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Jaybird Vista Earbuds Hands-On: AirPods / PowerBeats Pro Sports Player?

  Jaybird-Vista-Charging-Case-Overview records19659002 imagesJaybird-Vista-Charging-Case-Overview records19659003SenseMy connection to music at work is somewhat set up and usually depends on how complicated the setup and maintenance is. Of course, pairing is usually easy – but until the last year or two, getting streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music on our wearables we use in sports was not really possible. Instead, we were left with static music that we never bothered to update.

But that was just one part of the equation ̵

1; the other was the headset. Of course, there have been Bluetooth headsets / pins for quite some time, but their compatibility with music clocks has been more dramatic than Kardashians. You often had to find out which side was the communication side of the headset, and then wear the watch on the same side to get a hands-on experience. And even then, simple things for me, such as walking at intervals with my hands sideways, would cause some clock / headphone combinations to drop.

In the last 6-12 months, we have seen that companies are starting to make progress on this. For example, Apple previously released its AirPods that offered excellent connectivity … if you were on an Apple device. For 3rd parties? Mostly a mess of watches outside of Apple. It was the perfect storm of two devices (tiny wireless headsets and small watches), both designing their communication stacks right up to the limit to conserve a valuable battery. But in the last year we have seen that both sides of the equation are improving things.

By updating firmware and hardware on both sides, you will now achieve pretty good success with AirPods on Garmin media for example (especially the latest version of watches and AirPods). But in the end, while the AirPods make great audio headsets (about $ 159), they suck somewhere sporty (not waterproof, no optional, easy to drop, etc.). That's why Apple-owned Beats have come out with their equally wireless (but great for sports) PowerBeats Pro. But these will set you back $ 249.

And today there is another option for the ever-expanding block of fully wireless sports earphone capabilities: all-wireless Jaybird Vista headphones that are specifically designed for sports. Unlike previous Run and Run XTs, they claim that they will not suck in connectivity. But how does this hold up in real life? Don't be afraid – I covered you. Oh, and they only cost $ 179, in the same tank as the AirPods. So let's get rough. [UsualnotethatthesearemedialoanunitsthatwillreturntoJaybirdafterIfinishmyreviewandwillgooutandgetmyownthroughnormalcommercialchannelsNotsponsoredorAlsonotethatIboughtmyownAirPodsandPowerBeatsProaswellasalltheotherheadsetsIhave-from$25Ankerwhichworkgreattoolderpre-AppleAppleBeats(aboutthis)toBragiDashandIadmitthattherearenearlyadozenoptionsonthemarkettodayandIwillhardlyreviewgive-insteadoffocusingonthesportelementmainlywearingit)

Whats New:


Vista not the first set of Jaybird wireless headsets, the company had not only previous startup and launch XT units in this configuration – but also a long slate of other wireless (but wired together) products. However, the biggest challenge that people have had with Run & Run XT is that connectivity is generally drained.

But with Vista, the Logitech-owned company took a different direction with respect to the communication chipset. They have been working with two outside companies to develop a new chipset (called JBS1) that they believe should remove these drops. But it also includes a different architecture in the past, one that is more like Apple and others. Instead of having a single headset function as a headset and then relaying audio to the secondary handset (which is prone to failures), the company pairs to which input has the strongest single at that time, and then the secondary ear effectively "Eavesdropping" (super-simplifying) audio on the phone / clock / etc. So in the end it behaves like a paradigm for failure.


What makes this scheme a little more interesting in a workout scenario is the use of a single bud. For example, some people may want to cycle with their headphones, but you don't want them to block all external sounds (which they will). So they can use or on both buds. So you can run / drive with only the left or only the right. It doesn't matter which one you choose (unlike past products). I tried it today by alternating both (no ear – detection in device today).


Although somehow we are ahead of ourselves here . We should probably come back all the way. Like most cordless pimples, it comes with a charging case. The case has a built-in battery that can provide 10 hours of charging. The ears themselves can withstand 6 hours of charging. The entire range is charged via a glorious USB-C cable.

