Jaybird - FREEDOM 2 Wireless In-Ear Earbud Headphones - Carbon

Motivate yourself with great music by using these in-ear Jaybird FREEDOM 2 Bluetooth headphones. They provide up to eight hours of playback thanks to the included charging clip, and their Jaybird app lets you adjust the audio settings. These Jaybird FREEDOM 2 Bluetooth headphones easily switch to under-ear mode for answering calls.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Charging clip, cord management clips
  • Jaybird FREEDOM 2 Wireless In-Ear Earbud Headphones

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
74% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (177 out of 240)

Features


In-ear design

Fits securely and directs music into your ears for full, uninterrupted audio.

Bluetooth 4.1 interface

Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device. Supports HFP, HSP, SPP, A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles.

Secure-Fit

Ensures you get the most secure and comfortable fit with a variety of customized fit-options.

SpeedFit

Allows your earbuds to be used either in the traditional under-ear style for music and calls, or over-ear, designed for those wanting a great sports music experience.

Noise isolation

Helps minimize background sounds.

Rechargeable battery

Offers up to 8 hours of use and lasts up to 110 hours on standby mode.

In-line microphone

Lets you enjoy hands-free calls.

Sweat-resistant

Provides protection from sweat, so you can easily wear headphones while working out.

6mm drivers

Deliver powerful sound.

20Hz - 20kHz frequency response

For faithful sound reproduction.

16 ohms impedance

To efficiently conduct power.

96dB sensitivity

Provides powerful audio.

Stereo design

Delivers crisp tones.

Metal exterior

For stylish looks and durability.


Customer rating

3.8
74%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.0

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the best "sport" headphones I've used.

    Posted
    Namdnas
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    To start out with this review, I wanted to say that I owned the original Jaybird Freedom headphones for a short amount of time when they were first released. However, at the time and shortly after I purchased them, I had a financial issue crop up and had to return them for the money. So, I will have some comparisons in this review to the original as well. Let's see how far they came! Note: I tested these on an iPhone 7 and an iPad Pro 10.5" - both current devices. Packaging - LOVED the packaging for these suckers. It's small and compact enough to hold what you get, very sleek and yet, high quality. The outer sleeve slips off and inside, you are greeted by a nice flip-open box with a message on the inside front flap to the left and the headphones front-and-center to the right. Very easy to unpackage and behind the headphones, you will find the obligatory user manual (in a real manual form!...not a fold out gigantic piece of paper...THANK YOU!) and a case for the headphones, which also has the additional earbuds sizes packaged, in addition to the battery pack and small neck clip. Quality - I will say that these have to be the first pair of headphones like this (Sport) that fit me great straight from the box. I didn't have to change the earpiece sizes out. Just had to widen the cord in the back using the new "Speedfit" integrated cord management so I had more wiggle room. This feature worked PERFECTLY. I expected to have to fight with the cord getting tangled somehow or the grips not sliding correctly. As for the actual silicone ear-pieces...my only complaint is that they ALL have the eartip "wings" build into them. On the original Freedoms, the wings and the earbuds were separate and you could even wear them without the eartips/wings. Not with these. I hate the fact that the integrated them together. Performance - They charged up quickly and even had plenty of juice for me to play around with them before the first charge. I was initially a little confused on how to properly turn them off and on, as this really wasn't detailed much in the manual. However, the Jaybird app is pretty nice. It has the full manual and more included, as well as the option to set your sound stage, such as Flat, Increased Base, Treble balances and etc. I went straight for the increased bass. Compared to the original Freedoms, these are FAR improved in the department of Bluetooth Quality. The originals would have a huge delay when I would type and hear the text click noise on my iPhone. These do not have any delay at all and were on par with my current primary bluetooth earbuds. Sound is great, with nice noise isolation and plenty of bass with the "Bring the Bass" setting from the app. Call quality was superb, too! Overall, they are comfortable... although I feel the battery pack, while light-weight, does add some bulk when using it on the headset. This is a minor complaint, however. The headset itself has 4 hours and the battery pack has an additional 4 hours, for 8 hours total charge. From my testing, average use for me was about 6-7 hours for mixed usage (music and calls). Not too bad and pretty close to claims. They clean easily, although with these being black, the earpieces tend to show every small amount of ear crud and skin oil, lol. But again, easy to just wipe right off and keep clean. Now, for my BIGGEST complaint and really, the only reason I knocked a star off. Bluetooth distance. I live in appx. a 2,100 sq. ft. home. My primary earbuds I've been using prior to these...I could have my phone on one end of the house and have the earbuds with me on the other end and quality remains the same, no connection issues, very little crackling, etc. With these, it seems when go more than 20 ft. away from my phone, I start getting severe connection issues. NOT a deal-breaker, but it would have been nice to have the peace-of-mind to know I can leave my phone anywhere in the house and go wherever I need without worry of the connection dropping. Conclusion - Overall, I'm very happy with these! I think these will become my primary bluetooth headphones now for music listening and when I'm exercising. I'll leave my other earbuds for when I need the "convenience" of quickly placing them in my ears and/or taking phonecalls. While I am bummed that a firmware update cannot be done on these (too my understanding, just like the original Freedoms)...as my other pair of earbuds update automatically when an update is available), they seem to work fine other than the shorter than expected connection. Would I buy these OVER my primary earbuds? No. However, it's always nice to have two bluetooth headsets, in my opinion. However, these came VERY close to becoming my new primary headset for EVERYTHING...and that says a lot. I give them 4 stars due to the bluetooth connection distance, the fact that the wings and earbuds are built together and the lack of a firmware update option. Buy them - you won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Almost better than the other "B"ig brand ear buds

