Reviewed on Aug 08, 2018

Jaybird Freedom 2 Wireless 2017 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
7.0
Mixed Usage
6.5
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
7.9
Sports/Fitness
6.9
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
5.4
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Call
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
Isolation 7.9
Microphone 6.0
Active Features 6.0
Connectivity 3.4
Pros
  • Above-average passive noise isolation.
  • Minimal leakage.
  • Stable and portable design.
Cons
  • Charging clip is bulky and inconvenient.
  • Short battery life
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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7.6

Design

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

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
Weight : 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are slightly more comfortable than the original Freedoms and the Tarah. 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
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Ease of use : Decent
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
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
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
L : 2.3 "
W : 2 "
H : 1 "
Volume : 4.6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter 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.

6.0 Case
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

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

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.

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Sound

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.

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
4.96 db
Treble Amount
:
-1.02 db
9.1 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
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.

7.3 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
3.83 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
4.09 dB
Mid-Bass
:
4.11 dB
High-Bass
:
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 Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
3.84 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.19 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-5.27 dB
High-Mid
:
-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.

7.1 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
4.28 dB
Low-Treble
:
-3.51 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-0.55 dB
High-Treble
:
-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.

6.7 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.2 db
Dips
:
1.73 db
8.9 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.18
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.73
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.51
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
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.

0.8 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
2.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.3

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.

7.5 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.296
WHD @ 100
:
0.168
7.9

Isolation

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.

7.4 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-21.04 dB
Bass
:
-6.89 dB
Mid
:
-19.63 dB
Treble
:
-37.76 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
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
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.

6.0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
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.

5.9 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
486.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
2.34 dB
HFE
:
3225.4 Hz
Weighted THD
:
3.181
Gain
:
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
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
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.

6.0

Active Features

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.

5.8 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
4 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
4 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.4 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Standby mode
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : Proprietary

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.

8.0 App Support
App Name : Jaybird MySound
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
macOS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
Parametric + Presets
ANC control
:
No
Mic Control : No
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
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.

Update: 08/03/2019: We've updated the app score of the Jaybird MySound app to reflect the customization level of their Equalizer. Unlike most phone apps, they have a parametric EQ compared to a typical 5-band graphic one like on the Jabra Elite 65t.

3.4

Connectivity

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.

8.4 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
182 ft
Default Latency
:
190 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

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.

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.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
Detachable : No
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A
Wired Latency
:
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.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
:
No
Xbox One Wired USB
:
No
Xbox One Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
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.

In the box

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

Compared to other Headphones

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. See our recommendations for the best closed-back headphones, the best cheap earbuds, and the best earbuds.

Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are very close in performance to the Jaybird Freedom. They have the same overall design and build quality. The Freedom 2 have a slightly more comfortable earbud-like fit than the originals, and 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 able to charge your headphones if lost or damaged.

Jaybird Tarah Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Tarah are better headphones than the Jaybird Freedom 2. They have better sound quality, battery life, leakage performance, wireless range, and 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 X4 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird X4 are better wireless in-ears than the Jaybird 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.

Jaybird X3 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird X3 are a slightly better wireless headphone than the Jaybird Freedom 2. The X3 have a slightly better build quality, stronger isolation against ambient noise, 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.

Bose SoundSport Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are a slightly better headphone overall than the Bose SoundSport Wireless. 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.

JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

AfterShokz Trekz Air Bone Conduction
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are better typical and more versatile headphones than the AfterShokz 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 Jaybird.

Sony WI-SP500 Wireless
SEE PRICE
B&H

The Jaybird Freedom 2 are much better sports headphones than the Sony WI-SP500. The Jaybirds 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 Jaybird 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.

Jaybird Run Truly Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Then Jaybird Run are a slightly better sports headphone than the Jaybird 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 easier 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.

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7.0 Mixed Usage

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.

6.5 Neutral Sound

Average for neutral 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 neutral 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.

7.5 Commute/Travel

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.

7.9 Sports/Fitness

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.

6.9 Office

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.

5.5 Wireless Gaming

Below-average for gaming. They have a mediocre microphone, and a bit too much latency to be suitable for gaming.

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