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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 420 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top-tier performance w/nearly flawless execution

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    WyldeBlue
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    Pros: - Comfort is tied with my other #1 priority: sound quality--these excel in that area (as Jaybird is typically renowned to be)! In short, these are truly outstanding whether for workouts or not--capable of full-bodied, detailed, un-muddied musical reproduction with extensive sound signature customization options that go even further in the companion Jaybird app (if you want it) - I'm a believer--the fabric-wrapped cord really IS much more comfortable against the skin than the plastic/rubber/silicone wrapped wires I'm used to - Not quite true wireless, but so light it's easy to forget the connecting cable and even the control module are dangling between the earpieces - I have no way to verify Jaybird's 14 straight hours of battery life; but after leaving them on all night with my phone happily streaming away on a charging mat, they were still well above 40% charged the next morning - Integrated gel ear-tip/wings created a secure and very comfortable fit that nearly matched those of the Comply, foam-style tips I've used before (like on Jaybird's own X2) - Speed cinch disc does a good job of keeping the excess cord from really intruding on a run - Simple, hassle-free Bluetooth connection with a voice prompt that sounded about the most lifelike of any I've ever heard in a headphone - Take them out of your ears and let the magnetic backs of the earpieces connect to automatically pause your music--nice! Plus now they're connected around your neck and less likely to fall off if you need to move around or talk to others unimpeded - "Twist-fit" is a simple tweak but it takes the guess-work out of ear-fin placement for below or around-the-ear fit--just rotate the ear-fin until it stops and put it back in your ear in the new position - If you want to truly personalize the sound profile of your buds, the Jaybird app steps you through a 2-minute "hearing test" that adjusts frequency response (cuts and boosts) to your unique physiology...YMMV; I didn't really care for the results myself, but others might really dig the effect Cons: - Okay I get it--magnets are cool--but a proprietary and laughably short magnetic charging cable/dock is my #1 bone of contention with the Tarah Pro...when you finally DO burn through that mammoth 14 hour battery capacity, you better have the dock handy or you're COMPLETELY out of luck because NOTHING ELSE will charge these! - Okay, I get it--magnets are cool--but you can't just let the earpieces fall down around your neck and expect them to connect to each other. The magnetic backs are on the opposite sides of the eartips that are already facing inward--twisting the earpieces around so the backs touch ends up leaving a slightly uncomfortable, inward-curved control puck against your neck, and generally feeling/looking kind of awkward because the rest of the cable (especially anything beyond the cinch) remains in place...see the attached photo - The Tarah can maintain 2 Bluetooth connections simultaneously but the Tarah Pro cannot??? I don't need dual-connectivity that often, but it would be nice to use these with my laptop while still having the option to answer a phone call - The included coin-purse style carrying pouch is a nice touch but feels a bit 'meh' for a premium product, and is just a tad too small for my tastes--try to shove that maddeningly proprietary charging pigtail/dock in there along with the headphones and it was sometimes resistant to closing--the semi-rigid carrying case from the X2 was more protective and more spacious - Marketing materials touted the reflective threads in the fabric cord covering the cable; trust me, we found the effect WAY too subtle to be considered a "safety feature" so make sure you've got something else retro-reflective on if you run at night - The Jaybird app actually has some deep customization options for sound profiles, but the "Music" tab and its associated playlists will only work with Spotify to play ANYTHING from within the app itself - It could just be me, but I miss the cable clips from the older Jaybird model to get that totally streamlined, "completely-up-against-the-head" fit with the cord--the cable cinch ends up leaving a rat's-tail dangling back there that, while light and certainly not sticky due to the fabric covering, is still noticeable nonetheless - The flanged design of the Twist-Fit ear-fin/ear-tip is more secure than a typical silicone ear-tip for IEMs, but it's just not QUITE as secure or QUITE as comfortable as using Comply-style foam tips, especially after a sweaty workout - Even in the app, there is no option to use the built-in mic for hear-through; as moderately sound-isolating earbuds, you will simply need to be more wary of your surroundings Summary review: I came to Jaybird's latest premium offering after many happy years with a pair of their own X2s--themselves chosen at the time from a fairly crowded field for their well-regarded sound and build quality. In nearly every respect, I consider these a very, VERY worthy upgrade. Sound quality is exceptional as is in-ear comfort and the Twist-Fit gimmick is actually kind of handy for allowing me to easily adjust the ear-fins to accommodate an under- or over-the-ear fit depending on my mood. The extensive, and even kind of fun, customization options in the Jaybird app let me fine-tune the sound profile (and save as many different versions as I'd like) to match my mood or source material--but the nice part is that the Pros till sound great in their "flat" or non-enhanced state. The companion app also nails it by having a full user's/features guide and troubleshooting section right in the app so I don't have to log into some support website for those few times I need a memory jog on button taps, presses, or pairing difficulties. I can't speak to some of the things you'll need to take on faith--IPX7; okay, at the very least, I have some measure of assurance that I won't sweat these buds to death. 