Jaybird Announces RUN True Wireless Headphones With Charging Case for $180

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Sport headphone company Jaybird today announced two new pairs of wireless headphones, including its first pair of truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

The Jaybird RUN True Wireless Headphones feature a four-hour battery life and come with a pocket-sized charging case providing an additional eight hours, for a total of 12 hours of battery life on the go, while a five-minute charge gives around one hour of play time.


Jaybird says the buds have a "double hydrophobic nano coating" that protects them from sweat and water damage. There's a single button on both earpieces that takes calls, starts and stops music, skips tracks, and activates Siri. The buds are also designed for one-ear use, allowing runners to stay more aware of their surroundings.

The Jaybird mobile app lets users adjust the sound signature of the earbuds in the lows, miss, and highs, and includes a Find My Buds feature if they go missing. The app also supports sharing of Spotify running-themed playlists with other Jaybird users.

At $180, the Jaybird RUN headphones are pricier than Apple's AirPods ($159) and come in two colors: Drift, which has white and silver metal accents, and Jet, which is black with silver metal accents.


The company's second new pair of headphones are basically a redesign of its miniscule Freedom buds and still have a wire that connects them behind the neck, but the Freedom 2 are said to have an improved fit and greater comfort, with double the battery life (up to eight hours) and water resistance.

The Freedom 2 headphones cost $149, and along with the new RUN earbuds should be available in stores in October, with pre-orders beginning today over on BestBuy, Amazon, and the Jaybird website.

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fitshaced

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Hmm, I bought a pair of freedoms and really liked them but lost them at the airport. Was thinking of getting replacements but these will be more expensive albeit twice the battery life. Tough choice.
 
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may be pricier than airpods, but i can guarantee you the sound quality is phenomenal and better

proud owner of the x2s, these look interesting
 

Chupa Chupa

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As long as Apple is the only company allowed to used the W1 chip, no other headset maker will be able to compete

Long live the airpods!
I have a pair of Freedom F5s and AirPods. The Freedoms sound a ton better than my AirPods -- could be because Jaybirds app has an equalizer so you can customize the sound to the type of music you are listening to. I've never had any connectivity issues with the Freedoms -- or battery issues for that matter. I'm on my 3rd pair of AirPods, all replaced under warranty. The W1 chip is a bit overrated IMHO. The only reason I wear my AirPods over my Freedoms is the AirPods are superior for phone calls outside. They block out more ambient noise than the Freedoms.
 

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I have a pair of Freedom F5s and AirPods. The Freedoms sound a ton better than my AirPods -- could be because Jaybirds app has an equalizer so you can customize the sound to the type of music you are listening to. I've never had any connectivity issues with the Freedoms -- or battery issues for that matter. I'm on my 3rd pair of AirPods, all replaced under warranty. The W1 chip is a bit overrated IMHO. The only reason I wear my AirPods over my Freedoms is the AirPods are superior for phone calls outside. They block out more ambient noise than the Freedoms.
For me, it’s all about the W1. I own a pair of the original Jaybird sport wireless (still work), went thru a pair of Beats Solo Wireless, a few cars, a JBL Charge 2... long story short: AirPods are the best Bluetooth experience I’ve encountered. There are still hiccups from time to time, but that’s always going to be Bluetooth.
 
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I had some jaybirds a while back and they were terrible. Before amazon cleaned up reviews you could see the company was gaming them using other sites.

The product wasn't only unreliable, the support was abysmal. I would never contemplate giving them another cent and urge folks to look elsewhere.
 
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I have a pair of Freedom F5s and AirPods. The Freedoms sound a ton better than my AirPods -- could be because Jaybirds app has an equalizer so you can customize the sound to the type of music you are listening to. I've never had any connectivity issues with the Freedoms -- or battery issues for that matter. I'm on my 3rd pair of AirPods, all replaced under warranty. The W1 chip is a bit overrated IMHO. The only reason I wear my AirPods over my Freedoms is the AirPods are superior for phone calls outside. They block out more ambient noise than the Freedoms.
I switch between my iPhone and iPad all day, wouldn’t use headphones without the W1, it just works too well
 

HoosBruce

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The sound quality isn’t THAT much better. Plus, the X2’s that I had would lose connection and cut in and out so easily it was maddening. It also didn’t matter which set of tips I used or how I wore them, they were never as comfortable in my ears as the AirPods which is beyond comprehension. No W1 either.
 

x-evil-x

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Theres no contest the sound quality between the freedoms and the AirPods. Especially with comply memory foam tips(not the ones that come with them).
I've had the bluebud x, x1's x2's and now the freedoms. These fully wireless ones look interesting if they can give the same sound as the freedoms I'm sold.
 

