Jaybird x3 vs Jaybird Freedom

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  1. chillenandy321 macrumors regular

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    I have a set of urBeats, but they are about to fall apart. Which of the 2 model Jaybirds would you go with? Thank you
     
  2. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    I have a pair of X2's and don't like them at all, I feel they are massively overrated.
     
  3. chillenandy321 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just got back from Best Buy they didn't have the x3 in stock with them being on sale. Was gonna try the Freedom, but decided no at moment. What don't you like about the x2? Sound quality?
     
  4. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    I think the sound quality is not that great, they give you TONS of options with sizes and wingtips yet I still can't seem to get the "perfect fit", long periods with them in my ear hurt after a while, even with the wingtips in my ear they still manage to "wiggle" out of my ear. I got them on sale for $69 and still feel like I overpaid for them to be honest.

    But i know they have a cult following so take my opinion with a grain of salt i guess :)

    Edit: If you REALLY want the X3's i see you can currently purchase them online from BB for $100
     
  5. hubieonekanubie macrumors regular

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    I have a pair of freedom x5's and they sound great! They are very customizable with the app as far as sound goes and they have great base however the more base heavy eq set, the more battery drain. Not sure on the x3's. The collar clips break easy but customer sec sent me a package of 5 when I called them.
     
  6. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

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    had jaybirds when they first started out and miss them ever since. They made great headphones and had great customer service.
     
  7. docal97 macrumors 6502a

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    I actually have both. I like the X3 better. The advantage of the Freedom's is the fact that the actual earbud is super small b/c alot of the electronics have been put into the charging clip. So they do fit into the ear comfortably. The X3 resemble the X2's but I prefer those b/c the charging clip on the X3's are much lighter and smaller. With the Freedoms, you do feel the weight of the charging clip and it sometimes will cause the earbud to fall out of your ear, especially with activities such as running. I do no not use the fins and have the headphones for both pairs hanging around my neck. I never could find a comfortable fit with the fins on either pair.

    Both pairs sound really good. I also prefer the Comply tips because they seem to have a tighter fit.
     
  8. chillenandy321 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for every ones help. Ordered the x3 pair yesterday will give them a go.
     
  9. MathersMahmood macrumors 6502

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    I hated the freedoms. Horrible battery life, uncomfortable, connectivity issues etc
     
  10. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    I may be an outlier, at least here, but I prefer the Freedom F5s over the X3s. Tried both of them, returned the X3. Both sounded pretty much the same, especially when I tuned them with the equalizer app. The Freedom F5s felt like small wired buds with out the tail going into my phone. The X3s looked like a typical BT bud -- something I really hate.

    But my "go to" wired buds for years, and currently, is a pair of Shure 535s which are designed for the cable to go over the ears, not hang down. That is what I'm accustom to now and how I wear the Freedoms. In that position, with the cable slack pinned up with the included clips, the larger than others remote is not an issue for me.

    Both the X3x and Freedoms are nice buds. I can see where the Freedoms would be a PITA to wear hanging down more than the X3.
     
  11. sunapple macrumors 65816

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    I was looking for Jaybirds as well, but decided to wait for the W1-equipped BeatsX. The hassle of connecting BT devices can be as bad as untangling a cable. Than I reliazed the BeatsX still have quite a bit of cable. Shame those AirPods don't fit me comfortably.

    Actually, I'm now thinking of getting high end wired earbuds for the price of those wireless ones. I've used my previous set of Sennheiser MM30i for over 4.5 years (and they're still great) and this whole wireless movement makes me a bit anxious about a future in which the life a devices is determined by the life of the non-replaceable batteries inside.

    Might be drifting off a bit here haha.
     
  12. kjparfekt macrumors regular

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    I have had the Jaybird X2 and the Freedom F5s. The X3s are similar to the X2s but with improved sound and the ability to customize the audio through their app same as the Freedom.

    I personally preferred the X line design. The tiny flat headphone of the Freedom line is amazing but the weight of the inline control is a pain and they have to be charged more frequently with their included chargeable clip batter. I used to charge my X2s once a week and I charge the Freedoms with the clips after 2 workouts and charge the clip after 2 charges of the headphones.

    Like some users I never got a perfect fit with the wings and bud tips. I ended up using a product called Decibullz that is a custom molded headphone adapter you heat and form like a standard mouth guard. I wouldn't use Jaybirds without it especially with the weight of the Freedom in line control. The Freedom are on sale with a discount code at Jaybirds site for $100 and the X3s have been on sale at BestBuy for $100 so it's totally a preference thing.

    With all of that said if the AirPods fit your ears get those instead. They fit me perfectly and now they're all i use for calls, workouts or runs.

    If you have any specific questions I'm happy to help but it sounds like you've ordered a pair so try them and see how they work for you.
     
