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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incomparable sound quality

    Posted
    Kevin
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    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 Sound quality 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. Fit 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. Battery 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. Bluetooth connectivity Connects to up to 7 devices. I haven't tried more than 2 but no problem at all so far. No single drop. Noise isolating 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. Summary 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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth Every Penny

    Posted
    JayTheAVEngineer
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    I had my doubts at first purchasing these earbuds, being an audiophile with much experience and since preference with over-the-ear headphones; I'll add to that the fact I generally only buy pro audio line gear directly from wholesalers using my perks as a live audio engineer. However, after reading many reviews for these earbuds and given they were on sale, I decided to take the risk at only $50. What I can say after receiving them and using them as my daily driver now for around 2 months, several hours a day, is that I would've paid full price and here's why: Out of the box, you receive many accessories those pertinent to my review are a shirt clip, 2 cable management 'buttons' with 3 lanes that are helpful when you want less cable dangling from your ears which is minimal already, I believe 3 pairs of varying size (small, medium, and large) earbud wings (the molded pieces that cup around your inner lobe to provide a more secure fit) , 3 pairs of varying size earbud gels,a small leather-esque carrying case with a snap opening, a small USB to micro USB for charging the external battery, and a physical external battery- the clarification here is that the earbuds themselves have an internal battery with around a solid 4 hours and some more of full volume listening time and there is no other way to charge this battery other than to attach the external battery which holds an 'extra' 4 hours of charge via magnetic and clip contact bringing us to an 8 hour total of charge time. What I do is charge the external battery while it is connected to my earbuds so the charge prioritizes the internal battery then goes on to charge the external, as I've come to find. Comfortability is great! The gels and wings they provide vary in size quite a bit, so it's easy to find 'your' fit; I found a combination of gels and wing sizes that make perfect contact and provide a fit secure enough to jog with or just sit and listen to for many hours. The weight is decently light even with the external battery connected to the buds, however comparably heavier than some other Bluetooth buds; I haven't been bothered by the stretch of cable that dangles from my ears or the control panel, I tried using the cable management buttons but found myself uninterested in a tighter fit, most of the time I just use the shirt clip to secure a part of the cable to my collar and hide the rest underneath my shirt, which is hardly any. Durability and reliability are great thus far, given it's only been 2 months so I might edit this review if anything changes, but if not, know my conclusion stands. The build is solid, the metal on the buds themselves is strong and the bit of cable is well insulated but still flexible enough to wrap up to fit snugly in your carrying case. I haven't had the issue addressed by another reviewer here pertaining to sweat seeping into the contact points of the control panel and I've sweat a few times wearing the headphones. I've had 0 issues with Bluetooth connection using an android phone and even a cheap adapter for my computer every now and then. Pairing is almost instant the few times I've had to pair them and the earbuds go from being off to being turned on and connected to the nearest paired source very quickly, almost instantly and I have not experienced drop out nonetheless total loss of connection once for reasons beyond hardware limitations, the only being a max range of which I've found is around 60 feet with minimal obstructions, realistically in a house environment, through walls, it may get dicey around 30 feet. Sound Quality* Now, on to my favorite attribute of these earbuds, which came to my delightful surprise is their lovely sound quality. When first using these buds I was not expecting to be replacing them as my daily driver over my ATH-M50x 's. However, after hours of listening over a few days, the soundstage of the Jaybird Freedom F5 's quickly grew on me and they decisively became my carry for everyday use. It has a very crisp mid range which I really love when it comes to percussive sounds or a crunchy guitar, the bass is phenomenal and clean (with a flush fit of course) and very prominent but not so much that it overtakes any frequencies. The high range of these buds is extremely clear, which makes vocals and even simple spatial nuisances such as the impact of a track's mastering pop-out. They have very good noise cancellation, even in noisy environments such as being backstage at a rock concert, they blot out a very good chunk of sound and are still amply loud enough to listen to thanks to low resistance. On a side-note, I've loved listening to everything from country to metal on these earbuds, however I find they shine for me with electronic and rock music. Finally, these earbuds sport a 20Hz-20kHz frequency range, which ,on paper, isn't the most spectacular BUT here's the thing, it's a range that's filled precisely and executed just about masterfully, which makes these some of the best sounding earbuds I have heard to date. On to the subject of price. Now, these buds are of course no 'professional in ear monitors'; the way their soundstage compares to high-end, over $500, or even $200, NON-Bluetooth in-ear headphones, while surprisingly worthy, is irrelevant, because at their original price of $150 these earbuds are contenders for the top-notch spot in sound quality, utility and design compared to other similarly priced 'in-ears' in my book.. and they're Bluetooth... so on sale at $50 these are an ABSOLUTE steal. Drawbacks.. If I had to say anything bad about these earbuds that wasn't nit-picky, it would be that their in-line microphone is not the best in sound quality for hands-free calling and is kind of an after-thought. I've had friends complain that my voice was unclear to the point where I've held the mic up to about 4 inches away from my face to talk with clarity, deducing that the microphone on these earbuds is a bit more directional than "dedicated" hands-free calling headsets (single bud sets). However, if you are buying these earbuds, like myself, with music listening as your main thought, then you can afford to squander the minor inferiority of their mic in favor of their beautiful soundstage and design. In conclusion, the Jaybird Freedom F5 's offer a wonderful Bluetooth, audiophile experience, with a gorgeously crafted soundstage, an adequate pocket of accessories with gels included that allow for a comfortable and secure fit well enough for sports no matter your ear size for hours on end. The clarity and crunch of these earbuds is impeccable and will not leave the bass-heads nor the salient vocal connoisseurs unsatisfied. For the value, the Freedom F5 's are absolutely wonderful for $150 and if you catch them on sale for $50 are unbeatable. If you're still debating on buying these earbuds for whatever reason, stop and make the purchase, especially if they're on sale, and if you're an audio-head like me, you won't regret it and I'm positive you'll find something to love about them. *Note I haven't even touched nor downloaded the MySound app and I had even forgotten about it completely before I relearned of it's existence in previewing this review so everything said on the subject of sound quality is of an out-of-the-box experience with no adjustments whatsoever to the Jaybird's stock sound. I don't write many reviews but I love these earbuds so much I felt I needed to share my experience. Thanks for reading if you got this far and hopefully my review can help some of you considering purchasing these lovely earbuds come to a decision.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Favorite earbuds ever!!

