Bose Soundsport Wireless vs Jaybird X3 – Honest Comparison
by David Wright |
Technology continues to evolve and the transition from wire to wireless has changed our preferences. It is much more apparent when it comes to listening devices, specifically the headsets.
Competition is everywhere in the industry and today, two of the most prominent headsets are going neck to neck – Jaybird X3 and BOSE SoundSport Wireless.
|Jaybird X3||up to 8 hours|
|Bose Soundsport Wireless||up to 6 hours|
Let’s begin with the comparison of the sound quality of these headsets.
1. Sound Quality
Sound quality is the primary consideration when it comes to the selection of a headset. Let’s first have a look at the BOSE SoundSport Wireless:
Sound Quality of BOSE SoundSport Wireless
- Rich quality with clear output
- No distortions with the bass
- Smoother and pleasing mids
But we noticed something unexpected. The bass decreases at the lows. Though lows are decent, it comes at the expense of bass.
This headset facilitates you with the dynamic volume optimizer which means that you are free to select the sound profile.
Because of its design, the headset fails to isolate ambient with greater efficiency. Although this headset can go very loud, it isn’t suggested as it can get messy.
The design is such that it can’t separate the sounds and noise when you are in a crowded place. That is why this headset is preferable for quiet places.
Sound Quality of JayBird X3
- Good sound quality
- Highs are smooth but not much louder
- Exceptional noise canceling
- Clear and highly perfect mids
- Clear and audible lows
This headset comes with a flexible sound profile. Initially, the sound might appear flat, but once you customize the sound profile as per your likings, it turns out to be an impressive device.
Better noise cancellation and smoother performance with the loud sound gives JayBird X3 an edge over Bose SoundSport Wireless.
The ease of use is an important consideration and this what makes connectivity features highly significant. Let’s see how these two headsets perform in this round.
Connectivity Features of Bose SoundSport Wireless
- Connection time is faster
- Supported by NFC – Connect with iOS and Android devices at a time
- It suffers from delays and lags when watching movies and playing games
Connectivity Features of JayBird X3
- Stable and Accurate
- Can connect to two devices at a time
The ability to connect with two different devices makes things super easy for users. JayBird X3 allows you to respond to the phone calls even if you are listening to the music on the laptop.
Actually, there is nothing to choose from here. Bose SoundSport isn’t as stable and accurate as JayBird X3.
3. Battery Life
The battery becomes a highly important factor when it comes to any wireless device. Let’s see how these headsets manage to impress us with their battery performance.
Battery Performance of Bose SoundSport Wireless
- Lasts from five to six hours of constant use
- Charging time is 2.5 hours
- Micro-USB standard charging cable
The performance of the Bose’s battery is above average. There are no significant flaws in this regard.
Battery Performance of JayBird X3
- Lasts from six to eight hours (depending on the usage)
- Takes 2 hours to charge
- Charging dongle is compatible with the in-line remote
Yes, the dongle is good for charging but what if you forget it at home? That is what makes Bose a better choice because even if you forget the Micro-USB charging cable, you can easily find it with your friends.
4. Mobile Apps
Customized settings, consistent updates, and customer support, all of these essential features depend on a reliable mobile app. Let’s see how these two competitors serve their users through their mobile apps.
Mobile App of Bose SoundSport Wireless
- Volume adjustment
- Customization of the sound profile
- Software updates
- Limited functions – the functions are also available with the in-line remote
Mobile App of JayBird X3
- Innovative features
- Volume adjustment
- Built-in equalizer
- Save your sound profiles
Both, Bose as well as JayBird Mobile Apps make things super easy for the users. It is good to see the software updates with Bose SoundSport App. Both of these headsets continue to serve their users in the best possible way through their respective mobile apps.
We’d love to see Bose SoundSport offering more features in the near future.
The design does count and often becomes a decisive factor when selecting a headphone from various available options. Let’s have a look at the design features of Bose SoundSport Wireless and JayBird X3.