 Jaybird-Vista-USB-C-ChargingInProgress records19659021 imagesJaybird-Vista-USB-C-ChargingInProgress records19659003SenseA 5 minutes fast loading from the buds will provide 1 hour listening time. In the meantime, it will take about 2.5-3 hours to charge the entire case and buds from 0% to full. Also, the case has magnets on it to snap it closed and also pull the buds into their small homes quickly and efficiently.

 Jaybird-Vista-Magnetic-Latch-Case records19659024SenseJaybird-Vista-Magnetic-Latch-Case Pictures19659003matraSet Vista with your optional device (any Bluetooth audio compatible device), just insert the buds into the charging case and hold briefly but tone on occasion. This will start the pairing process.


Buds can remember / store up to 8 devices So far, for example, today paired them on my phone, my Forerunner 945, MARQ Athlete, and Apple Watch Series 4. I could then pair them on the other four devices before someone was shipped to the island. can only support one parallel audio playback connection (meaning that the phone and the clock cannot play to Vista at the same time, which makes sense).


Also, from the phone you have the Jaybird app. This application does not require any kind of input (though you can create one if you want) and allows you to customize Jaybird Vista levels. You can create fully custom levels or choose from a gazillion presets (both created by them and by random internet people). And you can also have it track the last known location of the headphones if you lose them – assuming your phone was nearby when it happened

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The application also allows you to customize the actions of the button on each side. Both buttons work identically (there are fewer things to remember) and you have two options: One-touch, double-tap. By default, a single tap / pause until a double tap advances the track.

 2019-07-31 18.23.05   2019-07-31 18.23.13   2019-07-31 18.23.32 [19659004] But if you use your phone with the app somewhere in the background, you can do things by double-tapping an open specific playlist. The headset button is just all over the country where the logo is.

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Now in my testing, eavesdropping (of any kind) does not work with the Garmin clock that plays music . So no pause / miss / etc. It also doesn't change the volume, though you can change the volume (and songs / etc) through the Garmin watch itself.


The next feature in front is that both sides have microphones in them. This goes back to the concept of using both buttons individually, but these microphones may also have access to Siri or Google Assistance (depending on your phone) or just speak if you're connected to your phone. Again, both actions require a phone, just as they do with Apple products.

Inside the package you will find two additional sets of different size tips in case the tips are too big / small.They are easy to pull and attach to the pimples:

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None There is no place in the case of loading the extra tips, so just put them in a safe place (which you will always never remember for 3 months from now).

Last but not least, the company noted that it had made some significant waterproofing changes. In the past, they have coated the device, which is a technique most sports / wear companies use to test internally waterproof components if water gets in the way. The most famous example I remember in the world of sports technology was the original Fly6, where I could fill the inside of the device with water and it continued to work for a while. Once it was dry, it was completely fine again. Rinse / repeat … literally.

But nano coating is not perfect, especially when it comes to sweat – which variety acts as seawater – it is rarely good to apply it to anything other than fish. Thus, with Vista, the company has internally sealed all electronics in a rigid, encapsulated, single shell that completely eliminates any chance of any liquid coming into contact with it. But my brief testing for that in a minute.

First Launch Test:

After setting everything up, it was time for my first test. With the Netherlands having had wonderful sunny weather for weeks (well, miserably hot, but at least sunny), I was ready for a pleasant outline around Amsterdam.

And then I started running. And he poured himself. And then it pours harder. And then added a bucket of water on top, for good measure. Water is everywhere.


Well, at least I can confirm they are not dead yet. Of course, usually the waterproofing device does not show much longer – often days or weeks (or longer). So this is something I'll look at.

As for the music myself, I used Garmin Forerunner 945 to play Spotify on Vista. I had paired it before departure, super quick and easy. Then during the run I just opened the FR945's music selector and pressed. I kept running.


At first, I used both pods, and during that period things sounded good. Vista will completely remove any non-loud noise from the outside – so you won't hear anything other than this bus bouncing you for a fraction of a second before you run over. This way you will want to pay attention to this. It also means you can't talk to anyone else while running.


