Nowadays, there’s no shortage of true wireless earbuds in the market. Jabra just took the wraps off the Elite 85t, the new model replacing the Elite 75t. Meanwhile, Bose recently announced the new Sport Earbuds, which is considered to be the successor to the 2017 SoundSport Free.
It’s safe to say that these Bluetooth headphones can deliver where it counts: audio quality, features, and battery life, to name a few. However, how does each one stack up against the other? We compare the two to help you make a more informed buying decision.
Jabra Elite 85t vs Bose Sport Earbuds Comparison Chart
|Model||Jabra Elite 85t||Bose Sport Earbuds|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Active Noise Cancellation||Yes||No|
|Battery Life||Up to 7 hours or 5.5 hours with ANC on||Up to 5 hours|
|Fast Charging||n/a||15 minutes for 2 hours|
|Release Date||November 1, 2020||September 29, 2020|
|Colors||Titanium, Gold||Triple Black, Glacier White, Baltic Blue|
You’ll get a tighter seal with the Bose Sport Earbuds than with the Jabra Elite 85t.
Right off the bat, the Jabra Elite 85t have a semi-open form factor. In other words, their tips won’t have to be pushed into your ear canal, which could be more comfortable, depending on your preference. But as a result, they won’t create a tight, noise-isolating seal, meaning some sounds will leak in. They do have active noise cancellation (ANC) to make up for that (more on that later).
The Bose Sport Earbuds retain the in-ear design, but compared to their predecessor, they’re now 40 percent smaller. One gripe that a lot of people had with the SoundSport Free is they were too bulky and stuck out of your ears, but the slimmer profile of the new iteration should alleviate that. Last but not least, they use touch controls instead of physical, so it only takes a tap to answer calls and play or pause music.
For the record, both the Jabra Elite 85t and Bose Sport Earbuds are IPX4 rated, so they have the water resistance to withstand sweat or rain, perfect for workouts and such.
Performance and Features
Of the two, only the Jabra Elite 85t have active noise cancellation.
It’s still up in the air how the Jabra Elite 85t will sound since they haven’t rolled out yet at the time of writing. But going by the details available so far, it’s not a stretch to believe they’ll have better audio than the Elite 75t. After all, they have bigger 12 mm drivers for better audio and a six-microphone array—three on each earbud, where four out of the total of six are used for ANC.
That said, Jabra Elite 85t have what the company calls Advanced ANC, a type of active noise cancellation designed for earbuds that don’t have tips that make a tight seal. They also have HearThrough, which is their own brand of transparency mode. You get to adjust this setting with 11 levels of sound, going from complete transparency mode to full-on noise canceling.
On the other hand, the Bose Sport Earbuds don’t have ANC, a transparency mode, or anything along those lines. However, they do have decent noise isolation because of their in-ear form factor, as mentioned earlier. What’s more, they have StayHear Max tips that create a better seal, improving on the SoundSport Free’s StayHear+ Sport.
The right earbud of the Bose Sport Earbuds also features auto-pause detection, so if you take it off, any content will pause on both.
Regardless of whether ANC is on or off, the Jabra Elite 85t can last longer than the Bose Sport Earbuds.
Coming straight from the horse’s mouth, the Jabra Elite 85t can go up to 5.5 hours or a total of 25 hours with the charging case with ANC on. You should get about 7 hours on a single charge or 31 hours with the case with ANC off. Speaking of, they have wireless charging support, and they’re compatible with any QI-certified charger.
In terms of battery life, the Bose Sport Earbuds aren’t that different from the SoundSport Free. They’re still rated to last up to 5 hours and get 10 more hours with the case. While they don’t have wireless charging, they do have quick charging that should provide 2 hours’ worth of juice in 15 minutes, according to Bose.
The Bose Sport Earbuds have Bluetooth 5.1, but not multipoint.
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Jabra has this down pat, as evidenced by the Elite 75t. It isn’t hard to imagine the Elite 85t will have multipoint pairing, and that means that this is one huge advantage they’ll have over the competition.
The Bose Sport Earbuds are excellent true wireless earbuds, but the Jabra Elite 85t simply have more to offer.
The Jabra Elite 85t have more features, including ANC, transparency mode, multipoint pairing (likely), a longer battery life, and wireless charging. However, the Bose Sport Earbuds aren’t out of the race yet. For one thing, they have a lower starting price point than the SoundSport Free, and they solve the pain points of the previous iteration too. All in all, they’re a pretty decent pair of true wireless earbuds for workouts.
When it comes to true wireless earbuds, Jabra has the edge in terms of features, such as multipoint pairing on the Elite 75t and, likely, the Elite 85t.
Yes, the Jabra Elite 85t feature active noise cancellation and transparency mode. To be exact, they’re called Advanced ANC and HearThrough, respectively.
The Jabra Elite 85t are better than the Bose Sport Earbuds because they have more features, including active noise cancellation, transparency mode, wireless charging, and multipoint pairing (likely). However, the Bose Sport Earbuds are still worth the buy considering their price point.
The Jabra Elite 85t are expected to hit the shelves on Nov. 1.
Last update on 2020-10-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API