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Reviewed on Aug 08, 2018 , Sam Vafaei, Yannick Khong

Jaybird Freedom 2
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

Test Benches:

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
6.7
Mixed Usage
What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
6.5
Critical Listening
What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
7.2
Commute/Travel
What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
7.8
Sports/Fitness
What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
7.0
Office
What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
5.4
TV
Score components:
5.1
Gaming
Score components:
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Balanced Armature

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are decent mixed usage sports headphones with a few more convenient design tweaks than the original Jaybird Freedom. They have the same build quality as the older model but are a bit more comfortable and adjustable thanks to their new earbud-like tips and cable management clip. They're stable in-ears for sports and block enough noise to be suitable for commuting. They also barely leak which is good for noise sensitive environments like the office. Unfortunately, they have the same battery performance and bulky charging clip as original Freedoms, which is a bit disappointing.

Test Results
Design 7.6
Sound 6.2
Isolation 7.4
Microphone 5.8
Active Features 6.6
Connectivity 3.2
Pros
  • Above-average passive noise isolation.
  • Minimal leakage.
  • Stable and portable design.
Cons
  • Charging clip is bulky and inconvenient.
  • Short battery life

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7.6

Design

Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Design Picture

The Jaybird "Freedom 2" are almost identical to the original Jaybird Freedom but with a few more convenient design tweaks. They have a better cable management clip that lets you adjust the length of the Freedom 2 more easily than with the clip provided in the F5's (the original Freedom's) box. They also come with slightly more comfortable tips that look and feel a bit more like earbuds and do not have separate stability fins that you can remove like on the original Freedoms. Except from these minor changes everything is pretty much the same. The inline remote is still a bit more cumbersome than that of the Jaybird X3, and while they are portable enough to easily fit into your pockets, they have a bulky charging clip that will make them a bit unstable for running and working out if you leave it attached. On the upside, without the clip, they're a good sports headphone that won't fall from your ears even during more strenuous exercises.

Style
Jaybird Freedom 2 Design Picture 2

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are almost identical to the original Jaybird Freedom except for the new cable management clip that makes their design a bit more adjustable for different head shape and sizes. They also come with slightly better earbud-like tips that are more comfortable. However, apart from these minor changes the rest of the design and build quality is pretty much identical to the older model. They have the same sleek earbud design that's a lot smaller than the Jaybird X3 and most of the wireless in-ears we've tested, but their charging clip is bulky and cumbersome. They do not come in as many flashy color schemes as most sports headphones, but their subtle dark color scheme will work for most. They also come in a white and gold color variant if you want them to stick out a bit more.

7.5 Comfort
What it is: Adjustability and degrees of freedom, pressure, stiffness and weight.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used for long durations.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Jaybird Freedom 2 Comfort Picture
Weight : 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
What it is: The force that the headphones exert on your head, once you have them on. This is purely a measurement of the force applied, which does not take into account the earpad's surface area and the resulting pressure you will feel, on or around your ears.
When it matters: The tighter the headphones, the more force they put on your head. This can get uncomfortable or cause pain and soreness during long listening sessions.
:
0 lbs

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are slightly more comfortable than the original Freedoms. They come with a different set of tips that feel like a cross between a typical in-ear design and earbuds. This means they do not quite go as deeply into your ear canal as the original Jaybird Freedom, which most will prefer, but they're also not quite as comfortable as some of the Bose earbuds we've tested. On the upside, they will not cause any soreness or fatigue, even after hours of listening, and they're a good fit for fans of in-ears and earbuds alike.

7.1 Controls
What it is: The control scheme of the headphones, the number of functions provided, button layout and ergonomics as well as the quality of tactile feedback.
When it matters: If you want to control volume, pause your music or make phone calls without directly interacting with your audio device.
Jaybird Freedom 2 Controls Picture
Ease of use : Above-average
Feedback : Average
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
What it is: Being able to mix audio channels directly on the headphones.
When it matters: This is most useful when using a separate chat software so that you can mix in-game audio and chat audio depending on your needs.
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through : N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The Jaybird Freedom 2's control scheme is efficient and straightforward. They provide the essential functions; call/music, track skipping, and volume controls. The in-line remote is not as wide or as responsive as that of the Jaybird X3, but it's simple and easy-to-use. The buttons provide slightly more feedback than the original, but it's not very noticeable.

8.9 Breathability
What it is: How hot the headphones get when you wear them for an extended period of time.
When it matters: If you often have long listening sessions or use your headphones while doing physical activities like running or working out.
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Breathability After Picture
Avg.Temp.Difference : 1.1 C

The Jaybird Freedom 2, like most earbuds and in-ears, are very breathable headphones. The redesign of the tips makes them feel a bit more like earbuds which will trap slightly more heat within the notch of your ear when compared to the original Freedoms without the stabilizing fins. But on the upside, it's a negligible temperature difference that will not be noticeable under most circumstances, even during more intense physical activity.

8.9 Portability
What it is: The volume of space occupied by the headphones when folded into their most compact format.
When it matters: If you're often on the move and need to carry your headphones in a bag, purse , or pocket.
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Portability Picture
L : 2.3 "
W : 2 "
H : 1 "
Volume : 4.6 Cu. Inches
Stand required : N/A

The Jaybird Freedom 2 have a very similar size and design as the original Freedom. They have a slightly longer cable, and the new cable management clip does make them slightly bulkier but not by much. They're still very portable headphones and compact enough to fit into almost any pockets. Unfortunately, if you include the charging accessory, they become less portable, but you most likely won't keep the charging clip attached when using the Freedom 2 outdoors.

5.5 Case
What it is: The provided carrying options to protect your headphones when transporting them.
When it matters: To prevent damaging your headphones, if you often carry them in your bag or pocket.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Jaybird Freedom 2 Case Picture
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

These headphones come with a carrying pouch that will protect the headphones from scratches and minor water exposure. However, unlike the X2, it's not a solid case, so it won't shield your headphones against impacts or drops. On the upside, this pouch doesn't add much bulk to the headphones, which makes it easy to carry on you at all times.

