Maybe I was spoiled by the first edition of the Jaybird Run headphones, which are among my favorite athletes, but the Run XT update was a bit disappointing. There were few problems with the original Jaybird Run, and I think one of those problems was not that waterproof. But apparently Jaybird has focused its efforts on upgrading the Run XT to a waterproof IPX7 protection class.
The previous headphones were sweat resistant and I had no trouble running with them in the rain or wearing them during very sweaty workouts. While upgrading the build quality is always welcome, I believe that improving other areas can deliver greater value. That said, areas like battery life, which is fine at four hours on the headphones themselves, but only eight more in the carrycot, is significantly less than you can get from rival couples. The Apple AirPods case holds 1
The IPX7 rating means the XT buds can endure up to a meter of depth for up to 30 minutes, allowing them to survive swimming. But they are not meant for that, and regular pool sessions would be unwise.
Despite these tricky choices, the Jaybird Run XT buds remain a superb set of sports headsets with a comfortable and secure fit and solid sound quality that you can customize with your partner's Jaybird app. You can adjust the EQ settings of the headphones in the app to match the type of music you are listening to. The tight fit of the bud means that the bass has a lot of beef and nothing I've heard sounds hard or jagged.
Jaybird has also added a new section for podcasts to his app that includes playlists with athlete-recommended podcasts. A welcome addition – though one that is also available on other Jaybird headphones, not just the Run XT.
Within the box there are four sets of earmolds and four sets of buds (two round, two oval) Connect the headphones to get a good fit for your ears. I did not have any problems with the Run XT dislodging during runs or workouts and it could still be worn under a tight headband or hat. Full score here.
I also had no Bluetooth connection failures to my phone when it was in a bag or a running belt, and the headphones were lightly connected to my laptop and a running clock (Garmin Fenix 5 Plus) , To toggle devices, you must turn off the Run XT buds and then press and hold the power button to enter the connection mode.
If I take the headphones out of the case, which automatically turns them on, the left earphone would not work. I did not connect while the right contact was made, but as soon as I turned the left bud off and on, the connection was good and she did not fail. You can use the right earbud yourself if you want to have one ear free, but not the left – the right one is the master bud that handles the connectivity to your phone.
One problem I had with the original Jaybird Run buds is that they would do it. I often have a connection to my cell phone in the carry bag, which was pretty annoying when they were in my bag. Fortunately, this is not a problem that the XT buds have inherited from my previous experience.
The buttons on the headset allow you to pause or skip tracks, answer calls, or access the voice assistant on your phone, but not to adjust the volume. A slight annoyance, but one of the little issues I would like to see solved with the Jaybird Run XT.
Jabra's Elite Active 65t headphones are Jaybird Run XT's premier wireless competitors, although Apple AirPods should not be reduced due to their excellent battery life and seamless connections to other Apple devices. The Elite Active 65ts work equally well with the Run XTs and offer slightly better battery life, but the Jaybird buds are cheaper at £ 159, compared to £ 169.95 (RRP).
Part of me is still curious to see if Jaybird Jaybird has run Pro version up its sleeve when, shortly after the Tarah, the terrific Tarah Pro headphone hit the market, which boosted battery life. However, if there is no information on this topic, I would say that you can not go wrong with the Jaybird Run XT when you are hunting for athletes.
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