Published on October 2nd, 2015 | by Greg0
Extreme Audio With Jaybird’s Athletic X2 Wireless Headphones
The fitness business has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry, from personal training to corporate events on muddy courses to supplement stores. There are a million types of shoes, and it’s not enough to just do some yoga but you need to chooe a specific school of yoga, and then outfit yourself appropriately. Many sports themselves have huge professional leagues with massive salaries and paychecks, and it can all be a little intimidating if you just want to run or workout.
The truth is that you don’t need an expensive gym membership nor fancy equipment. Whether you’re running a marathon, or just jogging around the block, one piece of gear that you want to count on is your headphones. The Jaybird X2 Wireless Earbuds will keep the music playing, no matter what you’re doing (or what you want to listen to). There are plenty of fitness peripherals and headphone options out there, but these are one of the few pairs that are wireless, waterproof, comfortable, and come in quite a few cute colors.
We checked out the originals back in 2013, and Jaybird gear remains well-reviewed and well-liked across their fairly focused lineup (most recently, we had put their fitness tracker through some, um, paces). The rechargeable batteries last quite awhile, up to eight hours (better than the RBH EP-SBs we recently commented on), and they include the Comply foam tips that we prefer for su (six total sizes included in both silicone and foam). Plus, they included three sets of secure fit tips, which fit into the interiors or your ears and ensure that your earbuds will stay steady even if you’re doing very enthusiastic calisthenics.
Like most modern Bluetooth pairs, connecting is simple and fast, and the inline remote controls work just fine. These don’t sound quite like wired earbuds in the same price range, mostly because they have a bit of a compressed low-end and a slightly narrow soundstage. For pop and rock music, they were solid, and there wasn’t much distortion- overall, we liked these for their size. Only the microphone seemed noticeably less clear than we were expecting, with compression losing some of the natural vocal tones. Available now, for around $180, they’re available widely and feel just slightly too expensive- though the Jaybird X2s are some of the best wireless fitness headphones on the market.