“So long as calling is not a precedence, these earbuds are an athlete’s finest pal.”

Absolutely water and dustproof

Compact and safe match

Nice sound high quality

Wi-fi charging

Very poor name high quality

ANC struggles with wind noise

We have been fairly impressed with Jaybird’s Vista once they launched in 2019. As the corporate’s third try at making a top-notch, athlete-friendly set of true wi-fi earbuds, the $150 Vista (which debuted at $180) handily succeeded the place the earlier Jaybird Run and Run XT didn’t.

They sounded nice and featured a compact and rugged design. However time waits for nobody, and in 2021, if you wish to be the most effective working headphones or just the most effective for any sort of intense exercise, you want extra. Far more. Can Jaybird’s new $200 Vista 2 declare to have performed so? Let’s discover out.

What’s new?

When you’re accustomed to the unique Jaybird Vista, and also you’re questioning what an additional $50 funding will get you, right here’s what’s new with the Vista 2:

Energetic noise cancellation (ANC) and transparency modes
Longer battery life
Put on sensors for music auto-pause
Higher mud and water resistance
AAC Bluetooth codec help
Wi-fi charging
“Discover my” perform for every earbud and the charging case

What’s within the field?

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Contained in the field, which is sort of utterly recyclable, you’ll discover the Vista 2 earbuds already of their charging case, a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging, three sizes of ear suggestions (Jaybird calls them “eargels”), and a few paper documentation.

Design

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Sport-oriented earbuds are sometimes cumbersome affairs, however Jaybird has stayed true to the Vista’s extremely pocketable design.

You already know the expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t repair it,” and that sums up Jaybird’s method to the Vista 2. Put them aspect by aspect with the unique Vista and you may see that a lot has been preserved. They’ve the identical compact and ergonomic form, the identical model of eargels with the built-in stabilizer fins, and an virtually equivalent charging case, although the brand new one has extra rounded contours. However Jaybird eradicated the small indentation on the entrance fringe of the lid, which makes it tougher to open the case, particularly with sweaty or moist fingers.

Sport and fitness-oriented earbuds are sometimes cumbersome affairs with huge ear hooks and even larger charging circumstances. It’s nice to see that Jaybird has stayed true to the extremely pocketable design it created with the Vista.

Additionally preserved (and improved) is the Vista’s class-leading sturdiness. Along with assembly the MIL-STD-810 customary for environmental sturdiness, the earbuds now characteristic an IP68 score for complete mud and water safety, whereas the charging case will get its personal IP54 score. Keep in mind, the earbuds don’t float and Bluetooth indicators don’t journey nicely by means of water, so swimming with them will not be really helpful. For enjoyable, I let the earbuds sit on the backside of a sink filled with water. After I plucked them out 30 minutes later, they appeared to be simply positive.

The charging case contacts are corrosion resistant, so all you could do is wipe away any extra water and also you’re good to go. The case can now cost wirelessly, which is an particularly huge comfort particularly in the event you personal a cellphone that may do reverse-wireless charging for equipment, like Samsung’s Galaxy S21.

Essentially the most seen distinction is the woven cloth that now covers the outer portion of the earbuds. Jaybird calls it “WindDefense” cloth and as that title implies, it’s meant to behave as a windsock, stopping wind and different sounds from interfering with the microphones.

Underneath that cloth is a bodily button that can be utilized to set off the standard actions like controlling playback, observe choice, and so on., however now every earbud additionally has an embedded accelerometer sensor for faucet controls too.

Consolation, controls, and connections

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Given the selection between earbuds with ear hooks, just like the Powerbeats Professional, and earbuds with inside stabilizer fins just like the Vista 2, I’ll go together with the stabilizer fins each time. Whereas it’s true that they’re barely much less comfy initially if you insert them, they’re simpler to placed on, and there’s no hook to intervene with my glasses. To not point out how a lot smaller they’re!

Chances are you’ll not need to put on them for countless hours, however they’re greater than comfortable sufficient for a two-hour exercise.

As for the secureness of match, don’t fear: With the mixture of the stabilizer fins and the cone form of the silicone ear suggestions, I promise the Vista 2 are very laborious to by accident dislodge. If something, they could be a bit difficult to take away due to the unimaginable seal created by the eargels. Chances are you’ll not need to put on them for countless hours, however they’re greater than comfortable sufficient for a two-hour exercise.

Beneath that cloth exterior, the hidden buttons click on with a satisfying really feel, and the free Jaybird app helps you to choose particular features for every click on sequence on every earbud. If you embody the three click on sorts (single, double, click-and-hold) and the non-compulsory double-tap gesture, that’s eight choices, greater than sufficient to cowl playback, observe skipping, quantity, energetic noise canceling (ANC) mode, and extra. My one minor quibble is the quantity management. It’s solely accessible by way of the click-and-hold gesture, which I discover too imprecise for quantity changes. You’re in all probability higher off utilizing your cellphone’s controls for this.

The double-tap gesture, which is primarily used to change between ANC and transparency (or “SurroundSense” as Jaybird likes to name it), can be fairly responsive, although I did expertise a number of instances the place I wanted to repeat it utilizing a slower cadence.

The built-in put on sensors (new for the Vista 2) allow you to auto-pause your music if you take away an earbud (and resume it if you pop it again in). It may be turned on or off within the app and I discovered it responded in a short time to adjustments.

It’s enjoyable to browse the varied sound recipes that others have found and shared.

