Featuring SurroundSense and ANC, Vista 2 allows athletes to amplify ambient sounds for safety or stay focused with Active Noise Cancellation. Along with Jaybird signature fit, function, and Earthproof durability, Vista 2 creates the ultimate true wireless audio experience.
Active Noise Cancellation
Cuts out background noise so you stay in the zone and perform at your max.
Keeps you connected and aware of your surroundings. Wind-guarded mics monitor ambient noise so you can stay spatially aware without missing a beat.
IP68 waterproof, sweatproof, and dustproof, with MIL-STD 810G freeze, shock, and impact resistance.
3 sizes of interchangeable eargels let you find the most secure and comfortable fit for your active lifestyle.
24-Hour Battery Life
8 hours of audio on a full charge, plus 16 more in the charging case, with a 5 minute quick charge offering an hour of play time.
Make crystal-clear calls and voice assistant commands thanks to 4 beamforming microphones and WindDefense fabric technology.
6MM milled drivers, Active Noise Cancellation, and customizable EQ profiles to own your sound.
Double tap Vista 2 to easily switch between Active Noise Cancellation and SurroundSense—or customize controls via the app.
Easily top up your battery by dropping your case on a wireless charging mat.
Wireless Charging Case
Noise Cancelling (Active)
Battery Charge Time
Ear Tip Sizes Included
Small, Medium, Large
Vista 2 True Wireless Noise Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
My current set of earbuds is the jabra 75t. So my review will be a short comparison of the 2 because they also, are very close in price and features.
Fit. The Vista 2 fit my ears better. I think the fins help this. When I'm at the gym, I will have to adjust my jabra's a few times, never had to do this with the Vista. Always stayed in place. Both where light and comfortable as well. The case on both are a good size, but the Vista 2's case was a tad smaller and the exterior felt better. The Jabra's case was thicker and smoother so you didn't always feel like you had a good grip on it. The Vista's case was easier and more comfortable in my jean pocket and my fanny pack. It had a better grip as well.
Looks. They both come in different colors, but I don't care about those things. The jabra's are bit smaller and because of the shape looks better and less noticeable imo. The Vista 2 protrudes out more.
Function. Both have pus button controls but the Vista 2 has a light double tap features which switches the anc and the hear through feature which was great. The Vista 2 buttons also was easier to push and felt a lot nicer. Both had similar controls except, with the vista 2, you have only an option of volume up/down as one of the controls or pulling up Google assistance. You can't do both. That was a real bummer. On the jabra you can have volume and google assistance.
ANC. Both did a good job. Not Bose level, but enough, where I didn't have to turn the volume to max at the gym.
Call sounds. The call sounds on both where good, but the jabra did a better job of canceling background noise. This was from the person on the other line. I had no issues speaking or hearing them on either set of earbuds.
App. The Vista 2's app wins this easily. The app was easy to navigate and had many more features than the jabra's. The most important being the eq feature. The many presets available to the customization makes it just kills the jabra.
Sound. Here is where the Vista loses me. The sounds on the vista is at best average. Nothing exciting. It just sounds average. The Jabra, with it's perfect, imo, bass levels and highs, was just so much better. When I'm working out, I listen to every genre of music, and certain songs has a point. A point that makes you feel alive. Be it when the bass hits on electronic dance or hip hop. Or the symbols on a classical song, a high note by an opera singer. It just makes you feel good. The Vista 2 never gave me this on any song. It never made my head bob up and down. LOL.
So for me, I will continue to use my Jabra 75t. Although the Vista 2's did many things better, the sound quality was just not there. Especially at this level.
These are some really nice earbuds. I am a small woman and have small ears. I always have an issue with earbuds really hurting my ears, not fitting or falling out and generally being too big for my ears. These fit nicely and seem to stay in my ears well. I haven't used them at the gym yet so I'm not sure if they'll hold up to that. There are 3 sizes of earbuds adapters to allow you to choose the right fit. You want the fit to be snug to give you the best sound and fit but not so tight as they hurt your ears.
Out of the box, I liked how small the charging case was compared to the pair I use currently. They have a matte finish and the outside where you press for the controls feels like speaker fabric. You can customize what the controls do for each earbuds, which is a super nice feature.
As I opened the case, they immediately started the process to connect with my phone, which was right next to me. The process was easy, which is great because some things I've tried to Bluetooth to can be trying.
The app is very intuitive.
