Reviewed on Feb 16, 2018


Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
Mixed Usage
Critical Listening
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Jaybird X3 are great sports headphones that are versatile enough for everyday casual use. They block a surprising amount of ambient noise, they're compact, stable and have a decent sound quality that's customizable thanks to the MySound app support. They don't outperform the Jaybird X2 but they're a bit easier to use and have a better design and overall build quality.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Sound 6.6
Isolation 8.1
Microphone 5.9
Active Features 6.8
Connectivity 3.3
  • Minimal leakage.
  • Stable and portable design.
  • Great passive noise isolation.
  • 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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The Jaybird X3 are the previous model of the X4. They keep the same sleek and well-crafted design of the X2 with minor improvements to the build quality. They're stable and easily fit into your pockets thanks to their compact format. Also, the in-line remote/charging port is larger, easier to use and reduces the size of the earbuds, as some of the electronics have been moved to the in-line remote. This makes the overall design a bit more sweat and water resistant but not waterproof. Unfortunately, they do not come with the sturdy case of the previous model, and the in-ear design is not for everyone, even with the included foam tips.


The Jaybird X3 have a similar look and feel to the Jaybird X2. The earbuds are a bit smaller since most of the electronic components are now in the in-line remote instead. This makes the inline remote a bit wider than that of the X2 but it feels significantly better built. They also do not come in as many varied color scheme as the X2, for now, so you may not find the ideal color to match your preferences but they have an understated and sleek look that will work for most listeners.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

They are about as comfortable as most in-ears. They do not change much from the fit of the previous X2 model but do offer many different tip sizes and some foam tips to help you achieve a comfortable fit. Unfortunately, like most in-ears, they won't be as comfortable for most during long sessions. In that case, consider the earbud design of headphones like the Bose SoundSport Wireless or the Jabra Elite 45e.

7.4 Controls
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The in-line remote of the X3 is slightly different from that of the X2. The button design is almost the same, but there's a bit more room which makes them easier to use. They also provide decent tactile feedback, but the button can feel slightly mushy at times although you do get a definite click once pressed. Also the control module is not really sweat proof. On the upside, functionality-wise, they offer the essentials: call/play/pause, track skipping, and volume controls.

9.3 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.7 C

These headphones, like most in-ears/earbuds, are very breathable. They do not cover the ear so they will rarely make you sweat. Compared to the Jaybird Freedom or the Apple Earpods they're a little bulkier and the in-ear design does trap a slight bit of heat in your ear canal. But overall the temperature difference is negligible which makes the X3 a good option for sports.

8.5 Portability
L : 3 "
W : 3 "
H : 0.8 "
Volume : 7 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The Jaybird X3 Wireless, like most in-ear headphones, are quite portable. They're compact and easily fit into your pockets or bags. The carrying pouch also doesn't add much bulk, so they won't be much of a hassle to have on you at all times.

6.0 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

They come with a carrying pouch that will protect the Jaybird X3 from scratches and minor water exposure but unlike the X2 it's not a solid case that will shield your headphones against impacts which is a little disappointing. On the upside, they do not add much bulk to the headphones which makes it easy to carry on you at all times.

7.5 Build Quality

They have pretty much the same build quality as the X2 but with a different in-line remote design. The change was due to some issues with the X2 and the charging port getting clogged or damaged by sweat. This makes the Jaybird X3 a bit more water resistant, but they're not waterproof. On the upside, the rest of the build is just as durable as the X2 and won't get damaged from a few accidental drops.

8.0 Stability

The Jaybird X3 are stable headphones that you can run or exercise with. They have differently sized stability tips that prevent them from easily falling out of your ears. That combined with the tight in-ear fit, makes these headphones ideal to use at the gym. Their wireless design also makes them less likely to get hooked on something and yanked out of your ears.

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

They come with a USB charging cable and a Micro-USB adapter.

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The Jaybird X3 are a decent sounding pair of closed-back in-ear headphones. They have a powerful and consistent bass capable of producing deep thumps and tight kicks. However, they tend to sound a bit boomy and muddy. Their mid-range is also very good, but a bit recessed, which gives more emphasis to bass instruments and less emphasis to vocals/leads. The treble is decent, but it could sound a bit piercing on S and T sounds on overly bright tracks. Also, like most other in-ears and earbuds, they lack a large and in-front soundstage since they don't interact with the pinna.

