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The Jaybird Vista 2 are noise-cancelling earbuds that are tough as nails
- The Jaybird Vista 2 are noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds built to last with an IP68 rating.
- The USB-C case features an IP54 rating and supports wireless charging.
- The Jaybird Vista 2 are available today and retail for $199.99.
Jaybird prides itself on producing some of the toughest audio products in the market, and the Jaybird Vista 2 raise the bar even higher. These active noise-cancelling (ANC) true wireless earphones feature IP68 and MIL-STD-810G certifications. You can fumble them into the lake, drop them into a dirt bed, and subject them to a great deal of force and shock without damage. Even the case merits an IP54 rating that makes it stand out from virtually all other charging cases.
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Toughness aside, the Vista 2 are the company’s debut noise-cancelling earphones, which makes them even more versatile than the first-generation Vista. While we don’t yet know how the ANC performs, it’s exciting to see a workout headset company step outside its wheelhouse. Jaybird also includes a transparency mode called SoundSense that amplifies your surroundings through the earphones. This keeps you aware and can make for a more pleasant call experience. Anyone who doesn’t want to fuss around with this feature can listen in mono mode with either earbud.
If the Vista 2 are to sound anything like the original Jaybird Vista, you can expect a fairly accurate frequency response, suitable for most genres of music. The earphones support SBC by default and just one high-quality Bluetooth codec: AAC, which performs well for iPhone owners but is unreliable on Android.
Jaybird preserved the original Vista’s shape with the Vista 2 but added cloth coverings to the earphones. Not only does this make it easier to grip and remove the earbuds, but it also reduces wind noise. It’s a clever way to improve call and sound quality. Automatic ear detection is another new and welcome feature. The earphones sense when you remove or insert them from your ears to automatically pause or play media.
Although the Jaybird Vista 2 boast noise cancellation — a power-hungry technology — the earbuds last six hours on a single charge with ANC or SurroundSense enabled. Without enabling an active sound mode, the earbuds last eight hours. The case provides an additional two charge cycles and can fast charge the earphones. Just five minutes in the case yields 60 minutes of playback. A USB-C input rests on the back of the case, though you have the option to plop it on a wireless charging mat.
As with most Jaybird Bluetooth earbuds, you can customize the Vista 2 in the Jaybird app (free on iOS and Android). This includes access to a custom EQ module, ANC and SoundSense adjustment, reconfigurable touch controls, and a find my ‘buds or case feature. The ability to locate your earphones isn’t new to true wireless earbuds, but what is novel is the GPS chip inside the Jaybird Vista 2 case. The find my earbuds function only tells you the last time the earbuds were connected to your device, but the GPS in the case informs you of where the case (and presumably the ‘buds) are located. GPS location works as long as you’re located within a 10-meter range of the case.
The Jaybird Vista 2 come in various colorways: Black, Nimbus Gray, and Alloy Blue. You can purchase the earphones today from Jaybird’s website for $199.99.