7.0 Build Quality
What it is: Durability, material quality, cheap/expensive feel.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used by multiple users (classes/studios), by children, in tough conditions, on a daily basis, or for exercise.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Jaybird Freedom 2 Build Quality Picture

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are decently well-built and with the same base design and build quality of the original Jaybird Freedom. The earbuds are lightweight and made of a tough plastic that won't easily break even after multiple drops. The in-line remote is decent but feels a bit cheap, when compared to the X2 or the X3. The cable on the Freedom 2 is a bit longer and the in-line remote buttons a tad more responsive but build quality wise they are essentially the same, once you remove the new earbud-like tips and cable management clips.

7.5 Stability
What it is: How the headphones are designed to prevent them from slipping off your ears or falling off your head.
When it matters: If you plan on using the headphones while doing sports or other physical activities that requires a lot of movement.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Jaybird Freedom 2 Stability Picture

These headphones are quite stable. They're lightweight, wireless and don't move much once in your ear. They have a new set of tips that already has the stability fins attached which makes them a bit easier to get the right fit. They're also more stable than the original Freedoms if you do not attach the stability fins which may happen occasionally since they are not one unit like on the Jaybird Freedom 2. They also have better cable management out of the box but you have to adjust it just right for your head size or the cable will tug a little on the earbuds which might pull them out during more strenuous exercises and workout routines.

Cable
Jaybird Freedom 2 Cable Picture
Detachable : No
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

They come with a USB charging cable and a proprietary Micro-USB adapter.

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6.2

Sound

What it is: How accurately the audio is reproduced. The tests are performed with the headphones' most commonly used features enabled (noise-cancelling, wireless, etc.)
Jaybird Freedom 2 Frequency Response

The Jaybird "Freedom 2" are average-at-best sounding closed-back in-ears. They have a deep, consistent, and powerful bass, and even mid-range, and a decently balanced treble. However, their bass is overly heavy, which fans of heavy bass may like, but tends to overpower the vocals and lead instruments. Also, their mid-range is a bit recessed, meaning vocals and other instruments are a bit pushed back, and their treble lacks some detail and could be a bit sharp and piercing on S and T sounds. Additionally, like most other in-ear headphones, they don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage.

Compared to the original Freedom, the Freedom II have a nearly identical mid and treble response, but with significantly more bass.

7.4 Bass
What it is: Frequency Response from 20Hz-250Hz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on bass frequencies, such as those of kick drums and bass guitar.
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Bass
Std. Err.
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in bass frequency response (20Hz-250Hz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) bass performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
3.83 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
What it is: The lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: Shows how extended the bass is.
Good value: <40Hz
Noticeable difference: 5Hz
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 20Hz-60Hz.
When it matters: Kick drums and low frequency effects get their 'thump' from this range. Mostly felt than heard.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
4.09 dB
Mid-Bass
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 60Hz-120Hz.
When it matters: Melodic bass instruments have most of their fundamental frequencies in this range. This is where the 'body' and 'punch' of the bass sits.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
4.11 dB
High-Bass
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 120Hz-250Hz.
When it matters: Most instruments get their warmth and full-ness from this range. When over-emphasized, mixes tend to get muddy and boomy.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
4.49 dB

The bass is above-average. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz. The response throughout the range is flat and even, but consistently over our neutral target by 5dB. This means the bass is deep, punchy, and quite heavy, which may be pleasing to the fans of heavy bass. However, it won't be neutral and balanced and could overpower the vocals and lead instruments.

7.1 Mid
What it is: Frequency Response from 250Hz-2KHz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on mid-range frequencies. This is the case for the majority of audio content.
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Mid
Std. Err.
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in mid frequency response (250Hz-2.5KHz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) mid performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
3.84 dB
Low-Mid
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 250Hz-500Hz.
When it matters: Most instruments have their fundamentals or low harmonics in this range. Over-emphasis in this range sounds muddy and cluttered. Under-emphasis, thins out the vocals and lead instruments.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
0.19 dB
Mid-Mid
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 500Hz-1KHz.
When it matters: This range is occupied mostly by upper harmonics. Over-emphasis sounds forward and boxy. Under-emphasis pushes instruments to the back of the mix.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-5.27 dB
High-Mid
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 1KHz-2KHz.
When it matters: Most instruments, especially vocals, get their intensity and clarity from this range. Over-emphasis sounds honky and harsh, under-emphasis sounds weak and distant.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-3.39 dB

The mid-range of the Jaybird Freedom 2 is decent. The response throughout the range is very even, but the wide 5dB recess centered around 700Hz pushes the vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix. Also, the subtle underemphasis in high-mid has a small but negative effect on the intensity and projection of instruments in the mix.

7.0 Treble
What it is: Frequency Response from 2KHz-20KHz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on high-range frequencies, such as voice, cymbals, and any other material where brightness, brilliance and airiness is desired.
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Treble
Std. Err.
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in treble frequency response (2.5KHz-20KHz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) treble performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
4.28 dB
Low-Treble
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 2KHz-5KHz.
When it matters: Almost all instruments rely on this range for their presence, detail, and articulation. Over-emphasis can sound harsh and painful. Under-emphasis hurts the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-3.51 dB
Mid-Treble
What it is: The average amount of over/under emphasis in frequency response from 5KHz-10KHz.
When it matters: This is the sibilance range. Cymbals, vocals, and lead instruments rely on this range for brightness and presence. Over-emphasis sounds piercing and painful, under-emphasis sounds dull and lispy.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-0.55 dB
High-Treble
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 10KHz-20KHz.
When it matters: This range gives brilliance and airiness to the sound. Over-emphasis sounds hissy, under-emphasis sounds closed-up and lifeless.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-1.65 dB

The treble response of the Jaybird Freedom 2 is decent. Low-treble is underemphasized by 3.5dB due to the dip centered around 4KHz. This negatively affects the detail and articulation of vocals and lead instruments. However, the peaks in mid-treble around 6KHz and 10KHz could make the S and Ts (sibilances) a bit sharp and piercing. This will be mostly noticeable on vocals and cymbals.