14 hour battery life--well, I can barely stay awake that long in a single day, much less listen to music in one sitting--so the likelihood that these will retain enough juice to last through a week's worth of workouts before I remember to throw them on the charger is probably pretty high. The magnetic backs (and music auto-pause upon "magnetizing") are a nice touch, I suppose. But in execution, they require a bit more effort to get resting on your neck just right than maybe they need to, especially with those curved controls--a more svelte but straight control box would have make this design choice/feature feel a little less awkward in practice. In the end, these seem to be well-crafted, exceptionally fine-sounding earbuds/IEMs that would be just as home in your ears as daily listeners as they would be during a workout. The omission of foam ear-tips in favor of the all-in-one silicone ear-fin/ear-tips is understandable, I guess, to provide for that Twist-Fit feature--which actually has its uses--so it's a somewhat forgivable compromise. Were it not for that dodgy, ULTRA-SHORT, magnetic and 100% proprietary charging cradle--which I'll admit looks cool and is super-easy to use--this would be an almost perfect, end-game set of workout phones. If you're familiar with Jaybird's ear-fin style and don't find the fit/feel objectionable (and there are those who do), I definitely think you'll like what the Tarah Pros have to offer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great package that exceeds expectations

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    Daved
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    These earbuds have exceeded my expectations in several ways, and are in my top list currently. Long story short, before diving into the rest of my review, if you're considering these, I don't think you'd be disappointed, and I recommend them. The box delivers a presentation you would expect from an item in this price and feature range: upon pulling the inner box out of the sleeve, you open a magnetic flap to reveal the earbuds displayed in a slick black backing and simple packaging that only focuses on the earbuds. All the accessories are hidden below in behind another flap, and a small quickstart list is printed on the left flap. The box contains the earbuds with preinstalled ear tips, 2 additional tips, a magnetic charger, a collar clip, a small carry bag, a quickstart guide, and a product manual. An additional item not in the box is the Jaybird App, which is not necessary to use the earbuds, but it's necessary to get the complete experience out of them, and I wouldn't recommend using them until you install and run the app. Kicking off the positives for this set is the fit options. These earbuds come with tips with wings connected which give a more secure fit when properly sized to your ear. The wings are soft enough that they don't hurt, and they are secure enough that I couldn't shake them out. Adding to the comfort and fit is the design of the cable and control box. The cable is a nice braided nylon covered wire that hangs comfortably behind your head without bother your skin, and the control box is really lightweight with raised buttons that are easy to identify visually and with your finger. The control box is slightly contoured, following a curve that rests naturally along the side of your head or neck, making the controls easy and comfortable to press, and they are just resistent enough that it doesn't cause discomfort when pressing them. One of the nicest features improving fit comfort is what Jaybird calls "Switch Fit", which allows you to wear the earbuds with the wire hanging below your ear, or wrapped over your ear. The guide helps walk through doing this, but the functionality is such that you can rotate each ear tip about 90 degrees on the housing, which allows the tip and wing to fit the same in the ear, but redirects the wire. By default they are set for the wire to hang from your ear, but I found I preferred them rotated to fit over the ear. This does a couple things: it tightens up the wire on your head, it secures the earbuds a bit more by wrapping the wire between your ear and head, and it raises the wire up off your neck and more to the base of your hairline. I found them most comfortable this way. To help find your fit, along with various other settings, Jaybird recommends using their app. I do too, as it's one of the strengths of these earbuds. While the quickstart guide is simple enough to get you going, the Jaybird app offers a complete tutorial to get them set up and fit for you, including fitting your audio preference. The app features full guides starting with the basics of controls, going through connecting and fitting, and even simple things like how to use the speed cinch and shirt clip. Many of these guides also include videos to help visually, like how to fit the earbuds and adjust them to your head. The most powerful feature of the app, though, is also what makes this set so versatile: the equalizer settings. Many less expensive earbuds come with built-in equalizer pre-sets to provide flat, bass-heavy, or more rounded listening experiences. This set comes more flat/neutral out of the box, and the app provides an enormous list of options submitted by the community. You can select any one of the submitted settings and try it out before applying it to your earbuds, which allows you to find a sound that fits your music or style. If that's not enough though, you can fully customize your own unique settings, and you can submit that to the community if you feel inclined. This allows you to change your listening preference based