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Jabra Elite 85h ANC Headphones, Elite Active 45e Sports Come To Singapore

With the overwhelming success of the Elite 65t, Jabra, now the second biggest brand in Singapore for true wireless headphones, has launched the highly-anticipated Elite 85h active noise cancelling headphones.

The Jabra Elite 85h headphones (background), and Jabra Elite Active 45e sports earphones (foreground). Image: Ian Ling

Jabra Elite 85h (SGD 428)

At SGD 428, the Jabra Elite 85h presents an exceptional value proposition by coming in a notch under the competition: circumaural active noise cancellation (ANC) options like the Bose QC and the Sony WH-1000XM3.

The Jabra Elite 85h in Gold Beige and Titanium Black. Image: Ian Ling

On board are eight microphones, four dedicated to digital hybrid ANC, which lasts up to 36 hours on a single charge. Six microphones deliver improved voice quality for calls and video chat.

The highlight of the Jabra Elite 85h is its SmartSound function, developed in conjunction with German intelligent audio analysis company audEERING, which utilises AI to detect sound environments, automatically adjusting ANC settings to deliver a comfortable listening experience.

By analysing ambient noise, the Elite 85h adjusts the audio output and voice input to three different “moments” – Commute, In Public, and In Private. These are adjustable within the Jabra Sound+ app, enabling custom EQ settings to be set.

The Jabra Elite 85h features articulating cups that fold for a more compact form. Visible on the cup are the three buttons on the fabric surface. Image: Ian Ling

The headphone can deliver up to 41 hours with ANC turned off, with quick charging via USB-C for 5 hours of battery life on a 15-minute charge.

Designed for everyday usage, the Elite 85h features IP52 dust and water resistance for fuss-free usage in rain – backed up with a 2-year warranty against water and dust.

With 40-mm drivers, headphones are operated with a three-button array on the flat of the ear cup for volume, track and pause/play control, along with a button on the back of either channel for ANC, call pick up/hang up, and voice assistant summoning.

On the back edge of either cup of the Jabra Elite 85h are buttons that control ANC and voice assistant. Image: Ian Ling

The Jabra Elite 85h is compatible with Google Assistant, Siri and Alexa, with one-click access eliminating the need to recite trigger words. However, the headphones actively listen out for said trigger words, enabling hands-free operation.

The Jabra Elite 85h will be available in Titanium Black, Gold Beige and Navy in Singapore from the end of May 2019.

Jabra Elite Active 45e (SGD 168)

Waterproof, the Elite Active 45e is targetted at fitness enthusiasts. They are built for comfort, durability, longevity and high-quality audio and call quality.

The Jabra Elite Active 45e is designed for comfort and performance. Image: Ian Ling

The Elite Active 45e is worn hooked around the ears and neck for a secure fit, and features an “open design” for better situational awareness while working out.

It supports Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri, and the two microphones on board enable improved call quality with noise cancellation. 12mm drivers dish out a deep bass and exceptional sound quality for work, play or training.

The Elite Active 45e delivers 9 hours of battery life – sufficient for about a week’s worth of workouts. Fast charging delivers 1 hour of use with 15 minutes of charging.

The Elite Active 45e will be available in Singapore in Mint, Navy or Black from end June 2019.

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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