The Jaybird Run are great truly wireless sports headphones, decent enough for most use cases. They have a stable and compact in-ear design that stays put thanks to the stability fins and multiple tip options. They isolate well enough for most commutes and their low leakage means you will rarely distract anyone around you even at max volume. Unfortunately, their latency is a bit too high for watching videos or gaming. Also, their case and control schemes could be improved.
The Jaybird Run are decently well made truly wireless in-ears, with a sturdy and stable design. They're compact and don't stick out of your ears like the Apple AirPods or the Bose SoundSport Free. They're also above-average comfortable, and stable and breathable enough for sports and most activities. Unfortunately, the earbuds do not feel as premium as some of the other truly wireless designs we've tested. Their case is also bulky, plasticky and feels a bit cheap. Their control scheme is counter-intuitive and forces you to chose between being able to skip tracks or having control over the volume level which is a little disappointing.
The Jaybird Run are rugged and decently sturdy looking truly wireless headphones. They're not much bigger than typical in-ear headphones, which make them one of the smaller truly wireless design available for now. They do not stick out of your ears like the Bose SoundSport Free or the WF-1000X. They have a stylish two-tone color scheme that makes them a bit more recognizable at a distance. Unfortunately, they do not feel as premium as the AirPods or the Gear IconX, which is noticeable in their build quality upon closer inspection.
These are lightweight and angled earbuds, which makes them a bit more comfortable than typical in-ears like the Jabra Elite Sport or the Jabra Elite 65t. They come with 4 tip sizes and 4 additional stability tips to help you find the right fit, but they still put a bit of pressure within the ear canal. If you do not find in-ears comfortable, then these headphones won't be the ideal headphones for you even if they fit the contours of your ear a little better than average.
Update: 04/04/2019: We've updated the comfort score after comparing the Jaybird Run and RunXT to more recent turly wireless releases. The comfort test is done as a group to better reflect a typical user's experience.
These earbuds have a mediocre control scheme that delivers a decent set of functions but can be a bit cumbersome to use. They provide call/music, track skipping and voice-enabled controls via Google assistant or Siri but no default volume control or triple press to rewind or repeat. Unfortunately, you have to switch between a different control scheme profiles if you want to have access to volume control s but then you cannot use the voice-enabled controls or have track skipping at the same time which is disappointing. The button placement also forces you to push the earbuds deeper into your ear canal just to change songs.
The wireless in-ear design makes them a super breathable headset to use for sports. The Jaybird Run barely cause any temperature change even after an hour of intense exercise since they do not cover your ears. They do trap a little heat in the ear canal due to their in-ear design and stability fins, but the difference is negligible and won't make you sweat more than usual.
The Jaybird Run are small truly wireless in-ear buds that will fit in almost any pocket. They're bit smaller than most of the other truly wireless headphones we've tested so far like the SoundSport Free. Unfortunately, they come with a pretty bulky case that reduces their portability overall.
These earbuds come with a hard plastic charging case that will protect the headphones from drops and mild impacts. However, the case is quite bulky compared to other truly wireless designs, which means they won't fit as nicely in your pockets as the Apple AirPods or the Samsung Gear IconX.
The Jaybird Run have a sturdy and durable build quality. The earbuds feel dense enough that they won't break from a couple of accidental falls. Unfortunately, the build quality of the case feels cheap and plasticky. Overall the Run are decently well-built headphones that should be durable enough to last you but feel less premium than a lot of the other truly wireless headphones we've tested like the BEO Play E8, the Jabra Elite Active 65t or the Apple AirPods. They also don't have an official IPX rating for sweat and water resistance which is surprising. The newer Run XT model are rated IPX7, which is good for sports headphones.
The Jaybird Run earbuds are excellent sports headphones with a stable in-ear design and multiple stability fins for a more secure fit. Once in your ears, they rarely move around even during more intensive workouts. They have more tips and multiple stability fins to help you achieve a more secure fit than with the JBL Free X. However, you cannot adjust the stability tips on the go like the Pixel Buds, which means if you don't have the right tip sizes, then they won't be as stable.
The Jaybird Run is an average sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones, with a sound profile identical to that of the Jaybird X3. They have deep, balanced, and punchy bass, with just the right amount of thump and body, but they tend to sound a bit boomy and muddy in the upper bass region. Their mid-range is also very good and even, but a bit recessed, giving less emphasis to vocals and lead instruments. The treble of the Run, just like the X3, lacks a bit of detail on voices and lead instruments and does sound a bit sharp on S and T sounds. Also, like most in-ears, they don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage.
