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Inexpensive Aukey earbuds are kicking the pricey Jaybird X2’s butt!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by  
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April
13
2016

In a recent blog I wrote about how yet another pair of the relatively expensive Jaybird X2 Bluetooth earbuds died on me. That’s a total of five failures of the high-end “sweatproof” Jaybird earbuds in less than one year.

These inexpensive Aukey Bluetooth earbuds are outperforming the pricey Jaybird X2s in every respect.

These inexpensive Aukey Bluetooth earbuds are outperforming the pricey Jaybird X2s in every respect.

On the recommendation of JSF member Derwinator, I recently picked up a pair of extremely inexpensive (I paid $20, but as of this writing they are selling on Amazon for less than 14 bucks!) Aukey Bluetooth earbuds. I’ve been wearing the Aukey earbuds on all of my daily rides for the past three weeks, and they are still going strong!

The Aukey earbuds have not had an easy time of it, either. It has been very hot, and I’ve been drowning them in my sweat. Of particular note, I did a hard solo metric century this past Sunday, and I was sweating heavily the entire ride (my average heart rate on that ride was nearly 170 BPM for almost 3 hours). The earbuds performed on that ride as they have on every other ride: flawlessly. No sound dropouts, excellent sound quality, good bass and a comfortable/secure fit with the included wings (several sizes and styles are in the box for a custom fit). Not even so much as a low battery warning.

I need to point out that the pictures on Amazon are not 100% accurate. I received additional styles and sizes of wings and foam tips not shown in the photos on Amazon (enlarge the below picture to see what’s actually included):

Not a bad package for under 20 bucks.

Not a bad package for under 20 bucks.

 

The inexpensive Aukey Bluetooth earbuds are outperforming the pricey Jaybird X2 earbuds in every respect–end of story. That’s especially shocking considering that one could purchase 10 pair of the Aukey earbuds for around the price of a single pair of X2 earbuds. I’m going to pick up a few spare pairs at the current low price. The Aukey earbuds come with a two year warranty, so if I have a problem at some point down the road I’ll have backup buds while I send the bad pair back for replacement.

After five failures in less than one year, I’m convinced that Jaybird Bluetooth earbuds are nothing more than overpriced garbage. I’d be extremely surprised if the X2s cost any more to manufacture than the Aukeys.

I’m putting the Jaybird earbuds in the same category as Oakley sunglasses (see this blog). You’re drastically overpaying for nothing more than a brand name and marketing, not a better product.

John Stone Fitness Comments

32 Responses to “Inexpensive Aukey earbuds are kicking the pricey Jaybird X2’s butt!”
  1. John, I’m loving the new mobile site. What font is this it’s very readable! Question on the link for the earbuds, does it pick up your affiliate credential? It wasn’t obvious when I clicked on it. Thx! — John

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  2. I’m so glad my recommendation on the Aukey earbuds worked out as well for you as it has for me! I bought my current pair last November and they’re still going strong. At the $14 price I’m picking up another pair as a backup set but doubt I’ll need them unless I accidentally lose them somewhere!

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  3. Yes seems odd, I went through many pairs of expensive earphones, and the best ones I’ve had are samsung super cheap (ones that come bundled with phones which people don’t use). Although these are developing issues with breaking wiring, but at £2.49 a pair, it’s better than £30+ (£ x 47834793497 = $)

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    • I totally agree, at least as far as training use goes. The more expensive wired sport earbuds I used (before I switched to Bluetooth) always stopped working after a few sweaty workouts. I pulled a pair apart once and they were all corroded and rusty inside. That was after about 3 weeks of use.

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  4. So we got them today. I was too anxious to charge so I used the power they already have.
    Used Pandora on my phone.
    1: So much included with them.
    2: Sound quality is ridiculous. No buzzing. Bass notes are there. Clear trebles.
    Cannot wait to get these out on a run.

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