    Posted
    Section8ght
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    Okay, I'm not going over any specs because you can read those for yourself, but straight out of the box I fell in love with these ear buds minus 1 or 2 small things. When first taking these out and handling them you can feel in your hands that these buds are going to be comfortable in your ears. The ever more common wing tips that the jay birds come with are super soft and flexible, but this does not take away from how secure they are in your ears. They are super comfortable and I can wear these for hours without that annoying pinch or poking feeling from other wing tipped ear buds. Once you have them in your ears there is this simple but awesome adjustment feature to lengthen or shorten the wire to the most comfortable position for you just by pulling the wires apart or together. Connecting the Bluetooth function is easy as any other Bluetooth device and I haven't experienced any drop off from my phone. Now the sound is just amazing with the factory presets for me, however you can download the dedicated Jay bird app to adjust sound via an equalizer type atmosphere if you wish. They have a deep toned mid and low frequency to me that sits right in that perfect range where I like to listen to my music. So I bypassed using the app to adjust the sound. Using for phone conversations is good but this where I got to the very minimalistic feature that I wasn't 100% fond of, but this just being petty of me in a review. I think the control module with the volume and main buttons is a little big for such a finesse set of ear buds. Also to charge it, you have to connect the backup battery module to connect it to the USB charger. I think this feature is a little burdensome if you just want to connect a wire to charge it without worrying about another peice. Now the good deal with the battery back up is that you can charge this separately and use it for another 4 hours of usage, but I don't think I will use it for that because it makes the control module that much bigger than I already like. Overall, these ear buds are great and they are definitely comparable to the other "B"ig brand name ear buds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good sport headphones with custom sound

    Posted
    PeboQuattro
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    The Jaybird Freedom 2 is well designed with features such as ear tips with integrated fin, the SpeedFit cable management and discrete controls. The Freedom 2 are some of the best sounding earbuds I have owned, providing a very detailed, rich sound that is surprising at this price point. In addition, the downloadable app allows you to choose from audio presets, browse community submitted presets, or even customize your own giving you further adjustment of the equalizer. The ability to fine tune them to match the style of music you are listening to is a feature I wish all headphones provided! In addition to adjusting audio levels the app allows playlist sharing and can even assist in locating your misplaced headphones. Jaybird claims 4 hours of battery life plus an additional 4 hours with the included extended battery. What they don’t mention is that the extended battery is actually required to charge the headphones! The included extended battery clips on to the controls and charges via contacts on the battery. Unfortunately, what you expect in an attachable battery (small, discreet) is not desired in a device required to charge your headphones. I have not lost my battery yet, but I wish they would of built in the USB port on the controls or provided a charging cradle. Furthermore, I had difficulty getting these to fit properly. If inserted too far the audio sounds bad, mid and low range drop off and only high frequencies came through. I tried all four sets provided, but they either felt loose or created a suction effect. I am not sure if this is due to the sweat proof design, but my significant other with smaller ears did not have these fitment issues so it may vary person to person. I would rate these higher it weren’t for my fitment issues. Regardless, they are a great choice in sport headphones. If you are looking for a lightweight set of headphones that will stay in place during exercise and sound great I recommend you give these a try!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, Quirky Design

