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Countless earbuds available in the market today boast a snug fit, yet the Jabra Elite 10s distinguish themselves by effectively addressing the common discomfort of feeling “plugged up.” Priced at €249, the Jabra Elite 10 Earbuds offer exceptional value with features including Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Dolby Atmos sound. Additionally, the inclusion of tactile buttons enhances the user experience, making these earbuds a standout choice for everyday use.

Jabra Elite 10 Review | TheEffect.NetDesign & Build Quality

When it comes to comfort, the Jabra Elite 10s are probably the best earbuds available on that front. The Elite 10 earbuds introduce new Comfort Fit technology which promises “all-day comfort”. Essentially, Comfort Fit refers to the new design of the silicone ear tips which are oval rather than round and a “semi-open” design of the buds. The result is a secure fit that doesn’t have that “plugged up” feeling you get with other true wireless earbuds.

Jabra Elite 10 Review | TheEffect.NetUp until now, I hadn’t given too much thought to it – some level of discomfort or feeling is supposed to be normal when you’ve got something in your ear right? But not with these earbuds. It doesn’t feel like you’ve stuffed in earbuds like you’re at a concert.

Jabra Elite 10 Review | TheEffect.NetIn total, you’re given four pairs of ear tips to find the size that best suits you for maximum comfort. Jabra says the wizardry behind these patent-pending EarGels was performed through the processing of 62,000 ear scans. It’s small innovations like this that help the Elite 10 earbuds stand out in a crowded market.

Sound & ANC Quality

The listening experience with the Jabra Elite 10 earbuds is thankfully as impressive as you would expect from earbuds in this price range. The bass is nice and booming and instrumentals and vocals alike ring nice and clear. If spatial audio is your thing you’re in luck with the Jabra Elite 10s supporting Dolby Atmos.

Stereo, which most people are familiar with pans sounds left and right almost as if from one side of a stage to the other. Surround sound can come at you from the sides and back as well but still along one 2D plane. However, spatial audio goes fully three-dimensional and adds richness to the experience as it feels like the sound is coming from all around you.

The experience works with TV shows and movies but can distort stereo music audio unfortunately, resulting in a slightly tinny experience, hopefully this is something Jabra is able to work on in a future update. You can opt for head-tracking as well which provides another element as the sound moves with you as you turn your head.

ANC holds up well enough to block out the backdrop of everyday life or at least reduce it to a steady hum. The HearThrough or transparency mode lacks that lower, robotic-sounding quality that cheaper earbuds have but overall ANC isn’t as nearly all-encompassing as other more ‘premium’ earbuds such as M&D’s MW09 Wireless Earbuds which get very close to creating the feeling of a perfectly silent bubble around you.

The main surface of each Jabra Elite 10 earbud acts as a button from which you can control your listening experience, for example switching between ANC and hear through with the left earbud and accessing playback with the right. It’s all able to be remapped to your liking in the Jabra Sound+ app (more on this below) with up to triple-tap options.

Long presses control the volume. It’s nice and intuitive with a solid tactile feel that’s a nice change in a world full of taps and swipes. The buttons aren’t too sensitive either so I never activated anything by accident.

Sound+ App Features

As with all other prominent audio brands, Jabra has their own dedicated ‘Sound+’ app an Android and iOS which offers a greater level of customisation for users.

It includes a graphic EQ and presets for sound customisation and customisation options for the controls also. You can access features like Dolby Atmos, in-ear detection, voice assistants, and Spotify Tap, which lets you access Spotify via the onboard controls.

Battery Life

The Jabra Elite 10 earbuds offer impressive battery performance, with a six-hour usage rating at moderate volume levels while Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is enabled. This extends to 8 hours of use when ANC is turned off, placing them among the top performers in the market.

The convenience of wireless charging, integrated into the new case, further enhances the user experience. With the charging case, users can enjoy a total of 36 hours of battery life with ANC turned off, providing extended listening sessions without the need for frequent recharging. Additionally, a quick five-minute charge provides an hour of playback, making them a convenient option for users on the go.

The earbuds also support fast charging via USB-C, allowing for a rapid top up of battery life. Five minutes of charging will give users an additional hour of usage, ensuring minimal downtime between charging sessions.

Conclusion

The Jabra Elite 10 earbuds represent a significant advancement in the company’s product line-up, boasting a sleek and stylish design that positions them as standout contenders in the wireless earbud market. With exceptional Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and sound quality, these earbuds rival some of the best options available. While the battery life is on par with standard noise-cancelling earbuds, features such as Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity and multipoint technology further enhance their appeal by enabling seamless pairing with multiple devices simultaneously.

Despite their impressive features, the Elite 10 earbuds fall short in certain areas, including inconsistent spatial audio. However, there is optimism that these issues could be addressed through future software updates, potentially improving the overall user experience.

In summary, the Jabra Elite 10 earbuds offer a compelling blend of style, comfort, and audio performance, making them a noteworthy choice for consumers seeking a high-quality pair of wireless earbuds.

Jabra Elite 10 Pricing & Availability

Jabra Elite 10 earbuds are available now on jabra.com (in a range of colour options) and Harvey Norman (in Titanium Black) for €249,99.

Jabra Elite 10 Review | TheEffect.Net

 

REVIEW: Jabra Elite 10 ANC Earbuds
  • Design & Build Quality
  • Sound & ANC Quality
  • Sound+ App Features
  • Battery Life
4.3

Summary

The Jabra Elite 10 earbuds represent a significant advancement in the company’s product line-up, boasting a sleek and stylish design that positions them as standout contenders in the wireless earbud market.

John Reilly

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