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Jaybird Vista 2 Review

Our favorite earbuds to recommend combine great sound with a secure fit and impressive battery life to keep up with your lifestyle
Jaybird Vista 2
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Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $200 List | $199.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Sound quality, secure fit, water resistance, very portable, battery life, great in-app EQ
Cons:  Noise cancellation only average
Manufacturer:   Jaybird
By Michelle Powell and John Giammona Wilber  ⋅  Jul 29, 2021
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  • Sound Quality - 30% 8
  • Comfort - 20% 8
  • Athletic Performance - 20% 10
  • Battery Life - 15% 8
  • Portability - 10% 9
  • Ease of Use - 5% 8

Our Verdict

Of all of the various true wireless Bluetooth earbuds we tested and reviewed, none impressed us more than the Jaybird Vista 2. Blowing us away with their combination of sound quality, athletic performance, and extensive battery life, these earbuds are definitely at the top of their class. Whether you intend to use your earbuds in a fairly immobile office environment or if they're going to be your companion while running a 10K, these earbuds are top performers in just about any scenario or setting. Needless to say, our testers really, really enjoyed playing with these earbuds. If you're looking for the best all-around performance, you've found it.

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Pros Sound quality, secure fit, water resistance, very portable, battery life, great in-app EQUnique design, sound quality, battery lifeGood sound quality, active noise cancellation, great user interfaceGreat price for high performance, good sound quality, portability, charging caseGood for working out, low profile design, relatively inexpensive
Cons Noise cancellation only averageNo charging case, heavy, no noise cancellationExpensive, Android users lose many of the unique featuresBulky, uncomfortable for long periodsMay not fit large ears well, average sound quality and comfort, not true wireless, no charging case
Bottom Line Our favorite earbuds to recommend combine great sound with a secure fit and impressive battery life to keep up with your lifestyleThese unique high-quality athletically-inclined earbuds are excellent for high-intensity activity without blocking out your surroundingsFor Apple users that are willing to pay a premium for great sound and versatility, these are a great choiceA quality, high-scoring product with a price tag that won't break the bankDecent performance at a mid range price, this model is likely to have most appeal among athletes who don't mind the wire
Rating Categories Jaybird Vista 2 Bose Sport Open Ear... Apple AirPods Pro Amazon Echo Buds (2... JBL Reflect Mini 2
Sound Quality (30%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Comfort (20%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Athletic Performance (20%)
10.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Battery Life (15%)
8.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
9.0
Portability (10%)
9.0
5.0
10.0
9.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (5%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Jaybird Vista 2 Bose Sport Open Ear... Apple AirPods Pro Amazon Echo Buds (2... JBL Reflect Mini 2
Weight (oz) 0.47 1.04 0.38 0.47 0.54
Waterproof Rating IP68 buds
IP54 case
IPX4 IPX4 IPX4 IPX5
Measured Battery Life (hours) 9 9.5 5 5 11.5
Claimed Battery Life (hours) 8 8 4.5 5 10
Carrying Case? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Charging Carrying Case? Yes No Yes Yes No
Wireless Charging Option? Yes No Yes Yes No
Microphone? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

We tested true wireless Bluetooth headphones using six specific metrics. The Jaybird Vista 2's are all-around rock stars. Whereas other Bluetooth earbuds are designed to prioritize one aspect of the earbuds, the Jaybird Vista 2's seem to prioritize excellence in every feature and regard.

Performance Comparison


These buds don't just compare. They compete and they win their top...
These buds don't just compare. They compete and they win their top spot over all earbuds we have ever tested for general use.
Credit: Jason Peters

Sound Quality


The Jaybird Vista 2 offers some of the most exceptional sound quality we tested. During music playback, we were able to hear even minuscule details of sounds very well and clearly. You can even make out the breaths of the vocalist in certain songs. These buds also offer warm, full bass through their default Jaybird "Signature" EQ that can become as big and booming as you care for with EQ adjustment (in the app). We love how this full bass doesn't come at the expense of the high end at all.


The Vista 2 gives you a full and immersive soundscape unfound in most earbuds. When we used these buds to make a phone call, both the caller using the buds and a receiver just using their standard mobile phone reported a very clear call, free of fuzziness or background interference. Be it for music, podcasts, phone calls, meditation apps, or whatever you're listening to through these earbuds, you'll be hard-pressed to find a pair that offers your more consistently excellent sound quality.