on your music or mood, and you can do it as much as you want. Selecting a setting loads the setting on the earbuds so you can listen with those settings without connecting to your phone or tablet. One of the biggest points of contention for me on wireless headphones and earbuds is advertised run time versus actual run time, so I like to put all my earbuds through the test to see just how accurate the claims are. The box for these advertises 14 hours and a fast charge, which is a really long run time that I don't think I will ever fully use, but I still wanted to prove it. I fully charged the earbuds and hooked them up to a test computer for some overnight playtime measuring. I set the volume up to a higher mid-level, reasonable for in-ear listening, but still loud enough I could hear them a bit while sitting on the desk, and started playback at 9:25pm. They played on a continous list with no delays or quiet time through a variety of songs, all around the same balanced volume level, and they continued until 1:53pm the next afternoon. That's 16hrs 28m of continuous, non-stop playback on a full charge, which is longer than other earbuds I have tested over $200! What's more impressive is that these manage that battery life with no obvious large battery or box. One final positive about these is the IPX7 rating. This is more than most sweatproof headphones that are typically IPX6 rated, since it covers immersion. The X means they haven't been tested against solid object entry, like dirt, but the 7 means they are protected from water immersion up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. While you're not likely to try using them snorkling, and I would recommend against that, this does provide more confidence in their ability to withstand sweat from a rigorous workout, or even accidentally dropping in a puddle, sink, or other small body of water you might happen by. These earbuds are not perfect, however, and though the cons I have are fairly minor in the scope of things, they are still worth mentioning for a complete decision. First of all, they can only connect to one device at a time. It's a bit disappointing because it would be great to pair them to my phone and computer at the same time, and be able to manage the equalizer settings without having to disconnect from a computer, but that's not the case. All the other sets I own offer this feature, and while it's not a dealbreaker for me, it's a pretty critical feature I'd like to see. Second, the equalizer settings are only able to be controller from the app on your phone or tablet; there is no application for Windows or Mac, which ties you to the mobile app. Having a computer app available would help overcome the issue with only being connected to one device at a time. Currently, it's really annoying if you're listening to music on your computer, or playing a game, and decide you want to switch up your listening experience, as you have to disconnect, connect to a mobile device, launch the app, adjust the equalizer settings, and then disconnect from that device, and reconnect to your computer. The third issue is a bit more minor, but deals with the sound quality. When you power them on, a voice prompt indicates the battery level and the connection status. The speakers crackle when it says the battery level, and the audio is not maxed out where I would expect any kind of distortion through the speakers. This could be an issue with the set I have, or could be an issue with the earbuds. It doesn't matter what equalizer setting I have applied either. You can cause distortion when applying an EQ setting that is too high in areas, but that's different, as you can always change back to avoid that, and this is a built-in prompt and feature, so it's a bit concerning. Again, though, I wouldn't consider this a dealbreaker. Just something worth noting. The last issue I have with these is the proprietary charger. The charger is a nice magnetic charger that makes it quick and easy to dock and charge, and it eliminates the need to keep track of a small rubber or silicone plug that protects a micro USB port to retain water proofing, but it also means that you can't charge these with just any cable. If you happen to leave your charger at home on a trip, you're out of luck. Thankfully the charger, all ear tips, and the earbuds can all fit in the included bag, but it does mean that you need to take special care of the charger, and keep track of it unless you feel like buying replacements. Everything considered, I have made this set my primary set, and am actually getting rid of several other "sport" earbud sets I have in favor of using these as my primary. Weigh the pros and cons for your own situation, but definitely consider these among your options when looking for a solid set of well performing earbuds. For the price, this pack is hard to beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate Wireless Sport Headphones

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    Kotor
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    Jaybird has a reputation for quality, so I expected a lot from their flagship Tarah Pro Wireless Headphones. Not only did their performance meet my expectations, but they exceeded them in every way. They are expensive but are worth the price if you want the ultimate active lifestyle in-ear headphones. They sound great, have an incredibly long 14 hour battery life, and can survive anywhere you need them to go. SOUND QUALITY: I listened to many hours of music and found the sound to be full range, detailed, and accurate. They put out a surprising amount of bass for such a compact design. If you are upgrading from the earbuds that came with your phone, then you will really hear what you have been missing. The Jaybird App has several different EQ presets available to help customize the sound. There is also a customizable EQ, so that you can adjust the sound to your individual preference and to accommodate various content. This is critical because content can be mixed at such different levels that adjusting the EQ can help greatly with performance. Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility allows a higher bit rate signal that will sound better because it is less compressed than the earlier Bluetooth standards. DESIGN: I am very impressed with the feature set, design, and build quality. They have some very neat features that make using and wearing them a pleasure. The earpieces are magnetic and snap together so that when they are not in use they securely hang around my neck. The Speed Cinch allows me to tighten the cord, so I can keep it tight around my neck and shoulders. The cord is made of a comfortable fabric that is also reflective. The in-line remote is close to the earpiece so it is not dangling on the back of my neck. The buttons feel solid and durable. They are water resistant (IPX7) and can handle exposure to the elements. I am reluctant to take some of my other expensive headphones on the go because I am worried about them getting damaged. I do not have that concern with these headphones. They can be worn under or over the ear. I find that over the ear provides a more secure fit. Under the ear allows easier access to the inline remote. They are very lightweight and the ear gels make them so comfortable that it almost feels like I have nothing on. A huge benefit is the incredibly long 14 hour battery life, as opposed to most other compact in-ear headphones that top out at 5 to 6 hours. It only takes about 2 hours to fully charge them, and a quick 5 minute charge can power them for 2 hours. I am able to confirm that the battery lasts as long as the 14 hours it is rated. After using it for about 2 hours a day, I have only had to charge them once after about one week of use. They use a proprietary charger that magnetically snaps into the remote to charge. This method is effective and looks very elegant when connected. Per the brochure I received from Jaybird, the benefit to doing it this way is that the inline remote can be made lighter and thinner because some of the circuitry is incorporated into the charger. This also helps with the waterproofing by not having an exposed charging port on the headphones. The drawback to this of course is that if you lose or damage the charger then you will have to get a replacement from Jaybird A soft pouch is included that fits both the headphones and charger. VERDICT: I give the Jaybird Tarah Pro Headphones top marks for design, sound quality, durability, and comfort. The battery lasts incredibly long, they sound good, are comfortable to wear, and are virtually impervious to water. If you need headphones that can survive extreme conditions, then they are everything you would want and more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Fitness Lover’s Favorite Headphones

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    Njuice
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    I am a pretty active person and have used different wireless headphones over the years. My time with the Tarah Pro’s have shown these are the overall best ones I have owned! PROS: - The look of these are well done. The fabric cord on it give it a higher quality feel and the headphones and controls feel very sturdy and capable of intense use. - I know it’s small but the carrying case is great! It’s really convenient to have the charger and headphones all in a case together rather than dangling around in my backpack. - The App for these are a must have! The default sound profile is fine but being able to edit them with your custom profile or Jaybird’s profile take the sound to a new level! I am really impressed with how great these sound, the best sound quality I have had from earbuds. - Controls are really easy to use. Just three buttons and you can double tap them to skip songs and what not. - The versatility with how you can wear them is great. It comes with a small connector so the cord can be tight against your head and it also has two different styles which I will describe below. - Battery life is fanastic! 14 hours on a single charge is what I want because I like using them at work or the gym and I don’t want to constantly be recharging them. I can get two full days of work and fitness before having to charge them! FIT: - Fit is to important with any earbud headphones and it took me some adjusting with these but they work great. I had to switch the sized earbuds to the right one for me and after that they were nice and snug. It’s important to note these have two “styles” to them. The earbud can rotate where the cord runs underneath your ear or up and over the top of your ear. When using them while running, lifting weights, and playing sports I noticed that the “downward” design were more likely to make the earbuds feel like they were falling out and overall I noticed it more. However, the “upward” design worked flawlessly - they truly felt like I had true wireless earbuds as I did not notice the cord even and the earbuds never budged. So overall I’d say the downward style is best for easy use listening and the upward design is better for working out. CONS: - I really like how small and easy the charger is to use but at the same time it’s a proprietary cord that if I lost I’d have to buy a new one directly from Jaybird. A USB-C charger would have been nice from that perspective. - Maybe I have to tinker with the settings in the app but the sound for them turning off and on are quiet and I can’t always tell if I did it right or not. BOTTOM LINE: Although “true wireless” earbuds are more appealing these days - I don’t think any of them can come remotely close in terms of battery life, durability, and sound quality. These are an outstanding purchase if you are on the market for wireless earbuds to use for casual use or while being active.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to setup; Easy to listen to.

