Jaybird’s $100 (£90, $AU150) Tarah is the entry-level mannequin in its 2018-2019 line of wi-fi sports activities headphones, which additionally contains the X4 ($130, £90, AU$190) and Tarah Professional ($160, AU$230, no UK pricing but).
What’s just a little complicated is the headphones look fairly comparable — and all of them characteristic Jaybird’s new buds and fins that present a safer and comfy match. Nonetheless, they do have their variations.
Let’s begin from the highest and work our approach down. The upper-end Tarah Professional is meant to be the most effective of the bunch, boasting a formidable 14 hours of battery life, magnets within the buds (to allow them to kind a closed “necklace” as an alternative of loosely dangling when not in use) and a “no stick” cloth twine that is reflective in case you occur to be operating at night time, in addition to a few different small upgrades. The X4 would not have the magnets or the material twine, however its battery life is rated at eight hours — 2 hours higher than the Tarah. The X4, just like the Tarah Professional, additionally comes with a carrying pouch whereas the Tarah, reviewed right here, would not.
In any other case the Tarah’s core specs are just like its siblings. Not solely is the Tarah sweatproof however Jaybird says it is totally water-resistant, with an IPX7 score, which means it may be totally submersed to 1 meter for as much as 30 minutes. There’s additionally a fast-charge characteristic that offers you 1 hour of play time from a 10-minute cost.
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With any such headphone it is essential to get a decent seal to maximise sound high quality and never lose any bass, and to that finish, Jaybird has included new suggestions and fins that promise a extra comfy, safe match. Whereas the step-up X4 contains new “exclusive-to-Jaybird” Comply Extremely foam suggestions, nevertheless, they are not included with the Tarah. That is not an enormous deal — I used to be extra disenchanted that the Tarah would not include a carrying pouch.
Fortunately Jaybird has a brand new twine administration system known as Velocity Cinch that makes it simple to regulate the twine size. There’s additionally a brand new app that lets you tweak the headphone’s sound and set the headphones to routinely flip off after 15 or 60 minutes when not in use (I set it at 60).