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Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Apr 15, 2020 at 08:32 am
Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
6.7
Neutral Sound
7.6
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
5.3
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Jaybird Run XT are a slight upgrade of the previous version, the Jaybird Run Truly Wireless, but they're still very similar. These headphones are a great choice for the gym thanks to their very stable fit and IPX7 rating for sweat and water resistance, though this isn't something we test for. They're also versatile enough for daily use thanks to their decent noise isolation, which will help give you some peace on your daily commute and keep you concentrated in the office. Unfortunately, their control scheme can be difficult to use and lacks some common functionality. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced with a bit of extra bass, but can easily be customized via a parametric EQ within their companion app.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

The Jaybird Run XT are decent headphones for mixed usage. Their out-of-the-box sound profile is a bit cluttered and bass-heavy, but their companion app gives you access to a parametric EQ, so you can customize the way they sound. They're stable enough for most strenuous workouts, and their in-ear fit isolates a decent amount of ambient noise. Unfortunately, their 4.5-hour battery life won't be long enough to get through a full work day, but they charge in under an hour, which is great.

Pros
  • Fairly versatile sound profile.
  • Good customization options in app, including parametric EQ.
  • Compact and stable sports design.
Cons
  • Poor controls.
  • Slightly bulky in-ear design may not be comfortable for long periods.
6.7 Neutral Sound

The Jaybird Run XT are alright for neutral sound listening. They have a deep 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 very good and even, but unfortunately, the treble range lacks detail on voices and lead instruments and sounds fairly sharp on S and T sounds. On the bright side, you can fully customize their sound through a parametric EQ in their companion app.

7.6 Commute/Travel

The Jaybird Run XT are a good choice for commuting or travel. They do a good job of isolating out ambient noise, and they'll even help a little at blocking out the low rumble of bus or plane engines. While their battery life should be long enough for your work commute, you might need to take breaks to charge them during long flights. On the bright side, they barely leak any audio, so you should be able to listen at higher volumes without disturbing people surrounding you.

8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Jaybird Run XT are great for sports. As the name suggests, they're designed for sports and, thanks to their stability fins, they don’t move around during physical activity. Like with most in-ears, they won't cause your ears to get hot, and they're rated IPX7 for sweat and water resistance, though this isn't something we test for. Unfortunately, their button layout can be a bit difficult to use since you have to choose between volume controls and being able to skip tracks, which is a little disappointing.

6.8 Office

The Jaybird Run XT are decent for the office. They isolate well against work environment noises like ambient chatter and A/C systems and since they barely leak, you can listen at higher volumes without disturbing your coworkers. Unfortunately, their battery will need to be charged up every 4.5 hours, and their slightly bulky in-ear fit isn't the most comfortable for long listening sessions.

5.5 Wireless Gaming

The Jaybird Run XT aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They have very high latency on PC and iOS which will likely result in some lag. While their latency should be low enough on Android for gaming, their integrated microphone is mediocre overall.

5.3 Wired Gaming

The Jaybird Run XT are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.

6.4 Phone Calls

The Jaybird Run XT are mediocre for phone calls. Like with most Bluetooth in-ears, their integrated microphone makes them good for taking calls on-the-go, but unfortunately, their microphone doesn't perform very well. Your voice will sound muffled and lacking in detail and will easily get drowned out in even moderately noisy environments.

  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.7 Neutral Sound
  • 7.6 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.8 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.4 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/20/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Jaybird Run XT look almost identical to the previous model, the Jaybird Run Truly Wireless, but without silver accents around the earbuds. While the earbuds themselves are fairly bulky, they don’t stick out of your ear too much, which is nice. They have an understated design that isn't too flashy, and while we bought the black model, they're also available in gray.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0.0 lbs

The Jaybird Run XT are very lightweight and decently comfortable. They come with a few tip and fin sizes to help you find the best fit. However, the earbuds are fairly bulky and put a bit of pressure within the ear canal.

4.8
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Mediocre
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The controls of Jaybird Run XT are bad, and they suffer from the same issues as the previous version. While you can pause/play music, skip to the next track, and answer/hang up phone calls, their control scheme lacks a default volume control and you can’t rewind or go to the previous track. While you can set your preferred controls inside their dedicated app, you can’t have volume controls and play/pause simultaneously. The single button on each bud is also very hard to press, meaning that you need to push the headphones even deeper into your ear canal, which can be quite uncomfortable, especially with multi-press commands.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

The Jaybird Run XT's wireless in-ear design makes them a super breathable headset to use for sports. 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.

