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Jaybird JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headphones $59.95 shipped

dbpaddler 2,358 March 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM in Tech & Electronics (4)
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Gearbuzz [gearbuzz.com] has the Jay bird JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headphones for $49.95 and $10 shipping. Cheaper than I paid on the Amazon deal a little bit ago.

JayBird J3 Freedom features premium music and calls, with warm bass, tuned to eliminate listener fatigue during long workouts. These Stereo Bluetooth buds feature a lifetime warranty against sweat, six hours of music play time and a secure fit. Designed for activity, having on-ear music and call controls is significant. Controls on a cord can result in fumbling and dislodging of your earbud, a major distraction to your workout. On-ear controls offer quick, confident commands so you can focus and get the most from your workout.

Key Features

Bluetooth Wireless Music + Calls
Patented Secure Fit for Sports
Lifetime Warranty Against Sweat
Premium Audio Quality
6 hour Battery Music/Talk Play Time - Standby Time: 250 Hrs
Official Training Headphone of USA Triathlon
Redemption Instructions
Receive your confirmation of purchase email from GearBuzz and keep for your records.
No additional steps are required; items will ship directly from JayBird
Fine Print
Shipping is extra
Please expect 7-10 days for items to arrive
Max three per customer
Returns subject to JayBird Policy.

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Quote from fenrirGrey View Post :
Got mine last night. And I HATE IT.

I've been using the LG HBS 700 for over a year now. It is always around my neck. And the only qualms I had with them is that they fall off while doing bench/abs workout. Basically if you are lying down. Otherwise they have *really* good battery life, distance. I can be in the opposite corner of our gym and still have uninterrupted music.

I was really looking forward to the Jaybirds because they will not fall off and it has better sound quality over the LG headphones. But I'm selling the Jaybirds after one day of use because:

1) I cant keep them around my neck when I'm not using them. I like having the LG on my neck when not in use.
2) The bluetooth reception on Jaybird is ridiculously bad. I kept the phone on a shelf while working out and the quality immediately deteriorates the second my head goes lower than the phone (within a few meters of the phone).
3) The buttons on the Jaybird are way too hard to operate when they are sitting in your ear.
4) LG uses the same charger as my android phone (micro usb) so I dont need to carry a separate wire to work, in my car, on vacations.

Just my two cents.
Anyone else have reception issues at small distances?
The buttons and non standard charging port are a big annoyance I agree.

But you cant expect the headphones to stay connected across the room. It is not made to put on a shelf and move around.
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Quote from Stryder5 View Post :
I need a hard case. I stuffed my older head phones in my backpack all the time and they broke. Actually, I broke 3 pairs like this now. I'd rather deal with a hard case than breaking another pair so this would be nice if I can get it.
Check out these type of cases. [amazon.com] They are rigid formed foam type cases. They'll protect in a gym bag or backpack.

To fenriGrey's comments:

1. You can't pop them out of your ears and drape them around your neck?
2. I leave mine on a window sill at the gym and can walk about 6-8ft away without issue and workout on a few different machines. I can also leave my phone charging in the bedroom and wash up in the bathroom while listening to them.
3. I'm used to the buttons now.
4. The adapter is a bit annoying, but that's my only real gripe.
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Quote from dbpaddler View Post :
Check out these type of cases. [amazon.com] They are rigid formed foam type cases. They'll protect in a gym bag or backpack.

To fenriGrey's comments:

1. You can't pop them out of your ears and drape them around your neck?
2. I leave mine on a window sill at the gym and can walk about 6-8ft away without issue and workout on a few different machines. I can also leave my phone charging in the bedroom and wash up in the bathroom while listening to them.
3. I'm used to the buttons now.
4. The adapter is a bit annoying, but that's my only real gripe.
So Jaybird says that the package they offer on Gearbuzz doesn't include this premium carrying case. They're telling me that if I want the case, it would be $10.

Their reasoning: I paid $50 and can't expect the same package. That's terrible logic if the "value" was listed at $99. It's like saying you buy a book on sale, but the covers are missing.

No where on Gearbuzz was it specified that this would be a different package from what is offered on Jaybird's site since it ships directly from Jaybird. Nor did Jaybird have any packages on their site listed without the case.

I like the product I received and already out $10 on shipping so I won't be returning it, but that is some pretty terrible marketing practices.

I do have a camera case I can use when I'm not using my camera so this isn't too big a deal, but it still really bothers me how they did that. I might follow up later if I have time.
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The point was the "premium" hard case sucks as it's annoying to get it to fit in properly without fiddle. The rigid soft form cases for a compact camera are cheap and are a nicer fit for the buds. If you have that much issue with it, pdf the gearbuzz page and tell them you're reporting them to the BBB as they are committing fraud. You're paying for a new product, and nowhere does it state they are removing an included item from the typical retail box. There is no asterisk or note stating you are not receiving the normal retail package. The value they list is the same as retail elsewhere too. So how is the customer supposed to know they are getting something different? Seems like more effort than it's worth for a case that is less than optimal.
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I took mine out for our first run today.

1. They are very comfortable and secure after an hour of running.
2. Sound pretty good- not as good as wired headphones, but good enough for a workout.
3. Pretty shitty about the case. Sounds like we'd be better off with a cheap point&shoot camera case anyways, still kinda shitty that they advertised it the way they did.
4. The connector is not proprietary, it’s just not very common. My BlueAnt headset uses the same connector. It’s a USB Mini 8 pin. Try this: http://www.monoprice.com/products...largeimage
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Quote from dbpaddler View Post :
+1 to that. I throw my Triple Fi's in the magnetic case and use a slightly different shaped soft formed case for the Jay birds. Works out much better.
Quote from mZimm View Post :
For those of you complaining about the case - as an owner of these (and paid significantly more), the case is pretty annoying and impractical. the headphones have to be like coiled up and squeezed in. I never use it and prefer to just put them in my bag or pocket.
The hard case would still be nice for other purposes, such as you repurposed yours. For those who got the regular retail package with the hard case, did you also have a small black pouch for the accessories?

Quote from dbpaddler View Post :
The point was the "premium" hard case sucks as it's annoying to get it to fit in properly without fiddle. The rigid soft form cases for a compact camera are cheap and are a nicer fit for the buds. If you have that much issue with it, pdf the gearbuzz page and tell them you're reporting them to the BBB as they are committing fraud. You're paying for a new product, and nowhere does it state they are removing an included item from the typical retail box. There is no asterisk or note stating you are not receiving the normal retail package. The value they list is the same as retail elsewhere too. So how is the customer supposed to know they are getting something different? Seems like more effort than it's worth for a case that is less than optimal.
Thanks for the suggestion. I may just do that. If my second attempt at communication fails. I've never had to resort to the BBB threat before. I've always been able to talk it out with other companies.

Quote from Shane1234 View Post :
4. The connector is not proprietary, it’s just not very common. My BlueAnt headset uses the same connector. It’s a USB Mini 8 pin. Try this: http://www.monoprice.com/products...largeimage
Awesome, good find! I'll know where to replace the cable or where to get a second one for cheap now. Thanks (and repped)!
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Quote from Stryder5 View Post :
The hard case would still be nice for other purposes, such as you repurposed yours. For those who got the regular retail package with the hard case, did you also have a small black pouch for the accessories?
Mine did not come with any sort of pouch for the accessories except a small plastic ziplock that they were packaged in, FWIW. Mine were purchased from Best Buy, IIRC.
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