Jaybird X2 vs Powerbeats2: Which wireless headphones are better?

I get up early in the morning to start my exercise routines but I never take off without my music. Working out is definitely enjoyable when you get to match your moves along with the beat and rhythm! Fun, isn’t it? And listening to music is way better when you’ve got great wireless headphones. So when Jaybird and Beats by Dr. Dre released their Bluetooth headphones, I didn’t know which to choose!

​Both headphones offer impeccable sound quality and it is like living in your world of music. I’ve tried Beats and have been a huge fan of their Powerbeats line since then. The Powerbeats2 headphones are something worth spending your money for. But when I gave Jaybird headphones a chance and bought a pair, right then, I knew Beats finally found its match. Jaybird X2 is one hell of competition!

We’ve jotted the major points between the Powerbeats2 and Jaybird X2 for a more detailed comparison.

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POWERBEATS2 by BEATS

JAYBIRD X2

Powerbeats2
Jaybird X2

Bluetooth Connection

  • Quick and easy pairing
  • Compatible with iPhone or Apple devices
  • Does not work properly with Android or other Bluetooth devices
  • Quick and easy pairing
  • Uses 2.1 Bluetooth; compatible with all Bluetooth devices such as Android, iPhone and other available devices

Communication

  • Musical tone indicator
  • No indicator available for low battery
  • Voice indicator; notifies the user if the battery needs to be recharged, almost empty or low, or it is powered on or off

Sound Quality

  • Loud and impressive bass
  • Great treble, bass and stereo quality
  • No distortion
  • Loud, impressive bass, treble and stereo quality
  • Delivers softer or warmer tone
  • No distortion

Battery Life

  • 6 hours
  • 8 hours

Design and Comfort

  • Clip-ons; designed with loops for perfect fit and comfort
  • In-ears; designed with tiny wings for better fit

Bluetooth Connection

POWERBEATS2​

The details regarding its Bluetooth connection is not clearly specified by Beats, but we can base according to its performance. The Bluetooth connection is perfectly stable when you go stream the songs in your playlist. The first pairing is effortless and quick. And if you have to use them again whenever you need to, you can just turn on your smartphone or device and your Powerbeats2 automatically pairs with it.

Take note, Powerbeats2 are designed for iPhones or any Apple device. They do not work properly with Android devices or any other Bluetooth device.

JAYBIRD X2

On the other hand, Jaybird is very specific with is Bluetooth connection details. The Jaybird X2 headphones use 2.1 Bluetooth connection which means, this version is easier to pair with different devices, perhaps with different manufacturers. That’s a big plus for those who have more than one device! Unlike the Powerbeats2, Jaybird X2 works perfectly and compatible with any Android or Bluetooth devices or even with iPhones and Apple devices.

We’ve tried and the pairing process is easy and fast. The connection is stable and it also automatically pairs whenever the device is turned on.

Who Wins This Spot?

I guess we already know who the winner for the first category is. Both worked well and the stability of the connection is impressive, but it is pretty obvious that Jaybird X2 headphones are more reliable for more devices. It is less hassle, especially when you need to talk over the phone or while working out using any of your devices. The pairing process from both parties are also quick and easy, but for this spot, Jaybird X2 wins!


Communication

POWERBEATS2​

Powerbeats2 headphones indicate the on and off switch with a musical tone. It is a good indicator but not a great one, I guess. At times, it is difficult to distinguish which musical tone is for the on switch and the off switch. But if you’ve got a good ear for tones, this might not be a big deal.

JAYBIRD X2

The on and off indicators are initiated by a soft voice, perhaps softer than Siri’s, which tell you specific phrases if the headphones are turned on or off. You’ll hear phrases such as Connected, Power On, Power Off, Battery Full, Battery Low, Recharge Battery and a lot more. That would be a great indicator, won’t it? Makes life easier!

Who Wins This Spot?

​I think, with this round, it is obvious who the winner is. Jaybird X2 definitely takes this spot. The voice indicator is an impressive feature that makes the headphones more convenient to use. It lets you know when you should charge it and even clearly notifies you if it is turned on or off.

