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Jaybird - Tarah Wireless In-Ear Headphones - Black Metallic/Flash-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 230 reviews

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    I hate these things

    Posted
    darien87
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    To be honest, I've never been a big fan of ear buds. To me the sacrifice you make in sound quality is never outweighed by the small size. On ear headphones always sound much better. But wearing big headphones isn't very practical for the gym, (which is where I do most of my headphone listening). I decided to give these as a shot mostly due to the reputation that Jaybird has for quality. The headphones certainly look good. The box that they come in definitely gives a feeling of quality and the color of the headphones themselves is visually striking. Included in the box are 3 different sizes of ear inserts. I tried both the #2 (middle size) and the #1 (small size) inserts. I guess I must have odd sized ears because I found the #2's a bit too big and the #1's a bit too small. I even tried using a #2 on my right ear and a #1 on my left ear but nothing seemed to fit me perfectly. Unfortunately the #1 was too small and wanted to come out of my ear but the #1 was a little big. To get good bass response out of these headphones you have to get the inserts deep into your ear to form a seal. But I found that I constantly had to readjust my headphones to keep them sounding good. The EQ that is included with the app is a nice touch but I found it to be a bit clunky to use. When you adjust one part of the range, (lows, mids or highs) it will often affect the other ranges next to it. I would prefer just a simple slider at different frequencies. Also I use my Samsung Gear for listening to music at the gym, not my phone. I don't want to have to carry my phone around when I'm working out. So I don't even know if the settings I set up in the app apply to my Gear. But the real deal breaker for me is the design of the headphones themselves. The volume controller on the right side tends to pull the right cable down all the time so that the cable won't sit evenly across the back of your neck. What I ended up doing to combat this was making the rubber cable fairly tight against the back of my neck so that the controller stayed on my neck and didn't slide around. The problem with this is that when I get sweaty the rubber cable will stick to the back of my neck and every time I turn my head to the side it will have a tendency to pull the buds out of my ears. Also I can't get to the volume controls this way as the controller is on the back of my head. Further complicating things is that when I would feel around for the controller to adjust the volume it would invariably pull the right bud out of my ear so I would have to readjust it. The design of these headphones it totally impractical for the purpose to which they were designed for. If I have to constantly be thinking about and adjusting my headphones then I don't want to wear them. I want to just put my headphones on and forget about them. I would think that running in these headphones would be even worse. I'm giving these 2 stars. 1 star because I think the design is horrible with another star added because they actually sound pretty good for an ear bud. I have attached a pic of the headphones I usually wear at the gym. I think these ones have a much better design. They have a hard "wire" that holds the headphones in place so they don't move around and they are a decent size so that they give solid bass response.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Jaybird Support Team

      Hello darien87,

      We appreciate your positive feedback on the Jaybird Tarah's sound quality and box art. We're sorry to hear that they do not fit your ears and we'll be glad to help you out! Just send us an email at Jaybirdlistens@Jaybirdsport.com and we will get you taken care of.

      For future reference, you can try these suggestions for secure fit:

      1. Test all combinations of eartips and wings, including different sizes in each ear
      2. You may view the instructional video on this link:

      http://www.jaybirdsport.com/support/
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      Bruce
      Jaybird Customer Experience
      #poweryourpassion jaybird