    Posted
    BenisJ
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    I have had a handful of wireless bluetooth earbud similar in style to these and I can say that the Jaybird Freedom 2 are some of the best sounding buds I have owned. The sound is very evenly balanced and crisp. Volume is good. Bass is better than average for in-ear buds. Everything about the audio is very good. As for the fit and design... It turns out I am not a fan of "behind the head" wires. As a bald gentleman, I found the cords would "stick" to dry skin if snugged up (as illustrated on the website and in the videos) which caused a frustrating tug on the buds depending on which way I turned my head. My wife also tried the buds and found that she did not like "behind the head" and found them challenging to use with her long, curly hair. (In a pony tail she found behind the head tolerable after some adjusting.) Wearing the buds with the cord in the front is awkward. In the end, it was tolerable to loosen the cord all the way then clip it to the back of my shirt. The trade-off was some bumping of the in-line control/battery pack. The "clip-on" charging cradle provides extra battery life but also weighs down one side of the earbuds. Operating without the cradle lightens the cord significantly and creates less "banging around" when working out. That tiny little snap-on battery is insanely easy to lose, HOWEVER, IT IS THE ONLY CHARGING SOURCE FOR THE EARBUDS. This is a big design issue for me. I am confident I will lose the charging cradle rendering the earbuds useless to me. Also worth noting, Jaybird assumes you have your own USB charger base (i.e. cell phone charger with wall plug) that you will use to charge these buds. Wearing the buds with the stems down caused me some ear canal discomfort (in the "notch" part of my ear) after about 5 minutes. Wearing them "up" (a feature noted on the Jaybird website) with the cord then wrapped behind my ear was a bit more comfortable but felt less secure even with different fins. (Note: I did not experience the buds falling out of my ear at any point, stems up or down.) My wife did not experience the same pain wearing them stems down so the issue is exclusive to my ear type. The fins are nice and soft and I found them practical and comfortable, but I struggled with the stems. I am not big on tweaking so I did not mess with the app. I did not run them dead but trust that they will get the 4/8 hours of battery rated on the website. Finally, the in-line, raised button controls are easy to feel and operate especially compared to some other brands. Jaybird's controls truly are "fumble free." To reiterate, the sound quality is among the best I have experienced with in-ear sport buds. Very balanced for a wide variety of musical styles even without tweaking via their phone app. Sound quality alone is reason enough to buy these buds but keep things like "behind the head" cords and "snap-on charging cradle" in mind as possible drawbacks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, But...

    Posted
    kwilks3
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    I received the FREEDOM 2' a few days ago, and I love the way they sound. They have a very nice sound to them, and you can fine tune it through the Jaybird app, or even download presets others have made. I really like that. The main issue I'm having is that they do not fully seal in the ear canal. Because of this, the great sound you get when they seal in your ear is lost. They then sound like a cheap set of headphones. I've tried all the tips, and I tried them all over ear and under ear, and they constantly come out. Another issue I noticed is that the Bluetooth randomly disconnects. I have several other sets of Bluetooth headphones, and this is the first set that I noticed do this. It's almost sounds like the Bluetooth is changing channels, and pausing while it does this. This happens when my phone is in my pocket and I have the FREEDOM 2's on. The Bluetooth range is small. I'll walk about 15-20 feet away from my phone and the FREEDOM 2's start to lose signal. Another issue I have with these is that when I wear these under ear with the wire behind my head, the left ear is constantly being pulled on, or pulled out. This is very annoying. Adding the "battery block" for another 4 hours of use compounds this issue. Over ear seems to be the way to go, but this gives the worst "seal" in the ear. I tried the included clip as well, and all this does is make you keep your head facing forward, because if you turn your head left or right it pulls the headphones right out of your ear. I wanted to love them, but it's more of a love-hate thing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Jaybird Support Team

      Hey Jaybird customer,

      We really appreciate your detailed review but it does seem you are running into some fitment issues, that is affecting sound and some slight bluetooth signal drops. 15-20 Ft of Bluetooth range is accurate from personal testing. As for connection I find the under the ear fit does provide the most stable connection.

