CES 2016: Jaybird's New Freedom and X3 Wireless Sports Earphones
Beats and Bose own the lion's share of the premium (+$100) U.S. headphone market. Care to guess who's third? That's right, Jaybird, and almost entirely on the back of one product: the Jaybird X2 wireless sports earphone. Don't ask me how they managed it; it's a stunning accomplishment.
Following up on that success, Jaybird is about to release two wireless sports earphones: The X3 ($149) which is similar but somewhat less bulky than the previous X2, and the downright svelte looking Freedom wireless IEM.
Jackson Carpenter gave me the full tour of the new Freedom model. With its gently arching thin body, looking much like the Klipsch X12i, the model promises good comfort even for the smallest ear canals. The Freedom will operate for 4 hours on a full charge, and battery life can be extended another four hours by attaching the included charging cradle. Both the Freedom and X3 will be available in a variety of stylish colors.
Also coming down the pipe is the MySound app for both iOS and Android that will work with both the Freedom and X3. The app allows a variety of control over the cans, the most interesting to me was the ability to adjust the EQ of the headphones apparently within the headphones themselves. This means that once the EQ is set it will be in play regardless of which app is playing the music.
Although it means I might actually have to work up a sweat, I plan to test these cans out sometime in the near future. Jackson Carpenter gives you the low-down in the video.