Jabra has announced two models of completely wireless headphones: the Elite 10, priced at $249, is positioned as a flagship model with improved sound and high comfort, and the Elite 8 Active, priced at $199, are designed for sports activities and feature reliable protection. Both support spatial audio.
Jabra designed the Elite 10 based on the fact that consumers consider comfort to be the most important factor when choosing headphones. This prompted engineers to use a semi-closed configuration of silicone earbuds – they are oval in shape and do not fully penetrate the ears. But this does not prevent them from effectively implementing the active noise cancellation (ANC) function: using infrasonic scanning, they determine the individual shape of the ear canal and apply the ANC filter dynamically, choosing the most effective level.
In addition to large 10mm drivers for high-quality sound, the Jabra Elite 10 headphones feature support for Dolby Atmos spatial audio with head tracking to enhance the sound experience when listening to music and watching movies. Six microphones provide high quality speech during telephone conversations – they also eliminate wind noise. The Jabra Elite 10 offers 6 hours of battery life, or 27 if you include the battery life in the included case.
The manufacturer positions the Jabra Elite 8 Active model as “the most durable headphones in the world” – they provide protection according to the IP68 standard, as well as Military Standard 810H for protected electronics. This means that the headphones can withstand changes in pressure and temperature, complete immersion in fresh water and exposure to salt water. Jabra Elite 8 Active successfully passes 11 full test cycles: 2 hours of operation at 40°C and 93% humidity, a 15-minute salt water splash test, and a 15-minute drying test at 40°C.
The earbuds also boast Jabra’s signature ShakeGrip coating, which helps keep them securely in place during intense workouts without additional mechanical aids. Jabra Elite 8 Active also supports Dolby Atmos spatial audio, but without head tracking. The battery life of the protected model is 8 hours or 32 hours including the battery in the case.
Jabra Elite 10 and Elite 8 Active support wireless charging, Bluetooth LE Audio and standalone mode with mono audio on each earbud. From the very beginning of sales, the headphones support AAC and SBC codecs, but in the future a firmware update with LC3 and LC3 Plus will be released. Both models also support Android Fast Pair and Windows Swift Pair. They will go on sale in September.
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