Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.2
Critical Listening
7.6
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
7.4
Office
5.9
TV
5.7
Gaming
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are great wireless sports in-ears that are fairly versatile for everyday casual use. They are an upgraded version of the regular Tarah model with better battery life, lower latency, slightly better sound quality, and new magnetic earbuds. They are also compatible with the Jaybird MySound app that lets you EQ the sound to your liking. Jaybird kept the same overall design of the Tarah, meaning the Pro version is also very portable and breathable for sports. Unfortunately, they have a new proprietary charging cradle that is cumbersome and restrictive, and for some reason, the Pro version can’t connect to two devices simultaneously, while the regular Tarah and Jaybird X4 can. On the upside, they have an amazing wireless range and isolate a good amount of ambient noise.

Test Results
Design 7.8
Sound 7.0
Isolation 7.8
Microphone 6.2
Active Features 7.7
Connectivity 3.7
Pros
  • Stable and portable design for sports.
  • Decent and customizable sound.
  • Good battery life.
Cons
  • Cumbersome and restrictive charging cradle.
  • Doesn’t offer multi-device pairing like previous Jaybird headphones.
  1. Update 6/25/2019: We've updated the Build Quality score to better reflect how durable the Tarah Pro are.

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7.8

Design

The Jaybird Tarah Pro have a very similar design to the normal Tarah model, but with slight differences. They have a new braided cable and now have magnetic earbuds for easier cable management and to trigger the auto-off timer. They also have a new curved in-line remote that offers better feedback. However, they still have the same eargel design that reduces the number of fit options you get since the stability fins and ear tips are now a single unit. Additionally, they have a proprietary charging cradle that is restrictive and annoying to always have on you, like the rest of the most recent Jaybird models. Thankfully, they have an earbud-like fit that should be more comfortable than typical in-ears since they don’t enter your ear canal as deeply. The Tarah Pro are also very well-made earbuds that can survive impacts and are rated IPX7 for sweat and water resistance.

Style

The Jaybird Tarah Pro have a very similar style to the normal Tarah model, with slight variances. They still have a more sport-oriented look, the in-line remote is now curved, and they have a braided, black and white cable. You can also wear the headphones with a normal fit or put the cables over your ears since the earbuds rotate to help you get a better fit. These headphones come in three different color-accent schemes: black-flash, mineral blue-jade, or titanium-glacier.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are decently comfortable headphones, but like most in-ears, the fit might not be for everyone. They have the same eargels as the Tarah, but the size equivalences are smaller (the medium-sized tip of the Tarah Pro is the same size as the small-sized tip of the Tarah). They have an earbud-like fit that doesn’t enter your ear canal as deeply. Ear tips and stability fins are still mixed in one unit, giving you fewer fit options as you can’t mix and match different sizes together.

7.5 Controls
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : Voice enabled controls

Update 08-21-2019: The Tarah Pro are compatible with voice assistants like Google Assistant and Siri for voice-enabled controls. The review has been updated. The in-line remote is very similar to the previous Jaybird X-series and Tarah model. The remote is now slightly curved, but the available controls are still the same. You get common functionalities like call/music management, volume control, and track skipping. You can also trigger your device voice assistant with the multipurpose button. The remote feels more clicky than the Tarah, and you also get audio feedback during the pairing procedure. You’ll also have a voice prompt telling you how much battery is left (rounded to the nearest 20%), which is nice.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, their design doesn’t trap heat inside your ears, and you shouldn’t notice a difference in temperature while using the headphones. They are a good option for sports as you won’t sweat more than usual.

8.8 Portability
L : 2.5 "
W : 2.0 "
H : 1.0 "
Volume : 5.0 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most wireless in-ears, these can easily fit in most pockets or a bag. They can be rolled into a more compact format easily without damaging the cable. They also come with a small pouch that doesn’t add too much bulk, and you’ll also be able to fit it in pockets. For more portable Jaybird sports headphones, take a look at the truly wireless Run XT.

