The Jaybird X2 are above-average in-ear headphones with a stable wireless design that's great for sports. They have a decent sound, barely leak, even at high volumes and block ambient noise better than some noise cancelling models. However, the in-ear fit is not comfortable for everyone.
- Excellent leakage perfomance.
- Stable in-ear fit.
- Good noise isolation.
- The in-ear fit is uncomfortable for some.
The Jaybird X2 are stylish, well-crafted headphones. They're super lightweight and have a wireless design that's stable enough for gym use. They easily fit into your pockets and also come with a sturdy case. Unfortunately, the in-ear design is not for everyone, even with the provided foam tips, that help you find a more comfortable fit. The buttons are also a little too small on the inline controls, which is slightly disappointing.
The Jaybird X2 are great looking headphones. They have a sleek, sporty style that feels high-end. They come in a variety of color schemes but typically have a bright, two-toned color palette that's eye-catching and adds to the sporty appeal. The in-ear buds are also not much larger than a typical in-ear model, although these headphones are wireless.
The X2 have typical in-ear fit. If you do not find in-ear headphones to be comfortable, then you will experience the same issues here. On the upside, they are amazingly lightweight and offer a variety of tips, some made of memory foam, which may help you find a more comfortable fit.
The control scheme for these headphones is functional but a little cramped. It offers call/music, track skipping, and volume controls. Unfortunately, the buttons are too small and do not provide good tactile feedback, which makes them slightly difficult to use.
The Jaybird X2 are incredibly stable headphones. They stay in place, while doing sports or any physical activity and come with a variety of stability tips. That combined with the tight in-ear fit, makes these headphones ideal for gym use. Their wireless design also makes it less likely that they will be hooked on something and yanked out of your ears.
The build quality of Jaybird X2 is above-average. The plastic used for in-ear buds feels robust and able to withstand a decent amount of physical pressure without cracking. They're also very lightweight and dense enough, to not get damaged from a couple of drops. However, the cable connecting the earbuds is a little thin and is slightly more susceptible to wear and tear than some other wireless in-ear headphones.
The Jaybird X2 have a decent sound quality and low harmonic distortion. Their bass packs a decent enough punch, to please fans of bass-heavy music. Lead instruments and vocals sound decent but are a little pushed back in the mix. That combined with the slight emphasis in bass and treble makes them sound exciting but also a little muddy and bright. Sadly, they have a poor soundstage due to their closed back in-ear design and won't be ideal for critical listening.
Very good Bass Range performance. The response is virtually flat through out the range, but consistently overemphasized by about 2dB. This makes the sound of these earphones slightly bass-heavy.
Good Mid Range performance. Unlike the Bass Range, the Mid Range is consistently underemphasized by about 3dB. This pushes vocals and leads to the back of the mix, relative to bass and other low instruments.
Average Treble Range. Low-treble is underemphaszied by more than 4dB, which hurts the comprehensibility and presence of vocals/leads. There is a narrow 5dB peak around 8KHz, which could sound sibilant to those with hypertensive ears but the effect is subtle. The two peaks above 10KHz add to the airiness of the sound, however, these frequencies may be too high for some to hear.
Poor soundstage. Due to the in-ear design, these earphones don't active the outer ear resonances, resulting in the soundstage being perceived as artificial or located inside the listener's head. Also, because of the closed back and tight fit, these headphones sound very closed and isolating, hence the poor Openness score.
Very good imaging. Phase response quite good, although it could perform better in the Treble Range. Also, our test unit's drivers were quite well matched in terms of amplitude and frequency response. However, the phase responses are a little mismatched, probably due to the wireless design.
Good distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is quite low in Bass and Mid regions. However, there are a couple of peaks in the Treble Range which exceed 1% of the input and could be perceived as harsh. At 100db SPL there is a general rise in the amount of harmonic distortion, while remaining within good limits.
The Jaybird X2 only isolate passively. Fortunately, they successfully block a lot of noise from entering your audio. They create a tight seal within the ear canal that barely lets any ambient noise in and stops any sound from escaping. They won't be distracting to the people around you at high volumes, even in quieter environments and will fare well in loud settings like a gym or on a busy commute.
Good isolation performance, especially considering that these earphones don't have active noise cancelling. They achieve more than 9dB of isolation in the Bass Range, which although below the recommended value, is quite impressive for a passive design. The overall amount of isolation achieved in the Mid and Treble ranges are more than 22dB and 42dB repectively, both values being excellent.
Excellent leakage. Not only the overall level of the leakage is quite low, but the range is quite narrow too, limited to 3KHz-6KHz. This results in a leakage that is barely noticeable, even at high volumes.
The X2 have a surprisingly great wireless range for a wireless in-ear headphone they also don't have much latency despite using an older Bluetooth 2.1+EDR connection. They won't be the best for watching movies or playing video games, but they perform well above average for wireless latency without the aptX codec. However, they have a mediocre battery life performance. They last longer than most wireless in-ears but not long enough to continuously listen to audio throughout the day. They also do not have any power saving features.
The Jaybird X2 have an above-average wireless range that's great for indoors and outdoors. They're one of our furthest reaching wireless in-ear headphones and didn't drop any audio up to 40 ft when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room. However, they're not the easiest headphones to pair. The press to hold pairing procedure is a little tedious if you're switching between multiple Bluetooth sources, especially since these headphones are only designed to connect via Bluetooth. However, they do instantly connect the previously synced device and provide decent auditory feedback when pairing.
The X2 last surprisingly long on a single charge for wireless in-ear headphones. They also charge relatively fast. This means the battery life for the X2 is quite decent, but the lack of an auto-off timer and the fact you can't charge and play audio at the same time makes the overall battery performance mediocre at best. Also you still have to charge them at least once throughout a day if used continuously.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Jaybird X2 Headphones
- Earbud tips (x6 sizes)
- Stability tips (x3 sizes)
- USB charging cable
- Carrying case