Jabra Elite 85h Review
The Jabra Elite 85h is giving Bose and Sony a run for their money. The fact is that Jabra is a world-class leader of wireless headphones. Some of their standout models are the Jabra Elite 65t and Jabra Elite Sport. Now Jabra is shaking it up with their premium over-ear headphones such as the Jabra Elite 85h.
The active noise canceling cans has an incredible playback time with a wide selection of smart functions you can tweak using the Sound+ app. But can it excel when compared to another leader, the Sony WH-1000XM3 or even the Bose QuietComfort 35 II?
Why Jabra Elite 85h?
Jabra Elite 85h Design
The Jabra Elite 85h you get with a faux leather case lined with soft fabric. When we held the headphones in our hands, you can sense quality written all over it. Furthermore, you will find a 3.5mm auxiliary cable with an airplane audio adapter and the USB-C charging cable. For style the Elite 85h stands at the top, and they are comfortable. You can buy the ANC headphones is a gold beige, navy, or titanium black. Only the log and extendable arms have a lighter shade.
However, most of the headphone is plastic including the extendable arm. The plastic is sturdy and flexible to accommodate small to larger heads. On the outer side of each ear cup, you have meshed-fabric while adorned with faux leather with the same material on the headband. The headband is pre-tensioned to extend the pressure on the head. On the right ear cup, you have the control buttons to pause and play music.
Furthermore, you use the same buttons to answer calls with the button below to raise the mic volume. At the bottom of the right ear cup is the charging port with the aux port and a button for muting your voice. On the left ear cup, you have a simple design with one button to cycle through the different ANC modes. Moreover, the headphones do not come with a power button as the cans turn on automatically when turned towards each other.
When the cans flattened, the earphones switch off. Even music pauses when you remove the headphones.
How well does the Elite 85h perform?
Once you place the headphones on your ears, the audio is instantly sucked out of your ears. Compared to other ANC cans we did not feel a sudden vacuum-like pressure, and it does a good job placing you in silence. However, you will hear some faint noise when not playing music. Furthermore, it has no hissing or whistling noise in windy environments, as well.
When we set it to its default sound profile, the headphones offer you balanced audio with clarity and warmth. The instruments shine through without muddiness in the mids. You can customize the audio performance with the Jabra Sound+ app using several equalizer options. There is a bass boost for hip-hop fans, and it has a treble boost for guitar-based tunes as well.
The bass is punchier, and even the lower end performance is good with occasional distortion when playing bass-heavy tunes at full volume. What the Jabra Elite 85 headphones do not support is audio codec compression algorithms. Therefore, fidelity will be lacking when listening to FLAC files.
Even vocals are more evident with the speech setting and work well when we listened to podcasts. The call quality is excellent and comes through loud and clear. There are eight microphones, and you get the HearThrough that automatically switches on when making a call. Therefore, you can hear yourself in a conversation. The battery use is exceptional for an ANC wireless headphone providing you with up to 36-hours playback using the noise-canceling. When the latter is not used you can get up to 41-hours.
Jabra Elite 85h Specs
- Battery: With ANC 36-hours and without up to 41-hours
- Color: Titanium Black, Navy, and Gold Beige
- Cord Type: Wired and Wireless
- Extras: USB-C Cable, Audio Cable, Carry Case, and Flight Adaptor
- Form Factor: Over-ear
- Included: Carry Case and Charging Cord
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 2-years
- Weight: 296 grams
Should You Buy it?
If you love over-ear headphones and want the latest audio features, you will like the Jabra Elite 85h ANC headphone. You get a variety of ANC modes to use it in private, public, commute, or complete noise-canceling. Furthermore, you can create an active noise canceling profile to suit your needs, as well. Moreover, the headphones come with automatic ANC adjusting levels. To add to the great features, you get voice assistance as well integrated with the headphone. Now you can use it with Google Assistant, Alexa or SIRI.
During our test, we found the Jabra Elite 85h headphones to be one of the best ANC earphones available. The headset is comfortable with plush earpads and headband. The build is solid with the hinges helping to fold the ear cups and made of metal. No matter what color you choose, the style looks great, and the fabric has a nice texture to it. The profile is slim while the buttons are within reach to use. The sound is balanced and not overpowering, plus you can change the settings with the EQ to boost the treble, bass, and more. Furthermore, battery use is exceptional, and the ANC works well. Moreover, Jabra has recently updated its firmware by adding more ACC codec support. We can recommend the Jabra Elite 85h as a premium ANC headphone worth buying.
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