8.4 Bass
Std. Err.
2.4 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
1.69 dB
1.84 dB
3.77 dB

The Jaybird X3 have a very good bass range performance. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. They also have a flat low-bass and mid-bass, which combined with the excellent LFE, result in a deep and punchy bass capable of producing low thump and rumbles. However, the high-bass is overemphasized by more than 3.7dB, resulting an overall bass range which is deep and punchy, but slightly boomy and muddy sounding.

8.7 Mid
Std. Err.
1.78 dB
1.56 dB
-2.0 dB
0.65 dB

The Jaybird X3 has a very good mid-range performance. The overall mid-range response is consistent and well-balanced, but it shows about 5dB 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.

6.9 Treble
Std. Err.
4.42 dB
-0.75 dB
0.29 dB
-7.98 dB

The Jaybird X3 have an average-sounding treble. The overall treble response is rather inconsistent, and the dip in low-treble around 5KHz, will have a small negative affect on the clarity and presence of vocals/leads. The peaks at 7KHz and 10KHz, however, could make the treble sharp and piercing on sibilances (S and T sounds).

9.5 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.11 dB

The Jaybird X3, like most other in-ears, have an excellent frequency response consistency. If the user is able to achieve a proper seal using the assortment of the tips, then they should be able to get a very consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

8.1 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
Weighted Phase Mismatch

The Jaybird X3 Sport have very good imaging. Their weighted group delay value is 0.13, which is among the lowest we have measured so far. This results in a tight and fast bass, and clear trebles. The L/R drivers of our test unit also showed very good matching, which helps with proper placement and localization of instruments and sound effects (like footsteps) in the stereo image.

1.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
PRTF Size (Avg.)
PRTF Distance
Acoustic Space Excitation
Correlated Crosstalk
0.0 dB

The soundstage performance is poor, like most other in-ears and earbuds. Since activating the resonances of the pinna is a big factor in creating a large and in-front soundstage, the Jaybird X3, due to their lack of interaction with the pinna, will have a soundstage that is perceived and small and located inside the head. However, unlike open earbuds like the AirPods and the Pixel Buds, these earbuds have a closed design which further reduces the spaciousness and sense of openness of their soundstage.

6.5 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
Weighted THD @ 100

The total harmonic distortion performance is about average. The overall amount of distortion is elevated both at 90 and 100dB SPL. This will have a small negative effect in the clarity and transparency of the sound especially in the treble range and could make the treble sound slightly harsh and brittle.



The Jaybird X3, like the X2, have a great isolation performance. They only passively isolate, but since they create such good seal once in your ears, they prevent a lot of ambient noise from seeping into your audio, especially, if you have any audio playing. They also barely leak even at higher volumes, which makes them excellent headphones to use in quieter settings if you do not want to distract those around you.

7.2 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-23.51 dB
-8.28 dB
-20.12 dB
-43.12 dB
19.88 dB

The Jaybird X3 has good isolation performance. Despite lacking active noise cancellation, they, like the Jaybird X2 and Beats BeatsX, outperform a lot of headphones that have active noise cancellation. They achieve more than 8dB of isolation in the bass range which is above average, and very impressive for passive isolation. In the mid and treble ranges, they reduce the outside noise by 20dB and 40dB respectively, both values being very good.

9.9 Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
21.83 dB

The leakage performance of the Jaybird X3 is excellent. They are one of the quietest headphones we have measured so far. Their leakage becomes noticeable only above 4KHz, which is great. Additionally, the overall level of the leakage is very low. Therefore the leakage of these headphones will be comprised of very quiet and mostly sibilant (S and T) sounds, but they will be barely audible even at loud volumes.



Detachable Boom

The overall performance of the Jaybird X3's microphone is sub-par. Speech recorded with the mic will sound slightly thin and muffled but will be easily comprehensible in quiet environments. In noisy environments, however, they will struggle to separate speech from noise in even moderately loud environments like a busy street.

