Jaybird, a popular audio manufacturer, is more focused than ever after announcing their new line of wireless headphones. Like other wireless headphones in the past, the Jaybird X3 is intended for sports enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies.
If the words “cool” and “extreme” happen to be the words that trigger excitement, then the Jaybird X3 is a perfect example. For those seeking a pair of wireless headphones, the X3 ticks all boxes. It also packs an ultra-secure fit and a sweat-resistant function. All these at a reasonable price tag, which clearly make the X3 a pure standout.
Jaybird X3 Review – What’s in the Box?
Contents of the Jaybird X3 include:
1x Jaybird X3 wireless headphones
1x carrying case
1x wing tips set
1x silicone ear tips set
1x memory foam set
1x logo sticker
1x charging cradle
1x quick start guide
1x instruction booklet
Jaybird X3 – Comfort, Sound and Quality
The X3 has a neckband-like design. It comes in a wide range of colors. These include silver-black, white-gold, green-chrome, and red-chrome.
It boasts smaller earbuds that won’t protrude too much when left in the ear. Such design is meant to eradicate wind drafts. Three tip sizes are available in both foam and rubber. The rubber-based wings also come in three sizes to ensure tight sealing and a secure fit. Foam grips helps the gripping of the ear canal.
Upon closer look, the ear buds on their own are designed in a flat profile. Simply put, the X3 makes it easier for helmet/head gear-wearing individuals. It also boasts a larger control module.
The control module is bigger. This ensures less instances of finding the volume buttons. Instead of the micro-USB port, the X3 was able to do away with a four-pin setup.
In terms of functionality, the fins aid in securing each ear bud. It’s re-worked for the better and the manufacture decided to include a clip in the process. This ensures the headphone is in place by pinning it at the back shirt portion.
Jaybird threw in a charging accessory capable of connecting to a micro-USB cable. The cable then clips onto the inline remote.
The base holding the foam/rubber ear tips is made from aluminum, which has a premium feel. The appearance of the headphone is more refined and are worth every cent.
Its soft plastic finish makes it capable of taking a daily beating. The manufacturer even went as far as claiming that it can take any sporting activity pounding. The ear buds are sweat proof thanks to its durable seams and double-layered nano coat.
When it comes to the earbuds Jaybird has made sure to include all of the varying sizes that you could need, ensuring that the X3’s most certainly will suit anyone.
A majority of the features seen in the other Jaybird line, like that of cable management clips that allow a user to pick up the slack when having the headphones worn behind the head. It can also be worn with a cable drooping down the front neck. Otherwise, the earbuds can placed directly to the ear canal, looped over rear ear portions and inserted in an upside down manner.
There are different ways for the X3 to be worn in terms of varying security levels. As mentioned, it can be placed around the back of the neck and over the ears. The clips manage the cable to shorten cable length for the most secure fit possible. This ensures constant movement won’t cause the headphones to budge.
As expected, Jaybird included wingtip accessories to keep the X3 locked to the outer ear. The same goes for its silicone/foam ear tips. Foam tips are preferable as silicone tips have a tendency to slide out of the ears. This could attributed to their glossy finish.
In terms of noise isolation, foam tips fare better. Of course, this isn’t something anyone would go for in an environment where they need to be aware of, like running along the road or trekking in the woods.
The manufacturer managed to minimize its earbud casing size. This not only prevents them from sticking out of the ears, but it also makes “head gear friendly.” Now a user won’t have to worry about them getting in the way when a hat or bike helmet is being worn.
One upside with bigger earbuds is that they leave plenty of room for a decent battery size instead of a separate charging clip. That means getting 8 hours of listening in one charge, which is something many would expect I today’s wireless headsets.
The charging clip comes attached to the rear portion of the in-line remote control. This is where playback controls are typically housed for skipping of tracks, making volume adjustments, and utilizing the mic for hands-free calling.
The X3 comes with Bluetooth 4.1, which comes with other extras. To start things off, a user can pair the X3 with a maximum of two devices at the same time. It can be done by switching dynamically from one smart device to another.
The functionality works in a sports scenario, where two pairs of X3s can easily be paired with one smart device. So if another user has a pair, the main user can both pair the same source of audio for simultaneous music listening. This is ideal if a user happens to be working out with a friend, or has intention to go on a run but prefer settling for a single music source.
Using the Product
Pairing the Jaybird X3 with a Smart/Audio Device
Right out of the box, the X3 buds can be paired with any compatible device almost immediately. The process involves the following:
Turning the headphones on.
On a Bluetooth-enabled device, switch the Bluetooth option.
Seek the Jaybird X3 on the available devices list. Certain devices entail an initial scan of available Bluetooth devices.
Tap the Jaybird X3 found on the list to connect.
Once connected, a “headphones connected” notification can be heard from the earbuds.
Active Fit Adjustment
One notable feature with the X3 is having the ability to get the cord off your neck. This for the X3 buds to utilized in a typical under-the-ear style for calls or audio listening. It can also be used over-the-ear for those who want a tangle-free and wireless audio experience.
This Active Fit adjustment involves the following the process:
Have the X3 ear buds laid out front. The inline remote should be situated on the left hand portion.
