Jay­bird X4


TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ HARRY DOMANSKI ]

WHILE THE X4 may rest a lit­tle too heav­ily on its pre­de­ces­sors lau­rels, the piggy-in-the-mid­dle of Jay­bird’s lat­est lineup is still an ex­cel­lent choice for every­day lis­ten­ers and gym junkies alike.

The sound qual­ity out of the box is great, but pump­ing the bass via the EQ in Jay­bird’s com­pan­ion app al­lows them to truly shine. There isn’t any per­ceiv­able dif­fer­ence be­tween the X4’s au­dio qual­ity and that of its pre­de­ces­sor, nor be­tween the new Tarah or Tarah Pro, and the near-iden­ti­cal specs seem to con­firm this sus­pi­cion.

The same 8-hour bat­tery life re­turns, but now the quick charge func­tion­al­ity can give you an hour’s play­back with only 10 min­utes charge rather than 20 in the X3. Al­though we’re still not a fan of the com­pany’s re­liance on pro­pri­etary charg­ing ca­bles, we un­der­stand its role in keep­ing the unit wa­ter­tight, which now gets an of­fi­cial IPX7 rat­ing, al­low­ing it to be sub­merged up to a me­tre for 30 min­utes.

The ca­ble-cinch has been re-de­signed and works as it should, but oth­er­wise the fa­mil­iar mod­u­lar­ity of ear-tips and wings re­turns from the X3, in­clud­ing the Com­ply Foam tips which re­main ex­clu­sive to the X-se­ries.

If you’re look­ing to up­grade from your pre­vi­ous Jay­birds, the Tarah Pro (and their 14 hour bat­tery life) make a more com­pelling choice given how sub­tle the X4’s re­fine­ments are. How­ever, if you’re yet to delve into this brand’s in-ears, the X4 are an ex­cel­lent op­tion, al­though the Tarah sac­ri­fice very lit­tle (two hours of bat­tery life and some ac­ces­sories) to hit their lower price point.

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