Jaybird released their Truly Wireless earphones, the Jaybird Run which I have a review on my channel, check it out, but they also released an update to their Jaybird Freedoms. These are the Freedom 2’s and they’re priced at $150 dollars at the time of this video coming in either Carbon or Gold. As always being transparent with you on my work, Jaybird did send these over for review. My assessment was not altered in any way. Please watch the entire video for both pros and cons. Last, I’ve placed my affiliate links above, click on my links and they’ll give you the most updated prices in real time. You never know when these things go on sale.
Going over what comes in the package, please pause the video if you need to. Items highlighted in orange or gold are new or redesigned while the rest remains the same over last years model. We have new earfins and eartips, Jaybird dubs this Secure Fit… and there’s a new method of shortening the wires behind your neck, called Speed Fit.
Starting with the earfins and eartips, they’re now one piece construction. Four different sizes and less to manage. They’re super soft, very comfortable in the ear, the Jaybird Freedom 2’s provide very good passive noise isolation to block out the world, but the area I’m more concerned about, does it stay in my ears. This is clearly subjective and I want to make sure everyone understands this, everyone’s ears are different. Please, write in the comments section below, if have owned a pair of Jaybird’s before, did they stay in the ear well or not. This should help give everyone an idea versus just my own experience.
The Freedom 2’s are indeed crazy small and very light weight, more so than any other pair of earphones I’ve tested. They’re also one of the lowest profile earphones ever, so if you’re wearing a ski mask if you’re going skiing, which I clearly haven’t done, but say you’re biking and wearing a helmet, the earphones stay flush against your ears without sticking out. Wearing any kind of head gear like a helmet won’t feel uncomfortable.
You can wear these two different ways. The first is your traditional method like most other earphones, letting it dangle on the back of your neck. This was ok for me. The new earfins and eartip combination does work better than my Freedom’s from last year, but compared to the competition, I would have to press them back in from time to time. The other wearing method that did work for me is the over the ear wearing style. Flip these around, and as mentioned earlier, there’s new built in clips that makes the wire taught… preventing the wire from bouncing around as much. Simply pull on them and they stay in place. Loved this feature, much easier than last year’s and easier than the Jaybird X3’s, and to undo them, just pull them apart. This holds true to the Speed Fit name and it works. With this style, the earphones were less likely to fall out and for the most part stayed inside my ear canal much better. Again, test them yourself, but being upfront, after reviewing earphones over the last 4 years or so, I’ve had others stay in with a bit more confidence.
Moving on, Jaybird retains its water resistance, simply spraying, actually drenching the hell out of these things, Jaybird has been holding up perfectly fine. I’ve never had an issue with Jaybird products over the last several years and specifically with the Freedom 2’s, I can attest mine are still working.
Going over it’s battery life, most other earphones offers between 6 to 8hrs of use. Jaybird offers something very unique. To keep these earphones possibly the lightest and smallest in the world, the Jaybird Freedom 2’s have upto 4hrs battery life. Sounds short, but Jaybird includes this little attachment, and when you’re on your way to the gym, possibly before you go for your run, clip this on, and it recharges the earphones, very similar to a mini-power bank. You get an additional 4hrs. In total, in theory, you get 8hrs of total playback. If you’re in a crunch, 20 minutes of recharging the Freedom 2’s gives you an hour of playback.
So with my tests, leaving it at 50% volume to get a middle of the road number, from a full battery to dead, the Jaybird Freedom 2’s lasted 4hrs and 16 minutes to be exact. To recharge to a full battery, using the clip, Jaybird claims upto 2.5hrs, I timed my experience and was able to finish at 1hr and 28 minutes as documented on your screen.
As a side note, you can wear the clip while you’re working out or running, I prefer wearing it with the over-the ear method as the wires stays in place. If you’re wearing this the traditional under-ear method, be sure to use the clip to attach to your shirt. The battery attachment is very light weight and you don’t feel it weighing you down if worn, but, it will cause the wire to sway a bit more than not having it on. Keeping the wire stationary helps a lot.
For bluetooth connection, Jaybird is using Bluetooth 4.1 which is still very good. Testing the range on these and I know the Jaybird graphic is bigger than my entire head… but I was able to get the full 40 linear feet in my office with my Samsung Note 8.
As for phone calls, voice sounded great during quiet environments, these earphones still pick up wind noise, surrounding background noise and wind when moving/running/biking, etc.
Getting into audio quality, Jaybird does offer one of the best audio experiences for a pair of sport earphones. From the factory, they’re on a flat audio setting, but using the Jaybird My Sound App, you can get them to sound the way you want. Using the equalizer, get bassy beat headphones like performance, or if you prefer bright mids, crisp highs for vocals, maybe rock music, you can achieve that too. It’s very intuitive and very easy for any average consumer to use. Because of how easy these are to tune, these are the most versatile earphones for all genre’s of music, and that’s not a blanket statement, that’s not me trying to make a general statement, these truly are capable of customizing to your personal preference. FOr some reason if you choose not too, there’s presets built into the app as well from Brand Ambassadors of Jaybird. Once you like a setting, even your own, the settings are saved into the Freedom 2’s. Even if you didn’t have the app later, let’s say you pair it to a smart watch, your audio signature stays on the earbuds, stored on there for your listening experience. Pretty high-tech. Overall the audio signature is loud, it’s not distorting, overall, they sound amazing.
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