TouchMyApps » Jays http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:08:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Jays t-Jays THREE earphones in Review – satisfaction is slim! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/03/jays-t-jays-three-earphones-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/03/jays-t-jays-three-earphones-in-review/#comments Fri, 03 Dec 2010 14:46:37 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=44187 The t-Jays THREE is more Sennheiser than Sennheiser’s former flagship dynamic headphone, the HD650. If you like rich and smooth dark, you’ll fall in love with the t-Jays. Jays have three of them to tailor to your ear and your wallet. TMA has THREE for the skillet today. If you dig low profile, neutral, and … Read more]]>

The t-Jays THREE is more Sennheiser than Sennheiser’s former flagship dynamic headphone, the HD650. If you like rich and smooth dark, you’ll fall in love with the t-Jays. Jays have three of them to tailor to your ear and your wallet. TMA has THREE for the skillet today. If you dig low profile, neutral, and modular, again, Jays are the only horse in town and the t-Jays THREE is quite a ride.

Specifications
Speaker: 10mm Dynamic Speaker
Sensitivity: 98dB @ 1kHz
Impedance: 16 Ohm @ 1kHz
Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 25 000 Hz
Cord length: 60 cm, TPE coated & Kevlar reinforced cables
Plug: straight, Gold-Plated Stereo Plug 3.5mm (1/8 in)

Package and Fit
The t-Jays THREE package is virtually identical to the new a-Jays case. It’s new, looks pretty, and is a bugger to open. The t-Jays earphones, however, are completely different to the a-Jays. The a-Jays is a cute button of an earphone that slides right into your ear with little difficulty in any position. The t-Jays is somewhat of a different beast. At first glance, you might suspect it to be a master of ergonomics. It can be. It fits well over the ear and, for the lucky portion of the population, it fits comfortably down. Bad fit is caused by the sharp casing design that can dig right into the ear. My wife, I, and one friend fall into that group – about half the people I’ve had try the t-Jays.

The neck cinch is a fiddly bit of plastic that can move up and down the cable at the slightest breeze. Overall, however, it does its job. As with all Jays earphones, there is a measure of microphonic noise that the t-Jays will never shake. But then, where would the world be without the quirks of Swedish design? The t-Jays cable also tangles easily thanks to its friction-fiend cable. That cable can grip onto any surface – a feature I reckon should be adopted for ice climbing.

Build Quality and Cable
Jays changed a lot of things with their new earphones. some for the good, and some for the not-so-good. The good things are very practical. The large 10mm driver makes for a stress-relaxing body. Unlike the tiny q-Jays or even the cute a-Jays, I am hardly ever tempted to grab at the cable when removing the earphones. Considering the fact that Jays’ cables don’t always have the last word when it comes to quality stress relieving and anchoring; I expect that there will be some trouble where the earphone meets the cable.

The extension cable is still a sturdy mixture of decent stress relief and very good contact points within the female portion, but the cable itself just isn’t as strong as it should be. I’ve chipped a few morsels from its hide by merely shoving it in its carrying case and can repeat this with other t-Jays. This is all thanks to its table tennis-grippy rubber surface that practically sticks to glass. The plastic case is a perfect place for the cable to rub and then catch. Negligent cramming can damage this cable’s soft exterior.

Overall, however, Jays have come a long way from the nubby, weakly supported q-Jays.

Sound
Here’s where Jays always recoup their mostly minor losses. The t-Jays is a keeper, especially for sulky musical genres and bright sources. It is warm, reasonably deep and well extended.

The t-Jays is accented with clean if not overly clear tones. The mid is lush and vocals, especially female vocals, are wonderful. In general, everything from guitars to piano is natural, if a bit dark. Even lower mid tones are clear free of echo artefacts despite the confined plastic case. Whereas the a-Jays THREE can get boomy, the t-Jays is controlled. There is only the faintest hint of mid-bass/lower mids echo.

The same midrange is decently detailed with lots of air. That isn’t to say that the t-Jays casts an immense shadow: space and separation of instruments is good, but the feeling of openness is the mainstay.

I’d take this over the Sennheiser IE8 any day. Its upper bass is much smoother and overall, the t-Jays isn’t as dark. In some ways, it is like an older Sennheiser HD600, doing all the same things as the 400$ headphone, but at a slower pace.

The final piece of good news is that the t-Jays isn’t overly sensitive and hissy. It won’t throw a fit when attached a Sony or an older iPod. Similarly, it performs well unamped, though users of the iPhone 3G and older iPods can enjoy better low end resolution and overall reduced distortion with a good headphone amp. Now, with darker, fuller sources such as the Hifiman HM601, synergy isn’t excellent, but the t-Jays THREE shines fine with my new favourite, the Go-DAP battery extension and headphone amp.

Because the t-Jays sits on the dark side of neutral, it sounds great with most music, even fast trance. The trick, which Jays nailed, is not to let the 10mm driver boom and break over every bass beat. They’ve done a fabulous job.

