I’m a huge advocate for comply tips, so I’m using the comply active tips with my Jaybirds. The default sound is not great on the Jaybirds. If you’re happy with them, you should stop reading and use the flat configuration; however, the bass was significantly bloated, which really muddied up the sound, making an already narrow soundstage even more narrow. They might have done this to appeal to people coming from non-audiophile headphones such as beats.
The rest of the review on Jaybird X3 sound quality will be based on the equalizer setting after I tuned them based on the above settings.
- 00:00 – 00:36 – Surprising amount of details, and his voice is center of attention indicating some mid-forwardness, but details can be heard in the background chatter. Bass is subtle and guitar pops can be heard too.
- 00:36 – 1:08 – Soundstage is a bit narrow, but you can still hear the separation. Bass is nice and reasonably tight, and treble is decent too. His voice is the center, so if you want more V shape, you can bump down the mids.
- 6:58 – 7:30 – Plenty of bass extension, treble feels a little bit slow here and not as crisp, but it’s still adequate.
- 00:00 – 00:50 Very similar to above. Lack of soundstage is apparent, and not a ton of depth in the sound, but separation is present, and balance is reasonable.
- 00:00 -1:00 All instrumental parts can be heard pretty well without being overwhelming, but her voice remains the focus. Her voice actually sounds pretty decent from these headphones. It is a bit flat, but still not terrible.
- 00:00 – 00:44 Violin attacks are nice and sharp, but soundstage feels a bit narrow but still enough to hear separation between different violin parts.
- 00:45 -1:04 Pavel’s aggressiveness isn’t as prominent, but it does come through.
- 1:05 – 1:20 – Every part can be heard clearly, but the lack of depth is noticeable.
- 00:00 – 00:41 Separation is present as other notes above, but all the ranges just sound “ok” with nothing performing particularly well.
- 1:10 – 1:39 It’s relatively clean compared to most consumer headphones, and it sounds reasonably balanced.