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What You Need to Know

    Posted
    aggielaw
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Looking for In Ear Monitors (IEMs)? Here are some tips regardless of brand: 1. Budget $20 for aftermarket earbud tips. You might get lucky and be happy with a pair that comes with your new IEMs. Chances are, though - especially if they come with tips made of something other than foam - you will have issues with sub-optimal seal with your ear, which results in poor bass response. 2. Take 5 minutes to read "The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the Perfect IEM Ear Tips" at Headphonesty (no affiliation with site). 3. I've used IEMs for nearly 20 years. I am willing to pay $20 every year or so for a new three-pack of Comply foam tips due to the comfort and seal they provide. In the past I've happily used triple flange silicone eartips for exercise, though, which provided a great seal and were very durable, but became a bit uncomfortable when working out for longer than an hour or so. On to the Jaybird Tarah IEMs. Understand what they are before you buy them. More accurately, understand what they are not. They are not a pair of Beats over the ear headphones designed to rattle your brain with prodigious bass. Surprisingly, these go lower than some over the ear studio/monitor headphones I have owned, though. The sonic signature of these are definitely studio monitors, but with equalization these will pump plenty of midbass (the lowest you can expect with drivers this size) to give a warmer than neutral sonic presentation with nice "slam." Careful listeners and audiophiles will detect some coloration in the midrange with the Tarahs. It isn't distracting by any means, though; it's very subtle, and if you're using these for exercise as most of us do you'll probably never notice. I was about to give these 4 stars due to the coloration and call it 4.5 in my review, but while listening to music from my phone through these "Funkytown" started playing. Son of a gun, if I didn't just have an audio cliche occur: I heard something I'd never heard in the song: cowbells. Yeah, the cowbells are noticeable during much of the song, but they fade far back into the background at one point. They fade so far back that I don't recall noticing them at that point previously. I sure noticed them a few minutes ago, and they convey a shocking sense of space or soundstage depth for a $79 pair of IEMs. That demonstration of detail and soundstaging makes them an easy 5 stars at this price. (Insert well-deserved jokes about listening to "Funkytown" here. What can I say? It's in my 70s playlist.) Lastly, I recommend downloading the Jaybird app and using its equalization. Spend some time when you're in a quiet place to focus on the sound while tweaking the stock settings. You'll be richly rewarded for as long as you own the Tarahs. I also tried using the EQ in my Pulsar Pro app, but for reasons I can't explain I find the EQ in the Jaybird app *far* superior, especially in the bass region. Let me finish where I started: you must have a good seal between your ear and the earbud tips to evaluate the sonic merits of IEMs. It's an inescapable truth. Jaybird sells the Comply foam tips, which is coincidentally what I've used for the last few years, but there are other reliable brands as well. When shopping, be sure to look for comments about the fit of the tip on the IEM post; many cheap tips wear out quickly and the IEMs fall out, leaving the foam tips stuck (perhaps deep) in your ear. Happy shopping!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid bluetooth earbuds for the price

    Posted
    DanC
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Just got these yesterday as a Christmas present and for the short time I've had them, I'm in love with them already. I got these to replace my AirPods which when kaput after I so stupidly kept in my pocket when I was in swimming one time. As much as I loved my AirPods, I don't miss them one bit after getting these bad boys. Compared to the AirPods, I actually think these have slightly better sound compared to them due to the Jaybirds having a more secure in-ear fit with the included gels. Speaking of fit, It's taken a little bit of getting used to this kind of fit again, but with my first true day of wearing them I have quickly gotten used to the feeling of this type of earbuds again and I've found them to be quite comfortable actually. There are 3 different sizes included for the gels to accommodate for all the varying sizes of ears; the middle sized one being the one that comes pre-installed. I changed mine to the #1 size right away for both buds and have found that to be the perfect fit for me. In terms of the sound quality, it's ok out the box. Initially, when I was trying them out I was just using my iPhone's EQ set to the bass booster preset and was a little underwhelmed by the bass performance. Once I found out that there was a companion app (Jaybird MySound; available on both the App Store and Google Play) I was then blown away. I immediately was able to find a bass oriented preset in the stock set that comes on the app and now they sound much better while providing a surprising amount of bass for headphones of this style. While I'm on the topic of the companion Jaybird MySound app, there are also many other things you can do with the app as well. Aside from being able to choose from a myriad of EQ presets (and being able to create your own too), the app also has curated playlists to accompany your workout, and you can also adjust other settings of your Jaybirds like turning the voice prompts on and off, auto power off for when they're on but not actively playing audio, amongst other settings. Pros: -battery life decent for what it is; slightly better than that of the AirPods (6 hours of listening time as compared to the AIrPod's 5; if you need even more battery life, there's the new Jaybird Tarah Pro) -great sound quality for the price; can be made even better with Jaybird's companion MySound app -voice prompts to notify you about what's going on with the buds in addition to the audio cues (letting you know when they're connected, battery percentage, etc) -IPX7 waterproofing makes these perfect for even the most intense of workouts (just don't plan on going swimming with these) -super quick charging time (10 minutes alone gives you about an hour of listening!) -included quick cinch and shirt clip helps to easily keep these buds from moving or bouncing around during a workout or when moving around in general Cons: -flakey connection at times (though I did find that while wearing something with a zipper that keeping the remote within line of sight of your device quickly mitigates this issue) -proprietary charger could be easy to lose, but honestly, I find it better than having to fiddle with a USB cable Overall, I think these Bluetooth earbuds would be a solid choice for anyone who lives a pretty active lifestyle, whether it be through running or biking outside, or going to the gym. I could easily find these becoming my new daily driver as well, as I like earbud style headphones more at work since I can just have one of the buds in to listen to music while being able to keep one of my ears free to hear what's going on around me. Needless to say, I think Jaybird's got a winner on their hands here!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable and they stay in place, but...

