Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Updated Aug 30, 2019 at 09:53 am
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Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
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 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.

Our Verdict

7.3 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 Neutral Sound

Decent for neutral 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 neutral 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.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.6 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.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.4 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.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.8 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.

See our Office recommendations
5.7 Wireless 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.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
5.6 Wired Gaming
5.7 Phone Call
  • 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
Pros
  • Decent sound quality.
  • Good audio customization.
  • Great for sports.
Cons
  • Limited control scheme.
  • Poor microphone performance.
  • High latency.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
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
Design
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
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
N/A
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons N/A

The control scheme of these headphones is good, but lacks options. You can play/pause and answer calls with a press on either bud and skip tracks forward with a double-tap. However, both earbuds have the same controls, meaning you can’t go back to the previous track, which is disappointing. On the other hand, holding down the left bud’s button reduces the volume, while holding down the right one raises it. You can also map the controls inside their app, but won’t be able to have all the controls available at the same time. The controls are easy to use and offer good tactical and audio feedback.

9.2
Design
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.

9.6
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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.

Design
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Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.12 db
Treble Amount
-0.76 db
9.6
Sound
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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
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
Sound
Mid Accuracy
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
Sound
Treble Accuracy
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.

6.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.41 db
Dips
1.8 db
9.0
Sound
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.

1.0
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.4

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.

7.9
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.240
WHD @ 100
0.108
Isolation
6.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-15.71 dB
Bass
-8.66 dB
Mid
-13.46 dB
Treble
-25.37 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.

8.7
Isolation
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.

Microphone
4.3
Microphone
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.

5.8
Microphone
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.

Active Features
6.3
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
5.5 hrs
Additional Charges
2
Total Battery Life
16.5 hrs
Charge Time
2.5 hrs
Power Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

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
Active Features
App Support
App Name Jaybird MySound
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS 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.

Connectivity
7.3
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
313 ft
Default Latency
297 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

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.

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.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
N/A
USB Audio
N/A
Detachable N/A
Length N/A
Connection N/A
Wired Latency
N/A

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

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One 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

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.

In the box
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.

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.

Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
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.

Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless
Unavailable
Amazon.com

The Jabra Elite 75t Truly Wireless are similar performing truly wireless headphones as the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless. The Jabra Elite 75t have better controls, a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and a much better microphone. On the other hand, the Jaybird Vista have a better case, a more stable fit, and a better app with a parametric EQ.

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.

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.

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