“As long as calling isn’t a priority, the Jaybird Visa 2 earbuds are an athlete’s best friend.”
- Entirely water and dustproof
- Compact and secure match
- Great audio quality
- Wireless charging
- Very poor call quality
- ANC struggles with end noise
We were pretty impressed by Jaybird’s Vista when they started in 2019. As the organization’s third attempt at creating a elite, athlete-friendly set of true wireless earbuds, the $150 Vista (which debuted at $180) conveniently triumphed where the previous Jaybird Run and Run XT didn’t.
They sounded fantastic and featured a compact and rugged design. But time waits for no one, and also in ), even if you want to be the finest running headphones, or simply the best for any sort of extreme action, you need more. Way more. Can Jaybird’s brand new $200 Vista 2 claim that distinction? Let’s find out.
If you’re familiar with the first Jaybird Vista, and you are wondering what an extra $50 investment gets you, here is what’s new with the Vista two:
- Active Sound cancellation (ANC) and transparency modes
- Longer battery life
- Wear detectors for audio autopause
- Better dust and water resistance
- AAC Bluetooth codec support
- Wireless charging
- “Find my” function for each earbud and the charging instance
Inside the box, which is almost completely recyclable, you will discover the Vista two earbuds already in their charging case, a USB-A into USB-C cable for charging, three sizes of eartips (Jaybird calls them”eargels”), plus some paper documentation.
Sport-oriented earbuds are often bulky affairs, but Jaybird has remained true to the Vista’s highly pocketable design.
You understand the expression”if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and sums up Jaybird’s approach into the Vista 2. Put them side by side with the original Vista and you may see that much was maintained. They possess the same compact and ergonomic shape, the same style of eargels using the integrated stabilizer fins, along with an almost equal charging instance, although the new one has more curved shapes. But Jaybird eliminated the small indentation on front edge of the lid, which makes it harder to start the case, particularly with moist or sweaty fingers.
Sport and fitness-oriented earbuds tend to be bulky affairs with big earhooks as well as bigger charging instances. It is great to see that Jaybird has remained true to the highly pocketable design it created with the Vista.
Also maintained (and improved) is the Vista’s class-leading durability. Along with fulfilling the MIL-STD-810 benchmark for environmental durability, the earbuds currently contain an IP68 score for total dust and water protection, while the charging instance gets its own IP54 rating. Bear in mind the earbuds do not float and Bluetooth signals don’t travel well through water, so swimming together is not suggested. For fun, I let the earbuds sit in the bottom of a sink filled with water. When I plucked them out 30 minutes afterwards, they appeared to be just fine.
The charging instance contacts are rust resistant, therefore all you need to do is wipe out any excess water and you’re good to go. The case can now charge wirelessly, which is a particularly major convenience if you have a phone that could do reverse-wireless charging for accessories, like Samsung’s Galaxy S21.
The most visible distinction is that the woven fabric that now covers the outer portion of the earbuds. Jaybird calls it”WindDefense” cloth and, as that title implies, it is meant to function as a wind sock, preventing end and other sounds from interfering with the microphones.
Under that fabric is a physical button that may be used to trigger the typical activities like controlling playback, track choice, etc., but each earbud has an embedded accelerometer sensor for tap controls.
Given the option between earbuds with earhooks( such as the Powerbeats Pro, and earbuds with internal stabilizer fins such as the Vista 2, I will go with the stabilizer fins each time. While it’s true that they are slightly less comfortable initially once you insert them, they are easier to put on, and there is no hook to hinder my glasses. That is not to mention just how much smaller they are!
You might not want to wear them for unlimited hours, but they are more than comfy enough for a two-hour workout.
As for the secureness of fit, don’t worry: With the combination of this stabilizer fins along with the cone shape of the silicone eartips, the Vista 2 are extremely difficult to accidentally dislodge. If anything, they are sometimes a bit tricky to remove thanks to the incredible seal created by the eargels. You might not want to use them for endless hours, but they’re more than comfy enough for a two-hour workout.
