In the world of workout earbuds, not many models manage to impress their users as thoroughly as JLab Epic 2 and Jaybird X3. Today, we will carry out an in-depth assessment of the two earbuds to gain a firm grasp on their construction, comfort, audio, Ease of use, and durability. If you have a hard time determining which earbud suits you most, you should take a look at our article. Read to the end and make up your mind based on what you have learned.
JLab Epic 2
The JLab Epic 2 boasts a unique, premium-looking in-ear design that consists of thin hooks and a silver salient logo. It includes an easy-to-use control on the connecting line for skipping songs and answering calls. Furthermore, it provides various ear tip options for a customized fit. Notably, JLab Epic 2 is IPX5 certified so it performs well on rainy days, draw-out running sessions, etc.
Once it comes to comfort, the JLab Epic 2 will not let you down: you can wear the earbuds for hours and still feel comfortable. As mentioned above, it comes alongside a number of ear tips made from soft silicon that can fit snugly to your ears and minimize friction.
JLab Epic 2 guarantees solid audio that can pull you through a wide range of exercises. Despite the small size, the earbuds nonetheless pack a phenomenal bass that produces punky kicks and drums. Meanwhile, the mids prove well-balanced and can be heard even when the bass is overwhelmed. The highs are what the earphones have a problem with though: they just do not sound as clear as others and may bring down your mood during experiences.
Ease Of Use
Depending on the volume level, the battery of JLab Epic 2 is able to sustain operation for 10 hours straight which is quite incredible. Aside from that, JLab Epic 2 supports 4.0 Bluetooth connection that should work at a distance of 30 feet and an AptX, an audio compression codec that reduces bit rate and latency. Interestingly, it achieves that without creating any negative impact on the quality.
JLab Epic 2 is a high-quality earphone so it’s durable compared to other models in the price range: it’s capable of withstanding various types of impacts and lasts for years. However, considering the price, you should not expect the earbuds to be indestructible.
Jaybird X3 makes use of a sound design and it’s available in many color options. It possesses a versatile neckband that can be worn both behind and in front of the neck. Finally, optional ear fins provide added support which is a big plus.
About comfort, the Jaybird X3 is small in size and accompanied by numerous ear fit options. As a result, it’s going to stay in your ears regardless of the physical activity that you take part in.
Jaybird X3 shines in audio: It delivers an outstanding music experience and spatial awareness in the absence of high-quality codec support. The bass is loud but the balance remains undisrupted in most of the cases. In times of need, you may take advantage of the companion app to optimize audio. Even at high volumes, Jaybird X3 maintains clarity and crispness in the high-mids.
Ease Of Use
Jaybird states that their earphones can last around eight hours per charge, depending on your preferred music volume. Like its competitors, the Jaybird X3 supports 4.1 Bluetooth connectivity, allowing for share play as well as the possibility to connect two sets of X3s to one audio source. The connection remains stable as the range stays around 20 – 25 feet and the connection occurs instantly. Via the companion app, you can customize the left and right channels, assign functions to the buttons for volume control, navigation and call answering, …
The high endurance of Jaybird X3 ensures that it won’t get damaged easily in use. Nonetheless, there is one thing that sets JLab Epic 2 and Jaybird X3 apart: Jaybird X3 lacks an IPX rating. As a result, you should keep Jaybird X3 away from liquids to minimize the odds of incidents.
|Model||JLab Epic 2||Jaybird X3|
|Frequency Response||20Hz to 20kHz||20Hz to 20kHz|
|Battery Life||Up to 10 hours||Up to 8 hours|
|Audio||Great bass and deep mids, but highs are not so good||Balanced across all channels|
|Comfort||Adjustable ear straps||Ear straps (optional)|
Overall, the JLab Epic 2 and Jaybird X3 are both incredible but the former holds an advantage: it scores well in terms of audio, comfort, battery life, support and durability. On the other hand, if you care about all-around performance, Jaybird X3 is going to fit you well.
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About myself, Currently I am in charging as Artist Manager/Music Supervisor at 72 Music Management. I did managed album to Grammy Award in 2017 with 7 Nominations from 2014-2020 and had the opportunities to work with : A.J. Croce, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bobby Rush, Dom Flemons, Dustbowl Revival, Sarah Grace
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