Mon, 13 Sep 2010 Jays a-Jays Three review
Swedish company Jays has produced a smash hit with its a-Jays Three headphones.
- Manufacturer: Jays
- Pros: Impressive sound for low price; good fit; handy included accessories; blocks out most background noise
- Cons: Large connector sticks well out of a headphone jack; 'tangle-free' cord not quite tangle free
- Min specs: Driver: 8.6mm TCD Speaker; Isolation: JAYS Silicone Rubber Sleeves; Sensitivity: 97dB @ 1kHz; Impedance: 16 Ohm @ 1kHz; Frequency Response: 20Hz–22000Hz; Cord: TPE coated flat tangle free cable, L 115 cm (45 in); 14g; straight gold-plated stereo plug 3.5mm; Rubber Coated Black
- Price: 39
- Star rating:
The a-Jays Three headphones are the third model in Jays' entry-level, in-ear line-up and a step above the a-Jays Two headphones (and the JAYS t-JAYS One). Despite the earphones' low asking price, Jays is very generous with included accessories; neatly fitted in impressive packaging are various sized rubber tips (five sets in total), a flight adapter to use with airplane entertainment systems, a stereo splitter to share your music, and a handy plastic carry case. One downside is the 3.5mm connector — it's quite large and long, so it sticks well out of a media player's headphone jack.
Jays claims flat cable of the headphones is "tangle-free"; this isn't entirely accuarate in our experience but the 1.15m cable definitely suffers less from tangles than regular rounded headphone cords. The earphones themselves feature a glossy black design with matte black edging and strike a nice balance between looks and comfort. With the right size sleeves fitted a comfortable seal is created in your ear, making long listening sessions pain-free. The earbuds also hold firmly in place, even when running or exercising.
Sound quality is super-impressive considering the price. While obviously not audiophile quality, the a-Jays Three headphones boast impressive bass response. This punchy, deep bass rarely overpowers other elements. Mid-range is also well balanced, with vocals, in particular, a standout. While not super-crisp, the audio overall is warm and punchy. There is no evident distortion, even at high volume levels.
Though they can't compete with active noise-cancellation technology, the a-Jays Three earbuds can block out most background noise on a crowded train at half volume — ideal for most commuters and certainly a huge upgrade on the headphones that ship with most portable media players, including the iPod.