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Ultrasone Edition 10 Special Edition Headphones Unveiled, Cost Almost $3,000

The high-end audio devices are starting to break cover more and more. After we saw the Muon speakers, and then the D’Agostino amplifier, now we’ve got a pair of headphones that, while not as expensive as either of those products, are still a lot more expensive than one would think for a pair of headphones. Of course, as with every other thing out there (usually) that has an extraordinarily high price tag, the Ultrasone Editon 10 Special Edition open back headphones pack in the features.

The Titanium-plated 40mm drivers have been specifically chosen for these headphones, and have been designed with a 10% more powerful magnet. Each one of the Edition 10s that leave the warehouse will have a serial number embossed on the set, so you’ll know that you’re one of the special number that managed to get your hands on them. Other features include S-Logic technology, MU Metal Bufferboard, and an impedance of 32 Ohm. You can order your headphones from Utrasone’s website, and they’ll be available in other high-end audio retailers worldwide soon. It will only cost you $2,749.

Press Release

Uniquely designed open back earcups with Zebrano wood inlays and titanium-plated drivers

Only 2010 will be produced and each pair comes with a Zebrano wood headphone stand, wood storage case & is balanced input ready

The Edition 10 is a result of years of painstaking R&D to ensure the first open backed special edition headphone met the rigorous standards set by its predecessors. The ear cups alone are a triumph in both form and function, resulting in a design never before created by Ultrasone’s engineers. Drawing inspiration from natural forms, the Edition 10’s ear cups feature high levels of air permeability through the grills, high specific torsion strength and extremely low resonance, all in a lightweight design.

The outer ear cup is finished with galvanic Ruthenium plating and with a Zebrano wood inlay, which is coated with eight layers of clear lacquer for protection. The Edition 10’s inner ear cup, as well as the head-pad, is adorned with reddish brown Ethiopian sheepskin. This type of leather is known for being the most supple leather available, achieving the maximum level of comfort and sound isolation.

The drivers selected for the Edition 10 have been specially tuned for open back headphones. The Titanium-plated 40mm drivers have been designed with a 10% more powerful magnet for enhanced sound pressure levels. Each set of drivers have been individually paired with a tolerance of +/- 0.4.

Attention to detail can be seen at every level with the Edition 10s and the cable is no exception. Ultrasone has incorporated silver-plated OFC 99.99% pure copper wires and utilized Kevlar as the casing, achieving increased current flow, improved flexibility and lower overall weight. In addition, the Edition 10 is designed to be balanced input ready, so audiophiles who wish to implement a balanced cable configuration do not have to change the entire wire, rather connect XLR connectors instead of the 6.3mm connector.

Each Edition 10 headphone comes with a hand crafted Zebrano wood headphone stand and is housed in its own wooden box for safe storage and transportation. Only 2010 Edition 10 headphones will be produced, each one will be embossed with its own serial number.

Edition 10 Technical Specifications

Open-back deluxe headphones with reduced emissions using the ULE standard (Ultra Low Emission) and S-Logic Plus technology

S-LogicTM Plus technology

Dynamic principle, open

Frequency range: 5 – 45000 Hz

Impedance 32 Ohm

Sound pressure level 99 dB

MU Metal bufferboard,

Reduced field emissions in accordance with ULE standard

40 mm titanium-plated driver

Magnet NdFeB

Weight 282g (excl. cord)

Cord length: 3m

Aramid fiber enhanced

Silver plated high-flex cable

(OFC 99.99 % pure copper)

6.3 mm gold plated plug

The Edition 10 headphones have a MSRP of $2,749 and will be available at chúng tôi and high-end audio retailers worldwide.

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The Weekly Authority: Edition #165

🎃 Halloween’s right around the corner so I’ve been busy decorating the house while also watching all the Halloween films. The first one’s still my favorite.

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Weekly Wonder

This week we’re diving into tech history with a look at American inventor Thomas Edison.

