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Jaybird Run vs X3 vs Freedom 2 Wireless Sport Earphones
Here are the details when comparing the Jaybird Freedom 2 vs X3 vs Run
The Run are Jaybird’s first fully wireless earphones, meaning there is no cable or cord that connects the earbuds together.
Wearing true wireless earphones is a somewhat liberating experience because we’ve gotten so accustomed to using wired or semi-wireless earphones.
If you want to learn more about the Run, make sure to check out our full Jaybird Run Review.
Otherwise, we’re going to keep this short, just going over the major advantages/disadvantages they have relative to the X3s and Freedom 2.
A look at the Run charging cradle.
The Run are not only completely wire-free, and thus better for workouts, but you can actually use just one of the earbuds without the other dangling from your ear.
In fact, Jaybird engineered the Run so that you could use just the right earbud if you wanted. Anyone that’s driving might appreciate this as well as runners that need to let in ambient sound.
The Run do a great job with sound isolation so using one bud is a solution for letting in the sound around you.
These are very small, compact earbuds.
Additionally, while the Run only have about 4 hours of battery life on a single charge, they do have a quick charge feature that gets you an extra 1 hour of playback time after you charge them for just 5 minutes. This is perfect for when you’re on your way to the gym, but forgot to charge the earbuds.
Find My Buds
This is a feature that the Freedom have access to as well, but essentially within the Jaybird app you can see the last time and place that you paired the Run with your phone.
This allows you to retrace your steps and hopefully find where you left an earbud.
The Jaybird X3s have been one of the best (if not the best) workout headphones on the market for quite a while now.
They’re comfortable with a secure fit and have great audio quality—everything you need in workout headphones. If you want to know more about them in particular, here’s the link to your Jaybird X3 Review.
Sound quality and isolation
While the Run have great sound isolation, we feel that the X3s are even better here and they also have even better audio quality.
In fact, of the three Jaybird earphones on the market now, the X3s have hands-down the best audio quality.
The Run are pretty good, especially for true wireless earphones and the Freedom 2 are good as well, but we think the X3s sound noticeably better. They have a more rich sound profile with deeper bass. If you’re making a decision based on audio quality, the X3s are hard to beat.
The X3s are contoured to better fit your ears…and we love the Comply foam tips.
Additionally, all three headphones do have access to the Jaybird app where you can personalize your sound preferences.
Essentially, Jaybird allows you to fiddle with the EQ to match the audio quality with your personal preferences. This feature works great and we’re happy to see it on all three models.
The Freedom 2 and X3s have a full inline remote that gives you more control over your music. To be fair, the remotes aren’t anything special since they’re just standard remotes, but the Run do not have a full remote and therefore lack the ability to control pretty basic functions.
We give the X3s the edge here since they have a smaller, slimmer remote than do the Freedom 2s.
The X3s will get about 9 hours of playback time on a single charge whereas you can expect about 4 hours with the Run and 4 hours with the Freedom 2 (although you do get 4 hours more with the charging cradle with the F2). There’s no other way to put it, the X3s have better battery life.
The X3s have an MSRP of $130 while the Freedom 2 and Run have an MSRP of $150 and $180, respectively.
– Check Prices on Amazon: Jaybird X3 – Freedom 2 – Run Wireless
On top of just the retail prices, since the X3s have been out longer, we see more deals on them. You can check the RIZKNOWS Audio Deals Page to see if we’ve spotted any deals on Jaybird products lately. Based on price alone, the X3s are hard to pass on.
Bottom Line with Jaybird X3s
The Jaybird X3s have been Jeff’s go-to workout headphones for over a year. These are solid wireless earphones that don’t have many downsides. We think they’re the best value, all things considered.
The Jaybird Freedom 2 are an iterative update over the original Jaybird Freedom Wireless. You can see our full Jaybird Freedom 2 Review for more details on what’s new with the Freedom 2, including waterproofing, Bluetooth stability, and audio quality. For now, why would you get the Freedom 2 over the Run or X3s?
Sizes of the earphones
The X3s are pretty large earphones (although they are indeed smaller than the X2s).
The Run are actually impressively small, but the Freedom 2s are even smaller. They just look better in smaller ears and are designed more for people with smaller, more petite ears.
That’s not to say all people can’t use them, quite the contrary actually, but with the Freedom line, Jaybird wanted to be able to serve people with smaller ears. They stick out of your ears far less and end up looking really nice.
Very small earbuds with a secure fit.
With all of these earphones, your ears will start to fatigue at some point. The Freedom 2s, however, have a new super soft silicone material for the ear tips / ear fins, which make them pretty darn comfortable to wear.
It’s a nice upgrade that we think people will tend to prefer. The Run utilize the same material for the ear fins and tips, but they have a lot of hard plastic, which makes them ultimately less comfortable than the Freedom 2.
As for the X3s vs Freedom 2s, comfort is a toss up. Jeff swears by the fit of the X3s, however, the ladies here in the office say the Freedom 2s fit better and are more comfortable. This is going to be a judgement call by you ultimately.
Somewhat large remote on the F2s
With the X3s and original Freedom, you didn’t have the option to quickly adjust the length of the cord. With the Freedom 2s, however, you have a new SpeedFit Cord, which allows you to shorten or lengthen the cord effortlessly.
It makes it much easier to use them in the under-ear or over-ear positions and is one of the biggest deciding factors between the X3 and Freedom 2. Of course, you don’t need to worry about any of this with the Run, but it’s still an advantage of the X3s
Bottom line with the Jaybird Freedom 2 Wireless
While Jaybird made some improvements over the original model, the Freedom 2 are still designed simply to be the ‘smaller sport earphones’.
The SpeedFit Cord is great and the new silicone ear tips/fins will probably be welcomed, but you’re still most likely getting the Freedom if you want more compact headphones that are great for working out and office use.