    Posted
    kltNC

    I've had my jaybird freedoms for a few weeks now, and don't know how I got through daily life before them. These are my first "higher-end" pair of blue tooth in-ear headphones. I have a pair of SkullCandy Hesh over-ear big headphones, but other than that I've always purchased under $50 earbuds. I got tired of cheap earbuds dying on me and talked to associates at both BestBuy and Apple (Apple heavy household here) to help decide what I should get. These Freedoms were highly recommeded at both stores. I was looking to use them mostly for running/exercise and the occasional use for household chores or lounging around. I have always had a hard time getting bluetooth earbuds to stay in my ears! They usually have bulky/heavy earbuds due to battery/hardware. The freedom earbuds are super lightweight. The bulk/weight is in the controller on the cord behind the right ear. There are six different sizes/types of earbud tips to choose from and four different "wings" sizes to pretty much guarantee a good fit. These can be worn down from the ear lobe, or up and over/behind the top of the ear. I personally like the up and over the top fit, although the traditional down fit was better than most I have tried. The sound quality is incredible! I enjoy the sound equally for running or lounging. There is a free app to download to create your own soundboard or use other's created equalizer settings. It is so helpful to create the perfect sound for any type of music! Back to fit, these stay in while running better than anything else with the up and over ear fit. I also use the included clips to shorten the cord for a precise fit behind my head/neck. I sweat A LOT when i run and these don't fall out and my gallons of sweat don't impact their performance or charging. There is a clip-on charging bit thing that adds additional life during use. Some people have complained about its bulk, but i honestly dont notice it after shortening the cord for a good fit. You get 4 hours life on the earbuds alone, and an additional four hours with the clip on charger. The clip on charger is also what you use to connect to usb charging. I keep everything in the included pouch so i dont lose pieces. I truly love these headphones! I have seen cheaper and more expensive options and i feel like these are a fantastic mid-range price option. Pictures included of up over the ear fit, also with & without battery/charging clip on. And blue tooth connection is very solid and quick to both my iphone SE and apple watch series 1. No interruptions while running connected to my watch and very minimal hiccups while walking around my apt connected to my phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    5 stars, but with caveats.

