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Jaybird Vista Earphones to Touch: An AirPods / PowerBeats Pro Competitor for Sports?

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But that was only part of the equation ̵

1; were the other the headphones / earphones. Sure, Bluetooth headsets / buds have long existed, but their compatibility with music streaming was more dramatic than the Kardashians. You often had to find out which side was the headphone side of the headset. and then wear the watch on the same side for a drip-free experience. And even then, for me, simple things like walking at intervals with my hands at my side, with some combinations of watch and headphones, would lead to drops.

Over the past 6 to 12 months, however, we have seen companies make progress. For example, Apple previously released its AirPods, which offered excellent connectivity … if you were on an Apple device. For third? Mostly a mess with non-Apple watches. It was the perfect storm of two devices (tiny wireless earphones and small clocks), both of which developed their communications stack to the limits of battery saving. But last year, we saw how the two sides of the equation improved things.

With firmware and hardware updates from both parties, you can now achieve pretty good results with AirPods on Garmin wearables (especially the latest generation) and AirPods. After all, while AirPods are great all-round audio earphones ($ 159), they are a snap from a sporting standpoint (not waterproof, no custom fit option, can easily fall out, etc.). That's why Apple's beats have released their equally wireless (but great for the sport) PowerBeats Pro. But that will bring you $ 249.

Now there is another option for the ever-growing block of fully wireless sports earphones: the fully wireless Jaybird Vista earphones designed specifically for the sport. And unlike the previous Run and Run XT models, they claim they do not affect connectivity. But how does that last in real life? Fear not – I have secured you. Oh, and they cost "only" $ 179 in the same stadium as the AirPods. So let's go inside.

(Usually these are loaners for media that go back to Jaybird after completing a review and mine through normal retail channels) is not sponsored or any of these chaotic jazz. Also note that I've bought my own AirPods and PowerBeats Pro and all the other headphones I've got – from $ 25 anchor headphones that work great to older pre-Apple beats headphones (roughly I realize that There are nearly a dozen options on the market today, and I'm unlikely to review them all – instead I focus on the sports element, mainly with wearables.)

What New:

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The Vista is not the first wireless earphone set from Jaybird. The company not only had the previous Run and Run XT devices in this configuration, but also a long list of other wireless (but interconnected) products. The biggest challenge with the Run & Run XT, however, is that connectivity basically does not work. Dropouts were the norm, especially for edge joints (as is usual with wearables).

With Vista, however, the company owned by Logitech took a different direction with respect to the communications chipset. They have worked with two external companies to develop a new chipset (JBS1) to eliminate these drops. However, it also contains a different architecture in the past that is more similar to that of Apple and others. Instead of having one earphone as the master and then passing audio to the secondary earphone (which is prone to failure), the company hooks up the earphone that has the strongest single at that time and the secondary earphone "listens" (super) simplification) the audio from the phone / clock / etc. This way it ultimately behaves like a failover paradigm.

 Jaybird Vista Earbuds

What makes this scheme a little more interesting in a training scenario is the use of a single bud. For example, some people may want to cycle with the earplugs, but do not want all outside noise to be hidden (whichever the case is). So you can use either or of the two buds. It does not matter which one you choose (a difference from earlier products). I tried it out today in the change between the two (it has no ear). Detection in the unit today).

 Jaybird Vista USB C Charging Cable

Although in some ways we are superior ourselves. We should probably go all the way back to the case. Like most wireless buds, it contains a charging case. The case has a built-in rechargeable battery, which provides a charging time of 10 hours. The earphones themselves can be charged for 6 hours. The entire color gamut is charged via a USB-C cable.

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 Jaybird Vista coupling-Garmin Forerunner

The buds can remember / store up to 8 devices So, for example, I still have them today with my mobile phone, my Forerun ner 945, a MARQ athlete and an Apple Watch Series 4 coupled. I could then pair them with four other devices before someone is thrown off the island. However, it is only possible to maintain a single simultaneous audio-playback connection (which means that both a phone and a clock can not be played simultaneously on Vista which makes sense).

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In addition, you have on the Phone page the app of Jaybird. This app does not require login (but you can create one if you wish). You can also customize the layers on the Jaybird Vista. You can create completely custom levels or choose from a variety of presets (both from them and from random Internet users). You can also track the last known location of the earphones if you lose them – assuming your phone was nearby when it happened. 2019-07-31 18.24.03 ” width=”237″ height=”510″ border=”0″ data-lazy-src=”https://media.dcrainmaker.com/images/2019/07/2019-07-31-18.24.03_thumb.png”/>   2019-07-31 18.24.36   2019-07-31 18.24.25

With the app you can also customize the actions of the button on each page. Both buttons behave identically (less important things), and you have two options: One tap, Two tap. By default, a single tap pauses / plays while double-tapping advances the track. 2019-07-31 18.23.05 ” width=”237″ height=”510″ border=”0″ data-lazy-src=”https://media.dcrainmaker.com/images/2019/07/2019-07-31-18.23.05_thumb.png”/>   2019-07-31 18.23.13   2019-07-31 18.23.32

However, if you use your phone somewhere in the background with the app, you can, for example, open a specific playlist by tapping it twice. The button on the earbuds is simply the entire page on which the logo is located.