    Posted
    EagleCroft
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I had high hopes for the Jaybird Tarah bluetooth headphones. I was an early adopter to Jaybird’s entry into the bluetooth earbud market years ago with the X2 and was very impressed with the quality of sound and battery life. Which is why I feel so confused by these headphones - the sound quality is terrible. I thought perhaps it was because when I first started using the Tarah’s that I hadn’t set up the App yet which provides a sound equalizer. The equalizer has a bunch of presets built-in, and an overwhelming array of presets you can download. Or you can tweak the frequency range to exactly the way you like it. This did help, but not solve the overall sound quality. I’m a bit of an audio snob, I’ll admit it. I appreciate good sound quality, good earphones should be able to reproduce the original soundtrap without coloring it. I found these to be extremely ‘bright’ sounding earphones, with very poor bass reproduction. Try as I might, tweaking the equalizer, reposition the earbuds in my ear canals - but I never got the Tarah’s to sound good to me. On the positive side the Tarah’s fit really well, and are very secure once in place. They stayed in position for each and every one of my runs, they were comfortable and allowed enough outside sound in to be safe and alert. They were also well planted and secure during crossfit, and gym routines. I will state these stayed in my ears better than any other earbuds I’ve used in the past, I just wish they sounded better. I’ve never had any trouble with sweat killing my earphones, but I know that other people have. The Tarah’s are IPX7 Certified, meaning they are made to take a certain amount of moisture without any ill effects. But they can’t be used for swimming, or in the shower (not sure why you would use them there - but that’s the disclaimer). But you can run with these in the rain and not worry about ruining them. The remote provides the basic functions, and also includes the ability to activate the Google assistant. This may be useful for some folks, but I didn’t use it. The mic function was something I haven’t ever used, but the feature is there if you decide to make or take a call while wearing these. The charger design is pretty neat, and convenient. It’s proprietary though, so don’t lose or break it! The battery life was acceptable, if not impressive. I generally got 5 hours out of them before they needed to be recharged. In summary I liked everything about the Tarah’s, they were easy to set up, they paired quickly, they were comfortable to wear, they stayed in place. But… They audio reproductive was just unimpressive, and I’m afraid I can’t settle for such uninspiring sound. I really want to like these, and I wish the sound quality was a user error. But I’ve tried everything and they just don’t appeal to me. Ironically I still have my old X2’s, they still work, and they sound far better than this brand new model. Sorry Jaybird, I didn’t like the Tarah’s but I still love your products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Jaybird Support Team

      Hi EagleCroft,

      We appreciate your positive feedback on Jaybird Tarah's fit. We are sorry to hear that it did not meet your expectations with regard to sound quality. Please send us an email at Jaybirdlistens@Jaybirdsport.com and we will get you taken care of.

      Please try to connect your Tarah to a different device or a device with a different OS. You can also check your device settings or use a different Application.
      ----------
      Bruce
      Jaybird Customer Experience
      #poweryourpassion jaybird

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality and Presets, Easy Setup

    Posted
    RobWLINY2
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    These are my impressions and notes I took about the setup and use of the Jaybird Tarah wireless sport earbuds. However, before I get into it I will state up front that overall I really like the sound quality of these. Positives: -According to the manufacturers claims, and it seems from my limited testing to be true so far, ten minutes of charging is claimed to last about 60 minutes. If this holds true over the long term, this could end one of my long standing issues with using wireless earbuds. With these I can be somewhat assured that if i put them on the charger while I'm getting my fitness gear together (gym, biking, walking) by the time I'm ready to leave I'll have enough to last for most if not all of my planned time. Admittedly, one of my past excuses for not going to the gym was "the earbuds aren't charged" and this may remove that excuse, which is a good thing. -These appear to be water resistant, but from what I read I would not take these into the shower or swim with them which i probably wouldn't do anyway. -While I did like the 'default' sound settings, which I learned was just called 'flat' and had a good balance of clarity and bass, the app has a good selection of presets and customization which can fine tune it and at this point I'm not yet sure if I have a preferred setting -- though I do like options. As of this writing, I'm on the 'signature' setting and I'm trying to decide if it actually is better (it seems like it), but sometimes just a name like that can make you think something is better so I will reserve judgment on presets. -At first I wasn't sure about the comfort level, it was a little unnatural placing them, but I think they will stay in well and once the sound comes through I didn't even notice they were there physically. -These have clear human-sounding voice-prompts including pairing instructions and battery strength. Negatives: While the custom charger connector does make the charging connection more thin than it may have otherwise been, if you lose the charging adapter, you will probably wind up having to discard the earbuds. -During the initial pairing, the Bluetooth setup was a little confusing at first when a 'Jaybird Tarah' and 'Jaybird Tarah BLE' (Low Energy Bluetooth) displayed in connection options, the non-BLE one is the one to pair to (selecting the incorrect one is not a problem, though it will slow down the setup), however I suspect the other is there for the manufacturer's app to discover and connect to it for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super light, Stylish, Comfortable, & Awesome App

