Jaybird Tarah Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

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Jaybird Tarah Bluetooth Wireless Headphones Review Facts
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The Jaybird Tarah is the first edition in one of this brand’s most highly reviewed line of wireless headsets. This multi-sport model utilizes Bluetooth connectivity and is compatible with any IOS or Android smartphone that works with version 5.0. Buyers are also given a six-hour battery life as well as the option to perform a quick ten-minute charge thanks to its portable charging clip.

Music, calls, and even voice commands are enabled with help from this model, thanks to its three-button remote with a built-in microphone. Through the Jaybird app, buyers are given a customizable EQ to ensure truly personalized sound quality that can be saved onto the headset. Furthermore, an IPX7 rating means that this model is resistant to sweat, dust, mud, and even runs through rain or snow.

Buyers also are given a sport fit with this design, thanks to its comfortable and stabilizing silicone ear gels that stay in place all day. Even more, security is offered with help from a speed cinch and detachable shirt clip, which prevents slippage and accidental removal. And with three different color options to chose from, this set is sure to fit effortlessly into any fitness or casual environment.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Waterproof and sweatproof

-Provides a comfortable wear

-Excellent sound quality

-Decent battery life

-Stays put all-day

-Easy to set up

Cons

-Some connectivity issues

-Inconsistent durability

-Not for swimming or showering

Activities
Activities

Activities

Many who have purchased the Tarah are very impressed with how versatile it actually is. It comfortably stays in place during long walks and jogs as well as multiple workout routines at the gym. They also prove to be a good selection for high-traffic areas, since they're not noise-canceling, yet they're also lightweight and convenient enough to be used while traveling.

Several have even commented that its design and materials also make it fit for hiking and trail running. And because it has an IPX7 rating, it's not only sweat-proof but can also be worn in the rain and won't be damaged by mud or splashes. However, it will not withstand swimming, showering, or any kind of use in saltwater.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

Those who are on the active side yet don't feel comfortable with purchasing completely wireless earbuds will be very happy with Tarah's design. While the buds themselves, as well as the remote, seem to be made from a resin or sturdy plastic, the flattened cable that connects the two features a rubber casing. One reviewer said that there was some stiffness to it, which helped to prevent any possible tangles.

The headset's remote is fixed to the left side and features a built-in remote as well as three different buttons for volume and call control. A speed cinch is attached to the connecting wire, allowing it to function as a drawstring for a snug and secure fit behind the buyer's head.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

Since it does not come with a jack that can be plugged into a mobile device, the Tarah utilizes Bluetooth connectivity to be usable. Not only does this enable calls, music-listening, and voice commands. And its wireless range of up to 33 feet means that buyers don't have to feel completely tied down to their device.

This headset also works along with the Jaybird app for both set-up and daily usage. What's most significant is that it comes with a customizable EQ to ensure that the buyer has the best listening experience possible. It does this by picking up on when the user can hear a certain frequency range and then uses this information to create equalizers or EQ, that's fit for the individual's specific needs.

As stated before, this headset's IPX7 rating means that it will easily hold up against dust, mud, and runs through rain or snow. While this rating also indicates that it can withstand submersion in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, it's still not meant for use during swimming, showering, or salt water activities.
Sound Quality
Sound Quality

Sound Quality

Most buyers seem to be very happy with Tarah's overall sound quality. Its response bandwidth is listed at 20Hz -20kHz, which is standard yet still quite strong. And the impedance level of 16 Ohm makes for clear sound that's perfectly engineered for this in-ear model.

One of this set's standout features is the customizable EQ which is operated from the buyer's connected mobile device. Accessed through the Jaybird app, it allows the buyer to completely personalize the sound quality to their individual needs.

It should still be mentioned that no matter what adjustments the buyer makes in their EQ, this headset does not provide any form of noise-cancelation. Although this might be annoying for those who use it while on public transportation, or for those who really like to zone out and focus on their workouts, this is considered a big safety feature. Runs through high-traffic areas will be less hazardous, as buyers will still be able to hear oncoming vehicles and people.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

Since the Tarah is a wireless headset, it comes readily equipped with Bluetooth connectivity. It uses version 5.0 and is compatible with any device that equipped for hands-free or headset usage. Furthermore, it has a wireless range of up to 33 feet to keep buyers from feeling completely tied down to their device as they work out.

It's this connectivity that enables buyers to set up their headset on their compatible IOS or Android device and fully utilize it as they play their music and make calls. It also enables the custom EQ, which allows them to completely personalize the headset's sound quality to their liking.

While this feature generally seems to hold up very well over time, there are several reported cases of this headset's wireless connectivity becoming weaker or even failing completely after only a few months. It's unclear if this is due to a manufacturing error or improper care and usage after it's been purchased.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Although there are several aspects of this headset that have received mixed reviews, buyers generally agree that the Tarah provides them with very comfortable wear. Like other models designed by Jaybird, its ear gels include stability fins which prevent the buds from accidentally slipping out. And the silicone material allows to feel comfortable all day and prevent any form of chafing or irritation.

Of course, the comfort doesn't stop with this set's in-ear design. A speed cinch is attached to ensure a proper fit behind the head and further prevent possible accidents or removal. This is ensured even further when the buyer uses the detachable shirt clip that's included in the set.

As with all in-ear headphones, this set comes with three different sizes of ear gels to ensure that all buyers can find their ideal fit. And they can easily be swapped out and adjusted if they aren't completely satisfied with this set's wear.
Style
Style

Style

The Tarah's design is almost identical to other headsets that are sold by Jaybird, including the X4. All of these models are designed for convenience, sound, and highly versatile wear that makes calls and music-listening easy. Aside from its build, buyers will also notice the brand's unique ear gels as well as the brand's logo on the outer surface of each earbud.

Its design is meant for those who enjoy the convenience and versatility of wireless earbuds yet don't want to risk losing or destroying their set. The connecting wire already includes a speed cinch, and a detachable shirt clip is added to the package for ever greater convenience.

In addition, buyers can choose between three different color options when purchasing this set. It's offered in Black Metallic/Flash, Nimbus Gray/Jade, and Solstice Blue/Glacier, all of which can fit in seamlessly with both casual and fitness environments.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Reviews seem to be incredibly mixed when it comes to Tarah's overall level of durability. On one hand, it claims to have a durable design that can withstand rugged terrains and severe weather, and a number of buyers have backed these claims up. However, several people have also written that it either fell apart or lost connectivity after only two or three months, with some even saying that it simply won't charge anymore.

Although it's difficult to fully explain some of these negative reviews, it is possible that some buyers might have misunderstood this model's overall water resistance. Although it's IPX7 rating does mean that it can hold up to sweat, rain, and even mud, it's not meant to be used while swimming, showering, or in saltwater. Those who purchase this particular set should keep that in mind and ensure that they properly care for and store it to avoid early damage.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Buyers seem to find the Tarah very easy to set up and use. Once they take it out of the box, the buyer just holds down the middle button until the LED light turns white and they're prompted to download the Jaybird App. They then go to the Bluetooth set up their device and select Jaybird Tarah to connect. Once done, the white light will automatically shut off and a voice prompt will alert that it's connected.

The headset remote allows buyers to easily answer or end calls and to adjust the volume of their audio. Its built-in microphone also works with voice command apps such as Siri or Google Assist. And the speed cinch and detachable shirt clip allow buyers to adjust both its fit and connecting wire for even more convenience.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

The Tarah is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery fixed into the headphones. It comes with a USB charging clip that attaches to the remote unit and can be plugged into the buyer's laptop or even a portable charger while they're on the go.

This set seems to have pretty standard battery life for headphones of this particular design. Multiple listings have it at six hours after a two-hour charge, and those who need a quick power-up can charge it for ten minutes to get just over an hour of battery life. Since some wireless headless can last as long as ten or even twelve hours, a few buyers might be disappointed with what this one has to offer.
Price
Price

Price

Compared to similar headphones on the market, even other models made by Jaybird, the Tarah isn't all that expensive. It can be found on the brand's website, and at other retailers such as Best Buy and Target, for $100. Lower prices can also be found via several reputable listings on eBay, although it is always important to check the seller's ratings first.

Most reviews indicate that this particular model is well worth the price that buyers would pay for it, with some even considering it a bargain. This is thanks to its comfortable and versatile wear, level of sound quality, and ease of use.

It should be noted, however, that this model's connectivity issues and inconsistent durability are cause for concern. Therefore, its recommended that buyers check their chosen retailer's return policy before making a purchase.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-In-ear design
-Six-hour battery life
-Waterproof and sweatproof
-Bluetooth connectivity
-Customizable EQ
-Music, calls, and voice commands
-Three different color options
-Speed cinch for a better fit
-Three sizes of ear gels
-Charging clip
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Jaybird Tarah wireless headset has received generally positive reviews across all online platforms. Buyers are extremely impressed with this set's comfortable wear, versatility, and easy usage. They also greatly appreciate its overall sound quality, thanks to the customizable EQ.

Although its waterproof and sweatproof design have also been praised, buyers should still remember that it's only intended for runs through rain and snow and should not be used in a pool or in saltwater. It's unclear if this misunderstanding has led to the durability and connectivity issues that several have encountered.

Regardless, Jaybird was still able to create a very impressive set that served as the starting point for a well-received line. And its reasonable price tag allows it to stand out even more amongst other models created by this brand.