Some of my favorite in-ear headphones in memory have recently come out of Jabra’s Elite lineup, with a decent size, a reasonable case, and very good sound quality to boot. However, the company’s latest high-end phone model seems like a step backwards, as the Jabra Elite 7 Pro has poorer sound quality despite long overdue addition of Google Assistant and other features.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using Jabra’s Elite 7 Pro earbuds along with several other models, with some mixed feelings about the setup in general.
Start with the good things. In terms of hardware, I like how Jabra has transformed things. The headphones themselves have a familiar shape, fit the ear, and provide a nice cushioning for passive noise blocking in addition to the added active noise cancellation. I didn’t have any problems with the headphones falling out during my use, even during activities like shoveling snow and other outdoor work. This case is also a big change in speed. It’s not as tall as previous iterations in Jabra’s lineup and remains slim. It’s wider and thicker than Apple’s AirPods case, but close to Google’s Pixel Buds and AirPods Pro.
As usual, another perk is battery life. Jabra quotes 8 hours from the headphones themselves, and that’s in line with the results I’ve seen. The addition of Qi charging is also appreciated. The only odd thing about the case is that the USB-C port is on the front of the case, which is very unorthodox. But hey, it will get the job done regardless.
Jabra’s feature set is also getting better with this latest generation. Finally, mono mode works properly, so either headset can be used exclusively for music or calls. This was definitely annoying with previous models and I’m really glad to see it fixed.
Multipoint (multiple devices) pairing is also a welcome feature that I wish were available on more headphones. However, my testing on this feature is relatively limited. The setup is very simple. I paired the headset with my phone, then started pairing again for my PC. With the PC connected, I then go into the Bluetooth menu on my phone to reconnect and the smile says “two devices connected”. This message repeats when I put the bud away and then get it back. Catch single? I cannot reliably play the sound. Spotify on my phone keeps pausing and the audio from YouTube on my PC won’t play. This feature is supposed to work based on what’s currently playing audio and pausing another device, but for whatever reason it doesn’t work reliably with the correct setup of the device. I. A shame, but at least something doesn’t seem to be popular.
Calls were excellent as always, thanks to Jabra’s solid microphones, but the “plug in” feeling when wearing both earphones made it rare for me to make calls on the Elite 7 Pro. HearingThrough is useful and it sounds better than most again thanks to a quality microphone. Those mics also contribute to active noise cancellation, but it’s not exactly a star feature. ANC is strongbut the best is average.
Then there’s better Google Assistant integration. Final, Jabra’s earbuds support the same great Google Assistant integration as on Google’s Pixel Buds, minus the hot word “Hey Google”. This is similar to the support available on headphones from Sony and JBLand I’m glad it’s finally available. The assistant can be mapped to a single, double, or triple tap on either of the headset’s buttons and works in a press-to-talk fashion. Commands are processed quickly and the ability to quickly access the message reading is greatly appreciated.
Setting up Google Assistant support for Jabra Elite 7 Pro is easy for first time users, but if you already own these buds or have paired them before latest update, you will have to unpair and re-pair to use this feature. In order for notifications to be read aloud as they arrive, you’ll also need to grant access to the Google app, if you haven’t already.
Now, I just wish these supported Google’s Fast Pair like Jabra Elite 3 is more affordable.
Unfortunately, what really hurts this pack for me is just the sound quality. Where previous Jabra earbuds were known for their crisp sound with depth, sometimes overpowering bassThe Elite 7 Pro feels like an overwhelming fix.
Jabra was certainly right to reduce its bass, but it comes at the expense of overall quality. Now, I often feel “shuttered” on certain high notes, including those in “Come to Your Senses” from “Tick Tick Boom”, and the low notes have almost no impact as in the songs. sing other.
Sound quality is not terrible, and the EQ still works wonders in the smartphone app pretty well, but the day has come when Jabra’s flagship outperforms the competition. Update v2.0 coming out at the end of January do improve the sound quality from the original state but still not as expected.
At $199, the Jabra Elite 7 Pro has a hefty price tag. The feature set is worthy, but the sound quality is, at least in my opinion, well below that asking price. With a decent sale, they’re well worth picking up – there’s actually enough good stuff here to keep them competitive – but I find the retail prices really hard to swallow.
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