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Now in my Tests Typing (in some way) did not work with a Garmin watch, the music was playing. It did not stop / skip / etc. It also does not change the volume, although you can change the volume (and track / etc.) Using the Garmin clock itself.

 Garmin Forerunner Spotify Jaybird Ear Buds

Next, on the front of the functions, note that both sides cross over Microphones feature. This goes back to the concept that both buds can be used independently of each other. Both actions require a phone, just like Apple products.

There are two additional sets of tips of different sizes in the packaging. If the standard tips are too big / too small, they can easily peel off and attach to the buds:

 Jaybird Vista Extra Tips

There is no no place in the charging box of extra tips, so keep them in a safe place (which you will not remember in three months).

Last but not least, the company noted that they had made some significant changes to the water seal. In the past, they nano-coated the device, a technique that most sports / wearables companies use to internally seal components in the event of water ingress. There I was able to fill the inside of the device with water and it worked for a while. After drying it was completely fine again. Rinse / repeat … in the true sense of the word.

But nano-coating is not perfect, especially when it comes to sweat – which behaves like seawater – that can only be applied to fish. Therefore, at Vista, the company has internally sealed the entire electronics in a hard-encased single shell that claims to completely eliminate any risk of contact with liquids. But with my short tests in a minute.

First Test Run:

After I had everything set up, it was time for my first test run this morning. Since the Netherlands had nice sunny weather for weeks (okay, miserably hot, but at least sunny), I was ready for a nice round through Amsterdam.

And then I started to run. And it spilled. And then it got heavier. And then he added a bucket of water. Water water everywhere. Vlcsnap-2019-07-31-21h27m30s487 ” width=”720″ height=”405″ border=”0″/>

At least I can confirm that they are not dead yet. Of course it takes much longer, until a typical waterproof device manifests – often days or weeks (or longer). So I'm going to look for something.

As for the music I used the Garmin Forerunner 945 to play Spotify on Vista. I paired him super quick and easy before leaving. Then during the run I simply opened the Music Selector on the FR945 and clicked on Play. Off I was running.


First I used both pods and at this time it sounded good. With Vista, all not so loud outside noise is completely eliminated. So you will not hear anything else except the bus, which honks you in fractions of a second before it blows over you. Therefore, you should be careful. This also means that you can not talk to other people while walking. Vlcsnap-2019-07-31-21h30m42s347 ” width=”720″ height=”405″ border=”0″/>

But since I was walking with another person, I then tried the one-sided Option off: First, I started with the left side out (and the right one inside) Vista does not have ear detection and does not stop playback when it is removed from your ears (as is the case with AirPods or PowerBeats Pro) is, if you want this).

After some time I switched back to my right ear and the single Vista bud on my left ear. There are no problems there either. It works fine. The volume was also good, although I do not mean my volume is crazy loud or like something.

After my fir run I went out a bit – again with more dual bud time. No problem.


Interestingly, I now had zero drops / quirks during my run, but as I sat here this afternoon and wrote this, I have seen a few quirks. I initially played the music from the Garmin Forerunner 945 (unless after several hours of streaming the battery went out) and then I switched to the Garmin MARQ. In general, it looks good. But every few minutes I notice a small peculiarity in which there is a fraction of a distortion, almost as I would imagine when passing the "master" between the Garmin Marqs two buds or a buffer catch-up: there are no actual drop, only the audio levels feel as if they have reached a speed threshold, become slightly quieter on one side and then normalize between the two buds – all mindfully maybe 1/4 second.

Over the next hour, I went through a number of combinations: FR945 + Vista, MARQ + Vista, iPhone + Vista, iPhone + PowerBeats Pro, iPhone + AirPods and MARQ + PowerBeats Pro. Even changing positions in the studio / office. I wonder if there may be some kind of WiFi interference (since I've never seen them outside, including later photographic work). I then went outside and sat down and worked at the picnic table. No problem.


And what I found on this unique Wednesday was that it never went for a pure Apple-Apple connection (iPhone to PowerBeats Pro or AirPods) any cuts were made In addition, the quirks increased in intensity. For example, MARQ to PowerBeats had the smallest imperfections at about the same frequency as the more striking combination of Jaybird Vista and anything else. My suspicion is that there is something around here on that particular day. This leads to imperfections that are handled better in a pure Apple ecosystem (and in other days I had no problems.) It is well known that Apple is using the audio -Self-safety of AirPods / PowerBeats Pro and its own products makes incredible things that can not be exploited even by third-party developers, even when streaming to the AirPods / PowerB eats Pro. And that kind of shows.

