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Jabra Sport Bluetooth Headset Sound and Call Quality

By Cliff Jones



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Sound-wise, how do they fare? In truth, they are good but not outstanding. At higher volumes, there is some buzz in the upper registers, with high hats sounding slightly fizzy. Middle tones like guitar and vocals are clear and bass is faithful if not punchy. This can be improved by ensuring a more snug fit by switching one of the three included earbud accessories, but the buds sit on the ear, not in them, so there’s likely to be some compromises not tolerated by IEM fans.

Jabra Sport

As well working as a standard Bluetooth headset for taking phone calls, the headset can also be used for listening to coaching instructions and progress reports delivered by a favourite fitness app.

The call quality is not up to the standard of other headsets such as the Jabra Supreme due to the positioning of the microphone behind the ear, and radio reception was fairly poor during our test. Admittedly we were surrounded by buildings, but we would expect to find a decent signal in London.

Let's lay our cards on the table. The Jabra Sport will not appeal to audiophiles, who can enjoy the rich tones offered by the likes of the Bowers and Wilkins and Sennheiser. And for £250 that's their privilege.

But for a fraction of the price, runners who are used to cables will appreciate a newfound freedom with this headset while they listen to a perfectly decent rendition of their high-energy playlist without, thankfully, blocking out the world.


The Jabra Sport headset frees runners from the shackles of wires while making a few compromises in the attempt. It's an impressive product as a standalone item that falls short when compared to dedicated sport headphones or standalone bluetooth headsets. As a combination handsfree sport headset, however, it does a great job.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Design & Features 8
  • Sound Quality 5
  • Value 6

Simon Rackliff

February 24, 2012, 2:41 pm

Great review.

I have since bought this headset, and I can happily say that they are exactly what I was after - a wireless headset to use while running.

I think you covered all the relevant points minus 1 - they also feature smart phone integration. I use them with the Endomondo app, and I can now pause my workout remotely with a short press, and get workout updates with a long press of the headset button. It compromises full media player control - volume and skip track still work, but Pause is gone in favour of Endomondo control, only when the app is active though - but definitely worth it! I used to have to unlock my phone to do this, or have it in my pocket (not good).

Also they include an armband for your mobile/iPod which is a really nice feature for a £50 headset.

They are not for all-day use (3-hour playback), so I have wired headset for "quality" listening.

In fact my biggest gripe is I can often accidentally "Redial" on my phone instead of turning off the headset! This is very annoying! But also had this problem with other BT headsets.

Battery life is disappointing (3hours is fairly accurate), but that is how they can make it so light. Batteries are heavy.



March 20, 2013, 4:57 pm

Great set if headphones. As stated not excellent sound quality, but decent enough for the average Joe. The best feature for me is their resilience to water and sweat. Nothing has shaken mine and I am a heavy sweater. In addition they have survived with no ill effects from a 40 minute, 30 degree wash whilst in my fabric gym floor bag. Dried them out straight away near a radiator and the next day they were fine. Albeit they had reset and lost the pairing to my phone. But this was quickly reinstated and now they work perfectly.


March 26, 2013, 1:31 pm

I'll start off by saying I didn't buy these to use whilst exercising (as the Sport title suggests you should).

I bought the Jabra Sport Bluetooth for commuting to and from work, but needed a headset with a built-in FM radio as (a) you can't use the Galaxy Note 2's inbuilt FM radio without plugging in a pair of headphones to act as an antenna (defeating the object of a BT headset) and (b) mobile data reception on the home-work route is very patchy so using an internet radio app like TuneIn Radio isn't an option.

I'm tired of headphone cables getting worn/snagged and money going down the drain as a result, so wanted a Bluetooth headset where this wasn't going to be an issue.

The earphones, even with the 3 different eargels, do not fit at all well, and I reckon I've got fairly 'standard' ears! This is a real shame as when you push the speakers to your ears, the sound is decent with a good amount of bass, but unless you sit there with your fingers in your ears, you lose all of the quality and they sound like cheap 'phones you'd find given away in a cereal packet, with absolutely no noise-isolating capability at all.

Why on earth Jabra didn't think to supply rubber ear-tips that actually fit snugly is beyond me, especially for a headset designed to be used in noisier environments.

I bought these from the Apple store and paid over-the-odds at £89.95 (I've since found them online for significantly less).

In summary, I've pretty-much wasted the best part of £100.

Certainly not recommended.

Weston Yates

September 29, 2014, 9:40 pm

I would recommend the LG Tone+, more details here. It is a great quality headset that I have been using for about the past year. It isn't the most recent model, but it still just as good.

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