On this week in 1879 — October 21, to be precise — Edison perfected the first commercially practical incandescent light bulb. Although it didn’t last quite as long as bulbs do today, racking up just 13.5 hours of light before burning out, his later attempts lasted longer, extending the bulb’s lifespan to around 40 hours.

Many people think Edison invented the light bulb, but that’s simply not true.

The light bulb was actually invented by a British scientist called Warren de la Rue, back in 1840. Warren’s invention use a coiled filament made of platinum, but due to the cost of the materials, it never became a success commercially.

He was far from the only one to have a go at inventing light bulbs: Back in 1800, Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist, chemist, and electricity pioneer — also credited as the inventor of the electric battery — was already carrying out his own experiments. In 1799, Volta invented the voltaic pile, an early form of electric battery, proving that electricity could be generated chemically.

There were others creating early incandescent lamps too, but all attempts were commercially impractical, requiring the use of a high electric current and with an extremely short lifespan.

But back to Edison: He didn’t perfect the light bulb as we know it today on his first attempt. In fact, Edison began working on creating an incandescent lamp for indoor use almost 18 months before his success, using a filament made of carbonized cardboard that burnt out too fast.

He later experimented with different filaments, using palmetto, hemp, and various grasses, finally settling on bamboo. In total, he tested more than 6,000 vegetable fibers, ran 1,200 experiments, and spent $40,000.

After his success on October 21, Edison filed for a US patent on November 4, 1879, granted January 27, 1880.

A few months after the patent was granted, Edison discovered carbonizing the bamboo filament gave the bulb a lifespan of over 1,200 hours.

Edison went on to form the Edison Electric Light Company in New York City, demonstrating his light bulb for the first time in public on December 31, 1879. During the demonstration, he said, “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.”

Things you never knew about Thomas Edison

The light bulb wasn’t Thomas Edison’s first foray into inventing. In 1869, he invented the Electrographic Vote-Recorder, to speed up the voting process. No more shouting “Yes!” or “No!” Just flip a switch, and votes would be counted electronically. Politicians weren’t fans of the invention, and as a result, it was a total flop.

In 1877, he invented the phonograph — or record player, as we know it today — but he can also be credited with inventing the fluoroscope, the tasimeter, and the electromechanical design for the Kinetograph, a motion picture camera.

After the phonograph’s debut, Edison began work developing creepy talking dolls with tiny phonographs that played children’s songs and “spoke” lyrics. He only sold 500 dolls, and critics said they couldn’t understand what the dolls were saying, so they never really took off.

Love cat videos? Thomas Edison made one of the first. In 1893, he built The Black Maria (known better as “The Dog House”), one of the first movie studios, at his labs in West Orange, New Jersey. During its time it made several short films, including the above movie about boxing cats…

Nikola Tesla worked briefly with Edison. The inventor and engineer was hired on June 8, 1884, and started work at the Edison Machine Works as an Electrical Engineer, earning $100 a year. He only stayed for six months, attempting to convince Edison of the potential of AC, before securing investment and selling patents that relied on AC to the industrialist George Westinghouse.

The Tesla-Edison feud was definitely a real thing, but the two men weren’t the staunch enemies they were made out to be. When Tesla lost his lab following a fire in 1895, Edison offered him a workspace. When Edison gave a lecture for the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Tesla ensured he received a standing ovation.

Tech Calendar

October 26: Sony Xperia launch @ 11PM ET

October 26: Palm Bud Pros launch

October 27-28: 2023 Android Dev Summit

October 28: Redmi Note 11 launch

November 18-19: MediaTek Executive Summit

Tech Tweet of the Week

First: Can you believe it’s now backordered until November?

And this is everything…

The angry little face as the green beans get snapped.

I’ve been laughing at this for an embarrassingly long time. chúng tôi

— Daniel Holland🎗🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@DannyDutch) October 16, 2023

Have a de-light-ful week (sorry!)