The bass is very good. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music, is quite flat and only 1.4dB over our target response. This means they have just the right amount of thump and rumble, without being overpowering. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of the bass guitars and the punch of the kick drums, is also virtually flat and only 1.5dB over our target. However, high-bass, responsible for warmth, shows a 5dB bump, which can make the bass of a bit boomy and cluttered. Overall, the bass is well-extended, balanced, and punchy, but slightly boomy and muddy sounding.
The mid-range is very good. The overall response is quite even and relatively flat but shows a wide 8dB dip centered around 700Hz. This nudges vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix by giving more emphasis to the bass section. Overall, their mid-range sounds slightly recessed on voices and instruments.
The treble response is mediocre. The 5dB dip around 4KHz negatively affects the presence and articulation of vocals and lead instruments. The 10dB peaks at 7KHz and 10KHz could make the S and T sounds (sibilances) sharp and piercing on overly bright tracks. Overall, the treble sounds a bit sibilant and lacks some detail.
The frequency response consistency is excellent. If the user is able to achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips, then the Jaybird Run should be getting a consistent bass and treble delivery with each re-seat. However, if a proper seal is not achieved, the user will experience a noticeable drop in bass.
The Jaybird Run have great imaging. Their weighted group delay is 0.1 which is among the lowest we have measured, and typical of most closed-back in-ears. This results in a tight bass reproduction and a transparent treble. The L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response. This ensures accurate placement and localization of objects, such as footsteps, voices, and instruments in the stereo field.
The soundstage of the Jaybird Run is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.
The harmonic distortion performance of the Jaybird Run is average. The overall THD response is a bit elevated, especially in the treble range. This could make the treble range to sound a bit harsh and impure. On the plus side, there doesn't seem to be a jump in THD in the bass range at higher volumes, which is good. This suggests they should be able to handle a good amount of EQ boost in the bass range.
The Jaybird Run block enough noise passively to be a decent option for commuting and traveling. However, since they are not noise-canceling headphones like the Sony WF-1000X, they do not quite block low-frequency noises as well. On public transit, you will hear the rumbling sounds of the engine and the ambient chatter of the people around you if you're not listening to music. But on the upside, since they barely leak, you can mask even more ambient noise by playing your music at higher volumes.
The isolation performance is decent. They perform nearly identically to the X3 in the isolation test. In the bass range, where the rumble of plane and bus engines are located, they reduce outside noise by more than 8dB which is decent. But it is quite impressive for a headphone with passive noise cancellation. In the mid-range, which is crucial for blocking speech, the Jaybird Run achieve 19dB of isolation, which is very good. In the treble, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they also achieve a very good reduction of 42dB.
The Jaybird Run, like most other closed-back in-ears, have an excellent leakage performance. The majority of their leakage is located in the treble range, around 2KHz, and the overall level of the leakage is extremely low. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 27dB SPL and peaks at 39dB SPL which is way below the noise floor of an average office. It should be possible to play very loud music with these headphones in a quiet place such as an elevator, and not have anyone notice it. This is something that is not possible with open-back earbuds such as the Apple AirPods and the Google Pixel Buds.
The integrated microphone of the Jaybird Run is mediocre. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with mic will sound, thin, muffled, and lacking in detail. However, it will still be decently intelligible. In noisy situations, however, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise, even in moderately loud environments such as a busy street.
This microphone has a mediocre recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 258Hz indicates a recorded/transmitted speech that sounds a bit thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.3KHz means that speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound relatively muffled and lacking in detail. However, it will still be easily comprehensible since speech intelligibility is mainly dependent on the 500Hz-4KHz range.
The integrated microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, the Jaybird Run achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 13dB, which is below-average. This means that they are best suited for quiet environments, as they may struggle to fully separate speech from ambient noise even in moderately loud places.
The Jaybird Run have an above-average app and a decent battery life. You can listen continuously up to 3.8 hours and the case holds 2 additional charges. This means you get an extra 8 hours for a total of 12 hours of battery life if you take breaks during your listening sessions. It's decent but won't be ideal for more heavy users. On the upside, the Jaybird MySound app gives you a good parametric equalizer and an alternate control scheme for volume control instead of track skipping and voice assistance.
They have a decent battery life of 3.8 hours and their case provides two additional charges which result in 12 hours of total battery life. It's decent for most use cases and should be enough to last you a day if you do not have long continuous listening sessions. However, they won't be ideal for more heavy users. On the upside, they do not take too long to charge and have a quick charge feature that gives 50 minutes of play time from 10 minutes charge. It's a decent battery life overall but won't last as long as some of the more recent truly wireless headphones we've tested like the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. The Run also do not have any unique battery features like a power bank that can charge some of your devices like the Xfyro xS2.
