Jay­bird X3

A Sound Fit

HWM (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - By Mar­cus Wong.

Jay­bird made their name by call­ing them­selves an ath­let­ics com­pany rst, au­dio com­pany sec­ond. You’ll sooner nd them en­dorsed by sports per­son­al­i­ties than fash­ion icons and so it’s cer­tainly no sur­prise to nd that th­ese head­phones sport a ba­sic, util­i­tar­ian de­sign.

A large logo em­bla­zoned on the back of each head­phone works as the only de­sign fea­ture, with the head­phone wrapped in plas­tic to help keep it per­fectly sweat-proof. Com­pared to the X2, the X3 is smaller and slightly slim­mer. For a good t, you get a whole range of ear-tips (both sil­i­cone and Com­ply) along with a set of ear ns and a handy clip to man­age ex­tra ca­bling.

Be­cause the X3 sup­ports Blue­tooth 4.1, you can con­nect each pair with up to two de­vices si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Also, you can pair two X3s to a sin­gle de­vice, so you can eas­ily share what’s play­ing on your smart­phone with a run­ning buddy.

In terms of au­dio per­for­mance, we tested the X3 on its Sig­na­ture EQ set­ting, and found that it gave fairly good clar­ity in the midrange with a slightly muted lower bass re­sponse. Lis­ten­ing to a record­ing of

Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N’ Roses for ex­am­ple, the gui­tar work comes out fairly clearly, but you can’t help but wish the drum work was slightly more im­pact­ful.

There’s good de­tail and imag­ing to be had with th­ese head­phones though, and that’s made ev­i­dent when lis­ten­ing to an acous­tic ver­sion of Fire­opal by Ottmar Liebert. The gui­tar work on this piece re­ally sings and you can al­most feel the res­onat­ing strings as he works his way through the song.

Do note that au­dio can be fur­ther tweaked to your lik­ing via the Jay­bird MySound app on your smart­phone. Un­like most EQ tun­ing, this is saved to the head­phones them­selves, so you’ll get the same sound sig­na­ture no mat­ter what app (or de­vice) you use the X3 with af­ter.

Over­all, the Jay­bird X3 is a nice pack­age ex­cept that it re­quires a pro­pri­etary clip

Great for work­outs and ca­sual lis­ten­ing.

for charg­ing, as op­posed to a sim­ple mi­croUSB cable. That’s just one more thing to bring along and worry about.

Any prole changes you make in the app are saved to the head­phone’s rmware it­self.

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