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Data Science Blogathon 20Th Edition

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Feel free to explore any topic of your choice, though – the only restriction is that it should be as comprehensive as possible and should be of a minimum of 2500 words in length. It should also be on a topic in the domain of Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Engineering, etc.

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Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition Review

Specs

• Operating System: Ubuntu• CPU: Exynos 7420 Octa• RAM: 3 GB• Storage: 32 GB• Display: 5.7-inch 1920×1080 AMOLED• Main Camera: 21 megapixels, Sony IMX230, f/2.2, PDAF, Laser AF• Secondary Camera: 5 megapixels, f/2.0• Battery: 3,050 mAh, mCharge 2.0 fast charging• Dimensions: 156.7 x 78 x 7.5 mm• Weight: 168 g

If that list looks somewhat familiar, it’s because the the Meizu PRO 5’s hardware looks like the Samsung Galaxy S6 generation, including the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note 5. Give or take a few features, with the display being one of the biggest. While the main Android version of the Meizu PRO 5 came in memory configurations, the Ubuntu Edition only came with the base 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Other than that, the only difference between the Android and Ubuntu Editions are purely in the software department.

Display

Despite almost having the same specs as Samsung’s 2024 champion, the Meizu PRO 5, both Ubuntu and Android editions, come up short when it comes to pixel count, ending up with only 1920×1080 pixels spread out over the 5.7-inch screen. That said, there is strong belief that even a 1080p Full HD screen is more than enough for common use and 2K QHD is just gravy on top. Of course, that does mean missing out viewing 2K content in their full resolutions, but for some, that might not be such a big loss.

Despite the relatively lower pixel count, the Meizu PRO 5’s screen doesn’t exactly fail to deliver. The screen is bright and colors are accurate and crisp, thanks in part to the use of AMOLED display technology instead of LCD. Viewing angles are good and the screen is mildly usable outdoors. That said, like any other screen, extremely bright ambient light, like the sun, will make you try to max out the brightness instead of relying on the auto brightness function.

Audio

While the display might be a strong point of the Meizu PRO 5, audio is the weak link, at least in the Ubuntu Edition. The speakers are obviously capable of very loud output, but, uncontrolled, it becomes a bit too much. The volume controls, in particular, seem a bit unreliable in properly modulating the volume in gradual steps. Imagine the volume going from 0 (mute) to 10 (loudest). The difference in volume from 6 to 10 is barely negligible but then takes a sudden dip once you tune it down to five. Same goes for the span between 1 and 4. In short, you are practically left with 3 to 4 volume choices of mute, soft, medium, and extremely loud.

Arguably, much of these issues, especially volume control, is dependent on the operating system, in this case Ubuntu. It is, unfortunately, not the only case where otherwise capable hardware is hampered by less than ideal software.

Camera

The Meizu PRO 5 flaunts a rather decent main camera. Sporting 21 megapixels, the Sony IMX230 sensor is the same component used in the HTC One M9+, the Moto X Style, and the Huawei Honor 7. The Moto X Style, in particular, scores 83 on DxOMark’s charts, landing it at 13th place. Completing the feature list, the camera has an f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus, and Laser-assisted Autofocus.

All of these translate to a respectable main camera, at least in theory. In practice, it unsurprisingly falls short of more recent flagships, most of whom boast larger apertures and higher quality sensors, despite having less megapixels. While the PRO 5 does produce quality photos with great preservation of detail in regular to bright scenes, the camera seems to overdo things a bit when it comes to color and white balance, ending up with images that are brighter than reality and more saturated colors. It’s not a glaring flaw but could be a liability if you intend to use the PRO 5’s photos in a more professional manner. Autofocus is there but is sometimes slow to catch up, taking up a second or two. Fortunately, the camera app does allow you to touch to focus so you can quickly set up your desired focus point instead of waiting for the AF to kick in.

