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Best Jaybird Headphones - 2017
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We have currently reviewed 3 Jaybird headphones. They're a popular brand that makes sports-oriented headphones ideal for running and working out.

Compared to other brands

  • Compact and Portable Designs. All the Jaybird headphones are in-ear models that easily can fit into your pants pockets. They have a portable design that's made even more compact with some of their newer models thanks to their removable charging clip.
  • Stable for Sports. The Jaybird headphones come with multiple tip sizes and additional stability tips to help you find a comfortable and stable fit. They're rarely fall out of your ears and they're stable enough to go running with.
  • Above-Average Sound Quality. All the Jaybird headphones we've reviewed so far have an above-average sound quality. They typically have an excellent frequency response, which is somewhat offset by their poor soundstage due to their closed, in-ear design.
  • No Variety. Jaybird does not make a lot of headphone types. Most of the headphones available on their website and that we've tested have been in-ear models. They do fairly well for mixed usage but they have no specific models for critical listeners or listeners who prefer the fit and comfort of an over/on-ear design. If you do not find in-ears comfortable, then despite the multiple tips that Jaybird provides with its headphones, they won't be the ideal brand for you.

Overall, Jaybird makes sports headphones, and they do it well. Most of their headphones are compact, easy to carry on you and stable enough for working out or running. They are decently well-built headphones that passively isolate better than some noise canceling models. However, they only provide in-ear designs that may not be comfortable for everyone.

Best Jaybird Headphones

Jaybird only has two lineups for now: the X series and the Freedoms, which are both in-ears lineups

  • =  The main Jaybird lineup, which consists of versatile sports headphones.
  • Freedom = A more compact variation of the X series that makes the headphones lighter but adds an external charging clip.

Best Jaybird Headphones for mixed usage

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
7.4Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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6.7Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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7.6Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
8.0Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
7.7Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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The best Jaybird headphones for mixed usage are the X3. The X2 perform a bit better in most categories and situations but the difference is not that significant, and the X3 support the Jaybird MySound App. This gives you access to a parametric equalizer that allows you to customize and personalize the sound of the X3 to your liking. You can also share your configuration through the app with other X3 users, which is not available on the X2.

See our review

Best Jaybird Headphones for sports

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
7.5Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
6.8Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
7.6Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
8.1Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
7.8Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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The Freedom are the best Jaybird earbuds for sports. Although they're slightly less stable than the X3 and X2, they're still great headphones to go running with and they're a bit more compact. They also perform as well as the X2 for all the other use cases, which make them a solid recommendation for all listeners. However, the external charging clip can be a bit bothersome at times.

See our review

Conclusion

Jaybird makes great sports headphones that are versatile enough for everyday use. They have sleek-looking in-ear models with an above-average sound and portable design that easily fits into any pocket. However, their lack of variety means that if you don't find in-ear headphones comfortable, then they may not be the best brand for you.

See our recommendations for the best sports headphones.

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