Beneath that fabric exterior, the hidden buttons click with a satisfying feel, and the free Jaybird program lets you pick specific functions for each click sequence on every earbud. When you add the three click types (single, double, click-and-hold) and the optional double-tap gesture, that is eight choices, more than sufficient to pay playback, track skipping, volume, ANC style, and much more. My one minor quibble is the volume control. It’s only accessible through the click-and-hold gesture, which I find too imprecise for quantity alterations. You’re probably better off with your phone’s controls because of this.
The double-tap gesture, that is largely used to switch between ANC and transparency (or”SurroundSense” since Jaybird likes to call it), is also reasonably responsive, though I did encounter several times where I had to repeat it using a slower cadence.
The built in wear sensors (fresh for the Vista 2) let you autopause your songs when you remove an earbud (and resume it when you pop it back ). It could be turned on or off from the program, and I discovered it reacted very quickly to changes.
It’s interesting to navigate the various sound recipes which many others have found and shared.
Jaybird claims that as a class 2 Bluetooth device, the Vista two can become about 33 feet away from a phone or tablet computer before it drops the link. Outdoors, this is surely correct. When inside, it’s more like 20 feet based on the obstacles between the earbuds and their origin device.
And yes, you may use every earbud independently if you need to, for music or phone calls.
Despite being targeted toward athletes, that, let us face it, are not only sitting around for critical listening sessions, the Vista 2 sound good. Out of the box, the signature is balanced, if a little tame, but once you jump in the Jaybird app and begin tweaking the EQ, these earbuds actually glow.
Simply shifting from the default”flat” EQ into the Signature setting was enough to boost the overall dynamic range considerably, and it also helped bring out detail at the midranges and high frequencies while also delivering punchy bass.
Speaking of EQ, one of Jaybird’s most intriguing features is its societal sound settings. Users may create their own particular EQ setting, name it, and discuss it with additional Jaybird users. I guess that most folks will discover the number of built-in EQ alternatives sufficient, but it is interesting to navigate the various sound recipes which others have discovered and shared.
There’s also a personal EQ feature that creates configurations dependent on the frequencies you can hear. I ended up choosing the built-in settings, but it is a great extra.
As you would expect from exercise earbuds, there is tons of low-end bass on tap. And though this sometimes gets a bit lush, muddying the midranges occasionally, these EQ configurations can help dial in exactly how much boom should accompany your activity.
The Jaybird Vista did quite a good job with passive sound isolation thanks to those snug-fitting eargels, but also the Vista 2 kick it up a notch with the addition of ANC. It’s not a massive cone-of-silence change when you turn it on, but it’s exactly what you want to reduce outside sounds to the point at which they no longer intrude on your focus.
Jaybird’s SurroundSense transparency mode lets you adjust how much sound ought to be enabled in, and also the degree to which it should try to compensate for end sound (low, moderate, or large ). When participated (a double tap on each earbud), you can have very normal discussions with people around you, or simply boost your awareness of visitors and other possible hazards. I really appreciate that you can pick if you want to have that double tap to change between off, ANC, and transparency, or any two of these modes.
There is one drawback, however, and it’s a big one: Wind noise is not canceled at all, and in fact I’d argue it is more evident with ANC over when it is away. Contemplating Jaybird especially set out to deal with this via its WindDefense cloth, it’s especially disappointing.
As long as you’re in a quiet location indoors, or outdoors on a really calm day, telephone quality on the Jaybird Vista two is good enough for most kinds of calls.
But if a slight breeze is current, that wind sound completely obliterates your voice. Again, it is really odd considering the existence of the WindDefense cloth, and of course the fact that these earbuds are, in any manner, totally designed for life outside. If you are wondering why these earbuds just scored 3.5 stars on our rating scale, this is the biggest reason.
Jaybird informs me it’ll continue to upgrade its firmware to improve call quality, but there’s a limit to what it could do given the mike placement on the Vista 2.