Jaybird claims that as a category 2 Bluetooth system, the Vista 2 can get about 33 ft away from a cellphone or pill earlier than it drops the connection. Outside that is actually true. When inside, it’s extra like 20 ft relying on the obstacles between the earbuds and their supply system.

And sure, you need to use every earbud independently if you could, for music or cellphone calls.

Sound high quality

Regardless of being geared in direction of athletes, who, let’s face it, aren’t primarily sitting round for important listening periods, the Vista 2 sound nice. Out of the field, the signature is balanced, if a bit tame, however when you leap into the Jaybird app and begin tweaking the EQ, these earbuds actually shine.

Merely switching from the default “flat” EQ to the Signature setting was sufficient to spice up the general dynamic vary significantly, and helped to convey out element within the midranges and excessive frequencies whereas additionally delivering punchy bass.

Talking of EQ, one in every of Jaybird’s most fascinating options is its social sound settings. Customers can create their very own explicit EQ setting, title it, and share it with different Jaybird customers. I believe that the majority people will discover the handful of built-in EQ choices enough, however it’s enjoyable to browse the varied sound recipes that others have found and shared.

There’s additionally a private EQ characteristic that creates settings based mostly on the frequencies you possibly can hear. I ended up preferring the built-in settings, however it’s a pleasant further.

As you’ll count on from exercise earbuds, there’s tons of low-end bass on faucet. And although this generally will get a bit of exuberant, muddying the midranges at instances, these EQ settings might help dial in precisely how a lot increase ought to accompany your exercise.

Noise cancellation and transparency

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The Jaybird Vista did a superb job with passive noise isolation due to these snug-fitting eargels, however the Vista 2 kick it up a notch with the addition of ANC. It’s not an enormous cone-of-silence change if you flip it on, however it’s precisely what you could scale back outdoors sounds to the purpose the place they now not intrude in your focus.

Jaybird’s SurroundSense transparency mode helps you to regulate how a lot sound must be let in, and the diploma to which it ought to try to compensate for wind noise (low, medium, or excessive). When engaged (a double-tap on both earbud) you possibly can have very regular conversations with these round you, or just enhance your consciousness of site visitors and different potential hazards. I actually recognize which you could resolve if you need that double-tap to change between Off, ANC, and transparency, or any two of those modes.

There may be one disadvantage, nonetheless, and it’s a giant one: Wind noise isn’t canceled in any respect, and in reality I’d argue it’s extra noticeable with ANC on than when it’s off. Contemplating Jaybird particularly got down to take care of this by way of its WindDefense cloth, it’s particularly disappointing.

Name high quality

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So long as you’re in a quiet location indoors, or outdoor on a really calm day, name high quality on the Jaybird Vista 2 is nice sufficient for many forms of calls.

However when even a slight breeze is current, that wind sound completely obliterates your voice. Once more, it’s actually odd contemplating the presence of that WindDefense cloth, to not point out the truth that these earbuds are, in each different method, completely designed for all times outdoors. When you’re questioning why these earbuds solely scored three.5 stars on our score scale, that is the largest cause.

Jaybird tells me it should proceed to replace its firmware to enhance name high quality, however there’s a restrict to what it may do given the microphone placement on the Vista 2.

Discover my earbuds

Most earbuds which have a “discover my” characteristic usually simply offer you a solution to make the earbuds emit a high-pitched wail so you’ll find them between the sofa cushions. Jaybird does this too, however goes a step additional by displaying you, on a map, the situation of every earbud plus the charging case — one thing it may do as a result of the case truly has its personal Bluetooth beacon.

The Jaybird app dutifully displayed the earbuds and case on a map, however I couldn’t get it to drive a finding sound from the earbuds. Hopefully, this will probably be mounted with a firmware replace.

Battery life

The unique Vista didn’t boast particularly spectacular battery life numbers (six hours per earbud and 10 extra hours within the charging case). The Vista 2 enhance on this significantly with a claimed eight hours per earbud and 16 hours within the case. Quick charging stays the identical: 5 minutes will get you an additional hour of play time.

With quantity set to 50% and ANC turned on, the earbuds tapped out after six hours. Turning ANC off ought to get you as much as the claimed eight-hour determine, however I didn’t take a look at this.

Our take

The one factor holding the Jaybird Vista 2 again from being the proper exercise earbuds is their horrible cellphone name high quality. In any other case, they completely nail it, offering severe competitors for the Powerbeats Professional.

Is there a greater various?

The Vista 2 hit a candy spot when it comes to options and worth, with no direct opponents. Nevertheless, for $150, the JBL Mirror Mini NC offer you virtually all the Vista 2’s capabilities and so they have method higher name high quality. They lack wi-fi charging, they don’t final as lengthy on a cost, and so they aren’t as robust because the Vista 2, however they offer you a selection of voice assistants.

When you’re a die-hard Apple fan and wish the power to summon Siri hands-free, the Powerbeats Professional are nonetheless an excellent selection, however their massive ear hooks and lack of ANC or wi-fi charging make their $249 common worth appear unnecessarily steep.

How lengthy will they final?

Given the Vista 2’s unimaginable safety from water, mud, and other forms of harm, they need to final for a few years of normal use. Batteries are at all times the massive unknown, however there’s no cause to assume that the Jaybird Vista 2 will probably be any higher or worse than different manufacturers. Jaybird backs the Vista 2 with a one-year guarantee.

Must you purchase them?

Sure — that’s in the event you can see previous their terrible name high quality. If calls don’t matter, the Jaybird Vista 2 are great-sounding exercise earbuds which can be robust as nails.

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