Raw Frequency Response
What it is: The average uncompensated frequency response of the headphone. For in-ears and earbuds, this corresponds to the average of 5 measurements/re-seats on the dummy head (HMS). For over/on-ear headphones, this corresponds to the average of 5 measurements/re-seats on the HMS (Head Measurement System) for the mid and treble ranges, and 5 measurements/re-seats on 5 human subjects for the bass range.
When it matters: This is for those who want to see the raw and uncompensated frequency response of the headphone. Some of the more advanced users, are able to read and evaluate headphone frequency response in its raw form and without compensation. This will be especially useful to them if they have their own headphone compensation/target curve, which may differ from the compensation curve/target response used by RTINGS.com.
Score components:
9.1 Frequency Response Consistency
What it is: The amount of deviation of each frequency response pass, from the average frequency response.
When it matters: Shows how consistently the headphones perform after re-positioning them.
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Consistency L Jaybird Freedom 2 Consistency R
Avg. Std. Deviation
What it is: The average amount of deviation in frequency response of 5 re-seats, from the average frequency response.
When it matters: Shows how consistently the headphones perform after re-positioning them.
Good value: <0.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
0.19 dB

The frequency response consistency is excellent. If the user is able to achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, then they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

8.9 Imaging
What it is: Imaging qualities are inherent to the audio content, the headphones have to 'reproduce' them rather than 'create' them. They determine how accurately the objects are positioned in the stereo image, and how transparent the imaging is.
When it matters: When accurate positioning of the objects in the stereo image, and clear and transparent imaging is desired.
Jaybird Freedom 2 Group Delay Jaybird Freedom 2 Phase Response
Weighted Group Delay
What it is: The average amount of group delay calculated based on a perceptual weighting filter. Group delay indicates how long it takes for each frequency to reach their maximum amplitude. This is a monaural quality and can be perceived even with one ear.
When it matters: Headphones with lower group delay have more transparent imaging and a tighter bass. Headphones with higher group delay in the bass range tend to have a wimpy and loose bass, and headphones with higher group delay in the treble range tend to have a less transparent imaging.
Good value: <0.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
0.18
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
What it is: The Left/Right balance of our test unit, that is, the amount of amplitude difference between the left and right drivers. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When a properly balanced stereo image and low manufacturing tolerance is desired. A poor score indicates a noticeable difference in level between the left and right drivers.
Good value: <1.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
0.73
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
What it is: The amount of difference (Std. Err.) between the frequency response of the left and right drivers of our test unit. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When an even and stable stereo image, as well as a low manufacturing tolerance, is desired. A poor score indicates there may be 'holes' in the stereo image at certain frequencies.
Good value: <2
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
1.51
Weighted Phase Mismatch
What it is: The amount of difference (Std. Err.) between the phase response of the left and right drivers of our test unit. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When an even and stable stereo image, as well as a low manufacturing tolerance is desired. A poor score indicates there may be inaccuracies in the stereo image reproduction at certain frequencies.
Good value: <16
Noticeable difference: 3
:
2.26

The stereo imaging of the Jaybird Freedom 2 is great. Their weighted group delay is at 0.18, which is among the lowest we have measured. The group delay graph also shows that the entire response is well below our audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This is important for accurate placement and localization of objects, such as footsteps and instruments, in the stereo field.

1.3 Soundstage
What it is: Soundstage qualities are not inherent to the audio content, the headphones have to 'create' them rather than 'reproduce' them. They determine whether the sound is perceived to be coming from inside or in front of the head, how open and spacious the soundstage is, how much the headphones acoustically interact with the environment, and how strong the phantom center is.
When it matters: When an accurately produced, large and spacious soundstage, similar to that of a stereo loudspeaker setup is desired.
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
What it is: The standard deviation of the PRTF (Pinna-related transfer function) of the headphones compared to a reference loudspeaker's PRTF at 30°. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: An accurate pinna activation is mainly responsible for how natural and speaker-like the soundstage is perceived to be. The less error in the shape of the PRTF, the more natrual and speaker-like the perception of the soundstage will be. High amounts of error may indicate a soundstage that is unnatural or odd.
Good value: <2.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
What it is: The average amplitude of the PRTF (Pinna-related transfer function) of the headphones compared to that of a reference loudspeaker's PRTF at 30°. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: This value is responsible for the perceived size of the soundstage. The higher the value, the larger the perceived size of the soundstage. However, values above the reference (5.0dB) could result in a soundstage that is perceived as unnatural or odd.
Good value: >3.7
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
What it is: The depth of the "10KHz notch" of the headphone's PRTF, which is caused by phase cancellations at the concha. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: This value is mainly responsible for the perceived distance and elevation of the soundstage. A small distance value may result in a soundstage that is perceived to be located inside the head. Larger values may help pull the soundstage out from inside of the head and bring it to the front.
Good value: >13
Noticeable difference: 1
:
N/A
Openness
What it is: How open the headphones are, and how open and spacious they sound. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test differentiates between acoustically and electronically produced crosstalk and only takes the acoustically generated crosstalk into account. This value is the inverse of the Noise Isolation test score, and could be indirectly related the acoustic impedance of the headphones.
When it matters: When a headphone with a sense of an open, and spacious soundstage is desired. A value of 10 indicates a fully open headphone, and a value of 0 indicates a fully closed headphone.
Good value: >7.5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
:
3.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
What it is: How loud the headphones are, and how much they excite their environment acoustically. If the headphones are loud and open enough, the sound leaking from the headphones will be affected by the environment (reflections/reverb) before reflecting back into the open headphones and to the listener's ears. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This value is the inverse of the Leakage test score.
When it matters: Headphones with higher excitation values, similar to openness, tend to have soundstages that are perceived as more open and spacious.
Good value: >7.5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
:
1.2
Correlated Crosstalk
What it is: How strong and solid the phantom center is. This is mostly a stereo quality and its effects on mono content are minimal. This test is sensitive to the phase of the crosstalk and whether it is produced acoustically or electronically.
When it matters: When a true reproduction of the stereo image is desired. A value of 0 indicates no crosstalk, or that the existing crosstalk is not correlated enough to affect the phantom center. A negative score means the crosstalk is out of phase with the original signal, resulting in a slightly wider stereo image at the expense of creating a 'hole' at the center of the stereo field. A positive score means the crosstalk is in phase and positively affecting the phantom center.
Good value: >1dB
Noticeable difference: 0.3dB
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage is poor. This is because creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage is largely dependent on activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear). The design of in-ears and earbuds is in such a way that fully bypasses the pinna and doesn't interact with it. Also, because these headphones have a closed-back enclosure, their soundstage won't be perceived to be as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

