Jabra’s new $150 Elite 5 headphones could be the sweet spot in its lineup

Jabra’s new $150 Elite 5 headphones could be the sweet spot in its lineup
Jabra’s new $150 Elite 5 headphones could be the sweet spot in its lineup

At IFA 2022, Jabra is announcing the new $149 Elite 5 headphones. Serving as the company’s mid-range pair of headphones – similar to something like the older Elite 75t – these will deliver up to seven hours of continuous playback with active noise cancellation turned on. They also feature multipoint Bluetooth for two simultaneous connections, IP55 dust and water resistance, and codec support that includes aptX, AAC, and SBC.

The Elite 5 pack 6mm drivers and a customizable EQ. As for the design, Jabra says they will provide “a discreet, comfortable and compact fit”. The headphones share a similar teardrop shape to the rest of the current Elite series and feature six built-in mics for enhanced voice call performance with wind cancellation. You also get goodies like Android Fast Pair, Windows Swift Pair, plus Google Assistant and Alexa integration.

“Today’s fast-paced society is reducing attention spans while increasing the potential for distraction, making it increasingly difficult to focus on what’s important,” said Calum MacDougall, vice- senior president at Jabra. “These versatile headphones are perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in music, who are socially oriented and virtually connected.”

I can’t say I’ve ever heard anyone base their headphones on society’s shortening attention span, but hey. If you’re not sure where Jabra’s current lineup stands – the company certainly makes a lot of headphones – here’s what it looks like with today’s addition of the Elite 5.

  • Elite 7 Pro $199.99
  • Elite 7 Active $179.99
  • Elite 5 $149.99
  • Elite 4 Active $119.99
  • Elite 3 $79.99

That’s a lot of products in similar price territory, especially considering how often Jabra’s headphones go on sale. Each has its own selling point if you go by the company’s website: in the case of the Elite 7 Pro it’s “breakthrough” voice calling performance, while the Active models focus on secure fit and durability. And the Elite 3 heads remain our preferred choice for under $100.

It still feels a bit cluttered to me, but the Elite 5 headphones offer a good balance of features for the price. The only question is whether they can stand out against the competition better than ever. It’s hard to buy a lousy set of headphones for over $100 these days, and that wasn’t necessarily the case several years ago when Jabra was the default AirPods alternative.

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