Jaybird X2 Wireless Headphones Review

Updated Jun 28, 2018 at 03:06 pm
Jaybird X2 Wireless Picture
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.

Our Verdict

7.3 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.

7.3 Neutral Sound

Above-average for neutral 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 neutral listening focused open back headphones which will not be ideal for some listeners.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.8 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.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.2 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.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
7.0 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.

See our Office recommendations
5.4 Wireless 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.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
5.2 Wired Gaming
6.6 Phone Call
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 7.8 Commute/Travel
  • 8.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.0 Office
  • 5.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.2 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Call
Pros
  • Excellent leakage perfomance.
  • Stable in-ear fit.
  • Good noise isolation.
Cons
  • The in-ear fit is uncomfortable for some.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 10/2/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  5. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

Test Results

Design
Design
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
Design
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
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
N/A
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling 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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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.

Design
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Design
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Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.07 db
Treble Amount
0.63 db
9.5
Sound
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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.9
Sound
Bass Accuracy
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
Sound
Mid Accuracy
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
Sound
Treble Accuracy
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.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.71 db
Dips
1.5 db
9.1
Sound
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.

0.5
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.1
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.2

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.

8.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.135
WHD @ 100
0.142
Isolation
7.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-23.8 dB
Bass
-9.58 dB
Mid
-20.07 dB
Treble
-42.59 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
Isolation
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.

Microphone
6.2
Microphone
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
Microphone
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.

Active Features
6.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
9.3 hrs
Additional Charges
0
Total Battery Life
9.3 hrs
Charge Time
2 hrs
Power Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

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
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS 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.

Connectivity
7.1
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
2.1+EDR
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
116 ft
Default Latency
114 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

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

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.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
N/A
USB Audio
N/A
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection N/A
Wired Latency
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.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
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.

In the box
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.

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.

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.

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