Design of Bose SoundSport Wireless
- Comfortable to wear for hours
- May feel slightly bigger on the ear
- Stayhear+ – stops them from falling off
- Flexible rubber – 3 sizes
- Shirt Clip
- Wing ear-tips
Design of JayBird X3
- Behind-the-neck design
- Cable Management Clip
- Shirt Clip
- Smaller than X2 headset
- Aluminum-like plastic material with metallic-like logo
The design of the X3 is made to make it highly efficient sound cancellation headset. On the other hand, the sound cancellation of the Bose SoundSport Wireless isn’t as good as expected.
Overall, the designs of the Bose, as well as JayBird, don’t lack too much. JayBird X3 carries a feel and look of a premium device, and this is what makes this headset slightly preferable than SoundSport Wireless.
The durability of Bose SoundSport Wireless
- The battery of the SoundSport doesn’t deteriorate easily. Even after months of constant use, the battery last from five to six hours just as it does when it is new.
- But the sound quality does drop a bit after months of consistent use. That is why we noticed some issues with the SoundSport Wireless’ struggle with the highs. It tends to distort the sound.
- The coats on the cord and the earpieces also fade off with time.
The durability of JayBird X3
- JayBird doesn’t easily wear-and-tear. It is good to see that its design features and coatings don’t fade away after months.
- The problem may occur around the logo’s edges. But these cracks aren’t easy to notice.
- The battery performance is also durable and doesn’t lack the timing even after months of consistent use.
Bose Soundsport Wireless
|Form||• Bulky and sharp • Ergonomically friendly|
|Waterproofing||• Shaking them off it tough • Perfect when biking, jogging, and workout • Waterproofing means that you don’t have to worry about the distortion due to moisture|
|Stay-Here-Tips||• Doesn’t go deeper in the ear canal • Feel comfortable • Not good for extended use|
|Outdoor Safety||• Ambient sound can come in to keep you alert • Easily notice horns and things approaching near|
|Durability||• Stretchy cord but extremely durable|
|In-Line-Controller||• Volume adjustment • Fast-forward and reverse • LED indicator • Soft yet clickable buttons|
|Call Quality||• Crystal clear • Voice prompt Notification|
|Form||• Minimalist • Compact than SoundSport • Smaller than X2|
|Ergonomic Fins||• Good for ear-support • Additional fittings are available|
|Design||• Elegant and premium look • Compact|
|Build||• Sturdy cord but not as stretchy as of the SoundSport Wireless • Chances of accidental tugging|
|Comfort||• Soft silicon made buds • Needs breaks after extended use|
|In-Line-Remote||• Easy to operate when adjusting volumes|
|Waterproofing||• Sweatproof • Safe even after accidental splash • Lifetime warranty (only for sweat-proofing)|
|Noise Cancellation||• Buds can move deeper in the ear canal • Block the noise in the surrounding • You have to stay alert trusting your eyes only as the sound doesn’t come through|
Pros and Cons of Bose SoundSport Wireless
Default sound setting is better
Charging is convenient thanks to the Micro-USB cable
The design is a bit bulky
Less noise cancellation
Bose SoundSport Wireless – Official Video
Pros and Cons of JayBird X3
Better noise cancellation
Additional mobile app features
Highs are mediocre
Requires charging dongle
Jaybird X3 – Official Video
It entirely depends on your requirements. If you are extremely selective about the quality and design features, then you might opt for the JayBird X3. If you are okay with minor issues, then Bose SoundSport Wireless may be a better option because it saves 15$ which you have to pay for the JayBird’s charging dongle (however, the Jaybird is usually cheaper then SoundSport, so this point is not a serious advantage).
Also, if you are on the road or in a crowded place then noise cancellation features becomes significant. You can select SoundSport for its ability to keep your alert as the noise comes through. If you are in the Gym, you might prefer the JayBird for its exceptional noise cancellation ability.
The battery timing doesn’t turn out to be a huge difference. Five to six hours are enough and you get them with the Bose. Yes, if you are on a long journey, then the difference of a couple of hours may become significant so you’d love to take JayBird with you. The good news is that Bose charges with any Micro-USB cable, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your charging cable at home. You can easily borrow it from anyone around.
Overall, both headsets are extremely good, but if you have to choose the winner, JayBird X3 definitely has the edge over SoundSport Wireless.