By Mike Riley on Thu, 08/29/2013
For years I have been on a quest to find the perfect wireless headset. I have reviewed a number of very good products that came close to my high standards yet none of them have had long-term staying power. Whether it's their weight, battery life, or sound quality, there's always something that falters. So when I received Jaybird Gear's BlueBuds X Wireless Headphones for review, I had some doubts. How would these compare to past attempts? More importantly, would this be the headset that would finally satisfy my demanding expectations and bring my quest to an end? Read on to find out.
A lot can be said about the quality of a product by its packaging. BlueBuds X are contained in an attractive, sturdy package that shows the company cares deeply about the product inside. The headphones and accompanying cables are strapped tightly within the plastic molding and it takes a few minutes to cautiously remove all the tape supports. Once free, it is striking is how light these headphones are. Considering that it houses a battery and all the Bluetooth wireless communication electronics within the headset itself (no dangling pendants or attached pack-of-gum-sized controllers here), Jaybird has pulled off an incredible feat of hardware engineering.
With the headset paired and the earbuds attached and positioned in my ears, I cranked up the audio, and listened to everything from podcasts and audio books to rock, classical, and electronic musics. How did the BlueBuds X perform? In a word, remarkably. I don't know how the Jaybird audio engineers pulled this off, but the BlueBuds X headset doesn't sound like a Bluetooth headset at all. Indeed, they sounded better than many of the premium wired headsets I have tested. This feat has something to do with Jaybird's Shift Premium Bluetooth Audio technology. Combined with the iPhone's equalizer, these headphones are unstoppable.
BlueBuds X Bluetooth wireless headset is the wireless headset I've been looking for, and is the best Bluetooth wireless headset on the market today. The only nitpicking critique I can think of is that the package doesn't include some kind of clip that can be used to affix the headphone cables to a shirt collar. Given how expensive this beautiful piece of audio engineering is, it would be nice to have that extra level of security when removing the headphones from the ears (by the way, a quality hard shell carrying case is included in the package). Either way, this is a headset you don't want to lose and any added measure of protection to keep it on your person would be advantageous. Nitpicking aside, if you have been looking for the ideal Bluetooth wireless headset, look no further than the BlueBuds X. Nothing else I've seen to date comes close to what they have to offer.
Product: BlueBuds X Bluetooth Headphones
Manufacturer: Jaybird Gear
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars