Jaybird Vista vs AirPods Pro (2020): Which Wireless Earbuds Should You Get?

Wireless earbuds are all the rage these days, and with so many to choose from it can be tiresome to narrow down your choices. From premium noise-cancelling earbuds like the AirPods Pro to sport buds like the Jaybird Vista, you’re actually spoiled for options. Here’s our side by side comparison of these two highly rated audio accessories.

Jaybird Vista vs AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds Comparison Chart

ModelJaybird VistaAirPods Pro
Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
FitIn-EarIn-Ear
Ear Tip Sizes33
Audio ChipJBS1Apple H1 Chip
Sweat and Water ResistanceIPX7IPX4
Built-in ControlsYesYes
Active Noise CancellationNoYes
EQCustomizableAdaptive
MicYesYes
BluetoothYesYes
Battery Life6 hours4.5 hours
Quick ChargeYesYes
Charging CaseAdds up to 10 hoursAdds up to 24 hours
ColorsBlack, Nimbus GrayWhite

Design

The Jaybird Vista fits more securely than the AirPods Pro.

Jaybird Vista vs AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds Design
What’s perhaps most noticeable difference between the Jaybird Vista (left) and the AirPods Pro (right) is that the former has wingtips while the latter has stems.

Right away the design differences of the Jaybird Vista and AirPods Pro stand out. The Jaybird Vista has a blocky look with wingtips that help secure its fit inside your ear. The housing itself seems a bit large and bulky but they stay in place really well even when you’re continuously moving. They’re a bit more rugged too, so dropping them won’t affect performance.

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In contrast the AirPods Pro seems sleek and lightweight. Its fit depends on the tips finding purchase within your ear canals. Compared to other wireless earbuds, they can occasionally fall out while running or moving rapidly. It has shorter stems than previous versions, and you can control playback and respond to calls by squeezing them.

Both audio accessories have three sets of ear tip sizes to help you choose how well they fit. They’re also sweat and water resistant, allowing them to survive splashes and intense workout sessions. However, the Jaybird Vista’s IPX7 rating means you can fish it out of a puddle and expect it to function after drying it. In comparison, the AirPods Pro only has an IPX4 rating, which means it’ll get damaged when submerged.

Sound Quality

The AirPods Pro has active noise cancellation while the Jaybird Vista has custom EQ control.

Jaybird Vista vs AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds Sound Quality
Get the Jaybird Vista to sound exactly like you want with customizable EQ settings.

The biggest advantage the AirPods Pro has over the Jaybird Vista is active noise cancellation. With it turned on, you can truly immerse yourself in your favorite music or while reading a book. It adapts continuously to background noise using its mic arrays, and adjusts anti-noise frequencies to match at around 200 times per second. The result is cleaner sound quality boosted by its Adaptive EQ which optimizes music for your ear shape.

As such, it’s very hard to fault the AirPods Pro for it audio quality since it simply sounds great. It has a powerful bass that doesn’t overpower its mids and highs, which are fine-tuned depending on what you’re listening to. You can further enhance sound by selecting tighter-fitting ear tips.

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On the other hand, there’s no ANC functionality on the Jaybird Vista, but what it does have is EQ control via its mobile app. You can customize its sound as you see fit by selecting one of the saved presets, tweaking levels yourself, or trying those made by other users. It default EQ settings are great for high BPM workout tracks, but it’s recommended that you check out custom EQs to enhance your experience.

Battery Life

The AirPods Pro can provide a longer total listening time than the Jaybird Vista.

Jaybird Vista vs AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds Battery Life
With its charging case, you can get all-day music with the AirPods Pro.

While the Jaybird Vista can last a bit longer on a single charge than the AirPods Pro, the extra juice provided by the charging case makes all the difference. You can get up to 6 hours of listening time with the Jaybird Vista, and 10 more by replacing them into a fully charged case, for a total of 16 hours of battery life.

To compare, the AirPods Pro only lasts up to 4.5 hours on a single charge. However, its charging case can store up to 24 additional hours of use, allowing you to wear them for a total of 28 hours or so before needing to find a power outlet.

Both also have a quick charge feature, letting you recharge the earbuds for 5 minutes to get an hour of playback.

Other Features

The AirPods Pro has hands-free Siri, transparency mode, and in-ear detection.

Jaybird Vista vs AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds Other Features
There’s plenty of added features on the AIrPods Pro that further entice you to keep on wearing them.

With its Apple H1 chip, the AirPods Pro pairs almost instantly with your iOS device, and it turns on as soon as you put them in your ears. It does this using sensors located in each earbud stem, and these will also pause music when you take them out. In addition, the H1 chip also enables hands-free Siri access, so you simply have to say ‘Hey Siri’ to access the voice assistant without pressing any button.

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Another pretty nice feature is transparency mode, which, instead of filtering out external noise, lets them in, allowing you to hear the outside world as if you’re not wearing earbuds at all. It’s great for when you don’t really want to take the AirPods Pro off to hear and speak with someone.

Verdict

The Jaybird Vista is better suited for fitness enthusiasts while the AirPods Pro is recommended for everyone else.

Jaybird Vista

Jaybird Vista Wireless Sport Earbuds

With its durable build quality and snug fit, the Jaybird Vista is clearly intended for users who enjoy adventuring outdoors or hitting the gym regularly. It’s waterproof, drop-proof and crush-proof, so you can move without worry especially with how well they can stay secure in your ears. It’s a bit disappointing that its charging case doesn’t carry as much charge, but you get custom EQ to ensure your music always sounds great.

If you aren’t too much into heavy fitness routines and can shell out the extra bucks it costs, the Apple AirPods Pro will deliver a truly premium wireless audio experience. With ANC, transparency mode, and hands-free Siri access, you get a fully featured device that enhances everything you’d want to do with it, whether it’s listening to music or simply finding moments of quiet.

Derick Bondoc
Derick Bondoc

Managing Editor at Compare Before Buying. Writer and researcher passionate about gadgets, gaming and snacks.