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Jaybird Tarah Pro vs X4 Review | Wireless Workout Headphones
Which is the best wireless headphones for the gym and running: Jaybird Tarah Pro vs X4?
Not too long ago, we posted a review of the Jaybird Tarah headphones. We liked them, but weren’t blown away. And that wasn’t surprising given that Tarah is Jaybird’s entry level workout headphones.
Now, Jaybird is out with Tarah Pro and, confusingly, they’re more expensive than the X4, which previously served as Jaybird’s flagship headphones. So, despite the curious nature of Jaybird’s product lineup, we’re going to discuss how Tarah Pro stacks up against the X4.
A look at the Tarah Pro headphones
Before we get into the meat and potatoes of this review, let’s cover some areas of overlap between the two products. After all, both of them are premium wireless workout headphones, so they’re bound to have a few things in common.
– Water Resistant: Both are water resistant down to 1 meter for 30 minutes.
– Secure Fit: They secure well in your ear so that you can just focus on your workout.
– Audio Quality: They both have 6mm drivers and sound fantastic for affordable workout earbuds.
– Fantastic Sound Isolation: They do a great job of tuning out the world around you.
– Custom EQ: You can fully customize what they sound like. You do this via the Jaybird app.
– Find My Buds: Within the Jaybird app, you can see where you last paired them to your phone.
– Versatile Fit: You can wear them in the under-ear and around-the-ear position.
– Remote & Mic: Both have an inline remote and microphone, plus work with Google Assistant and Siri.
– Cord Cinch: You get a cord cinch to adjust the length of the cord. No cable management clips.
Why Get Tarah Pro Over X4?
Besides the fact that Tarah Pro is newer (by a few months), there are a few key features that make them, objectively speaking, the better workout headphones. These are features that universally people will like and appreciate having on Tarah Pro.
This is the most significant upgrade to Tarah Pro. SwitchFit allows you to quickly go from wearing them in the under-ear position to wearing them in around-the-ear position. All you do is rotate the front price of the earbuds until the ear fins face upward or downward. Here’s a look at that.
SwitchFit is the biggest upgrade Jaybird has made in years
Since most people use just one pair of Bluetooth headphones throughout their day—for work, for walks, and for the gym—we think the SwitchFit system is a clever feature that most people will appreciate.
You can use Tarah pro in the around-the-ear position (shown below) during workouts and then quickly switch to the under-ear position to take a call. It really is a useful feature.
Tarah Pro in the around-the-ear position
To be clear, you can still use the X4 in both the under-ear (shown below) and the around-the-ear position, it’s just that switching between them is a lot easier with Tarah Pro.
Jaybird X4 in the under-ear position
With the X4, you rotate the ear fins to switch between positions. That works fine, but it’s more art that science and will take some finicking each time you do it so that you can get the best fit. SwitchFit allows you to rotate into the most ideal position every time.
Braided Cable on Tarah Pro
There are two reasons that were prefer the braided cable on Tarah Pro. First, it means the cable will no longer stick to the back of you neck when you get sweaty. I think we can all agree that’s a nice upgrade.
We really like the braided cable on Tarah Pro
The second reason that we prefer the braided cable to the silicone one is that it seems to have more structure and weight to it such that it doesn’t bounce when you run. We noticed that, occasionally, with the X4 the cable would bounce.
We thought the battery life of the X4 was actually respectable at about 8-9 hours on a single charge. That’s basically an entire week’s worth of workouts.
Tarah Pro, however, gets about 14 hours of battery life on a single charge. In other words, significantly better—75% better, for anyone that’s counting. We had them go 13 hours and 44 minutes in our tests.
Tarah Pro has exceptional battery life
Also related to battery life, both headphones have a quick charge feature. With a five-minute charge, Tarah Pro will get you two hour’s worth of playback. The X4, with a 10-minute charge, will get you one hour of use. Clearly, we’re splitting hairs with this one, but Tarah Pro wins again in terms of the quick charge feature.
Tarah Pro Has The Better Charger
We also love that Tarah Pro comes with an upgraded charger. It’s reversible and magnets onto the inline remote. This makes it a lot easier to charge the headphones. I know, not a huge deal, but it’s an improvement of the charge you get with the X4.
Tarah Pro comes with a reversible, magnetic charger
It is still a little disappointing that the charger is proprietary to Jaybird, but it almost certainly had to be this way for waterproofing purposes. It would be difficult to use MicroUSB or USB-C in this situation. Good thing the battery life got a bump because this is yet another cable to remember to bring with you when you travel.
What’s inside the box (Tarah Pro)
In terms of what’s in the box, it’s largely the same as what you’ll get with the X4 with the only differences being the charge cable and the ear fins and tips.
Tarah Pro Has Magnetic Earbuds
This is a seemingly boring feature, but Jaybird actually made it practical. The earbuds have magnets in them and when you connect them together your music automatically pauses.
We love the auto-pause feature Jaybird built in
We also appreciate that Jaybird equipped Tarah Pro with an auto-shut-off feature. After 15 minutes without playing music, Tarah Pro will automatically turn off.
This is a lot more convenient than you’d think. It means when you stop to have a conversation with someone, your battery won’t drain. It also means when you get done using them, you can just let them sit because eventually (relatively soon) they will turn off for you. This the lazy man’s dream. And we’re big fans of the lazy man.
Jaybird isn’t really promoting this, but if you do a little digging, you’ll find out that Tarah Pro has Bluetooth 5.0 while the X4 only have Bluetooth 4.1. In practical terms this means that the wireless signal with Tarah Pro is more stable than it is with the X4.
You can venture further from your phone and have more objects step in the way of that signal without worrying about a connection loss. It’s not as good as the signal with the Sol Republic Amps Air 2.0, but it’s the best we’ve seen from Jaybird thus far.
Bluetooth 5.0 is something people will really appreciate
On previous models (Jaybird X4, X3, etc.), you were able to go about 30-50 feet without getting signal interference. Tarah Pro brings that up to about 70 feet, but the signal isn’t just longer, it’s stronger. We had less issues with walls, doors, and people getting in the way.
Bottom line, if you’re price-conscious, you should get the X4 over Tarah Pro.
X4 Come With Foam Ear Tips
This is one of the most underrated things about Jaybird headphones. We really love that with the X4, and past products, Jaybird includes foam ear tips alongside silicone ones.
Jaybird X4 come with foam and silicone ear tips
We’ve found that the foam ear tips are (1) more comfortable for extended use, (2) provide better sound isolation, and (3) help make the fit more secure. We were disappointed to see that Tarah Pro did not come with foam tips. Instead, Jaybird combined the ear fins and tips so that you have just one unit. More convenient, yes, but it eliminated the possibility of using the foam tips.
Having said that, the foam tips are far less durable than the silicone ones, so you will end up replacing them once per year if you’re a power user.
This is a little bit of a stretch since it requires you spending more money, but we do appreciate that the X4 are compatible with the old cord management clips. These allowed you to strip the cable up against your head so that you’re not dealing with the extra rat tail at the end.
Cord cinch vs cord clips
The X3 and X2 came with these cord management clips and it is possible for you to find them around. They make an almost true wireless experience since you don’t even notice the cable. The only downside with the clips is that they bend the cable creating a crease that sticks with the headphones. They also make it difficult to go back and forth from around-the-ear to under-ear.
The new cord cinch is a better solution, but we’re still holding on to the way Jaybird used to do things. It might not have been better for everyone, but it was better for us. Clearly, that’s not a smart business strategy though.