Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Jul 21, 2021 at 10:12 am
Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless Picture
7.3
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.4
Sports/Fitness
7.1
Office
5.8
Wireless Gaming
5.7
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are the next generation of the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless and are designed for active users who want more durable and stable headphones. With this new update, the manufacturer has raised the buds' dust and water resistance rating to IP68, although we don't currently test for it. They also now have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system to help block ambient noise around you. However, it offers a sub-par overall performance. That said, these headphones have a very stable and comfortable fit, and you can customize their neutral sound profile with their companion app's parametric EQ and presets.

Our Verdict

7.3 Neutral Sound

The Jaybird Vista 2 are decent for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a decently neutral sound profile suitable for lots of audio content. Although vocals and lead instruments sound a bit veiled and are nudged to the back of your mix while sibilants like cymbals are sharp, you can tweak their sound to your liking using their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. Unfortunately, their passive soundstage seems closed off and as if coming from inside your head.

Pros
  • Parametric EQ and presets available.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
7.5 Commute/Travel

The Jaybird Vista 2 are good for commute and travel. These comfortable, lightweight earbuds are easy to take with you on the go. While their 5.3-hour battery life may not be enough to get you through long days on the road, their carrying case supplies two additional charges. Unfortunately, while they have ANC, it doesn't really improve upon their passive isolation capabilities, and it struggles to block out bus and plane engines.

Pros
  • Parametric EQ and presets available.
  • Comfortable, very stable fit.
Cons
  • Sub-par overall noise isolation performance.
8.4 Sports/Fitness

The Jaybird Vista 2 are great for sports and fitness. Thanks to their durable, lightweight, and well-built design, you can use them at the gym or outdoors without an issue. They're also rated IP68 for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. They have a comfortable and very stable fit, so you don't have to worry about them falling out of your ears while you're working out.

Pros
  • Parametric EQ and presets available.
  • IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
  • Comfortable, very stable fit.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
7.1 Office

The Jaybird Vista 2 are decent for office use. They have a comfortable and well-built design. They also don't leak much audio, so you can listen to audio at high volumes without disturbing others around you, and their ANC can block out some ambient chatter around you. Unfortunately, their 5.3-hour continuous battery life may not be enough to get through your work shift.

Pros
  • Parametric EQ and presets available.
  • Comfortable, very stable fit.
  • ANC can help block out office chatter.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
  • No multi-device pairing.
5.8 Wireless Gaming

The Jaybird Vista 2 aren't recommended for wireless gaming. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency is likely to be too high for gaming. They also aren't compatible with PlayStation or Xbox consoles.

5.7 Wired Gaming

The Jaybird Vista 2 are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used on a wired connection.

6.4 Phone Calls

The Jaybird Vista 2 are mediocre for phone calls. Their integrated mic does a decent job of capturing your voice clearly, although it struggles to separate speech from moderate ambient noise. While they also have ANC to help block out some background noise around you, it does a sub-par job overall. If you have an important call to take, it's better to do so from a quieter environment.

Pros
  • Parametric EQ and presets available.
  • Decent recording quality.
Cons
  • Sub-par overall noise isolation performance.
  • Middling noise handling.
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 8.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.1 Office
  • 5.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.7 Wired Gaming
  • 6.4 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jul 21, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 16, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Jaybird Vista 2 have a similarly sporty look as the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless with stability fins and an oval earbud design. However, unlike their predecessor, they have textured 'Winddefense' fabric covering with the manufacturer's logo on the front-facing side of both buds. They come in a few color variations: Black, Midnight Blue, and Nimbus Gray. They also have two more unique variations: 'LFG', which are nimbus gray earbuds with a mint green case, and 'Sparkle On', which have black earbuds with a metallic pink and purple case. Both have their variant's name labeled on the case.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These headphones have a comfortable fit. They're lightweight and don't enter your ear canal very deeply. However, they may not fit everyone well, and they can become a bit uncomfortable over time.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The Jaybird Vista 2 have good controls. There are touch and physical controls on both earbuds, which are easy to use. One press on either bud plays and pauses audio or answers and ends calls. A double-tap cycles between active noise cancelling, talk-through, or off. The headphones also automatically pause audio if you remove one of the earbuds from your ears. You can also double press the left bud to return to the previous track or double press the right bud to skip the track forward. Volume controls are very similar, and you can press and hold the left bud to lower the volume while the right bud increases the volume. However, there's no voice assistant control by default.

You can remap all the press as well as press and hold controls via their companion app. However, the voice assistant feature can only be mapped on the touch and hold command. There are also a few beeps and voice prompts to let you know what settings you've changed.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

Like most in-ears, the Jaybird Vista 2 don't trap much heat in your ears, which is outstanding. You shouldn't notice a temperature difference, even if you're wearing them during physical activity, and you shouldn't sweat more than usual.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.4" (3.6 cm)
W 1.3" (3.3 cm)
H 1.0" (2.5 cm)
Volume 1.73 in³ (28.40 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The Jaybird Vista 2 are very portable headphones. The buds are very small and should easily fit in most pockets or bags. Their carrying case is also small and should be easy to carry around.

8.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.0" (7.5 cm)
W 1.5" (3.8 cm)
H 1.0" (2.5 cm)
Volume 4.35 in³ (71.30 cm³)

These headphones come with an excellent hard carrying case. It's small, easy to carry, and has a small carrying cord so you can attach it to a carabiner when you're on the go. There's a light for each bud when charging plus one for the case. The case is also rated IP54 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Jaybird Vista 2 have a great build quality. Although they're mostly plastic, they feel dense and sturdy. They seem like they should easily survive impacts without taking too much damage. Although we don't currently test for it, the buds are rated IP68, and the case is rated IP54 for dust and water resistance, which is great if you like to take your headphones outdoors.

8.0
Design
Stability

The Jaybird Vista 2 have great stability. They come with three differently-sized ear tips with stability fins to help you get a more secure fit. Thanks to their design, they shouldn't fall out of your ears, even during intense physical activity.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Jaybird Vista 2 headphones
  • Charging case
  • 3x ear tips with stability fins
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.46 dB
Treble Amount
-0.89 dB

The Jaybird Vista 2 have a well-balanced and neutral sound profile. They deliver adequate thump, punch, and boom, although vocals and lead instruments are a bit veiled and pushed to the back of your mixes. Sibilants like cymbals are also piercing. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

8.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.33 dB

The Jaybird Vista 2 have great frequency response consistency. Although they're somewhat prone to inconsistencies in the treble range, once you achieve a proper fit using the assorted tips included, you should be able to get more consistent audio delivery each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
0.88 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
-1.52 dB
Mid-Bass
-0.63 dB
High-Bass
0.38 dB

These headphones have outstanding bass accuracy. The range is very flat and neutral. Although the underemphasis in the low-bass indicates that they lack a touch of thump and rumble, they can still deliver satisfying punch and boom.

8.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.45 dB
Low-Mid
-1.27 dB
Mid-Mid
-3.72 dB
High-Mid
0.06 dB

The Jaybird Vista 2 have great mid-accuracy. The low to mid-mid is underemphasized, which slightly thins out vocals and lead instruments while nudging them to the back of the mix. However, these same sounds are still clear and detailed.

6.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.01 dB
Mid-Treble
1.19 dB
Low-Treble
-2.81 dB
High-Treble
-7.42 dB

The Jaybird Vista 2 have okay treble accuracy. The low-treble is underemphasized, so the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments are veiled. However, sibilants like S and T sounds are a bit sharp and piercing.

6.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.31 dB
Dips
1.71 dB

The Jaybird Vista 2's peaks and dips performance is alright. A slight bump in the high-bass adds boom, while a dip in the mid-mid pushes vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Another peak in the high-mid can make vocals and lead instruments honky and harsh while a dip in the low-treble veils their details. A large peak sharpens sibilants like cymbals and makes them piercing.

9.5
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.1
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.28
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.14
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.71

The Jaybird Vista 2 have outstanding imaging. The weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, which ensures a tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in phase, amplitude, and frequency response, which are important for the accurate placement and localization of objects like footsteps in the stereo image. These results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
4.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.9

The Jaybird Vista 2's passive soundstage is bad, which we expect from in-ear headphones. Creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the outer ear. Since in-ears fully bypass the outer ear and they have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage doesn't seem as spacious as open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.273
WHD @ 100
0.115

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is very good. There's slight distortion in the low-treble range, but this can be hard to hear with real-life content. The rest of the frequency spectrum falls within good levels, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.1.6
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Flat
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (medium)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones, and our results are only valid using this configuration.

Isolation
5.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.82 dB
Bass
-6.66 dB
Mid
-14.3 dB
Treble
-24.2 dB

The Jaybird Vista 2's noise isolation performance is sub-par. There doesn't seem like there's much of a difference between ANC on and off. As a result, they struggle to block out the low rumbles of bus or plane engines. They do a better job of reducing ambient chatter, though. However, they block out more high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit when their ANC is off.

Note: We noticed that when we turned our unit's ANC on, we could hear more white noise when in a quiet environment. If you encounter this issue, please let us know in the discussion section below, and we'll update our review.

9.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
26.1 dB

The Jaybird Vista 2's leakage performance is outstanding. The overall leakage is very low so you can listen to your audio at high volumes without disturbing those around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
369.71 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.39 dB
HFE
6,001.45 Hz
Weighted THD
0.929
Gain
14.36 dB

The integrated mic's recording quality is decent. Your voice sounds natural and clear, although a bit thin.

5.3
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
10.57 dB
Noise Gate
No
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
5.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone has a disappointing noise handling performance. Your voice is mostly drowned out in moderately noisy environments like a busy street. If you need to take an important call, you should be heard more clearly in a quiet space.

Active Features
6.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
5.3 hrs
Additional Charges
2.0
Total Battery Life
15.9 hrs
Charge Time
1.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Jaybird Vista 2 have a fair battery performance. We measured slightly less than their advertised six hours of continuous playback time with their ANC On. That said, battery life varies depending on usage, so your real-life experience may vary. Luckily, there are two additional charges in their carrying case. You can also use one bud while the other one charges.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Jaybird
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Parametric + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The Jaybird app is great. You can remap the left and right controls, turn ANC on and off, and access their parametric EQ and presets. You can also create new presets or download pre-existing presets. The app allows you to access SurroundSense, which allows you to hear your surroundings, as well as adjust wind filtering for this feature, which is handy if you like to run outdoors.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
257.55 ft (78.50 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
157 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
187 ms
Android Latency
118 ms

The Jaybird Vista 2 have decent Bluetooth connectivity. They don't support multi-device or NFC pairing, which is a bit disappointing. They also have high latency on PC and iOS, so you may encounter audio synching issues when streaming video. Their latency is lower on Android, though. That said, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These truly wireless headphones can't be used wired. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge their carrying case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

The Jaybird Vista 2 are only compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

These headphones come with a charging case that only has a USB-C port for recharging. The case comes with two additional charges and can be wirelessly charged.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Jaybird Vista 2 come in several color variants: 'Black', 'Midnight Blue', 'Nimbus Gray', 'LFG', and 'Sparkle On'. We tested the 'Black' variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Jaybird Vista 2 are sports-oriented headphones and are the next generation of the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless. They have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for it, a very stable in-ear fit, and a customizable sound profile, thanks to their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. Unfortunately, while they now have active noise cancelling (ANC), they still really struggle to block out ambient noise around you.

If you're looking for more headphones, check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for running and working out, the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and the best noise cancelling earbuds and in-ear headphones.

Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless and the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless have similar performances. Both headphones are comfortable and well-built. However, the Jabra can block out more ambient noise passively, and they have higher total battery life. They also support multi-device pairing.

Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless

The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are the next generation of the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless. The Vista 2 offer upgrades like upgrading their earbuds' dust and water resistance rating to IP68, though we don't currently test for this. They also have an ANC system, though it doesn't offer much better performance than their passive isolation performance.

Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless

The Sony WF-1000XM4 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Sony have an ANC with a significantly better noise isolation performance, longer continuous battery life, and lower latency on Android devices. The Jaybird have a higher IP rating for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for it, a more stable fit, and their companion app offers a parametric EQ, which some users may prefer over the Sony's graphic EQ.

Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless

The Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless are somewhat better headphones than the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. The Jabra have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, isolate you from more ambient noise, and have higher total battery life. They can also connect with up to two devices at a time. However, the Jaybird have a more stable in-ear fit.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better headphones for most uses than the Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Apple have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can block out more ambient noise. They also have more additional charges in their carrying case, and their H1 chip allows you to connect them to your Apple devices. However, the Jaybird are more customizable as their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are somewhat better headphones than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. The Jaybird are more comfortable, stable, and have a customizable sound profile, thanks to their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. However, the Beats' ANC helps cut down significantly more ambient noise. They also have an H1 chip so that you can seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices.

Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless

The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are better for sports and fitness than the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro Truly Wireless. The Jaybird are more comfortable, are better-built, and are rated IP68 for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. They also have an ANC system, though it doesn't perform as well as the Anker's passive isolation capabilities. The Anker have longer continuous battery life.

Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless

The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Raycon The Fitness Earbuds True Wireless. While both headphones are designed with sports and fitness in mind, the Jaybird are better built, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have ANC, even though it does a sub-par overall job. They also have a companion app, which offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound. However, the Raycon have a better battery performance.

Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless

The Jaybird Vista 2 Truly Wireless are better for most uses than the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro Truly Wireless. The Jaybird are more comfortable, feel better built, and are rated IP68 for dust and water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. The Jaybird have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and a longer continuous battery life. However, the Anker have a much better noise isolation performance.

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