Reviewed on Jun 28, 2018

Jaybird X2 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
7.1
Mixed Usage
7.1
Critical Listening
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
7.2
Office
6.0
TV
5.8
Gaming
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Jaybird X2 are great sports headphones and a good choice for most use cases. They have a stable wireless design. a decent sound that unfortunately isn't as customizable as the jaybird X3 but should still be good enough for most and they barely leak. They also block ambient noise better than some noise canceling models which makes them a good option in quiet and loud environments. However, the in-ear fit may not be as comfortable for everyone.

Test Results
Design 7.6
Sound 7.1
Isolation 8.2
Microphone 6.2
Active Features 6.3
Connectivity 3.9
Pros
  • Excellent leakage perfomance.
  • Stable in-ear fit.
  • Good noise isolation.
Cons
  • The in-ear fit is uncomfortable for some.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Update 10/2/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  3. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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7.6

Design

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 small on the inline controls, which is slightly disappointing.

Style

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.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Jaybird 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.

7.1 Controls
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

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.

9.1 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.9 C

The Jaybird X2, like most in-ear headphones, have a very breathable design. They come with optional stability fins that do have a bit more points of contact with your ear than typical in-ears. But overall since they do not cover or your outer ear, they won't make you sweat more than usual, even during more intense workouts. They're a good choice for sports and running.

9.0 Portability
L : 3.15 "
W : 0.79 "
H : 1.57 "
Volume : 3.88 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

These headphones, like most in-ears, are very portable. They will easily fit into your pockets. The earbuds are not much larger than regular in-ear headphones and thanks to their wireless design they fold up into a very compact format for transport.

8.0 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 3.15 "
W : 3.15 "
H : 1.57 "
Volume : 15.66 Cu. Inches

The Jaybird X2 come with a great hardshell case that looks stylish and will keep the headphones safe from hard falls and water damage. It's a much better case than the one provided in the Jaybird X3's box.

7.5 Build Quality

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.

8.0 Stability

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.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

These headphones come with a USB charging cable.

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7.1

Sound

The Jaybird X2 are a decent sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones. They have a very good, punchy, and consistent bass, an even and well-balanced mid-range, and a good treble. But, they can sound slightly thick and cluttered in upper bass/lower mid-range which will be mostly noticeable on vocals, and their treble could sound a bit sharp and piercing on S and T sounds. They are a versatile pair of headphones suitable to a wide variety of genres, from bass-heavy EDM to rock and pop. However, like most other in-ears, they don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage.

9.0 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.5 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-1.29 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-0.43 dB
High-Bass
:
2.25 dB

The Jaybird X2 have a great bass. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Also, low-bass and mid-bass are flat and within 1.3dB of our target. This results in a deep and punchy bass capable of producing low thump and rumbles common to bass-heavy tracks. However, high-bass is overemphasized by more than 2.2dB, making the overall bass slightly boomy and muddy sounding.

8.8 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.62 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.81 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-2.3 dB
High-Mid
:
0.16 dB

The Jaybird X2 has a very good mid-range performance. The overall response is even and well-balanced, but it shows about 3dB of recess centered around 700Hz. This pushes vocals and leads slightly to the back of the mix by giving more emphasis to bass and treble frequencies.

8.1 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.37 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.26 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.79 dB
High-Treble
:
3.94 dB

The Jaybird X2 have a very good treble. The overall treble response is decently balanced. Low-treble is even, flat, and within 1.3dB of our neutral target. This is important for producing vocals and lead instruments with proper detail and brightness. The dip around 6KHz, will have a small negative affect on the clarity and presence of vocals/leads. The peak around 10KHz, however, could make the treble sharp and piercing on sibilances (S and T sounds), which will be mostly noticeable on vocals and cymbals.

9.5 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.11 dB

The frequency response consistency is excellent. This is assuming the user is able to achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones. That way, they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

9.1 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.12
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.37
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.29
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
2.97

The imaging performance is excellent. The weighted group delay is at 0.12, which is very good. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (instruments, voice, footsteps), in the stereo image.

1.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
2.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.2
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The Jaybird X2 have a poor soundstage. 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.

6.3 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
5.72
Weighted THD @ 100
:
54.651

The harmonic distortion performance is mediocre. The amount of THD produced in the bass range is within good limits. However, the peaks in THD at 1.5KHz and 4KHz could make the sound of those regions a bit harsh and impure.

