Ultimate Ears Drops
Overall Score 6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Jabra Elite 5See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.7 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Ultimate Ears Drops||Jabra Elite 5|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||✗||ip55|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|is dust proof and water-resistant||✓||✗|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✗||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||9.2mm||6mm|
|sound pressure level||110db/mw||✗|
|battery life of charging case||9hours||27hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||2only||6only|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✗|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon|
IP ratings refer to the level of protection given by an enclosure, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value of the IP rating refers to protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IP55, the Jabra Elite 5's rating is read as, the first value of 5 denotes that ingress of dust is not totally prevented but dust does not enter in harmful quantities to interfere with the correct operation or impair safety, and the second value of 5 means that they can withstand medium pressure jet that's 6.3mm diameter, similar to garden hose from any angle for 3 minutes at a distance of 2.5 to 3 metres.
Jabra Elite 5 have a weight of 10g . We prefer a lower weight best because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
True wireless devices have no cables linking any part of the device together, Ultimate Ears Drops are true wireless for this matter since they don't have cables. This is a key difference as some wireless earbuds have cables connecting the two earbuds together.
Jabra Elite 5 also is true wireless since it doesn't have cables linking the two earbuds together.
Ultimate Ears Drops have wingtips, these are commonly used for workout earbuds and come as an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a more secure fit.
Ultimate Ears Drops have sweat resistance
Jabra Elite 5's resistance to sweat makes both devices good for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
The Ultimate Ears Drops are both dustproof and water-resistant.
Ultimate Ears Drops have stereo speakers, what this means is that Ultimate Ears Drops's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The Jabra Elite 5 also have stereo speakers
ANC makes use of advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then inverts the soundwaves to counter it. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then producing -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero hence "diluting" the noise.
The Jabra Elite 5 have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue since you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to outcompete background sounds.
Ultimate Ears Drops sit well in place, creating an acoustic seal that reduces your environment noise well as preventing the earbuds sound from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this means that both tone down ambient noise without using technology to cancel it out.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a unit size of 9.2mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is the component that produces sound in the earbuds, the unit size dictates the sound made by the earbuds.
Jabra Elite 5 driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which means that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 3.2mm , a common assumption that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
The Ultimate Ears Drops's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio component produces low recognizable frequencies and if it alters the signal on its way through.
Jabra Elite 5's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices can make sound with equal bass
Ultimate Ears Drops's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well an audio component makes high human frequencies and if it changes to the signal on its way through.
Jabra Elite 5's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this implies that both devices can produce equal treble
SPL, is the level of pressure of sound, measured in decibels, dB, Ultimate Ears Drops's measurement is 110dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
Ultimate Ears Drops's battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Jabra Elite 5's battery life is more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 3 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the vendor, and the Ultimate Ears Drops's case is said to have a full charge of 9 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
Jabra Elite 5's charging case has a battery life of 27 hours, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 18 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the Jabra Elite 5's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for extended periods.
The Ultimate Ears Drops, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you just put down on a supported charging pad.
Jabra Elite 5 also support wireless charging, always look out for the charging standard of the earbuds.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights indicate the charging status of your device and case.
Jabra Elite 5 too have a battery level indicator, these allow you tell the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
Ultimate Ears Drops use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Jabra Elite 5 too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
Ultimate Ears Drops have Bluetooth version of 4.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Jabra Elite 5 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of Ultimate Ears Drops . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Ultimate Ears Drops have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Jabra Elite 5 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops
Ultimate Ears Drops support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Ultimate Ears Drops will work fine with your iPhone. If you intend on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Jabra Elite 5 support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
The Ultimate Ears Drops have 2 microphones.
Jabra Elite 5 microphones are 6, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 4 . More microphones record better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
Ultimate Ears Drops support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard even while wearing the earbuds
The Jabra Elite 5 support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a run but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
When misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Ultimate Ears Drops support the find earbuds feature.
Ultimate Ears Drops support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
Also the Jabra Elite 5 too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
Ultimate Ears Drops support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Jabra Elite 5 too support the mute function. The mute function means that you can turn off the earbuds' microphone, but still hear the other party's voice.
With the Ultimate Ears Drops, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
The Jabra Elite 5 also have a control panel on them.
Jabra Elite 5 have a warranty period of 2 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use following instruction manuals.
Ultimate Ears Drops have voice prompts. Automatically receive information through audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
Jabra Elite 5 too support voice prompts meaning the earbuds notifies you if the battery is running low, and you need to recharge them.
Ultimate Ears Drops come with a special pouch. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them inside your pockets without a casing may easily damage them.
Jabra Elite 5 also have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.