Update: 05/17/2019: We've updated the review since we had previously listed the Jaybird app as not having an in-app player, but it has an integrated one for Spotify Premium users.
Update: 08/03/2019: We've updated the app score of the Jaybird MySound app to reflect the customization level of their Equalizer. Unlike most phone apps, they have a parametric EQ compared to a typical 5-band graphic one. The Jaybird MySound is an above-average app for iOS and Android that gives you access to an excellent parametric equalizer and a community-oriented design to share your presets and playlists. There are also two extra features unique to these earbuds. You can find the last known location of the earbuds if you misplace them and you can switch to an alternate control scheme that changes the right and left buttons to volume controls instead of track skipping and voice assistance. While they lack some additional features like room effects, the app still feels like a useful tool to personalize the sound profile to better match your tastes and mood. If you prefer a more bass heavy sounding truly wireless headset and don't usually dive deeper into customization options, then consider the Skullcandy Push instead.
The Jaybird Run Wireless only connect via Bluetooth. They cannot pair simultaneous with two devices but do keep the last synced devices in memory for auto-pairing once you open the case. They have a good wireless range of 35ft indoors when the source is likely to be obstructed and up to 80ft in direct line of sight. Unfortunately, they have quite a bit of latency which is fine for streaming audio and listening to podcasts but won't be suitable for watching videos or gaming.
They only connect to other devices via Bluetooth. They are not compatible with consoles via Bluetooth, and do not support NFC or multi devices pairing simultaneously but do remember the last sync device for auto-pairing when you open the charging case.
The Jaybird Run have a charging case that delivers up to 8 hours of extra battery life. However, it has no inputs and isn't used to pair the earbuds to new devices, which is done by pressing and holding the right earbud.
These headphones have a good wireless range of 35ft when the Bluetooth source was obstructed by walls and up to 80ft in direct line of sight. It's a slightly lower range than the Jaybird X3 but should be more than enough for everyday use cases, especially if you keep your paired device on you. However the right is the master earbud, so obstructing would cause more connection drops.
The Jaybird Run earbuds have more latency than typical Bluetooth headsets which makes them poorly suited for watching movies and gaming.
The Jaybird Run are good truly wireless sports headphones. They support the MySound app from Jaybird which gives them good customization options. They're decently comfortable, compact and isolate well enough for most environments. This makes them versatile enough for most use cases but they're best used for sports. They sound a bit too sharp for critical listening and have too much latency for gaming and watching movies. See our recommendations for the best Bluetooth earbuds, best noise cancelling earbuds and the best true wireless earbuds.
The Jaybird Run XT are an upgraded version of the previous Jaybird Run model and are slightly better, but may not be worth the upgrade if you have the first ones. The XT have better wireless range and now have an official IPX7 rating for water and sweat resistance, which the Run didn’t have. The XT also offer slightly more battery life, but that’s about it. Weirdly enough, the newer XT models have way more latency than the original model, which wasn’t great to start with.
The Jaybird Run are a slightly better headset than the Bose SoundSport Free. The Run have a more compact and portable design than the Free. They also have a customizable app that lets you EQ their sound profile to your liking, unlike the Bose. On the upside, the Bose have a better build quality that feels more durable than the Run. They also have an earbud fit that most will prefer over the fit of the Jaybird Run. Lastly, the Bose sound a lot better out of the box than the Jaybirds, although they do not have an EQ so you won't be able to edit their sound quality like with the Jaybird Run.
The Jabra Elite 65t are very similar in performance to the Jaybird Run. The Elite 65t have a more stable Bluetooth 5.0 connection, with a better latency performance and a longer cumulative battery life at 15hrs, compared to the 12hrs of the Jaybird Run. The Jabra are also a bit more customizable than the Jaybird Run thanks to their more feature-packed app, and they also have a slightly better build quality for their earbuds compared to the Run. On the other hand, the Jaybird Run have a slightly more comfortable in-ear fit with multiple tip options to find the right fit for you. They're also a bit more stable to use at the gym, thanks to the provided stability fins compared to the one-size-fits-all of the Jabra.