8.2

Isolation

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 that barely lets any ambient noise seep in and stops any sound from escaping. They won't be distracting to the people around you even at high volumes in quieter environments and will fare well in loud settings like a gym or on a busy commute.

7.3 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-23.8 dB
Bass
:
-9.58 dB
Mid
:
-20.07 dB
Treble
:
-42.59 dB
Self-Noise
:
20.23 dB

The Jaybird X2 have a great isolation performance. In the bass range, where the rumble of bus and airplane engines sit, they achieve more than 9dB of isolation, which is decent. In the mid-range, important for cutting out speech, they isolate by more than 22dB, which is great. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they isolate by about 42dB, which is excellent.

9.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
22.24 dB

The leakage performance is great. Like most other closed-back in-ears, these headphones don't leak in the bass and mid ranges. The significant portion of their leakage is in the treble range and between 3KHz and 6KHz, which is quite a narrow range. The overall level of the leakage is not loud either. With the music 100dB SPL the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 22dB SPL and peaks at around 39dB SPL, which is way below the noise floor of an average office.

6.2

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The in-line microphone of the Jaybird X2 is mediocre. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, and muffled and lacking in detail. In noisy environments, they will struggle to separate speech from background noise even in moderately loud situations, like a busy street.

6.1 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
354.04 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.94 dB
HFE
:
3466.89 Hz
Weighted THD
:
2.673
Gain
:
36.9 dB

The microphone has a mediocre recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 354Hz suggests that recorded/transmitted speech will sound a bit thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.5KHz results in a speech that is relatively muffled and lacking in detail. The bump around 2KHz adds a little to the intensity and brightness of speech.

6.4 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
16.13 dB

The microphone is mediocre at noise-handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 16dB, indicating they are best suited for quiet environments and will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in moderate and loud situations.

6.3

Active Features

The Jaybird X2 have a decent battery life but no app support. This makes them less customizable than the X3 so you can't EQ their sound quality to better match what you're listening to. On the upside,  they have a 9-hour battery life which should be more than enough for most use cases, especially if you take breaks. Unfortunately, they do not automatically switch off when inactive but on the upside, they do have a low power standby mode which lasts fairly long but will still drain the battery over time.

7.0 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
9.3 hrs
Charge Time
:
2 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Standby mode
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No

The Jaybird X2 last decently long on a single charge for wireless in-ear headphones. They also charge relatively fast. This means the battery life 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.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

3.9

Connectivity

The Jaybird X2 are Bluetooth-only headphones that do not have a dock or an audio cable. Unfortunately, they also do not benefit from NFC or multi-point pairing but on the upside, they have a good wireless range and an above average latency performance for a Bluetooth headphone with no low latency codes. They won't be the ideal choice for watching videos and gaming but the lag will be less noticeable than of the more recent Jaybird X3 or Jaybird Run.

6.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
2.1+EDR
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No

The Jaybird X2 do not have simultenous multi-device or NFC pairing but will pair fairly easily with most Bluetooth devices.

0 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A

The Jaybird X2 are Bluetooth-only headphones with no wired option. If you want a good sounding wired in-ear, check the 1More Triple Driver.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

They do not have a dock. If you want a headphone that's versatile and has a dock, try the SteelSeries Arctis 7. However, it won't be as compact and easy-to-carry around as the Jaybird X3.

8.2 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
42 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
116 ft

The Jaybird X2 have a good wireless range that's great for indoors and outdoor use. Their 40ft obstructed range should be more than enough for most use cases especially if you keep your Bluetooth device in your pocket, but they should also be suitable to pair with a fixed source like a PC or a TV.

5.8 Latency
Default Latency
:
114 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The Jaybird X2 have a surprisingly decent latency performance for a Bluetooth headphone with no latency codecs. They won't be the best choice for watching videos or gaming but they perform better than most Bluetooth headphones including the Jaybird X3.

In the box

  • Jaybird X2 Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x6 sizes)
  • Stability tips (x3 sizes)
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying case

Compared to other Headphones

The Jaybird X2 are above-average in-ear headphones. They have a stable wireless design that's ideal for sports and won't easily fall out of your ears. They comfortably fit into your pockets and come with a sturdy case that protects them from damage. They barely leak any sound, even at high volumes and block noise surprisingly well for passively isolating headphones. They won't let the ambient noise of a gym or busy commute, ruin your listening session. Sadly, they struggle a little with their audio reproduction. See our recommendations for the best earbuds with a mic, the best Bluetooth earbuds, and the best wireless headphones under $100.