    Posted
    GameOverSuckas
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I love technology, especially anything dealing with music. I'm a true audiophile.These are crisp and clear, nice deep bass after adjusting the EQ in the accompanying app. It gives you a 5 band EQ to adjust to get what fits your genre of music. Also gives you presets if you listen to multiple types of music like myself. The app is a breeze to manipulate and control. Pairing was a simple process. These Jaybirds do not disappoint by any means. I use them out and about and around the house. The battery life for me was pretty close to what the manufacturer quoted of about 6 hours on a full charge. They also have a quick charge that gives you about an hour of play after only a 10 minute charge. I enjoy this because my HTC10 has a type C charge that does quick charge as well. So when you're totally jammed out and kill both, 10 minutes and you're back in the game haha. They're extremely comfortable, you hardly notice them. Made of a soft silicone gel.They state sweat and waterproof. I'm not a profuse sweater and haven't put these in water but I'll take their word for it. They come with 3 different size ear pieces small medium and large or as they call it .. 1, 2, and 3. They are a snug fit and as any ear bud you need to place them firmly to seal to get the best deep bass. .Also included is a small charge adapter. Cons- It'd have been nice if it just have a normal charge slot so you could use any charger to charge but instead you have to have the manufacturers adapter to charge which is very small and easy to misplace unless you get some sort of case for both it and your earbuds

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Deez Buds 4 U!

    Posted
    greenrita
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Really pleased with the Jaybird TARAH for a whole bunch of reasons: Though the START UP GUIDE affords clear 1-2-3 steps and the Jaybird App is offered to assist with set up, connecting is intuitive. I had no trouble with charging the unit then going to SETTINGS on my Android to find Bluetooth that linked to my earbuds without obstacle. But, if for reasons unknown, your earbuds don’t connect, be patient. Reset instructions are a simple reboot and fully described in the packaging if you are a newbie to earbuds. I have a varied history with earbuds so my basis for comparison gives me the cred to say that the audio, the fit, the style deserve high marks as compared to the competition. And, for those of us who like to get a decent bang for the buck, the Jaybird price point delivers a high ROI in the value department. Moreover, as a “microbe-phobe” and one who likes to keep the surfaces clean of any equipment that comes in contact with my ear canal, I am especially thankful that the earbuds have an IPX7 waterproof rating. The rating allows me to expose the unit to the sweat of my workout, the potential moisture from inclement weather as well as regular post-training cleansing routines. Nice to have confidence that the ear buds are specifically designed to protect the wearer from electrical shock. BTW, the waterproofing does not mean the buds are good for swimming or bathing. Turns out that the ear fins are more convenient than others I have experienced with too many bits and pieces. Maybe I got lucky because, even after comparing the small, medium and large options, the right fit happened to be the original fins on the buds day one out the box. Most importantly, I don’t get any nagging slippage when running, biking or jumping rope. You can pull the speed cinch on the cord for a tight or loose fit. And, you’ll find the cord clip in the plastic package with the fins. Attach to your clothing asap to prevent any unhappy loss. For the sounds to drive your fitness routine, you get up to six hours of play time with the added bonus of a quick charge that gives you 1 hour play time with only a 10 min charge. But, to tailor the sound track of your life to any one of your varied moods, see the EQ options at the Jaybird app. Notwithstanding the much appreciated attention to form and fit, there is no loss in the audio department. I was made ‘satisfied consumer’ with the robust and stable audio while chatting or listening to news + music with ease of transfer between all of my devices: flat screen, laptop, tablet and phone. Thumbs up on "deez buds"!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A very affordable pair of Bluetooth earbuds

