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The new Jaybird X3 wireless in-ears shrink the size but blow up the sound

The Jaybird name is well known among those who have spent any amount of time looking for sport-focused in-ears. The company’s BlueBuds X and the X2 — which dropped the BlueBuds branding — both sold well and were generally well received. Now the company has announced what could be its best sport headphones yet in the Jaybird X3.

“While the world has recently been talking about the disappearing headphone jack, Jaybird has been focused on designing superior wireless experiences for more than a decade,” Jaybird general manager for audio wearables Rory Dooley said in a statement. “The new X3 headphones deliver supreme audio quality and secure sport fit, so you have the ultimate wireless accessory to your active life.”

While the previous X2 used Bluetooth version 2.1 with EDR, the new Jaybird X3 opt for Bluetooth 4.1 instead. This won’t provide any noticeable effects on sound quality, but it does allow two pairs of X3s to be paired to one source device, or for one pair of X3s to be paired to two source devices at the same time.

Bumping up the Bluetooth version isn’t the only change Jaybird made with the X3s. The headphones themselves are smaller, but the sound should be bigger thanks to a new larger 6mm driver. The headphones also feature a redesigned battery. Like the X2’s, Jaybird claims up to eight hours of playback on a single charge.

Along with the new headphones, Jaybird’s MySound app allows for easier customization than in previous models. The app allows users to customize sound settings, which are then saved to the headphones, so even if you pair them with another device, you’ll hear the music exactly the way you want to.

The Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones are available beginning today in four color varieties: Blackout (Black and Silver), Sparta (White and Gold), Alpha (Military Green and Dark Chrome), and Road Rash (Red and Dark Chrome). They retail for $130, and can be found at select retailers as well as the Jaybird website.

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