One thing that always drives me nuts with earbuds is that when I run, walk, chew, etc, the sound really amplifies into my ear. I don't want to hear myself, I want to hear my music. These earbuds have a setting called Surround Sense. It lets the ambient noise in. When I used this setting, I didn't hear myself but I could tell what was going on around me without it overpowering the audio. This is great for times when you are out in public.
There is also a setting called Active Noise Canceling or ANC. This setting gives you the noise canceling that is so great when you just want to lose yourself in the audio.
These earbuds have 8 preset sound settings. With these, the equalizer levels are preset to various preferred settings. You can adjust the different levels in those presets to fine tune them to what you like or you can create your own presets. This is a great feature because none of the presets were quite right for me but they were easily tweaked.
These earbuds are rated IP68 waterproof rating but they aren't to use for swimming or bathing.
I would recommend these earbuds. I'm not sure that they are worth the selling price but that is the going price for higher end earbuds.
Tested with Galaxy Note 20 device.
I was a little skeptical with the JayBird VISTA 2’s as my RUN XT’s from a few years back I found sub-par; however, JayBird I think has done an excellent job with the VISTA 2’s and they are definitely an upgrade in their product line.
The biggest upgrade is that they stay in my ear! JayBird did some heavy advertising in this department to promote their ruggedness; I just wasn’t sure if that would translate to staying in place, but thankfully it does!
Honestly, the transition from the RUN XT’s to falling out sitting still to the VISTA 2’s putting up with washing a car on a super hot day and never needing to be readjusted is a major feat! Bending over a lot to pick up something out of the bucket never even gave me pause that the earbud might fall out. I don’t move slowly, so any workout routine with some up-downs, burpees, running, etc, I feel will retain the same experience I have had.
I would say that your ear design would be a major contributing factor here too. This relies on the “fin” being able to “lock” into position in the Concha Cymba. The buds are nicely balanced so that aids their ability to stay put and the designs spreads out more than the RUN XT’s so that they can fit more in the Concha Cavum and Intertragic notch. There are three ear gels included 1-2-3 sizes, with size 2 being the unboxed size installed. Size 1 does not have the “fin” which I think is a shame because I prefer the ear bud canal size of the 1 over the 2.
The buds do have a bit of weight to them and I did notice after about 2 hours of use I had some soreness, so there seems that there will be a “break-in” period. I think this is also do to the fact they are designed to sit a little deeper in the ear canal.
Audio Clarity is both loud and clear, with a nice balance of high’s, mid’s, and low’s. Call audio is good on both ends and the buds can be used independently.
Noise Cancellation works extremely well, and I think it is where the JayBird software aims to please. The SoundSense (ambient noise pass-through) works extremely well when other people are talking to you, to the point that you don’t even know the buds are in your ear. I was extremely impressed with the level of clarity as I wasn’t even sure if the feature was on because the sound is so natural.
However, the feature falls a little flat when media is playing at any volume level and also when the wearer is talking, as it does not transmit the sound through the buds so you still end up talking loudly like you are wearing ear plugs. (UPDATE below, the short of it is that there is a hidden settings menu allowing more adjustment).
Also, when you start a phone call the software automatically goes into Active Noise Cancelling mode. In the companion app it does not register this change and when the call is finished it goes back to the SoundSense mode.
The companion app is quite extensive (even more than I first knew) and there is the ability to reprogram the button taps to perform different tasks. There are also equalizer settings that can be set for different activity types that can also be Edited. Volume level is also controlled independently of the mobile device volume.
When I first was testing the buds, I was concerned how low the volume was when my mobile device was at max volume. Once I started learning the button taps for the various settings, I noticed the volume level is not synced with the mobile device but independent.
The VISTA 2’s are designed with both physical and a capacitive button called “press” and “tap” respectively in the settings. The “tap” can only be programmed for one feature, where the “press” has single, double, and press and hold programming sequences. I do find the “tap” takes a few tries to get it to register, but when it does there is an audible chime so you know the setting change was registered.
By default the “tap” is set to for Sound Management which changes from either SoundSense or Active Noise Cancelling on both buds, however, there is no way to have both features OFF; one or the other will always be ON...OR SO I THOUGHT!
In the companion app for the Sound Management section that has both these features listed, there is also a “Settings” to the far right. I just assumed this was Title Heading as it didn’t look like a button. ANC does not have any settings to change, but SoundSense can change the level of pass-through, level of wind noise cancellation. Also, there is a setting for the Switch (tap) and ANC, SoundSense, or OFF can be selected or removed from the possible options. Selecting OFF, then shows it on the dashboard under the Sound Management section.