6.0 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

The Jaybird Tarah Pro come with a small pouch, unlike the previous Tarah model. This pouch is very similar to the X4's pouch, which slightly protects the headphones from scratches and minor water exposure. Unfortunately, this isn’t as protective as the Jaybird X2 hard case. On the upside, the pouch is fairly small and portable.

8.0 Build Quality

Update 06/25/2019: We revised the Build Quality score of the Tarah Pro as we feel they are one of the better-built sports headphones available right now. The text has been adjusted to reflect this.

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are well-made wireless in-ears, but they have a few differences with the Tarah model. First, their cable isn’t flat but is braided. They have new magnetic earbuds which is great for easier cable management. They also have rotating earbud casings for how you want to wear the headphones. They are still IPX7 for sweat and water resistance, but we do not currently have a test to measure this accurately. They have an overall high-end feel and don't feel like they'll break during physical activity.

8.0 Stability

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are very stable for most physical activities. Unfortunately, like the Tarah, they only come with 3 eargels options so you can't mix and match fins and tips sizes like the Jaybird X3. On the upside, the Tarah Pro have what Jaybird calls the “Switch Fit” which allows you to rotate the earbud, helping you in finding the best fit for you. You can wear the headphones’ cable under or over your ears, which is a bit more stable. Their wireless design also means the chance of getting a wire hooked on something is lesser than wired headphones, and it won’t yank the headphones out of your ears.

Cable
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

Jaybird introduces a new proprietary charging cradle for the Tarah Pro. This is restrictive because you’ll always need to carry it around and the cable is very short.

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7.0

Sound

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are above-average sounding closed-back in-ears. They have a very similar sound profile to the Jaybird Tarah. They have a deep, consistent and well-balanced bass, an even and clear mid-range and a great treble. However, their bass is slightly boomy, their mid-range is a bit recessed, which nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Also, their treble may be sibilant for some people, and the dip in the range is also going to make vocals lack a bit of detail and brightness. Overall, these headphones are fairly versatile for a wide variety of music, from bass-heavy to vocal-centric genres. You also can EQ the headphones with the Jaybird app, but we measured them without any presets. 

Update 05/31/2019: As per a user pointed out in a discussion thread, some people seem to get Tarah Pro units that have a crackling noise. Our unit didn't have this issue, but after looking online, we saw the problem seems widespread enough to issue this warning. However, our review scoring wasn't affected by this issue.

8.8 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.77 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10.15 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-0.4 dB
Mid-Bass
:
0.26 dB
High-Bass
:
3.12 dB

The bass performance is great. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass and mid-bass are flat and within 0.5dB of our neutral target, which results in a deep and punchy bass with just the right amount of thump and rumble. However, the high-bass, which is responsible for warmth, is overemphasized by about 3dB, bringing a bit of muddiness to the bass.

8.6 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.89 dB
Low-Mid
:
1.11 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-2.53 dB
High-Mid
:
0.22 dB

The mid-range performance is also great. The range is fairly flat and even, which is important for the clear and well-balanced reproduction of vocals and instruments. However, there’s a 4dB dip in the mid-range around 800Hz that will slightly nudge vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix.

8.2 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.26 dB
Low-Treble
:
-0.46 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.15 dB
High-Treble
:
-0.92 dB

The treble performance is also great. The range is fairly even, but there’s a dip around 4-5KHz which is going to negatively affect the detail and brightness of vocals and lead instruments. Also, some sibilances (S and T sounds) can feel a bit sharp for some users, but not everyone will hear it as intensely. This will be most noticeable on cymbals and vocals.

