If you look at the super noise canceling headphones category, you probably know that Bose and Sony are the leading names.
Of course, there are tons of other brands that focus on professional audio products, but most consumers tend to experience excellent sound quality combined with ergonomic design and long battery life.
Earlier this year, Jabra made an effort in this category by launching its most high-end 85h audio product in the consumer category.
These headphones were announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with some serious features.
The company tries to give confidential information about Sony by providing a 36-hour battery that also falls in the same price category.
Apart from that, it also comes with support for most audio assistants and unique design.
But can it meet the expectations set by 1000XM3 from Sony or Bose QuickComfort 35 Series?
Give the fabric a touch
Jabra continued to use the design, which I think is a great feature in Elite 85h. In addition to folding them for easy storage, you can place flat ear cups on your desk or on your chest when not in use.
This way the headphones are automatically turned off, rotated again and ready to use.
When you delete it and when you return it, the headset temporarily stops your music. It also helps to save battery, because it is more convenient than physical button.
Headwear and earcuffs have a great woven fabric that gives them a bold look unlike most headphones, all of which are plastic.
It’s a little heavier and heavier than Sony, thankfully you don’t feel the weight on your head.
Ear cups come with a non-breathable fox leather padding, but they resemble most earbuds.
Sturdy headband and has leather-like material on the inside that gives you a good grip when wearing. Due to its IP52 certification, the Elite 85h can withstand dust and water.
In general they are comfortable despite the large size, although I want the ear cups to offer a better solution. Another concern is how well woven fabric over time, especially when exposed to sweat.
Other notable features include a USB Type-C charging port and a standard 3.5mm wired jack. Jabra offers you a clean zipper case for protection and a sound splitter when you need to use headphones in flight.
Sound crisp, but not warm enough
The sound quality is exhilarating for most users, but lacks the drill when compared to Sony’s 1000XM3, and feels a little neutral.
There is a sense of clarity in the sound, especially with the correct separation of instruments with excellent singing.
However, the warmth and coding sound you expect from the headphones on the ear seems to be missing.
One reason is the limited support for Bluetooth headsets which is disappointing given the high cost of the headphones.
Now that the details are good, they may sometimes feel weak. I’m not saying that the headphones look bad, they are actually one of the best noise canceling headphones, but they somehow lag behind Sony and Bose on this.
The Elite 85h flashes when it comes to other use cases such as making voice calls, watching movies, or TV content.
The headset has 8 microphones, 6 for calls, 4 for active noise cancellation, 2 for calls and an ANC hybrid.
Noise cancellation on these boxes is great. It reduces noise while going out well, and has helped focus my attention in a workplace that is usually louder.
Sound Plus, Jabra’s custom smartphone app, comes with a feature called SmartSound, which offers three noise-canceling presets depending on your environment.
You can choose from both public and private sector and headphone navigation by listening to any type of sound environment you use in many built-in microphones. Works well in most situations but still needs a slight tweaking.
There’s also a “Heartrout” that lets you listen when someone comes close to talking to you. You can optionally scroll manually using the dedicated button on the left ear cup.
Speaking of controls, most of them can be found on a glass of the right ear.
Since this is a dust and water resistant product, there are no touch controls, I didn’t really care about them. You can play or pause music, or even control the volume and change the track.
The headset also supports all audio assistants, including Siri, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa, which can be played with the dedicated button. It can be used to set alarm or reminders, to schedule a message, to request weather or news, etc.
Elite 85h is definitely high in the premium noise canceling headphones category, and is highly recommended by us. There’s a lot you like about these headphones.
You get a distinctive design, even if it is a bit big, but the appearance of cloth is something you won’t see on a lot of headphones. Even power failure and operation feature thoughtful and practical evolution.
The sound is immediately canceled, and the custom app brings a mix of controls that work well for the most part. Perhaps the strongest feature of headphones is battery life, and while the sound quality is impeccable, it is only one below the liking of Sony and Bose.