Best Buy Review by Kevin
Incomparable sound quality
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.