    Posted
    ineedmoreports
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    I've been a Jaybird customer for a long time. I used my BlueBuds X until they died, so when I saw Jaybird had a new product, I jumped to try them out. The F5s are very lightweight, comfortable, and they sound excellent. I would recommend these to anyone. The companion MySound app for my smartphone is pretty cool, too. It really allows me to dial in my own EQ and it's much more accurate at telling me the remaining battery percentage than notification center on my iPhone. I use these exclusively for working out and cycling. As for cycling, I've put the F5s through their paces through 64 rides, which comprises 753 miles and over 53 hours of use. First, and foremost, these are far more comfortable than my Xs. The F5s don't stick out, so I don't have to worry about them as much when I put on my gear. Sounds silly, but with my Xs, I had much more fiddling with my skull cap, helmet, and sunglasses than I ever have had with my F5s. Now, I just put my buds in, throw everything else on my giant head, and go ride. They sound much better than the Xs, too. Battery life is pretty amazing for how small these are. I get a solid 5 hours out of them. When it's time to charge them (they'll literally say "Charge Me!"), you have about 20 minutes left, so that's not too bad, either. Bluetooth pairing is a snap, connection stays strong with almost no drop outs (seriously, Jaybird has really improved this aspect). What are my caveats? Well, the biggest frustration I've had was the unintended side effects of Jaybird moving the battery pack to a separate place on the cable. This will sound silly, but it definitely makes a negative impact on wearing them if I don't use the included clothes clip. The buds are so light that the battery pack (not including the charging clip) adds just enough weight, so that without the clothes clip, my cable will start to droop on the right side. This will cause my left bud's cable to shorten up, so if I move my head to look to my right, my left ear bud pops completely out of my ear. Even if the left doesn't pop out, it's very distracting to feel the cable shift on me as the battery pack drags the right side downward. I can't imagine using the buds while the charging clip is on. However, if I use the clothes clip to clip the cable to the back of my shirt/jersey collar, everything stays where it needs to be. Be careful with the clothes clip, though. It's very cheaply made. Mine broke right away and I had to find a replacement. Using the clothes clip is not cumbersome. I didn't feel it rubbing against my skin, but, your mileage may vary. The other issue I had was with buds placement. I have found that the best way to wear these is with the buds pointed downward so that the cable isn't looped over my ear lobes. They fit so much better and they stay in place far better. With my Xs, I always wore them with the cable management clips and the cables looped over my ears, so I thought the F5s would be no different. I was wrong. Again, the battery pack's weight made it very awkward to wear the buds looped over my ears. It was uncomfortable and they popped out all the time. Even worse, they way they sat in my ears in this position, they would pinch themselves against my ear canal in a way that the sound would cut out completely cut out. Keep in mind that the sound never cut out of the buds, though. The way they sat would pinch off the path into my ear, cutting off the sound. This was in no way painful, but it was extremely aggravating. The fact that the cable is round, oddly, made a difference, too. The cable on my Xs is a flat ribbon cable, the basic shape of them helped make them lay a certain way on my head. The round cable of the F5s made them more "flip floppy", which meant I fiddled with them more. Basically, wearing the buds in the over-ear configuration sucked big time. My last minor gripe is with the volume buttons. It takes 14 presses to get from min volume to max volume. This sounds like I'm being super petty, but when you're on a bike and moving from the quiet bike trail into busy traffic, having to "doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot" to reduce the volume is very annoying. My Xs seems to change volume in larger chunks, so only a few presses were required to adjust quickly. This being said, a quick software update to add this option is all that's needed and I've brought this up with Jaybird. Hopefully, they consider it. Lastly, some suggestions: use the ear fins. They really help keep the buds in place. When you wear the buds without the fins, they feel like they would stay in place just fine, but I've found that when I start sweating, I need a little extra to help keep them in place. The fins do tend to pop out of my ears more than the fins on my Xs, but the trade off is that overall, the F5s stay in my ears far better than my Xs ever did. I used the comply foam tips, but quickly stopped after some especially sweaty rides. They don't dry out too quickly and well, you get the idea. Trust me, it's gross. I have found that the right bud tends to loosen up more than I'd like when I'm lying on my back, which is distracting during bench or abdominal work. All in all, these buds are FANTASTIC. Really, once you get used to the quirks, they're easy to overcome and I don't notice these buds are in my ears. They sound awesome. After I'd gotten things dialed in, the buds stay in during the sweatiest workouts. The battery life is fantastic and they're very comfortable. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Jaybird Freedom Head Phones

