JayBird first made a name for itself as a Bluetooth company, pushing out a line of stereo headphones with discreet-yet-secure designs that were made with the iPod in mind. So it was both surprising and not when the company elected to move into the wired market with two in-ear models aimed at the fitness-minded. What was surprising was the seemingly backward step in technology, but the move is actually in line with JayBird's focus on active users. Of the two new sets, the Tiger Eyes Earbuds ($89) are the slightly less expensive and more stylish model.
The Good The JayBird Tiger Eyes Earbuds offer a sleek, comfortable design with an integrated mic and playback controls for the iPod. The package includes a handy carrying case and cable wrap. The earphones provide smooth midrange response and thumpy bass.
The Bad The Tiger Eyes Earbuds have a thin, tangle-prone cable that doesn't seem that durable, and the clarity isn't the greatest--songs have a tendency to sound muddy.
The Bottom Line The JayBird Tiger Eyes earbuds are a good option for active iPod owners with a hankering for bass.