Boasting to be engineered to be best-in-class on-ear wireless headphones by Jabra and its really cheap price point in 2020, these pairs of headsets are definitely one to look out for. Having established its territory as a manufacturer of some of the very best true wireless earbuds around, Jabra’s now turned its full attention to wireless on-ear headphones.
The Jabra Elite 45H is a replacement for the company’s Move Style wireless on-ears. With its combination of huge battery playtime, fully competitive specs against other audio behemoths, and decently understood sound quality puts them right up near the top of the class.
Jabra Elite 45H Review
The product is currently priced at 79.99 dollars on amazon, compared to its original price of around 100 dollars. It has an average playtime of around 50 hours. It is probably equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 as it was released in June 2020.
Sample Customer Review… I have a pair of Jabra earbuds that I love, so when looking for a nice pair of over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones, I did some research and found these were very highly rated by CNET. They had a good price, to begin with, but were also on sale at the time of purchase. They did not disappoint.
I owned a pair of Bose headphones several years ago, which were the best-sounding headphones I ever owned. However, they cost nearly $300 and began to fall apart after a few years of use. I must say the quality of these Jabra phones is on par with the Bose. The battery life is unparalleled, and they are very easy to use. And they’re comfortable too! Definitely worth a try if you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on another brand.Read more reviews at Amazon.com
For just a hundred dollars, Jabra has integrated Bluetooth 5 connectivity, 40mm full-range dynamic drivers, and an assortment of physical push-button controls in a wireless on-ear frame. Fake leather and memory foam, combined with winningly sturdy plastic, make for a comfortable fit.
There’s voice control available from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri to allow you to do all sorts of things without having to reach for your phone to create or search for things online. Jabra’s Sound+ control app walks you through a brief hearing test to establish exactly how the equalizer settings should be set to best suit your ears. By the standards of openly/obviously low-priced headphones, the Elite 45h is feature-packed and an excellent investment for an audio set.
Furthermore, who wants to argue with 50 hours of electrical battery for a device life from a single charge? There are very few headphones around, at any price, that can challenge that figure – and the Jabras will go for another 10 hours after just 15 minutes of USB-C charging. Did I mention USB-C charging? In 2020 USB-C is the best way to supercharge your device really fast and really efficiently.
These headphones are available in black, copper black, gold beige, navy blue, and titanium black. The amazing sound based on ear Elite 45h headphones has fancy and comfortable memory foam earpads lined with a leatherette covering.
The underside of the headband is a cushioned, rubbery material, which provides a secure, lightweight fit that’s comfortable over long listening sessions. Holes/openings on the interior of the leatherette look cool, but also cleverly represent the left and right earcups. Internally, the 40mm drivers deliver an amazing frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz.
The earcups rotate flat to slide inside an included neoprene drawstring pouch. The pouch and a USB-C charging cable, that connects to the right earcup, are the only added accessories. There are controls on the side panel of the right earcup. Which includes a power and pairing button and a central multifunction button for playback and call management surrounded by volume and track navigation buttons on either side.
We’re never fans of this move–combining sound level and track navigation on the same button makes it far too easy to easily skip a track when you mean to change to make the sound level better.
On the other end of the panel, there’s a single/alone button for voice helpers and mute–this button will call for Siri on iOS devices, or it can be used to work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. You can set up the last thing just mentioned two helpers via their third-party apps if they’re not already set to default.
Controls are placed on the right earcup – press the respective buttons to control playback or activate Siri, the iOS artificial assistant or Alexa, or Google Assistant, with sound level controls at the top and bottom.
They work decently but make quite a weird metalling sound of a button being pressed, sound in your ear when using them. The headline feature of these headphones is the W1 chip, and it offers some benefits, especially to iPhone users, but some that Android phones can take advantage of too.
For iOS users, there’s a very smooth link with your iPhone. Turn the headphones on and your iPhone will ask if you want to connect, which was briefly mentioned in the WHAT DO THEY MEAN section.
Android users will have to spend a little longer following the regular Bluetooth pairing steps. However, they will still get to share some of the bigger improvements that the W1 chip has to offer, which is primarily the improved sound quality.
The Jabra Elite 45H isn’t going to blow you away with bass or pick up every difficult to notice sound in complex recordings. However, these headphones are great for being a jack of all trades of everything for clean and extremely satisfying, pleasurable sound.
The low basses are handled well and give the most bass-centric tracks the right amount of strength without twisting or thinning the sound signature. I found the clearness, crisp, and depth that these headphones produced, which was discernable when jamming out to jazz records, even more shocking.
The quickly paced elaborate soundtrack of John Coltrane’s “Lover Come Back to Me” does make it hard for listeners to keep up with the multiple musical instrument arrangements, but the Jabra Elite 45H has some amazing pump to it. This gives the impression of great speed and detail; the fast-and-steady hi-hats and energetic sax play have a unique quality.
You would want to be selective with what you listen on the Jabra Elite 45h because it can only handle so much bass. Take a record like Dr. Dre’s “Kush,” which is burning in synths and outstanding effects. However, it also sounded harsh and drowned out for Dre and Akon’s vocals. On the plus side, the headphones did an excellent job at reproducing some of the song’s other sound related elements, like the movie based piano riff.
If you are the kind who loves listening to music in peace, then the Elite 45h won’t be your cup of tea. Most on ear headsets are designed to let in sounds existing all around you and bleed that sound at a high level. The Elite 45h is no different. The wild and noisy exterior sounds will distract and pull you away from what’s playing. And if you’re listening at a high sound level, others around you will hear what you jam on to through the 40mm drivers.
Lastly, the Jabra Elite 45h does not have a headphone jack. Not the news you want to hear if you’re still living the dongle life with an iPhone or Android device. Technically, the headphones should support a USB-C to 3.5mm aux cable, but Jabra confirmed with us that the port is only used for charging.
However, in this day and age that should not really matter as you whether or not this is your first wireless device, I can assure you that after one or two days of being truly wireless, you would not even need the aux cable, which is further supported by its massive 50 hour long battery.
These headphones are great in their wireless technology, they have a good range and an excellent battery life. It has a great bass response even if it is not meant to be neutral or accurate, but it does so by providing physical thuds without major booms, that usually cause a slight static sound wave to pass through. It has a wide range of colors so you can be sure to pick one which you like.
Most of the on-ear Bluetooth headphones presently have active noise cancellation built-in, and often a much higher price tag as a result. So Jabra Elite 45H headphones are a welcome entry into a thinning field, although one that still has some other solid options worth thinking about. For a mere $100, there is little to complain about here.
The Jabra Elite 45h headphones offer powerful, user-controlled sound in a comfortable design with an app that allows for added customizable control. They’re terrific headphones to use for working from home. Furthermore, at this price point, the Jabra Elite 45H offers everything one would ever want or need and a truly technological marvel during 2020.
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Written by Abheek Mondal