9.0 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.2 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Jaybird Tarah Pro is excellent. If the user can achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

8.8 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.08
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.08
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.74
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
1.45

The stereo imaging of the Tarah Pro is great. Their weighted group delay is at 0.08, which is among the lowest we have measured so far. The group delay graph also shows that the entire response is well below our audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video games effects) in the stereo image. These results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.2 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
3.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.2
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage of the Tarah Pro is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

6.8 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
2.391
Weighted THD @ 100
:
17.396

The harmonic distortion performance is average. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is elevated a bit in the treble range, especially at higher volumes. This could make the sound of those frequencies a bit harsh and impure. However, the THD produced in the bass range is within good limits, without a big jump in the THD under heavier loads.

7.8

Isolation

The isolation performance of the Jaybird Tarah Pro is very similar to the Tarah’s and X4’s. They don’t have any ANC feature, but still passively block a decent amount of noise and will be an above-average option for commuting and at the office. They also barely leak so you’ll be able to block out even more background noise by raising your listening volume without disturbing people surrounding you.

6.8 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-19.39 dB
Bass
:
-6.47 dB
Mid
:
-19.4 dB
Treble
:
-33.57 dB
Self-Noise
:
19.35 dB

The isolation performance of the Tarah Pro is about average. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sits, they achieved 6.5dB of isolation which is mediocre. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by more than 19dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and fan noises like A/C systems, they isolate about 34dB, which is good.

9.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
22.25 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. These in-ears practically do not leak, so you don't need to worry about disturbing people around you unless you are blasting your music in a very quiet room. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 22dB SPL and peaks at 36dB SPL, which is noticeably quieter than the noise floor of an average office.

6.2

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The Jaybird Tarah Pro have a mediocre in-line microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. However, it will still be understandable. In noisy environments, it will struggle to separate speech from background noise even in moderately loud situations, like a busy street.

6.3 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
343.96 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
2.47 dB
HFE
:
3179.16 Hz
Weighted THD
:
5.021
Gain
:
44.44 dB

The mic has a mediocre recording quality. The LFE of 344Hz results in a recorded/transmitted speech that is relatively thin. The HFE of 3.2KHz is poor and suggests speech that is muffled and lacks detail. Overall, the intelligibility of speech on this microphone will still be decent in quiet environments.

6.1 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
13.2 dB

The in-line microphone of the Tarah Pro is mediocre at noise-handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 13dB, indicating they are best suited for quiet environments and will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in moderate and loud situations.

7.7

Active Features

The Jaybird Tarah Pro have improved battery life over the previous Tarah and will last you long enough for a whole workday or a week-full of daily workouts. They also have a power saving feature if you snap the magnetic earbuds together. However, Jaybird created another proprietary cradle for the Tarah Pro and you’ll always need to have it on you if you want to charge the headphones. On the upside, like the previous Jaybird headphones, they are also compatible with the MySound mobile app that offers a good amount of customization options like an EQ and presets.

7.6 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
13.3 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.9 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No

The main difference between the Tarah Pro and Tarah is a way better battery life on the Pro version. They offer about 13 hours of continuous playback, while the regular Tarah have about 6 hours, and they take about the same time to charge. They also have a useful quick charge feature that gives you 2 hours of battery life for only 5 minutes of charging, according to Jaybird’s specs sheet. Also, they automatically turn off after 15 minutes if the magnetic buds are snapped together, saving battery life. Unfortunately, they come with a proprietary charging cradle, and it is very restrictive as you’ll always need to carry it around to charge the headphones and the cradle's cable is very short.

8.0 App Support
App Name : Jaybird MySound
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
Parametric + Presets
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : No
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
Yes
Button Mapping : Yes
Surround Sound : N/A

Update: 03/05/2019: We've updated the review since a software update now gives you new features like button mapping for the multi-purpose button, customizable audio cues and you can now set the Auto-off timer to 15 or 60 minutes, or completely turn it off. We also incorrectly listed that the app didn't have an in-app player, but you can connect through Spotify if you have a Jaybird account as well.

Update: 08/03/2019: We've updated the app score of the Jaybird MySound app to reflect the customization level of their Equalizer. Unlike most phone apps, they have a parametric EQ compared to a typical 5-band graphic one like on the Jabra Elite 65e.

