Jaybird Freedom F5 Review

The Jaybird Freedom F5 is the latest set of premium in ears to bear the ‘Freedom’ moniker from Jaybird – aimed squarely at the premium end of the market.

But as soon as you spot the beautiful ear pods you will stop & take a breath.

Jaybird has really gone to town on the construction & has shot for best in class with the design. The buds them selves are super tiny & slim (really impressively slim), with a gorgeous all aluminium construction that has a subtle sand blasted texture to it. They stand out a mile from the plastic fantastic brigade of ‘me too’ products that they will be lined up against on the shelves, make no mistake they look & feel fantastic.

The premium feel carries over to the design of the inline remote control too – whilst it is pretty standard in it’s function (volume / track skip etc), it is constructed of the same brushed aluminium alloy as the ear buds themselves. Jaybird say it is a full metal construction, but there are small sections of high quality plastics used as highlights.

The impossible slimness of the Freedom earbuds stems from the fact that all the electronics & battery is housed in the remote control pod – this does make the remote a little larger than others, but the design is spot on & it looks and works great.

Inside the box you are greeted with over 500 small parts to play with! Well…. not quite, but lots of bits n pieces – it’s like opening a Lego set! There are 3 sets of soft silicone tips, 3 sets of Comply branded foam tips, 4 sets of wing tips (optional – if you are struggling to find a secure fit, use of a wing tip that fits against the ridges in your ear lobe will clear it right up). There are also a couple of cable management clips, a soft carry pouch, and a charging ‘clip’ with a micro USB cable.

Battery life for the Jaybird Freedom ear buds is rated unusually – they state 8 hours runtime, but the truth is that you get 4 hours for the buds alone. You can then extend this by connecting the charging clip to the earbud remote (it houses it’s own rechargeable cell) which then effectively doubles up the runtime.

Using the Freedoms with the charging clip connected does make the remote section pretty clunky though – and noticeably heavier than we would like. Best to consider the battery life as being 4hrs to get the best of them, but we found that you can use the charging clip in a similar way to the apple airpods charge case. So – you can connect the charge clip whilst the Freedoms are in the case & boost the charge back up to full (takes about an hour) – effectively giving you 2 bites at the cherry and 2x 4 hour runtimes before you need to connect back up to the mains.

The Jaybird Freedom wireless are touted as sweatproof (but not waterproof), with no official IPX rating from the manufacturer.

In use we found them super comfortable, but need a few minutes getting the perfect combination of tips in place to get the perfect seal. Once sorted with medium silicone tips (no wings), they gave a super comfortable fit with excellent passive noise isolation from general outside noises – very nice!

jaybird freedom review ears

You can actually wear the Jaybird Freedom earbuds 2 ways – the unique super slim form factor means they can be worn the normal way with the wire hanging down, or ‘upside down’ with the wire passing behind your ear lobe for extra security if using for running or working out.

We did try it in the ‘upside down’ stylee – but to be honest we did not like that the remote control pod was located behind your neck when worn this way.

More secure – yes, and probably the way you would use them if running. But we stuck to the standard ‘wires down’ which just felt more natural & comfortable for us, and decided to avoid running.

Maybe we are just a bit lazy? Probably. But the Jaybird Freedoms are aimed kind of ‘in between’ the full on sports sector and the general use sector – we stuck to ‘general use’ for our tests as we felt that is more suited to the Freedom in ears blend of style over ‘fitness function’.

jaybird freedom wireless review
jaybird freedom in ear wireless
jaybird freedom in ear wireless

Jaybird Freedom Review – Sound Quality & Performance

It’s a standard bluetooth connection on the Jaybird Freedoms, so the sound quality is just the same on our android Samsung Galaxy S7  as on the other test phone, an iPhone 7. It does support multiple connections at the same time though, so you can listen to music being streamed from your laptop & still handle a voice call without any unpleasantness.

Once you get a decent fit from the supplied eartips (essential), the Jaybird Freedoms put in a decent enough performance sonically. At the default settings out of the box, tunes come across very clean & well balanced – if a little ‘flat’ sounding.

We weren’t as impressed by the initial sound profile as we were with the superb form factor – but luckily the Freedoms come equipped with an app for android & IOS devices to tweak the sound profile.

After a few minutes playing with the app, the new profile is then saved back to the headphones & stays in place even if you move the headphones to anther device (which we liked).

With the new profile, we found that the sonic performance was significantly better with much more bass & midrange punch, whilst maintaining decent definition in the upper frequency ranges. Of course this is a personal preference, but the point is that it is easy to change & setup to your own tastes with just a few minutes of effort.

In comparison sonically to the standout leaders in the wireless in ear marketplace – the Sennheiser Momentum In Ears – the Jaybirds cannot reach that dizzying level of openness & separation, that illusion of ‘being there’, nor can they match the outright musicality of the delivery. But then I guess the sennheiser’s are a step up in price too – so maybe that is an unfair comparison.

Placed alongside the more similarly priced Beats X in ears, it is a much fairer fight & the audio performance is pretty evenly matched – but the Jaybirds would be our pick here just for the ‘specialness’ that the build quality gives you.

  • Feature Set 82%
  • Build Quality 90%
  • Sound Quality 83%
  • Value for Money 86%
  • Overall Rating 85%

Jaybird Freedom Review – Final Thoughts

The Jaybird Freedoms are a lovely looking set of wireless earbuds, with top notch comfort, build quality & design. We weren’t great fans of the 4 hour (+4 hour) battery life though, and ultimately for a few pounds more there is a significant step up in sound quality available from the competition.

