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Jaybird X4 vs Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones Review
An in-depth comparison of the Bose SoundSport vs Jaybird X4 wireless earbuds
Jaybird and Bose are two of the most popular audio brands on earth. Both companies produce some of the best wireless workout headphones you can buy.
In this post, we are going to focus on the differences between the Jaybird X4 and the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones. Hopefully by breaking down the pros and cons of each, you’ll be able to figure out which particular pair of headphones is best for you.
Before we begin, it’s important to note that there are two different Bose SoundSport models. There’s the Bose SoundSport Wireless, which like the Jaybird X4, have a wire that connects the two earbuds. Then there’s the Bose SoundSport Free, which are truly wireless earbuds (i.e. there is no cord whatsoever).
A close look at the cord on the Jaybird X4
Luckily, both Bose models are somewhat similar except for the cord. We’ll do our best to reference both models throughout this review.
Now before we jump into the advantages of each, let’s quickly cover what all three of these headphones have in common:
– Superb audio quality
– Similar track management and volume controls
– Multiple size ear tips for different fit options
– A “Find My Headphones” feature in case you misplace your earbuds
– Secure fit with good sound isolation
With that established, let’s dig into what advantages the Jaybird X4 have over the Bose SoundSport headphones.
Better Battery Life
The Jaybird X4 win out when it comes to battery life. Although Jaybird states the X4s provide around eight hours of juice, in our tests, we found that they’ll actually last closer to nine hours depending on volume level.
Expect to get around 8-9 hours of battery life with the X4s
The Bose SoundSport Wireless, on the other hand, provide around six hours of battery life on a full charge.
Further, the Bose SoundSport Free give you around five hours on a full charge. However, keep in mind, the SoundSport Free’s come with a portable charging case that provides an additional 10 hours of juice.
Still, if battery life is your chief concern, go with the Jaybird X4.
Jaybird Is More Affordable
This is pretty straightforward – the X4s are more affordable than both Bose models. The Jaybird X4s have a MSRP of $130.
Also, Jaybird likes to discount their products frequently after a certain period of time passes. The X4s were released in August 2018 so expect to start seeing them discounted about 6-8 months thereafter. We wouldn’t be surprised to see them drop to around $100 from time to time. It might be a good idea to check the current price on Amazon.
The Bose SoundSport Wireless have a MSRP of $150 but we do see them discounted as well from time to time. Again, it’s probably a good idea to keep an eye on the current price on Amazon.
Lastly, the Bose SoundSport Free are the most expensive of the three. They have a MSRP of $200. We’ve seen them drop by about $30-50 around holiday times though. Again, you might want to check the current price on Amazon.
Custom Sound Profiles
Although both Jaybird and Bose headphones provide excellent audio quality, we give the slight edge to Jaybird because of their MySound app.
Within the app, Jaybird allows you customize the EQ settings to your exact audio preferences. For example, if you’re a big hip hop fan, you can literally go into the app and pump up the bass. And when you change the EQ settings within the app, you’re actually changing the firmware of the headphones. That way when you go to switch devices, your personalized settings carry over.
Customize the X4s to your exact sound preferences
Alternatively, if you don’t feel like creating your own customized sound preferences, Jaybird allows you to browse the sound profiles of popular artists and athletes so you can basically just steal their customized settings.
The X4s Earbuds Are Smaller And Lighter
One tiny complaint we regularly hear about both Bose SoundSport models is in regards to the size of the actual earbuds. To be honest, we can see why. The Bose earbuds are definitely on the larger side and they’re somewhat heavy (comparatively speaking).
The Bose earbuds are on the larger side
The earbuds on the Jaybird X4, on the other hand, are smaller and a bit lighter. As such, most consumers will find that the Jaybird X4 are a little more comfortable and won’t fatigue your ears as quickly.
The Jaybird X4 Are IPX7 Rated
As you read in the title, the Jaybird X4s are IPX7 rated, meaning they can be submerged in water down to one meter for up to three minutes.
For comparison purposes, the Bose SoundSport Wireless and Free models are IPX4 rated, meaning they are just sweat and water resistant. They cannot be submerged in water.
Jeff working out with the X4s
Obviously, I’m not sure how many people out there actually plan to submerge their headphones in water so this probably isn’t a huge deal. At the end of the day, both the Jaybird and Bose headphones are just fine for working out given their ratings. Still, the X4s will likely be a little more durable given they’re IPX7 certified.
Welcome to the second part of this comparison. Don’t count out the Bose SoundSport earbuds just yet. They have a few advantages as well.
Strong Bluetooth Stability
The Bose earbuds get the slight edge over the X4s when it comes to Bluetooth stability and range. We were able to go about 70-80 feet with the SoundSport Free before we encountered any sort of disruption.
Strong Bluetooth stability and range with the SoundSport Free earbuds
The Jaybird X4s aren’t bad though either. We were able to go around 50 feet with the X4s before we noticed any disruption to the signal.
I know for the majority of people out there, this probably isn’t a huge deal but we thought it was worth mentioning.
This might be another minor point but again it’s worth mentioning. The Jaybird X4 charge via a proprietary cable. This can be a pain if you travel a lot or you’re just a forgetful person. There’s nothing worse than being out and about and then all of a sudden your headphones die but oops…you forgot to bring the special charging cable with you.
Both SoundSport headphones, on the other hand, charge via USB cables, which are a lot more readily available when you’re traveling.
Go Truly Wireless
This is perhaps the biggest advantage that Bose offers – the fact that you can go truly wireless (Bose SoundSport Free). For those of you who have never tried true wireless earbuds, you should. They can be quite liberating. A lot of consumers like having no cord bouncing around their neck area.
However, to be fair, Jaybird does offer true wireless earbuds as well, the Jaybird Run.