Being able to move unhindered by wires is the dream for many fitness enthusiasts who simply need their music for workouts. Wireless earbuds such as the Jaybird Vista and Beats Powerbeats Pro facilitate this, as they remain securely in place while being sweat-resistant. So if it came down to these two, which wireless sport earbuds should you get? Here’s our breakdown.
Jaybird Vista vs Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds Comparison Chart
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Ear Tip Sizes||3||4|
|Audio Chip||JBS1||Apple H1 Chip|
|Sweat and Water Resistance||IPX7||IPX4|
|Active Noise Cancellation||No||No|
|Battery Life||6 hours||9 hours|
|Charging Case||Adds up to 10 hours||Adds up to 15 hours|
|Colors||Black, Nimbus Gray||Black, Ivory, Moss, Navy|
The Powerbeats Pro looks more stylish, but the
Sport wireless earbuds need some way to stay affixed in your ears even with rapid movement. The
For style, the Powerbeats Pro will arguably get more points since its sleek curves and larger size is more visible, and almost everyone will recognize what the ‘b’ stands for these days. Their size might put you off as being too bulky or heavy, but they’re about the same weight as the
Build durability is also much better on the
The Powerbeats Pro has a richer sound quality but the
Out of the box the Powerbeats Pro offers a more full-bodied sound than the
In comparison, the
We’d still give the Powerbeats Pro the edge here though since it’s much nicer to simply get great-sounding earbuds right off the bat. However, those who prefer tweaking their EQ settings themselves will get more enjoyment out of the
The Powerbeats Pro can give a longer total listening time than the
The larger size of both the Powerbeats Pro earbuds and its charging case should make sense now since it needs to make room for bigger batteries. With up to 9 hours on a single charge, it definitely has the upper hand over the 6 hours of the
It’s slightly disappointing that Jaybird didn’t boost the battery life of the Vista by a lot more considering it’s targeted at outdoor adventurers who need the extra juice the most. Still, you can expect to never run out of battery in everyday typical use, especially if you plug the case in before bedtime. Both also have quick charging features which let you get an extra hour or so of playback after just 4 minutes of being plugged in.
The Powerbeats Pro has hands-free Siri, automatic ear detection and more on-ear controls than the
The integration of the Apple H1 chip into the Powerbeats Pro brings several perks. It allows hands-free Siri access so you can instantly get voice assistant response without pressing any buttons. You’ll also be able to instantly connect with iOS devices as well as enjoy more stable connections even at extended wireless ranges.
Each Powerbeats Pro earbud is equipped with volume and track controls so you can wear only one at a time and still get the same controls. They’re also built with Auto Play sensors that detect whether they’re in your ears or not, pausing and playing music when you take them out and put them back on, correspondingly.
Meanwhile, there’s only a single button on each
Overall, the Beats Powerbeats Pro comes out ahead in this comparison, as it has superior baseline audio quality, more quality of life enhancements, and longer battery life. You’ll have to manage its larger charging case though, which means carrying a bag for it. It’s going to be worth it, even with the added cost, especially if you prioritize premium sound along with adequate sweat resistance for workouts.
Now, if you love extreme outdoor adventures you’ll want a pair of earbuds that has the durability to survive tough conditions. For that the Jaybird Vista shines, as its IPX7 rating allows it to resurface from dunks in a puddle and its shock-proof build rebuffs other accidental drops to the ground. With custom EQ control you’ll be able to find the perfect sound settings for your ears, and they’ll stay securely in place with its wingtips even under hectic situations.
Yes, the Powerbeats Pro have integrated buttons as well as beamforming mics that enable you to answer calls and carry on conversations.
We advise that you don’t shower while wearing the Powerbeats Pro as they’re only IPX4-rated. This means they can withstand the occasional splash but not being completely drenched or submerged in water.