The Jaybird Run are slightly better headphones overall when compared to the Jabra Elite Sport. The Elite Sport have a more rugged, durable design with better controls. They also have a better case that's sturdier and a lot more compact than that of the Jaybirds. The Jabra also have more sports-oriented features with their app, a longer battery life, and better controls than the Jaybirds. On the other hand, the Run have a more comfortable in-ear fit that most will prefer over that of the Jabra. They also have a better default sound quality and come with a more streamlined app that delivers a good EQ, so you can better adjust them to sound the way you like.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are slightly better than the Jaybird Run, although not by much. The Jaybird have a more comfortable in-ear fit and come with a few stability fin options, which makes them a bit more stable for running and for different ear shapes and sizes. On the other hand, the Elite 65t have a more stable Bluetooth connection and can pair to multiple devices at once. The Jabras also have a longer continuous battery life than the Jaybird, but overall they have a similar sound and isolation performance and would both be a good choice for sports.
The JBL Free are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Jaybird Run, but have a lot more flaws with their wireless connection, which may be a deal breaker for some. The Jaybird have a customizable sound, so you can adjust them to match what you're listening to. They also have a bit more tip options and sizes, which make them slightly more comfortable than the JBL. On the other hand, the JBL have a better-balanced default sound quality. They also come with a better case that's slightly more portable overall and provides a longer battery life than the Run.
The Samsung Gear IconX are much better, truly wireless headphones than the Jaybird Run. The Gear IconX have 4GB of onboard storage and a more health-focused app that includes a built-in coach to keep track of your workout progress. They are more compact and easier to carry around than the Jaybird Run, and thanks to all the additional features, they are slightly better for sports. On the upside, the Run have a more customizable sound thanks to the 5-band EQ provided by the Jaybird MySound app. The Run also have slightly less latency than the Gear IconX, although neither would be ideal for watching a lot of video content.
The Jaybird Run are different but similar in performance to the Jaybird X3, especially for sport. The Run are a truly wireless headset that's a bit more compact when out of their case and more stable for running than the Jaybird X3. The Run also have a longer cumulative battery life but a lot shorter continuous playtime. On the other hand, the X3 are a lot easier to use with a full set of controls that's more efficient than that of the Jaybird Run. They also have a better latency and wireless range than the Run. But overall both headphones support the MySound App by Jaybird which makes them customizable and a good choice for sports.
The Jaybird Run are better headphones than the Skullcandy Push. They have a more accurate audio reproduction and also have a mobile app to let you EQ them to your liking. Their design is also more comfortable, and they included different stability fin sizes, which don't come with the Push. However, the Push have a better control scheme to use on the go, and they offer more battery life on a single charge.
The Jaybird Run are a slightly better truly wireless headset than the Sony WF-1000X. The Run have a more comfortable and stable fit for the gym than the Sonys. They also have a much more customizable sound that you can fully EQ, unlike the Sonys, which only have presets. The Jaybird also have a much better latency performance, although they won't be the best headphones for watching videos since their latency is also fairly high. On the upside, the WF-1000X have a better build quality and a more premium-looking design. They also come with a more portable and sturdy case that also supports NFC pairing. The Sony also isolate more in noisy conditions with their more typical in-ear fit and active noise cancellation, though their ANC is not that strong and should not be the defining feature for getting these headphones.
The Beoplay E8 are a slightly better truly wireless headset than the Jaybird Run. The E8 have a sleeker, more premium-looking design and a better isolation performance with their in-ear fit. They also have a smaller and more portable charging case and better default controls than the Jaybird Run. On the other hand, the Run have a slightly more stable design for sports thanks to the multiple wing tip sizes for different ears. They also have a more customizable app support that gives them a better control over their sound profile than the E8s.
The JBL Endurance Peak are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Jaybird Run, but not by much. The Endurance Peak sound better overall, but it’s possible to tweak the sound of the Jaybird Run with the Jaybird MySound app, which you can’t do with the Peak. Although their isolation performance is similar, the Jaybird Run are much more comfortable than the Endurance Peak. The Run also have a better microphone and less latency than the Peak, but their wireless range isn’t as good, and the JBL Endurance Peak have a better control scheme.
The Jaybird Run are better headphones than the XFYRO xS2. They have a more comfortable and better-built design. They also have a sound profile that follows our neutral target curve better and they also have a companion app that lets you EQ them to your preference. Their stability fins are also very useful for more intense sports and the headphones won’t come out of your ears. However, the XFYRO have better wireless range and better isolation performance, which make them a decent option for commuting.
Then Jaybird Run are a slightly better sports headphone than the Jaybird Freedom 2. The Run are truly wireless headphones that are a lot more compact than the Freedoms once out of their case. They also have a longer battery overall although they do not last quite as long on a single change The Freedoms, on the other hand, have easier to use control, better range, and a slightly more comfortable earbud-like fit. On the upside both headphones are customizable thanks to the MySound app, and both headphones would be a good choice for sports.