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Jaybird Vista 2 vs. Jabra Elite Active 75t

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Jaybird Vista 2 vs Jabra Elite Active 75t wireless earbuds

Comparison of Jaybird Vista 2 vs. Jabra Elite Active 75t

These two earbuds are very similar. They target users with active lifestyle who want a reliable and stable solution for workouts.

Jabra Elite Active 75t are a “simpler” design, relying on ergonomics to keep them in your ears during sports.

On the other hand, Jaybird Vista 2 are more eye-catching, and also come with long ear fins that prevent them from falling on the floor.

Other than that, both true wireless earbuds come packed with features and offer fully customizable controls and EQ.

However, while Vista 2 do things better than Elite Active 75t, they also experience technical problems.

Let’s dive into more details and see which one you should pick.

Quick Comparison

Both models:

  • Are comfortable for long listening sessions
  • Similar Bluetooth 5.0 range
  • Have companion apps with tons of features and customization
  • Offer complete water resistance
  • Support ambient mode and active noise cancellation
  • Use SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs
  • Come with physical buttons instead of touch controls

Jaybird Vista 2

Jaybird Vista 2 small image

Provide a more secure fit thanks to ear fins

Have a better performing ANC

Ensure zero lag video watching experience

8h / charge + 16h in case

IP68 – waterproof (earbuds) / IP54 – sweatproof (case)

Supports Qi charging and better fast charging

V-shaped sound with smoother midrange and treble

Jaybird Vista 2 review

Jabra Elite Active 75t

Jabra Elite Active 75t

Offer better passive isolation due to deeper fit

Ambient noise mode is more realistic

Support multipoint for connecting multiple devices

7.5h / charge + 20h in case

IP57 – waterproof

Superior mic quality for making phone calls

V-shaped sound with better bass and warmer midrange

Jabra Elite Active 75t review

Specifications

Jaybird Vista 2 Jabra Elite Active 75t
Type: In-ear In-ear
Connection: Wireless Wireless
Back-design: Closed-back Closed-back
Driver size: 6mm 6mm
Frequency range: 20Hz – 20,000Hz 20Hz – 20,000Hz
Impedance: 23 Ohm n/a
Weight: 12g both buds 12g both buds, 35g case
Microphone & controls: Built-in Built-in
Water-protection: IP68 (waterproof) IP57 (waterproof)
Bluetooth: version 5.0 version 5.0
Battery life: 8h per charge 7.5h per charge
Charging time: 2h full charge – 5min for 1h 2h 20min full charge – 15min for 1h
Active noise-cancelling: Yes Yes
Charging cable: USB-C to USB USB-C to USB
Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC SBC, AAC
Wireless range: 33ft (10m) 33ft (10m)
Type: Digital MEMS MEMS
Mic design: Omnidirectional n/a
Mutable: No No

What’s in the Box?

Jaybird Vista 2 unboxed

Jaybird Vista 2 accessories

Jabra Elite Active 75t unboxed

Jabra-Elite-Active-75t-unboxed

Both come with similar contents:

  • True wireless earbuds
  • Charging case
  • Vista 2: 3 pairs of silicone eargels (1, 2, 3), Elite Active 75t: 3 pairs of silicone eartips (S, M, L)
  • Both: USB-C charging cable
  • User manual

Comfort & Fit

Both earbuds provide a comfortable fit for long listening sessions, but Jaybird Vista 2 stick to ears better.

Vista 2 have a slightly bigger housing than Jabra’s, with ear gels (a combination of an ear tip and fin) covering almost entire earbuds. That makes them soft to the touch and ensure they don’t scratch your earlobes.

Ear tips come in only one size and are too big to fit your ear canal. Instead, they rest in front of it, which prevents pressure buildup inside your ears.

Ear fins come in 3 lengths and latch between your earlobes. That stops earbuds from moving around when you exercise.

Elite Active 75t don’t have any accessories to hold them firmer in place. Instead, they rely on great ergonomics and basic ear tips to keep them in place.

