If you need active noise cancelation (ANC) the AirPods Pro are the obvious choice. However, for practically everything else, you’re looking at the Jabra Elite 75t.
The similarities stop at “truly wireless”
Source: Daniel Bader / Android Central
On Android, the biggest draw for AirPods Pro versus the Jabra Elite 75t is ANC. Not only does it feature ANC, but it rivals the Sony WF-1000XM3 (the only other ANC truly wireless earbud on the market), which are known to have really great ANC performance. The AirPods Pro’s ambient sound mode is also one of the best we’ve heard, rivaling some of the best over-ear headphones in this regard. The transparency mode/HearThrough feature on the Elite 75t is good, but does present a small hiss, especially when you’re on a phone call or listening to a podcast. It’s not a huge deal, and most people won’t notice it but it is present. If you’re listening to music with HearThrough on, you won’t hear it at all.
For those who don’t know, transparency mode (also known as ambient sound mode) is a feature typically found on ANC headphones and earbuds that allow you to hear the environment around you without having to remove your earbuds. It achieves this by reversing the ANC microphones, which are typically used to block out noise. HearThrough works in a similar way, just without ANC. The Elite 75t don’t feature ANC at all, so it uses the same microphone you use for phone calls to pump in the environment around you.
In terms of sound quality, it’s a toss-up (out of the box, at least). The AirPods Pro feature a more balanced sound signature (only a slight boost in the upper-mids), but the Jabra Elite 75t feature more depth and a better soundstage with dynamic range overall. However, the Elite 75t’s sound signature is super bass heavy and on occasion drowns out the midrange. Fortunately, the Jabra companion smartphone app is fantastic and comes with a standard 5-band equalizer to let you tone down the bass and customize the sound. However, if you’re looking for a non-offensive, balanced out of the box sound, the AirPods Pro are the way to go.
You can’t compare truly wireless earbuds without talking about the charging case. Like the original AirPods, the AirPods Pro still have a relatively small charging case and will easily fit in the coin pocket of your jeans. The Elite 75t’s case is only slightly larger than the AirPods Pro case. However, the slightly larger case nets you an additional hour of audio playback versus the AirPods Pro (20.5 hours vs. 19.5 hours). The Elite 75t’s case charges via USB-C and offers no wireless charging while the AirPods Pro charge over the proprietary Lightning cable but offers wireless charging via the Qi standard. In terms of battery life of the buds, the AirPods Pro only get 4.5 hours (with ANC/transparency mode on; 5 hours with ANC/transparency off) and the Elite 75t are able to net you 7.5 hours.
|AirPods Pro||Jabra Elite 75t|
|Bud battery life||4.5 hours (ANC/transparency on)||7.5 hours|
|Case battery life||19.5||20.5|
|Active Noise Cancelation||Yes||No|
|Water & dust resistance (IP)||IPX4||IP55|
|Dual device pairing||No||Yes|
Source: Daniel Bader / Android Central
Comfort is also a toss-up here. Both earbuds are extremely comfortable and discomfort will be kept at a minimum, if you experience any at all. Both earbuds come with three different ear tip sizes (small, medium, and large) but the AirPods Pro’s ear tips are proprietary. The Elite 75t use standard ear tips, which means you can swap them out for practically anything else if you prefer a certain material over the stock configuration. In order to get your AirPods Pro tips replaced, you’re going to have to schedule an appointment at an Apple Store or call Apple to send you replacement tips. However, thanks to the proprietary tips of the AirPods Pro, they don’t require a stem be shoved in your ear. If you have a history of in-ear earbuds being super uncomfortable for that reason, the AirPods Pros will be your best bet.
When it comes to water resistance, the Elite 75t pulls ahead slightly over the AirPods Pro. Both are comparable, especially if you don’t abuse your earbuds, but the Elite 75t is able to resist low pressure water sprays while the AirPods Pro are only meant to resist sweat and rain. The Elite 75t are also dust resistant, which is a bonus, while the AirPods Pro isn’t rated to resist dust at all.
One downside to the Elite 75t is in regards to using a single bud. With AirPods Pro, you can choose to use either the left or right bud independently. Unfortunately, with the Elite 75t you have to use the right earbud if you want to use only one earbud at a time. However, the Elite 75t does dual device pairing, allowing you to pair them to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously, something the AirPods Pro can’t do.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for the most battery life, customizable sound, and excellent comfort, go for the Jabra Elite 75t. The companion app is available on Android and iOS, and gives you a ton of options including EQ and a find my earbuds feature. The Elite 75t also lasts much longer than the AirPods Pro.
On the other hand, AirPods Pro are the way to go if you’re looking for active noise canceling. The ANC performance easily ranks as one of the best you’ll find in an earbud, let alone a truly wireless one. AirPods Pro also feature a superior sound signature out of the box but there’s no customization when it comes to sound at all. Also, you won’t get any customization when using AirPods Pro on a non-Apple device such as an Android phone, including automatic play and pause when you take a bud out of your ear.
Long battery life
The Jabra Elite 75t feature long battery life, USB-C charging, fantastic comfort, and customizable sound. However, independent earbud use could be improved.
Noise canceling for days
Basic on Android
AirPods Pro feature some of the best ANC/transparency modes on an earbud, a wireless charging case, and the best comfort on any earbud.
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