I've raised the issue with Jaybird, they've started to deal with it and have a few more tests that I can do tomorrow in a single-pod configuration. Ultimately, however, I expect that the answer is simply that disturbances are a fact of life.

Product Comparison:


As I said at the beginning, I do not have any wireless earphone solution My "Noah's Arc" philosophy stretches currently only on watches, trainers, power meters, drones and action cameras. Ok, I also think bike computers, heart rate belts and bike sensors all out there.

Instead, the three things I've used on my desk today include: Apple AirPods, Jaybird Vista, and Beats PowerBeats Pro by (Apple) Precaution: Although the AirPods are great for everyday use, they're easy to use When you walk with a single wipe to remove sweat from your ears And depending on the situation, you may not be aware until it's too late (eg in the middle of a busy city).

I have no problems with the PowerBeat Pro or Jaybird Vista devices that are definitely out of ears for the long game. The PowerBeats Pro are obviously larger than the Jaybird Vista, with a design that wraps around the ear. But I find the Jaybird Vista no less safe. I can shake my head like a crazy person and they stay absolutely stable.

<img style = "border: 0px currentcolor; display: inline; background-image: none;" title = "DSC_3951" src = "data: image / svg + xml,% 3Csvg% 20xmlns = 'http: //www.w3.org/2000/svg'%20viewBox='0%200%20720%20480'%3E % 3C / svg% 3E "alt =" DSC_3951 "width =" 720 "height =" 480 "border =" 0 "data-lazy-src =" https: // As far as the quality is concerned, I find the overall quality of the Jaybird Vista better than the Apple AirPods (I have the V2, latest Gen version). The sound is sharper, louder and of course removes all outside noise in a simple way, there is really no comparison (despite the same price – 179 USD) on the other hand, I find the clarity of the music on the much more expensive PowerBeats Pro ($ 249) over that of the Jaybird Vista.Not massive, but definitely noticeable when worn back to back, intervals, etc.

What you have to remember in the end: This is (for me anyway) mainly about sports, not about sitting back You can hear soft jazz music on a quiet Sunday morning I use these as quite different use cases. But maybe that's just me.

Definitely a short overview of the most important technical data:

Function / Feature Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd Gen)
Copyright DC Rainmaker – Updated on July 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pmNew window
Price 179 USD 249 USD [19659104USD159USD
Availability 31. July 2019 – Global Global Global
Weight (per pod) Each 6 g Each 20 g 4 g each
Waterproofing Spec IPX7 Sweat / Water & Resistant & # 39; 19659104] No
Fit Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd Generation)
Adjustable / Replaceable Earplugs Yes (with three options) Yes (with three options) Comes with four options) No
Battery Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd generation)
Playback time 6 hours 9 Hours s 5 hours
Quick charge option 5 minutes = 1 hour playback 15 minutes = 1.5 hours playback 15 minutes = 3 hours playback
Charging the battery 16 Hours 24 Hours 24 Hours
Charging Case Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd Gen)
Connector / Cable Type USB-C [19659102] Apple Lightning Apple Lightning
Fits Any Bag Yes (also has one Keychain) Not really Yes
Connectivity Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro [19] Apple Airpods (2. Supported by telephone Yes Yes Yes
Microphones on both sides Yes Yes
Can be operated individually (one-sided only) Yes [19659094] Yes Yes
Automatic pause when removed from the ear No Yes (with Apple hardware) Yes (with Apple hardware)
A pp Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd generation)
Support for voice support Siri / Google support (with phone) Siri Siri
Ability to customize EQ [19659094] Yes Restricted Restricted
Customize function Yes No No
Last known location Yes with phone Yes with phone Yes with phone
Buy Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2. Generation)
Amazon Link Link Link Link [19659201] Got it? Good, let's pack this puppy.



Jaybird seems to have hit the price-performance ratio perfectly with the Vista buds. They're a far better sport-specific solution than Apple's AirPod, but save you about $ 70 compared to the more expensive (and sport-specific) PowerBeats Pro. In the vast majority of people, you'll probably only notice the difference between the PowerBeats Pro and Jaybird Vista when you wear it. The sound quality to me in these scenarios is great, and the noise isolation causes everything except the bus or the faulty tram is killed of death.

Although I've encountered some kind of scurrility in the office, it's definitely limited to this particular environment. Maybe it's my multi-node Google WiFi or maybe the crazy beer types next door. While a variant of this peculiarity in a PowerBeats Pro + Garmin combination was barely noticeable, a purely native Apple / Apple combination did not show any rashes. But here too – absolutely no problems outdoors for me. Whether you see the same problem in your home / office / gym / Walmart is really unclear. He was unable to reproduce it in a conversation with Des of DesFit (and following a series of tests with me this afternoon). Basically it's just a question of mine.

For the devices that I've tried and that are completely wireless between the earbuds, this, in my opinion, is the best balance between price and functionality. Before you go into aspects like some of the app-based EQs or feature customizations that others do not offer. Overall not too shabby.

So – thanks for reading!

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