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Best Jaybird Headphones

We have currently reviewed 10 pairs of Jaybird headphones. They're a popular brand that makes earbuds for sports that are ideal for running and working out. Jaybird headphones have stable and portable designs, making them a great choice when looking for a gym companion, but unfortunately, they lack variety.

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  1. Best Jaybird Wireless Earbuds

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    7.0
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    8.2
    Sports/Fitness
    7.0
    Office
    5.7
    Wireless Gaming
    5.5
    Wired Gaming
    6.5
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Jaybird headphones with a wireless earbud design that we've tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. The most recent and premium of the Tarah line-up, these earbuds have a great build quality that looks and feels very durable. While their sound profile is decently well-balanced, these headphones have a bit of extra bass, which will please EDM and hip-hop fans and help keep you motivated on a long run. If you don't like the way they sound out-of-the-box, you can easily change their sound profile via a parametric EQ and presets in the great Jaybird MySound App. On top of this, these earbuds have a 13-hour battery life - more than enough to get you through a workout or a work day, and they automatically turn off when you magnetically snap the earbuds together, so you won't accidentally drain the battery.

    Unfortunately, while they're decently comfortable, they might not be the best for long listening sessions, though some people may prefer their earbud-like design that doesn't enter the ear canal too deeply. Also, like with most other Jaybird headphones, they use a proprietary charging clip, which can be a pain if you forget to bring it with you or lose it entirely. That being said, these headphones are among the best wireless earbuds for running thanks to their durable design that feels very stable in your ear.

    See our review

  2. Best Truly Wireless Jaybird Earbuds

    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    7.2
    Neutral Sound
    7.6
    Commute/Travel
    8.4
    Sports/Fitness
    6.8
    Office
    5.7
    Wireless Gaming
    5.6
    Wired Gaming
    5.7
    Phone Call
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best Jaybird headphones with a truly wireless design that we've tested so far are the Jaybird Vista. These very portable headphones are surprisingly comfortable thanks to their lightweight design that doesn't apply too much pressure on your inner ear. Both the earbuds themselves and their charging case look and feel very well-built, and the headphones don't move around in your ear, even during more intense workouts. Their default sound profile is fairly well-balanced, and they're compatible with the same great MySound app as the rest of Jaybird's headphones, so you can fully change the way they sound via a parametric EQ or presets.

    Unfortunately, their physical controls are lacking in functionality, as both earbuds perform the same commands. They also only last 5.5 hours off a single charge, and while this is fairly standard for truly wireless headphones, they take over two hours to fully charge back up inside their case, which is a lot longer than most of the competition. On the bright side, unlike other Jaybird headphones that use a proprietary charging cable, their case charges via USB-C, so you can easily borrow one if you forget yours at home.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Jaybird Earbuds

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    7.6
    Commute/Travel
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.0
    Office
    5.6
    Wireless Gaming
    5.6
    Wired Gaming
    6.8
    Phone Call
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Balanced Armature

    The best Jaybird headphones in the budget category that we've tested so far are the Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016. These wireless in-ears can be a bit difficult to find in stock, since their an older model, but they offer good value for the price. They're among the best earbuds for small ears thanks to their slim design, and they come with ten different sets of tips to help you find the best possible fit. They have a very well-balanced default sound profile that's suitable for most genres and content, and you can easily adjust the way they sound via the Jaybird MySound app. Even at loud volumes, they leak almost no audio, and they do a good job at passively blocking background noise, which is great if you want some peace and quiet in a noisy gym.

    Unfortunately, they don't look and feel as durable as the other options mentioned so far, and some users have experienced issues with the sweat-resistant design when the charging clip is connected. They also only last around four hours off a single charge, which is short. On the bright side, Jaybird advertises that you can get up to an hour of listening from a 20-minute charge, though this isn't something we test for. Overall, these are a great pair of budget wireless headphones for sports that offer excellent value for most people.

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Compared to other brands


  • Compact and portable designs. All Jaybird headphones have a compact in-ear design. Their earbuds have flexible neckbands so they can be worn around your neck or easily folded up to fit into your pockets, and their truly wireless models have very portable charging cases.
  • Stable for sports. Jaybird earbuds are designed with a stable, secure fit in mind - they can withstand high impact activity like running without falling out of your ears.
  • Customizable sound. Jaybird headphones tend to sound fairly well-balanced out of the box, but what sets them apart from the rest is their compatibility with their impressive mobile companion app which lets you customize their sound profile in great detail.
  • No variety. So far, Jaybird has only made in-ear headphones with a sports-oriented design. While in-ears are generally more convenient for athletes, if you find them uncomfortable then Jaybird might not be the brand for you.
  • Proprietary charging cradle. Many Jaybird products use a dedicated charging cradle that is not only proprietary to the company, but specific to the earphone model. This means if you upgrade your Jaybird headphones from and older to a new model, you may not be able to continue using the old charger or just use a regular micro-USB cable, which can be a deal-breaker for some.

Overall, Jaybird makes wireless earbuds for sports and does it well. Most of their headphones are compact, easy to carry around, and have a stable, secure fit for working out or running. Most of their products feel well-built, are generally quite easy-to-use, and are compatible with the Jaybird MySound app which gives you access to lots of customization options. Jaybird only makes in-ear designs, though, which aren't comfortable for everyone.

Conclusion

Jaybird makes great sports headphones that are versatile enough for everyday use. They have sleek-looking, portable in-ear models with lots of customizable features. However, their lack of variety means that if you don't find in-ears comfortable, then they may not be the best brand for you.

See our recommendations for the best earbuds, the best headphones for working out, and the best wireless earbuds for running.

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