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless - Easy setup and controls, comfortable, and very nice sound quality. These Jaybird’s Pro series earbuds are going to become our family favorites. (In our house, unless you’re hiding them, the better earbuds put on some miles.) It’s unlikely that anyone is going to damage them, because they are obviously ruggedly built, with robust looking cables between the earpieces, and Jaybird promising they are IPX7 WATERPROOF rated. (Not for submersion in any water, but rain and sweat won’t harm them, and rinsing is OK.) SOUND: These are very natural and accurate. I listened to a mix of my music while I wrote this review. The Tarah Pros captured the range of sounds in every recording, revealing the significant improvement in bass in today’s modern recordings compared to that from my 60s/70s classic folk/rock/pop music. The best earbuds and headphones shouldn’t make everything same the sound. The Jaybird App can make a BIG difference with its fully customizable EQ or the App’s selection of presets. Try “warmth” preset to bring the bass up and push the treble down. I definitely preferred my personal adjustments and I can save them. Laura Nyro never sounder better and she and Marshall Crenshaw were smooth as silk. It was obvious that the Jaybird Tarah’s have a very smooth treble response. Detailed but not excessive. Bass was tight and very accurate. Pump it up with the equalizer, if you insist, but playing Cream’s “Badge” or New Order’s “World” were fun to hear again with their strong bass lines and neither needed any help. FEATURES / SETUP: Use the provided cable+cradle for charging. The APP can locate your Jaybird Earbuds if you enable this feature of the earbuds (uses some added battery energy). The control module on the connecting wire serves multiple tasks, including volume+/-, skip/previous. Double tapping the center power button called up Siri on my iPhone 6. Otherwise it accepts or hangs up calls if a call is coming through. There are 3 sizes of eartips with integrated wings. Best bass requires a tight ear seal, so larger eartips are best as long as you’re comfortable. The earpiece design includes wings, but wing size increase with tip size, so mixing isn’t possible. The unique cradle for charging is easy, reliable, but it could get misplaced around the house . . . and there is no alternative way to charge. COMPLAINTS: My iPhone 6 has an older Bluetooth technology and I'm not sure it's 100% compatible with the Jaybird App, because I got occasional, random disconnects only after I loaded it. It was always easy to restart the music, so I’m not reducing my score. I prefer a few more eartip styles for more customization, but those are readily available from 3rd parties. Everything else was impressive. SUMMARY: These are very competitive earbuds and everything about the usability, construction and sound quality promises they will stay among my favorites. The App’s EQ feature ensures I can get a sound profile that I prefer. I’ll be recommending these to family and friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cream of the crop

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    Johnnyboy84
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    Wireless earphones are a dime a dozen. You have so many choices in a few price ranges. But these are top tier. So lets discuss the Jaybird Tarah Pro headphones. So if you are like me you think most if not all headphones are the same. Well that is wrong and the Tarah Pro is a perfect example of why that is. You get everything you need out of the box. The headphones themselves the proprietary charging cradle, And silicon ear tips for those who need a smaller or bigger size. A small pouch was also included which is a nice inclusion. These are premium headphones. They are super comfortable and have a corded design which I appreciate. The braided cable means you won't get them tangled and they are highly durable. They are sweat proof and waterproof so theres no need to worry about subjecting them to a grueling workout. I have used mine for almost a week and a half. I charged them full out of the box and I have used them for an hour each day and I still have 40 percent battery life left. I love the design of the earbud it is a unique design that fits directly into the ear canal for a snug fit. This in my opinion makes for a better experience. You are able to fully enjoy your audio content. I do not blast my music and set it to about 53 percent and I find it to be an exceptional experience. The outer part of the round tips of the earbuds are magnetic and are strong enough to remain secure and not fall off your neck. The manual volume control is located on the right side along with the cal answer button. For me phone calls are good enough. I am soft spoken so I often am told that I can not be heard. I find myself raising my voice more often so I can be heard. But that isn't an issue for me because I am often in noisy environments. Call quality is crystal clear no hissing or audio popping. There is also an application you can download for an enhanced experience. I must say the usefulness of the app is refreshing. Some manufacturers create an app that is essentially useless and includes a setting or two. That isn't the case here.You are able to add custom sound profiles, download sound profiles from other users and link your spotify account to the app. There are also play lists of other users you can enjoy if you choose to do so. I do not want to go on forever but to summarize my review these are premium headphones with lots of great features. These are actually useful for when you lead an active lifestyle and can keep up with you. Battery life is great, Sound quality is phenomenal. Overall I am thoroughly pleased with my Tarah Pros. If you want a premium set headphones these are the ones you are looking for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    my favorite pair of "neckbuds"

