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True wireless earbud showdown: jack of all trades v master of fit

Can one pair of true wireless earbuds do it all? All being long battery life, excellent sound quality, perfect fit for exercise, and good call clarity? No, because life is a constant source of disappointment. But here are two pairs that, by their powers combined, are pretty good.

In the beige corner we have the $299 Jaybird Vista. These buds, like most Jaybirds, are designed for ultra-long distance running. If you’re the kind of person who likes to go for a run so long that you have to carry camping equipment, then Jaybird is the brand for you. Similarly, if you’re the kind of person who intends to go to the gym a lot and forgets to charge their earbuds very often, these are also designed for you. Each bud holds six hours of battery, with the case giving them an extra ten. You can even wear them individually to squeeze out 32 hours of listening on one charge.

The Jaybird Vista have an excellent fit but sub-par sound quality, while the Jabra 75t have everything going for them except an ability to sit securely in your ear.

The Jaybird Vista have an excellent fit but sub-par sound quality, while the Jabra 75t have everything going for them except an ability to sit securely in your ear.Credit:Alice Clarke

The fit with the ear fins is exceptional. Clearly the designers listened to all the complaints about the original Jaybird Run model, which fell out constantly and sounded bad. These new ear fins fit so well I forgot I was wearing them, which is also down to how small and light these things are. They easily stayed in for running, boxing and drumming without the weight distracting me from my task.

The only downside of the Vista is one shared by most true wireless earbuds; you can usually only have two sides of the “small and light”, “good battery life” and “excellent sound quality” triangle. Jaybird chose the first two sides, which fits perfectly for the long-distance exercise approach, but the music sounds tinny and empty.

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