Jaybird Bluebuds X Review
listening to music, we have to admit that the audio quality is surprising – even more when we think about the micro size of these headphones. Backed by 6mm drivers, which put out 103db of power and a frequency range of 20Hz – 20kHz, we’re undoubtedly blown away by the powerful tones it’s able to deliver. In fact, the warm bass tones really help to accentuate the quality so that it maintains a pleasant level even at the highest volume setting – and without exhibiting any evidence of strain or distortion! Therefore, it’s absolutely a joy listening to music with this pair of Bluetooth headphones. If there’s one complaint we have in this department, it’s the slight tone that interferes with the music as the volume is being adjusted – it would’ve been nice if it were more subtle. Furthermore, unlike some rival models, it’s lacking equalizer settings to better adapt to specific genres of music. Then again, we really can’t complain about its uniform performance, since it’s exceptional and clean to say the least.
As much as we’re raving about the wonderful quality with listening to music, it honestly falls short with phone calls. Sure, it’s convenient that we can go from listening to a track to accepting a call at a moment’s notice, but its feature set is rather weak. In fact, it’s lacking modern conveniences such as voice guided prompts and voice activation that other models offer. Well, there’s no problem on our end of the line, seeing that its volume level is adequate enough to make out voices – even in noisy environments. Instead, the issue lies mostly on the other end of the line. To be specific, since the Jaybird BlueBuds X lack the modern convenience of active noise cancellation, the microphone picks up all ambient noise. Ultimately, our callers complain that voices are somewhat difficult to comprehend when it’s being used in noisy settings – though, it’s not a problem with quiet environments.
Again, we can’t help but think about its size. For something “micro-sized,” it really makes you wonder how they’re able to fit all the components into its ear buds. Rated for 8 hours of play time, we’re able to actually reach the 7 hour mark with a fully charged battery. Indeed, it misses the mark by an hour, but regardless of that, it’s still a good tally in our books taking into account its size. And finally, it requires roughly 2 hours to fully bring back its charge to 100%.
Right now, you’re probably logging in some serious gym time at the moment, since it’s still January, you know. Well, if you’re a gym rat, you’ll unequivocally find the Jaybird BlueBuds X as the best training partner, thanks to its robust audio quality and unique design. However, it’s not something we’d recommend using as an everyday Bluetooth headset replacement for phone calls, since it’s a bit lax in that area. Regardless of that, it’s perfectly adept in handling the needs of any active individuals out there – plus, it helps that it has a lifetime warranty against sweat. Looking at its price, though, it’s definitely on the steep side at $170 a pop.
Jaybird Bluebuds X Video Review:
- Unique, compact, & lightweight design
- Strong volume output
- Lifetime warranty against sweat
- Snug fit in the ear
- Missing noise cancellation
- Its feature set is lacking
2. svmke posted on 24 Jan 2013, 17:53 0
I picked these up a few weeks ago. These are by far the best headphones for working that I have ever had.
3. cripton805 posted on 25 Jan 2013, 00:15 1
Damn. I thought they were like $80. Ill pass.
4. Simonp posted on 29 Jan 2013, 22:52 0
WOW! Just discovered that this Jaybird product has Bluetooth CLASS 1 in it !!! That means that the bluetooth radiation is 40 TIMES MORE THAN THE STANDARD CLASS 2!!!
That is EXTREMELY irresponsible in my opinion. It's not Signal Plus, it should be Signal radiation plus. Google "Electric sense Class 1 bluetooth" to read more.
No way I am buying this.
5. miguelcon74 posted on 24 Feb 2013, 17:25 1
You do realize that even the highest level of Class 1 Bluetooth microwave radiation is still lower than even the lowest powered cell phone out to date?
6. sswain posted on 20 Apr 2013, 18:58 0
these are missing some things
while i could do without mute. i can not be without FM/RDS and seamless siri integration. my jabra sports combined with the jawbone c fit kit (not to be confused with the commonly known o fit kit) is basically the same exact thing
the range issue doesnt bother me either since i keep my iphone on my armband on my right side anyways
go with the jabra sport and jawbone c fitkit (found on the jawbone accessories page), and get yourself a good armband and silk or mesh neck choker. save yourself 80$
ps: the sport also has great endomondo integration as well!