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Headphone jack controversies aside, Apple's cord-free AirPods have contributed to a recent surge of interest in "truly wireless" earphones, with several companies vying for a piece of the market.

Denmark-based audio outfit Jabra has embraced the freedom-of-movement appeal of wireless buds more than most with its Elite Sport headphones ($250), which it calls "the most technically advanced true wireless sports earbuds" around. Boasting a number of features such as in-ear coaching and heart-rate tracking, they're an intriguing prospect for fitness-focused headphone users frustrated by flailing cords.

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While Jabra claims the Elite Sport buds improve your workouts while providing great sound, $250 is a lot to pay for a wireless headset. We checked out a pair to see if they deliver on their promises.


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Article Link: Review: Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Biometric Earbuds Make Your Workouts Sound Better
 

Rainshadow

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It actually feels nice for a change to have a high quality Apple product (AirPods) that are more affordable than much of the competition. I love mine. These may be nice too but I had to stretch my idea of reality to buy headphones over $150 already. $250 is out of the question. Imho
 
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Always amazed when I see Marketing Departments giving a go to commercialize very expensive accesories while I read about high umemployment rates, millions without healthcare services and more millions living day-to-day with their finances, etc. But hey!, there's a market for US$250 earphones.
 
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gorkt

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I returned mine and use the Airpods instead, even for running. The heart rate feature was finicky and they did not fit my ears comfortably with any of the options.
 
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mdelvecchio

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Always amazed when I see Marketing Departments giving a go to commercialize very expensive accesories while I read about high umemployment rates, millions without healthcare services and more millions living day-to-day with their finances, etc. But hey!, there's a market for US$250 earphones.
There's a mid-to-high range for about any product. What's your point? That because some people can't afford a thing then nobody should have a thing? Doesn't make any sense whatsoever to me.
 
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Relentless Power

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What kind of 'review' doesn't show how the earbuds look on a persons ear? I'm led to believe they look huge and off-putting.

What would that matter? Not every ear is the same size to begin with, which may look "Normal" to some and cumbersome To others. This review is fairly laid out with side by side comparisons. If one was interested in purchasing these, they would visit the website to order these, which clearly shows the earbuds in someone's ear for reference. That answers that question.

Second, you stated your "Led" to believe they look huge and off-putting. You mean you assumed, because you obviously have. It tested them and observed what they physically look like in someone's ear.
 
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soanis

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It actually feels nice for a change to have a high quality Apple product (AirPods) that are more affordable than much of the competition. I love mine. These may be nice too but I had to stretch my idea of reality to buy headphones over $150 already. $250 is out of the question. Imho

iMho we shouldn't be paying even $149 or so for quality wireless headphones either. I get the feeling that wireless solutions have been around for a long time even if it ain't so, and I don't see the prices coming down any time soon... which is a bummer :S

If apple "believes in a wireless future", perhaps they should include the airpods in the next iterations to convince us...
 
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Rainshadow

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There's a mid-to-high range for about any product. What's your point? That because some people can't afford a thing then nobody should have a thing? Doesn't make any sense whatsoever to me.

I don't know if that's what they are saying.

People should be able to buy what they want. What is interesting is when friends and family of mine who complain about income, interest, and lack of benefits will buy $250 headphones while complaining about how difficult it is to live on otherwise decent wage.

I think their comment was more about people living above their means than complaining about there being an option to buy $250 headphones for those who can afford it. (And I realize affordability is persepective)

But that's just my take and personal opinion anyway.
 
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But can they make a clearly sponsored advertising post on MacRumors less annoying? No? Shame.
 
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So, safe to say they didn't take the hint all the way back in 2015 when they received complaints that things like this come across as paid advertising?
https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...nd-bait-articles.1892084/page-2#post-21501995
Sounds like a thread like that one would likely be the place to follow up.

That said, seems like what it all gets covered:
Note: Jabra supplied the Elite Sport earbuds to MacRumors for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received.
 
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https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...nd-bait-articles.1892084/page-2#post-21501995
Sounds like a thread like that one would likely be the place to follow up.

