playback time with case (with ANC) – up to 27 hours, without ANC – up to 36 hours
  • music playback time on 1 charge – up to 6 hours with ANC, and up to 8 without it
  • charging time: 3 hours
  • 5 minutes of charging will give up to 1 hour of listening to music

Features :

  • the material of the headphone case is silicone
  • specially designed nozzles of ergonomic shape
  • 6 microphones for clear voice transmission
  • the ability to change the level of transparency
  • Dolby Atmos with your head tracking
  • protection against water and dust (earphones IP57), (case IP54)
  • wireless charging

Jabra Elite 10 review
Jabra Elite 10
8.5
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