Finally, after a long time, I took a time off to do the second comparison here at IEH, Today I am going to compare the Jaybird x2 vs the Powerbeats 2.
In one side, the acclaimed earbud, the favorite for sports, the Jaybird X2 are recommended all over the internet, including here. This is a model that hardly has any faults, has a great sound, comfortable and durable, you’ll have a hard time finding a Bluetooth earbud like this one.
On the other side, the wildly famous Powerbeats 2, carrying the beats name, this model also is recommended but some people have some complaints about it, creating some doubts for people willing to give it a try.
I’m going to explain to you all the details about the Jaybird x2 and the Powerbeats 2 and compare both so that you can choose one of them at the end of this article and make your purchase without a doubt.
If you want to skip the details and know right away my choice, The Jaybird X2 is the winner, easily. Here is the updated price on Amazon and you can jump to the conclusion for a quick resume.
First of all, let’s start with the differences between then. One of them is the method they use to stay attached to your ear. The Jaybird use these “wings” (that is just an ear fin with a fancy name, but that’s the name they gave them). These wings are made of a soft material and help secure the earbuds in your ears when you are exercising.
The Powerbeats 2 on the other hand, make use of over ear hooks to help secure the earbuds in place. Personally, I don’t like these over ear hooks because it feels uncomfortable when jogging and running, at least for me. However, I understand that some people might prefer these over ear hooks than Jaybird wings.
When it comes to build quality and durability, both are strong, so let’s go into details here: the Powerbeats 2 and the Jaybird x2 offer IPTX 4 protection, or in other words, water resistance. Now, I’ve said this before and I am going to repeat here: water resistant is not the same as waterproof. These models are not waterproof, meaning you cannot take a shower with them, swim in a pool, etc.
You may ask, if I can’t do these things, what can I do? Honestly, you can sweat on it… And maybe be caught in a rain. That’s how far the protection goes.
Now, here comes the difference: the Jaybird X2 has a lifetime warranty against sweat damage and the Powerbeats 2 doesn’t. So, in this category, for small details, I have to give the win to the Jaybird X2.
Winner: Jaybird X2
The Powerbeats 2 has a bass driven signature, giving this model an incomparable bass quality, however, this is sometimes a problem since you will notice bass where it shouldn’t be, sometimes overly bassy tones, that compromises the entire song.
I’ve talked about this already and I’ll repeat: bass is not everything! But Beats seems to ignore this and go for bass driven models all the time. Please, don’t get me wrong here, the Powerbeats 2 sounds nice, has a clear sound and somewhat okay Soundstage, but this overdose of bass is what gets your attention the most.
The Jaybird X2, on the other hand, features a strong but limited bass, and an outstanding clear sound overall and wide soundstage. We can easily compare the sound quality of these with some wired models at the same price.
The most important aspect here is the detailed mids and crisp highs that the Powerbeats lacks, so with all that said, the winner is clearly the Jaybird x2 once more.
Winner: Jaybird X2
Comfort and Fit
Both the Jaybird and Powerbeats are designed for sports, however, when it comes to fit, there are some important differences between them. First one is that the Jaybird X2 is designed to seal your ear and isolate external noise as much as possible and with that improving the sound quality quite a bit.
In the other hand, the Powerbeats 2 features an “open fit” allowing you to have ambient awareness and with that improving your safety.
Both approaches are okay, and you should choose according to your needs, but there are some points I would like to clarify: You can still have ambient awareness with the Jaybird. The sealed design makes you use it at a lower volume and this way you will be able to hear your surroundings just fine.
The Jaybird X2 offers 3 pairs of silicone ear tips and 3 pairs of comply foam ear tips that are my personal favorite for sound isolation. The Powerbeats 2 offers 4 pairs of silicone ear tips.
The bottom line here is, both are very comfortable, and the fit is great, so, in this section, despite the advantage of the comply foam tips, I have to consider a tie.
Battery time and extras
The battery time is an easy run for the Jaybird X2, with solids 8h of music playback, there is no chance for the Powerbeats 2 average 6h. The charging time is almost the same always, so it’s a clear win for the Jaybird X2.
The connectivity is almost the same, both offering the same solution and the standard 30-foot maximum range.
The buttons and controls are straightforward and easy to remember on both models and the mic/calls quality I’ve found to be a little superior on the Jaybird x2,with a clearer sound.
The accessories are almost the same, the only difference is the comply foam ear tips on the Jaybird. Both models come with a hard case.
The winner of this battle is clearly the Jaybird x2 with superior sound quality, superior battery and the comply foam ear tips. The only aspect the Powerbeats 2 is better than the Jaybird X2 is the bass, but that ends up being a problem after all.
Don’t get me wrong here, the Powerbeats 2 is not a disaster. As I said, some people enjoy the ear hooks, the open fit, and values the bass above anything in the music. So, for this people, go for it and purchase them.
For everyone else looking for a great sports earbud, you can be sure that you be surprised by the quality the Jaybird X2 offers.
I hope you enjoyed the comparison, see you next time,