Small Bluetooth fitness earbuds that fit super snug [Reviews]

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Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds marry form and function, with a very small earprint.
Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds marry form and function, with a very small earprint.
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Best List: Jaybird Freedom wireless earbuds

Promoted by pro beach volleyballer and three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, the Jaybird Freedom earbuds are premium sports headphones specifically designed for the active, lifestyle-focused consumer. That means those who work out and those who want to look great doing it.

These earbuds bring huge wireless sound to the trail, the gym, the street and anything in between. Jaybird CEO Judd Armstrong stopped by Cult of Mac for a demo, and says the Jaybird Freedom is designed to enhance any athletic and adventurous pursuits.

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Tiny earbuds, huge sound

Jaybird’s smallest wireless earbuds ever, the Freedoms are an update to the original Jaybird X2 earbuds and provide huge sound while being super-minimal. Created four years ago, the X2 are made of plastic with all the tech concentrated in the actual earbuds, while the Freedoms are a sweatproof, metal design made from premium materials, with the tech components placed in the toggle control. This keeps the Freedom earbuds significantly smaller than the original.

Getting the perfect fit is important on many levels, and the Freedoms ensure this with an accompanying combination of 21 different attachments, including three sizes of memory foam tips and three sizes of silicon tips. Three different sizes of rubber wings can be popped on to provide additional balance and leverage. A small plastic clip allows me to latch the wire to my shirt, providing added stability. With a little trial and error, and popping on and off different tips, I finally found the perfect fit and could hardly notice I had earbuds in.

Sound quality is very good and can be enhanced and improved with Jaybird’s free equalizer app. For a 20-minute charge, you get one hour of play while a full charge yields four hours of play. Pop the charger on and charge while listening. The Bluetooth connection is impressive, especially compared to similar wireless earbuds.

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