JayBird JB-200 Bluetooth Stereo Headset - JayBird JB-200

By Jonathan Bray



Our Score:


Sound quality is reasonably good, but not in the same league as the ety8 headphones. I fired up Ulf Wakenius' cool jazz guitar to kick off the listening tests with and, mostly, they sounded pretty good. Other light acoustic tracks, such as Green Day's classic Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) came across well too. At the top end these headphones sound quite detailed and the mid-range, though occasionally a little boxy, is perfectly acceptable. They're at least as good as the Cerulean F1 headset I tested last year.

However, it wasn't long before I discovered the major weakness of these headphones - they lack any kind of bass or body. After queuing up Biffy Clyro's Love Has A Diameter I initially though I'd got the wrong track, while Newton Faulkner's cover of Massive Attack's Teardrop lacked any kind of dynamism or drama. This seems to be a common problem with Bluetooth headphones.

But the Jaybirds aren't just for music, they also include a microphone so they can be used for making hands-free calls, and here things look up. Disappointingly, sound isn't piped to both earpieces when making a call, but calls do sound loud and full-bodied, and the microphone transmitted my voice very clearly too. Compared to the Cerulean F1's call quality the JB-200's is in a different league.


For those who want a Bluetooth headset that's as comfortable with music as making and taking calls, the Jaybird JB-200's do a reasonable job with passable music audio and excellent call quality.

They're great for anyone who wants a soundtrack while exercising, too, because they're so light and comfortable to wear. But the lack of bass and a high price of £79, alas, mean I'm going to have to hold off on a wholehearted recommendation.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 6
  • Sound Quality 6
  • Features 8

Travis Tuttle

August 31, 2010, 8:54 am

I obtained a pair and was highly disappointed. I experienced a host of issues including extremely short battery life, in-consistent control functions, uncomfortable ear piece, and on and on. What was most disappointing is how completely unhelpful the customer service was. When I contacted them to voice all of the issues I was having and to request an exchange with one of their corded headphones they refused. After going round and round they finally agreed to offer an exchange for another pair of the JayBird headphones suggesting the original pair wasn't working as well as they should. Upon receipt of the new pair - I found they were worked just as poorly as the first. Moreover, they broke within 6 uses. Their customer service would not replace them or offer an exchange for a less expensive chorded pair. I would caution anyone from purchasing these headphones or from dealing with this company to be honest.


January 12, 2014, 6:05 am

Please review the JayBird Bluebuds X! It'd be good to see what the TR opinion is on the sound as compared to benchmark brands such as Sennheiser or Shure.

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