5.6 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
486.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.33 dB
3466.89 Hz
Weighted THD
38.52 dB

The recording quality of X3's microphone is sub-par. Speech recorded with the microphone will sound thin and muffled. This is due to LFE being at 486Hz and HFE being at 3.4KHz. However, the limited high-frequency extension is actually a limitation of the Bluetooth protocol, and is a problem with all Bluetooth microphones. But, this doesn't have a significant negative effect on speech intelligibility.

6.2 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
14.23 dB

The noise handling capabilities of the X3's microphone is mediocre. They Jaybirds achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 14dB, meaning they will have a hard time transmitting clean and noise-free speech even in environments that are moderately loud.


Active Features

The Jaybird X3 have a slightly worse wireless latency and battery life than the X2, but they're a bit more customizable thanks to the MySound app support. They won't be the ideal headphones to watch videos or to game with on your mobile device but have a decent wireless range and an above-average battery life for an in-ear model. Unfortunately, they have a charging dongle which is a bit restrictive and can be frustrating if you do not have it on you at all times.

6.6 Battery
Battery Type
Battery Life
7.1 hrs
Charge Time
1.7 hrs
Power Saving Feature
Standby mode
Audio while charging
Passive Playback

The Jaybird X3 have a decent battery life but didn't last as long as the X2 in our battery drain test. They only manage to squeeze out about 7 hours of continuous playtime at moderate volumes. This should be okay for most listeners but may be a bit short if you need to use your headphones for long listening sessions throughout your day. They charged a bit faster than the X2 but not by much. However, the dongle charging mechanism will be a bit frustrating, particularly if you do not have it on you at all times. They also do not automatically turn off if you stop listening to audio (unless you disconnect your Bluetooth source), but they have a pretty good standby time. If you like the Jaybird design and want an even better battery life than the X2, then consider the more recent Tarah Pro instead.

8.0 App Support
App Name : Jaybird MySound
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Parametric + Presets
ANC control
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
Playback control
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

The Jaybird MySound has an excellent parametric equalizer and a community-oriented design that lets you share your preset with other X3 owners. While they lack some additional features like room effects and an in-app player, the app still feels like a useful tool to personalize the sound profile to better match your tastes and mood.

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 X3 only connect via Bluetooth. They're fairly easy to pair but you have to turn them off and hold the power button like most Bluetooth headphones. Unfortunately, they do not benefit from NFC which would have made pairing a lot easier and they also have quite a bit of latency which is noticeable when watching movies or gaming.

6.8 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing

The Jaybird X3 have multi-device pairing but no NFC on the upside they will easily pair with most Bluetooth devices.

0 Wired
OS Compatibility
Analog Audio
USB Audio
PS4 Compatible
Xbox One Compatible
PC Compatible

The Jaybird X3 have no wired option. If you want a good sounding wired in-ear, check the 1More Triple Driver.

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

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.

8.3 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
38 ft
Line of Sight Range
191 ft

The wireless performance of the Jaybird X3 is not as good as the X2. They have a slightly shorter range when the Bluetooth source was obstructed, but it's not a significant problem as both headphones will have connection drops at about 40 feet. On the upside, the more up to date Bluetooth 4.1 connection is a lot easier to pair with most Bluetooth devices, but they still do not support NFC so you will have to hold the Play button to enable the pairing procedure which can be a bit tedious at times.

3.0 Latency
Default Latency
180 ms
aptX Latency
aptX(LL) Latency

The Jaybird X3 have quite a bit of latency which will be noticeable when watching videos. It's not more than most typical Bluetooth headphones but it won't be ideal for gaming and movies

In the box

  • Jaybird X3 Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x6 sizes)
  • Stability tips (x3 sizes)
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying pouch

Compared to other Headphones

The Jaybird X3 Wireless are good sports headphones with a good customizable app.  They should be versatile enough for most use cases but are best used for sports since they sound a bit too sharp for more critical listening and have a bit too much latency for gaming and watching movies. See our recommendations for the best headphones for running and working out, the best cheap earbuds, and the best noise cancelling earbuds.

