Jay­bird Vista vs Bose Sound­sport Free: Which Wire­less Ear­phones Are Better

Namrata Gogoi

The Bose Soundsport Free is one of the popular truly wireless earphones out there. Many praise these sports earphones for their snug fit and great audio quality. Another pair of new earphones slowly climbing up the charts is Jaybird Vista. These are also truly wireless earphones are and designed primarily for wearing in the gym.

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Both these earphones are IPX7 rated and promise to give you great sound quality. Hence, we decided to compared these wireless earphones to help you pick the ones better suited for you.

So, without further ado, let's start the comparison of the Jaybird Vista and the Bose Soundsport Free.

Build and Comfort: Truly Made for Sports

Today, a majority of gadgets are slim and compact. And in this area, the Jaybird Vista doesn't disappoint. It's more compact than its predecessor, thus making them light on your ears. The best thing is that they have fins on the upper portion, which makes it easy to anchor these in-ear earphones. The look is discreet and doesn't pop out much from your ears.

Similarly, the charging case is slim and will fit into your bag as well as your trouser pockets.

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The only limitation is that they do not come with touch-sensitive buttons. Instead, there are flat-paneled physical buttons. Though they are easier to handle, they can turn out to be a bit stiff since they tend to jam into your ear canal if you press them too hard. On the upside, these buttons let you do a lot.

All you need to do is press and hold to adjust the volume. Furthermore, the Jaybird My Sound app allows a bit of customization should you want to reassign the controls.

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They are IPX7-rated, making them ideal for the gym, and several reviews back that. The folks at Toms Guide took the buds continued to work as advertised even with their run in with water and sweat.

Check out the Jaybird Vista True Wireless Earbuds

Compared to the Vista, the Bose SoundSport Free falls on the chunkier side. They are not in-ear accessories, and they tend to stick out of the ear, which unfortunately ends up giving your head a goofy look. On the upside, Bose's proprietary StayHear+ Sport tips ensure that you get a decent fir. And howsoever hard you bounce, they are likely to stay locked to your ear.

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Other than that, you get a comfortable fit without really jamming the tips into your ear. Thus open design means you get to stay aware of your surroundings.

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Like its counterparts above, the SoundSport Free has physical buttons. You will find dedicated volume control buttons and a multi-functional button to help you with answer calls and skip tracks. The only difference between the two is the location of the controls. Instead of being at the center, the buttons are located at the side.

Audio Quality & Noise Cancellation

Bose has quite a good reputation when it comes to the performance of its accessories, and so far, the SoundSport Free stays true to this claim. The SoundSport Free has a clear sound with a slight thumping and pronounced bass.

Bose Soundsport Free Audio Quality

However, some people have noted that the bass feels a tad bloated, especially in quieter surroundings.

On the other hand, the Jaybird Vista packs 6mm drivers, which helps in delivering a rich and balanced sound with deep and rich bass.

Jaybird Vista audio

Though these do not have ANC, users seem to love the sound output. These gym earphones have been given a rating of 4.5-stars out of 5 on Amazon.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Bluetooth 5.0 is the new standard for even budget earphones, and it's only natural that these premium earphones also pack this new standard.

While there had been many concerns regarding Bluetooth connections in older Jaybird products, they seem to have corrected all their faults. Here, you'll find a consistent audio connection with a minimum drop. Plus, the JBS1 chipset ensures there's no lag and latency. Plus, you also get faster pairings.

Jaybird Vista connectivity

Do note that both the SoundSports Free and the Jaybird Vista lack high-quality Bluetooth codec support like aptX or aptX HD. Instead, they support SBC and AAC Bluetooth audio codecs. Aforementioned, there have been no known issues of lags and delays.

The Jaybird Vista are TWS earphones meaning you can use only one earbud at a time.

As opposed to it, the Bose Soundsport Free has some known connection issues. Some users have complained about latency issues while watching videos.

Bose Soundsport Free lag

Other than that, user responses have been good for these earbuds.

Battery Life and Charging

Last but not least, let's talk about the battery life of these sports earphones.

When it comes to the Bose SoundSport Free, they get you somewhere around five to 5 hours of constant playback time on a single charge. Moreover, the hefty charging case carries two additional full charges. And well, the folks at SoundGuys tested this claim and found the SoundSport Free lived up to the claim with them giving a five and a half hours worth of playback time.

Bose Soundsport Free battery

The bottom line is that these earphones will give you a week at max when you use them moderately. And as long as you remember to keep them diligently back in the case to recharge.

On the other hand, Vista brings a battery life of six hours to the table. The case provides an additional ten hours of battery life. And when it comes to real-world usage, the Vista also lived up to its claims.

When the folks at Sound Guys tested the Vista on a constant 75dB output, they found the battery lasted about 5.62 hours.

Jaybird Vista battery

When it comes to user reviews, many reviewers have praised these for their long battery life.

Another advantage of the Jaybird Vista is its quick charging. You simply need to charge them for a mere five minutes to get an hour's worth of playback time.

Verdict: Jaybird Vista Wins

The Bose Soundsport Free is a bit older due to which they have certain shortcomings. For one, they fall on the bulkier side and have a slight issue in staying connected.

On the upside, you get superior sound quality, and the slightly open design doesn't completely seal your ears. That way, you can stay aware of your surroundings while out on your run.

Being newer on the market, the Jaybird Vista is sleek and looks every bit modern. They offer a more secure fit and do their job in blocking out any distraction. This time Jaybird has completely upped its Bluetooth game, and you won't have any issues in connecting or in the pairing.

Next up: Which earphones have the longest battery life? Read the following article to discover the best ones.


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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.