(Meizu Pro 5 on the left, iPhone 6 on the right)

(Meizu Pro 5 on the left, iPhone 6 on the right)

(Meizu Pro 5 on the left, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on the right)

Sadly, the PRO 5’s biggest problem when it comes to the camera is Ubuntu’s default camera app. It is as basic as basic can be, which might be okay for a tablet like the bq Aquaris M10 but definitely not for a high-end smartphone like the Meizu PRO 5. For starters, the app takes too long to launch, almost 10 seconds, unless it was already running in the background. That will surely make you miss some of life’s fleeting moments. In fact, you can’t even use the camera directly from the lock screen without unlocking the phone first (presuming you set up a passcode), a limitation that both Android and iOS have overcome a few versions ago. The camera app’s features are quite bare. You have the usual geotagging, flash, timer, aspect ratio/resolution (limited to two), and quality options, as well as the choice to save to internal memory or external microSD card. Video recording options are even less. It is also very unfortunate that the camera app’s options only allow for 1080p video recording at the highest, when the camera itself is capable of 2K, even 4K says Meizu, videos.

In a nutshell, the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition has a powerful main camera limited by very basic software. It produces great images and videos, but it could probably be greater.

Battery

In contrast to the camera, you will barely find any fault with the PRO 5’s battery performance. The large 3,050 mAh pack, though non-removable, is adequate to get you through a day and more, of course depending on your usage. With mixed Wi-Fi and LTE use, an hour or so listening to podcasts, and syncing the Notes app with Evernote, it took more than 30 hours to drain the battery to an inch of its life. On pure Wi-Fi and with background app syncing kept to a minimum, the battery lasts a good 48 hours at least.

But when it does come time for you to plug in the PRO 5, Meizu tries to make sure to make it as painless and quick as possible. Presuming you have the requisite charger, that is. Meizu implements its own brand of fast charging called mCharge and it does what it says it does. It can and does juice up the PRO 5 from 0 to 60% in 30 minutes, provided you actually don’t turn the device on just yet. When turned on, it naturally takes longer. At the farthest extreme, it can take 60 minutes to get up to that 60% when on an LTE network. Like most fast charging technologies, the first few minutes charge the PRO 5 in full blast but then starts to trickle as the meter gets closer to full.

Fingerprint Scanner

Yes, the Meizu PRO 5 has one

Performance

All in all, the Meizu PRO 5 is no slacker when it comes to the hardware. At least, in theory. Even by this year’s spec standards the PRO 5 would still be able to catch up in terms of processing, multi-tasking, and whatnot. The one caveat is that performance isn’t just a factor of the hardware. The software plays a crucial part as it is the one responsible for managing and limiting resources. Like in the case of the bq Aquaris M10 Ubuntu tablet, it is difficult to find a reliable benchmark for the Meizu PRO 5 given its condition (Ubuntu OS, ARM, read-only system partition), so we’ll just have to play it by sight again.

A $1,000 Iphone 8 “Anniversary Edition” Makes Perfect Sense

A $1,000 iPhone 8 “Anniversary Edition” makes perfect sense

Would you pay $1,000 for an iPhone, even if it was the most ambitious iPhone Apple had ever made? That’s the question being asked amid rumors of a super-premium price for the so-called iPhone 8 “Anniversary Edition”, expected to arrive later this year. Now believed to sit at the top of a three model pyramid, the flagship – also known by some as the “iPhone X”, in honor of the tenth anniversary of the smartphone – will spare no expense on the latest and greatest components and parts.

While $1,000 might sound like a lot, it’s doesn’t take much to get a current iPhone close to a four-figure price tag. If you want the maximum storage space – right now, 256 GB – in an iPhone 7 Plus, you’re looking at $969 unlocked. Even if you’re willing to sacrifice on screen size – and on the excellent twin camera the Plus alone has – the iPhone 7 will still set you back $849 in its max-storage configuration.

Apple doesn’t break down iPhone sales by model, never mind which storage size is most popular. Nonetheless, clearly there’s a demand for the larger capacity models, especially as video recording quality hits 4K but Apple continues to hold out against memory card slots.

