If you run, bike, hike or lift weights, snaking audio wires from your head to your smartphone can be a pain—even more so when the occasional snag rips your buds right out of your ears. The obvious solution is to go wireless, but dialing in fit, functionality and sound quality can be tricky.
Enter the JBL Free Truly Wireless In-Ear Headphones, a new breed of cordless personal audio, available from Verizon, that beams rich sound from your device to via 4.1 Bluetooth. Just pop them in and get moving, with no need to worry about them shaking loose or dropping a signal.
If you’re considering wireless in-ear audio, read on to learn four reasons why JBL’s latest have earned the audio press’s praise.
1. Comfortable fit
For workouts, fit is a make-or-break consideration of in-ear audio equipment. Lose a earbud mid-run or mid-ride, and it’s likely gone for good. Bicycling magazine not only praises the sleek design of the JBL Free, but also the fact that they come with both interchangeable ear tips and extra gel sleeves, providing a “tight fit during workouts.” And Rizknows.com points out that they’re sweat- and water-resistant, and that “short of violent head motions … you should be just fine.”
2. Exceptional sound quality
A snug fit also helps achieve the best listening experience, because loose earbuds are a recipe for thin, sub-par sound. In its tests of the JBL Free earphones, Technically Well notes that “highs and mids sound good and bass is prominent” with a tight seal. They also exceed the expectations of the editors at Majorhifi.com, who praise their “clear audio with a progressive midrange, decent highs and a relaxed bass line.” They note that audiophiles typically pay a lot more for this type of fidelity and, compared to other wireless in-ear headphones they’ve tested, JBL “checks out as pretty darn good.”