A quick word about the charging case is that it is very light and compact and one my absolute favorites from the different ear buds I have tested across many brands. I am glad to see it is equipped with USB-C charging and somehow they crammed wireless charging into this little case. It takes twice as long to wireless charge (4 hours) compared to wired (2 Hours) when the case battery is fully depleted.
The companion app can also show the case battery level on the dashboard. I did find it wasn’t always so easy to get it to register in the app though. Typically upon initial use each time it will show up, but if the earbuds have been connected/in use for some time that is when it was hard to get the case to connect too.
The case itself is a little grip to it. The lid magnets are pretty strong and the seam is tight. It would be quite difficult for the case to open accidentally. Which also can make for opening the case intentionally a little tricky given the size of the case, but I’ll take that over a more bulky case.
I do wish the USB-C port had a silicone plug, seeing as the amount of advertising for these buds are for the rugged, I feel that it is the weakest point for the case and maybe the whole product. I have had other earbuds that became useless because the charging port died, but the buds themselves were fine. Wireless charging is a nice backup, but hardly one I would want to rely on.
So, should you throw down your cash for this set? I think if you are an active person, do not like the ear-clip style of other brands, and want a true-wireless headphone, it is hard not to consider the Jaybird VISTA 2’s.
There are cheaper options available and I have tested most of them and they come with their short comings, but it follows the mantra “You get what you pay for''. The VISTA 2’s are a bit pricey, but I truly think they deliver what they claim. When I had the RUN XT”s I could not recommend the brand at all, but with the VISTA 2’s I have done a 180 in that regard.
I can easily recommend based on their quality and features for those looking to use for an active lifestyle.
I haven't decided yet if I'll keep them. The only reason I would is the fit and how well they stay put.
The Jaybird app doesn't let you change button settings for phone calls separate from music. Manual clearly states you can customize button for phone use but app only shows 1 set of options. Jabra definitely allows you to create phone settings as well as music and I attached screenshots.
The phone call quality is lacking for a $200 pair of ear buds. I'm not talking about carrier quality. The calls always sound dull/lifeless if that makes sense. Maybe if they allowed separate EQ settings for phone calls, this would help.
My iphone will show 3 separate bluetooth connections for the 1 pair of earbuds. I'm told this is because each earbud and caae have independent signals... but you don't accept 3 different bluetooth connections so why do 3 have to show up? Just confusing and I've never had a bluetooth product show multiple connections for 1 product.
I'm losing ability to hear through 1 ear bud if I text someone. Not sure why.
Charge light stops flashing when wireless charging on Apple Magsafe charger, which is compatible with Qi charging. It should either flash for charging or solid light for charged based on manual.
Overall the headphones themselves are good it's nice to have different settings for your EQ depending on if you're working out or just listening to music while you're at work. My issue is the charging cases seems to be very cheaply made, after being dropped on the carpet it just broke in half.
Jaybird’s Vista 2 True Wireless Sport Headphones (Nimbus Gray) are purposely built to accompany an exercise regime and provide a soundtrack to go along with it. They are IPX68 rated (waterproof, sweat proof and dustproof) and have a military spec certification, ensuring a high level of ruggedness. Their simple design, very light weight, and comfortable fit removes any irritations. And the music reproduction can be fully modified to meet my idea of accuracy as well as my desire for either solitude or inclusion in my surroundings. These are great performers.
SOUND: It’s pretty much pointless to talk about sound quality when there is so much fine tuning built into these earbuds. The Vista 2 already start with a baseline of smooth and balanced sound with a very wide frequency range. Detail is wonderful and the bass is super, IF you get a good fit. YOU are in complete control of every aspect of the sound, building on this solid baseline. Jaybird’s APP offers a really wide collection of pre-set calibrations, including some truly awful ones, and a a much bigger selection of very useful ones. Better yet, you can create and save your own favorite sound modifications. You will discover you can mimic any other earbuds you’ve ever tried on. But, these Jaybirds are probably less expensive and more robust. Pump up the bass, slope the treble up or down. Have fun. The Jaybirds have another great feature: You can create a personal EQ which is employs a multi-frequency tone generator and, based on your unique hearing curve, creates an EQ that should correct for your hearing deficiencies. I had no luck on my first attempt. I wondered if I was deaf. I had complete success the next day and ever since. Be patient and persistent. The Jaybirds have first-use quirks which seem to sort themselves out pretty quickly.
