Review: Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition

Plenty of bass

Jabra’s earbuds stay where they are meant to be, and play both loud and deep.

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Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition
We think
Jabra delivers outstanding fit and excellent sound with plenty of bass. The heart rate monitor is also very good – especially at this price.
The heavy bass effects the treble. The tight fit in the ear can feel a little too insulating.
Specifications
  • Bluetooth
  • Remote control on the cord
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Water and sweat resistant (IP55)
  • Weight: 16 grams
  • Battery: 5 hours
  • Price: –
  • Website: jabra.no
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With Jabra, like with Bose, you get a heart rate monitor in the package. It’s handy if you don’t have one already, and this gives the headset an edge over the other models in the same price range. However, common to both is also a poorer battery life, as the heart rate monitor is good at draining the battery. The reason that Jabra calls this a special edition is that in relation to the previous model, this now also has the ability to calculate your optimal air intake using the heart rate monitor. The earbuds are accompanied by an advance app, which may well seem a bit overwhelming with all its setting options.

The fit is incredibly good, thanks to a wide variety of earbuds. Especially the special wings, which are available in three sizes. They fit firmly in both the top and the bottom inside of the ear. Some might find it a little too insulating, but one thing’s for sure — they stay put.

Heavy bass

There is not much wrong with the sound, and Jabra provides value for your money if you love an earplug that can play loud and deep. The sound is wonderfully heavy, and the bass has some kick to it. It gets almost a little too heavy, and along with the tight fit, I would have preferred more treble.

Conclusion

With Sport Pulse Special Edition, Jabra has gotten something right. The fit is incredibly good, thanks to specially designed earbuds and wings, and the earbuds play both loud and deep. A snug fit and a heavy sound is an individual taste. If you want to still hear what’s going on around you, and don’t think that a heavy bass is something to strive for, you might want to look for something else.

Also in this test

Bose SoundSport Pulse

Well playing lumps

Bose provides good sound, but disappoints regarding the battery life.

Bose is known for good sound quality and does not disappoint in this aspect. The silicone earbuds are comfortable and fits snugly in the ear.
They are just too heavy, and they have a tendency to fall out of the ears. The heart rate monitor empties the battery too quickly.

Panasonic Wings RP-BTS50E

Panasonic gives you wings

It's the inside that counts, and Panasonic is certainly not as stupid as it looks.

Panasonic’s headphones play well, and feel comfortable to wear.
The design is somewhat untraditional to put it diplomatically. The remote control on the cord is too cheap and the buttons are hard to press.

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

Sound in the skull

Trekz Titanium does not enter the ear, but instead pumps sound in through the cheekbones.

The Titanium hoop sits as if glued to the head. Because the ears are free, one can still hear everything that is going on around one.
As expected, the sound is not outrageously deep or high. Its use is somewhat limited.

Jaybird Freedom F5

Expected more

Poor fit and flat sound in Jaybird is disappointing.

The design is pretty, and the app that comes along with it is good. When you find the right earbuds, they fit well.
The sound may be a touch flat. The solution with the detachable battery pack works poorly and makes the remote control way too heavy.

JBL Reflect Contour

As if glued stuck

Even an avid athlete will have trouble ripping the JBL out of the ears.

The fit is wonderfully well, if one likes the hoop around the ear. Price and battery life are also approved.
The remote control of the wire is a little big and complicated. The sound could do well with a little more bottom and bass.

Monster iSport Victory

These play really well

One shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

The Monster offers surprisingly good sound, packaging taken into account. Moreover, the price is at the lower end.
If one has to say anything negative, it must be the design, which is perhaps not be the prettiest.

Plantronics Backbeat Fit

Fine Bluetooth hoop

Backbeat Fit is comfortable to wear and plays well.

The headset is comfortable to wear and plays well. It's an advantage that it doesn't sit too tightly in the ear so you can still hear the traffic.
It's annoying that Plantronics has taken away the armband for the mobile phone in favour of new colours and reflectors.

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