Wireless headphones are far from a novelty; they could hardly have surprised anyone even five or six years ago. Despite the fact that they have a lot of advantages (the main thing is that the wires do not get tangled in a pocket in a sea knot, of course), they are much inferior in popularity to their wired counterparts. Sometimes they lose their signal. They need to be constantly charged. They are expensive and do not sound very great - and after this point, it makes no sense to list the rest of the shortcomings.
But they nevertheless occupied a certain percentage of the market, they won the audience for themselves, and everything calmed down …
… until last September, when Apple gave the industry a resounding slap in the face: the iPhone 7 did not have a traditional headphone jack, which automatically means that all future iPhones will be released without it.
Goodbye, our round friend! For us, you were a convenient way to listen to music, but for Apple - "an outdated port, which is more than a hundred years old and must be abandoned urgently for a brighter future."
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So now wireless headphones are what you need to look at right now if you plan to continue using Apple smartphones and do not want to fiddle with adapters (and believe me, you don’t want to: the author of this article lost two such “laces”, and one broke).
One of the most interesting models right now is AirPods, released by Apple itself. And first of all, interesting technologically: "chips" like auto-pause when you pull the earpiece out of your ear, special processors that improve the signal quality, a charging case - this is a new standard that everyone will be equal to.
If you love the sound of Apple's standard EarPods and don't mind having toothpicks sticking out of your ear, AirPods are a great option for a paid test of the wireless future.
You can do the same with the Jabra Elite Sport, however, it will cost even more - 20 thousand rubles. Judging by the declared functions, they can do almost everything the same, and even a little more.
The first thing you need to know about the Jabra Elite Sports are in-ear headphones, or plugs. Their landing, however, is somewhat different from traditional models: the headphone case is inserted entirely into the auricle, and it is held there due to silicone tips, like a plug screwed into the ear canal. It sounds complicated in words - in reality everything is much simpler, so just take a look at the photos.
I will say right away: I have no problems with earplugs, and not a single model has ever fallen out of my ears in my entire life. However, I had serious problems with the fit of the Elite Sport. While I was picking up the right attachment, the headphones entered my ear very loosely, which caused the sound to suffer terribly: the bass disappeared, the sound insulation disappeared, the volume and volume were lost. To its credit, Jabra comes with a huge number of different types and sizes of ear cushions - a vast field for experimentation. I found the best option for myself only the next day - and even then I had to fiddle with in order to place the headphones correctly.
All in all, it was worth it: the Elite Sport sounds a cut above most sports headsets and doesn't beat out the mind-numbing bass like the older Beats. The sound is quite balanced, with a good midrange and decent detail. Yes, and a decent volume margin. Plus, they don't fall out of your ears. Absolutely: at least somersault, at least hang upside down on the horizontal bar (I tried).
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Elite Sport is marketed as sporty - and for a reason. Firstly, they are waterproof - you shouldn't swim in them (and why?), But taking a shower or running in the rain is easy.
Secondly, by some miracle, Jabra engineers crammed a heart rate sensor into the compact headphone case. At the same time, it works honestly: I compared it with the Apple Watch, the difference between both devices is two or three hits.
Just in case: you can't run with them without a smartphone - there is no built-in memory here, like a GPS beacon. But there is a pedometer. As a result, we get a good fitness tracker that works in conjunction with a phone. Training data can be viewed in a special application - it will show the distance, calories burned, average heart rate and other useful data.
Thirdly, there is a microphone here: so that talking on the phone during classes in the hall takes a new level. In addition, a function that musicians would call "monitoring" is implemented: when you speak, the microphone "picks up" your voice and outputs it to the headphones. This means that you can hear yourself even if you are listening to music. Not perfect, but quite clear to make out words. It's convenient - and you can also sing karaoke.
If you go to the Jabra website, you'll be told that the Elite Sport has nine hours of battery life - and that's not entirely true. The headphones themselves in active mode will not last more than three hours (which is not bad at all, given their modest size and good sound), but they come with a charging case, just like the AirPods. The headphones sat down, you put them in the case, they are ready to work again in half an hour. You can fully charge the Elite Sports until the case itself (a typical recursion for today's technologies) requires charging, you can do it twice - and we have those nine hours.
Jabra spied on AirPods for another really useful thing: when you take the earphone out of your ear, the music stops, put it back in, and it plays again. The system works practically without failures, so the stolen is good - and from this it is good for us.
But the control system is implemented strangely: the volume control buttons are located on the edges of the flat surface of the case: you literally need to press the earphone into the auricle for the key to work, which constantly entails the loss of the comfortable position of the earphone itself. It would be nice to see the touch panel in the next versions.
And there can be no doubt that the next version will be. Even in its current state, Elite Sports are wonderful, albeit, perhaps, too expensive wireless headphones, with which you can not only train, but also enjoy listening to music.
If only this time at the first attempt to be able to properly place them in the ear.