Of course, $1,000 is likely to be only the starting price for the Anniversary Edition iPhone. It’s unclear at this stage whether there’ll be just one “flagship” configuration or, as per iPhone practice until now, Apple will have a variety of variants differentiated by storage. Would people pay $1,600+ for an “iPhone X” with 256 GB? The answer is probably yes.

For a start, there’s the cachet. Just as we saw with the demand for the new Jet Black finish when Apple launched the iPhone 7, being able to flaunt what’s conspicuously the newest – and toughest to get hold of – hardware is important to many. Apple clearly understands this, given it limited the finish to only more expensive versions of the handset.

Then there’s the appetite for “having what’s new” which can be an equally powerful motivator. Apple’s tick-tock upgrade cycle to “S” devices has been criticized by some as underwhelming every-other year, with evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes. The differences between the boundary-pushing “Anniversary Edition” iPhone and its potentially more pedestrian iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus counterparts could push a reasonable number of shoppers into opting for the cutting-edge device.

Given what we’ve already heard about the “iPhone X” specifications, it’s hard to argue with that decision. The latest chatter is of a 5.8-inch screen, which would give it a bigger panel than on the iPhone 7 Plus. However, it could actually end up smaller in the hand, with talk that the home button is finally getting retired.

It’s hard not to see this anniversary arriving at an opportune time for Apple. Things like switching to OLED from LCD, and doing away with physical buttons have been persistent rumors for some years now, but intent has always run up against practicality of scale. Switching every new iPhone over to OLED, or a cutting-edge touch panel with built-in home button functionality, may simply put too great a strain on the supply chain. Apple’s suppliers had enough trouble keeping up with iPhone 7 Plus demand last quarter, the company admitted; imagine how much more constrained it could get if relatively-niche components were required.

Instead, price acts as a measuring gatekeeper. Apple gets to hoist its flagship iPhone X as the Next Big Thing in smartphones, early-adopters get to subsidize its premium parts, and the eye-watering price makes sure the company isn’t hammered by investors for failing to meet demand. The rest of us get a regular iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus, and the priviedge of waiting for the bleeding-edge features to trickle down to more affordable fare.

[Header image by Marek Weidlich with customizations]

Jabra Elite 85H Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones Review: Almost The Best

Active Noise Cancelling headphones can be pretty amazing, or pretty terrible, depending on how well they actually cancel noise in real-world situations, so when Jabra sent over their Elite 85h Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth headphones (Rs. 28,999) over to us, I tested them the way I would test any pair of ANC Bluetooth headphones — while travelling. I’ve used these headphones for a considerable amount of time over the last two weeks, and I’m pretty impressed with them, so why did I put “Almost the Best” in the title? Well, read on to get a detailed look into the Jabra Elite 85h Headphones — their ups and downs, pros and cons, and more.

Jabra Elite 85h: Specifications

One of the best things about Jabra’s website is the fact that they give proper specifications for their headphones, as compared to a lot of other brands that simply mention “battery life” and “Bluetooth version”.

Dimensions195 x 82 x 225 mm

Weight296 grams

BluetoothBluetooth 5.0

Ports and I/OUSB-C; 3.5mm AUX

Up to 36 hours (with ANC)

Number of Microphones8 (4 used for ANC)

PriceRs. 28,999

Clearly, the Jabra Elite 85h bring a lot of impressive numbers on paper, but let’s take a look at how these translate into the real world.

Design and Build

If you buy these headphones, Jabra knows enough to send them packed with a carrying case, because with headphones this size (and at this price) you’ll want to keep them in a case when you’re not actively using them. Not that these headphones are flimsy or weak; if anything, the Elite 85h are pretty well built, and feel sturdy and premium to the touch — as they should.