    Posted
    Zunderwood
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I’ve used the Jaybird X3 for a number of years, so I’m using those as my benchmark for the Tarah earbuds. First, I like the fact that the controls are larger on the Tarah than the X3. I have large hands and the bigger controls are a welcome change. From a personal perspective, I had hoped that the Tarah’s controls would work more akin to every other pair of earbuds I’ve ever owned, regarding next and previous songs. On Jaybird products, the Increase Volume Button is the same button you use to skip to the next song, just as the Decrease Volume Button is the same button you use to skip to the previous song. Sorry, but I’m just not used to doing that. Okay, enough of that pettiness. The Tarah comes with three changeable ear pieces for each earbud. The middle size fit me best, so I stuck with that. It was surprising that there weren’t more wings/tips included since it’s more common in today’s earbud market and would have permitted me to better customize the fit. And even more surprising, it didn’t include a carrying case for the unused spares. Guess I’ll be using a sandwich zip-lock for that. I thought the sound of the Tarah was good, with the bass sounding especially robust. The Jaybird app, with all its equalizer properties, helps you further tweak the sound to meet your preferences. The app, if you’ve never seen it, has a good number of pre-configured equalizer selections for different genres. I used this a lot with my X3. I found on-line that the Tarah is cheaper than the recently released Jaybird X4, and that’s a big plus in my opinion since the differences seem mostly aesthetic. Plus, the Tarah is IPX7 water resistant, which is a must for those of us who exercise daily. Pairing the Tarah was easy. When you turn on the buds for the first time, they automatically enter pairing mode to make the pairing process easier. Charging requires the product-specific charging cradle – which is much larger than the one included with the X3 to accommodate the Tarah’s larger controller. With the X3, I wasn’t especially keen that I had to use a product-specific charging cradle. I feel the same way with the Tarah. Give me a USB-C type port because I’m flush with those types of cables. If something inadvertent damages the Tarah’s charging cradle, I’ll have to purchase a replacement. Documentation states that a full charge will provide 6 hours of play time. A 10-minute quick-charge will give you 1+ hour of playtime. That rarely happens to me but it’s good to know. All-in-all, the Tarah are a nice set of Bluetooth earbuds at a very affordable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A mix of good and poor performance

    Posted
    TECHBEENGOOD
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 50 ContributorTop 50 Contributor

    Jaybird’s Tarah Earbuds are purposely built for serious sports freaks with their IPX7 water resistance rating and tolerance for sweat or other rough treatment. They are ruggedly built, simply designed and very light weight. They are unlikely to bother runners, bikers or others who are sensitive to excess weight and stuff bouncing around their necks. SOUND: Sound quality is going to result in contradictory opinions. I tend to like crisp, detailed, and weighted towards very flat, accurate sound earbuds/headphones. But I also want nice bass. I found the Tarahs to be BASS shy and no amount of adjustments to the equalizer (or selecting Jaybirds presets that emphasize bass) made me happy. You will want to dive into the Jaybird APP to modify the sound to your liking. FEATURES / SETUP: Battery charging requires the provided cable+cradle and results in a charge that Jaybirds says will last 6 hours. <> The Jaybird My Sound App is loaded with features. It provides pre-configured equalization curves, or lets you create your own and save them. It has exercise and running music. 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. I needed to go a bit smaller for comfort, but that may have reduced the ear seal, lowering bass. The earpiece design integrates with wings, so mixing or removing the wings isn’t possible. Still experimenting. (There's always 3rd party tips.) <> The unique cradle for charging is easy, reliable, but potentially frustrating. Misplacing it in my house is way too easy. LIKES and DISLIKES: <> The Jaybirds have nice clarity and can be highly recommended for those who use them for audio books and blogs. <> I think those who listen to lots of music will want to audition these to see if the bass is adequate. They were too light in the bass for me. <> I’m having random dropouts of music and I’m retrying the setup (or waiting for an update) to see if I can solve my problem. I can’t be sure it’s not my devices. SUMMARY: Jaybird’s Tarah Wireless Sports have a great set of features, have very credible build quality for sport’s enthusiasts and were reasonably comfortable. Sound quality and connectivity were not up to my expectations.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Comfort is great, the sound...not so much

    Posted
    TechFan
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    I’ve had these for about a day or so and have been using them to work out and when I’m just running around. The good, they are extremely comfortable. I mean right out of the box, the fit in my ears and have a snug fit. They came about 55% charged, which will probably vary depending on how long they’ve sat before they shipped. The neck strap was long enough to fit around my head and allowed a good range of motion and still didn’t fall out. The bad, the sound quality is not that great. They sound very “tinny” and forget about any bass response at all. These are treble filled earbuds. I played around with the settings after downloading the app and although they sounded better, they were still less than ideal for my music preferences. The app has a lot of presets that you can save for use as your sound equalizer, but even with that, I was disappointed. This is my second pair of JayBird earphones and honestly, the X2’s are a much better pair. Granted the price points are different, but I would honestly rather pay more for a quality pair of earbuds than to have something with far less sound quality. The other negative about these earbuds for me is the charging cable. To charge these you have to sit them in a seat on the cable and plug the cable up to a USB port. For me it’s just one more thing to carry and potentially lose. Once you lose the cable, you can’t charge these anymore. I think this is a poor way to charge any set of headphones. I would rather have just gotten a micro usb cable and called it a day. Overall, I’m not terribly impressed with these headphones and would not recommend them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Jaybird Support Team

      Hi TechFan,

      We appreciate feedback with your Jaybird Tarah's level of comfort/fit. We're sorry to hear that it did not meet some of your expectations on the accessories and sound quality.