6.6 Total Harmonic Distortion
What it is: The subtle, unwanted frequencies (harmonics) produced alongside the intended frequencies.
When it matters: When clean and pure sound reproduction is desired, though its effect is not as noticable as frequency response.
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 90dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: <0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
2.894
Weighted THD @ 100
What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 100dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at loud listening levels.
Good value: <0.300
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
20.443

The harmonic distortion performance of the Jaybird Freedom 2 is average. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is elevated a bit, especially in the treble range. This could make the sound of those frequencies a bit harsh and impure. However, the THD produced in the bass range is within good limits, and there is not a big jump in the THD under heavier loads.

7.4

Isolation

Score components:

The Jaybird "Freedom 2" isolate well enough passively to be a decent option for commuting and blocking the noise of a busy office. They also barely leak so you can play your music at higher volumes to mask even more noise without distracting the people around you. They won't be the ideal choice if you typically listen to music in very loud and noisy conditions, but they should be good enough for most use cases and environments. Unfortunately, this also means they may be a bit too isolating for outdoor runners who need to monitor their environment for traffic and obstacles.

6.7 Noise Isolation
What it is: How much outside noise is blocked out by putting the headphones on.
When it matters: If the headphones are going to be used in a noisy envinronment (airplane, subway, etc.)
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
What it is: The simulated noise isolation of the headphones, demonstrating how much outside noise is blocked out by putting the headphones on. This recording is created using an EQ and is not an actual recording. For headphones with ANC (active noise cancellation), the playback simulates the isolation with ANC enabled.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used in a noisy envinronment (airplane, subway, etc.)
:
Overall Attenuation
What it is: The overall amount of environmental noise reduction in dB.
When it matters: In loud envinronments like planes, trains, offices, etc.
Good value: <-20dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-21.04 dB
Bass
What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the bass range (20Hz-250Hz).
When it matters: When the outside noise is bass-heavy, like in airplanes.
Good value: <-15dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-6.89 dB
Mid
What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the mid-range (250Hz-2.5KHz).
When it matters: When the environment's noise is mid-heavy, like in an office.
Good value: <-15dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-19.63 dB
Treble
What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the treble range (2.5KHz-20KHz).
When it matters: When the environment's noise is treble-heavy. Although uncommon, areas with sharp sounds fall under this category.
Good value: <-30dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-37.76 dB
Self-Noise
What it is: The amount of noise created by the active electronics of the headphones (if applicable), measured from 300Hz-20KHz. Applies mostly to wireless and noise-cancelling headphones.
When it matters: If too loud, it could become distracting when listening to quiet material like podcasts and audiobooks.
Good value: <16dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
22.34 dB

The isolation performance is decent. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sits, they achieved almost 7dB of isolation which is about average. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by more than 20dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they isolate by more than 38dB, which is great. Compared to the original Jaybird Freedom, the Jaybird Freedom 2 perform slightly worse in the bass and treble ranges, probably due to their more earbud-like design. However, the difference won't be noticeable to most.

8.9 Leakage
What it is: The amount of sound bleeding out of the headphones.
When it matters: When the listener doesn't want people around them (in office, recording studio, etc.) to hear what is being listened to.
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Leakage
Leakage Audio
What it is: The simulated sound leakage heard 1 foot away from the user, while the user is listening to a 100dB SPL signal. This recording is created using an EQ and is not an actual recording.
When it matters: When you don't want people hear what you are listening to.
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
What it is: The amount of sound leakage heard 1 foot away from the user, while the user is listening to a 100dB SPL signal.
When it matters: When you don't want people hear what you are listening to.
Good value: <35dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
28.12 dB

The leakage performance is great. These in-ears do not leak in the bass and mid ranges, and their leakage is concentrated in the treble range. Therefore, their leakage will be thin and sharp sounding. The overall level of the leakage is quiet too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 28dB SPL and peaks at 44dB SPL, which is noticeably quieter than the noise floor of an average office.

5.8

Microphone

What it is: The microphone section shows the quality of speech capture and transmission by the mic, as well as how well the microphone under test handles noisy environments.
When it matters: For your speech to be transmitted to and understood properly by the listener, the microphone needs to have a good recording quality. If the environment the microphone is being used in is noisy, a microphone with a good noise handling performance would be needed as well.
Score components:
Integrated
What it is: The microphone integrated in the ear cup or ear bud of a wireless headphone.
When it matters: For calls, gaming and voice over IP software or for any other use of the microphone.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
In-line
What it is: The microphone inside the in-line remote of audio cables for wired and wireless headsets.
When it matters: In-line microphone are usually better than integrated mics. If you need better recording quality and noise handling for calls, gaming and voice over IP software then use the audio cable of your wired or wireless headphone if it has an inline microphone.
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
Boom
What it is: A typically better microphone, that's also adjustable and extends so that the mic is closer to your mouth.
When it matters: Much better recording quality and noise handling than in-line or integrated mics. Primarily used for gaming and voice over IP software.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
What it is: A boom mic that is detachable from the headset.
When it matters: If you want to use your headphone outdoors without the bulk and hassle of the Boom mic.
:
N/A

The in-line microphone of the Jaybird "Freedom 2" is mediocre-at-best. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, noticeably muffled, and lacking in detail. In noisy situations, they will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise, even in moderately loud environments such as a busy street.