9.5
Design
Portability
L 0.7 "
W 1.3 "
H 1.3 "
Volume 1.2 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most truly wireless headphones, the Jaybird Run XT are very portable and fit in most pockets and bags. Their charging case is a bit taller than some other options but should still fit in most pockets.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.7 "
W 1.3 "
H 1.3 "
Volume 4.6 Cu. Inches

These earbuds come with a hard charging case that will protect the headphones from drops and mild impacts. However, the case is a bit bulky compared to other truly wireless designs, which means they won't fit as nicely in your pockets as the Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless, or the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Jaybird Run XT's build quality is good. They feel almost identical to the previous model but are now rated IPX7 for water resistance, though this isn't something we currently test for. While the case feels a bit plasticky, both the earbuds and the case feel quite solid overall and should survive a few accidental drops or bumps. If you want a pair of headphones that look and feel even more durable, check out the B&O PLAY Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019 or the JBL UA True Wireless Flash.

8.0
Design
Stability

Once you achieve a proper fit with the included tips and stability fins, the Jaybird Run XT feel very stable in the ear. Even during strenuous workouts or runs they don't move around much at all and should stay in place. However, you can't adjust the stability tips on-the-go, like with the Google Pixel Buds Wireless.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Jaybird Run XT earbuds
  • 3 stability fin sizes
  • 4 tip sizes
  • Charging case
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.48 db
Treble Amount
-3.66 db

The Jaybird Run XT's sound profile is somewhat well-balanced but will likely sound a little bass-heavy and dull. While they'll be well-suited to genres like EDM or hip-hop, they should be versatile for most other popular music genres as well.

9.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.15 dB

Like with most in-ears, the Jaybird Run XT's frequency response consistency is excellent. As long as you achieve a proper fit with the included tips, you should experience their sound profile the same way every time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.6
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.36 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.19 dB
Mid-Bass
3.75 dB
High-Bass
4.59 dB

The Jaybird Run XT's bass accuracy is good. The entire range is fairly even, with just a bit of overemphasis, especially in the high-bass range. This means that overall the bass is balanced and punchy, but might be slightly boomy and muddy-sounding.

8.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.89 dB
Low-Mid
1.94 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.06 dB
High-Mid
-0.04 dB

The Jaybird Run XT's mid-range accuracy is excellent. The overall response is quite even and relatively flat but vocals and lead instruments are nudged slightly towards the back of the mix. This gives emphasis to the bass-range, causing some music to sound slightly muddy and cluttered, though this may not be noticeable to everyone.

6.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.47 dB
Low-Treble
-2.16 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.72 dB
High-Treble
-12.85 dB

The Jaybird Run XT's treble accuracy is only okay. The response is slightly uneven with low and mid-treble frequencies being recessed, causing a lack of brightness and presence. Meanwhile, the slight peak in mid-mid treble and high-treble may cause some sibilants to sound slightly piercing.

7.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.01 db
Dips
1.31 db

The Jaybird Run XT's peaks and dips performance is decent. The peak in bass followed by the dip in the mid-range will cause these headphones to sound a bit cluttered and muddy by pushing vocals and instruments to the back of the mix, giving emphasis to the bass-range. The peaks in mid and high treble may cause some sibilants to sound slightly harsh and piercing.

8.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.1
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.5
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.89
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.25

The Jaybird Run XT's imaging performance is excellent. Like with most closed-back in-ears, their weighted group delay is very low, resulting in 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. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.8

Like with most closed-back in-ears, the Jaybird Run XT's passive soundstage is terrible. 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 such that it 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 2 Truly Wireless 2019, Google Pixel Buds Wireless, or the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

The Jaybird Run XT don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.1
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.497
WHD @ 100
0.212

The Jaybird Run XT's weighted harmonic distortion is decent. While you may notice some distortion and artifacts, overall, it'll likely be difficult to hear and won't bother most people.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when these headphones are used at these settings.

Isolation
7.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-23.85 dB
Bass
-9.48 dB
Mid
-20.6 dB
Treble
-42.39 dB

Their passive isolation performance is very good, and they perform nearly identically to the previous generation, the Jaybird Run. While they'll only help a little in blocking out the low engine rumble of buses or planes, they do an excellent job at blocking out background speech.

9.3
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
25.27 dB

The Jaybird Run XT's leakage performance is excellent. The majority of their leakage is way below the noise floor of an average office, so even at very high volumes, you likely won't bother those around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

These headphones have an integrated microphone in the earbuds.

6.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
253.98 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.71 dB
HFE
3225.4 Hz
Weighted THD
6.24
Gain
41.26 dB

Like with most Bluetooth headphones, the microphone's recording quality is only okay. Your voice will sound muffled and lacking in detail, but should still be easy to understand.

5.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
7.39 dB

Like with most integrated microphones, noise handling is poor. Even in only moderately loud environments, it will be hard for the person on the other end of the line to hear you.

Active Features
6.3
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.5 hrs
Additional Charges
2.0
Total Battery Life
13.5 hrs
Charge Time
0.8 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

Their battery lasts 4.5 hours off a single charge, which is sub-par. They only take around 45 minutes to fully charge, which is great, but unfortunately, the case only gives two additional charges, which is less than most other options. On the upside, they turn off automatically when being idle for a few minutes to save battery life.

