Replace: Jaybird have been busy. In latest months the sports activities audio model has introduced the reasonably priced Jaybird Tarah, a brand new Pro Series range, in addition to the Jaybird X4 – presently underneath evaluate – as a successor to the well-received headphones we've reviewed under. For our unique evaluate of the Jaybird X3, although, learn on…
When Jaybird launched the Jaybird X2 wi-fi headphones, they shortly turned a favourite for athletes and informal listeners alike. Their status grew due to rugged development, spectacular sound high quality and, above all else a decent value that simply saved dropping.
The appropriately named X3s carry the Jaybird torch onwards, enhancing on virtually each function of their predecessor and managing to hit the market at a decrease price whereas doing so ($129, £109, AU$199).
As with the X2s, the X3s are focused on the sportier types, with endorsement from athletes Lauren Fleshman and Brandon Johnson in addition to a variety of options that’ll enchantment to extra lively customers. However lots of those self same options additionally make the headphones simply as handy for the informal listener with out pushing the value up an excessive amount of.
The headphones include a large number of becoming choices, with three completely different sizes of fins, Comply foam suggestions and silicone suggestions, in addition to a shirt clip and two cable-shortening clips.
In consequence, the customisation course of can maybe be a bit tedious and fiddly (significantly the cable-shortening clips), however when you’ve discovered your superb mixture you shouldn’t have to regulate it once more.
It’s value mentioning that two separate units of the Jaybird X3 we acquired had the medium silicone suggestions (those connected to the headphones on delivery) distinctly warped. It appeared just like the silicone had shrivelled a bit and, because of this, neither held its form nor sealed appropriately. Not one of the different suggestions had this problem so we assume it's a packaging downside.
The fin-style securing methodology is a god-send for the bespectacled person, as over-ear and on-ear headphones can find yourself being painful or simply incompatible altogether with the arms of your glasses. In addition they work deceptively properly at conserving the ear-pieces safe when transferring about.
With a sweat-proof design, light-weight and compact construct, and loads of strategies of securing them, the X3s are properly geared up to deal with the rigours of bodily train — the actor voicing the power-status and battery-percentage alerts even sounds just like the vocal embodiment of activewear.
Regardless of the marginally over-energized voice, it offers you a really clear indication of the standing of your headphones — whether or not they’re related, what battery proportion (in increments of 20) they’re sitting at, and whether or not you’re powering on or powering off. Given there’s little or no visible indication, that is very helpful.
Regardless of their athletic focus, the headphones nonetheless endure from occasional connection loss, particularly when your cellphone is in your left (and generally even proper) pants’ pocket, an issue that also plagues many wi-fi and really wi-fi headphones in the marketplace.
This may be prevented by utilizing a cellphone sports activities armband to get your gadget nearer to the Bluetooth receiver that appears to be positioned within the headphones distant, or when not exercising you should use your shirt’s breast pocket. Neither of those are overly handy although.
Past these drop-outs, the sound high quality is phenomenal contemplating the X3s are each cheap and wi-fi.
We discovered the silicone suggestions offered a barely higher seal than the Comply foam suggestions, and because of this supplied greater audio constancy, albeit with a equally slight drop in consolation.
The inventory audio profile is comparatively treble-skewed, however due to the free Jaybird MySound app (accessible on iOS and Android), you should use a five-band EQ to fine-tune the acoustics or change between a wide range of presets and user-created profiles.
These profiles save to your headphones relatively than to the playback gadget, that means you possibly can set it as soon as after which use it throughout any of your different gadgets without having to re-tune.
A lot of the X3’s design adjustments over the X2s are for the higher — a smaller profile permits them to suit underneath helmets and hats, an improve to Bluetooth four.1 offers longer battery-life (eight hours) and the power to pair two gadgets, and assist for the aforementioned MySound app makes for extremely malleable sound.
Options of the X2 which have remained are, for probably the most half, those that tick the most important bins. The sweat- and dust-proof design is crucial if you wish to work out to some tunes, and a load off the thoughts of the on a regular basis listener caught in a drizzle. Their compact measurement, wi-fi nature, and superior sound undoubtedly bely their value.
Sadly the smaller profile implies that the X3s now cost with a proprietary charging dock — though the tiny dock nonetheless makes use of micro-USB. Whereas the higher-end Jaybird Freedom vary has made this dock double as a conveyable charging pack, the X3’s is simply one other piece of paraphernalia that you simply’ll both need to depart at dwelling, or threat shedding.
Each this and the intermittent drop-outs are going to have an effect on every person in several methods — some could not thoughts having a single charging dock left at dwelling, and others could not ever expertise the audio slicing out (we discovered the issue lessened when in enclosed areas or in bigger crowds).
This actually is a superb pair of sports activities earphones on the entire, and the failings we’ve talked about are comparatively minor for what’s in any other case an outstanding wi-fi providing at a stellar price-point.
We’d comfortably advocate these to health club junkies, audio purists and common Joe’s alike (don’t fear, you’re particular in your personal manner), and whereas ready for Bluetooth connections to enhance their reliability is an choice, at this value it isn’t value lacking out.
- For some extra in-ear headphone suggestions, try our information to the best in-ear headphones.