Jaybird X4 Wireless

The Jaybird X4 are an upgrade from the Jaybird X3. They are a bit more comfortable and have slightly better sound quality, especially in the treble range, but these results might be due to the different ear tips. They are also more waterproof, being rated IPX7, while the X3 don’t officially have an IPX rating. On the other hand, the X3 have better noise isolation and slightly better latency performance, but both aren’t ideal to watch videos.

Jaybird X2 Wireless

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 Tarah Wireless

The Jaybird Tarah are slightly better sports headphones than the Jaybird X3. They don’t enter your ear canal as deeply, which is more comfortable, and they are also more sweat and water-resistant, with an IPX7 rating. They also have better default sound quality, but both can be EQ’ed within the app. If the wireless range is a concern for you, the Tarah are one of the best we’ve measured so far. On the other hand, the X3 have better noise isolation, slightly better battery life, and better latency performance, but both models won’t be suitable for watching video content.

Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016

The Jaybird Freedom are a slightly better sports headset than the Jaybird X3, although not by much. The Jaybird Freedom have a slightly smaller and more compact in-ear format that's easier to carry around when the charging clip is not attached. The Freedoms are also a bit more comfortable, breathable, and have a slightly better treble range on their default sound profile. On the other hand, the X3 are better built, have a longer battery life that does not require a bulky charging clip, and they're slightly easier to use with a better in-line remote. Their build quality also feels a lot more premium than that of the Freedoms.

Bose SoundSport Wireless

The Jaybird X3 are slightly better wireless in-ear/earbuds than the Bose SoundSport Wireless. The Jaybird X3 have a more isolating in-ear fit that is better suited for loud and quiet environments since they block a lot of noise and do not leak much. They're also a bit more stable for working out and running than the SoundSport Wireless and have a longer battery life. On the upside, the SoundSport have a much better default sound quality. They're also a lot more comfortable to wear for most listeners, thanks to their earbud fit.

Jaybird Run Truly Wireless

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.

Jaybird Freedom 2 Wireless 2017

The Jaybird X3 are a slightly better wireless headphone than the Jaybird Freedom 2. The X3 have a slightly better build quality, stronger isolation against ambient noise, and a longer more practical battery life for everyday use. The Freedom 2, on the other hand, have a more comfortable earbud hybrid fit that most will prefer over that of the X3. The Freedoms also have a more portable design when the charging clip is not attached. On the upside, both headphones benefit from the same customizable app and they're both great headphones for sports.

Sony WI-SP600N Wireless

The Jaybird X3 are a better sports headphone than the Sony WI-SP600N. They're a bit more compact and easier to carry around since they come with a pouch. They also block a bit more noise passively with their in-ear fit than the active noise cancelling SP600N. They have a slightly better default sound, but north headphones can be EQed. On the other hand, the Sonys have a durable and premium looking design. They also noise canceling so they handle low-frequency noise a little better than the Jaybird, even if the Jaybirds' passive isolation is a bit better overall. The Sonys also have NFC, which makes pairing them with mobile phones a little easier.

Fitbit Flyer Wireless

The Jaybird X3 are better wireless in-ears than the Fitbit Flyer. The X3 have a better isolating in-ear fit and come with a couple more tip options than the Flyers. They also have a better default sound that you can customize via the Jaybird app and a longer battery life. On the other hand, the Fitbit Flyer have a more premium look and feel, and come with a few more stability fin options, which may be more comfortable for some ears. They also have a much easier to charge design that does not require a proprietary charging clip like the Jaybird X3, which can be very limiting.

Sennheiser HD1 In-Ear / Momentum In-Ear

The Jaybird X3 are a better option than the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear if you want to go wireless. The X3 have better build quality, a more balanced sound that you can EQ thanks to their companion app, and they have a better range since they are wireless. However, the Momentum do better for watching movies since their wired design has no latency. They also have no battery life since they are completely passive, so they will always work as long as you have a headphone jack.

Beats BeatsX Wireless

The Beats BeatsX are slightly better wireless in-ears than the Jaybird X3, although not by much. The BeatsX have a flexible around the neck design that some will prefer over the Jaybird X3. They also have a better wireless range, faster-charging battery life, and a more balanced default sound quality. On the other hand, the Jaybird X3 have a customizable sound, thanks to the MySound App available on both iOS and Android. They also have a longer continuous battery life, and a slightly more stable and comfortable fit for the gym and working out.

