Anyone in need of headphones that can survive the most strenuous environments need look no further
JAYBIRD TARAH PRO WIRELESS SPORT HEADPHONES • £139.99
- FOR – Unparalleled durability • Premium and stylish design • Effective noise cancellation • Great audio quality that is highly customisable
- AGAINST – Not truly wireless • Proprietary charging cable
Jaybird Tarah Pro is the perfect summation of the American firm’s ethos; deliver reliable and premium products that are finely-tuned for people that live active lifestyles.
Jaybird is positioning the Tarah Pro headphones as its most premium set of headphones that, while they are branded as wireless, still have a cable connecting one bud to the other.
And while the product’s price may initially seem daunting at £139.99, it ultimately succeeds in refining Jaybird’s already robust formula and should be commended for doing so.
With that said, here is Express.co.uk’s full review of the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless Sport Headphones.
The Jaybird Tarah Pro’s boast a premium and fashionable design that is also profoundly subtle.
The buds themselves are embossed with a matte Jaybird logo that is accompanied by a smooth-feeling exterior.
Moreover, the “black-flash” version we tested for this review was decorated with neon yellow drivers that contrast with the otherwise dark grey product excellently.
Meanwhile, the cord joining the two buds is made of fabric and features an in-line microphone with volume and pause controls.
This is complemented by a plastic mechanism that allows the length of the wire to be adjusted.
The Tarah Pro headphones come with ear tips made of silicone that also feature wings for an improved fit.
The Jaybird Tarah Pro’s boast a premium and fashionable design that is also profoundly subtle
The design of the buds clearly represents what Jaybird is all about; not only do they ooze style, but they also feel incredibly durable.
That’s because Jaybird has engineered the Tarah Pro headphones to withstand anything customers with an active lifestyle can throw at them.
Not only are the buds completely sweat-proof, but they are waterproof too, meaning you do not have to worry about any side effects caused from intense perspiration.
And the product’s IPX7 rating means the headphones can be used in the rain, or even submerged in up to one metre of water without worry.
The Tarah Pro buds are able to be worn in two different styles; the first is a more standard fit with the cable hanging directly below the drivers when slotted into your ear.
However, the entire bud is able to be turned around 90-degrees, allowing the wire to be wrapped around the helix of your ear and the headphone itself worn upside-down.
This method allows for a more secure fit overall with less wire being left to hang from the user’s ear.
Additionally, this also acts as a much better way to secure the somewhat hefty inline mic and control present on the Tarah Pro’s.
The silicone tips provide a secure fit that does not irritate if worn for long periods of time.
The buds sit rather deep inside your ear, meaning they also provide an applaudable amount of noise cancellation.
It is worth noting that we had to experiment with the different-sized tips that come with the product in order to find the most comfortable fit.
The buds themselves are embossed with a matte Jaybird logo
The Jaybird Tarah Pro’s come with 6millimetre drivers that succeed in delivering great audio quality.
The buds are also capable of outputting substantial bass for their size that was appreciated during our testing.
Moreover, mid and high-ranges also sounded crisp overall.
While these headphones will certainly not satisfy true audiophiles, they ultimately succeed in delivering impressive clarity for anyone living an active lifestyle.
Although the noise cancellation offered here does not come close to competition from over-ear rivals, the Tarah Pro’s are able to isolate background noise excellently.
The audio quality offered is even more admirable when combined with the Jaybird smartphone application.
The Jaybird Tarah Pro’s come with 6millimetre drivers that succeed in delivering great audio quality
The Tarah Pro headphones come with ear tips made of silicone that also feature wings
The software allows users to intricately customise low, mid and high ranges to completely personalise their listening experience.
In addition to presets that have been produced by Jaybird for different tastes and music preferences, there is also a section of the app dedicated to user-created ones.
The Jaybird app offers a nuanced suite of options to choose from by providing users with audio presets that are trending, in addition to those that are popular with other users.
Best of all is the American tech firm’s new “personalised EQ” mode that creates a specialised sound profile for users.
Essentially, the app will play a selection of audio ranges and the user has to turn the volume of each up until they can hear the tone.
