There is much innovation in the headset market. This is because the expectations are high from consumers as well. Whether they are over-the-ear headphones that securely fit over the ear, or the in-ear earbuds that do have a tendency to fall off in heavy activity, there are multiple requirements they must satisfy. They’ve got to deliver quality and possible punchy audio while listening to music and also provide a crisp sound while answering calls.
People use earphones in varied situations – while they’re at work, idling away the time, walking around, driving, traveling in the bus or train, doing manual labour, jogging or working out in the gym. Each of these activities demands special requirements. While external sound filtering and wirefree Bluetooth connectivity are absolutely vital for any headphone to succeed (unless the price is really competitive for a wired product), technology also needs to be in place for efficient wireless streaming as well as securely holding the earphones in place so that they don’t fall off during intense activity.
Earbud headsets are often hard to hold on to, unless you’re stationary. In movement, if your chord gets tagged the buds could come off. But as the name suggests, Jaybird’s JF3 Freedom Wireless Bluetooth is designed to be used in movement, in fact it is conceived for the athlete.
These are sweat-proof and light earphone buds and have quite good fit and finish, though they are quite large in relation to other ear buds available. The reason why these JF3 Freedom Bluetooth headsets stay in place in your ear is because of the so-called ear cushion, which is actually a soft, honeycomb hook-like attachment that keeps the buds in place in your ear even during activity.
They come in different sizes like the buds themselves. Selecting the right size would make the earbuds and the ear cushion quite a comfortable fit. Not only are these earbuds sweat-proof, they even carry Lifetime Warranty against Sweat. The packing they come is a cool carrying case sealed by a magnet.
Jaybird Freedom JF3 provides reasonably good audio quality with clear and crisp sound. Jaybird’s Judd Armstrong claims that emphasis was placed on improving the bass effect and keeping the mids low to prevent listener fatigue during long hours of listening. There is a good amount of low-end and overall great tonal balance.
But when answering calls, the quality isn’t quite as good with the voice appearing muffled. With iPhone OS providing stereo Bluetooth support, iPhone owners can experience music without wires with Jaybird Freedom. Not only that, you can also listen to music from other Bluetooth-compatible devices, the latest Macs and the iPod Touch.
Jaybird JF3 Freedom Bluetooth wireless headset is available for a price equivalent to around Rs. 5,000 from the official Jaybird store in India.