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Review Jaybird Freedom F5

Expected more

Poor fit and flat sound in Jaybird is disappointing.

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Jaybird Freedom F5
The design is pretty, and the app that comes along with it is good. When you find the right earbuds, they fit well.
The sound may be a touch flat. The solution with the detachable battery pack works poorly and makes the remote control way too heavy.
  • Bluetooth
  • Remote control on the cord
  • Water and sweat resistant
  • Weight: 14 grams
  • Battery: 4 hours
  • Price: –
  • Website: logitech.com

Jaybird has previously received tremendous praise for its Jaybird X1, which had good sound and was comfortable to wear. The new Freedom continues to build on the good aspects of the previous model but does it in a smaller package, something which many will certainly appreciate. However, the small earbuds entail that some of the mechanics must be moved down to the remote control, which has increased in size.
The battery life is only estimated at four hours, but it can be jacked up to eight, if you fasten a small battery pack on the remote control. I like the idea in theory but not in practice. The remote is simply too large and cumbersome, which results in the one earbud falling out easily.

Boring sound

Regarding the sound, I must admit that I found it slightly flat and dull. In addition, one must be aware that Jaybird Freedom is a pair of headphones that must be inserted well into the ear canal to produce the best sound. You must therefore experiment with the accompanying earbuds and wings before you get the most out of them. I’m not a fan of earbuds that sit so closely, and that’s the reason why I’ve never completely fallen in love with them. The wings didn’t fit quite well in my ears, and were either a little too big or a little too small. The sound can be improved via the equalizer in the accompanying app, but was never quite as deep as the way I prefer it.

Conclusion

Jaybird Freedom appears and feels like a quality product. However, not everyone likes having wings in their ears, and the detachable battery pack is a bad solution. If you take it off, the power only lasts for four hours, and if it is attached, the remote control turns into a heavy block on the wire. Taking price into account, I had honestly expected a lot more.

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Well playing lumps

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Bose is known for good sound quality and does not disappoint in this aspect. The silicone earbuds are comfortable and fits snugly in the ear.
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Panasonic gives you wings

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Panasonic’s headphones play well, and feel comfortable to wear.
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AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

Sound in the skull

Trekz Titanium does not enter the ear, but instead pumps sound in through the cheekbones.

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Plenty of bass

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Jabra delivers outstanding fit and excellent sound with plenty of bass. The heart rate monitor is also very good – especially at this price.
The heavy bass effects the treble. The tight fit in the ear can feel a little too insulating.

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As if glued stuck

Even an avid athlete will have trouble ripping the JBL out of the ears.

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The remote control of the wire is a little big and complicated. The sound could do well with a little more bottom and bass.

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These play really well

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The Monster offers surprisingly good sound, packaging taken into account. Moreover, the price is at the lower end.
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Fine Bluetooth hoop

Backbeat Fit is comfortable to wear and plays well.

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