With the Jabra Elite 4 Active, Jabra offers active noise cancellation in an inexpensive earbud. These earbuds can withstand any adventure thanks to their best-in-class IP57 durability protection. The Jabra Elite 4 Active delivers where it matters most, despite its lack of frills.
Workout earphones can be pricey, and it’s difficult to tell which features are worth the money and which should be skipped. For slightly over USD 100, the newest addition to Jabra’s vast true wireless earbud collection offers active noise cancellation (ANC) and a sturdy build. The Jabra Elite 4 Active removes the frills by removing a lot of features that the firm considers non-essential. It inherits the core performance attributes from the more expensive Elite 7 Active.
The Elite 4 Active don’t come with wingtips to keep them secure in your ears when working out, but they’re still incredibly tight. Plus, they come with a variety of ear tips in various sizes so you can find the right fit.
They don’t have the rubber-type ShakeGrip covering that the Jabra Elite 7 Active has to keep in your ears. However, as long as you use the proper tips for your ears, the Elite 4 Active should stay in place when working out.
How Long Does the Jabra Elite 4 Active’s Battery Last?
The Jabra Elite 4 Active lasted 7 hours and 17 minutes in continuous playback at 75dB(SPL) with ANC turned on in our battery tests. This is above average for truly wireless earphones at this price point. The charging case adds three more charges for a total of 28 hours of playback.
There is no support for wireless charging, so you must charge the charging case via USB-C. From 10 minutes of charging inside the case, the earbuds deliver 60 minutes of playback time.
What Bluetooth Codecs Are Supported by the Jabra Elite 4 Active?
Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX and SBC is supported by the Jabra Elite 4 Active. This is different from some of Jabra’s other true wireless earbuds, which use AAC rather than aptX. On Apple devices, AAC gives superior streaming quality, whereas, on Android devices, aptX provides high-quality streaming. SBC still works OK on iPhones, and I haven’t had any connection issues, but you won’t be getting the best possible streaming quality.
Google Fast Pair connects the earphones to an Android phone in a matter of seconds. You’ll have to manually connect your earbuds each time you switch devices because Bluetooth multipoint functionality isn’t available.
How Well Does the Jabra Elite 4 Active Block Out Noise?
How Does the Jabra Elite 4 Active Sound Like?
The Jabra Elite 4 Active sounds identical to many other consumer earbuds right out of the box. Across the audible range, there is no notable under- or over-emphasis of frequencies, and the frequency response approximately fits our target consumer curve. If you don’t like the sound of the earphones, you may alter the EQ preset or create your own with the Sound+ app’s five-band equalizer.
Lows, mids, and highs are all possible.
The frequency response begins to taper off below 50Hz in the graph above; this is at the very edge of the human hearing range and is unlikely to be noticed by most people. There is a small concentration in sub-bass notes between 50 and 100Hz, giving the 808 bass line in Cigarettes by Juice WRLD some intensity.
By a few decibels, the earbuds under-emphasize mid-range frequencies from 200 to 700Hz. Because here is where most musical notes’ fundamental frequencies reside, vocalists in tunes like Doja Cat’s Kiss Me More seem a little softer than they should.
While the high frequencies are slightly more emphasized than the mids, listening to them at high volumes is not overpowering or uncomfortable. In BoyWithUke’s Toxic, the hi-hats aren’t much louder than the vocals and background ukulele.
Some Things About Microphones
The Jabra Elite 4 Active’s microphone is fine for accepting calls, but don’t expect studio mic quality from these low-cost earbuds (or any affordable earbuds, for that matter). The earbuds struggle to reduce background noise in a simulated office environment, as you can hear in the second microphone demo below. When you’re in a noisy location, people on the other end of the line may be unable to hear you. Still, vocal reproduction is adequate, and the microphones are in line with what you’d expect at this price point.
How Does the Elite 4 Active Stack Up Against the Other Jabra Earbuds?
Jabra’s true wireless earbud lineup is growing cluttered, so we’ll attempt to break it down for you quickly. The Jabra Elite 3 is a wonderful bargain alternative if you don’t need noise cancellation. There aren’t a lot of extra features here, but the earphones function well and sound fantastic.
If you have a little more money to spend, the Jabra Elite 7 Active is the way to go. These earbuds come in a small container and include a ShakeGrip coating that keeps them in your ears even during the most intense exercises. Wireless charging, in-ear detection, and Bluetooth multipoint are among the features they include.
Although we have qualms about Active Noise Cancellation and Hear Through, the sound quality, fit, and battery life of the Jabra Elite 4 Active are all excellent. This is a product that appeals to those who aren’t just sports fans.