The JABRA ELITE 85h is an award winning pair of wireless headphones with SmartSound technology for wireless calls and the ultimate music experience.
The phones have won multiple awards for their technology and design, including the CES 2019 Best Headphone Award and the CES Editors' Choice Awards: The best and coolest technology expected in 2019 from USA Today.
Of course, SmartSound technology has a lot to do with it. It uses Artificial Intelligence to analyze the sound environment and automatically applies custom audio settings, Intelligent Active Noise Canceling (ANC), and Sound Opening to optimize the best sounds depending on the situation.
Jabra SmartSound is based on audEERING's context intelligence technology, which uses real-time acoustic scene analysis of ambient sounds. The technology can detect more than 6,000 unique sound features and uses this to tailor audio output to each specific context. This means that by moving from a noisy train station to a silent train carriage, the context intelligence technology will automatically perceive and adjust the audio for the altered environments. It will select one of three moments: "Commute", "In Public" or "In Particular" to ensure consistent quality for your audio experience.
You can also customize your calls and music settings further by using the Jabra Sound + application, which will remind you of your preferred settings in the mood for future similar situations.
When SmartSound is active, the Elite 85h microphones will shortly record the AI analyze and automatically change the settings profile – Moments as they are known – within the Jabra Sound + application. When SmartSound is not active, you can manually change the moments in the Sound + application. Or you can change the sound profiles using the Sound Mode button on the left earphone.
SmartSound technology is really useful, especially when you walk out of your quiet room onto a street. It will switch from In Private mode to In Public Mode. When the headphones are in the Private mode, it disables the Active Noise Canceling and HearThrough modes to focus on the sound quality. In HearThrough, headphones let you hear ambient noises, for example, vehicles behind you.
The Elite 85h is 100% hands-free with Alexa. You no longer need to tap a button on your headphones to interact with Alexa, Siri or the Google Assistant. All you have to do is talk and you will be connected immediately. Jabra is one of the first to have this feature, allowing you to access Alexa by invoking the word wake. You can also press the voice button on the right headset to activate the voice assistant feature or mute the headset microphones.
During the test, I discovered that SmartSound has effectively detected that I was in a room and switched to In Private mode to get good sound quality from the song.
Good sound quality came from custom 40mm drivers. I found that the headphones reproduced clear instrument sounds with fine details and powerful bass.
And thanks to the adjustable headband, the headphones were comfortable to wear for hours on end.
I also found the Active Noise Canceling (CNA) of the Elite 85h running efficiently. The ANC Digital Hybrid uses four of the eight headphone microphones to cancel the noise. And to make calls, the Elite 85h uses advanced six-microphone call technology for crystal-clear sound. The technology also blocks wind noise and background distractions.
And the Elite 85h is designed to withstand the weather. The nano-coating of the internal components, combined with a two-year warranty against water and dust, means you can be sure that your headphones are ready for rainy days.
The headphones come with sensors that recognize when you remove them from the ears. With intelligent sensors, headphones are automatically turned on when headphones are turned to the use position and the Elite 85h automatically shuts off when headphones are folded.
The Elite 85h is designed to allow you to conveniently control song and call playback. The multifunction button is located in the middle of the right earphone, with the volume buttons up and down above and below, allowing you to conveniently adjust the volume, play music, and answer calls.
You press the multi-function button to play or pause the music. And when there is a call, you can press the multifunction button or simply "Answer" to accept it. Then, you press the multifunction button again to end a call. If you want to reject an incoming call, press the multi-function button twice or say "Skip."
You press and hold the Volume Up button to jump to the next track, the Volume Down button to restart the current track, or press and hold twice to play the previous track.
When you are not listening to music or you are not on a call, you can press Volume Up and Volume Down at the same time to hear the battery status and the headset connection.
You can recharge the headphone battery by plugging a USB-C charging cable into the port on the right headset of the Elite 85h.
The Elite 85h battery can last up to 36 hours on a single charge with ANC activated. It also comes with a fast charging technology that allows you to have five hours of battery life from just 15 minutes of charging. But if the battery runs out, you can also connect the headphones with the supplied audio cable. A 3.5 mm audio input port is located on the right headphone jack.
The Jabra Elite 85h is available in Black, Beige and Navy for RTB Technology's Bt10,990 and can be purchased from iStudio, iStudio 7, .Life, Mercular.com, Shoppe, Lazada and GadgetThai.net.
Speakers: custom 40 mm speakers
SmartSound: audio that automatically adapts to the environment
100percent handsfree: Accessing the Voice Assistant without pressing a button
Battery: Up to 32 hours of battery with ANC activated and 35 hours without ANC
Microphones: 8 microphones in total. 6 dedicated for calls, 4 for ANC and 2 hybrid microphones for calls and ANC.
Durability: Exclusive IP52 dust and rain resistance, backed by a 2-year warranty against water and dust
Weight: 296 g
In the box: earphone, USBC cable, audio cable, flight adapter, carrying case