FEATURES / SETUP: Initial setup was frustrating for me using my iPhone 12. Jaybird can do better with their instructions. Attempting to pair the earbuds with my phone and adding the App as directed did not work. Instead, once I installed the App and had it running in the background, pairing the earbuds with Bluetooth from scratch (I had cleared the device from Bluetooth), allowed the App to immediately find the earbuds.
Subsequent cycles of turning the Jaybirds off by placing them in the case, recharging and putting them into use was trouble-free.
When the APP did have trouble connecting my earbuds, placing the earbuds into the case, if only for a few seconds, and then removing them triggered a re-connect.
It seems only fair to describe the Jaybird Vista 2s as a bit fussy (at least in my test with my iPhone 12).
Battery charging requires the provided case which adds another16 hours of re-charging on top of the 8 hours the earbuds’s offer. I didn’t test this.
<> The Jaybird My Sound App is loaded with features. It provides pre-configured equalization curves, or lets you create your own and save them. The APP can locate your Jaybird Earbuds if you enable this feature. It’s in the App that you choose whether to allow ambient sound or even enhance it. It’s here that you choose to employ noise cancellation and just how much to use.
<> Clear Voice uses 4 Mics with the WindDefense Fabric in an effort to improve calls. My environments aren’t terribly challenging, so my experience was great.
<> There are 3 sizes of eartips (2 with integrated wings). Select for comfort but you should realize a good seal is required for good bass and noise control. (There are no foam choices which I prefer for comfort.)
<> The carry case is quite small and very attractive. It has a strong magnet to keep the earbuds from falling out when it’s open and an equally strong magnet to keep it closed. Slightly too strong for my liking but if Jaybird provided a fingernail slot to assist grip, I’d be OK.
SUMMARY: Jaybird’s Vista 2 True Wireless Earbuds have a huge suite of useful features, although a couple are not as reliable as I’d hope. The Vista 2 have a wonderful build quality for sport’s enthusiasts and it was very easy to find a comfortable fit. But, I’m a gym person, so my demands are limited. If you’re bicycling or running out in a more hostile environment, you’ll have more stringent requirements which I can’t fully address. Sound quality is exceptional and so easy to modify into any sound profile you prefer. Connectivity was not up to my expectations but, then, your experience might be better or worse. Because of all the positive and unique qualities, I’d recommend these Jaybird Vista 2 earbuds to anyone.
--- SETUP ---
The Jaybird Vista 2 earbuds are quick to set up. They come pre-charged with enough power to start using them. As soon as you pull them out of the charging case, they will be in pairing mode. Download the Jaybird app to pair and start using them right away.
--- FEATURES ---
IP68 Waterproof, sweatproof and dustproof. MIL-STD 810G freeze, shock and impact resistant. 24 hours battery life (8 hours on the buds + 16 hours charging in case). 5 minute charge gives you 1 hour charge. Portable charging case. 4 embedded mics for phone calls and 3 interchangeable eargels for comfort and secure fit.
--- PERFORMANCE ---
These Jarbird Vista 2 earbuds are definitely top of the line. There are 8 sound presets to try (flat, Signature, Timothy Olson, Rory Bosio, Bring the Bass, Extended Listening, Warmth, and RB JAms). Your sound can be customized for your liking and be saved in your own preset. This can be done manually or it can be done by taking a personal EQ test that sounds a lot like taking a hearing test. I love this feature because even if you don’t know what the difference between low, mid, and high ranges are or can do, you can do the test and get a sound customized to your hearing. After customizing my sound, I was satisfied with the result and took off to the gym.
--- EXPECTATIONS ---
These earbuds definitely stay secure on your ears regardless of your activity. If you are running, lying down on a bench, or jumping, they will not fall off your ears. The pre-installed eargels were definitely secured on my ear but uncomfortable. I switched eargels to the smallest provided option and I still felt the security of them in my ears but now they were comfortable.
Personally, I don’t like when earbuds have one button that does multiple actions because sometimes, those multiple button presses aren’t intuitive. Through the app, you can customize what each single or multiple button press does. For example, I rarely change the volume on my earbuds. I removed the volume and replaced it with powering off when I press and hold. I set a double press to rewind a track and a double tap to turn noise canceling on and off. Now, the single button does what feels natural to me.