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These look pretty cool. I have a pair of freedoms that I really like. The sound is great. Recently bought a pair of airpods and I just love them. They definitely do not sound as good as the Freedoms, but the convenience is hard to beat. I may have to give these a try if the reviews are good.
 
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DeepIn2U

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Love my X2's.... tempted with the RUNs
I'm also very tempted. Jabra's own true wireless is just far too expensive and reviews of the rubber buttons stated their overly stiff - don't want to destroy my ear drums from physical pressure.

may be pricier than airpods, but i can guarantee you the sound quality is phenomenal and better

proud owner of the x2s, these look interesting
slightly pricier - $20-40 depending on exchange rate. 1 hour less - BUT 5mins charge in case gives you 1hour playback: 20mins fully charged for 4hrs. Not bad. Still why only 4hrs when Airpods have 5hrs!

Airpods, only in white, questionable fit for everyone - I suspect will NOT fit my tiny ears with large inner loops.

As long as Apple is the only company allowed to used the W1 chip, no other headset maker will be able to compete

Long live the airpods!
Read on ....

For me, it’s all about the W1. I own a pair of the original Jaybird sport wireless (still work), went thru a pair of Beats Solo Wireless, a few cars, a JBL Charge 2... long story short: AirPods are the best Bluetooth experience I’ve encountered. There are still hiccups from time to time, but that’s always going to be Bluetooth.
Seems with JayBird's iOS app, there is an accompanying AW app and they state sync between devices, hmmm VERY interesting! I have a Windows PC currently, wonder if it'll work there OR with OSX?

https://www.jaybirdsport.com/en-ca/run-true-wireless-sport-headphones/run-user-gudies.html

Call voice quality is the BIG question here!!
 

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I switch between my iPhone and iPad all day, wouldn’t use headphones without the W1, it just works too well
And that is fine. But your comment was that with AirPods no other wireless earbud could compete. That was the point of my response to you. AirPods are great, but so are other wireless buds for other reasons. AirPods lack in areas where others excel and vice versa. So be such an ideologue and just enjoy this era of tech competition we are in.
 

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I like my Jaybirds X2. Very comfortable and never had any issues except the cable likes to get stuck to my neck when working out. Would seriously consider these, but was hoping for the W1 chip to consider an upgrade.

I got some refurb Bragi Dash a few months ago and they are awesome. The bluetooth isn't great, so I have to keep the phone in my right pocket otherwise it cuts out, but excellent otherwise. Guess I'll stick with these a bit longer (don't want to shell out a few hundred bucks for the Bragi Dash Pro).
 

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I like my Jaybirds X2. Very comfortable and never had any issues except the cable likes to get stuck to my neck when working out. Would seriously consider these, but was hoping for the W1 chip to consider an upgrade.

I got some refurb Bragi Dash a few months ago and they are awesome. The bluetooth isn't great, so I have to keep the phone in my right pocket otherwise it cuts out, but excellent otherwise. Guess I'll stick with these a bit longer (don't want to shell out a few hundred bucks for the Bragi Dash Pro).
Compare the Bragi Dash Pro to the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 with Touch Control interface.
https://www.beoplay.com/landingpages/beoplaye8#music

B&O Beoplay E8 Full Specs:
DESIGNER
Jakob Wagner


DIMENSIONS
Earbud: 23mm x 20mm x 25mm
Charging Case: 73mm x 47mm x 33mm


COLOURS
Black
Charcoal Sand


MATERIALS
Aluminium, textile, polymer, silicon and leather


WEIGHT
Earbuds:
Right (Master) 7g
Left (Slave) 6g
Charging Case: 45g


LOUDSPEAKER
Electro-dynamic driver, 5.7 mm diameter


BLUETOOTH
Bluetooth 4.2 · AAC codec


FREQUENCY
20 - 20,000 Hz


ON DEVICE CONTROLS
One Multi-functions button on each earbud:
Volume control
Play/Pause
Transparency Mode
Calls

Download full list of gestures


MICROPHONE
MEMS, Omni Directional


CORD
1.2m charging USB-A to MicroUSB


BATTERY
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Earbud battery
· Capacity: Right (Master) 85 mAh, Left (Slave) 60 mAh
· Up to 4 hours playing time at moderate volume
Charger battery
· Capacity: 365 mAh
· Gives 2x additional charges for the earbuds


BEOPLAY APP
Compatible with Beoplay App which will enhance your experience with Transparency Mode and ToneTouch.


