Jabra Elite 7 Pro review: good genuine wireless headphones

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Manufacture and accessories

Like their counterparts released at the same time, the Elite 7 Pro has a “teardrop-shaped” design and is advertised as 16% smaller than the old Elite 75t. If their appearance contrasts with the models from the previous generation, the materials used remain the same. We therefore find a body that consists exclusively of plastic of excellent quality, flanked by a glittering surface that acts as a button for the operating elements. Different mounting grooves are visible, but it does not detract from the good impression of robustness that the headphones give us. Elite 7 Pro is also IP57 certified, which indicates resistance to dust, but also for temporary immersion up to 1 m deep for 30 min.

The USB-C charging port is located on the front of the case.

The USB-C charging port is located on the front of the case.

The case retains a volume close to its predecessor, but is much more flattened; its small size therefore makes it easy to carry it in a trouser pocket. However, it is unfortunate that its opening system makes it difficult to use with one hand. Coated in a plastic shell, the interior is made of silicone that is soft to the touch, but which turns out to be particularly cluttered by hanging dust or dirt nearby.

Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

User experience

As usual, Jabra has provided the user experience of its headphones, especially powered by the excellent Sound + app (available on iOS and Android). Complete and very well designed, there are a wealth of options for configuring and personalizing your headphones, including an equalizer, various calling features and what to adjust the active noise reduction. It is also in this app that it is possible to configure the commands assigned to each button.

By default, it is possible to control playback, navigate between tracks, juggle between listening modes and trigger the phone’s voice assistant or Alexa. It’s a shame that it’s impossible to control the volume via these buttons, especially since the Elite 3, located lower in the area, is capable of it. The mechanical buttons are also very comfortable to use.

Some actions are accompanied by voice guidance (available in French) to best guide the user.  However, we regret that the quality of the ads is not terrible.

Some actions are accompanied by voice guidance (available in French) to best guide the user. However, we regret that the quality of the ads is not terrible.

Elite 7 Pro communicates via Bluetooth 5.2 and is compatible with SBC and AAC codecs. They take advantage of the multipoint connection to pair them with two devices simultaneously. They also have a proximity sensor to pause the music when it is removed from the ears. Finally, they are also able to switch to mono when used independently.

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Sound

Elite 7 Pro offers an audio signature in the Jabra tradition: a rich, very energetic and overall accurate reproduction, which will require some correction on the part of the user to exploit its full potential.

Frequency response measurement (normalized to 1 kHz, 94 dB).  Elite 7 Pro offers the same sound experience, with or without active noise reduction.

Frequency response measurement (normalized to 1 kHz, 94 dB). Elite 7 Pro offers the same sound experience, with or without active noise reduction.

The very energetic sound character of the Elite 7 Pro is due to the highlighting of the extreme bass, but also and above all boosted by the entire high-mid / treble band. However, the desired effect is exaggerated and double-edged: although the reproduction retains a good homogeneity and preserves the timbre well enough, while giving liveliness and a beautiful tonal presence, the relatively “penetrating” aspect that emerges is not very easy. the hearing. This can be felt on many sources (vocals, guitars, brass instruments, curved string instruments …), but the phenomenon is exacerbated especially on elements that are very rich in harmonics (electric guitars, saturated voices, cymbals …), and as the volume increases .

Measurement of membrane reactivity: square waves at 50 Hz.

Measurement of membrane reactivity: square waves at 50 Hz.

Measurement of membrane reactivity: square waves at 500 Hz.

Measurement of membrane reactivity: square waves at 500 Hz.

Although it is not possible to perfectly eradicate the phenomenon without creating too much imbalance, it is still in our interest to immediately attenuate this zone in the application’s integrated equalizer to soften the behavior of the headphones. , achieve naturalness and thus maximize the listening pleasure, especially during the use sessions. Apart from this color scheme, the Elite 7 Pro offers a well-balanced rendering across the entire first part of the spectrum with well-defined, powerful and deep bass, as well as a very generous expansion and a beautiful definition in the extreme treble. The sharpest ears can sometimes detect a hint of inaccuracy in the bass: some big drum beats drool very little, and the effects would have deserved to be a bit sharper, but nothing particularly dramatic.

Measurement of harmonic distortion speed (standardized at 1 kHz, 94 dB): The Elite 7 Pro demonstrates excellent distortion control across the entire audible spectrum.

Measurement of harmonic distortion speed (standardized at 1 kHz, 94 dB): The Elite 7 Pro demonstrates excellent distortion control across the entire audible spectrum.

Finally, the reproduction of the soundstage from Jabra headphones is also pleasing, especially thanks to its extremely generous width and its “airy” appearance. The impression of depth, however, is much less evident with these headphones, as the various layers are a little too flat towards the foreground; elements that are supposed to be very subtle stand out much more than they should.

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Active noise reduction

The new design of Elite 7 Pro gives them the opportunity to take advantage of passive isolation of unprecedented efficiency on headphones from the Danish manufacturer. The attenuation of the low frequencies is quite surprising and makes it possible to correctly erase the noise from the motors and other hum emitted by the veins of a train. The contribution from active noise reduction is very short. It makes it possible to further reduce engine or ventilation noise – a little more than the measurement suggests – but it involves a marked increase in the feeling of “pressure”, which can be annoying. Despite a remarkable improvement in the attenuation of the lowest frequencies compared to the Elite 85t, the Elite 7 Pro remains quite far from certain headphones in terms of performance.

Insulation measurement: reference noise (black), passive isolation (gray), active noise reduction (purple), HearThrough mode (orange).

Insulation measurement: reference noise (black), passive isolation (gray), active noise reduction (purple), HearThrough mode (orange).

Neither passive isolation nor active noise reduction are effective enough to properly drown out surrounding conversations, which can be problematic if, for example, you just want to isolate yourself in a noisy open space.

The listening mode for ambient sounds, called HearThrough here, is not the most efficient we tested. If we succeed in offering a relatively natural recovery, the attenuation of the treble makes it more difficult to locate certain elements and potential sources of danger around us. It can sometimes also cause problems following a conversation.

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