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.
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.