- 1 Design and case
- 2 Comfort and fit
- 3 Features and ease of use
- 4 Sound
- 5 For phone use
- 6 Battery
- 7 Conclusion
- 8 Good alternatives to the Jabra Elite Active 65t and Sony WF-SP700N
With the exception of Apple’s Airpods, there has been a lab in the market for completely wireless ear plugs – so-called “true wireless” in the tribal language.
The fact that many people have sat on the fence are natural, as the product type has been characterized by being in the first generation phase, with low battery life and often choppy connection.
Two of our favorite manufacturers in this category so far have been Sony and Jabra, both of whom have delivered solid products in the form of the WF-1000X , Elite Sport and Elite 65t .
Now we have received Sony’s new sports variant WF-SP700 and Jabra’s sweat-resistant variant of Elite 65t, called Elite Active 65t, and we take them as well in one and the same test.
Design and case
Let’s look at Sony first. The SP700 differs from 1000X primarily because they are intended for use with ear rings, which did not follow 1000X. But already here we come to our first and probably greatest appeal.
The Sony case holds room for the ear rings, but only if you turn them into place. It’s annoying when you put the plugs back in your ear. The lid is also very loose.
For ear plugs that are marketed as sports plugs and where ear rings are the standard mode of use, it is incomprehensible that Sony has made a case where the ear plugs can not be inserted with wings.
That is, it’s possible, but you have to turn your wings for each time and again to use them again. Moreover, the case itself is incredibly weakly designed, with a swingable lid where the mechanism requires insufficient effort to open.
This results in a case that tends to open in the bag, and since the lid is the only one that holds the connectors, the risk of finding battery ear plugs in the bag is too big. Finally, the case is too high to fit in a pocket without creating a heavy bull.
Sony is usually good at both handsome and handsome design, but we can hardly understand that the design has been through quality control.
Then Jabra’s etuide design is far more thoughtful. The case is the same as for the regular Elite 65t, but with a matte and more fingerprint-resistant finish we like it. 65t does not have earplugs, so Jabra gets rid of that problem. The plugs themselves have turned their way, so they must also be inserted on each side, but it is largely unproblematic.
Jabra’s case is also flatter than Sony’s, thus a little easier to bring in the pocket. Both use micro USB, and both are required to charge the battery in the earplugs.
Jabra 1 – Sony 0
The Sony case is bigger and more unmanageable than the Jabra case. The latter glides a lot easier into the pocket.
Comfort and fit
Jabra’s case is smaller and seems better composed.
Fortunately for Sony, it’s okay to use the SP700 without earwashes, at least as long as you do not plan to use them for exercise. They are generally well in place, even at a certain headquarters, and in this way resemble the WF-1000X.
The wings can also be a little rodent to wear over a long time, so for regular use it is possible we would recommend dropping them. Use at least some time to find the pair that’s best – it comes with three sizes.
With the ear rings on, it is a good practice to use the plugs for exercise, which may also be just missing.
Jabra’s plugs do not have wings, but tend to retrieve closer to the actual ear, and rely more heavily on friction against the skin to stay in place. It works pretty much just as well, but makes them even more dependent on finding the perfect fit. If you generally think ear plugs are sticky and nasty to wear, these will probably be even worse than the Sony plugs, which protrude further.
If you practice exercise where your head is bouncing a lot, it’s also possible that the wings will make the Sony plug sacked better. At the same time, the etui solution makes it difficult for the plugs to sit symmetrically in the ears when they are back in place, and it looks a little stupid. In all cases, the Jabras look better.
Jabra 1 – Sony 0.5
Features and ease of use
The Sony SP-700 has a single button per plug, while Jabra has split the button on the left plug for two, thus opening for more remote control features. One press up or down adjusts the volume while holding in. Switching the song, for example.
Instead Sony has a single button per plug, and no volume adjustment. Instead, you get a regular remote control key on the right plug, where one press puts the music on or on, two presses skip one song and three presses return one song.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t is discreet in the ear.
The left key switches between noise cancellation, so-called “ambient” mode, where the earplugs use their microphones to emit sound from outside and sound only. Like the WF-1000X, Sony has included active noise reduction in the SP700, and it seems to be about the same technology in the bottom. It means a little medium noise reduction, and far from the WH-1000XM2 ear cups, but definitely noticeable on a plane, for example. They also create a little lust on their own, but it is generally only audible if you completely turn off the music.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t also has ambient mode, which is activated by double-pushing the button on the right earplug but no noise reduction. You can also choose whether to hear your own voice during a conversation in the Jabra Sound + app.
Jabra 1 – Sony 1
With both the Jabra Elite 65t and the Sony WF-1000X, we were very pleased with the sound and the new sets do not make the shame to the producers. Elite Active does not surprisingly sound very similar to its non-sweat resistant predecessor, while the SP-700 actually differs a lot from the WF-1000X.