    Posted
    JAXTECHIE
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    I was so mad when my GF bought these. They were $100 off at Best Buy (on sale). I own the X3 and paid $99 when they were on sale. She only paid $49 for hers. I'm a headphone junkie and have owned $10-$700 pairs of in ear head phones. These headphones are really nice for wireless, sweat proof, active headphones. These head phones are Bluetooth wireless and can sync to 2 devices. The battery life is 4 hours but the charging clip acts as a battery booster which gives it 8 hours of battery life total. It seems to stay on OK but she hasn't done anything rigorous with them, like storm an embassy with special forces to rescue hostages. The charging port on the booster is a micro usb connector. The J3 has 8 hours of charge time and the charging clip is not a battery booster. Just so you can compare the 2. These things are great if you like to misplace things. I had to hunt hers down twice since she bought them. Once they were around her neck and the other time they were in her truck. Jaybird has an AWESOME app which not only lets you set up a listening profile and adjust tones but also has a SEARCH feature that helps you locate the headphones if they are on or their last know location when they are off. I use mine all the time because I misplace mine constantly. I love it when I see where I am on top of the dot and the dot stays with me no matter where I am walking (because they are in my pocket). There are 4 negative things about these headphones. 1. Very easy to misplace. 2. You can only make them go so loud. You can't blow your ear drums out listening to speed metal. 3. Ear buds are pretty expensive to replace and I have not seen any official OEM ear buds online. It's all after-market stuff You do get 3 sets of rubber and foam buds 4. If you have the synced to 2 devices (phone/tablet for example), when You are on a call with someone, the call quality is not as good. Surprisingly when these are worn behind the head and shortened with the clip (the sporty or rockstar look) the mic and controls are behind your head off the left or right ear and the person talking to you can hear you perfectly fine. There are ear inserts, which I hate because my ears are sensitive and made from newborn lamb skin. They are supposed to help keep the buds in. The J3s stay in pretty good without them, even when I am storming an embassy with special forces. The headphone angle on the Freedom is slightly different than the J3 and the profile is smaller then the J3. I can wear each one behind my head and in my ears comfortably no matter which way the headphones are aligned (Left/Right or Right Left). You can go over the ear or under the ear depending on which side you have going to which ear. It's more of a personal comfort thing. These are not noise cancelling. You can still hear the idiots around you talking so you just have to pretend you can't hear them, unless they also own a pair, then they will know you are faking. These are made by Logitech. Their support is awesome! I had a pair of J3s 'go bad', (fell in a toilet and there was no way I was going to put those back in my ears!), and after cleaning them off and putting them back in my ears........one side wasn't working. These are SWEAT proof, NOT completely water proof (but I have used them in a pool but not underwater). Logitech gave me an RMA and told me to keep ALL the accessories (charger, buds) and sent me the new pair first, then I sen't the damaged pair back (it wasn't a hostage exchange type of scenario, thats just how they do it).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very, very good earphones

    Posted
    Gadget56
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    This is my second pair of Freedoms, I bought the first a few days after they came out and they were defective, the charger would charge but not the headphones ( they can be charge separately) so I went to BB and exchange them for a new pair which so far have being working as they're supposed to. I love it that they don't stick out ones ears like the X and X2 ( I have them both, well I gave the X2 to my friend). Am a jogger and a bike rider, wore them during vet comfortably during those workouts. Thanks to the Jaybird app I can set the equalizer the way I want to, needles to say they my musical sounds way better than their previous earphones, tried them with movies on tablet and TV almost got surround sound. Bluetooth connection is excellent and easy to pair with any device. I like that is capable of connecting to two devices at the same time no matter the brand or the OS, I could be watching Netflix on my Samsung tablet and answer a call on my iPhone, I discovered that if I have any previously paired devices with the Bluetooth on and I turn the earphones on they connect automatically even when the device is supposed to be sleeping, Example: if I have my tablet on around and turn on earphones to connect to my phone, they will connect to it and then connect to the tablet too, don't have a problem with that, just that it took me a couple of time to realize why the voice on earphones said" headphones connected twice" hehe. connection is very good so far I have try them with several wall between them and the sound device and it took quite a bit to break connection, obviously without any obstacles signal is way better ( around 35-40ft ) Battery life so far it's what they advertised, 4hrs plus another 4 with charger. So far when it says that is 10% full it gives me one hour of play time ( yes I timed) when it says "charge me" I connect them so it's charger and if I don't use them while charging it takes about 30min to go to 40% full enough for an hour on my bike. If use them while charging obviously it takes longer and never go to 100% charged even if the charger it's fully charged. What I do is I charge the headphones to it full capacity then charge the charger, so I will always have power around. Every now and them I charge them at the same time. The charger is small and light enough to wear with headphones around the house, while watching movies or light walks at the mall, but not for jogging or any other vigorous activity, it bounces too much. Overall I think this a very good headphones, I hope I don't have any more issues with bat and last like its older brother (my X are 3 years old and still give 7 hrs of playtime) If you are familiar with the brand and don't mind espending 200 on them, go for it, they are quite and upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Different in a Great Way...mostly!