Like most recent Jaybird headphones, the Tarah Pro are compatible with the MySound app which offers good customization options like an equalizer and lets you access sound profiles created and shared by other Jaybird owners. The app doesn’t offer room effects but has an integrated Spotify in-app player for Premium accounts. The app is a good tool to find the best sound profile for your mood and music genre.

Note: The Personal EQ setting was used to demonstrate how the available customization options looked like and was not used to measure the frequency response of these headphones.

3.7

Connectivity

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are Bluetooth-only wireless earbuds with an amazing wireless range. You might get even better results if your source support Bluetooth 5.0 too. Unfortunately, their latency is a bit too high for watching videos and gaming, but they perform better than most Bluetooth headphones and are a great improvement over the Jaybird Tarah in that regard. However, the Tarah Pro can’t connect to two devices simultaneously, which is weird since the Jaybird X4 and Tarah can.

6.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No

The Tarah Pro support Bluetooth 5.0, so you might experience even better results in wireless range and connection stability than what we’ve measured with our Bluetooth 4.2 dongle. We do plan to upgrade this in our next test bench. Unfortunately, they only connect to one device at a time, which is disappointing since previous Jaybird headphones could connect to two simultaneously.

0 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A

These Bluetooth-only headphones cannot be used with a wired connection.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

The Jaybird Tarah Pro do not have a dock or a base, like most sports-oriented headphones.

9.2 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
50 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
238 ft

The wireless range of the Tarah Pro is excellent. With 50ft of range when the source is obstructed by walls, you’ll be able to walk around a small apartment or office without getting audio cuts. You also shouldn’t have any problems if you keep your audio source on you. However, the wireless range is dependent on your device, and you may experience different results.

4.2 Latency
Default Latency
:
151 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Their latency is slightly too high for watching videos and gaming. However, they perform better than most Bluetooth headphones so you might not notice the delay as badly as with other headphones unless you’re gaming. Also, some video content apps like Netflix and YouTube offer some sort of compensation depending on your device so you may not notice it at all.

In the box

  • Jaybird Tarah Pro headphones
  • 3x eargels
  • Carrying pouch
  • Charging cradle
  • Shirt clip
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are great sports headphones that are versatile for most use cases. They are very similar to the normal Tarah model, but are an upgrade in some ways. The main difference is the better 13-hour battery life on the Pro version. They have a decent sound profile and you can customize their sound to your liking thanks to their great companion app. They can also be used for commuting and at the office thanks to a decent noise isolation performance. However, they can’t connect to two devices simultaneously, which is disappointing since most recent Jaybird headphones can do it. See our recommendations for the best earbuds, the best closed-back headphones, and the best earbuds for running.

Jaybird X4 Wireless
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The Jaybird Tarah Pro are better headphones than the Jaybird X4 in pretty much every single aspect. They have lower latency, have a slightly more accurate treble range, and have a way better battery life. Their designs are very similar, other than the fact that the Tarah Pro have magnetic and rotating earbuds and have a braided cable. However, the X4 support multi-device pairing, offer more fit options, and are less expensive.

Jaybird Tarah Wireless
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Like you would think, the Jaybird Tarah Pro are an upgrade over the normal Jaybird Tarah model. The main difference is the twice as long battery life on the Pro version. Also, the designs are very similar, just like the Jaybird X4, but the Tarah Pro have rotating and magnetic buds and a braided cable. They also have much lower latency, which is good for watching videos. On the other hand, if you only use these for workouts and don’t necessarily need long battery life, the less expensive Tarah model could be a better option.

Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless
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The Jaybird Tarah Pro are better mixed usage headphones than the Jaybird Run XT and are one of the best sports headphones we’ve reviewed so far. The Pro are easier to use for sports thanks to the in-line remote, and their default audio profile is more accurate, although you can EQ both of these headphones inside the app. You’ll also get more battery life out of the Pro, but this is due to their battery inside the in-line remote, which offers less freedom than truly wireless headphones like the XT. On the other hand, you can charge the XT pretty much anywhere with their case if it has power, while the charging cradle of the Pro is very restrictive.

