As the exclusive training headphone partner of USA Triathlon, JayBird headphones and earbuds are engineered from the ground up to endure the rigors of long hard workouts and come with a lifetime "sweat-proof" warranty. The new JF3 bluetooth headphones are no exception! Inspired by the fog lamp grill of a sports car, the JF3's are said to provide an incredibly secure fit which is great for training, running, biking and anything else you can through at em'. And since they're bluetooth there's no messy wires to worry about!
Early last week the fine people over at JayBird came knocking on our door. Realizing that we're well known for our hands-on reviews, they requested we take their new JF3's for a spin and go "ears-on" for a change. We've researched and even played with wireless headphones in the past, but none have quite stacked up to their wired cousins, so reluctantly we agreed... and today we're here to share our results.
But before we get too far along, here's some glossy product photos and some key information to fuel your inquisitive minds....
Music Play / Call Time: 6 hours
Charging Time: 2 hours (via USB micro)
Battery Type: Rechargeable 50 mAh Lithium Polymer
Bluetooth Range: 10 meters / 33 feet
Audio Format: 16-bit Stereo
Overall Weight: 16 grams
Included at purchase: JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headphones, USB Cable, 3 pair eartips, 3 pair secure fit ear cushions, Premium Carry case, User Manual.
JF3 Key Features:
Design: (9.5 out of 10) Though they appear to be a little chunkier than your average earbud, the JF3's are actually quite small considering the power and technology they're packin'. As a fasion statement, we were very impressed with the sleek finishes JayBird selected to outfit their newest headphones with. Every aspect of these headphones feel ultra professional and premium grade. They're very lightweight, but not chinsey! We especially enjoyed the easy to find and use power, play/pause, call/answer and volume buttons.
Comfort: (9 out of 10) After selecting the correct size ear tips and cushions for my giant ears, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the JF3's fit nicely. The ear cushions provide a very stable way to secure the headphones into your ears without any discomfort. When most headphones / earbuds are falling out or come loose the FJ3's simply stay put! I discovered quickly that when running, mowing the lawn, biking, or head-banging it was easy to forget they were even in, until a text or phone call would come through interrupting my jams. Being wireless, these headphones are extremely comfortable and won't snag on anything or pull at your ears.
Bluetooth: (10 out of 10) It works flawlessly (up to 33 feet) and is exceptionally easy to setup. We didn't even need the users manual. No wires, no hassle!
Audio Quality: (9 out of 10) Up to this point everything about the JF3 headphones has been all sunshine and daises, but if they don't blast high quality audio, well... they're pretty much worthless. Thankfully they do in-fact supply excellent audio quality. The best listening experienced in our opinion can be had when the volume is between 70% and 80%. At this volume deep bass, clear voices and instruments can be heard in great detail without distortion.
Value: (10 out of 10) Free shipping is pretty much unheard of these days... that being said JayBird is offering it! And with a price tag of just $99 the JF3's are easily worth every last penny.
- Fit great - Charging cord is very short (10 in.)
- Easy to use - Scratch easily
- Sound great
- Look great
The Bottom Line: If you own a bluetooth capable MP3 device and you're not currently using it to stream your music to your ear-holes, we highly recommend you stop living 90s and get yourself a shiny new pair of the JayBird JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headphones! They're sports inspired, fit securely, deliver exceptional audio quality and are ridiculously easy to setup. Since reviewing these headphones ourselves, all other earbuds we own have found a new home... in the junk drawer. Digging the JF3's? Make sure to check out the quirky embedded video below from JayBird, where you can see the headphones in-action... and a little more!
July 4, 2012 5:15 PM | Personal Media