    Posted
    BobtheBuilder
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    What can I say? I own and use my original Jaybirds and they are great! I also have a pair of the Bose in ears and like them too. My original Jaybirds are great when I want to silence the world around me while listening to their great sound. They last a good long time on a charge! I never run out of sound but don't use them for more than a four or five hours at a time when flying. I have to charge my Bose in ears with greater frequency and they let in ambient noise which I like when biking or outside or even flying sometimes because they give me situational awareness. However, both my Jaybirds shut out the jet noise when flying (not to mention screaming babies now and then...I always feel sorry for them and their parents, and those without means to 'shut them out'). So why did I buy these? They were on sale for Black Friday. They sound good and clear with less bass than my originals, but they also have the attachable/detachable battery that can be charged while I am listening to what is left in the on-board battery. If I have my backup battery to charge phone or tablet, I can also remove the extra battery and charge it too, and if my on-board dies, simply remove the charging battery pack, attach it to charge and listen to more music, then after a while, put it back on the charger again. I could see doing this for days should there ever be a need for such. A pretty cool way to recharge the unit and keep listening should there be a need!!! They do fit differently and the over the ear method doesn't work quite as well for me (my preferred method to wear them), but that isn't a deal breaker for me. I have worn them below ear and they hang in just fine. I really like the cord management system!!! It is nice to be able to unblock my ears with the old ones and have the buds hang over my ears, but again, not a deal breaker with the new ones. So, the bottom line is that each have a purpose, both sound good, but I like the sound of the originals a bit better. Not sure if they use a different driver for the 'Special Edition' but glad that I can boost the bass with the app (something I do not do with my old Jaybirds. I love the wireless convenience and the comfort it provides. These 60 year old ears aren't the audiophiles they once were, but all of the wireless earbuds I own are excellent! Great job, Jaybird. Keep up the quality and work!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Modern, innovative, and worth every penny

    Posted
    steph1215

    I'm a fan of Jaybird Sport products (after converting from Bose and a handful of other brands), and have had the original BlueBudXs, the X2s, and now the Freedoms. These newest earbuds, though? WOW. They are smaller than the X2s, which I really love. I have very small ears and though the BlueBuds/X2s fit perfectly and stayed in place every time (which is why I bought them to begin with), these fit me better aesthetically. The voice prompts when turning on and off are a neat feature (it tells me the percentage of battery, so no more guessing!), and I am really enjoying the MySound app-- I like a lot of bass in my music while working out, so I have it cranked up now. The coolest new feature, though, is probably the charging clip. It's a tiny little piece (about the size of a pen cap) that clips onto the control portion of the earbuds. You have to have it attached in order to charge the earbuds, which is something I need to remember as the X2s didn't have this feature, but you can also use it for an extra 4 hours of play time if you let the battery get too low. I keep it in my Jaybird case-- haven't had to use it yet, but it's great to know that it's there if I need it. The battery seems comparable to, if not a little better that, the X2s, as I'm averaging 3 full workouts before getting a low battery notification. No complaints there. Overall, I'd say the Freedoms are well-worth the money, and I am really enjoying them. Oh, and the white/gold color is gorgeous!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Jay Bird's best yet!