      For other concerns, please send us an email at Jaybirdlistens@Jaybirdsport.com and we will get you taken care of.
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      Bruce
      Jaybird Customer Experience
      #poweryourpassion jaybird

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performer

    Posted
    zero325
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is my 3rd pair of Jaybirds over the last few years. My first pair were the original Jaybird BlueBuds X, the X3s and now the Tarah. As the headphone jack starts to become a thing of the past, it’s nice to see some quality wireless headphones at a more affordable price point. The design on the Tarahs is pretty typical for the Jaybird line. They look similar to the X4, albeit clearly a lower cost option. Thankfully, they kept they were able to maintain the IPX7 waterproofing – so no need to worry about sweat, splashes or even brief total submersion. With 6 hours of play time, the Tarah is no slouch. I’m not a huge fan of the proprietary charging cable, unfortunately also different from the X3, X4, or even the Tarah Pro. All that being said, I actually like the design on this charger over the X3/X4. Overall, not a bad set of wireless earbuds for the price, the sound is acceptable, the mobile app is great for managing customizable sound profiles and unlike previous generations, I also find the included silicone ear tips really comfortable. My only complaint seems to be a returning issue I also experienced with the X3’s. They seem to reconnect intermittently causing an interruption in audio. I was really hoping this issue would be resolved with the Tarah. That issue aside, a solid setup and a reasonably priced set of quality earbuds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    DOWNLOAD THE APP!!!

    Posted
    HiFiBlaster
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is my second pair of bluetooth in-ear headphones. The other I own is a set of BeatsX. The only reason I bring this up is to say my standards were set pretty high by my past experience and my review may be skewed because of this. The first thing I noticed when unpacking is the proprietary charger. In this day and age I do not understand the necessity of having anything but a USB or Lightning charging cord. Having to carry another charging cable around is an unnecessary burden. However, charging time is quick so downtime is lessened. At first, I did not download the Jaybird app. Even without it, installation was a breeze. However when I played my first song the sound quality was horrible! It was tinny with no bass. I decided to give the app a whirl and am glad I did. The app was easy to use and intuitive. I was able to customize the sound as I played a song. It was immediately better! The quality and the loudness were just a sliver below my BeatsX. The app also gives you the ability to see battery life and other items which is helpful. In reference to comfort level, the app gives you tips and pointers to adjust to your liking. Luckily, mine fit pretty well right out of the box. However, others may not have the same luck and the lack of different sized ear buds may lessen comfort. The headset itself is lightweight and comfortable. It has a small band on the back to cinch up the extra cable going from ear to ear, to provide a more secure fit. The button programming still has me baffled. Again, maybe it is just my past experience with my BeatsX. Where the BeatsX seem a little more common sense, where each button does a set of actions that seem appropriately paired, the Jaybirds almost feel like I’m entering a password into my phone. I’m constantly hitting the wrong button to change tracks or answer the phone, etc. Overall, this is a solid choice for ear buds. They’re nothing that are going to blow you out of the water, but a slightly above average choice nonetheless. I am constantly working in the yard and going to the gym so these get a lot of use. It will be interesting to see how well they hold up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, but I liked previous Jaybirds much more

    Posted
    gwtbike
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I've been a long-time Jaybird headphone owner and lover. I started out with the X2s, have owned 2 pairs of Freedoms and also own a pair of X3s and have loved them all. The Tarahs are good, but this is the first pair of Jaybirds that I am not completely in love with. It mainly comes down to the earbuds and earfins and how they are now integrated rather than being separate. It doesn't allow for the level of customization that I enjoyed on the X3s and X2s and especially the Freedoms. With the earbud and earfin being separated, it allowed the listener to rotate the fin to their desired orientation and I really miss that with the Tarahs and was a reason I did not get the Freedom 2s. With the Tarahs, no matter what size earbud/tips I used, they droop slightly coming out of my ears. To be perfectly fair, they never fell out, but with the slight droop, the wires sometimes would contact my cheeks. Minor, but thought I should mention it. However, they still have good sound quality although I thought there was a difference in low frequencies between these and the X3s, where the X3s seemed to deliver a bit more on the low end. I was using the same sound profiles set up in the Jaybird app. I do like the redesigned controls quite a bit. Each button is very positive and responsive and the flat shape of the remote is easy to use and it's easy to distinguish between the buttons. They still have the great sweat resistance which is the reason I am such a long-time Jaybird owner but don't necessarily like the direction that they went with the separated earbud/tip combo on the Tarah and Freedom 2s. One last thing is that the cord management will be different with these just having a quick-cinch which is fast, but there will be a little bit of extra dangling cord. However, I do like that these are coming in at a price that most people can afford and they are definitely a good value for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Poor design.

