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SuperTooth FREEDOM Bluetooth Headphones with NFC [REVIEW]

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A few months back, we reviewed the DISCO TWIN Bluetooth stereo speakers from SuperTooth and were quite impressed with how they sounded. Today, we’ll go hands on with their FREEDOM Bluetooth headphones, that feature an integrated microphone for handsfree calling and also support NFC, a technology that allows users to simply touch the SuperTooth FREEDOM against their NFC-enabled phone for the two devices to quickly recognize each other. Let’s take a look!

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The SuperTooth FREEDOM headphones ($175 at Amazon) are available in three colour combinations i.e glossy black with grey accents (the one we got), glossy black with blue accents and glossy white with grey accents. They come packaged in a decent looking box, that contains a pair of FREEDOM Bluetooth headphones, a cloth carrying case, a micro-USB to USB cable for charging and a 3.5mm mini-jack cord for wired connections in case your headphone’s battery runs out. Best of all, the headphones come with a 2-year replacement warranty.

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The very first thing that I noticed about the FREEDOM is how light they are as compared to the Logitech UE 9000 and many other similar-sized headphone offerings in the market. According to the SuperTooth website, they weigh just 200 grams, which is quite impressive given the fact that they also host a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. At the same time, the glossy plastic headphones feel quite solid and not cheap at all. The headband’s thick arms contain metal inside and are easily extendable to accommodate various head sizes. The headphones also allow swivelling the ear cups, which makes them even more portable.

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Coming to the controls, the right ear cup of the FREEDOM includes a button towards the bottom for Play/Pause and accepting calls. Double pressing the button, which depresses slightly, skips to the next track. A narrow volume rocker is found on the inside of the right cup next to the power button, which isn’t ergonomically ideal. Regarding the comfort however, I must say these headphones are perhaps the most comfortable I’ve tested so far in this price range. You can wear them all day long and you won’t feel the slightest bit of fatigue. The mini-jack and mini-USB ports are hidden under tiny rubber covers, one at the bottom of each ear cup.

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It took me less than 3 hours to fully charge the FREEDOM, which drained completely after a little over 12 hours of continuous Bluetooth playback at medium to high volume levels, which is again pretty impressive. I didn’t specifically test the battery’s standby time but SuperTooth claims it to be 1000 hours (roughly 6 weeks). I listened to a variety of music from different genres, including some bass heavy trance music on my iPhone 5s, and I must say I was really pleased. The FREEDOM not only sounded crisp over a wired connection, but very clean and balanced over Bluetooth as well. The bass levels, both wired and wireless, are deep enough to satisfy majority of bass heads. The treble is marginally flat over Bluetooth but much better over a wired connection. I also tested the NFC pairing feature with my Nexus 5, which worked just as advertised.

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Overall, I’m extremely satisfied with the SuperTooth FREEDOM. They are extremely comfortable, support bluetooth and NFC, feature a microphone for handsfree calls and above all, sound really well over Bluetooth at a price that is almost half of what the competitors are currently selling for. Highly recommended!

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  • Those headphones look very nice. I’m in the market for a pair of bluetooth headphones. Not sure I want to spend $175 though. But for the features you get, $175 is not a bad price

  • Yep, it’s a really good bang for your buck! They sound way better than Dre beats that cost the same or higher!

  • Interesting. Beats are pretty great sounding. I would need to do a comparison of the two to determine the winner. My main use would be studio work. Maybe I’m just ignorant, but can’t see those being better than the beats.

  • xSINGHx

    Hi Usman. Would you be able to do a comparison with the outdoor technology privates?

    Thanks,
    Amrinder

  • Unfortunately I don’t have those available at hand to compare but looking at the specs, they seem pretty decent with similar 40mm drivers. The do have a significantly shorter battery life though (8-10 hrs), and support the older Bluetooth 3.0. In comparison, the FREEDOM can easily last over 15 hours on a single charge due to Bluetooth 4.0, support NFC and above all, look much more stylish and better built. Also, I can’t be sure if the Privates sound anywhere as good as these do over Bluetooth!

  • For starters, no audiophile in the world would call Beats as “great sounding”, including myself. Well they surely are “great looking” but that’s all the are, especially if you’re talking about Solo / Solo HD or Wireless. Secondly, we are specifically taking about Bluetooth headphones in sub $200 range for which the FREEDOM seem to be a very reasonable buy.

    In order to get a better idea how $300 headphones should really sound, I’d say you check these out first and then compare with any of your favorite beats model:

    – AKG K551 / Ultimate Ears 6000 (http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/reviews/logitech-ue-6000-vs-akg-k551-full-size-headphones-review/)

    – Ultimate Ears 9000 Bluetooth (http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/reviews/logitech-ue-9000-full-size-bluetooth-headphones-review/)

    V-Moda Crossfade M-100 (http://v-moda.com/crossfade-m-100/)

  • timothybrabant

    Does audio sound better over NFC or Bluetooth? I’d be curious to know!

  • I’m not saying that they are the best. The midrange isn’t the greatest, as with the noise cancelling. I enjoy the bass punch that they give for the type of music I listen to. I will compare for myself how these bluetooth headphones fair.

  • Cool, let me know how it goes!

  • NFC is just used for pairing. The streaming profile is always Bluetooth A2DP.

  • Thanks! For sure.

  • Peter Pottinger

    lol so whoever sends you overpriced headphones for free gets a sponsored post?

  • Hi Peter,

    We get sent a lot of accessories for review. We only review what’s worthy and skip reviews of junk. There’s no point in posting a negative review trashing a product when we can just omit coverage altogether. I hope that clarifies the issue for you. Have a great day!

  • Matt Harrison

    I would recommend voxoa hd wireless headphones. It got bluetooth 4.0, NFC, AAC, aptX, HD mic, 3.5mm aux cable. It’s around $120 on amazon.

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