I have version v1.1.6
The Jaybird app allows you to customize the EQ a bit – it’s one of the best I’ve seen. It even allows you to stay your own profiles. I’ve boosted a bit of the mids and highs to add more meat and air. It also helped in ridding some of the sibilances.
The Jaybird Vista is a neutral-ish and intimate sounding earphone. You won’t hear precision and speed in transients but beautiful tone. Sound is liquid-smooth and coherent – with a denser atmosphere. Imaging is quite fuzzy and details aren’t crisp. And the Vista doesn’t really sparkle or sound very open. But brass and woodwinds sound convincing and preserve their own unique timbre.
Overall, the Jaybird Vista is easy to listen to but doesn’t quite excel in the technicals. It’s not very dynamic, it doesn’t separate the music well, and it doesn’t have much extension in both directions. It prides itself in a monochrome, softer, heavier, cozier presentation. Although not the most detailed, it imparts music cohesively and with lifelike qualities.
- Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro: The Jaybird is more forward sounding while the Soundcore prioritizes transient clarity and depth. The Jaybird is smoother, denser, and more forward but doesn’t have nearly the same palette as the Soundcore. Relatively, the Jaybird sounds like it just smoked some weed while the Soundcore gulped down 10 shots of espresso.
- Jabra Elite 75t: The Jaybird is smoother and more organic sounding in comparison to the Jabra 75t. The Jabra is more precise, excited, and resolving.
- Beats Powerbeats Pro: The Jaybird wins on tonal saturation and texture but the Beats wins on just about every other attribute. The Beats shape the music out much more densely and as a result, the music is more three-dimensional and tangible. The Jaybird sounds really, really flat in comparison. The Beats also has tighter and punchier bass.
- Master & Dynamic MW07 GO: The Jaybird is closer to the tonality of the M&D but throws out a much larger sonic image. The M&D is far more nuanced, textural, and precise. Jaybird isn’t as neutral as the M&D. M&D is FAR better at delineation. With the Jaybird, everything is forward sounding. The M&D has more detailed but flatter bass while Jaybird is snappier with more slam. Jaybird is softer around the edges.
- Soundcore Liberty Neo (Original): The Soundcore is actually more articulate and has more depth and color. It’s not as big or forward sounding but is more refined. The Jaybird sounds more in your face and heavy-handed and intimate.
- Sony WF-1000XM3: The Sony has more scale, midrange clarity, and smoothness but the Jaybird sounds more organic and refined. The Sony has more brilliance and sounds more “glamoured” and soft. The Sony does have potential for more bass output from the app. Both are pretty close. I’ve found myself gravitating towards the Jaybird more due to more solidity and grip on the sound. The Sony gets a little too “dreamy” sounding sometimes while the Jaybird is more tonally variant and dynamic.
- You might need to reload the app to activate the EQ settings. Most of the time you won’t have to.
- There were a few times where I just couldn’t get it to pair to my Pixel 3 no matter what I did. It turned out I had to charge the case and re-pair with the rapid white lights.
Who should buy this?
If you enjoy more of a dense but neutral-warmish tone – and prefer to have all the musical information upfront. If you’ve ever listened to headphones with a tube amplifier, the bloom that you get with the Jaybird Vista is similar to some of those amps. It’s not meant to be precise and refined but seductive and musical.