Out and about
Again, it needs to be stressed that the t-Jays is another departure from the Jays of old. Overall, the changes in housing size and cable stress reliefs are good, but the new, soft cable is a liability. It isn’t that much noisier, just weaker than almost all of its predecessors, especially when used in conjunction with the new plastic carrying case that just loves to carve notches in the cable.

The total cable length is a bit long, but Jays, in sticking with their guns, have a great compromise for those who want to strap their iPods to their arms, and those who want to keep them in their purses. Of course, for half of the population out there, the only option is to loop the cable over the ears in order to keep the earphones in the ear.

Finally, the t-Jays is a ported. Sound will leak in and out. Still, like the Final Audio FI-BA-SB and A1 models, it isn’t too much that you can’t enjoy the commute.

Conclusion
When relatively modest-priced earphone can scrunch its face up like the legendary HD600, it deserves props. The t-Jays is a good-sounding, good-looking at earphone, with a great accessory kit. If you like it long and dark, you’ll love the sound of this little gem. But, in my ‘seen it before’ eyes, the main problem: a rubbery, easily-notched cable, is a liability. Handle the t-Jays with kid gloves and you should be able to enjoy it for a long time – especially if keep care when using the carrying case.

If Jays can fix their the spat between their cable and their carrying case, they’ll have a true winner on their hands. Despite a few flaws, the Swedish rat, Poodoo, says Grab It!

HPR-t-Jays-acc HPR-t-Jays-case-out HPR-t-Jays-case HPR-t-Jays-fit HPR-t-Jays-glamour HPR-t-Jays-poodoo HPR-t-Jays-y-acc-all HPR-t-Jays-y-filter HPR-t-Jays-y-side-out HPR-t-Jays-y-sideside HPR-t-Jays-y-splitRead more]]>
http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/03/jays-t-jays-three-earphones-in-review/feed/ 2
a-Jays THREE earphones in review – got bass on my mind http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/25/a-jays-three-earphones-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/25/a-jays-three-earphones-in-review/#comments Wed, 25 Aug 2010 17:26:34 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38305 “Back when Cube was rollin’ with Lorenzo” – stolen from Dr. Dre’s What’s the Difference, is innocuous; it betrays nothing of Dre’s ego. But American rap’s pride is why after years, I keep coming back to it. And though this is a headphone review, I think that a bit of good ol’ fashioned American pride applies … Read more]]>

“Back when Cube was rollin’ with Lorenzo” – stolen from Dr. Dre’s What’s the Difference, is innocuous; it betrays nothing of Dre’s ego. But American rap’s pride is why after years, I keep coming back to it. And though this is a headphone review, I think that a bit of good ol’ fashioned American pride applies tastily. In 2010, the Swedish headphone guru, Jays, redesigned itself, shirking cuteness in favour of big business, of pride. One look at the newly minted a-Jays will prove to you just how much business they mean too: flat cables, matte colours, three bold designs, and good prices is enough to make any Monster shake – at least a little bit.

Specifications
Type 8.6 mm TCD Speaker
Sensitivity 97dB @ 1kHz
Impedance 16 Ohm @ 1kHz
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 22 000 Hz
Earphones
Color Rubber Coated Black
Isolation JAYS Sound Isolating Sleeves
Size (L)18.3 x (W)11.8 x (H)13.8 mm
Weight 14 grams (0.49 oz)
Cord
Type TPE coated flat tangle free cable
Length 115 cm (45 in)
Size Width 5mm / Thickness 1.2mm
Plug Straight, Gold-Plated Stereo Plug 3.5mm (1/8 in)

Fit and Package
One thing Jays have never skimped on is accessories, and they certainly haven’t skimped with the a-Jays. Actually, the a-Jays, replete with the usual suspects: airline adapter, signal splitter, loads of ear pieces, and a carrying case, is on the one hand, perfectly Jays business as usual. But then, the black package itself, unlike the finger cutting plastic of yesteryear, is as unique as the new carrying case itself. Stacked at a store and this badboy screams “buy me!”

That is all fine and dandy, but how does it all work? Mostly well. The sturdy plastic package is great for storing the plethora of parts safely. I won’t be throwing mine out, that’s for sure. The new carrying case, on the other hand, is sort of a tough pill to swallow. It opens and closes with a swivel and a snap and seems quite clever – that is, until you use it too often. Eventually, the latch will wear thin and the case will flop open. And as a fully plastic bit, it may crack if prodded too much. Best to keep this carrying case in a safe and tidy place.

The a-Jays look hot and sound good. They also fit pretty well, but they have their own issues. Firstly, the clever-looking flat cable may cause some ears fit troubles. The earphone housing itself is pretty typical and fits into most ears without trouble, but it reaches shallowly into the ear. If the flat cables rub your ear in a strange way, getting a proper fit may be hard. You can wear them pretty comfortably with the cable drooping over the ear which of course, will help eliminate microphonic noises.