TRANSPARENCY MODE
Three different levels of Transparency Mode, accessible in B&O PLAY App.


INCLUDED IN THE BOX
Beoplay E8
Charger Case (with built-in chargeable battery)
USB Charging Cable
SIlicon tips, 4 pairs of different sizes (XS, X, M, L)
Complyfoam, 1 pair in size M
Quick start guide

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Review:


JayBird Run Review:

JayBird Run Specs:

Type: In-Ear Style
Noise-isolation: Passive
Impedance: 16 Ohm
Speaker sensitivity: 103 +-2dB At 1KHz
Output: 12mW RMS (with limit level)
Total Harmonic Distortion <5% (1KHz, 1mW)

Audio Format: 16-bit Stereo
Codec: Bluetooth SBC Implementation
Response Bandwidth 20Hz - 20kHz
Driver Size: 6 mm

Bluetooth Version: 4.1
Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
Profiles: Handsfree , Headset , A2DP , AVCRP , SPP


INTEGRATED MICROPHONE
Type: MEMS, Omni directional
Sensitivity: -38dB +-3dB (Test conditions: 1KHz, 0dB = 1V/Pa)


COMPATIBLE PRODUCTS
Any Bluetooth enabled with HFP, HSP and A2DP

OPERATION
Operating: 32º F - 113º F (0º C - 45º C )
Storage: 14º F - 122º F (-10º C - 50º C)

WEIGHT & DIMENSIONS
Width: 0.56" (14.3 mm)
Height: 0.76" (19.5 mm)
Depth: 0.74" (19 mm)
Weight of a single bud (no fins or tips): 0.24 oz (6.83 g)

BATTERY
Play Time: 4+ Hrs*
Charging Time: 2 Hrs
Quick Charge: 5 min = 1 hour Play Time
Charging: Via charging case with USB connector
Input power: DC 5V 1A
Type: Lithium Ion
Battery Voltage: 3.8V
Energy Voltage in Watt Hours: 0.3Wh
*May vary dependent on usage, device & aging

BUTTON CONTROLS
AVRCP Music Controls (Play/Pause, Next, Back)
Call Controls (Answer, End, Reject Call)
General (Pair, Power)

IN THE BOX
Jaybird RUN True Wireless Sport Headphones
Charging Case
Round Silicone Ear Tips S/M
Oval Silicone Ear Tips S/M
Secure-Fit Ear Fins 1/2/3/4
USB 2.0 Charging Cable
Carry Pouch


WARRANTY
1 Year Limited Warranty

Note: Judging by the control interface guide seems the Right ear bud is the master.
[doublepost=1505413377][/doublepost]Better JayBird Run Review:

Still on the fence of these headphones. hmmm. Splash and Dust proof is the edge BUT ...

B&O BeoPlay E8's also have that:
In terms of ergonomics, E8 is designed to fit comfortably on the go. You can customize your fit with different ear tips. It’s also splash and dust proof, so it’s both designed to be used outdoors and in the gym.
Choices & pricing are KILLING me!

For me:
Splash & Waterproofing
Microphone quality for Voice Calls
Sound Quality: Bass, Highs, Mids all equally great - looking for this in any true wireless headphones
Pairing & Swapping: Between iPhone 7/8/X and Apple Watch S2/Nike + or S3/Nike + (with or without cellular)!

Now what to do?!
 
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I pre ordered the freedom 2’s a couple of weeks ago on amazon. Amazon page said all along shipping 9/29. A few days ago I reached out to Jaybird and asked when the freedom 2’s will launch. They said “about 3-4 weeks”. I thought that was odd since Amazon had a much earlier date.


Today... I go to the listing page on amazon and they’re no longer available for sale and the 9/29 shipping date is removedo_O