When it comes to quality audio, Jabra is certainly among the top brands out there, and its Elite range of products undoubtedly have their merit. With that in mind, Jabra recently announced the launch of two of its newest wireless earbuds, the Jabra Elite 8 Active and Jabra Elite 10. Both models come with their own set of strengths, but what exactly do you get with them? Let’s take a look.
Jabra Elite 8 Active
First up are the Elite 8 Active earbuds, which Jabra says sets a new standard for durability and fit. One key aspect of the Elite 8 Active earbuds is that they are designed to be durable not just for sports and workouts, but for more activities beyond the gym, track, or court.
Jabra claims that the Elite 8 Active buds pass all the required tests for the US Military Standard for Ruggedized Electronics (810H). This means that the earbuds will be able to survive situations with humidity and high temperatures, as well as fully-watertight build that allows them to be submerged even under 1.5m of water. This also means that the earbuds come with an IP68 rating, meaning they are fully dust and waterproof too. Additionally, the charging case comes with an IP54 rating for a bit of added resistance against dust and splashes.
in terms of sound quality, the Elite 8 Active earbuds feature Dolby Audio, which Jabra says delivers a clear and realistic sound for lengthy listening sessions. The earbuds also come with Adaptive Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and can automatically adapt the ANC level depending on a user’s current surroundings. There’s also added Wind Neutralising HearThrough technology that blocks out wind noise.
Other features include 6 built-in microphones for calls, a mesh to block out wind noise, connectivity with compatible smartwatches, Google Assistant, Fast Pair, Swift Pair and Spotify Tap. In terms of battery endurance, Jabra says that the Elite 8 Active buds can go for up to eight hours, although users can top up using the charging case for a total of around 32 hours.
Jabra Elite 10
Up next are the Elite 10 earbuds, which now serve as Jabra’s flagship wireless earbud model. Jabra says that the earbuds are designed for comfort, and have been developed to capitalize Dolby Atmos technologies, including Dolby Head Tracking.
With that said, the Dolby Head Tracking feature works the same way as a lot of spatial audio technologies that we’ve been seeing on more and more wireless audio products lately. This allows users to experience a more spaced-out music listening experience without sacrificing sound quality, and allows for a more natural sound experience.
The Elite 10 also features Jabra’s Advanced Active Noise Cancellation, which provides listeners with ANC that can automatically adjust intensity, depending on a listener’s immediate surroundings. The earbuds are also the first in Jabra’s true wireless earbuds range to feature Jabra ComfortFit technology, that’s designed with a semi-open design for a better fit and improved comfort with prolonged listening sessions.
As for other features, the Jabra Elite 10 earbuds come with 6 built-in mics for calls (similar to the Elite 8 Active), up to six hours of battery life and up to 27 hours with the charging case, Bluetooth Multipoint connection, hands-free voice assistance, and easy pairing.
Pricing and Availability
In terms of pricing and availability, the Jabra Elite 8 Active earbuds are priced starting at £199.99, and will be available for purchase in caramel, navy, black and dark grey colours. Meanwhile, the Jabra Elite 10 earbuds will be available later in September in cream, cocoa, titanium black, gloss black, and matte black variants, for a price of £229.99.