    Posted
    Electricapple
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Bluetooth Headphones

    Posted
    C0MMIBOB
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    So i have actually had these before they were ever officially released by Jaybird or even advertised anywhere. When i got these the app for the equalizer(which is great), wasn't out in the app store yet. Overall the best in ear headphones that i have ever had. Battery life is pretty good considering how small they are. I thought the inline mic and controller was going to be an issue while running but after adjusting the cable i can't even notice it while running for long periods of time. The fitment is fantastic and once i found the correct wings they stay in my ears through running, jumping, and even when i was paintballing. The sounds from these little buds is better than a lot of the over ear headphones that i have had. Out of the box and without the app they might not sound that great but once fine tuning them they really stand out. They seem pretty durable too. Noise isolation is pretty dang good and i can barely hear any of my surroundings. i don't turn them up too loud while running because i want to be able to hear my surrounds just enough to know if cars or cyclists are coming. Not a fan of the foam tips that are included. Might just be me but they kind of leave my ear feeling weird after trying them. Not the most comfortable tips. Now i use these in the car with one in my ear so can call and talk to people hands free. Mic quality is alright, not great by any means. People who i have talked to on skype and in regular calls say its a bit quiet and just doesn't sound all that great. But i mostly got these for running and for that they exceed all my expectations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive

    Posted
    online159
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    I have had older wireless buds from Motorola and Plantronics. These are by far the best I have tried. Great sound that you can tune with the companion app, MySound. Best of all, these buds stay on with all sorts of activity and seal out the noise. That said, it will take some work to get everything just right. The effort is worth it, so do not get discouraged. For one, the “Comply” foam buds are meant to be squished in your fingers before you put it in your ears. Once in, hold them in place for a few seconds and they will expand to the shape of your ear canal for a nice tight seal. I didn’t know you were supposed to do this at first, and so my initial impression was not good. Also, shorten the cord using the supplied clips so it doesn’t hang down your neck. Once done, there is no more tugging on the wires when you turn your head leaving the buds in place no matter how active you are. Even with the additional battery clip, the buds stay solidly in place. I never had buds that stayed in place as well as these. I initially thought the bluetooth connection was not good with my iPhone 6 since it kept cutting out as I walked. I then realized that because my phone was in my left pocket, and the headphone bluetooth antenna is in the control pod on the right side of my head, my body was acting as a shield. Moving the phone to the right pocket fixed the problem, but I like it in my left pocket. No problem. The MySound companion app lets you switch the left and right channels. So now I configured everything so that the button pod is now on my left side of my head. Perfect. No more connection drop outs. So as you can see, it takes some configuration, tuning of sound, and adjustments of the wires, but the result is worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Posted
    Kathleen
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    I tend to go through headphones a lot, especially bluetooth. These are one of the best pairs of headphones I've bought yet. They are super light, the cable is not incredibly long which means it isn't getting in my way. It has an ear attachment that helps it stay in place even if I'm moving around. If I don't feel like wearing it I can remove it and it comes in three sizes. Microphone is great too. So good my mom can hear the people around me pretty clear but not overpoweringly. You can even download the app to control the base and sound quality which is great depending on the type of music you listen to. But that is more of a bonus for those like me who like a lot more audio customization. Also it will tell you how much percentage of battery you have left on the headset if you have the app downloaded. I believe if you have it on, I saw a "find me" functionality. My mom ended up loving them as well as my boyfriend so I purchased two more. Con(ish): the battery does not auto turn off(or I haven't figured that feature out yet) so if you don't turn it off the battery will die. I go have to charge it every night which is inconvenient but not a deal breaker. HOWEVER it's charging dock acts as a portable charger that I can't tell is there when it's hooked on. This definitely makes it last two days if I'm turning it off. And while the headphones charge, the external battery does too. So I can't complain! If you get these headphones, as awesome as they are, make sure you get the protection plan. It covers if the battery starts to suck, sound loss, or if the mic goes out. With a set this good, as soon as the quality drops I know I'm going to want to replace it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Was hesistant because of price point, but worth it