Speaking of ear tips, Jabras lose grip if you smile widely or make exaggerated facial expressions. If that happens, you have to readjust them to regain the seal.

Overall, both earbuds offer excellent comfort and fit and are more than suitable for working out.

However, Jaybird Vista 2 have a slight advantage with their ear fins. They endure more rigorous movement during sports.

Noise Isolation

They’re both excellent at passive isolation and come with ambient modes to amplify your surroundings.

There are no clear winners in this category. Both do an excellent job at passively blocking external noise.

Jaybird Vista 2 vs Jabra Elite Active 75t in cases
Using a fabric mesh, Jaybird Vista 2 block wind noise with greater success than Elite Active 75t.

You can use either earbud as an earplug to drown out noises like passing cars and human speech.

Once you start playing music, little background noise interferes with your listening experience.

If you really want to split hairs, Jabra Elite Active 75t isolate a tiny bit better due to deeper insertion.

Both models have an ambient mode that amplifies ambient sounds for greater awareness. So they’re suitable for sports that require awareness, like cycling.

Jaybird’s implementation only boosts up the mid frequencies, which makes human speech more audible. However, it can sound a bit unnatural.

Jabra’s Hearthrough mode is slightly better in that regard, picking up a wider range of frequencies.

While the ambient noise mode is useful when you don’t want to take out your earbuds, it can also pick up a lot of wind noise. Almost all headphones suffer from this and these two are no exception.

Though, it’s better to be safe, so a little bit of wind noise is a good trade-off.

Noise Cancelling

Neither ANC performances are top-notch, but Jaybird Vista 2 are overall better at blocking low-end hum.

Jaybird Vista 2 ANC Test – HeadphonesAddict

Elite Active 75t received active noise cancellation via firmware update last year.

However, since the implementation was clearly an afterthought, it doesn’t work that well. You can barely tell the difference between ANC turned on and off.

On the other hand, Vista 2 can block a reasonable amount of low-end. They do a satisfying job reducing engine or air conditioning noises.

Sadly, neither can block higher frequencies like human speech. This makes them useless for use in loud cafeterias or offices.

Nonetheless, if you want sport earbuds that also eliminate bus noises on your way to the gym, Jaybird Vista 2 are the better pick.

Bluetooth

The wireless range is about average on both. However, Jaybird Vista 2 have some issues with random stutters.

In our test, Bluetooth connectivity on both earbuds managed to reach the second brick wall. After that, the signal started cutting off, making the audio unlistenable.

That’s an average Bluetooth 5.0 range, although we’ve seen better from other, even cheaper earbuds.

Of course, that only matters if you plan to walk around your house without carrying your phone.

However, Vista 2 have other problems as well. They occasionally stutter when you reach for a phone in your pocket. We haven’t experienced that on Elite Active 75t.

Jaybird Vista 2 vs Jabra Elite Active 75t buds
Jabra Elite Active 75t are overall more stable than Vista 2, which suffer from random stutters.

Both use SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs for communicating.

Despite that, Elite Active 75t seem to perform slightly worse in audio delay when watching videos. Jaybird Vista 2 don’t share the same problem.

On the other hand, Jabra’s have multipoint, which is something Jaybirds don’t support.

Battery

You get longer battery life on Vista 2, with 6 hours per charge (with ANC) compared to 5.5 hours in Elite Active 75t.

The two earbuds are very close in this category, especially when you enable active noise cancellation.

Elite Active 75t can do 7.5 hours per charge (5.5h with ANC), with extra 20.5 hours of battery life in the case.

On the other hand, Vista 2 have 8 hours of battery life on a single charge (6h with ANC) and another 16 hours inside the charging case.

They also support Qi wireless charging that Jabra’s don’t and have faster charging overall.

  • One hour of charge in just 5 minutes compared to 15 minutes.

Both models show their battery life percentages on your phone.

Jaybird vs Jabra apps
Frontpage of Jaybird app and Jabra mobile app.