5.5 Recording Quality
What it is: Microphone recording quality shows how natural, neutral, extended and intelligible speech would be with the device under test, in a quiet environment.
When it matters: A microphone with a good recording quality ensures that the person listening to you would hear a full, clear, and easily understandable speech. Therefore, it is important whenever a good quality of speech transmission and intelligibility is needed.
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 Microphone Frequency Response
Recorded Speech
What it is: Actual audio recording of the headphone's microphone, recorded while placed on the dummy head, with speech being played back through the dummy head's mouth simulator.
When it matters: When a clean, full, and intelligible speech transmission is required.
:
LFE
What it is: Low-frequency extension shows how deep the bass response of the microphone is, and therefore, how deep and full your voice would sound to the listener. It is the lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: LFE is not a big factor in speech intelligibility and even speech recorded with a mic that has an LFE of 500Hz could still be easily understood. Therefore, it is mostly important if you are concerned with how deep and full your voice would be heard.
Good value: <150Hz
Noticeable difference: 30Hz
:
486.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
What it is: Frequency Response Standard Deviation shows how accurately and balanced sound is captured by the microphone at each frequency. FR Std. Dev. is calculated between LFE and HFE, and the rest of the spectrum is ignored.
When it matters: A good frequency response is desired when a natural and neutral speech quality is desired. As opposed to HFE which is more a metric for speech intelligibility, frequency response could be considered as a metric for a natural and neutral sound.
Good value: >3.5dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5dB
:
2.34 dB
HFE
What it is: High-frequency extension is the highest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response. It shows how extended the treble response of the microphone is.
When it matters: HFE is one the most important factors in speech intelligibility. The higher the HFE, the brighter, more open, and more extended the speech quality will be which makes it a lot easier to understand by the listener.
Good value: >8KHz
Noticeable difference: 1KHz
:
3225.4 Hz
Weighted THD
What it is: The unwanted frequencies (harmonics) produced alongside the intended frequencies, which cause deformation of an output signal compared to its input.
When it matters: When clean and pure sound reproduction is desired, though its effect is not as noticable as frequency response.
Good value: <1.5
Noticeable difference: 1.0
:
3.181
Gain
What it is: Shows how much louder the microphone can go above our reference loudness level. The gain value is reported relative to our reference level, which is 94dB at a distance of 5cm from the mouth.
When it matters: A microphone with a high gain is important when the input signal (speech) is very quiet. For example when whispering, or talking on the phone in a library.
Good value: >18dB
Noticeable difference: 3dB
:
20.21 dB

The Jaybird Freedom 2's microphone has a sub-par recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 486Hz means speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.2KHz results in a speech that is muffled and lacks quite a bit of detail. However, speech will still be decently intelligible, since speech comprehensibility is mostly dependent on the 500Hz-4Khz range. The response between the LFE and HFE points is decent.

6.1 Noise Handling
What it is: How well the microphone is able to separate speech from background noise, so that the transmission would include more voice and less noise.
When it matters: When a clean and intelligible speech transmission is desired in a noisy situation like talking on the phone on a busy street or on the bus.
Score components:
Jaybird Freedom 2 SpNR
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
What it is: Speech to Noise Ratio is the difference in level between speech and background noise as heard by the listener
When it matters: If the microphone is going to be used in a noisy environment, it is important for it to be able to separate the speech from background noise, so the voice would be easily audible and understandable.
Good value: >24dB
Noticeable difference: 3dB
:
13.59 dB

The in-line microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 14dB, indicating that they are best suited for quiet environments. But they won't be ideal for moderate and loud environments, as they will have difficulty fully separating speech from ambient noise.

6.6

Active Features

What it is: Headphones with active components that require a battery. This includes noise cancelling and wireless headphones that actively reduce noise or transmit audio via a wireless connection.
When it matters: How suitable the power and wireless specifications of an active headphone will be, depending on your listening habits. The range and/or discharge time of the active headphone you select will be important if you're often on the move or have long uninterrupted listening sessions.
Score components:

The Jaybird "Freedom 2" have the same 4-hour battery life as the older generation Jaybird Freedom which is a bit disappointing. On the upside, they do not take too long to charge, the charging clip provides an additional 4 hours of power, and you can use them while they're charging which is good if you're close to a power source like being at the office. Unfortunately, the charging clip is cumbersome and reduces their stability which makes it less convenient to have it attached and charging. On the other hand, the MySound app provides a great parametric equalizer and community-oriented experience. It lacks a few features, but overall it's an above-average app that lets you personalize your Jaybirds to sound the way you want.