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    bd43274
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    the good: -sound quality - Out of the box, sound quality isn't great, but it is pretty good. However, the mobile app has some really nice EQ functionality to it which enables you to either select a preset, a custom setting, or something called "personal EQ". Using this last setting, I actually very much like the sound now. Punch, nice low end, very clear, and plenty of volume without distortion. -battery life - Rated at 14 hours, which is fantastic. I definitely get near that using it as my daily driver for tunes. There's also a fast charge - 2 hours of battery on 5 minutes of charge. Very handy for those times when you forgot to charge before a workout! -mobile app - As I mentioned previously, very nice mobile app with tons of information and settings. My favorite is the "personal EQ", which is almost like a hearing test. It plays a sound at a specific frequency, and asks you to set the level at which you barely hear it. After doing that for a few different frequencies, my personal EQ was set. I found that my overall music quality was significantly improved using this setting. -fit - Excellent fit, at least in my case. They never feel like they're falling out, but not painful to wear for long periods of time either. -water proof - No worries about sweat or running in the rain here. -call quality - I use these for work calls quite a bit, and never any issues with volume or clarity on the other side. -magnetic charger - I personally love this feature. I can't stand the little rubber flap to cover up the charging port - a bit of a pain to use, and so easy to break off, essentially ruining the water resistance. In this case, we have a magnetic charging cradle, which just pops right in. No plugging, no rubber flap, very quick and easy. the bad: -only pairs with 1 device at a time - It would be really convenient to be able to pair (or even just connect to) at least 2 devices. If I'm using these on my computer but would like to also take a phone call with them, I have to disconnect from one and reconnect to the other. misc: -codec support - In my testing it was difficult to tell which codec I'm actually using. I can't really find any documentation on it either. I suspect that it's using SBC, but at least the bit rate seems high enough to put out a good quality sound. Most people probably won't care about this particular issue, as long as it sounds good. overall: I would love to give these 5 stars. They are some of the better sounding, better fitting, higher battery life "neck" buds I've tried. Ultimately, the only real flaws are the codec support and the bluetooth pairing limitation. I personally prefer these over most, if not all, of the comparable offerings from other manufacturers, certainly if you keep them paired with only one device. 4.5 stars for me, though Best Buy's rating system only allows for whole stars, so I have to give them a 4. Still a fantastic pair of headphones in my opinion, and very much recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast Charge, Excellent Fit, Good Sound

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    Indiaj0nes
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    What's in the box ----------------- Carry pouch Jaybird Tarah Pro - Wireless Sport Headphones Secure-fit eargel 1/2/3 USB 2.0 charging cradle Pros ---- 1. Excellent fit and great for working out or running. 2. Outstanding battery live at 14 hours per full charge 3. Quick charge - 5 minute charge for 2 hours 4. Excellent sound stage and quality 5. IPX7 compliant, can be submerged in water for 30 minutes. So you can even run in rain with it. Cons ---- 1. Proprietary charging cradle 2. Can we have a power adapter included? Review ------ ------ I have a couple Bluetooth headphones, in-ear (Jabra Elite), Over Ear (Sony MDRXB950BT). None of them are really good for working out. The Jabra has a weird wire design and the other one is a over ear and not waterproof. I wanted to get something which sounds good and also waterproof. So i decided to give the Jaybird Tarah Pro a shot. Fit, Finish and setup --------------- Its just beautiful looking. Its got Excellent Build quality, the headphones has nice ear gels which comes with size 2 by default. The default size fits really well for me. Pairing was very straight forward, turn it on and you will hear "Ready to Pair", and connect to your phone by selecting Jaybird Tarah Pro. If you want to pause the music , just the two magnetic ear buds together and once they stick on the song will be paused. If they are snapped together for 15 minutes. Its is IPX7 rated which means you can keep it submerged in 40 inch water for upto 30 minutes. The cord is just right sized as compared to my Jabra elite, it also can be tightened from behind with the "Speed Clinch". The nylon cord is also tangle proof and sturdy. Audio Quality ------------- Very good, Good Highs & Meds and Punchy Bass. You can also download the Jaybird app which will control your equalizers. I have a samsung s8+ phone and i just use the in-built equalizers. The headphones can control the volume, play , pause using the middle button. THe tracks can be skipped forward or backward using the volume buttons. I was also amazed by the quality of the mic and the ability of the headphones to transmit my voice to the other end. This is the most common complaint with the Bluetooth headphones that the other party cannot hear but in this case of Jaybird Tarah Pro i was pleasantly surprised. Charging & Battery life ----------------------- Charging is through a prosperity charging cradle which connects to a USB Port to a computer or your cellphone power adapter. I can understand why they went with the proprietary adapter, to keep the headphones waterproof. 5 minutes of charge gives you 2 hours of run time. This is the best part, i do not make to make sure that my headphones are charged enough when i am going out to workout. 14 hours of play time for full charge. it takes 2 hours to get fully charged....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sports/Gym Earphones

