JBL Free and Redmi Airdots are two alternatives for Android for those who cannot afford the more expensive models from Samsung or Sony. Here we discuss the design, sound quality, battery life and connectivity features of both models to help you pick one.

JBL Free and Redmi AirDots

Design

  • The Xiaomi Redmi AirDots are designed with stereo speakers whereas the JBL Free has no stereo speakers.
  • JBL Free has a detachable cable provided whereas the Airdots have none provided along with them.
  • Both the ear-pieces are sweat-resistant making them ideal sports wears.
  • Both have comfortable ear pads provided for comfortable wearing.
  • The fact that JBL Free is weather sealed gives it a slight edge over the XiaomiRedmi AirDots in terms of outdoor use.
  • The AirDots have a control panel on the earpiece itself. This means that you wouldn’t have to pick up your phone every time, you want to alter the volume levels. The JBL free, unfortunately, has no control panel on the device.
  • The AirDots weighs a mere 4 grams whereas the JBL Free weighs about 100 grams. The slight difference in weight here can be overlooked.

Sound Quality

  • The JBL Free edges the AirDots in terms of the highest frequency. The highest frequency at which the JBL Free produces audio is 22000 Hz whereas the AirDots has its highest frequency at 20,000 Hz. Because the higher the highest frequency, the better, clearer and crispier the treble, JBL edges out AirDots in terms of sound clarity.
  • JBL Free has its lowest frequency at 10Hz whereas the AirDots have its lowest frequency set at 20 Hz. Because lower the frequency response, better the bass, JBL slightly edges out AirDots in terms of delivering strong bass.
  • The Redmi AirDots have stereo speakers whereas the JBL Free does not. Because the AirDots have stereo speakers, the sound is being delivered from independent channels on both earbuds leading to better audio performance.
  • Neither headsets have passive noise cancellation features enabled. However, the AirDots have active noise cancellation features enabled.
  • The Xiaomi AirDots have 2 microphones compared to the single microphone available in JBL Free. Additional microphones on your earpieces help in providing better sound quality over voice calls and to filter out background noises.
  • AirDots also has active noise canceling features. The JBL Free does not have this feature. Active noise canceling refers to the feature where the noise entering are canceled out by opposite sound waves generated inside the earbuds. When a listening earpiece has active noise cancellation feature enabled, you can listen to music at lower volumes. You do not have to listen to higher volumes to overcome external noises. This is better for your ears. Thus it is a better option for Plane rides and on commutes.
  • The Redmi AirDots are driven by a powerful 7.2 mm driver. The JBL Free is driven by a smaller 5.6 mm driver. Therefore the AirDots can produce slightly better audio output.
  • Neither earpiece has Neodymium magnets.
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Battery Life

  • Both the Redmi AirDot and JBL Free has a rechargeable battery and a battery life of about 4 hours.
  • JBL Free comes with an 85mAh battery whereas the Redmi AirDots have an 80mAh battery.
  • While the JBL Free takes 2 full hours to charge, the Redmi AirDots only takes about 1.5 hours to fully charge the battery.

Connectivity

  • The JBL Free uses Bluetooth 4.2 version whereas the AirDots use the much more advanced Bluetooth 5.0 version.
  • Both earphones do not support Bluetooth pairing using NFC.

Verdict

Reasons to go for AirDots

  • AirDots have stereo speakers which are absent in JBL Free
  • Xiaomi has equipped its much cheaper model with active noise cancellation whereas the JBL Free lacks any kind of noise cancellation.
  • Redmi AirDots have a control panel on the device.
Product Buy
JBL Free
Redmi Airdots
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