That said, seems like what it all gets covered:

That quoted section is exactly my point. This isn't one of the editors reviewing their personal item to give a fair assessment to the readers - I'd welcome that! Taking a product as compensation instantly creates bias, and the unspoken understanding of "I'm giving you the product, so you give me the good review". That's shady, and I believe the editors at MacRumors should be better than that.
 
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bigjnyc

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Love love love these! I picked up a brand new pair for $180 all in. I don't even use any of the fitness tracking features or the app. The headphones fit and sound great. I tried the airpods but they just wouldn't stay in my ear, they were loose and the sound was bad unless I really pushed them in and held with my hand. Anyway the jabra's have far exceeded my expectations. They connect immediately when I take them out of the case just like the airpods and they turn off when I drop them in.
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What kind of 'review' doesn't show how the earbuds look on a persons ear? I'm led to believe they look huge and off-putting.

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Carlanga

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What would that matter? Not every ear is the same size to begin with, which may look "Normal" to some and cumbersome To others. This review is fairly laid out with side by side comparisons. If one was interested in purchasing these, they would visit the website to order these, which clearly shows the earbuds in someone's ear for reference. That answers that question.

Second, you stated your "Led" to believe they look huge and off-putting. You mean you assumed, because you obviously have. It tested them and observed what they physically look like in someone's ear.
"It tested them"? What?
And yes it matters a lot, the same as placing cellphones in your hands. As far as ear size it matters, AirPods looks ok even on smaller/big ears while something w the jabra design does not. Even if the person had big ears by showing how both products look on them it makes it easier to extrapolate how they would look on the street. Plus if it's too big some people will be uncomfortable w the jabra design.
As far as your statements about people that are interested on them should go to the brand website then why even do a review of the product, just link each product page and be done. TBH I can't take seriously none of your "arguments".

Love love love these! I picked up a brand new pair for $180 all in. I don't even use any of the fitness tracking features or the app. The headphones fit and sound great. I tried the airpods but they just wouldn't stay in my ear, they were loose and the sound was bad unless I really pushed them in and held with my hand. Anyway the jabra's have far exceeded my expectations. They connect immediately when I take them out of the case just like the airpods and they turn off when I drop them in.
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Thanks for the image!! Ear wear matters the most for earbuds and you explain more important things in your post than the review as far as comparisons.
 
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Relentless Power

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"It tested them"? What?
And yes it matters a lot, the same as placing cellphones in your hands. As far as ear size it matters, AirPods looks ok even on smaller/big ears while something w the jabra design does not. Even if the person had big ears by showing how both products look on them it makes it easier to extrapolate how they would look on the street. Plus if it's too big some people will be uncomfortable w the jabra design.

"None" of my arguments? So, you answered your own question then essentially, because you have to order directly to from the website to purchase these, hence why I stated you would have definitive pictures what these look like regardless on someone. Macrumors did link the website directly for that specific purpose. So, Macurmors shouldn't have posted this review in the first place Because a lack of someone wearing them? Not much of an argument there.

Again, you assumed these were "Huge" and "Off-putting." You clearly wouldn't know that unless you tested them versus basing it off a photo or seeing them in person. Basically, you assumed these were large and off-putting based on a Macrumors review, which doesn't work for you because a lack of a photo on someone's ear? To be honest, I can't take your point seriously.
 
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Carlanga

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"None" of my arguments? So, you answered your own question then essentially, because you have to order directly to from the website to purchase these, hence why I stated you would have definitive pictures what these look like regardless on someone. Macrumors did link the website directly for that specific purpose. So, Macurmors shouldn't have posted this review in the first place Because a lack of someone wearing them? Not much of an argument there.

Again, you assumed these were "Huge" and "Off-putting." You clearly wouldn't know that unless you tested them versus basing it off a photo or seeing them in person. Basically, you assumed these were large and off-putting based on a Macrumors review, which doesn't work for you because a lack of a photo on someone's ear? To be honest, I can't take your point seriously.
So much fallacy, good try. Will not reply to you anymore.
 
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Vanilla35

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Bragi Headphones are also a good alternative here. Sound quality is the same as the Earpods though, so Jabra are bound to be better there.
 
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