Sony’s top model appeared to be very aggressive in the tweeter, especially when we listened from an iPhone (using a different codec than Android phones do, and thus lets something different, maybe a bit sharper in the tweeter). The SP700 has got a lot of fun on the front, with a softer and more rounded treble that is more comfortable to listen to, but may not cause the hairs to rise as much as the WF-1000X can.
In addition, Sony has turned up the punch in the bass, which too many probably will also be a plus – especially when the application is training. In some cases, it may be too much of the good, but you certainly do not think if you are primarily going to use them for running or the like.
The Sony plugs protrude slightly more.
On the other hand, the Jabra Elite Active 65t has some more focus in the upper parts of the registry, and maybe a bit drier and more precise bass. It gives a more resolved and neutral sound image, but still relatively rich and engaging. We would like to have chopped more dynamics and hesitated to bid.
In sum, however, we both seem to deliver very solid on the audio front, and it is more about taste and pleasure than just what we experience of quality.
If you want more bass and hassle, you should go for Sony, while those who prefer sharper and more resolved tweets should rather lean against Jabra.
Jabra 2 – Sony 2
For phone use
Ear plugs and other headphones are increasingly used as handsfree solutions for the mobile, and it is best shown that Jabra has chosen to equip Elite Active 65t with a small Airpod-like stick pointing down to the mouth.
The Sony WF-SP700 has something that looks like small buttons on the end, but it’s actually the opening for the microphone. Instead, they have a tiny key in the middle of each plug.
The Jabras are also better to filter away unwanted noise from the conversation at your end, and it allows you to speak that way even if you walk down a noisy barrack. The Sony also filters out noise to a large extent, but they also filter away your voice, and it makes it difficult for the other party to hear you if there’s a lot about it.
In the office or in a quieter setting, both work well, but the Jabras have any advantage, and you are served the opposite party in stereo. The Sony only gives you monoliths and automatically switches on to ambient mode so you can input sound from the surroundings (presumably to avoid walking around and talking high-speed). It’s tiring and wind noise sounds very good.
Right on this front, Jabra’s experience of office sounds and microphones shines through.
Jabra 2.5 – Sony 2
Here it will be a pure victory for Jabra. The Jabra Plugs last for about five hours on a load, with two additional charges in the case.
The Sony Plugs do not work more than three hours, and even with two extra charges in the case, it does not matter. Three hours are the same as the first “true wireless” products delivered, and we had hoped that time would be over.
We also have no clues to say that the stated battery times are not correct.
Jabra 3.5 – Sony 2.5
The Jabra Elite Active 65t has two tiny buttons clamped onto the side of the left ear plug. The right has only one.
It will be a victory for Jabra in this duel, but it’s mainly because of the foolish case Sony has equipped with the WF-SP700. We like to have ears, which is essential for being well-trained, the sound is good and it’s a bonus that they also have active noise reduction on board.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t, on its part, is a bit more reliable, but has more sound resolution and provides a better experience for both parties during phone calls, as well as the fact that the case is much better. We would like to see that they had some kind of ear rings, as it had made them even better fit during training.
Overall, we think, however, you can be well pleased with both of them, and pricey, it is no more than a dog drop in favor of Sony at the time of writing. Decide for yourself.
Jabra Elite Active Conclusion
Jabra returns consistently solid
- Good sound
- Sweat Resistant
- Is well in place
- Discreet in the ear
- Very good conversation quality
- Good battery life in the class
- Compact case
- A little more bass would make the sound chopped more engaging in exercise
- Not so good for conversations in noisy surroundings
- Earrings would keep them even better in place
Sony WF-SP700N Conclusion
The case destroys otherwise good ear plugs from Sony
Basstung and training-friendly sound
Active noise reduction
Can be used with or without wings
Things to think about
The case is lumpy and the lid opens easily
The wings must be turned to fit the case
Only voice call in one ear
Pretty weak battery life
Good alternatives to the Jabra Elite Active 65t and Sony WF-SP700N
“The original” – Apple Airpods
Apple’s Airpods are largely the product that has led to the transition to complete wireless ear plugs, without it meaning that it’s necessarily the very best product.
However, Apple has succeeded in creating an experience of something that “just works”, well-helped by the W1 chip that makes the connection more stable, battery consumption lower and range better. The sound is also quite straightforward, and in the ears of the undersigned they are surprisingly good that they just lie and rest on the ear.
Airpods are among the cheapest cheapest wireless connectors you find today, and for the price they are a pretty good deal.
Expensive, but bang sound – B&O play beoplay E8
If you want the best sound in the category, these are from Bang & Olufsen you are going to check out. They cost a thousand more, but have a very nice and well-resolved sound that fits well with the vast majority of music. They also fit well in place and are perceived as very unobtrusive in the ear.
The downside is the price, which means that there is a lot of thousands over the others.