But since I was running with another person, then I tried the one-sided version. First I started with my left side out (and right still inside). The FR945 continued to run smoothly. Vista doesn't have ear recognition, it doesn't stop playback when it is removed from your ears (such as AirPods or PowerBeats Pro, though you can turn those off if you want).

After a while Then I switched again, this time to my right ear for free and the only Vista pimple in my left ear. No problem there either. It just works fine. The volume levels were good too, though I didn't like the volume crazy crazy volume or whatever.

After my firs I didn't run and then went out and for a little second run – again with more time to double close. No problem there.


Now interesting – I had zero drops / oddities during my run, but sitting here this afternoon, writing this, I saw some oddities. Initially, I played the music from the Garmin Forerunner 945 (unless, after many hours of this broadcast, the battery died), then I switched to the Garmin MARQ. Generally speaking, things are good. But I notice a little weirdness every few minutes where there is a split second of distortion, almost how I would imagine if I passed the master between two buds or a buffer catch-up. There is no real drop, just the sound levels feel like they hit a speed bump, go a little soft on one side and then normalize between the two pimples – all wit hin maybe 1/4 of a second.

Then I repeated a combination of combinations over the next hour: FR945 + Vista, MARQ + Vista, iPhone + Vista, iPhone + PowerBeats Pro, iPhone + AirPods and MARQ + PowerBeats Pro. Even swapping spots in the studio / office. Wondering if there might be any WiFi interference (since I've never seen one outside, including taking a bunch of photos later). Then I went out and sat down and worked at the picnic table. Zero problems.


And what I found on this unique Wednesday is that for a pure Apple-Apple connection (iPhone to PowerBeats Pro or AirPods) never there was immersion / fabrication. moreover, the oddities are increasing in intensity. For example, MARQ to PowerBeats had the smallest imperfections at about the same frequency as the more noticeable Jaybird Vista + whatever the combination. My suspicion is that there is something in the environment here that this day causes imperfections that are better handled in Apple's clean ecosystem (however, I have had no problems the other day). It is well known that Apple does amazing things with the audio durability of AirPods / PowerBeats Pro and its own products, things that third parties may not benefit from, even when streaming to AirPods / PowerB eats Pro. And this thing shows that.

I raised the problem with Jaybird, they started digging into it and they have a few more tests I can do tomorrow in a single-floor configuration. Although in the end I expect the answer simply to be that intervention is a fact of life.

Product Comparison:


Like I said in the beginning, I don't have every wireless handset solution The philosophy of my Noah's Rainbow is just extending right now to clocks, trainers, power meters, drones and action cameras. Okay, so I guess bike computers, heart rate straps, and cycling sensors. So it's not included in everything there.

Instead, it includes the three things that sit on my desk today that I used: Apple AirPods, Jaybird Vista, and (Apple) Beats PowerBeats Pro. So this is the comparison for now. warning that while AirPods are great for everyday use, I find that they can easily fall out of my ears while running with a single wipe. And depending on the situation, you may not even realize it until it's too late (for example, in the middle of a busy city).

I have no problem dropping PowerBeat Pro or Jaybird Vista units – they are definitely in my ears for the long game. PowerBeats Pro is obviously bigger than Jaybird Vista, with a design that wraps around your ear. But I don't find Jaybird Vista any less secure. I can shake my head like a crazy person and they stay in solid rocks.

 DSC_3951 records19659092 freedDSC_3951 records19659003SenseIf quality quality, I find Jaybird Vista's overall quality better than Apple AirPods (I have V2, the latest version of the gen.) The sound is clearer, – strong and, of course, removes all external noise easily. There really is no comparison (although it's the same price – $ 179). On the flip side, I find the clarity of music on the far more expensive PowerBeats Pro ($ 249) over Jaybird Vista. Not massive, but definitely noticeable when you carry them back to the back. But one would be very pressed to notice this on the move, gasping for breath, making difficult intervals, or the like.