    Posted
    Teezly
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    Background: I used to use Samsung Level U headphones and my complaint was that the volume was way too low and the base started breaking within 6 months of having it. Also, when I was outside the speaker picked up way too much feedback so the person on the other end couldn't hear me. The good about Jaybird Freedoms: I have had these for about 3 weeks now and I love them. Though they don't have active noise cancellation, it's not an issue because of the memory foam earbud tips (which are a game changer) which are wonderful at blocking out noise. I used them through the airport, on long distance flights, and while I slept and even with the music off it is great at blocking out crying babies, loud snoring, and general background noise. I've received feedback from callers that my audio sounds pretty good, so it seems to do a good job handling phone calls. I need to test this out a little more. The music quality is great and it gets super loud. It can connect to multiple devices at a time and the volume control works on all of them (Microsoft Surface, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Gear Fit2, etc.). At first I was worried about losing them because I am used to the "around the neck" headphones. But after watching the how-to videos Jaybird has on YouTube (which are great), I've been able to use the clips included to keep them from getting lost and falling off. The bad: The "wings" that come with the headphones are a bit weird and uncomfortable. I feel I have to get them "just right" every time I put them in my ear, which takes time and can be annoying. I've stopped using them at this point because I haven't been exercising so I didn't need them. I will probably give them another chance soon once I get active.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Headphones I've Owned

    Posted
    RichieJ21

    I've been on the lookout for a great pair of Bluetooth headphones for a long time. I don't use them that much for athletics, I use them mostly when I'm working, so I needed a pair that was comfortable, had great sound, held a charge, and were easy to use. The Jaybird Freedom headset does all of that and more. When I opened the box I was immediately impressed with the included materials. I loved being able to try out different configurations of the ear tips and wings. It didn't take long to find a fit that worked perfectly. The buds sit deeply and securely while remaining comfortable. They also do a fantastic job at blocking other sounds. Speaking of the sound, it's outstanding. The bass is deep, the high notes are crisp, and there's all the volume you could ever want. I'm usually a fan of over-the-ear headphones as opposed to earbuds, but these have changed my mind. The only con I've found so far is that it was a bit difficult to pair the headphones to my computer with my Bluetooth dongle. It's not a problem with the headphones, though. I just had a tough time finding the right universal driver. Once I did, they worked perfectly. To summarize, I love these, and I plan on using them as my primary headphones for a long time to come. As a disclaimer, I was provided with a free product for my honest review. As a headphone aficionado, however, my opinions are my own and are not influenced by Jaybird or their affiliates.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So much better than the Bose

    Posted
    Steve
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    I typically don't take time to write reviews, but felt the need after going through 2 pair of the Bose wireless earbuds in less than 2 weeks. Not only is the sound on the Freedoms by far the best for wireless earbuds (Or wired for that matter) but they are 100% sweat resistant. The equalizer allows you to customize your listening experience depending on the genre of music and produces better low and mid range vs any other earbuds on the market (wired or wireless). All I can say is thank you to Bose for indirectly introducing me to these as the Jaybirds are a must for any athlete/avid runner that builds up a considerable sweat and wants to go wire free. Some say the controls add weight to to the right side of the headphones but I can honestly say that I don't feel that way at all, even with the portable charger attached. Best sound options come with the silicone tips and the ear fins. Although this is my first pair (been a Bose supporter for years), I am hooked on the Jaybirds. I do wish the battery life was slightly extended, but a small price to pay given the SUPERIOR sound quality and customizable options with fit and sound. Like some, I did not receive a free pair to write a review, so this is 100% unbiased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for gaming, too

    Posted
    Fujouri

    I’m not much of an athlete but I’m a huge gamer. Unfortunately, any over-the-ear headphones tend to smash my giant ears pretty harshly after any extended gaming session. So when I got these earbuds I wanted to test how comfortable they were for the marathon sessions as well as the quality of the sound. So, for the extended play session, I took the opportunity to get caught up on some Diablo 3 seasonal play. (Season 6 has been well underway for a while and I have some real catching up to do.) They come with a choice of earbud tips, and I used the spongy ones and was able to comfortably play for hours. The sound was great on Diablo, but I wanted to test them on some games that relied on more ambient sounds to create a definite mood, so I pulled out the old Alien: Isolation. It’s a great game, and the clear sounds made it a whole new experience for me (since I had only used speakers previously). Just for good measure I also tried them on the most recent Dark Souls and found that to be a great use of the sound quality, too. So, long story short: these are not my official go-to headphones for gaming. "Full disclosure: I was provided with a free product for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced by Jaybird or their affiliates in any way."

