Jaybird Freedom Bluetooth sports headphones feature totally new design

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When it released its X2 wireless sports headphone in 2015, Jaybird’s drew some criticism from some users because, despite some improvements, it didn’t seem like much of an upgrade over its predecessor. Well, now the company finally has a headphone with a totally new design: The Jaybird Freedom. It’s due out in the spring of 2016 and will carry a list price of $200 in the US, with international pricing yet to be announced (it converts to around £140 or AU$285).

Jaybird calls the Freedom its “most advanced Bluetooth earbuds ever,” with a proprietary “tapered step­down” design, which it says ensures a comfortable, secure fit.

The buds and inline remote are made of metal, not plastic, and the headphones are sweat­proof. Battery life is rated at 8 hours, which is good for this type of headphone — but it’s a bit misleading because you get 4 hours from the buds and an additional 4 hours with an included charging clip (the white accessory in the picture above).

The headphone comes in five colors: carbon (black on black metal), blaze (red on silver metal), ocean (blue on silver metal), gold (white on gold metal) and blush (white on rose gold metal).

Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, Freedom can be paired with up to eight devices, and its inline metal remote gives you complete control over your wireless music with volume buttons, and allows for phone calls with its built-­in microphone.

At CES Jaybird also announced the X3, an updated and slightly smaller version of the X2 that will also arrive this spring and cost $150. Additionally, the new Jaybird MySound app ­­for Android and iOS ­­allows you to customize the new headphones’ equalizer settings for both the Freedom and X3.

We’ll let you know how the new headphones sound and fit as soon as we get review samples.

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