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    Jaydozrock
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    Inside the box comes the Tarah Pro along with all its accessories neatly packaged. There is the usual paperwork, a nice carrying pouch, the proprietary charging attachment as well as 3 sizes of silicone ear tips, that are quite comfortable when inserted into your ears. They have a good snug fit and stay in your ears quite well during various activities. The earphones appear to be well built and the materials seem quite durable and should last for quite a while especially since they are sweat/water resistant. They have a cloth-like material that seems to be carrying out double duty. The cloth reduces/eliminates the sticking to sweaty skin issue that plagues rubber material as well it contains reflective material that would assist in your visibility if you jog with these at night. Another addition is that the earphones are magnetic which allows them to stay safely connected around your neck but also once together they automatically pause your music playback. Another impressive point is that they are advertised as giving 14 hours of continuous music playback. In my personal test, I was able to squeeze out around 16 hours of use over a two day period before needing to be charged again.Impressive! Soundwise these earphones deliver, just like Jaybird always has. I have the X3 and the Tarah pro has outdone it even without the the Jaybird companion app that allows you to mess around to your heart’s content with the equalizer. The sound isolation is pretty decent and you will still be able to barely hear your surroundings with no music playing. The Tarah’s microphone ( part of the in line remote) is not bad but it’s also not great, most of the times the voices comes through clearly but a big factor is where you position the remote. If you plan to be very active, most persons utilize the cord management system and end up placing the hub behind their ears therefore affecting how your voice travels to the microphone. You could forgo the that scene and instead bring it to the front of your face but then the chord would be dangling all over. This is another solid entry from Jaybird and despite being aimed at the sports and fitness crowd this is a good pair of bluetooth earbuds for anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Fit, Great Sound, Great Battery

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    SamG
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    These are the best the fitness headphones I’ve used. The fit is snug and comfortable, the sound is great, and the battery lasts for days. My one small complaint would be that I wish they were a little louder, but besides that I don’t really have anything bad to say about the Tarah Pro’s The headphones are relatively lightweight and use a nice fabric braided cable that’s easy on the skin. They come with 3 different sizes of silicone ear tips; I ended sticking with the size 2 ones that were originally on the headphones out of the box, but it’s worth trying all of them. Some of the other Jaybird headphones do include foam ear tips and unfortunately those are not here, but I have not complaints about the comfort of the silicone ones. The remote on the cable has 3 buttons that are easy to press and locate by feel, which is good because it sits behind your head where you can’t see it. The cable also has a cinch that takes up the extra cable to help secure the headphones to your head and it works well, though I would recommend moving your head around and loosening if needed. For an even more secure fit the ear tips rotate for an over-the-ear style, though with the right tips and cable adjustment this is probably only needed for the most intense activities. The sound quality on these is great, especially for fitness headphones. The connection is strong and I haven’t experienced any audio delays watching videos or playing games like I do with some other Bluetooth headphones. They also use the latest Bluetooth 5 standard, which is not true of other Jaybird headphones as of December 2018. I do wish the headphones went just a tad louder; I’m usually close or at the maximum volume most of the time, but the ear tips do a great job of isolating outside noise, so they don’t have to be as loud. The downside of good sound isolation though is you don’t have much awareness of the environment around you, so for people who run outside it’s something to keep in mind. The battery life for me has been great. At medium volume they’re supposed to last 14 hours and so far my experience supports that. It’s far and away better than anything else Jaybird offers and it beats out Beats (ha) and Bose’s offerings as well. It’s nice peace of mind especially because the headphones don’t have a standard charging port, so you can leave the magnetic charging cable at home. Other items: - The Jaybird app is great. It lets you adjust the EQ on the headphones and has a lot of fitness-oriented playlists that you can explore (though you need Spotify to listen to them). - Jaybird lists these as sweatproof and waterproof, but that’s not entirely accurate. They do not recommend them for swimming or showering, so I would call them water resistant rather than waterproof. - The USB charging cable attaches magnetically to the remote on the cable, so that’s potentially one more cable to carry around with you, but I think even the heaviest users should see these last them through day. - You get a nice little carrying pouch that you can pinch open with one hand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for Phone Calls and Good for Workouts