    Posted
    Jake
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I just tried these on. I'm pretty sure I'm going to return them ASAP. I'll admit I'm a bit biased because I've not had good luck with the longevity of Jaybird products, and I'm sure these would be no exception. Right off the bat, I know that Jaybird tries to make their products seem ultra-premium by the packaging. Over the generations of their products, it seems like they give you less and less stuff all for the same price. I remember when they came with stickers and cool carrying cases for their products. Now you just pay for a bunch of useless plastic and a user manual that has 3 pages. 3 pages that could be printed on the back of the box and still have room to spare. This "minimalist" mindset is getting annoying. Also, the packaging tells you nothing of great value: -Yeah they're "water-resistant" (just like the 3 previous ones I exchanged, right?) -Yeah they have a mere 6 hour battery life (I turned them on and it told me 60% . Checked my phone and it indicated 45%) -Sport fit. What even is that? More like uncomfortable-one-size-fits-most fit. -Premium sound with custom EQ (they do sound okay -- why I keep coming back to Jaybird for headphones. Custom EQ is through their app you have to download) -Music and calls (I'd hope so; they're Bluetooth earphones for over $100) They're uncomfortable. My right ear still hurts. I wore it for like 5 minutes. I know they have different tip sizes, and I tried the smaller one. Still had pain. That brings me to my next point. All of the "X" series have separate tips and "wings." These ones are one piece. So if the tip is too small for you, but the "wing" is just right, that's too bad. I'm going to give these another go tomorrow. But I'm more than likely going to return them. I'm quite displeased.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Jaybird Support Team

      Hi Jake,

      We are sorry to hear that the Jaybird Tarah did not meet your expectations with regard to some of the design and features and we'll be glad to help you out! Just send us an email at Jaybirdlistens@Jaybirdsport.com and we will get you taken care of.
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      Bruce
      Jaybird Customer Experience
      #powe ryourpassion jaybird

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Warranty issues not waterproof/sweatproof

    Posted
    Matt
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased my first set of jaybird's when they were called bluebuds(first model). I have owned EVERY model since then. When the jaybird X3's came out the company was bought by Logitech. Since then I have been disappointed with this product. The warranty was lifetime sweatproof, simply call,return and receive a new set when they ultimately break due to moisture. Now the warranty is one year. I have purchased 63 pairs(all models) since 2012. Logitech will not replace broken units as stated in their policy. I have made 10 claims on 10 different jaybirds in the last 12 months(Freedom,X4,run). All broke due to sweat within 8 months. They fail by 1. Not charging 2.wont turn on 3. Will not hold charge. Only one set was replaced after 6 months, 18 emails and 9 phone calls.In the past I would call to make a claim with the proper receipt and be sent a new unit. Now I have a 10% success rate for getting a unit replaced. I want to stress that all of these claims are legitimate and the rules are clearly stated on the website. I am not trying to get something for free, I have accepted that 1 year is the maximum any given unit will work( I use them all day at work;everyday). I expect when they do not function within the 1 year warranty period Jaybird should replace the item. Seems fair to me. It is unfortunate because Jaybird is my favorite fit,sound etc. I also have purchased multiple sony,bose,jabra,steinheiser,JBL. Jaybird fit me better than every other brand. If you purchase these you will be happy....until they break and you get a denied claim from logitech. I also want you to know that I have never reviewed any product for any reason..never. I do not appreciate being ripped off. I have found Best buy will replace the item...just add $20 and buy their warranty for 2 years.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for me...

