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Third time lucky, I found a great pair of earbuds. Update February 2019
4 April 2018
My first pair of true wireless earbuds were the Earin model. Great sound and ultra-small. Unfortunately, the buds kept cutting out between the left and right sides.
My second pair was a cheap and cheerful pair from a internet shop I've bought from before. When I say cheap, I mean cheap - £21! I didn't expect much, but they were better than the Earin at £250. They didn't cut out, but the battery life was about 45 minutes.
So, nervously, I purchased a pair of the Jabra Elite 65t's. I know Jabra's reputation of old but I expecting disappointment again. I needn't have worried.
The packaging is Apple standard - the box slides out of its sleeve revealing the earbuds recessed inside. Lift the cover reveals the charging pod and a further box containing the booklet, two other pairs of silicone buds and the USB cable for the charging the pod.
After letting them charge for a couple of hours, as per the instructions, I took them out of the charging pod, which woke them up. They immediately reached out to my Samsung S7 Edge and appeared in the Bluetooth menu. Thanks to Hedley LaMarr, everything went smoothly.
I was disappointed with the sound level until I discovered that the sound controls did not affect the sound level on the phone. As soon as I wound the sound up we were off. I've set it up with maximum on the Jabras and used the volume control on my phone to control the level then used the earbuds volume control to lower or raise the volume according to the recording level of the music.
The sound quality seemed poor with the medium tips, but as soon as swapped them out for the large ones, all my doubts disappeared. The sound is nearly as good as my Sennheiser Momentums and that is high praise. They are, however, more harsh that my Sennheiser wireless cans, but only to be expected, bearing in mind that they use their own base station and are driven by a Cambridge Audio DAC.
The buds themselves seem well built and exude sturdiness. There is also a leaflet that lists replacement buds, tips, case, etc. Mind you, with the way these things fit (Follow the instructions on how to put them in and you can't go wrong) you aren't going to lose one any time soon. Despite this, they are comfortable to wear for hours.
The bass and midrange are impressive, but you get crackle if you push the bass up on the phone and earbuds at the same time. The answer is not to be as stupid as I was. As I went to too many concerts in my youth, and age I cannot be a good judge of the treble.
All in all, an impressive pair of earbuds at the middle of the price range, that punch well above their weight.
In late December 2018 the right earbud failed. It took 6 weeks to get the problem solved. Jabra was so slow that I received a refund from Amazon, because the service from Jabra was so poor.