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING SOUND!!!

    Posted
    johnboy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So I've read some of these reviews and I'm really concerned about how some of these negative people and how they function in todays society. Jeez. One person complained that the charger if left clipped on weighed too much. It weighs exactly 2.1 ounces. If you can't deal with that on the wire then you need HELP. I was a professional DJ for 18+ years. I used only Pioneer Pro DJ headphones. Mine could take 3.5 watts which is a ton straight to your ear. Well these Freedom's are almost that level but in defense for the Jaybirds, these are ear buds and not over the ear headphones. I think they sound amazing. The connectivity is pretty darn good. Flakes sometimes but I believe it's my phone more than not. I've even used Shure in ear monitors that cost $500 before and these are elite like those. Cool thing is you can thread them through any Nike shirt with a headphone loop sewn in back. PS> If your not hearing enough bass then you have not fitted them right. You have to get them to fill up your ear hole so move up to a larger ear tip if necessary. Also do not allow the ear wing to touch the tip. You need to slide the ear wing back 1/8 inch from the ear tip this should almost force the tip further into your ear hole and in hopes for the tip to get a good seal. When this all comes together you will hear the BASS drop. Ah---Heaven... Enjoy!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Bang for the Buck

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    BestBuyer
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    I currently use wired Monster Gold Turbine ear buds which I love. Wanting to also have a wireless option, I decided that for the price I couldn’t go wrong with F5 Special Edition and picked up a pair ( for $49 they seemed like a good deal no matter what). Well for $49 this is an incredible steal. Out of the box I was not impressed with the sound and thought that for the price they were OK. Then I downloaded the app, which allowed me to customize the sound shape and they now sound as good as any pair I tested (including the Bose and 3x the price). For the special edition price you only get 3 pairs and of silicone ear tips (which fits most needs), otherwise the same product that lists for $149 (and I have a ton of tips from my Monster buds that are interchangeable). Battery life is good and can last a cross country flight (I did have to use the small battery pack about 2/3s across). I still use my Monsters for long use, but my new F5’s are my new go to. If you don’t mind the small effort to download the app and customize your sound (there are also customized that other users have shared that you can download.....I’ve put up about a half a dozen myself) you cannot go wrong with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I bought two...no better recommendation.

    Posted
    Electricapple
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    Yes, like others complain, they don't always stay firmly in my ears when I run if I let the control hang from my ear. You have to use the little clips and run the cords behind your ears. If they start to crackle or hum, they just probably need to be reset by turning them off or doing a factory reset (read the instructions) like I had to do on mine. If they're not pairing make sure when you turn them on, you press the on button for a full four seconds and they will search for your device. (Again, read the instructions). You need to use the (((App))) with these head phones or your not hearing all the volume or all the highs and lows!!! Take your time and experiment with the app to get the best sound. I like boosted up highs and lows and only up a little on the mids. I like the silicone ear tips since they seem to seal better in my ears and I can really feel the bass. Yes, the little clip on battery charger is a pain and I've been lucky not to have lost it yet. But because the headphones sound so good I will forgive that and try to keep track of it. I think there the best headphones I've ever owned, wired or Bluetooth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blown Away

    Posted
    sfriedenthal
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    I went to Best Buy to look at the Jaybird X3 headphones, but when I saw the small form profile of the Freedoms I was intrigued. I was replacing a pair of Bose Sound Sports that my dog had just chewed to pieces. I've had about an hour listening to the Jaybird Freedoms and the sound is beyond fantastic. Clear, clean and powerful. The accompanying smart phone app is what makes these really shine, however. Unlike the Bose phone app, you can adjust the sound equalization and completely customize the audio profile. What I really like is that there are a ton of pre-configured sound profiles for different audio/musical tastes that you can try. Selecting between the different options is like putting on a completely different set of headphones. The fit is great. They come with a wide sample of ear pieces, and wings to ensure a secure fit. With the regular rubber ear cups the sound isolation is almost unreal. They block out EVERYTHING! In short, I love them. I also want to make a special shout out to Ben at the Natick, MA Best Buy! He worked with my son and I for almost 40 minutes as we shopped for the headphones and a Fitbit and he was beyond fantastic and spent a lot of time with my son and myself on the sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend