Jaybird returns with another attempt at truly wireless headphones with the Vista, a revised model to address the various issues that were holding back the company's Run and Run XT models. The new buds are better than the old ones in almost every way. These include more reliable connectivity, lighter design, longer battery life and USB-C for charging.
Jaybird has already released some truly wireless Run XT headphones this year, but these are a slightly updated version of the company's original, truly wireless Run model from 2017, representing the same issues as the model first generation had.
I have been using Vista for about a week as my main headphones. So far, they have held their own as well as any other top-of-the-range, truly wireless headphone in the market today.
Thanks to a new JBS1 chipset and new connectivity system, Vista's connectivity issues have been completely resolved. The Jaybird Run design has tried to change the formula for true wireless headsets using two Bluetooth connections. One should connect the right earphone to a phone or a computer and the other should communicate between the headphones (instead of the near-field magnetic induction that most headphones used at that time). This design did not work to keep the headphones in sync.
Vista solves this problem by using two independent connections to the user's phone. During my entire time with the headphones, I never had a problem. The new system also means that you can use each earphone individually if you only want to wear one earphone.
The Vista also has a new look that continues to feature the interchangeable wing / earplug design that Jaybird uses for all of its products. As someone who finds it particularly difficult to find suitable earphones, I had no problems with the fact that the Vista remained safely in my ears even during a sweaty run outdoors.
The Vista are even lighter with six grams each. (By comparison, a single AirPod weighs four grams.) Like the Run XT, they are also designed for IPX7 sealing and have a new sealing system. The hardware components are completely sealed in an internal capsule, which, according to the company, should help make them even more resistant to sweat than simply coating the parts with waterproof materials (as is the case with the other headphones).
The case is similarly smaller and lighter than before. For charging, USB-C is used instead of Micro-USB. Despite the fact that both the earphones and the case are smaller, the battery life on the Vista is actually better than the run. Jaybird claims six hours of use of the buds and another 10 hours of use (four hours or eight hours).
The Jaybird Vista is expected to cost $ 179.99 – the same price as the old model – if released sometime in August.