After each range has been listened to, the software will then create a music preset based on the user’s unique response to the test.
The buds were easily able to last us more than an entire week on a single charge
The Tarah Pro’s easily offer some of the best audio quality, battery and durability in its class
Our personalised EQ produced a layout that suited us commendably thanks to its increased bass combined with similar-positioned high and mid tones.
The Jaybird app not only allowed us to share our own created presets, but it also actively encouraged us to experiment with different audio types.
Tarah Pro has been specifically manufactured for anyone that is active and it shows with regularity.
Whether you are training in the gym, running outside or hiking, the Tarah Pro’s feel rugged enough for the challenge.
The fabric cord meant we rarely found the headphones sticking to our body after we had perspired.
However, we did find the standard fit on the Tarah Pro’s to be slightly more encumbering than the secondary method that requires the buds to be turned manually.
The Tarah Pro buds are able to be worn in two different styles
We felt the sizeable in-line control brushing against us more than we would like thanks to the longer cables present when wearing the headphones in the former fashion.
Such niggles were alleviated when we switched to the secondary method of fitting that feels better suited to intense activities.
Having controls to our music behind our ear was convenient and the cord management system at the back of the product worked impressively.
One of the most appreciated aspects of the Tarah Pro’s is how durable they feel.
We had no hesitations of using the product in the rain and did not flinch if we accidentally dropped them either.
Before testing the Jaybird Tarah Pro’s we had been using the company’s BlueBuds X wireless headphones soon after their release in 2013 for our workouts.
And although we have only being using Jaybird’s newest product entry for around two weeks, they appear to boast similar feelings of longevity.
An in-line microphone with volume and pause controls is present on the Tarah Pro’s
Jaybird claims the Tarah Pro headphones tout 14-hours of battery life and during our testing we found that claim to be accurate.
The buds were easily able to last us more than an entire week on a single charge that included six gym sessions ranging from an hour and a half to two hours in addition to listening during our commute.
Better yet the product also features fast charging, meaning if you plug the Tarah Pro in for just a few minutes, you will have more than enough juice to get you through an entire workout.
The only noticeable compromise with the product here is its use of a proprietary charger, meaning if you are travelling this is another cable you need to carry around with you.
Additionally, if you lose the charger that comes in the box, you are left with no way to charge your headphones until you get hold of a replacement.
Jaybird told Express.co.uk such a charging method was required in order to facilitate the Tarah Pro’s waterproofing.
Although the charging compromise is certainly justified, it would have been appreciated if Jaybird could have found a way to implement a charging method, such as USB-C, that is more universal.
The Tarah Pro’s come with a plastic mechanism that allows the length of the wire to be adjusted
The Jaybird Tarah Pro’s come in at what initially seems like a hefty £139.99 investment.
However, the sheer ruggedness of the product and great audio quality, combined with its signs of intense longevity, mean the buds will easily justify their price tag after one, two or even three years of usage.
The biggest problem with the product is the fact Jaybird is offering its truly wireless Run headphones for only £30 more.
And while the Run buds offer slightly less battery life and are not completely waterproof, they are certainly a tantalising option for fitness enthusiasts looking to cut the cord entirely.
Plus, Jaybird’s standard Tarah headphones also present a more budget option for customers.
The buds come with only six-hours of battery life, but offer the same waterproof design for only £89.99.
That means before customers pick up the Tarah Pro headphones, they really need to consider whether the exceptional battery life is worth the added cost, or if they want to spend more on Jaybird’s wire-free Run buds.
The silicone tips provide a secure fit that does not irritate if worn for long periods of time
Jaybird have refined its already robust product formula with the Tarah Pro’s.
The headphones easily offer some of the best audio quality, battery and durability in its class.
These compelling features, combined with Jaybird’s impressive companion app that offers a suite of audio customisation, makes the Tarah Pro’s incredibly easy to recommend for anyone with a keenness for working out or taking part in numerous outdoor activities.
The buds exude quality and provide a tangible feeling of longevity and Jaybird should be praised for producing such a well-rounded and excellent product.
Simply put, anyone in need of headphones that can survive the most strenuous environments need look no further.