Bluetooth wireless earbuds have become a hot item lately, and it looks like even Apple will take advantage of the new craze. Jaybird is known for creating high quality buds and, according to Michael Calore from Wired, their new Freedom earbuds are their best yet.
“I tested the new Jaybirds for several days last week, and I can recommend them. For $200, you’re unlikely to find a set of sporty Bluetooth earphones that are this small, sound this good, and have such solid wireless signal strength.”
Calore adds that Jaybird includes three sizes of ear tips and a cable clip for talking up any annoying slack in the cable. He also says you can get six hours of battery life, even though Jaybird says you can get four. TechCrunch also gave the Jaybird Freedom wireless buds a great review.
“At $200 ($50 more than the X3s), the Freedom might be a little pricey to truly be considered mainstream. Even so, it’s easy to see how the little buds might go a ways toward expanding Jaybird’s reach beyond fitness fanatics. They feel good, look good and sound good. They’re not perfect, but they’re a strong contender for the best set of wireless earbuds around.”
It’s hard to make a definite conclusion after only using the Freedom earbuds for a day, but they may just be the best wireless buds out there. The wireless strength is great, even if there are some minor connection issues. But what’s the most surprising about the Jaybird Freedom earbuds is the great the sound quality they provide.
Sure, you’ll get better sound quality with the Sennheiser M2 Wireless or the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless, but you’ll also pay $200 more and will have to adjust them while working out. The Freedom buds offer a balanced sound with noticeable bass. Sometimes, you’ll wish there could be more, but you’ll appreciate appreciate the sound for what it is.
You will want to turn the native graphic equalizer on your device off and, instead, use the MySound app to customize your listening experience no matter what music app your using. For example, Sirius XM never had a native equalizer, but MySound takes care of that and makes listening to the BPM EDM channel a complete pleasure.
No matter what you do, the Jaybird Wireless don’t feel completely “wireless” as the wire that holds the earbuds and controller together is there. You’ll feel it once in a while, but Jaybird has minimized the heftiness of the wire. They have also included several earpieces that will fit just about any ear size. Lifting weights with the Freedom earbuds at 24 Hour Fitness was a great pleasure, although active noise cancellation would certainly make the experience even better.
After using other wireless headphones, the battery life is a problem, but not a huge one. The small clip charger adds at least three hours to the listening experience, but makes the wire surrounding the earbuds feel even more heavy. Still, the Jaybird Freedom buds aren’t the type you’ll need to charge after every single time you use them.
It will take some more time with the Jaybird buds to make a definitive recommendation. However, after one day of use, it’s safe to say that using the Jaybird Freedom Wireless has — so far — been a pleasurable experience.
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