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Jaybird X3: Third time's the charm for popular wireless sports headphoneThe X3 is smaller and offers a better fit than the X2, as well as better battery life and a lower price tag.
[MUSIC] This is the JayBird X3, the third iteration of the company's popular water-resistance wireless sports headphones. What's new about it? Well for starters, it's ear buds are smaller than the X2's, also underwater mode has been redesigned and its battery has been upgraded to deliver up to eight hours of juice while playing music at moderate volume levels. Jaybird also says it's tweaked the 6 millimeter drivers inside the earbud. And I will say these are among the best sounding wireless sports headphones out there right now. And at $130, they cost $50 less than what the X2's cost when they first came out. As far as other improvements go, the fins that help secure the buds in your ears have also been redesigned for the better. And Jaybird now includes a clip to attach the headphone to the back of your shirt if you want to. The set of cord shortening accessories are also in the box along with plenty of ear tips, one of which will hopefully allow you to get a tight, comfortable seal to maximize sound quality. It's also worth mentioning that Jaybird has a little charging accessory that connects to a micro USB cable which you then clip on to the inline remote. I was a little worried about losing the accessory But Jaybird said it went with this charging method because sweat and grime from people's hands sometimes ended up in the USB charging port on the X2 and caused the headphone to fail. Jaybird's more expensive Freedom headphone has a similar charging scheme, but the Freedom's charging accessory includes a built-in battery to extend battery life This one doesn't however. Like with the Freedom you can go into Jaybird's MySound app for your iOS or Android devices and customize the sound to your liking. I thought the default sound profile was pretty well balanced and worked just fine for me. Overall I think the X3 is a significant improvement over the X2 and may actually be better than the Freedom. Well I think the Bose sound wireless is a slightly more comfortable head phone to wear the x three did fit my ear lobe then the x two and it's more discrete then the Bose and helmet friendly so you can wear it while sking or snowboarding without a problem. I am David Kano for Cnet dot com that's the Jay Bird x three, thanks for watching.