Rock out to your favorite tunes at the gym or on vacation with these Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds, and use the metal inline remote to take or reject calls. The sweat-proof design keeps up with your regimen. Bluetooth capabilities on these Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds let you connect to a phone, tablet or laptop.
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Incomparable sound quality
Posted by: Kevin from: on
I recently had chance to try PopwerBeats2 wireless, Bose Quiet Comfort 20 and 25, Plantronics Back Beat Sense, Jaybird X2, and several others (two sony headphones, Mpow bluetooth, IdeaUSA phones, etc) looking for right headphones for me, and finally found this Jaybird Freedom. Here I mostly compared Freedom with X2 as other phones just simply had inferior sound quality (or biased sound eg BackBeatSense with little bass) or not comfortable (eg., Bose noise canceling caused weird air pressure change in my ear drums which made me sick within an hour of use). Anyway, here are my thoughts
All of above mentioned phones sounded not bad or good (with my iPhone5s) but Jaybird Freedom was simply better than all those. Freedom has well balanced and rich sound with deep and rounded bass/mid but still maintaining crystal/detailed highs, which all makes remarkably pleasant and impressive hearing that I have never experienced with all the other phones that I've tested. And this was just default setting of Freedom! You can even further make it better sound using MySound App. Because I liked the default setting a lot, I haven't tried it yet. Because I liked the price of X2, I tried several EQ settings to make Jaybird X2 to make it sound similar to Freedom but nothing worked, which made me think that Jaybird made something different for Freedom (not just modifying its bud shape) that sounds fundamentally better than X2. I will not talk about other phones, but Bose QC20 and 25 sounded a little boring. They sound great but not impressive as Freedom.
Comparing with X2, I can say Freedom is better. Even with the slightly heavier remote, Freedom didn't fall off at all even without the clips they provide. If you need really tight secure fit, you can always use clips so that the remote controller doesn't dangle under your ear.. I used X2 and Freedom more than 3 hours straight and found Freedom was more comfortable. I think this is due to the smaller buds that fit better in ear canals.
Freedom lasted for more than 4 hours (close to 5 hours I think). I can't say 4 hour battery is better than 8 hour of X2 although the battery pack provide quick full charge for additional 4 hour. I think this is trade off for having better sound quality/fit and perhaps better look as well.
Connects to up to 7 devices. I haven't tried more than 2 but no problem at all so far. No single drop.
Bose noise canceling is like magic, and better than Freedom in terms of noise reduction but Freedom blocks out amazingly well too (about > 80~90% reduction) which makes even better environments for enjoying high quality sound. PowerBeats2 had nice sound quality with good bass but it is almost like open phones and can't hear the details unless you increase the volume.
if you are waiting for X3 to come out, I recommend getting Freedom (if you don't care recharging them more frequently) as I expect no improvement of sound quality in X3 except the availability to utilize MySound app (and the battery life will be reduced to 7 hours due to smaller size). If you believe customization of EQ setting can't change the fundamental performance of phones and you are looking for best sound quality bluetooth phones, Freedom is what you need.
31 out of 35 found this review helpful.
Great Idea, but flawed design
Posted by: smw107 from: Cleveland, OH on
Pros: Sound great, stylish, and useful app integration that allows you to change EQ.
Cons: Fatal flaw in design (read below)
I previously had the Jaybird X2 headphones and really thought those were a great product. When mine were broken beyond repair I decided to give the new Freedoms a chance as the smaller ear bud was appealing to me. They were able to shrink the actual buds by moving the battery and other components to the volume control dongle. This and the decision to include a battery pack, which is the only way you can charge them, is unfortunately the fatal flaw. The volume control dongle has metal contacts on the back of it for the battery pack/charger. When you sweat your sweat comes in contact with these contacts and the headphones fail. I went through two pairs, thinking the first was defective, but now I realize this was just a poor design decision. I can't recommend these to anyone who plans to exercise in them.
36 out of 43 found this review helpful.
Jay Bird's best yet!
