If you’re researching about good headphones for running, chances are you will come across the Jaybird X2; however, the company has updated that as they made a unit that’s sleeker and with an overall improved design which is called the Jaybird Freedom. This newer pair does come with quite the hefty price tag, but what you’re going to get is a design that doesn’t stick out (literally) as instead of curving downward, the earpieces sit flush against the lower areas of your ear lobes. Therefore, helmets are no longer a problem.
Helmets are no Longer a Problem With the Jaybird Freedom
Much of the electronics found on the Jaybird Freedom have been moved out of the earbuds as they are now located into the nub-like remote that hangs just underneath the right earpiece. Another noticeable change is that the remote has been made bigger and heavier than that of the Jaybird X2’s, but only just by a tiny bit.
Just like with the X2’s, the Freedom headphone can be worn under your chin or around the back of your neck. You can let the cable dangle under your chin, that is if you don’t mind the cable knocking on your jaw from time-to-time. When you do put the cable behind your head, you will be able to let the cable to rest on your neck. Doing so will allow the weight to relatively disappear.
For the older design, charging is done through a USB port found on one of the earpieces. For this newer variant, there is now a compact USB cradle that will snap on the remote for charging purposes. This little cradle also has a battery inside it as well and it will therefore act as a powerbank to the device should you need an extra boost of music playtime while on-the-go.
As for the sound quality, what you’re going to get with the Jaybird Freedom is a natural and rich audio. Even when you’re jogging around or when you’re biking on very rough terrain, the connection is good enough that you won’t hear the music break up or stutter. Noise isolation is commendable as well. However, bass levels could do better, which is the audio frequency that many fitness-centric individuals are looking for. Therefore, this might be meant for casual individuals who like to spend a lot of time outdoors in a coffee shop rather than jogging around town.
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