Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
7.0
Mixed Usage
7.2
Critical Listening
7.3
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
7.2
Office
5.7
TV
4.9
Gaming
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Truly Wireless
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Jaybird Vista are very versatile truly wireless headphones that have a decent sound profile. These are great for sports thanks to their compact, portable, and breathable design. They also have stability fins to help you get a more secure fit. They are rated IPX7 for water resistance, and their audio reproduction can easily be EQ’ed inside their app. However, their microphone performance is quite poor and their control scheme is limited. Nevertheless, the Vista are great for active people who are looking for a pair of true wireless earbuds that can be used in various situations.

Pros
  • Decent sound quality.
  • Good audio customization.
  • Great for sports.
Cons
  • Limited control scheme.
  • Poor microphone performance.
  • High latency.

Test Results
Design 8.1
Sound 7.0
Isolation 6.9
Microphone 5.4
Active Features 6.2
Connectivity 3.0

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8.1

Design

The Jaybird Vista True Wireless are very well-designed sports headphones. They are easy to carry around, breathable, and stable for sports, on top of being very robust and rated IPX7 for water and sweat resistance. Their fit is comfortable and they come with a few tip and fin options. Their control scheme is easy to use, but slightly disappointing as you can’t have all the controls available at once. On the upside, their charging case fits in most pockets and charges via USB-C.

Style

The Vista are very low-profile true wireless headphones that have a very small design. They don’t protrude too much out of the ears and you don’t see them that much. They have a sleek design and the Jaybird logo is printed on both buds’ buttons. They have a sportier look when using the stability sleeves with fins. They come in black, nimbus gray, and mineral blue.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.0 lbs

The Vista are comfortable in-ears. They fit nicely inside the ear without entering your ear canal too deeply. They are lightweight and don’t apply too much pressure on your inner ear, which is nice. However, you don’t have that many tip options, but you can get rid of the stability fin if you prefer that fit. The bud design is small and should be fine for most to wear for a while, though the in-ear fit might be tiring after a while. Pressing their control buttons might also push them a bit deeper into the ears, which is a bit uncomfortable for some.

7.4 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
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 : N/A

Update 10/09/2019: A new software update made it possible to have different controls on both buds and now allows you to go to the previous track. The text has been updated.

The control scheme of these headphones is good. You can play/pause and answer calls with a press and skip tracks forward with a double-tap on the right bud and go to the previous one on the left bud, although this must be set inside the app. Also, holding down the left bud’s button reduces the volume, while holding down the right one raises it, or turn off the headphones if set in the app. Unfortunately, you won't be able to use Google Assistant if you choose that layout. The controls are fairly easy to use and offer good tactical and audio feedback.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ear headphones, the Vista don’t trap heat inside your ears, which makes them a suitable option for sports. You won’t notice a difference in temperature when wearing them and won’t sweat more than usual.

9.5 Portability
L : 1.5 "
W : 1.0 "
H : 0.9 "
Volume : 1 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Since they are truly wireless headphones, they are very portable. The buds are very small and easily fit in pockets or a bag. You won’t have any problem finding room to store them and bring them when you’re on the move.

8.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 2.8 "
W : 1.4 "
H : 1.0 "
Volume : 4 Cu. Inches

The Jaybird Vista come with a great hard charging case. The case is very small and portable, making them easy to carry around. The case feels solid and holds about 10 additional hours of battery life. The only thing missing on this case would be multiple light indicators that indicate the level of battery left, and wireless charging.

8.0 Build Quality

The Vista are very well-built true wireless headphones. The buds are small and dense, and should resist physical damage from accidental falls without too much damage. They are also rated IPX7 for water resistance, which is great, although we don’t test this internally. The case is also very robust and feels as high-end as the buds themselves.

8.0 Stability

The Vista are very stable sports headphones that won’t fall out of your ears when working out and running. They come with tip options with stability fins, which help get a secure fit. They don’t move around too much and shouldn’t break the seal. This makes them a good option for physical activity.

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

As expected, these truly wireless headphones don’t have an audio cable. They come with a USB-C charging cable for the case.

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7.0

Sound

The Jaybird Vista are decent-sounding truly wireless in-ear headphones with a similar sound signature to other Jaybird models we've tested. Their bass is accurate, extended, and powerful, their mid-range is very good and balanced. However, the treble performance is a bit uneven, but most people will be satisfied. Their vocal and lead instrument reproduction might be a bit boomy and cluttered, but overall, the Vista are suitable for a wide variety of music genres. They can also be easily EQ’ed inside their app thanks to an amazing and easy-to-use parametric equalizer.

9.1 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.36 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-0.61 dB
Mid-Bass
:
0.07 dB
High-Bass
:
2.3 dB

The bass performance of the Vista is excellent. It follows our target curve very accurately, meaning that the low-end thump and rumble is going to be accurate. There’s a small bump in high-mid, which might add a bit of boominess to the overall bass, but it won’t be too noticeable for most.

8.6 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.89 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.6 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-2.27 dB
High-Mid
:
1.41 dB

The mid-range is great. The small overemphasis in the low-mid is the continuation of the high-bass, which ever so slightly clutters the vocals and lead instruments. There’s also a shallow dip in mid-mid, which is going to slightly nudge vocals/leads to the back of the mix. However, this won’t be very audible and the overall reproduction of the mid-range is going to be accurate.

6.8 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.47 dB
Low-Treble
:
-0.9 dB
Mid-Treble
:
2.77 dB
High-Treble
:
-2.8 dB

The Vista have passable treble performance. The response throughout the range is rather uneven. There’s a board dip in low and mid-treble, which results in a lack of detail and brightness in those frequencies. However, the response is overemphasized in higher frequencies, resulting in sharp and piercing sibilants (S and T sounds). However, not everyone hears treble frequencies the same way, so your listening experience may vary.

9.6 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.09 dB

The frequency response consistency 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.

9.0 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.1
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.34
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
0.86
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
8.55

The stereo imaging is excellent. Their weighted group delay is very low, which is good. The group delay graph also shows that the entire response is well below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

1.5 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
4.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.4
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage 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 2 2019, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

7.8 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.802
Weighted THD @ 100
:
2.402

The harmonic distortion of these headphones is good. THD in the bass range is within good limits and will be reproduced cleanly. THD is fairly low across the whole range, and you shouldn’t hear any unwanted harmonics. The overall sound reproduction should be clean and pure on most frequencies.

6.9

Isolation

The isolation performance of the Jaybird Vista is decent. They only passively isolate against ambient noise since they don't have an active noise cancelling feature. Unfortunately, this means they won't block out as much ambient noise and won’t be the ideal option for commuting. They also don’t do well against low-end rumbles of an engine, but on the upside, they do a decent job of blocking out the ambient noise from an average office. They also barely leak, so you’ll be able to mask more ambient noise by raising your listening volume without disturbing surrounding people in a quiet environment.

5.9 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-15.71 dB
Bass
:
-8.66 dB
Mid
:
-13.46 dB
Treble
:
-25.37 dB
Self-Noise
:
21.97 dB

The passive noise isolation performance of the Vista is sub-par. They don’t isolate too well against low-end noises like the deep rumbles of a bus or plane engine, meaning they won’t be the best isolating option for commuting. On the upside, they do a decent option against noises in the mid-range, like ambient chatter, and in treble, like sharp S and T sounds and the noise from an A/C system. They are a good option to block out work environment noises.

8.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
28.83 dB

Their leakage performance is great. The significant portion of the leakage is in the treble range, which means that sound leaking will be thin-sounding. It won’t be as full as over-ear headphones or open-back in-ears. Also, the leakage won’t be too loud, and you more than likely won’t bother surrounding colleagues in an office setting.

5.4

Microphone

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

The integrated Bluetooth microphone of the Jaybird Vista is poor. Speech recorded/transmitted with this mic has poor quality, lacks detail and sounds muffled. The mic also often cuts out and peaks when loud noises are picked up. It doesn’t fare well in noisy environments, and while speech is still understandable in quiet conditions, the Vista’s overall mic recording quality is poor.

5.0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
239.73 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.87 dB
HFE
:
2313.87 Hz
Weighted THD
:
5923.665
Gain
:
-37.26 dB

The recording quality of the Vista microphone is poor. Speech recorded or transmitted with this integrated microphone feels muffled and lacking in detail. The microphone also peaks easily and cuts out from time to time. Speech is understandable in very quiet environments, but the audio quality is poor.

5.9 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
9.17 dB

This microphone doesn’t handle noise very well. The microphone struggles to separate speech from ambient noise, making the Vista a poor choice for even moderately loud situations like a busy street. The mic should be fine in quiet environments, but when loud noises are picked up, the mic peaks and cuts out.

6.2

Active Features

The Jaybird Vista have a sub-par battery life, but with over 5 hours of continuous playback, they will last you long enough for most workout sessions and runs. They take a bit of time to fully charge for the amount of battery life you get, but thankfully, they have an auto-off timer to save power. They are also compatible with the Jaybird MySound app, which is great for customizing the sound of the headphones to your liking and sharing your settings with other users.

6.0 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
5.5 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.5 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No

The Jaybird Vista offer about 5 hours and a half of continuous playback on a single charge, which is decent for truly wireless headphones. Some other models offer more, but this should be more than enough for working out. They take a bit more than 2 hours to charge, though, which is slightly disappointing. On the upside, they can turn off automatically after 15 minutes of inactivity to save power. Unfortunately, you can’t use a single bud while the other is charging. According to the specs sheet, the case gives you about 10 hours of extra battery life.

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

Jaybird MySound is a great app for iOS and Android that gives you access to an excellent parametric equalizer and a community-oriented platform to share your presets and playlists. You can also find the last known location of the earbuds if you misplace them. You can disable the auto-off timer if you want and can also map the single-press and double-press commands inside the app. While they lack some additional features like room effects and an in-app player, the app still feels like a useful tool to personalize the sound profile to better match your tastes and mood. Note that the only in-app player available is when linking your Spotify Premium account inside the app.

3.0

Connectivity

The Jaybird Vista are truly wireless in-ears that can only be used via Bluetooth. Their wireless range is remarkable and maxed out our testing facility, but their latency is quite high, which means they won’t be the best option for watching video content. They also don’t support multi-device pairing or NFC, which is quite disappointing for a high-end product. On the upside, their case holds additional charges and charges via USB-C.

Note: We've noticed through regular use that when the case is out of battery, you can no longer put the headphones in pairing mode since the pairing button is inside the case. This may be an issue for some.

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

These truly wireless headphones support Bluetooth 5.0, but unfortunately can’t be connected to multiple devices simultaneously and don’t support NFC. On the upside, their pairing procedure is quick and easy.

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

As expected, these truly wireless headphones can’t be used with an audio cable.

2.1 Base/Dock
Type
:
Charging Case
Optical Input
:
No
Line In
:
No
Line Out
:
No
USB Input
:
No
RCA Input
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
USB-C
Dock Charging
:
Yes

They come with a charging case that holds about 10 additional hours of charge. The case doesn’t have any inputs other than the USB-C charging port.

10 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
72 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
313 ft

The wireless range of the Vista is exceptional. They maxed out our testing facility without getting any audio cuts. This means you should be able to walk around an apartment or office without having too many problems. However, wireless range is dependent on many factors, including your signal strength, so your results may vary.

0 Latency
Default Latency
:
297 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The latency of the Jaybird Vista is higher than the average Bluetooth headphones. This means they won’t be the best option for watching video content as you might notice a delay between the audio and images of what you’re watching. However, some apps and devices offer some sort of compensation, so you might not notice the delay as much.

In the box

  • Jaybird Vista headphones
  • Charging case
  • 3 tip and sleeve options
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Jaybird Vista are great sports headphones that have a decent sound profile, which can be easily EQ’ed to your preference. They might not offer as much battery life as other flagship competing models, but they are very stable and well-designed for their intended use. See our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best wireless earbuds for running, and the best earbuds and in-ear headphones.

Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Jaybird Vista and the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are two great sports headphones, but perform well for different reasons. The Vista’s design is more comfortable and more stable during physical activity. Their case is smaller and easier to carry around, and charges via USB-C. The Elite Active 65t are bulkier, but their fit isolates better against ambient noise and leaks less. Their treble is also clearer, but their app doesn’t offer a full parametric EQ like the Jaybird. On the other hand, the Jabras can connect to 2 devices simultaneously and have lower latency.

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Vista are better sports headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. Their control scheme is easy to use and their stability fins offer a more secure fit than the bulky Bose. The Vista offer a slightly better battery life too, on top of having a great app. On the other hand, the Bose will be a better option for running outside due to their semi-open design, which is useful to stay aware of your surroundings. The wireless range is noticeably better on the Jaybird Vista.

Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Vista and Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless are very similar sports headphones, but the Vista are a slight improvement. They are a bit more comfortable and their case is noticeably smaller, which makes it easier to slide it in your pockets. Their controls are easier to press and they feel a bit better built, as well. They also offer a bit more battery life. On the other hand, the Run XT take less time to charge and their fit isolates better against ambient noise.

Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Vista are better sports headphones, while the Sony WF-1000XM3 Truly Wireless are going to be more versatile headphones. The Vista are more stable and more comfortable, which is great for sports. They are also rated IPX7 for water resistance, while the Sonys lack an official rating. On the other hand, the WF-1000XM3 have an ANC feature that does a passable job at blocking out ambient noise and have more battery life for you to use during the day. The Vista’s sound will be more customizable thanks to their great parametric EQ.

Conclusion

7.0 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. Their sound profile is quite versatile for a wide variety of genres, and they can easily be EQ’ed inside their app. Their small design is very portable and easy to carry around. However, their passive isolation performance isn’t the best, which might not be ideal for commuting due to the deep rumble of an engine. On the upside, they block a decent amount of work environment noises. They are also great for sports, as intended, thanks to their stability fins and breathable and portable design. On the downside, their latency is higher than most Bluetooth headphones, which means they won’t be ideal for watching video content. Their microphone is also poor and won’t be suitable for gaming.

7.2 Critical Listening

Decent for critical listening. Their sound profile is pretty well-balanced and will be suitable for a wide variety of music genres. Their bass is extended, powerful, their mid-range is balanced and accurate, but their treble is slightly uneven. The in-ear fit is also not ideal for critical listening, but they are great to bring a good audio profile wherever you go. On the upside, they can easily be EQ’ed inside their app with their easy-to-use parametric equalizer.

7.3 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. Unfortunately, their bass isolation performance isn’t the best and won’t completely get rid of the deep rumble of a bus or plane engine. On the upside, they are very portable, and you can easily bring them wherever you go. Their battery life will also last you long enough for your commute, but might be a bit short for long flights. Their in-ear fit is also quite comfortable to wear for a while.

8.2 Sports/Fitness

Great for sports. These headphones were designed for this use and their design shows it. They are small, portable, breathable, and very stable due to their stability fins. They are also quite comfortable and don’t move around, meaning you’ll be able to put them in and work out without having to move them. You can also easily use their control scheme while moving around.

7.2 Office

Decent for the office. They block a decent amount of work environment noises like ambient chatter and the sound of an A/C unit. They are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, but their battery life might not be long enough for you to use during a full work day, unless you charge them here and there. On the upside, they don’t leak much, so you won’t bother surrounding colleagues, but you can’t connect them to multiple sources, which is useful in an office setting.

5.7 TV

Sub-par for watching TV. While they are comfortable and their wireless range is exceptional, the Vista have high latency for Bluetooth headphones. This means you might notice a delay when watching video content, which can be a deal breaker.

4.9 Gaming

Poor for gaming. The Vista shouldn’t be used for gaming as these truly wireless headphones have a very poor microphone recording quality and their latency is too high for playing video games.

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