I love the audio from Jaybird, but sadly there’s a flaw that personally gets me.
Jaybird just released their newest pair of earbuds. These are the Jaybird Runs, and they’re Truly Wireless earphones. The Jaybird’s are going for $179 at the time of this review, and indeed, Jaybird is slightly late to the game considering I have reviewed the Samsung Gear Icon X, Jabra Elite Sport, and the Apple Airpods. All excellent competitors, but Jaybird does beat them out in price. As always being transparent with you guys, Jaybird did send these over for review. My assessment was not altered in any way. Last, I’ve placed my affiliate link above, click on that link and it’ll give you the most updated prices in real time.
These are hard plastic with a lovely matte finish around their logo. With three different size eartips and earfins, Jaybird has redesigned the accessories hoping to offer a more secure fit over the last few products they’ve released. I did have slight trouble in the past with the Jaybird X2 and X3’s staying in, even with the Jaybird Run’s, I still had slight trouble. More on that later.
But before getting into comfort, let’s go over all of the features and see what’s unique. Very similar to other Truly Wireless earphones, a charging case comes included. When you’re not using the earbuds, stow them away and the case will recharge your earphones up to two times from a dead battery. When you stow them away, they automatically turn off. Once you take them out, they automatically turn on and the right earphone automatically goes into pairing mode. You don’t have to manually do it yourself which is highly convenient, very handy. Once you take both out, they pair with each other and you’re good to go.
DO THEY STAY IN?
Going on runs, and this is clearly subjective as everyone’s ears are different, but the Samsung Icon X and Jabra Elite Sport that I have reviewed previously stay on more secure. It is recommended to try different fin and ear-tip sizes which I have done; nonetheless, during testing and even during our filming, the earbuds simply fell out. Moderate runs were okay and walking was perfectly fine. I would pay close attention to this to make sure they stay in your ear while running.
Moving on to each side of the earbud, there’s a single button – very tactile, very good feedback. Because it’s a single button on each side, there is a limit of functionality. In order to increase or decrease volume, you have to go into the app and select Alternative Controls, but in doing this, you do lose Google Assistant, pause, and play. This was possibly the biggest letdown for me – that I didn’t have all of my features readily available on the earbuds, while most others offer it.
Moving on, Jaybird is known for making water and sweat-resistant earphones, and the Jaybird Run’s are no different. I drenched these things in water and they’re still functioning perfectly fine. Unfortunately, they’re not IPX rated, but for those who have owned Jaybird products before, the Freedom’s, the X2, and X3’s, let me know in the comment section below how long you have had them for, and if they’re still working today after getting rain or sweat on them. Mine are personally going strong.
BATTERY AND BLUETOOTH
Jumping into battery life, on a full charge, they last up to 4 hours. More than my Jabra Elites, way more than the Icon X in real-world testing. I know, it sounds low, but same with the Apple Airpods, same with other competitors, you definitely have enough for a workout or a run. Most average consumers go to the gym for 45 minutes to an hour anyway, but when you have your earbuds stowed while driving to your place, they’re charging. I never found myself running out of batteries. Also, I confirmed a 5-minute charge in the case does give about 1 hour of playback. Testing the battery performance, with all of my audio products, I left it on at 50% volume from a full battery to dead. The Jaybird Run’s lasted 4 hours and 21 minutes.
Quickly touching base on my other tests, I could not find the Bluetooth specs – they might be available when this review goes up – but testing this with my Samsung S8+, I was able to get 46 linear feet until the Run’s crackled in connection.
The Jaybird Run’s are available to take phone calls as well, but I noticed when the person on the other line speaks, it’s only audible in the right ear. Microphone quality is very good in silent environments as my voice comes across very clear. It does pick up background noise and if you’re running, there is some slight wind noise being picked up as well.
SOUND QUALITY AND AUDIO PERFORMANCE
So right before talking about audio performance, after testing these for some time, I realized Jaybird is aiming towards sport earbuds with simplicity. You want music while running, that’s what you get. Keep in mind, the Run’s retail for $179 – that price does undercut many out there, with the tradeoff being no heart or health tracking, and no onboard music storage, which would have been great. Although the Jaybird Run’s provide very good passive noise isolation when wearing, there are no ambient aware features as an alternative.
Alright folks, to the moment you’ve been waiting for, my audio test. With the Jaybird products, I implore you to download the Jaybird My Sound app. These are one of the easiest tunable apps available for the Jaybird earphones. Even extending them all the way up to see if there’s any distortion, there’s none. At its default “flat” setting, they sounded okay, but once you start tweaking them – wow – they sound amazing. If you want bass like the Powerbeats 3, slide it to the max and you get it. I prefer a bright mid-range with punchy bass, and with the tuning, I’m able to achieve it. Whatever sound profile I’m feeling at the moment, I’m always impressed by how much these can change without sounding altered or pieced together, like some other equalizers can. There is ever-so-slight listening fatigue at higher volumes and extended play, but it’s very minute; lowering the volume a smidge, or at least turning down the higher frequencies do help.
The soundstage is once again very good for a pair of sport earphones, with a wide sense of instruments, presence, and spatial direction too. I loved my Samsung Icon X, gave it great reviews on its audio quality, but the fact I can tune these and they tune well, makes the Jaybird Run’s sound better. Audio is clear, crisp, vocals stand out, the snapping of fingers to snare drums are very distinct, the drums have authority when you have the bass turned up. Overall, every genre I threw at this, with tuning, sounded great.
So in the end, if you look at the price point, they’re not flagships, they’re not the most high-tech pair of truly wireless earphones. Which is fine, but as a pair of earphones you can pick up and go, and you simply value good music with no wires, the Run’s come highly recommended. I would through some caution about fit once again, see how they work out for you. And if I were to critique, I really wished there was a way to store music on these, and I wished the earbuds didn’t have limited control. I was hoping for volume up and down and all of the other functions to be available.
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