Swap the fins to the opposite direction so the fin with the “L” is on the remote side.
Have the fins rotated so they’re pointing towards the cable.
Place the X3 over the ear with the inline remote control on the left side.
Kicking things off with the medium-size tips along with the attached fins, firmly place the buds into the ear via the over-the-ear approach.
If it so happen the buds aren’t as comfortable or appears to be loose, switch to other tip/fin sizes. Give foam-based tips a go or completely remove the fins.
Ensure they fit perfectly.
Have the X3 laid out in front.
Fit the cord clips.
Go for the appropriate cord length to ensure it fits snugly. Check and see there’s no additional slack on the rear head portion by yanking the bottom and top cord outwards.
Get the last loop inserted within the cord clip. Then tug firmly.
Casual Fit Adjustment
If the X3 is only meant for casual use, it’s highly recommended to go for the under-the-ear or casual fit adjustment. The process is as follows:
Using medium-sized tips and attached fins, securely place the buds firmly within the ear via the under-the-ear approach. Ensure the inline remote is situated on the right side.
If the earbuds seem lose or are uncomfortable, go for other tip or fin sizes. Give foam tips a go or completely have the fins removed. Take the time to ensure a perfect fit.
If preferred, utilize the included clip in securing the X3 buds at the rear portion of the shirt. The lengthy side of the clip should be on the outer part of the shirt.
Ensure everything is snug and comfortable.
Voice Command Activation
The power button situated on the ear buds can be utilized in activating voice command apps such as Siri (iPhone) or Google Now (Android devices).
Activation is as follows:
Press and keep hold on the power button (on the ear buds) for a few seconds.
A tone can be heard that activates the mic on the buds.
Speak on the desired command.
This features allows for sharing of music listened by the primary user to another user utilizing another pair of X3 buds.
The process is as follows:
Power on both X3 headphones.
Connect only of the X3 headphones to the desired Bluetooth device. Ensure no other Bluetooth device is connected.
Push and hold on to the “Volume +” button on the connected headphones. At the same time, press the “Volume –“on the other X3 headphones. Do this until LEDs from both headphones are flashing green-red.
Both headphones are deemed connected once the LEDs stop flashing.
A “headphones connected” notification can be heard.
Play the desired audio for a shared music experience.
Testing on the Jaybird X3 was via the “Signature” sound profile found in the app. This happens to be the default setting for the headphones.
Audio lows may seem too big sounding for some, but it was actually helpful while jogging around the neighborhood. It takes a bit of added push to get things going. If the Signature sound doesn’t fit well, it can easily be switched to another option via its mobile app. For the record, the default sound profile didn’t sound too bad either.
Audio mids were a bit lost in terms of clarity. It appeared the vocals were pulled a little bit back. The bass kicked it at a respectable mid-range. The snare heard at the chorus seemed as if it digs in a bit into the vocals per hit.
In any scenario, the X3 sounded fantastic for a pair of wireless headphones aimed at those who live an active lifestyle. It offered great detail and its bass is downright punchy despite being under the “Signature” sound mode.
Just like that of any pair of wireless headphones, it’s able to manage things well in tracks involving numerous instruments. It mashed the listening experience a bit, although it still led to a decent listening experience. The X3 held things together well without distortion. Loudness seem to be at its highest when the volume is set at 75%.
Regardless of what was being done, be it listening on the couch, taking brisk walks, or being involved in a high intensity workout, the ear buds were securely in place the whole time. It did require using fins to achieve a certain level of fit, but they’re soft and flexible enough to not strain the ears.
Compared to its competitors of the same class, the X3 fared well. Don’t expect it to go toe-to-toe with an expensive set of speakers.
The Jaybird X3 comes with a MySound mobile app that allows for varying listening customizations to suit one’s music preferences.
The X3 can be utilized with the MySound app for any compatible iOS or Android device. The software manipulates the sound profile via its EQ settings. If music is all about squeezing in more bass or tighter treble, it’s entirely up to the user. Changes made are automatically saved to the headphones. That means the EQ settings will follow the user regardless of which device it’s being paired with.
There’s also a Jaybird user community who have made and shared their customized presets. This leads to a wide range of audio-tuning options available.
If one wants to go for a pair of quality wireless headphones, it’s imperative to go for Jaybird and its latest iteration, the X3. These headphones are an excellent choice for the active user. Its fit is secure while offering unparalleled listening comfort. Sound quality is superb and there’s no tradeoff with battery life. The Jaybird X3 rectified issues seen in other wireless headphones in the market.
While it’ll entail some fiddling just to get the right fit, the right combination can easily be found, which leads to a snug and secure pair of wireless headphones.
It comes with immense upgrades and a versatile mobile app. Given the manufacturer’s consistent track record, the Jaybird X3 is a great gift for any fitness individual or one who likes listening to wireless music on a daily commute. With a price tag of around $199 it’s definitely worth the purchase.
Where to Buy
If you are on the hunt for a new pair of active wear headphones you can pick the Jaybird X3’s up for around $199AUD at popular electrical retailers. For more information check out the Jaybird website.