Jabra Elite 45e Wireless

The Jaybird X3 are better and more versatile headphones than the Jabra Elite 45e. They are more portable since they don’t have an around-the-neck design and also come with a pouch. The default sound quality is also better on the X3. For sports, the X3 are more stable and have a better fit, on top of having good isolation performance; great for crowded gyms or commuting. On the other hand, the Elite 45e are more comfortable than the X3 since they don’t enter the ear canal as deeply. They also have better wireless range.

Google Pixel Buds Wireless

The Jaybird X3 are a better and more versatile wireless headphone than the Google Pixel Buds. The X3 have a more isolating in-ear fit which makes them a bit more suitable for commuting and loud environments. They have a better sound quality which you can also EQ since they have an app, unlike the Pixel Buds. On the upside, the Pixel Buds have a longer 24hr battery life and since their fit is adjustable they will be a bit more suitable for all ear shapes and sizes. Their open fit also makes them a better option if you run outdoors often and need to monitor your environment for traffic or obstacles.

Bose QuietComfort 20/QC20

The Jaybird X3 are a slightly better and more versatile in-ear/earbud than the Bose QuietComfort 20. The Bose have excellent isolation which makes them a far better choice for commute and travel than the Jaybirds. They also have a more comfortable earbud fit that you can wear for longer than the X3. On the other hand, the Jaybird X3 are better and more convenient sports headphone thanks to their wireless design. They also have a better default sound quality and come with an EQ so you can customize them to sound the way you like, unlike the Bose.

Parrot Zik 2/Zik 2.0 Wireless

If you prefer in-ear headphones that are more compact to carry around, then go for the Jaybird X3, but if you're looking for noise cancelling over-ears, the Parrot Zik 2.0 are a good option. The Parrot Zik are well-built over-ears with great noise cancellation that make them a suitable choice for commute and travel. They also have a lot more features and customization options than the Jaybird X3. However, the Jaybird X3 are a lot more portable. They're also a better choice for sports, since they have a breathable and stable in-ear design.

Marshall Major 2/Major II

If you prefer the compact design of in-ears, then go for the Jaybird X3; however, if you're not a big fan of the in-ear fit and also do not need a wireless design, then go for the Marshall Major II instead. The X3 are wireless and compact enough to fit into your pockets, which makes them a bit more practical for most listeners than the Major II. They also provide better isolation against ambient noise thanks to their in-ear fit and low leakage (so you can play your music at higher volumes and not distract the people around you). They're also a much better choice for sports than the Marshall. On the other hand, the Major II are completely passive, so you do not have to worry about battery life, latency, or wireless reliability. They also have an on-ear fit that some may prefer over in-ear designs like the Jaybirds.

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6.9 Mixed Usage

The Jaybird X3 are good for sports but perform well as everyday casual listening headphones. They block ambient noise surprisingly well despite being passively isolating, and they're easy to carry around on your person. Unfortunately, they do not have the best sound for more critical listeners, and the proprietary charging dongle can be a bit restrictive and slightly frustrating if you do not have it on you at all times.

6.8 Critical Listening

Average for critical listening. They have a powerful Bass and a good Mid-Range but slightly inconsistent Treble that sounds a bit bright on some tracks yet lacking on others. They also have a small soundstage due to their in-ear and closed back design as well as their high isolation. This means they won't have the ambiance of listening to speakers which some more critical listeners may be looking for.

7.3 Commute/Travel

Above-average 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 but would be better if they had a bigger battery with more power saving features.

7.9 Sports/Fitness

The Jaybird X3 are excellent sports headphones. They're stable enough to use while working out or running, they're wireless and have simple and efficient control scheme. They're also compact enough to fit into most pockets which make them easy to have on you at all times.

7.1 Office

Great 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 volumes.

5.5 TV

Below-average for home theater. They have more latency than the Jaybird X2 which makes them less suitable for watching movies. Their in-ear design also won't be comfortable enough for everyone, especially for watching long videos.

5.2 Gaming

Below-average for gaming. They have a mediocre microphone, and a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming.

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