The Powerbeats2 did not actually fall off in this category. It is just that the indicator or the communication technique is mainstream and probably, needs to be developed. It is not that terrible, but compared to Jaybird X2’s communication technique, it is less preferable.


Sound Quality

POWERBEATS2​

Regardless of the type of song and volume, Powerbeats2 won’t ever let you down. It doesn’t matter if you turn the volume up to the loudest and even with an ear-piercing music, Powerbeats2 NEVER distort. They are pretty impressive with treble, bass or even with light bass, and stereo quality. I’ve admired the bass from these headphones and Beats have always been consistent with its quality.

JAYBIRD X2

Jaybird X2 keeps it up with its own version of sound quality. The bass is not as much as the Powerbeats2, perhaps delivers lighter bass. Does not mean the bass is terrible thus provides a softer version or beat than the Powerbeats2. The accuracy in treble and stereo quality is undoubtedly commendable. Just like the Powerbeats2, no matter how loud it goes, it does not distort.

With its structure and design, you can isolate and live in your own music even in the noisiest crowd. The memory foam tips make the sound quality even better. They do not let the ambient noise interrupt your music.

Who Wins This Spot?

Okay, this category’s really tough. The sound quality would be the very first thing you need to check before buying any of these headphones. Both products perform exceptionally and undeniably, high-quality sound. But someone has to stand out.

Powerbeats2 are more distinguished with its impressive bass while the Jaybird X2 seem to be balanced in all aspects – the treble, bass and stereo quality. They both do not distort. However, if you prefer a louder music with a higher bass, you can go with Powerbeats2. But of course, it would be much better if you can fill your ears with a smooth and balanced quality of music – all the trebles and bass blending in. They stand out in their own respective features, but I think Jaybird X2 should take home the trophy for this category.


Battery Life

POWERBEATS2​

Powerbeats2 battery life can last up to 6 hours. It is a good figure, though, but it loses over the indicator. You can’t tell if your battery’s low or when it needs to be recharged. There aren’t any indicator, neither a light nor voice. You’ll just know your headphones are worn out if they die on you!

JAYBIRD X2

I think Jaybird X2 wins this category again. Not only because they can last up to 8 hours, which is more than what Powerbeats2 can offer, they can also indicate whenever you need your headphones to be recharged. A voice tells whether your battery’s almost empty or it is lower than the level it should be. Cool, huh?

Who Wins This Spot?

Well, I’ve got nothing more to say. Jaybird X2 clearly wins this spot!


Design and Comfort

POWERBEATS2​

Powerbeats2 are designed with loops to provide a perfect fit in your ears. As they are clip-ons plus in-ears, they won’t fall off from your ears. This design secures the headphones and allows you to keep them on whatever you do, whether you play basketball, workout, or whatever sports or movements you do. They will stay longer in your ears but they can keep you at ease all the time. They are also sweat-proof!

They are available in four different colors – blue, red, white and black.

JAYBIRD X2

Jaybird X2 are designed with earbuds and tiny wings to keep them hooked on to your ears. It is a pretty good design, though, but they do fall off sometimes. Unlike the Powerbeats2, Jaybird X2 are more of the in-ear type with some support of the tiny wings. They provide a good fit, but you should always to put them on properly.

Who Wins This Spot?

Fate seems to be on the Powerbeats2 side this time. The loops hook them to your ear which makes it more secured and fit. Jaybird X2’s design is okay but not as good as the Powerbeats2’s.


OVERALL WINNER

After going through these five categories, our thorough research, testing and comparison clearly declare our ultimate winner – Jaybird X2!

Although Powerbeats2 have been widely known for its great sound quality and outstanding features, Jaybird X2 must have been a great match to it. The Jaybird X2 wireless headphones ensure longer performance with its 8-hour battery life, deliver awesome sound quality and provide perfect fit and comfort to your ears.

So if you are still in doubts of buying a new pair of headphones, the Jaybird X2 wireless headphones should be the top on your list!​

Erin Taylor
 

Chief editor of YouthTune, a music adventurer. I love learning about music and audio devices, which I eventually share with others so that they too can go on exploring the melodious world of music.

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