Jaybird focuses on making audio accessories for folks who work out, and the Jaybird Vista earphones are one of the latest offerings from the company. These earphones boast of a commendable audio output, decent battery life, and an IPX7 rating. Another pair of truly wireless sports earphones that are making its mark is the Sony WF-SP800N. Other than having great audio quality, this boast of ANC features and an IP55 rating.
So, this brings us to an important question—which sports earphones should you pick? Should You go with the smaller Jaybird Vista or should you buy the Sony WF-SP800N?
Well, that's what we are going to find out in this comparison today. Let's get started. But before that,
Every one wants earphones and headphones with a sleek and slim design. Thankfully, the folks at Jaybird adhered to the trends, and the earphones appear accordingly. In short, they are compact and lightweight, which makes them light on the ears.
At the same time, the fins on the top ensure that the buds stay glued to your ears. Overall, the Vista earbuds pack a discreet look and you can't see them protruding out from your ears. The same holds for the charging case as well. Though it's a tad long, it's slim and fits easily into trouser pockets and bags.
However, Jaybird's buds don't bundle touch-sensitive buttons. Similar to the new Jabra Elite 75t, these truly wireless earphones also pack flat-paneled physical buttons.
Though they are flexible and are easy to handle, they tend to be a little stiff. Pressing too hard will cause them to jam into your ear canal. If you can look beyond that, let me tell you that the Vista lets you do a lot with the button.
For instance, you can press and hold to adjust the volume. Or you can press and hold the left bud to lower the volume. Simple, right? Aside from that, the Jaybird My Sound app lets you add your button assignments.
As noted earlier, these are IPX7-rated, thus making them safe from sweat and water. The folks at Toms Guide took the buds out for a spin in rain, and the earphones continued to work as expected.
On the contrary, the Sony WF-SP800N earphones are huge compared to its competitor. They tend to stick out from the ear cavity, and naturally, it ends up giving a weird look. Plus, there's the constant fear that the buds will fall off when you are walking or running.
But at the end of the day, these Sony earphones bundle a premium look and has a superb fit. We did a variety of intensive workouts with these sports buds and well, they managed to hold their place.
The large footprint also has its advantage. For one, the larger surface area makes it easy to hold the buds. And well, you do not easily lose sight of them, unlike the case with compact earphones like the Galaxy Buds Plus.
The Sony WF-SP800N also comes with an IP55 rating. That means it can withstand a drizzle or a quick rinse under the faucet. Don't forget to wipe it dry.
Unlike the Jaybird Vista, the SP800N pack touch-sensitive buttons, and you can control various aspects of the earphones with these. From lowering the volume to activating ANC on the fly, there's a lot to pick from. And as you may have expected, you can also customize them as per your preference.
At the same time, these touchpads are responsive and respond to the smallest of flicks.
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Battery and Connectivity
If you recollect, the previous version of the Jaybird earphones was plagued with bad Bluetooth connection and range. Thankfully, this time Jaybird has managed to plug all the holes. Now, you will find a consistent audio connection and faster pairings in the Jaybird Vista. Moreover, the JBS1 chipset makes sure that there minimal lag and latency.
On paper, the Vista exhibits a standalone battery life of six hours and the case provides an additional ten hours. In the real world as well, the Vista managed to live up to its claims. The folks at Sound Guys tested the Vista on a constant 75dB output and found them to last about 5.62 hours. Cool, I must say.
Interestingly, the WF-SP800N will get you around 9 hours on battery with ANC. Sadly enough, the case provides just a single cycle of battery life.
That puts both the Sony WF-SP800N and the Jaybird Vista almost at par with each other. However, the WF-SP800N has another trick up its sleeves. With ANC off, you will get a few more hours of playback.
Though we didn't find connection or pairing issues with the Sony earphones, the absence of Bluetooth multipoint was a huge letdown.
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Audio Quality and Noise Cancellation
The Jaybird Vista delivers solid music quality, thanks to the 6mm drivers. The audio is clear and is accompanied by rich and thumping bass, which is obligatory in gym earphones. Though they do not have ANC, the right fit of ear tips ensures good sound isolation.
At the same time, the companion app bundles built-in presets, should you want to customize the sound as per your preference.
On the other hand, the WF-SP800N has a more pronounced bass, and the bassheads will love them. The sound is clear and rich, and the best thing is that you can play around with the sound output. However, the feature which gets a front seat is the ANC. With just a tap, you can shut out the outside world and listen to your favorite songs in all their glory.
While it's not as great as the NC on its pricier counterparts, but it's worth every cent.
The companion app, aptly named Sony Headphones has several presets and depending on your choice, you can switch between them. The gym lover in you will surely love the Extra Bass preset.
Speaking of the companion app, it's feature-rich and lets you do a lot. From assigning different controls to activating location-based Noise cancellation, it has plenty of potentials.
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To ANC or Not
When it comes to buying a pair of good sports earphones, there are a few features that need to be perfect. Firstly, the fit has to be spot on. No amount of sweat or water should move them from their position. Secondly, they should block out outside noise like a pro, and more importantly, the sound quality should be solid.
So, which one does best?
Well, the Jaybird Vista ticks all the right boxes and manages to shine in the right places. They sound great (they really do) and they fit well.
However, the lack of ANC and Ambient Mode pushes the Sony WF-SP800N ahead of it.
Even though the Sony WF-SP800N earphones are big, they produce great sound, and the ANC makes them stand out starkly. So if you have extra $20 to spare and can ignore the grotesquely huge case, you should grab them soon.
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