Bose SoundSport Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are better sports headphones than the Bose SoundSport Wireless. Also, due to their closed-back design, they isolate more and leak less, making them more versatile for everyday casual use as well. The Tarah Pro feel better-made, and their fit is more stable than the bulkier and heavier design of the SoundSport Wireless. They also have better battery life and have a companion app to EQ their sound. On the other hand, the Bose are more comfortable and don’t need a proprietary charging cradle. They also have a slightly better default sound quality.

Anker SoundCore Spirit X Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are better headphones than the Anker Soundcore Spirit X. They are better-made and you can also customize their sound to your liking thanks to their companion app. Their amazing wireless range is also better, and you get better default sound quality, even before EQ’ing them. On the other hand, the Spirit X are very comfortable in-ears and come with plenty of fit options. They also come with a nice hard case and have good sound quality for their price point, which might offer better value for most users.

AKG N200 Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are more versatile headphones than the AKG N200. While the AKG have a slightly better sound quality, the Tarah Pro have a better isolating fit, which makes them better for commuting and at the office. The Jaybird also have unique rotating earbuds that let you wear the cable normally or over your ear. They are also compatible with the Jaybird MySound app which offers a good EQ. They also have longer battery life and a proper IPX7 rating, which is great for sports.

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Conclusion

7.2 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. The Tarah Pro have good sound quality for in-ears and are fairly comfortable thanks to their earbud-like design. They have decent noise isolation performance and barely leak, making them a good option for commuting and at the office. However, these are great sports-oriented headphones that have a stable and breathable design. Unfortunately, they won’t be ideal for watching TV or gaming due to their high latency.

7.2 Critical Listening

Decent for critical listening. They have a deep, consistent and well-balanced bass, an even and clear mid-range and a great treble. However, their bass is slightly boomy, their mid-range is a bit recessed, which nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Also, their treble may be sibilant for some people, and the dip in this range is also going to make vocals lack a bit of detail and brightness. You can also EQ them with the Jaybird app. However, the in-ear fit might not be comfortable enough for long listening sessions.

7.6 Commute/Travel

Good for commuting and traveling. These headphones have a good isolation performance and barely leak, so you’ll be able to mask a decent amount of background noise. Their wireless design is portable, but the in-ear fit might not be comfortable for everyone, especially for long rides and flights. On the upside, they have great battery life that should last you about 13 hours of continuous playtime.

8.2 Sports/Fitness

Great sports headphones. The Tarah Pro are sports-oriented headphones with an IPX7 rating for sweat and water resistance. Their wireless design is very portable and breathable, which is great. You shouldn’t sweat more than usual while using them during your workouts. They also have a great control scheme that offers quick access to simple and useful functionalities. Their great battery life will also last you a few workouts.

7.4 Office

Above average for the office. The greater battery life compared to the normal Tarah will let you enjoy your music during your whole workday without a problem. Their fit also blocks a good amount of ambient chatter and A/C system noise, so you’ll be able to concentrate on your tasks. They also barely leak so you won’t bother your colleagues with your music. Unfortunately, they don’t connect to two devices simultaneously, which would be useful if you’d want to switch between your phone and office computer. Also, the in-ear fit won’t be the most comfortable to wear for many hours.

5.9 TV

Sub-par for watching TV. Even if they have lower latency than most Bluetooth headphones, you could still notice a delay between what you see and what you hear. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem on mobile apps like YouTube and Netflix as they slightly compensate for the delay. On the upside, their amazing wireless range will allow you to watch TV from your couch.

5.7 Gaming

Sub-par for gaming. These headphones are sports-oriented and shouldn’t be used for gaming due to their high latency and mediocre microphone. Even if you don’t play online and don’t need a mic, these headphones won’t be a good option for this use case.

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