6.5 Battery
What it is: The power source of your headphones. All headphones with active features have a battery that will deplete over time.
When it matters: To continue using the active features of your headphones. Some models lose features or switch off completely when the battery is drained, which limits what you can do with them until the next charge.
Battery Type
What it is: The type of battery that the headphones use. Usually AAA or embedded, Li-ion rechargeable batteries.
When it matters: When your headphones run out of power. Rechargeable batteries usually charge via the headphones Micro-USB port whereas AAA batteries have to be replaced or charged with an external device.
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
What it is: The amount of time it takes for a headphones' battery to be completely drained. Battery life will vary depending on the active features used and volume level.
When it matters: For active headphones that connect wirelessly, have noise cancellation or other audio-enhancing features, that cease to work once the battery is dead.
Good value: >10hrs
Noticeable difference: 0.5hrs
:
4 hrs
Charge Time
What it is: The amount of time your active headphones have to be connected to a power source to charge from 0 to a 100%. However, charging time will vary depending on your power source.
When it matters: To be able to use the active features of your headphones. Especially, wireless ones that completely switch off and need to be recharged when the battery is dead.
Good value: 2h or less
Noticeable difference: 0.25h
:
1.4 hrs
Power Saving Feature
What it is: A feature that turns off the headphones, after a set time, when they're not in use.
When it matters: To prolong battery life when the headphones are not being used, or if you forget to manually turn off your headphones.
:
Standby mode
Audio while charging
What it is: Some active headphones remain usable while charging. They continue to stream audio and do not disable other active features.
When it matters: This makes sure that your headphones's battery are not being drained when your relatively close to a power source. However, this means wireless headphones will need a wired connection to the power source during the charging process.
:
Yes
Passive Playback
What it is: Active headphones that still work when all their active features are turned off or out of power.
When it matters: If you run out of power and do not have spare AA/AAA batteries or access to a power source to recharge your headphones.
:
No

The Jaybird Freedom 2 have a 4-hour battery life just like the original Jaybird Freedom. They charge relatively fast, at 1.4 hours and the charging clip adds another 4 hours to the battery life which should last you about a day's worth of use, if you take breaks or keep the charging clip attached. Unfortunately, they do not automatically turn off to save power, which means the battery will continue to drain as long as they are paired to a device even when inactive.

7.5 App Support
What it is: The additional app provided to enhance your listening experience. They typically deliver a set of practical features that give you more control over the sound, noise cancelling and effects that the headphones produce.
When it matters: An app with a lot of features allows you to customize your listening experience to suit your taste and preferences. For example, additions like an equalizer can give you more bass or treble and room effects can simulate a bigger Soundstage in closed back headphones.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Jaybird Freedom 2 App Picture
App Name : Jaybird MySound
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
What it is: Parametric, graphic or preset sound profiles that slightly alter the frequency response.
When it matters: If you want to tailor, your listening experience. Depending on what you're listening to you may want more or less bass for some tracks or more mid-range for vocals-heavy audio.
:
Parametric + Presets
ANC control
What it is: Control over the Active noise canceling technology. This could be either a simple on/off button, and adjustable slider or even adaptive self-regulating noise cancellation.
When it matters: If you're in an environment where you need to monitor your surroundings or completely isolate yourself from ambient noise.
:
No
Mic Control : No
Room effects
What it is: Room effects that enhance the audio quality to make it more immersive.
When it matters: If you want to further tweak your listening experience. Adding room effects, can simulate a more spacious Soundstage or deliver a surround sound-like feel.
:
No
Playback control
What it is: An in-app player that gives you access to play/stop, track skipping or volume controls directly with the app.
When it matters: It's a shortcut that allows you to control your audio without leaving the application.
:
Yes
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

Jaybird MySound is a well-designed and community-oriented app that lets you share presets and EQs with other Jaybird Freedom 2 users. It also has an excellent parametric equalizer that lets you to customize the sound profile of your Freedom 2 quite a bit. While the app lacks some additional features, like room effects, or hear-though modes, overall it feels useful and well made. The Freedom 2s also display battery data directly in your notification tab which is a nice touch.

3.2

Connectivity

What it is: The inputs and outputs of wired and wireless headphones, as well as their latency performance and range.
When it matters: To know how compatible your Bluetooth device, console or PC will be with your wired or wireless headset.
Score components:
  • 10% Bluetooth
  • 33% Wired
  • 10% Base/Dock
  • 22% Wireless Range
  • 25% Latency

The Jaybird "Freedom 2" are Bluetooth-only headphones with a good wireless range but do not support NFC for easy pairing with mobile phones. On the upside, they can connect to multiple devices simultaneously which allows you to easily switch between sources, like your phone or PC. Unfortunately, like most Bluetooth headphones, they have a bit too much latency for watching a lot of videos or gaming. They also do not work with your consoles via Bluetooth.

6.8 Bluetooth
What it is: Bluetooth support for wireless headphones.
When it matters: To connect wirelessly to Bluetooth sources like your phone, tablet, console, PC and TV.
Score components:
  • 80% Multi-Device Pairing
  • 20% NFC
  • <1% PS4 Compatible
  • <1% Xbox One Compatible
Bluetooth Version : 4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
What it is: A Bluetooth profile that allows some headphones to be simultaneously connected to multiple Bluetooth sources, and have full call and media support on both/all devices they are connected to.
When it matters: To quickly switch between your Bluetooth sources. For example, switching from your phone to your home or work PC and still have call and media support on both devices.
Good value: 2 devices.
:
2 Devices
NFC
What it is: Near Field Communication technology that allows you to quickly, pair your headphones with your Bluetooth and NFC-enabled device.
When it matters: This makes pairing with an NFC-enabled device a lot easier than the typical and often tedious hold-to-pair procedure that most wireless headphones have.
Good value: Yes
:
No
PS4 Compatible
What it is: Bluetooth compatibility with the PlayStation 4.
When it matters: To connect your headphones wirelessly with your PS4.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
No
Xbox One Compatible
What it is: Bluetooth compatibility with the Xbox One.
When it matters: To connect your headphones wirelessly with your Xbox one.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
No

These headphones do not support NFC but they're fairly easy to pair with most Bluetooth devices and have multi-point pairing so you can easily switch between Bluetooth sources once connected.

