Wires are like, so out.
The iPhone 7 and a number of its peers have unceremoniously kicked the headphone jack overboard, shifting more focus on buds and cans which have cut the cord.
Jaybird’s new Freedom Wireless in-ears are the company’s latest cable-free tune pumpers vying for your cash, and at £170 (RM935), they’ve got high expectations to live up to.
But are they worth snapping up?
Despite the name, the Freedom Wireless headphones actually do have a wire connecting the left and right buds, but that’s it - Bluetooth takes care of the connection between the headphones and your connected devices.
They feel like they’re built to last - as you’d expect at this price - with a nice thick cable and metal tips adding to the premium feel.
In the box you’re supplied with three foam tips, three regular tips, and three fins - all of which are available in small, medium and large sizes.
The fins are optional, but are designed for an extra-secure fit, if you’re planning on running or a bit of casual parkour on the weekends.
With so many possible combinations, you should find one that works best for you, but it took me quite a bit of trial and error to find a comfortable fit.
This could just be my ears though, as most online reviews I’ve read praise their fit. YEMV (your ears may vary), as they say.
Out of the box, the Freedom Wireless produce decent, if not amazing sound, with a steady balance across the highs and mids, though there is a hint of tinnyness to them.
Bass fans will be disappointed at first, but thankfully Jaybird's free MySound app does an admirable job of letting you tweak the settings to your liking, increasing the bass and negating the tinny sound as you see fit.
There are lots of preset options available from the Jaybird community too, which do a good job of improving the sound for specific genres of music.
If you find yourself swapping from A State of Trance to Toxicity though, you'll have to select the right EQ settings manually, which can be a pain.