When it comes to wireless earbuds the ‘product to beat’ has been the Jaybird Bluebuds X for quite some time. Since they came out with the X2 model, however, there has been a lot of debate about whether or not it is worth it to upgrade. To try to determine which set of earbuds is right for you, let’s take a close look at the two options and compare what people have to say about them.
Jaybird Bluebuds X
Anyone who is interested in the earbuds market will know all about this great model. They offer very clear sound no matter what you are listening to, excellent looks and a very comfortable design. The battery lasts for hours without a problem too, so you can enjoy these anytime and anywhere that you would like. Even the clamshell carrying case gets rave reviews from users because of its simple yet functional design.
While this is an older model, few options have come out that can beat it in any category, which is a strong testament to the overall quality of these earbuds. Before looking at the X2 model, let me be clear. Anyone looking for a good quality set of wireless earbuds will be very happy with the X’s.
Jaybird Bluebuds X2
When I heard that Jaybird was releasing the X2’s I was excited. If they put the same design effort into this updated model, they were going to be great. I am happy to say that I was not at all disappointed. The designers took all that was good about the Bluebuds X and brought it up to the next level without losing a thing (with one small exception that I’ll touch on shortly).
First, the audio quality has gotten a fairly significant boost. Both models sound extraordinary at normal volumes. When you turn your music up loud, however, the X2’s are the clear winner. They don’t have any issues with cracking or distortion, which occasionally happened at high volumes on the older model. For comfort, both options are extremely easy to wear for hours at a time without any issue. The new model, however, comes with both the plastic tips and foam tips, which gives you some additional variety to choose from. Personally I like the plastic better but I’ve seen many people raving about the foam.
Now, let me touch on the one area where the older model has the newer one beat. The carrying case. The old model was really quite perfect with a clamshell design that was easy to open, had plenty of room for easy storage, and had a very nice look. The newer model is functional, but not nearly as easy. Rather than the clamshell opening design it has a ‘pop off’ opening that really takes more effort than it should. In addition, the clamshell option has slightly more room in it.
Choosing Your Earbuds – Jaybird Bluebuds X VS X2
If you’re in the market for a new set of premium wireless earbuds, the Bluebuds X2 is the clear way to go. While they are not a revolutionary improvement over the Bluebuds X model, there are enough benefits to make it well worth the slightly higher price.
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