The design is pretty straightforward, and Jabra has clearly not taken too much of a risk here, which is perfectly fine by me. These headphones look impressive and attractive, without looking overdone and flashy. The back of the earcups are covered with a mesh-fabric material, while the earcups themselves are made out of a leatherette material that’s soft to the touch, and really comfortable to use. There’s a blend of high quality plastic, ABS, PC and other materials that keep the weight low, while giving off a premium look and feel.

The Elite 85h also come with an interesting UX choice — folding the earcups to disconnect and opening them back up to connect. That’s very similar to what you’ll see in some magnetic Bluetooth earphones, such as the OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones, and it’s really neat seeing this on a pair of headphones. To be honest, I wasn’t completely sold on this implementation, but I used it on my weekend trip to Nainital, all through the train and the cab journey, and I found myself loving the ease of use this brings. It’s incredibly quick to respond and very reliable in its functionality to make me want this functionality on all headphones.

Comfort and Fit

The Elite 85h are also amazing when it comes to the actual comfort while wearing them. True, at 296g they’re heavier than headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM3, but even so, Jabra’s offering doesn’t feel heavy on extended usage — and I should know, I used them continuously for over 7 hours on my train + cab journey to Nainital.

The earcups have a firm grip that puts just enough pressure to hold the headphones in place, without making it feel like the headband is pressing into the top of your head — something I’ve noticed happening with a lot of headphones. Along with that, the fact that the headband also has the same leatherette material used on the earcups helps with the headphones being comfortable when being used for a long period of time.

Audio Quality and Noise Cancellation

The Jabra Elite 85h come with impressive audio quality all around and while these are one of the best headphones I’ve used, they’re definitely not the best. Let me explain: the Elite 85h have impressive sound. They get quite loud if you push them, the sound doesn’t distort, and the bass is heavy enough to be thumpy, but not heavy enough to get overwhelming. Along with that, the treble is really well tuned — the elite 85h just offer a really nice blend of highs, lows, and mids.

However, if you’re listening to bass heavy songs on these headphones and you turn the volume to max, the bass sometimes does distort. I could clearly hear the bass distorting in some EDM songs that pump the bass exceedingly hard. For some reason this was even more pronounced when ANC was turned on the headphones. Turning ANC off, or reducing the volume to around 80% almost completely gets rid of this problem.

Apart from that one thing that bugs me though, the Jabra Elite 85h are the second best sounding pair of headphones I’ve tried in this price range. The first are obviously Sony’s WH-1000XM3 ANC headphones that are just so blissfully good at everything it’s almost wrong of Sony to not give others a chance.

Noise Cancellation

Anyway, coming back to the Jabra Elite 85h — these headphones are a very close second to Sony’s offering, and the sound quality on the Elite 85h is really impressive. Speaking of impressive, let’s talk about the Noise Cancellation.

Active Noise Cancellation On

Active Noise Cancellation Off

Hear-through

The effect of turning ANC on or off is pretty obvious, but Hear-through is a cool feature that I use at work a lot. With hear-through, the Jabra Elite 85h essentially mix your music with the ambient sound they take in from the microphones, so you can hear your surroundings while you listen to your music. This is most likely aimed at people listening to music while running or jogging, but it’s incredibly useful at work, because I can keep listening to music and still discuss things with my colleagues. One thing to notice here is that if you’re listening to music at anything higher than 60-70%, hear-through is basically useless since you won’t be able to hear anything.

Anyway, with Active Noise Cancellation On, the Jabra Elite 85h perform admirably, and if I compare them to the Sony WH-1000XM3, they’re very close. With ANC on, you can completely immerse yourself in the music, movie, or podcast you’re listening to — and I did this with all three of those while I was in the train. It’s pretty great, especially in trains and flights with little kids that keep creating a ruckus — I speak from experience.