      This does go back to the fitement issue's you are running into, we strongly recommend some complyfoam ear tips and maybe even the original Freedom ear tips as these are universal with Freedom and Freedom 2. Lets do this contact us jaybirdlisten@jaybirdsport.com, and we will hook it up with both some comply eartips and regular Freedom acc. pack.
      This should give you plenty of fitment options to get a consistent and comfortable seal.

      ---------- 
      #poweryourpassion
      The Jaybird Sports Experience Team 
      If we've solved your issue, we'd appreciate an update to your review. jaybird

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Jaybird Reaches New Heights

    Posted
    greenrita
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    Get big bang for the buck with this ear bud kit. Super easy to connect. No code required. Designers had the smart idea to mold winged buds to fit into the moguls of the outer ear. You can even pull the ear bud wires over the ear for a higher level of security during workouts. Also, love that I don’t have to worry about sweat and inclement weather Warnings: You must take the time to experiment with the ear buds to find the perfect fit. Otherwise, you might jump to the conclusion that the buds are too wonky and loose. I almost returned the kit; but, decided to persevere. Realized that it was my fault for not trying each option. Now, with ear buds snugged into my ear, couldn’t be happier. Also, be mindful about the wing tips. Make certain that you screw the wing tips on to the end caps so they are fully connected. You do not want the hassle of losing them. The buds are light and may not be heard when dropped on the floor or elsewhere. Be smart. Clip the ear bud wire to your clothing. I learned the hard way when I lost a pricey pair of buds that prompted trying the Jaybirds. Another handy solution is the slider that allows me to lengthen or shorten the cord. The audio buttons are a high enough profile so I don’t have to struggle to find volume up and down, etc. Most importantly, the audio clarity is hi fidelity for phone, music and other media. One major upgrade over the competition is the ingenious charge/clip battery pack that piggy backs to the ear bud control unit. Use it to charge the unit but carry it to add another four hours. There is also a Jaybird app to find new beats and also allows adjustments to my EQ settings. But, good idea to inquire about compatibility between your devices (smart phone, etc) and their update. One last perk is the squeeze top accessory bag to keep track of the goodies. Only ‘con’ so far is that a way to adjust the notification volume would be nice; but, on the ‘pro’ side, I like that I am told what percentage charge I have when I power up the buds; so, I don’t have any unforeseen shut downs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great earbuds for ears of all sizes

    Posted
    EvilChaderCheez
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    Until now, I have never been a big fan of in-ear earbud headphones. I have relatively small and sensitive ears which has made it difficult for me to find earbuds that not only fit, but are decently comfortable as well. These Jaybird - FREEDOM 2 Wireless In-Ear Earbud Headphones are the first earbud headphones I have found that do a decent job of solving both of these issues I tend to have with most other earbud headphones. The removable tips / fins come in four different sizes which almost guarantees you will find a size that is right for you. Once I found the size that was right for me, it became clear that these are the best fitting earbuds I have ever used. Comfort-wise, they are decent enough although my ears did start to get a little sore after about 30 minutes of continual use. This is likely more due to the fact that the inside of my ears are not used to having earbuds in for a significant amount of time so it really shouldn’t be considered as a “negative” of the earbuds themselves. When it comes to the actual performance, these earbuds perform quite well although I have noticed some occasional skips / drops in sound while listening to music from my phone. The music was actually saved on my phone and was not being streamed over the internet so the random drops couldn’t have been due to a spotty internet connection. Call quality was fantastic and the built-in microphone comes in very handy and seemed to work very well. The adjustable cord length is a really great feature as well since I also have a relatively small head. When adjusted to its shortest setting, I am able to wear the headphones without much slack which keeps them securely on my head and in my ears. The battery adapter is a bit bulky and adds a significant amount of weight if you try to use the headphones while it is attached but this should rarely be needed since the headphones are said to last approximately 4 hours on their own. Overall, these are great earbud headphones which are of high quality and which will likely last a very long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Major Connectivity Issues