0 Wired
What it is: The type and compatibility of audio cables for wired and wireless headphones.
When it matters: For all devices with a regular audio jack (line-out) and also compatibility of the in-line remote/boom microphone with consoles and Personal computers.
Score components:
  • 13% Analog
  • 9% USB
  • 26% PS4 Compatible
  • 26% Xbox One Compatible
  • 26% PC Compatible
Cable Tested : N/A
Analog
What it is: A regular 1/8" TRS audio jack or a 1/4 or 1/16 TRS with a 1/8 TRS adapter.
When it matters: For all devices with a line out.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
USB
What it is: A USB or USB adapter to connect to your devices for audio and microphone.
When it matters: A digital USB adapter usually offers a slight advantages over a regular audio jack, like a DAC, and amplifier module or software support and compatibility with PCs. However it may not be as compatible with consoles.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
What it is: PS4 compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your PS4
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
What it is: Xbox One compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your Xbox One
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
PC Compatible
What it is: PC compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your PC.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A

The Jaybird Freedom 2 have no wired option. If you want a good sounding wired in-ear, then check the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear.

0 Base/Dock
What it is: The base station, dock or dongle transmitter of wireless headphones that receive data/audio via a proprietary frequency range.
When it matters: Knowing the inputs and outputs of the base/dock/dongle as well as its compatibility with consoles and Personal Computers. Also whether the base supports dock charging to easily recharge the headphones without any cables.
Score components:
  • 5% Optical Input
  • 22% Line In
  • 5% Line Out
  • 22% USB Input
  • 4% RCA Input
  • 9% PS4 Compatible
  • 9% Xbox One Compatible
  • 9% PC Compatible
  • 2% Power Supply
  • 13% Dock Charging
Wireless Type
What it is: The type of wireless connection used by the base station/dock to communicate with the headphones.
When it matters: For latency and range. For example Radio frequency has low latency but mediocre range when obstructed and proprietary docks have their own 2.x GHz or 5 GHz frequency which varies in performance.
:
N/A
Optical Input
What it is: Optical input for audio.
When it matters: Optical can carry a bit more data at faster speeds than typical wired connection which allows for more high quality, lossless audio.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
Line In
What it is: The regular wired input via a 1/8" TRS audio jack.
When it matters: For any device that has a line out for audio transmission.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
Line Out
What it is: A regular 1/8TRS audio jack output.
When it matters: If you need to share the audio source with other devices. A line out lets you connect other headphones or speakers to the dock/base station.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
USB Input
What it is: A digital USB input instead of a typical 1/8 TRS line-in.
When it matters: A USB connection can provide both an audio input and power to the Dock or Base station.
:
N/A
RCA Input
What it is: Audio input using via an RCA connectors.
When it matters: Provides better stereo audio to the dock/base that's then transmitted to the headphones.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with the PlayStation 4.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with the Xbox One.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
:
N/A
PC Compatible
What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with your Personal Computer.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
Power Supply
What it is: The connector type of the power source.
When it matters: The accessibility of the power source. For example a power supply with USB/USB-C connects to multiple devices, PC , PS4, Xbox One or even with your regular phone charger whereas a A/C adapter is less common.
Good value: USB/USB-C
:
N/A
Dock Charging
What it is: Charging the headphones via the dock/base station instead of a charging cable.
When it matters: It makes charging your headphones easier and gives you a sport to store your headphones when they are not in use.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A

These headphones do not have a dock. If you want a headphone that's versatile and has a dock, try the SteelSeries Arctis 7. However, they won't be as portable or as suitable for sports as the Jaybird Freedom 2.

8.4 Wireless Range
What it is: Headphones that offer a cable-free listening experience over a wireless network, typically via Bluetooth or radio frequency.
When it matters: If you don't want to be limited by the length of an audio cable. This means having the freedom to move around in your home or office with a much greater range than an audio cable could provide, especially, if the Bluetooth source is heavy or difficult to carry.
Score components:
Obstructed Range
What it is: The range that the wireless headphones can reach before dropping any audio when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room.
When it matters: If you can't or prefer not to carry your Bluetooth source on you, while listening to your audio in an indoor environment. Although, the obstructed wireless range will slightly depend on your home or office layout.
Good value: >35ft
Noticeable difference: 5ft
:
40 ft
Line of Sight Range
What it is: The range that the wireless headphones can reach before dropping any audio when in direct line of sight of the Bluetooth device.
When it matters: If you can't or prefer not to carry your Bluetooth source on you, while listening to your audio in a large and open environment.
Good value: 170ft or more
Noticeable difference: 10ft
:
182 ft

The Jaybird Freedom 2 have a good wireless range. They reached up to 40 ft when we measured their obstructed range by leaving the Bluetooth source in another room. They also have an excellent range in direct line of sight for a compact in-ear headphone.

2.5 Latency
What it is: How long it takes for audio to play through your headphones once the audio signal has been sent from a source.
When it matters: When gaming or watching movies. High latency means you will hear the audio much later than the images you see on screen.
Score components:
Default Latency
What it is: The Base RF latency or the default sub-band coding (SBC) of most Bluetooth headphones.
When it matters: When watching videos a high latency can cause sync issues between the images you see and the audio you hear.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
190 ms

These headphones have quite a bit of latency which will be noticeable when watching videos. It's not more than most typical Bluetooth headphones but it won't be ideal for gaming and watching movies.

In the box

Jaybird Freedom 2 In the box Picture

  • Jaybird Freedom 2 Headphones
  • Earbud tips (x4 sizes)
  • USB charging cable
  • Carrying pouch

Compared to other Headphones

Jaybird Freedom 2 Compare Picture

The Jaybird "Freedom 2" are decent mixed usage sports headphones. They're fairly similar to the original Jaybird Freedom only slightly changing the provided tips which are now a bit more comfortable and closer in shape to earbuds than in-ears. They also have a new cable management clip and design that you can't remove but does make Freedom 2 a bit easier to adjust for different head sizes than the original Freedoms. Overall, they're a lightweight and comfortable wireless in-ear with a good wireless range, a decent build quality, and a customizable sound. Unfortunately, their charging clip is just as limiting as on the original and if you lose it, you won't be able to charge your headphones.

