• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Adequate performance

    • Written by from Xenia

    These function adequately, but I'm not overly impressed. I have had them and used them for nearly a year. The volume that I can get is barely enough to overcome road noise of cars driving by. It seems that sometimes the volume starts very well, but by about 2 miles into my run, the volume drops so that even at the highest setting I can barely hear my podcast. The 'awareness' ear pieces are useless. They are just foam pieces that let in all the ambient sound and drown out what you are trying to listen to.

    The other thing that needs improvement is the design of the way the rubber ear pieces fit onto the posts. They fall off too easily. I lost one. They come off when taking them out of your ears. It seems they should have some sort of detent, bump or ridge to hold the rubber price on.

    I have used them now for this long and they do basically work and I have put quite a few miles on them.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Stable fit, audio lacking

    • Written by from SCOTTSDALE

    I try quite a few of the Bluetooth/exercise combo sets, the bluebud x's have been the king of them all for some time but for me, the fit of those are cumbersome while previous models from jaybird weren't. Always on the prowl for a better pair so tried these but returned.

    The fit is as rock solid stable as they claim, they won't fall out. My issue was(and this differs for every individual), It was harder for me to achieve a proper seal and without it, the set didn't get loud enough to overcome that and ended up sounding very bad. I use comply foam tips on my x's so I tried them on these and while the seal was good then, the set again just doesn't get loud enough for my tastes. Even at its best with a good seal from the foam tips, it sounds good, but not audiophile quality as advertised and certainly not as good as the x's. At its worst without a good seal, that lack of volume just makes them sound very underwhelming. I give it 3 stars for it's superior fit and decent sound when sealed right but find them to be a average set priced at a premium level that is not able to beat out the sound of its competitors like the x's and backbeat go 2. Had they delivered even just equal sound to the x's, the fit and feel would have made them my prime pair that I would have used. They are bulky looking but didn't feel very bulky, felt light, felt nice. Again though, the sound difference wasn't very close hence the return.

    As a side note, while waterproof, Bluetooth tech won't work under water anyway so they won't break while swimming, they won't work either.

    39 of 56 people found this useful