Jaybird Tarah Pro(opens in new tab)
Coming in $80 more expensive than the Jaybird Tarahs, the Tarah Pros are resilient earbuds with outstanding battery life, and that woven nylon cable is a godsend, along with full-on sweat-proofing. They may not sound fantastic, but they're passable in that department.
Jaybird Tarah Pro
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The Jaybird Tarah earbuds are comfortable, have more than enough battery for even the longest run, and are made all the better by the Jaybird app. They don't sound awesome, but should do for most people.
Great for less
The 'Pro' means a little extra
Despite the same name, these are earbuds of different classes. I'd put the Tarahs on the low end of what Jaybird has to offer, while the Tarah Pros are nearly at the top of the pile, with the Jaybird X4 in the middle.
|Header Cell - Column 0||Jaybird Tarah Pro||Jaybird Tarah|
|Battery life||14 hours||6 hours|
|Charging time||2 hours||2 hours|
|Quick charge time||5 min for 2 hours of playtime||10 min for 1 hour of playtime|
|Bluetooth range||33 feet||33 feet|
Aside from materials, battery life, and a slight difference in speaker sensitivity, these earbuds are nearly identical. So the decision lies firstly in whether or not you want to shell out the extra $80 for the Tarah Pro, and secondly in how much you value a durable cord and over double the battery life of the Tarah.
When it comes to water resistance, both sets can survive submersion in up to 3 feet of water for half an hour. Neither has been tested for dust ingression, but they're in your ears while you work out, so you should only have sweat to worry about, which actually isn't a worry at all.
Where the Tarah Pro pulls ahead is in its design. The cable is made from woven nylon, which is incredibly durable and won't tangle up as your run or even in your pocket. The Tarah's cable is a soft rubber that kinda just sucks. Fingernail marks are forever, and the cinch on it might as well not be there because it doesn't work.
The Tarah Pro also features rotating earbuds, so you can wrap the cord around your ears and wear the earbuds over the top rather than from the bottom. This is super handy if you prefer a more secure fit while you run.
The downfall of both pairs of earbuds comes twofold: proprietary charging cables and sound. The first on is simple; proprietary charging clips suck and no manufacturer should ever use them. Give me Micro-USB before you give me a charging clip. If you lose yours, you can buy one from Jaybird, but that hassle alone is a near-dealbreaker for me.
My feelings toward how these headphones sound is a little more complicated. As somewhat of an audiophile, I'm unimpressed with these earbuds, but when you take into consideration driver size, materials used, and price, it's actually par for the course. Don't get me wrong; these are not bad-sounding earbuds by any means. But for the price, they're underwhelming. Luckily, the Jaybird app saves the day, and EQing both the Tarah and Tarah Pro makes them more than passable — especially as workout headphones.
For serious runner
Expensive, but worth it for some
If a secure fit, long battery life, and durability are at the top of your list for workout headphones, then you want the Jaybird Tarah Pro. You can take their sound from "meh" to quite good with the Jaybird app, and all that should justify the price if it's what you're looking for.
Great if you can't afford Pro
The Jaybird Tarah is the least expensive way to get into a pair of Jaybird earbuds, and they feature solid battery life, comfortable ear gels, sweat-proofing, and OK sound made great by the Jaybird app.
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