Jaybird X3

The Jaybird X3 are a slightly better wireless headphone than the Freedom 2. The X3 have a slightly better build quality, stronger isolation against ambient and a longer more practical battery life for everyday use. The Freedom 2 on the other hand, have a more comfortable earbud hybrid fit that most will prefer over that of the X3. The Freedoms also have a more portable design when the charging clip is not attached. On the upside, both headphones benefit from the same customizable app and they're both great headphones for sports.

Jaybird Freedom

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are very close in performance to the Jaybird Freedom (F5). They have the same overall design and build quality. The Freedom 2 have a slightly more comfortable earbud-like fit than the originals, they also have better cable management. On the upside, the regular Freedoms have a slightly better sound quality out-of-the-box and a more isolating in-ear fit, although both headphones can be easily EQed with the MySound app. They also both come with the same bulky charging clip that's a bit limiting and will prevent you from being to charge your headphones if lost or damaged.

Jaybird X4

The Jaybird X4 are better wireless in-ears than the Freedom 2. They have better sound quality, a longer battery life, better leakage performance, better build quality and are rated IPX7. On the other side, the Jaybird Freedom 2 are more comfortable, which can be the most important factor for some people.

Bose SoundSport Wireless

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are a slightly better headphone overall than the Bose SoundSport Free. The Freedoms have a better isolating fit which is more suitable for commuting and loud environments. They also have a customizable sound and easier to use controls. The Bose, however, are a bit more compact when not in their bulky charring case. They also have a better-balanced sound quality that may not even need an EQ on most tracks. They have a longer battery life overall, and a more typical earbud fit that some will prefer over that of the Freedom 2. 

Jaybird Tarah

The Jaybird Tarah are better headphones than the Jaybird Freedom 2. They have better sound quality, battery life, leakage performance, wireless range and they are also rated IPX7 for better sweat and water resistance. On the other hand, the Freedom 2 are more comfortable, which can be very important for some people.

Jaybird Run

Then Jaybird Run are a slightly better sports headphone than the Freedom 2. The Run are truly wireless headphones that are a lot more compact than the Freedoms once out of their case. They also have a longer battery overall although they do not last quite as long on a single change The Freedoms on the other hand, have earner to use control, better range, and a slightly more comfortable earbud-like fit. On the upside both headphones are customizable thanks to the MySound app and both headphones would be a good choice for sports. 

JBL Endurance Sprint

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are a slightly better wireless in-ear than the JBL Endurance Sprint. The Jaybirds have a smaller form factor that will more easily fit into pockets which makes them a bit easier to carry around on your person. They also have a more comfortable semi earbud fit that most will prefer over that of the Endurance Sprint and they have a customizable sound that you can easily EQ with the Jaybird MySound app. The JBL Sprint, on the other hand, have a slightly more rugged look and feel and deliver better noise isolation and lower leakage thanks to their in-ear fit. They also have a slightly more stable ear hook design for sports, but the earbuds do not stay in your ears as well as the Jaybirds.

Sony WI-SP500

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are much better sports headphones than the Sony WI-SP500. The Freedom 2s have a better more consistent sound quality that you can also customize via their app. They isolate better in noisy conditions, and their semi earbud fit is more comfortable and stable than that of the Sonys. On the other hand, the SP500 last a longer on a single charge at 7 hours compared to 4 although the Freedoms do come with an additional 4-hours stored in the charging clip. The Sonys can also pair via NFC which makes them slightly easier to connect to mobile devices.

AfterShokz Trekz Air

The Freedom 2 are better typical and versatile headphones than the Trekz Air. They are more portable and since they are closed-back in-ears, they isolate ambient noise and don’t leak much. However, the Trekz Air are designed for runners and cyclists who want to hear what’s going on around them. With their bone-conducting design, they have a better soundstage and act more like background music while you train. They also have better battery life than the Freedom 2.

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Conclusion

6.7Mixed Usage
What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
Decent for most use cases. The Jaybird Freedom 2 have a sleek wireless in-ear design that's stable enough for working out and most sports. They also block enough noise to use on your daily commutes. They also do not leak much which makes them an above-average option for the office. Unfortunately, they're not as sturdy as some of the other Jaybird models and they have a relatively short battery life, and a bulky, cumbersome charging clip makes them a bit unstable when attached.
6.5Critical Listening
What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
Average for critical listening. They have a decent audio reproduction with a good but slightly overpowering bass that makes them sound a bit boomy. The slightly recessed mid-range and inconsistent treble also makes instruments and vocals sound a bit distant and lacking in clarity. However, due to their closed-back in-ear/earbud design, they have a poor soundstage which won't be ideal for more critical listeners. On the upside, their overall sound quality is good enough for most, and they come with a good parametric EQ so you can reduce a bit of the bass if it's too much for you.
7.2Commute/Travel
What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
Above-average for commuting. They're portable and passively isolate better than some noise canceling headphones. They also have easy to use controls and will easily fit into most pockets. Unfortunately, their charging clip is a bit cumbersome and limiting. If you forget the clip at home or lose it while commuting, then you won't be able to charge the headphones.
7.8Sports/Fitness
What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
The Jaybird Freedom 2 are good headphones for sports. They have a lightweight and portable design that's easy to have on you at all times. They're comfortable, easy to use and stable enough to workout with. Unfortunately, if you attach the bulky charging clip on the in-line remote, it will make them less stable and pulls on the right earbud which might slip out of your ear during more intense workouts.
7.0Office
What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
Above-average for office use. They isolate well and barely leak. This makes them suitable to use in a lively or quiet office environment. Thier battery life is relatively short, but on the upside, you can use them while they are charging.
5.4TV
Score components:
Below-average for home theater. They have a bit too much latency to comfortably watch a lot of video content and movies. Unfortunately, since they are Bluetooth only headphones, there is no other connection option with less latency.
5.1Gaming
Score components:
Below-average for gaming. They have a mediocre microphone, and a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming.

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