  13. mscriv macrumors 601

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    Do you think the sound quality of the AirPods is comparable to the Jaybirds? I'm considering a new pair of wireless headphones and was reading reviews to try and learn more about the current products on the market. Most of what I have seen says that Jaybirds and Bose have some of the best sound quality available, but that the Airpods sound quality is quite lacking. What has been your experience?
     
  14. kjparfekt macrumors regular

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    I'm not an audiophile so for my tastes the AirPods are fine. That being said I did go into the Jaybird audio app and change the audio signature more to my liking which gives the Jaybirds a preferable sound. I also use a custom mold on my Jaybirds so they block outside noise more and really isolate the sound for me.

    Overall for me though that difference in sound isn't equal to the improvement in convenience of being completely wire free which is why I recommend the AirPods at $170 over the Freedom or X3s at $100.
     
  15. chillenandy321 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ready to test out the X3 when they arrive today.
     
  16. blairh macrumors 68030

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    Former AirPods owner and current X3 user. The X3's provide a far superior sound out of the box that is customizable with their dedicated app. They also isolate sound meaning no ambient noise.

    The AirPods provide a terrific charging on the go case. However their lack of inline controls, insufficient seal in my ear, and mediocre sound did not work for me.
     
  17. jshtroutman macrumors regular

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    I just got a pair of X3 for Christmas. I really like them a lot. I'm currently going through all the ear tip sizes and wings to figure out the best fit. They sound good.
     
  18. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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    Battery life for me isn't bad when you include the charging clip.
     
  19. kjparfekt macrumors regular

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    I like the ability to charge on the go - clip it on your way to the gym and you have a charge for your workout. The new AirPods take that a step further by always being put away in the charging case so I always have a charge when I take them out.
     
  20. mscriv, Dec 28, 2016
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    I decided on the X3's and they will be delivered today as every Bestbuy store was sold out before Christmas. I'm still considering getting a pair of Airpods as well.

    The deciding factor for me between the X3's and the Freedoms was all the reviews I read about how heavy the Freedoms control clip was since most of the tech was housed there in an effort to make the actual buds smaller and lighter. Numerous reviewers who use them for exercise stated the bud on the controller side would come loose from their ear during exercise due to the added weight. I'm getting a Bluetooth headset primarily for exercise and I just didn't want to risk that. I'll post back here after using the X3's for a while and give you all my thoughts based on some experience with them.
     
  21. chillenandy321 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm really liking the X3 so far. Been using the comply comfort medium foam tips. Those seem to fit my ear well and they don't hurt after long period of time.
     
  22. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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    From somebody who has them and used them they fit fine with the fins. I do light jogging I guess and they don't fall out of my ears. That being said the X3 are still a great pair of earphones
     
  23. mscriv, Jan 26, 2017
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    So, I've been using the X3's for a few weeks now and am really enjoying them. When I work out I generally do some light weights (both machines and free), some stretching exercises, and anywhere from a half hour to an hour of cardio (elliptical machine primarily). Using them for my exercise routine has been great. I love the wireless factor and the sound quality has been impressive to my untrained ears. I love that you can use the Jaybird app to customize your EQ settings to your personal preferences.

    As far as connectivity goes, my headphones have had no problems pairing with my iPhone and the Jaybird app has connected without any stutters or difficulties. I've not experienced any real Bluetooth signal loss or dropping with the exception of one stretching exercise I do that basically would trap my phone, in my pocket, between my chest and my legs. In that one situation I got a little cracking, but I adjusted by simply taking my phone out of my pocket when I'm on that specific machine. The range has been great, I can leave my phone and water bottle on the floor and get 30+ feet away or more without any signal loss. I haven't tested for a maximum distance, but I don't generally anticipate being that far away from my phone at the gym.

    This is my first set of buds with varying insert sizes so it took a little trial and error to find which size tip was best for my ears. Once I found what gave me a snug fit and good seal I've had no difficulty with the buds falling out or loosening in my ears. My primary sport is racquetball and I've been able to hit and do a full set of drills on the court with the X3's and they didn't move at all. This was my biggest worry and I'm really happy with how secure they are in my ears.

    I don't know that the music source really matters, but I primarily listen to Spotify with a downloaded playlist to ensure I'm not dependent on the gym's wifi.

    My exercise routine is almost always less than a couple of hours so battery life has not really been pushed to the max, but I can easily get several workouts in without having to recharge.

    All in all, I'm very satisfied with my purchase thus far. If you have any questions let me know and I'll be glad to answer as best I can.
     
  24. SinghVds macrumors newbie

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    Currently the Jaybird X3s are $139.99CDN and the Freedoms are $119.99CDN which is the better option. Should I get the Freedoms or wait for the X3s to go on sale?
     

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