Just in time for your spring and summer outdoor training regimen, Jaybird has launched its latest cord-free headphones. Priced at $200, the Freedom wireless sport earbuds offer long battery life and a companion app that could be music to the fitness fanatic's ears.
According to Jaybird, the Freedoms are the smallest earbuds from the company to date. In an unusual move, Jaybird made the buds from metal, which removes a lot of the distortion that you get from plastic parts. The company managed to shave of the extra bulk by placing the majority of the technology in the in-line remote. But the earbuds' biggest attraction might be the accompanying MySound app.
Available for free on Android and iOS, the program allows listeners to augment the in-ear headphones' sound via a series of customizable equalizers similar to what you'd find on the Parrot Zik 3.0. In addition, the app has EQs created by athletes like three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings.
But that's not the only augmentation the Freedoms have going on. The earbuds also offer a portable charger which extends the in-ears battery life from an estimated four hours to eight. If the Freedoms start running low on juice, you can simply attach the charger to the headphones and go about your activities.
In terms of audio, Jaybird has consistently churned out products that deliver loud, clear audio for solid workouts. However, I'm going to reserve judgment until we get a pair in-house.