The noise canceling works well and can be turned off when needed. They are easy to clean because they are waterproof. The storage case which, also serves as a rechargeable battery, is small and has a lanyard you can use to tie to your gym or hiking backpack. The case magnetically closes securely and frankly, just looks cool.
--- VALUE ---
These earbuds are worth the investment due to its sound quality out of the box and the endless level of customization for both sound and control.
--- APPROVAL ---
These earbuds are perfect for the active user, the road trip taker, or the house lounger. Truly the one-size-meets-all-needs of earbuds.
Jaybird Vista 2 is a strong contender in the noise cancellation in-earbuds category.
• Connects fast
• Sounds great with amble bass and accuracy
• No issues popping out of ear
• Custom EQs can dial you in
• Wind noise is noticeable if you’re biking
• Noise cancellation is meh
• SurroundSense is meh
• Not the greatest for phone calls
For full transparency, I’m an iPhone user and own a pair of Apple AirPods Pro. I will be comparing my experience of the Jaybird Vista 2 with the AirPods Pro.
Jaybird Vista 2 vs AirPods Pro
Winner goes to Jaybirds. Only by a small margin. Both pairs sounds great out of the box but the ability to customize the EQ and use EQ created by other users is what pushes the Jaybirds to the top. You don’t need to download the Jaybird phone app to use these but doing so will unlock the sound potential. Bass on the Jaybirds is great and doesn’t overwhelm the highs and mid. It’s not audiophile quality but more than fantastic for active lifestyles.
Winner goes to Jaybirds. Archille’ heel of the AirPods Pro is the fitment. Any kind of physical activity and the AirPods will work themselves out of your ear. This is where the Jaybird Vista 2 shines. Their in-ear wing tip design works great on keeping the buds in your ears. They both come with S-M-L fitments but the Jaybirds design stays in the ear better. I know you can get aftermarket AirPod attachments to make them fit better but this is an out-of-the-box straight comparison.
Noise Cancellation and Surround Sense:
Winner goes to AirPods Pro. With a fan running on full blast in my office, I can barely hear the fan with my AirPods but can hear them with the Jaybirds. Surround sense or “transparency mode” is also much better on the AirPods. AirPods on that mode sounds like I don’t have the buds in my ear. I can talk and walk around with one bud in and not be thrown off. Surround Sense on the Jaybirds sounds very artificial and not the most natural. Also worth noting is that the Jaybirds stick out further out of my ear than the AirPod Pros do. This is probably why I hear a ton of wind noise with the Jaybirds than I do with the AirPods while I’m biking. No amount of ANC will cancel out that wind noise.
Winner goes to AirPods Pro. People on the other end can barely hear my background noise where they can with the Jaybirds. Although in the quietest of all rooms, my voice sounds the best with the Jaybirds and a bit tinny with the AirPods Pro. It’s also worth noting that phone calls with one earbud with the Jaybirds is awful. It places the one earbud you have in the ear with ANC and talking with one earbud with ANC is unpleasant. Also an issue when im trying to use the Jaybirds for a “Teams” meeting on my work laptop. The left and right earbuds are mysteriously out of sync.
In Summary, I do like the Jaybird Vista 2 but it’s not nearly as good as the AirPod Pro. They are both very close in price and the AirPods are a no-brainer for iPhone users. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t be disappointed with the Vista 2…..just know that there are better options out there. But if fitment straight out of the box for your active lifestyle is more important than getting AirPods with aftermarket attachments, which also increases the price difference, then the Jaybirds is a clear winner. But the most well rounded earbud award goes to AirPod Pro.
A:AnswerYes to the comfortability
Noise canceling is as close to complete as I’ve ever owned or tried out when shopping for the best all round pair I could find. I must say I for the most part use one bud at a time 90% of the time so someone else may be a better source for the cancellation question.
Even with only one in use I often can’t hear my wife talking to me in a different room or when im not facing her. That may be a plus to some . Haha. Hope this helps.
A:AnswerI tend to use one earbud at a time for multiple reasons.
1st of all noise canceling is very good.
2nd , with one I am able to still hear others and communicate.
3rd, using for such long periods at a time I am able to get well over the 24 hours of use by using one bud at a time and recharging each from the case at least 2 times. Although to be as helpful as possible I will tell you I’ve only had these VISTA 2 wireless earbuds for approximately 2 1/2 weeks. I hope this helps and answers your question.