    Posted
    Paul
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased the Jaybird Tarah from Best Buy and they fit my needs perfectly. I use them for working out, an occasional call or two, and it is linked to my Mac. They come with 3 sport fit (numbered 1, 2, 3) set ups as far as ear hooks and inner ear gel combinations. They are pre fitted with number 2 which fit me well but number 1 for me was best. They are comfortable and offer a solid seal. In fact once the music is playing you really can't hear anything else. They are bluetooth 5.0 so connectivity (I-phone XR that I own is bluetooth 5.0 as well) has been great. No drops or cut offs unless I am a good distance away or multiple walls in between. The sound is terrific right out of the box and once you download their app and apply some pre-sets or customize to your personal tastes it gets even better. Very nice but keep in mind I am no audiophile, no expert. Your mileage may vary. As far as watching youtube or video on my Mac there isn't any lag or latency issues. As far as calls, this could be improved. Calls are not bad and the other party could hear me just fine and I could hear them just fine. The issue is when both buds are in I can hear myself talk which is annoying. I simply remove the left one (Mic and controls are on the right) and then it is fine. These are sweat and waterproof which may explain the proprietary charger. Not a fan of the charger simply because it is unique. Much of my stuff is Apple and I have lightening cables galore along with USB. Having said that the Jaybird Tarah's were chosen over the Beats X and Powerbeats 3 so that is saying something. Try them out, for $79.99 (on sale) I think you will be happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice fit and battery, sound could be better

    Posted
    Chadwick
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The Tarah headphones are my second set of Jaybirds and they seem to be as well-built and of high-quality as my older set. They are pretty comfortable right out of the box, at least for me. I was a little disappointed to see Jaybird decided to go with integrated "wings" on the ear tips rather than the mix-and-match of some of their other products. This could make getting a precise fit more difficult, if not impossible, for some users. They retained the proprietary charging cable/cradle on these units instead of changing to a more universal charging option. The battery life on my set of Tarah's has been pretty close to the advertised 6 hours. It has been relatively cool lately so I haven't really had to worry about the waterproofing but I have no reason to doubt they will perform as advertised based on my previous experiences with Jaybird headphones. The sound quality unfortunately doesn't live up to what I'm used to. It's not that the sound is terrible, it's just off a bit. There is a lack of crispness and the lows easily drop out or are non-existent. I'm guessing this is because of the "always aware" feature which is intended to let in some ambient noise. Nice feature for in-town runners, but for mountain biking and other non-urban activities, it becomes an irritant. Still a solid set of headphones, just wish they sounded a bit better. Note, I haven't tried tweaking the sound quality through the Jaybird app because I really dislike the app itself. Might try that just to see if things improve but I'm not terribly hopeful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good in-ear headphones

    Posted
    Shail
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Jaybird Tarah headphones are good. They are light, have IPX7 rating which means they are completely water/sweat resistant and sound pretty well. The battery life is good (approx. 5 to 6 hours) and they support quick charging so if you want to go for that last minute run, you will need to charge them for just about 5 minutes. They come with a charging cradle and special charging cable (unlike other wireless headphones that I have had so far where the charging was done using a Micro-USB cable). I think this is to achieve IPX7 rating but this definitely is annoying as I have to always carry around one more cable and cradle. I like the Jaybird app and how you can apply different equalizer settings based on the mood, genre etc. So far, the connectivity range has also been pretty good. Overall, I think they are pretty good in-ear headphones below $100 range. The fitness people will really like them but they are good for day-to-day use as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not the pro but...

    Posted
    HoMi3
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    If you don't mind with very minimal compromises when comparing these to the Tarah Pros, you will be happy with these. At the time of writing this review, the pros are $60 more than these. Sound quality is very nice for being in ear buds made for running and sports. I can honestly say that the fit on these are very comfortable for long term use. The overall form factor on these are minimal, the controls are simple. Battery life is sufficient enough and I love the quick 10 minute charge giving an hour's worth of juice. Being able to connect these to 2 devices and not having to sync each time is a time saver for me. I love being able to switch from my phone to tablet very easily. My dislikes are with the application itself. I prefer not to get lost or to look at a whole bunch of advertisement for their other products when simply trying to change the EQ options. There is a noticeable difference when adjusting the EQ settings. I recommend you explore and modify to your own liking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Affordable performance

    Posted
    JakeNH
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is my first experience with Jaybird and I overall I am pleased with the performance of these headphones. I have owned other, more expensive wireless headphones/ear buds and every pair has it's good qualities and bad. The good: -Great battery life / Fast charge -Can connect multiple devices -Firm fit in ear, does not easily come out with activity like working out -Jaybird allows you to change the EQ settings with noticeable difference -Decent bass output -Water resistant The bad: -Does not use a direct USB connection for charging, has a charging receptacle that could be easily misplaced -For me personally, these were not very comfortable, but for the amount of time I use them during a workout they are tolerable -No apparent way to switch between connected devices other than directly on the devices themselves (not the end of the world) -Had some trouble hearing during phone calls, had to max out the volume I really liked the price-point on these Jaybirds, I think it puts wireless sport ear buds with good sound and utility within reach of the conscientious consumer. For those looking for some durable headphones to wear during outdoor activities, working out or everyday use, I think you will find the Jaybird's more than satisfying!

    I would recommend this to a friend