Which is ultimately a factor that one should remember here: The main point here (for me anyway) is sports, not sitting back in the lounge in a quiet Sunday morning listening to soft jazz music. In my mind I see these as quite different use cases. But maybe it's just me.

Anyway, here's a quick pick of the main features between the two:

Function / Function Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd Gen)
Copyright DC Rainmaker – Updated on July 31, 2019, 12:00 AM New Window
Price $ 179 $ 249 $ 159
Availability July 31, 2019 – Глобален Global Global
Тегло (на шушулка) 6g всеки 20g всеки 4g всеки
Спецификация за хидроизолация IPX7 Пот / водоустойчив " 19659104 ] Няма
Fit Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd Gen)
Регулируеми / смен еми накрайници за уши Да (идва с три опции) Да (идва с три варианта) идва с четири опции) Не
Батерия Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd Gen)
Време за възпроизвеждане 6 часа 9 час s 5 часа
Опция за бързо зареждане 5 минути = 1 час възпроизвеждане 15 минути = 1,5 часа възпроизвеждане 15 минути = 3 часа възпроизвеждане
Зареждане на корпуса Живот на батерията 16 часа 24 часа 24 часа
Зарядно дело Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd Gen)
Тип порт / каб л USB-C [19659102] Apple Lightning Apple Lightning
Поставя се в джоб Да (има също и ремък) Не наистина Да
Свързаност Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro ] Apple Airpods (2nd Gen)
Поддържа телефонни обаждания Да Да Да
Микрофони от двете страни Да ДА ДА
Може да работи поотделно (само от една страна) Да Да Да
Автоматична пауза, ако е премахната от ухото Не Да (с хардуер на Apple) Да (с хардуер на Apple)
А pp Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd Gen)
П ддръжка за гласова помощ Siri / Google Assistance (с телефон) Siri Siri
Способност да персонализирате EQ Да Ограничен Ограничен
Възможност за персонализиране на функции Да Не Не
Последно известно местоположение Да с телефон Да с телефон Да с телефон
Покупка Jaybird Vista Beats PowerBeats Pro Apple Airpods (2nd Gen)
Amazon Link Link Link Link Link 19659201] Разбра ли? Добре, нека увием това кученце.



Jaybird изглежда е приковал съотношението цена / стойност перфектно с пъпките на Vista. Те са далеч по-добро решение за спорт, отколкото AirPods на Apple, но спестете около $ 70 в сравнение с ценовата стойност на задължителния (и специфичен за спорта) PowerBeats Pro. За по-голямата част от хората, не мисля, че ще забележите разликата между PowerBeats Pro и Jaybird Vista, освен ако не носете върнете се назад и направете това отвътре. Добавете каквато и да е форма на тренировъчен елемент или на открито и разликите се разминават. Качеството на звука е страхотно за мен в тези сценарии и изолацията на шума следва чрез убиване на всичко, освен автобуса или заблудения трамвай на смъртта.

Докато се сблъсквах с някаква странност в офиса, определено е ограничена до тази специфична среда мен. Може би това е моят много-възел Google WiFi или може би лудите бири в съседство. Въпреки че вариант на същата измислица беше едва забележим в комбинация PowerBeats Pro + Garmin, чисто естествената комбинация Apple / Apple не доведе до никакви пропуски. Но отново – абсолютно нулеви проблеми на открито за мен. Дали ще видите или не същия проблем в дома / офиса / фитнеса / Walmart наистина предполагам. В разговор с Des of DesFit (и да го накара да повтори с куп тестове, както и с мен днес следобед), той не успя да го възпроизведе. По принцип това е само проблемът ми.

По отношение на модулите, които опитах, които са напълно безжични между наушниците, мисля, че това постига най-добрия баланс между цена и функционалност. И това е преди да разгледате аспекти като някои от приложените EQ или персонализиране на функции, които другите не предлагат. Като цяло, не твърде изтъркан.

С това – благодаря за четенето!

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