Durability

Jaybird earbuds easily win in this category, offering all-around better durability specs. Even their charging case is protected against water splashes.

The “Active” in Elite Active 75t means a higher IP rating than the non-Active version. However, their IP57 rating still isn’t enough to beat Vista 2 more durable design.

Jaybird Vista 2 vs Jabra Elite Active 75t waterproof
While both are fully water-resistant, Vista 2 can endure longer underwater.

Vistas have an IP68 rating on the earbuds, which makes them submersible for longer periods. They also meet the military standard of durability; MIL-STD-810G.

The difference is also in their charging cases. The one from Vista 2 has an IP54 rating, meaning it’s dust proof and repels splashes of water. Jabra’s case is left unprotected.

Nevertheless, both wireless earbuds are fully submersible and should survive an accidental drop or two.

And while you can’t swim with either of them, you can at least wash the dirt away after a sweaty workout without damaging the internals.

Features

The list of features is practically the same on both, but the Jaybird companion app has more in-depth customization.

It’s great to see sports earbuds offering a rich repertoire of extra features. Vista 2 and Elite Active 75t are the ones providing the most compelling list.

Here are all the similar features they provide:

  • They have built-in microphones for making phone calls
  • Use physical buttons with a wide array of possible commands, from playback to volume control
  • Have an auto-pause feature that you can turn off
  • Support mono mode for using only one earbud at the time

Their mobile apps are also full of features. Here’s what they have in common:

  • Fully customizable equalizer
  • EQ presets (Vista 2 also have presets made by the community)
  • “Find My Earbuds” feature
  • Customizable controls
Jaybird Vista 2 vs Jabra Elite Active 75t earbuds
Jaybird Vistas 2 come in a more pocket-friendly case.

As if physical buttons aren’t enough, Vista 2 uses accelerometers to register double-tap commands. You use it by tapping twice on top of the earbud.

Call quality is where you find the most significant differences, with Jabra Elite Active 75t picking up your voice with greater clarity.

Jaybird Vista 2

Jabra Elite Active 75t

Sound

Elite Active 75t have a distinctly V-shaped sound signature with pumping bass and sparkly highs. Vista 2 have a much more balanced and smoother audio quality in comparison.

Check Vista 2 sound quality test:

Jaybird Vista 2 Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict

While both have a V-shaped sound signature, Vista 2 take a smoother approach and are more appropriate for a casual listening. They aren’t as recessed in the mids, which adds more body to instrumentals.

The bass is punchy and controlled but never overwhelming. It doesn’t bleed too much into the mids, adding a pleasing warmth to the sound.

Treble has a shimmery quality without piercing your ears with sibilance. You can listen to Vista 2 for hours and not get tired.

On the Jabra Elite Active 75t side, the sound quality is more energetic. There’s a noticeable boost in bass, which makes it punchy to the point of rumbling your ears.

Thankfully, wireless earbuds maintain overall control over audio performance and play nicely with most music genres.

The soundstage is slightly better on Vista 2, although it isn’t exceptionally wide. On the other hand, imaging is pretty good on both.

If you aren’t satisfied with default tuning, both wireless buds come with custom EQ. With its help, you can make them sound just the way you like.

Jaybird Vista 2 vs Jabra Elite Active 75t cases
Earbuds have an energetic sound for a reason: it helps with rhythm during your workout.

Should You Get Jaybird Vista 2 vs. Jabra Elite Active 75t?

The two truly wireless earbuds share many similarities. Even the price is somewhat similar, with Jabra asking for $180, whereas Jaybird wants $20 more.

However, Jaybird Vista 2 are always a smidge ahead in almost every category, from better comfort, ANC, better battery life, durability, sound quality, and support wireless charging.

In that sense, it’s worth paying slightly more to get a slightly better experience.

The only thing that might turn you away is if you don’t like wing tips. While most people don’t have problems with them, some users complain they poke their ears.

Jaybird Vista 2 review

Jabra Elite Active 75t review

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