Note: We needed to measure the earbuds' charging time with the case plugged in, or else the LED indicators would turn off during our testing and we would have no indication as to when they were done charging. However, it's unlikely that this impacted the charge time result.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Jaybird MySound
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Parametric + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The Jaybird MySound is a great 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. You can also find the earbuds' last known location 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 its in-app player works for Spotify Premium users, it doesn't work for free accounts or with any other streaming services.

Connectivity
6.6
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
167 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
314 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
365 ms
Android Latency
87 ms

These headphones are Bluetooth only and don't support NFC or multi-device pairing. Unfortunately, their PC latency is higher than the previous version, the Jaybird Run Truly Wireless. While we measured low latency on Android while watching YouTube videos, unfortunately, it was much higher on iOS. It's worth noting that apps and devices seem to compensate for latency differently, so your mileage will likely vary in real-life usage.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth only.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The Jaybird Run XT are truly wireless headphones that can't be used wired. They come with a short Micro-USB cable for charging their case.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones can only be used via Bluetooth on PCs, and aren't compatible with the PS4.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These truly wireless earbuds only support Bluetooth, so they're not compatible with the Xbox One.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB

The Jaybird Run XT have a charging case that delivers up to 8 hours of extra battery life. However, it has no additional inputs.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Jaybird Run XT are great headphones for sports, but perform quite similarly to the previous model, the Jaybird Run Truly Wireless, but with an added IPX7 rating for water resistance, though we don't test this. If you already have the original model, they might not be worth the upgrade if you don’t need the extra water and sweat resistance. See our recommendations for the best noise cancelling earbuds, the best wireless earbuds for running, and the best true wireless earbuds.

Jaybird Run Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless are an upgraded version of the Jaybird Run Truly Wireless 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 original 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.

Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless and the Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless are both great pairs of headphones for sports. The Tarah Pro have better controls, feel slightly more durable, and last much longer off a single charge. On the other hand, the truly wireless design of the XT makes them more portable, as well as eliminates the possibility of their cord getting snagged while working out. The XT's case also charges via a standard micro-USB cord, while the Tarah Pro use a proprietary charger.

Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless and the Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless are two great truly wireless headphones for sports, but people might prefer the functionalities of the Jabra over the Jaybird. The Jabra have onboard volume controls, which the Jaybird is lacking; this could be a deal-breaker for some. They also block a bit more noise and feel slightly better made. They also have lower latency and can connect simultaneously to two devices. On the other hand, the Jaybird are a bit smaller and a bit more comfortable than the bulky design of the Jabra. Their app also offers better customization thanks to a fully parametric EQ. They also feel a bit more secure in the ear thanks to their stability fin sleeve options.

Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless and the Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless are both decent pairs of truly wireless in-ears that are great for sports. The Run XT are a bit more comfortable, have a more stable fit thanks to their stability fins, have a better app with parametric EQ, and charge quicker. On the other hand, the Jabra last longer off a single charge, have a slightly better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, have better controls, and support multi-device pairing so you can easily switch between two devices.

Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Vista and Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless are very similar sports headphones, but the Vista are a slight improvement. They are a bit more comfortable and their case is noticeably smaller, which makes it easier to slide it in your pockets. Their controls are easier to press and they feel a bit better built, as well. They also offer a bit more battery life. On the other hand, the Run XT take less time to charge and their fit isolates better against ambient noise.

JBL UA True Wireless Flash
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL UA True Wireless Flash and the Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless are both great sports headphones, but the JBL UA Flash might have a small edge over the Jaybirds for people who want great performance out of the box. They have a better default sound profile, but they don’t have an app with an EQ that can let you customize their sound signature like the Jaybird. The Under Armour headphones also feel slightly better built, especially their case. On the other hand, you’ll get a battery performance out of the Jaybird, but their control scheme is more limited and harder to use as you need to push the buds inside your ear canal even more, which can be uncomfortable.

Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. The Jaybird feel more stable, isolate much more background noise thanks to their closed-back design, have a better quality microphone, and have a much better companion app which gives you access to a parametric EQ to customize their sound profile. On the other hand, the Bose are more comfortable, feel slightly better-built, and have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box.

Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Apple AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017 due to their good isolation performance, and the fact that you can EQ them easily inside their companion app. The Jaybird are great for sports, and they fit nicely into the ears to block ambient noise, which is useful for commuting and at the office. While both headphones offer about the same battery life on a single charge, the Apple's case offers way more additional charges. Also, the Apple are more comfortable and less bulky to carry around in their case and feel better made than the Jaybird.

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Jaybird Run XT Truly Wireless Price

Storm Gray/Glacier
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Amazon.com

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