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Jabra Sport Coach Special Edition (S$198) Review

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Do you still remember the Jabra Sport Coach launched a year back in 2015? Well, it’s successor the Jabra Sport Coach Special Edition is here. The upgraded Sport Coach now sports a TrackFit motion sensor that allows for automatic rep counting as you incinerate your belly-fat using the in-ear coaching software built into these audio devices. The Jabra Sport Coach is perhaps one of the best wireless workout earphones ever made, and here’s why.

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Taken by Zayne Seah

Design

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The Sport Coach Special Edition retains the same design by its predecessor, with some small additions. The earbuds now no longer come with only silicone eartips, but memory foam ones as well. I absolutely loved the addition of these foam tips. They not only felt really comfortable, but also helped a great deal with ensuring a secure fit for the earphones and ensuring a tight seal for maximum noise isolation. The memory foam tips essentially get compressed as you squeeze them into your ears and slowly expand to fit the unique contours of your ear canal, giving every user a customised fit for their device.The traditional silicone eartips feel pretty comfortable as well, so it ultimately depends on the user’s preference.

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Taken by Zayne Seah

The earwings that come with the Sports Coach Special Edition also fit nicely in your ears. They hook onto the grooves of your soft bone to help keep the earphones in place, which is of extreme importance to earphones meant for sports. After all, no one really likes their earbuds dropping off halfway during their explosive crossfit workouts.

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Taken by Zayne Seah

One earbud holds a micro-USB charging port under its earwing whereas the other holds the Sports button for your workouts. The Sports button can be used to activate rep counting during your training with the Jabra Sport app upon launch.

With about 5 hours of battery life, the Sport Coach has a average level of endurance, which I hoped was better, but it’s sufficient for most workouts to say the least.

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Taken by Zayne Seah

The thin wires of the Jabra Sport Coach Special Edition is remarkably flexible, which allows it to flail freely getting in the way of your workout, and is neither too long nor short. The wire also holds the remote control for volume and playback. The remote control is also really light so it doesn’t pull your earbuds out during your intense training sessions.

The Jabra Coach Special Edition is probably one of the best fitting earbuds I have used in a long time, and I can’t think of any better fitting sports earphone other than its bigger brother, the Sports Pulse.

Audio Quality

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Taken by Zayne Seah

The noise isolation on these earphones are spectacular. Thanks to its ergonomic design, the secure seal that these earphones create pretty much block out all ambient noise. The lack of external disturbances give you a truly surreal and immersive audio experience, not only for your workouts but for normal usage as well.

The bass is strong and punchy, so EDM music plays spectacularly on these devices. Playing some Hardwell or Tiesto in the gym whilst you pump some serious iron will give you a great audio experience. Pop music works well with these earphones too since the mids and highs are clear and crisp. Vocal reproduction was also spot-on, making acoustics like Lost Boy by Ruth B sound absolutely powerful.

In a nutshell, these Sport Coach Special Editions fare extremely well in the audio department. They come off well-balanced across all spectrums and you can expect a pleasant audio experience no matter which genre you choose to use them for.

Sporting Experience

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The Jabra Sport app allows you to workout based on your own circuits or based off their training plan. This in-ear coach is great for beginners, or anyone into interval training in general. The motion sensor that detects your workouts also helps free your hands of your smartphone so you can focus on your form and you don’t have to keep trying to remember how many pushups you’ve done. In my experience, the sensor works rather accurately, although it does miscount sometimes, but it works well enough. The only issue I have with the Sport app is that it only offers certain exercises, not all the movements you can typically find in the gym. It’s also more tailored to circuit training and it doesn’t work with regular weightlifting, which was rather disappointing.

Conclusion

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Taken by Zayne Seah

The Jabra Sport Coach Special Edition isn’t too big of an update from the old Sport Coach, but I still love it. The comfort and fit found with these Jabra headsets itself is unrivalled and sufficient to make me want to part with S$198. The audio quality and tracking features are honestly just a plus to me. So do I recommend these bluetooth earphones? Absolutely.


About the Autv-modahor

A Dentist-To-Be Dabbling in Tech Journalism:

Zayne is a writer who reports for VR-Zone, Stuff Singapore and The New Paper on all things tech-related. Follow this geek on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

 

Zayne Seah
A tech geek going beyond specs.

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