That said, I did notice one odd thing with ANC on these headphones — if you’re travelling in a car with the windows rolled down, the ANC tries to compensate for the noise the wind creates, and sometimes the headphones just end up making a very loud and annoying static sound as a result. I found this out by accident, but it’s incredibly annoying and there’s no way to fix this unless you turn off ANC, or roll the window up. It’s an issue that’s very specific to a particular situation, but it’s annoying as hell. I’m not sure if the Sony WH-1000XM3 would also have this problem, but logic suggests that they might, considering how ANC works.

Connectivity

The headphones stay connected easily over 7-8 metres in a regular home-space which is pretty great, and there’s no signal drop or distortions. Also, you can connect two devices to the headphones at the same time, which can come in handy if you want to pair your phone and your laptop to your headphones at the same time to listen to music from your laptop and still be able to take calls from your phone straight on your headphones.

Connectivity wise, the Jabra Elite 85h are actually pretty great, and the only drawback I could find here is the missing aptX support, which, honestly, is something you would expect in high-end headphones like these.

Buttons and Ports

The AUX-in port, well, that’s a life saver if you ever run out of battery and want to listen to music. Simply connect the headphones in wired mode and keep listening. True, ANC won’t work, and neither will hear-through, but at least you can listen to music on these even if you manage to completely drain the battery (which is a task, believe me, but more on that in the battery section).

There are also a bunch of buttons here — there are the usual play/pause, and volume control buttons on the right earcup under the mesh-fabric material, that also serve the dual purpose of putting the headphones in pairing mode, and skipping tracks with long presses.

There’s also the Assistant button on here which you can use to activate the smart assistant on your phone, so you can send messages and stuff without having to take the headphones off.

Lastly, there’s this button without any markings on it — it basically switches between the various noise canceling settings:

ANC on

ANC off

Hear-through

Jabra Sound+ App

The Jabra Sound+ app is your one stop solution for managing and customising the Elite 85h. This app is where you’ll find settings like choosing Moments for your headphones. Moments can be thought of as customisable sound profiles. There are four:

Commute

In Public

In Private

My Moment

with each of these Moments you can choose between ANC on/off or HearThrough mode, you can adjust the Music equalizer, and you can choose a Music preset.

For example, I’ve set Commute to have ANC on, In Public to HearThrough, and In Private to ANC off. This way, I don’t have to listen to random kids on my commute, but I can still listen to my coworkers when I’m at work, and when I’m alone, I can save battery by turning ANC off.

With SmartSound enabled, your headphones analyse the sound in your surroundings and automatically choose Moments based on that. So they will switch automatically from Commute to In Public when you reach work, and from In Public to In Private when I’m back home. It’s pretty impressive, even though it does take some time to analyse ambient sounds and change Moments.

Other than that, the Sound+ app brings the Discover tab which is where you will find tips, tricks, news, and even firmware updates for your headphones.

Battery

The Jabra Elite 85h come with a battery that’s rated to last up to 41 hours with Active Noise Cancellation off, and up to 36 hours with ANC on, and that claim is pretty accurate. From a full 100% charge, these headphones have been used for almost 16-17 hours so far with ANC turned on all the time, and they’re at 60%. Clearly, they’ll last around 34-35 hours. That’s pretty damn impressive.

Plus, thanks to USB-C charging, I don’t have to worry about carrying a separate cable for the headphones either because my phone, my laptop, and now these headphones, all can be charged from the same USB-C cable. Charging the battery also doesn’t take too long; the headphones charge in around 2 to 3 hours, and, while I didn’t test this particular thing out, Jabra claims that a 15 minute charge can get them up to 5 hours of listening time, which is also pretty impressive.

Pros and Cons

So, the Jabra Elite 85h are a pair of really impressive headphones, but they too have some drawbacks and flaws. So here’s a handy list of the good, and the bad about the Elite 85h:

Pros:

Good sound quality

Excellent battery life

Bluetooth 5.0

Premium and sturdy build

USB-C

Cons:

No aptX support

Bass sometimes distorts at high volumes

ANC is not at par with competitors like Sony’s WH-1000XM3

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