The Jabra Freeway is an enormous Bluetooth speakerphone covering almost all of sunlight visor. The audio tracks performance isn’t ideal for music streaming and the price is prohibitive when compared to best Bluetooth car kits.
It comes with an FM transmitter.
It’s very expensive.
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In past years, the Jabra Freeway was my pick for best Bluetooth car kit as a result of the superior hands-free call quality. With exceptional HD microphones, advanced noise cancellation and three speakers, it offers better call quality on both sides of the conversation than any other Bluetooth car kit I’ve reviewed. However, recent studies also show hands-free calling is really as unsafe as hands-full calling. It really is distracted driving. Neither option is safe. So, with this thought, I shifted the emphasis from hands-free call quality to audio tracks performance – streaming music from your chosen applications through your vehicle stereo. The Freeway is obviously with the capacity of this, especially with the FM transmitter, but it isn’t much better than the a lot more affordable options.
The audio tracks performance of the Jabra Freeway is disappointing, since it received a C- for clarity and a D+ for strength. The three built-in speakers had a substantial amount of distortion, even at three-fourths volume. It’s clear they aren’t designed for high-fidelity music, but also for voices. In addition, the utmost volume reached just 86 dB. It had been much better than the Jabra Tour, but far below how many other Bluetooth car kits achieved in the same test.
It comes with an FM transmitter which lets you stream music through your radio. The standard of the signal was much better than the other FM transmitters I tested, like the Nulaxy KM18 – my pick to get the best Bluetooth FM transmitter. However, it isn’t a lot better but still includes a significant amount of noise in the signal, especially during quiet moments. But most of all, at $100, it’s a lot more than $80 more costly. The sound performance would have to be on-par with high-fidelity audio tracks to justify this price difference.
Despite my reluctance to aid hands-free calling, I still performed call quality tests. That’s where the Freeway excels, acquiring an A+ grade. You mustn’t take calls if you are operating a car, but if you do, it is the most suitable choice. The blend of the three speakers and the multiple microphones located near your mind, via sun visor, produces a clear conversation on both sides. When you make a call with the AUX-in and FM transmitters, the caller’s voice is amplified over the car’s stereo. It has a tendency to cause echo feedback, as the device’s microphone accumulates the amplified voice over your own.
As with most of Jabra’s Bluetooth devices, the Freeway is quite simple to use and incredibly quick to pair. A voice guidance system walks you through the procedure. And the controls are plainly labeled. The only issue with concern to functionality may be the size. It covers almost all of sunlight visor and the clip can cover the mirror. The thick profile helps it be feel out of place.
The Jabra Freeway can be an expensive in-car Bluetooth speakerphone. If hands-free calling is your priority, it is the most suitable choice. But as a technology bridge for streaming music, it isn’t a great option. Despite having an FM transmitter, it isn’t worth the $100 price.