Let’s start by asking the question, are these the best sub $50 Bluetooth workout headphones you can buy? Quite possibly, let’s find out in this in-depth Jaybird Tarah review.
To say that Jaybird took the headphone world by storm when they entered the market a few years ago would be an understatement. Universally praised by users and reviewers alike, the company has only gone from strength to strength with every new set that they release onto the market.
But, our favorite set of Jaybird headphones of all time has to go to the ‘Tarah’. The 2018 offering originally hit the market at a cool $100, but with advancements in the market, we have seen deals at lower than half of that price!
These may be a couple of years old now, and yes, they were not a flagship model even when they were first released. But somehow, Jaybird have managed to squeeze in most of the perks you find in the more expensive sets.
They are still one of (if not the) best set of budget wireless headphones on the market, and are perfect for anyone looking for a new set of training earbuds that won’t cost an arm and a leg!
Design and Construction
Keeping in line with the aesthetic, we are now used to seeing for Jaybird. The Tarah looks (and feels) very similar to the company’s flagship model, the X4. The neckband sports the same button layout as their more expensive cousin, and the cinch cord management system has also been included.
This is super handy for keeping an extra cable from flapping around while you train.
But the Tarah is not just aesthetically similar to the X4!
Internally Jaybird has included the same drivers that we find in the X4. And this is one of the main reasons that this set of neckband earbuds really shines. Workout headphones need to fulfill a few important categories. These include being long-lasting comfortable, with bullet-proof sweat resistance, and having a strong battery.
But one category that is often overlooked in the world of sport earbuds is sound quality. Not here. The sound stage is fantastic, bright, and roomy. And once you have paired these headphones to the companion app, you are given a satisfying amount of control over the EQ.
What’s in the box?
Jaybird have included a huge range of tip options, with several regular buds and a couple of sport style wingtips included. Both options are very comfortable, but we ended up using the medium-sized wingtips for most of our testing period. We had zero issues with them falling out, and the passive noise isolation provided is excellent.
In terms of waterproofing, again, the Tarah matches the more expensive X4 with the same IPX7 certification. This means you can use them for the most intense workouts and not worry about the sweat damaging them. You can even use these outdoors during light rain without having to worry, just don’t take them swimming!
Sound and Performance
As previously mentioned, the sound quality is really where the Jaybird Tarah sport earbuds stand out from the rest of the workout headphone pack! The 6mm drivers provided a truly impressive listening experience, and they easily compete against other brands more expensive sets.
From what we can tell, the soundstage is almost identical to the X4. The only exception to this rule is that the bass has been slightly lowered, which we noticed while listening to ‘Take Five’ by the all-time Jazzman Dave Brubeck.
The walking slap bassline is not as noticeable as when listening through the X4, but with the mids pushed slightly more forward, the rest of the quartet fills the room left by the bass.
‘Black or white’ by the king of pop himself – Micheal Jackson, shows use the full range of these headphones. The opening guitar riff and synth drums lead into the upbeat swing and powerful vocals, all of which is covered perfectly by the Tarah.
The tonal balance and clarity make these a joy to use for any genre of music – or if you are like us and sometimes prefer podcasts to music while training, then you are in for a treat.
But don’t get us wrong…
There are certainly better sounding headphones available on the market today, but for the price (especially with the deals available right now!), we reckon that the Jaybird Tarah wirefree sport earbuds are a bargain that you certainly don’t want to miss out on! This is particularly true if you are prone to losing or breaking earbuds while exercising.
Let’s be honest the 6-hour battery life does leave a little to be desired here, especially these days when there are sets that offer considerably better battery options.
Wait a second, though…
Don’t be too hasty to write these bad boys off! During testing, we were able to actually squeeze a little longer out of them, with an average of 6 hours 43 minutes playback when we used the headphones at 75% volume, which is loud enough in almost every situation.
And with fast-charge capabilities, even when the battery did get low, we were able to top up the tank in no time. Just plug the Jaybird Tarah in for 10 minutes, and the battery will last for at least another full hour – and it only takes two hours to get back to a full tank of juice!
More than enough…
Yes, there are many headphones on the market these days that beat out the Tarah when it comes to battery life. But, in all honesty, we never found this to be an issue. As long as you are not expecting these to last for long-haul flights, then we don’t think you will be disappointed!
Incorporating a Class 2 Bluetooth 5.0 system, we did not have a single connection issue during our testing week. Simply put, as long as you stay within 30 feet (10 meters) of your connected device, then we don’t see you having any problems either. With multiple codecs supported, it won’t matter which device you use, as all bases are covered.
Jaybird Tarah Review Pros and Cons
- Our top pick for sport headphones.
- Amazing value for the money.
- Super comfortable.
- Custom EQ settings.
- IPX7 waterproof rating.
- 6mm drivers that provide next-level sound.
- Fast charging.
- Proprietary charging cable.
Looking for more great workout options?
If so, check out our reviews of the Best Earbuds for Running currently available.
Or if you need a general set of earbuds, it’s worth taking a look at our reviews of the Best Sound Quality Earbuds, the Best Noise Isolating Earbuds, the Most Comfortable Earbuds, the Best Airpods Alternative, the Best Earbuds Under 100 Dollars, the Best iPhone Earbuds, the Best Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, and the Best Wireless Earbuds For Small Ears on the market 2020.
Jaybird Tarah Review – The Final Word
What else is there to say?
With all the most important factors firmly covered, and all in a very good looking little package, there really isn’t much else to say about the Jaybird Tarah!
And we know we have said it already, but there has never, ever been a better time to buy! We continually check for the best deals on all the products we review, so there is nothing else to do but check out all the fantastic deals on offer!