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    cinsteadofak
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    I have owned many different pairs of workout Bluetooth headphones and each had features I liked and disliked about them. I have also owned quite a few Jaybird products and was excited to try these out. Setup Jaybird makes setup easy. Just turn on the headphones, select Jaybird Tarah Pro from your phone’s Bluetooth menu and you are ready to start using them. Downloading the Jaybird app allows you to tweak the sound to your preference, and it is easy to navigate. Use The first thing I noticed on the Jaybird Tarah Pro is the braided cord. This cord makes it very unlikely to ever become tangled in your gym bag and prevents the cord from sticking to your neck during a workout. The only downside of having a braided cord is that I was able to hear more cord rustling while running with a jacket on. I also found the sliding cinch and rotating earbuds wonderful for quickly changing the cable in front for phone conversations and in the back for workouts. One of the negative things about these headphones was that the power button would have to be pressed for a few seconds in order to get them to turn on. Normally this would not be a problem, but these also require a certain amount of pressure too, which made it aggravating. I was unimpressed with the lack of bass, so I tried to adjust the earbuds and even modified the sound in the app, but could not obtain the low range I was looking for. As for the highs and mids, they were full and clear. With the volume control/mic located in the front of the neck, my phone call recipient stated my voice was at a good volume and clear. However, when I had the cord cinched on the back of my neck, my voice was muffled and quiet. Pros Braded cord does not stick to sweaty skin during workout Non-tangle cord Passive sound isolation Sits close to flush in the ear Rotating earbud Cons Power button issue (see review for details) Not as much bass as competitors Overall I would recommend the Tarah Pro for anyone who wants a single pair of headphones that they can use for both phone calls/meetings and workouts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones

    Posted
    John
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    I am always looking for a good pair of headphones and the Jaybird Tarah Pro’s are one of my favorites. These in-ear headphones have a number of great perks that keep me reaching for them. Below you will find a number of positives and a few of the negatives for the Tarah Pro’s Positives: + Perhaps the most important factor is sound. I don’t know if this is technically true, but for whatever reason, they just sound better than all of the other Jaybird headphones I have tried. I simply love the sound I can get from the Tarah Pros. + Jaybird provides a great app that can be used for a number of their headphones. This app allows the user to make sound profile changes to the headphones either manually or by selecting from previously created presets. + A braided cable makes these Jaybird ’s feel like a more high-quality device, especially when compared to the companies other headphones (X3’s and X4’s). + Magnet earbuds are a nice touch that will automatically pause the music. This feature also makes the headphones feel more secure when wrapped around the neck. I personally like to put the headphones together using the magnet feature when I store them in their pouch. + These headphones have what Jaybird calls SwitchFit. Basically, this allows the Tarah Pro earbuds to be rotated, making it easy to let the user switch between under the ear or the over the ear wearing positions. I personally have found the over the ear position to be more secure especially when exercising. + One of my personal favorite features is that the volume down control feels like a minus and the volume up button feels like a plus on the headphones controller. This seemingly small feature makes it much easier to use the controls by touch. + There are a number of accessories that come in the box, including a simple carrying pouch, a magnetic charging cradle, and three different sized ear gels (to help achieve the ideal fit). Negatives: - The controller is fairly large and can cause the headphones to feel unbalanced when they are being worn. While this is negative, the Tarah Pro’s controller doesn’t feel as large when compared to other Jaybird models. - I have never liked Jaybird’s proprietary charging system. While I don’t like the proprietary system, I do like that the charging cradle is magnetic which makes it easier to attach/detach when needed. I just hope I don’t lose the charger because I really don’t want to order a new one from the company. - These headphones do not come with foam ear tips, some users may want foam ear tips for a better fit. In looking over my review, I have a lot more positives than negatives. The funny thing is I only mentioned a few of the headphones positives. I would definitely recommend these headphones as they have great sound, convenient features/accessories, and Jaybird has taken the time to do the big things and the little things extremely well.

    I would recommend this to a friend