Pairing your Jabra Supreme with you phone is a pretty straightforward process. The first time you turn the headset on it will automatically enter pairing mode. Then simply go to the Bluetooth menu on your phone and connect to the Jabra device. If this is too complicated for you, the voice guidance system will help you through if you need some extra assistance.
The Jabra Supreme supports connections to two devices at once, which is really handy if you have work and personal phones (or a phone and Bluetooth-enabled PMP). To pair with another device, press the Voice Control button and say "Pair New Device". Switching between phones is a relatively simple process with the first phone (or primary phone) overriding the second device.
If you receive a call while listening to other audio sources from your phone, you will automatically be switched to the call and on finishing you will return to the previous source. However if you are listening to, say, a podcast, it will continue running in the background and so you will have missed some of it.
While design and comfort are of course important when considering a Bluetooth headset, if that is not combined with excellent sound quality then you are basically wearing a rather extravagant earring.
The Jabra Supreme comes into its own when you finally manage to use it to answer or make a call. Incoming calls are relayed to you by that nice American lady, who even tries to tell you who is calling - though some of the pronunciations are rather comical.
A simple tap of the call button answers the call and in the tests we carried out, we found that no matter the situation, the sound was excellent. The active noise cancellation works very well. It uses a combination of one dedicated microphone with an electronic chipset to generate an “anti-noise” sound, removing ambient noise heard by the person wearing the headset.
While other mono Bluetooth headsets may claim to have active noise cancelling technology going on, Jabra is adamant that it is the first to include it in such a headset. Other headsets have noise blackout technology which sits on both sides of the call, and which, according to Jabra, is not the same as it does not actively work to cancel the noise like the Supreme does.
We tested the headset out in a variety of situations (from a busy street in central London and a packed bus to a car with the window down) and not once did we have a problem hearing the people on the other end.
Speaking of said people, most reported not knowing they were speaking to us on a Bluetooth headset, though some reported that we were shouting a little too much - though this was probably down to us thinking we couldn't be heard initially.
As well as active noise cancellation, the headset uses Noise Blackout 3.0 technology to reduce background noise that could be transmitted to the person on the other end of the line.
Jabra has also included Wind-Noise Reduction (a technology it is still awaiting a patent for) to help you when you want to take a call on top of a mountain. We found that while walking through the remnants of Hurricane Katia earlier this week, didn't hinder the sound at all - which was amazing.