Jaybird X3 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird X2 slightly edges out the Jaybird X3 in performance and convenience. The X2 has a micro USB port on the back of the earbuds, so you do not have to keep the charging clip attached, out of fear of losing it like on the X3. The X2 also has a slightly better latency performance, although both headphones won't be ideal for watching a lot of video content or gaming. On the upside, the X3 supports the Jaybird MySound app, so you can customize their sound quality to better match the audio you are listening to. They also have a better, more durable build quality than the older X2 model, and easier to use controls.

Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird X2 are a slightly better wireless headset overall than the Jaybird Freedom. The X2 have a much simpler charging port on the back of the right earbud, so you do not need to carry around a bulky charging clip like with the Jaybird Freedoms. The X2 also have a longer battery life, lower latency, and a slightly better-balanced default sound but can't be EQ'd. The Freedoms, on the other hand, have a more portable design (when not using the charging clip) and smaller earbuds that are a bit more comfortable than the X2. They also benefit from great app support so you can customize their sound quality to better match what you are listening to.

Anker SoundCore Spirit X Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird X2 are a better sports headphone and headset overall than the Anker Soundcore Spirit X. The X2 have a more isolating in-ear fit that's better for noisy environments and commuting. They also have a slightly more portable design since they do not have ear-hooks like the Ankers. The Ankers, on the other hand, are a bit more stable thanks to those ear hooks. They also have a longer battery life and a more comfortable in-ear fit than the Jaybird X2.

Bose SoundSport Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird X2 are a better headphone overall than the Bose SoundSport Wireless if you prefer in-ear designs over earbuds. The X2 have stronger passive isolation in loud environments thanks to their in-ear fit. The X2 leak less than the SoundSport Wireless, so you can play your music at really high volumes to mask more noise and not distract the people around you. The Jaybirds also have slightly lower latency, although both headphones will not be ideal for watching a lot of videos. The SoundSport Wireless, on the other hand, have a comfortable earbud fit, which most will prefer over in-ears like the X2. They also have a better-balanced sound, come with an app, and support NFC which the X2 does not.

7.1 Mixed Usage

The Jaybird X2 are good sports headphones that do decently well for mixed usage. They passively block ambient noise better than some active noise canceling headphones we've tested. They're compact enough to fit into your pockets and they're easy to carry around on your person so you can have them on you at all times. Unfortunately, unlike the X3, you cannot EQ their sound quality. On the upside, they sound good enough for most listeners.

7.1 Critical Listening

Above-average for critical listening. They do not have the benefit of a customizable sound like that of the Jaybird X3 but they pack a powerful bass and a decently well-balanced midrange. They're slightly bright on some track but their default treble response is a bit better than that of the X3 out of the box(with no EQ). Unfortunately, since they have a small closed in-ear design they will not sound as spacious as more critical listening focused open back headphones which will not be ideal for some listeners.

7.5 Commute/Travel

Good for commuting. They isolate well against ambient noise, they're portable and have an easy-to-use control scheme. They should be suitable for most commuters and they have a slightly longer lasting continuous battery life than the X3 and the Jaybird Freedom. Unfortunately, their pretty standard in-ear fit will not be the most comfortable for all users, especially on long trips.

8.1 Sports/Fitness

The Jaybird X2 are good headphones for sports. They have a stable in-ear fit. They're also wireless and sufficiently compact to carry around on your person everywhere you go. Also, their passive isolation is more than enough for the ambient noise of a gym but might be a bit too closed for runners and bikers that have to monitor their environment for cars and traffic.

7.2 Office

Above-average for office use. They block a lot of ambient noise and barely leak, so you will rarely distract your colleagues even if you like to listen to your music at higher than average volumes.

6.0 TV

Mediocre for home theater. They have a better latency performance than most Bluetooth headphones. They also sound pretty good and have a powerful bass range suitable for watching action movies. Unfortunately, even with their better than average latency they still will have a bit of lag when watching videos and their in-ear design also won't be comfortable enough for everyone, especially for watching long videos

5.8 Gaming

Below-average for gaming. They have a mediocre microphone, and a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming. They also have no customization options and their Bluetooth only design will not work with consoles.

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