    Posted
    MisterGoober
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I purchased these headphones primarily for running. Jaybird markets them towards runners and also as an "active headphone". I avoided the Jaybird Run because of reported connectivity issues. I bought these thinking they're based on the original Freedom and all the bugs should be worked out. Specific Use Case: Use as an exercise headphone with the Apple Watch 3 (leave my phone behind). Sound: Sound quality was great with the ability to tweak EQ via the app. No EQ ability on the watch, but who cares since they sound great anyway. Fit: Meh, not a fan of the single piece options. Choosing the tips that fit me meant having one earpiece that kept coming out. Not awful but not ideal. Probably could have lived with this. IMO dumbing down the earpiece options was the wrong strategy. I'd rather spend 15-20min getting the headphones to fit perfectly and know that i'm good for the life of the headphone vs. having mediocre fit. Connectivity: This was the deal-breaker. Everything was great in the house, then I went outside for a run. Dropouts galore. I've used the watch with other headphones in the past and maybe had one dropout every 10-15min. With these it was CONSTANT. Came home, checked Jaybird support, tried again. Walking about 100ft outside resulted in heavy dropouts. Putting my hand near the controller outside resulted in dropouts. Checked Jaybird support, only firmware updates for the original Freedom (which they say is NOT supported on the Freedom2) and on the Jaybird Run. Verdict: Great earbuds indoors. Horrible connectivity outdoors. Unless a firmware update comes out ASAP, i'll be returning these for something more reliable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Jaybird Support Team

      Hey MisterGoober,

      Thank you for your very detailed review it is really appreciated, we wanted to reach out with some recommendations that could fix both the fitment and connection issue's above.

      For fitment I do recommend trying them both under the ear and over the ear fitments to see what works the best. If the included accessories do not provide a good fit please reach out to us jaybirdlistens@Jaybirdsport.com and we can hook you up with some foam ear tips and additional Freedom ear tips and fins as the Freedom acc. are interchangeable.

      To get the best connection it can be a bit tricky based on the environment but here are my suggestions and they should really help.

      Try keeping the side with the control panel on the same side as your music player Vice versa, since the control panel is were the antenna is. Also if you wear them over the ear in the Xfit version of fit I have found that effects the connection and I suggest wearing them under the ear with the clips and it should improve your connection. 
      Here is a reset you can try as well for the Freedom and X3. 
      To reset your buds to their original factory settings, put your buds in pairing mode by turning the buds off then push and hold the center button for more than 4 seconds until you see alternating red/green LED. 
      While the LEDs are flashing red/green double tap the center button. Upon successful party reset, the LED turns orange and your buds turn off. 
      NOTE: Once your buds have been reset and you power on they will automatically go into paring mode. Select “Forget” or “Remove”  Jaybird buds from your device’s bluetooth menu and pair again.

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      #poweryourpassion
      The Jaybird Sports Experience Team
      If we've solved your issue, we'd appreciate an update to your review. jaybird

What experts are saying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about durability, design, sound and usability. Editors have mixed opinions about price. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 91/100 = Excellent quality.
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    Jaybird Freedom 2 review
    Comfortable, secure and sweatproof is how Jaybird describes its Freedom 2 in-ear headphones, so they sound perfect for a session at the gym. The phone app allows you to customise the sound, too. These wireless headphones seem like they have itFull Review
  • Pocket-lint (UK)Rating, 3.5 out of 5Max Langridge on October 19, 2017
    Jaybird Freedom 2 review: Superb sound ruffled by dodgy design
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  • PCMagRating, 4 out of 5Tim Gideon on October 4, 2017
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    The exercise-friendly JayBird Freedom 2 earphones deliver powerful Bluetooth audio laced with extra bass response.Full Review
  • WIREDRating, 4.5 out of 5David Pierce on September 14, 2017
    Jaybird Freedom 2 Wireless Headphones Review: Same Great Sound, Now Easier to Wear
    Our favorite wireless headphones get better with improved eartips and a redesigned cable system.Full Review




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