The quality of the soundscape the Jaybirds produce is top notch for...
The quality of the soundscape the Jaybirds produce is top notch for a Bluetooth earbud.
Credit: Jason Peters

Active Noise Cancellation


These buds offer noise-canceling capabilities and "Surround-sense," which is passthrough. Both can be disabled or enabled depending on your preference. These settings work okay, but are definitely one of our few criticisms of these buds, as you can find far better ANC capabilites on most Bose models. There's also a highly customizable EQ functionality that lets you adjust and make preset EQs so you can easily customize the experience of these buds to your liking.

Comfort


While these buds only offer a modest selection of three ear fin sizes, they are specifically designed to fit a wide array of ear shapes and sizes. All of our testers agreed that these buds fit consistently fit in their ears the best when compared to other models that utilize ear fins. These earbuds felt comfortable and secure even when worn for extended periods by people with extremely sensitive ears. If comfort is one of your biggest concerns when buying earbuds, we comfortably suggest that it quickly becomes no concern with the Vista 2. When paired with the feature of their substantial battery life, these earbuds can handle the job of a full day of use with ease.


Ready for your workout? So are these earbuds. Their ability to stay...
Ready for your workout? So are these earbuds. Their ability to stay in place throughout all our physical activity really stands out ahead of the competition.
Credit: Jason Peters

Athletic Performance


The Jaybird Vista 2 true wireless Bluetooth earbuds were our absolute top scorers through all of our athletic performance tests. They easily aced our movement stability tests. The ear fins tuck into your external ear cartilage but are flexible enough to not cause pain or fatigue for the wearer. The buds fit into our testers' wide variety of ear shapes and sizes extremely securely and created secure and comfortable seals. No matter the impact level of your exercise, you can be confident that the Jaybird Vista 2 Bluetooth earbuds will provide you a secure, comfortable, and long-lasting fit.


Unlike most of the other Bluetooth earbuds that we tested; these buds boasted genuinely impressive water resistance scores. The buds themselves are rated IP68 (the highest on the spectrum), and delightfully, the charging case is also water-resistant with a rating of IP54. These buds offer a secure and comfortable fit through an extensive variety of high-intensity physical activity. Just about everybody in our office who witnessed these tests expressed an interest in purchasing the earbuds.

Secure fit and high water resistance makes these earbuds a clear...
Secure fit and high water resistance makes these earbuds a clear go-to for working out.
Credit: Jason Peters

Battery Life


The Jaybird Vista 2's advertise a desirable 8 hours of continuous playback on a full charge. When we tested this claim by charging the buds and having them play music until they died, we were blown away by how the buds continued playing for an entire extra hour (9 hours total) over what was advertised. Whether you're looking at a full day of travel, work, or play, you can be confident that these buds will be able to carry you through whatever tasks you may have in store without needing another charge.


The charging case provides multiple recharges of the earbuds before it needs to be plugged back into an outlet, too.

Portability


As these buds are rated highest on the IP waterproofing scale, you can rest assured that these buds are ready to go where you need them to go. Weighing in at less than half an ounce (0.47 ounces), these buds are incredibly lightweight. They come with a protective charging case that is a bit larger than an Airpods case but is still incredibly small and pocketable. Conveniently, the charging case also comes with a small removable lanyard, so it can be attached to a belt loop or key chain if desired. It also helps to locate your earbuds packed into a bag more easily without adding bulk or weight.


Compact size with bold sound, the Vista 2 proved easy to slip into...
Compact size with bold sound, the Vista 2 proved easy to slip into packs and most pockets without being a hindrance.
Credit: Jason Peters

Ease of Use


The Jaybird Vista 2 earbuds score highly in our ease of use metric first by nature of its excellent user interface. These buds have actual buttons that give you tactile feedback so you know that your requests upon your buds have not gone unheard. They are also receptive enough so that you can get that tactile feedback without needing to press too uncomfortably hard; you don't need to jam your buds into your ears just to press a button. While the commands for pause/play and navigation are concise and intuitive, they are also customizable through Jaybird's audio app. Overall, these buds are reliably easy to use and it's nice to have simple EQ customizations available through the app.


Out for another run with the Jaybird Vista 2, our favorite earbuds...
Out for another run with the Jaybird Vista 2, our favorite earbuds for most applications.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


While it would track that our favorite all-around earbuds would be one of the more costly Bluetooth wireless earbuds, they're actually fairly middle-of-the-pack in terms of price. This is not to say the earbuds don't demand a hearty investment— they do. But many inferior buds cost plenty more. It is our opinion that the quality and features of these buds are well worth the price tag. If you're looking for exceptional performance above budget concerns, the Jaybird Vista 2's are a value well worth the investment.

Conclusion


The Jaybird Vista 2's are rated so highly for a reason. They offer all-around exceptional quality for an ultimately reasonable value. You are not going to be disappointed with these buds.

Michelle Powell and John Giammona Wilber