If you love the looks though….. they are a special thing for sure!

Price at time of review: UK £139 / US $149

Was this post not exactly what you were looking for? Check out our top rated posts linked below for more great headphone options –

Best Wireless Earbuds 2017
Best Wireless Headphones 2017

Master & Dynamic MW50 Review

Staggering build quality & a delicious sound that are unashamedly expensive – if you can cope with that asking price, the Master & Dynamic MW50 wireless are an amazing set of wireless headphones that will delight for many years to come.

On ear headphones have never sounded or looked so great – if you subscribe to the same school of ‘no compromise’ thought that the Master & Dynamics team clearly do, then the MW50 are very easy to recommend.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Master & Dynamics MW50 Wireless Headphones
Author Rating
51star1star1star1star1star
Read More

Jaybird Freedom Review

Jaybird has really gone to town on the construction & has shot for best in class with the design. The buds them selves are super tiny & slim (really impressively slim), with a gorgeous all aluminium construction that has a subtle sand blasted texture to it. They stand out a mile from the plastic fantastic brigade of ‘me too’ products that they will be lined up against on the shelves, make no mistake they look & feel fantastic.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless Headphones
Author Rating
41star1star1star1stargray
Read More

Beats X Wireless Earbuds Review

Beats has only gone & grown up – the Beats X show a whole new touch of maturity both in terms of the looks & the sonic delivery. Great battery life, class leading bluetooth connectivity & range, the Beats X makes a compelling case for being the everyday set of earbuds for someone wanting to step up into the first rung of the decent headphone ladder.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Beats X wireless headphones
Author Rating
41star1star1star1stargray
Read More

Best Wireless Earbuds 2017

To make it into our roundup of the best wireless earbuds 2017, each pair had to be at the top of their game for Sound quality, build materials, and essentially being the best choice for the target audience – we are a fussy bunch & have left out several wireless headphones for missing features / below par construction. So this lineup is essentially a ‘best of the best’ – every single one of these headphones would have been considered the class leader at its launch, you wouldn’t be making a massive mistake by selecting any one of them.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Best Wireless Earbuds 2017
Author Rating
51star1star1star1star1star
Read More

Bose Soundsport Wireless Review

Straight off the bat, the first thing that struck us about the bose soundsport wireless was the price! Bose are well known for making premium headphones that pretty much suck out pricing wise & have a big loading due to buying into the Bose branding – but the soundsport wireless are actually priced to compete with the other decent fitness headphones on the market…. it’s refreshing to see no ‘bose tax’ here.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Bose Soundsport Wireless In ear headphones
Author Rating
51star1star1star1star1star
Read More

Beats Powerbeats 3 Wireless Review

Sometimes it’s not just about getting the best audio quality possible, there is a tradeoff with the powerbeats 3 and if you have an iPhone 7 & are into your running or the gym, the powerbeats 3 should be the first choice in ear headphones.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Beats Powerbeats 3 wireless in ear headphones
Author Rating
41star1star1star1stargray
Read More

B&O Play Beoplay H5 In Ear Wireless Headphones Review

Superb design & build quality, with a special quality that is a delight to behold. The Beoplay H5 in ear wireless headphones deliver a top notch sound in a beautiful package that will delight many.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
B&O Beoplay H5 In Ear WIreless Headphones
Author Rating
41star1star1star1stargray
Read More

Jaybird X3 In Ear Wireless Headphones Review

Much improved over the previous generation, the Jaybird X3 make a great choice for the exercise & fitness enthusiast, and with a few tweaks in the provided app will please a lot of people with their overall ability.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Jaybird X3 Wireless In Ear Headphones
Author Rating
41star1star1star1stargray
Read More

Bose QuietControl 30 Wireless (QC30) In Ear Buds Review

Class leading battery life, the Bose name & the Bose standard design, and amazing performance from the active noise cancellation – if that is enough for you then stop reading now – you will love the Bose QuietControl 30 in ear wireless.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Bose QuietControl 30 In Ear Wireless Headphones
Author Rating
41star1star1star1stargray
Read More

Sennheiser Momentum In Ear Wireless Review

The daring neckband design turns out to be a stroke of genius from the Sennheiser team – the reduced earbud weight and feeling of security against loss, enhanced by the stellar battery life, and then topped off with a top quality sonic performance makes the momentum in ear wireless as good a pair of wireless ear buds as we have seen so far in 2017.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Sennheiser Momentum In Ear Wireless Ear Buds
Author Rating
51star1star1star1star1star
Read More

Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 Review

The backbeat pro 2 are fantastic headphones for this price – yes there are better built / better sounding / better noise cancelling headphones out there….. but they are twice as expensive! If you are on a budget, these are by far the most decent sounding wireless headphones that come with bluetooth & active noise cancellation that we would recommend.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Plantronics Backbeat Pro 2 Wireless Headphones
Author Rating
41star1star1star1stargray
Read More

Beoplay H9 Wireless Headphones (by B&O) Review

We love the design of the Beoplay H9 Wireless, the superb construction & overall feel of the headphones is at another level when compared with the plastic generation that is the mainstream & that wins a lot of praise from us. The sound delivery is engaging & superbly musical (although not something you would want as a studio or recording monitor), and the inclusion of the aptX low latency protocol will make these enjoyable for use with the TV also.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Beoplay H9 Wireless Headphones (by B&O)
Author Rating
51star1star1star1star1star
Read More

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless Headphones
Author Rating
41star1star1star1stargray