has anyone tried to pair the Jabra Elite 65t bluetooth in-ears with Linux?

I am thinking about the purchase but both A2DP and HFP with Wide Band Speech (mSBC) in Debian (Ubuntu) are a must - I want to use them not only for playing music, but also for quality audio conferencing (Skype, Hangouts) in open plan.

Thanks in advance for sharing the experience!

  • Hey Alice! Did you ever get these headphones? Does the microphone work on Linux? – radu.ciorba Jun 26 '20 at 11:42
  • @radu.ciorba I bought them but I use them only with Android or in ADP while using analog headphones/mic for calls with Linux.Only now I tried that... to learn that when I want to use the microphone in HFP, it doesn't work at all. – Alice Vixie Jun 27 '20 at 17:01

I have had success with the Jabra 65t Active headphones and Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS. I am using a Lenovo Y 50-70 Laptop.

The sound quality while listening to the linux Spotify application seems equal to my phone, perhaps with better range due to the laptop's, obsolete, Bluetooth 4.0 hardware.
~~~~~ So:

1.Music and all audio seem to work great. Phone and computer can be connected receiving audio simultaneously.

  1. Microphone? I haven't tried this function yet. I'm curious to hear if you come up with anything!
  • Well, after Jabra released the professional Evolve version guaranteed to work with Windows for "only" 362 Eur, I think I'll go buy Elite and check myself. – Alice Vixie Nov 23 '18 at 15:22
  1. Well... the microphone in HFP doesn't work at all in Linux. Not even in lousy quality. I can use it in A2DP to listen a call while using any analog microphone.

  2. Further research showed we depend with sound quality on having mSBC in Pulse Audio at all.

    This is to watch: PulseAudio > Merge requests > bluetooth: add support of mSBC codec to HFP profile

    The original question may also appear obsolete with advent of more standards. For example: what is also worth checking is FastStream. See ValdikSS: "Audio over Bluetooth: most detailed information about profiles, codecs, and devices". June 2019. Habr.com

  • Thanks for the followup! I was hopeful about these since somehow my "Jabra Evolve 75" just worked out of the box. I did not realize how complicated Bluetooth audio is :) – radu.ciorba Jun 27 '20 at 18:49
  • HFP works fine for me on Linux. – Bob Oct 26 '20 at 11:36

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