Posted by: Electricapple from: on
I own the x's and x2's. These freedoms far surpass the others in sound quality. Just some facts; if you want the best sound, use the silicone ear tips! The foam type don't form as good a seal in your ear and don't sound as good. If you like the lows, "the bass" in your music, use the silicone! Also, you must use the Jay Bird, "My Sound" app. You can adjust the sound levels to where you like them! Anyone who says these don't sound good or aren't loud enough isn't using the app or the silicone tips. On my app I've got the bass up and the treble up and the mids 1/3 up. You have to experiment for a while to see what sounds good. I like music that takes advantage of bass. I'm amazed at how good these Freedoms handle bass and in such a small package. I own Beats Solo 2 wireless headphones, they're now collecting dust. These Freedoms have become my only headphones. Yes, I think they sound that good. If yours don't, they're not adjusted right. In every other aspect they're comfortable and the charge lasts sufficiently long. It's all about the sound quality, for everything else you just have to suck it up and find a way to make it work.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Great Sound - Awkward Fit
Posted by: benjitek from: on
I also have the Jaybird X2's which I've been pleased with. These new earbuds sound even better, especially using the companion app to tweak the sound.
The fit though is not so great, at least for me. The volume control module is heavy enough to weigh down on the right side, resulting in the need to periodically push the right earbud back in. If I wrap the cord around my ear, the volume control flops around between my ear and head enough to annoy. When worn this way, the cord is a bit stiff so on the left side it continually 'unwraps' and the cord pops out from behind the the ear.
As good as they sound, the issues with fit and comfort will have me returning them -- I'll definitely try again when the 2nd generation of this style comes out, the product's design engineers will surely come out with something more practical.
17 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Unbelievable sound quality!
Posted by: JLee88 from: on
I bought a pair yesterday and right off the bat, I was impressed. I'm a previous owner of the Jaybird X2s (which I unfortunately lost), and I had waited months for these to come out.
The sound quality is impeccable. The amount of bass that come out of these small buds are impressive given how small they are (metal casing btw). I also love the fact that they included Comply foam tips along with their standard silicone ones, definitely an added value.
The only thing negative thing I would have to say is (besides the high price, needless to say), the wingtips do not fit/stay in my ears, no matter what size (s,m,l). However, it's not a deal breaker for me since they stay in my ears using the foam tips.
Final verdict: Definitely worthy of a purchase if you can afford the high price.
15 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Posted by: KyleB from: on
I've had these headphones for a couple days now and I have to say they are great and light weight and they sound good too I was a little scared being there are no reviews yet but I am pleased
15 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Jason from: on
Wow! I'm huge fan of Jaybird products, and these are by far the best thing they've releases yet. These headphones are so much smaller than anything they've released - and than anything else out there! Sound is incredible and if they last as long as their other headphones these will be perfect.
10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Amazing Sound Quality
Posted by: Brandon from: on
I've had the jaybird X1, X2, Powerbeats 2. These have the best sound quality out of the 4. My main problem with the x2 was how big they were. These stay in my ear through an entire workout. Once you find the proper wings and ear tips they are perfect. They also get way louder than the X2 and block out more noise because of it. If you're on the fence don't hesitate
12 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Jfvm from: on
Just get new bose stayhear tips, sound improvement and comfort awesome!
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great Bluetooth Headphones
Posted by: benjitek from: Seattle, WA on
This review replaces a previous 3-star review that unfortunately I can't edit or delete.
Initially when I tried to wear these wrapped over-the-ear the volume control module flopped around on the right side, and the left side's cable kept moving in front of my ear. Another reader posted a suggestion that I use the included attachable cord adjusters to shorten the overall length. I'd already tried, but the reader included a video link with instructions on how to do it properly. I tried again and got it right. Now I'm in Bluetooth headphone heaven :-)
The sound is excellent once tweaked with the companion app. I hadn't realized when I purchased these that I could have them connected to my AppleTV >and< iPhone simultaneously -- now I hear alert sounds or incoming call notifications from my iPhone while watching TV. Wow.
Excellent headphones, but they're overpriced. For $150, I'd give them 5 stars, knocked off a star because of the $200 price tag.