Cable and Build Quality
Of course, the cable has its advantages: it doesn’t tangle easily and it looks bloody awesome. If you can wrangle a good fit from its Saskachewan flatness, it is also comfortable. If not, it will ride out at odd angles. The earphones themselves are as light as the breeze. They ARE plastic, but seem to have very little flex. Still, I’d keep them safely in the case if I were you. If you were me, I’d just say, ‘keep up the good work.’

The real issue with flat cables, however, is that they put more stress on the outer portion of the reliefs and earphone housing. I’d not be surprised if like the Monster Beats Tour, the a-Jays accrue a reputation among resellers for traveling the globe and back on guarantee service.

Of course, at the a-Jays price point, there is less to fuss about and thanks to a 2-year guarantee, your 39.99$-59.99$ is well protected.

But we ain’t done yet: there isn’t a neck cinch to dissipate microphonic touch noise. That means you will hear your shoes grinding the pavement, your shirt brushing the cable, and the constant flapping of rubber on cloth. It isn’t as bad as some earphones, but the noise does have me wishing Jays included a neck cinch. The cable is terminated in a straight plug with a soft rubber bumper that reaches quite far up to lend support. For a straight cable, it is a pretty good design, but again, straight cables CAN stress the headphone terminal of your iDevice more than similar L-plugs.

not impressed by the a-Jays stress reliefs

Sound
For the most part, Jays could be described as a company without a stalwart house sound. The detailed q-Jays is as different from the powerful s-Jays as night is from day. In the middle the d-Jays bridges the gap. The a-Jays, however, is a blessed and irreverent finger to the man, if there be a man: bass, throbbing and powerful, and a decent handle on the highs.

The package says ‘balanced sound’ but I’d take that quote with a bag of ice melter. The a-Jays is targeted at people who like to feel the vibrations in their music. At the same time, I wouldn’t call it dark either, though low percussion and heavy bass can get a bit splashy at times. In many ways, its throbbing bass is reminiscent of the excellent-sounding Mingo WM2, if just a bit veiled.

In terms of extension, the a-Jays actually goes pretty low without massive roll off even to 20Hz. At the ear, it performs to about 40Hz with all the stamina of a high school wrestling team. In that range, its focus is clear. It matches bass heavy music pretty well, but there is a thin echo in the upper bass, causing some faster genres to lose control. Despite such a powerful low end, the mid range remains clear, though I wouldn’t put the a-Jays down as a great vocal earphone. Instead, it offers paced midrange that plays a little softly in comparison bass. At the upper end, the a-Jays extend well, putting out a lot of energy at about 10-12KHz and tapering off slowly from there. For all intents and purposes, it is clean and clear, but after a long listening session, sensitive users could find a bit of listening fatigue behind their eardrums.

I tend to think that every earphone gives a certain rendition of a recording; there is no one earphone to rule them all. The a-Jays is great for loud music and even for trance to a certain degree. But it won’t deliver the same sense of speed and transparency that another inexpensive favourite, the Head-Direct RE2, will. In one sense, it does what it came visually and sonically to do: dethrone the Sennheiser CX300. It is similarly powerful sounding, but doesn’t guff the highs in the same way. And, for the fashion conscious, it does the deed. The CX series isn’t really attractive, but of course, Sennheiser haven’t even adorned their HD800 with easy-to-swallow design. For the price, the a-Jays beats its Germany companion in the following metrics: sound, space, speed, and accessories.

On the issue of hiss: yes, the a-Jays has it, but it isn’t bleedingly loud. Plug the a-Jays into your Sony and groove to the music. There is grain, but thank the maker, you won’t notice it with a modern iPhone or iPod touch.

Finally, the a-Jays casts an interesting shadow. Its headstage isn’t the widest, but it is ‘tall’: instruments stand up without stepping on each other’s toes. For close, intimate music, it is quite satisfying.

Out and About
Here’s where I think Jays could have done a little more work. The a-Jays is a fine earphone with good lungs. But it has a few problem that show up especially when you are active. The first is that it tends to fall out of the ear when used actively. It is partially a cable problem, and partially a fit problem. The shallow fit combined with the flat cable creates special issues.

Apart from that, however, the a-Jays is easier to use than many expensive earphones, even in Jays’ lineup. Firstly, it is easier to insert and remove than the tiny q-Jays and d-Jays. And thanks to its cable being one piece, wrapping it up in its case is a breeze. Those who like short cables for shirt-pocket or remote control use, however, will be disappointed.

Finally, the a-Jays does a decent job of isolating music from the background. It, like the CX300, won’t remove babies or engine sound from your economy ticket. It will put a heavy blanket over . I would reckon that you can say goodbye to about 10-13 decibels of environmental detritus.

Concusion
The a-Jays is hella attractive and pretty well-engineered despite some build quality issues. It comes at attractively tiered prices and well-clothed in an abundance of cool accessories. If you like a u-curve in your music, you’ll love the sound of the a-Jays, especially the pounding bass. For the price, the a-Jays is probably the most impressive earphone I’ve used, but I feel that Jays could have engineered stronger stress reliefs into the earphone as flat cables put a LOT more stress on the housing.

If you’ve enjoyed your Sennheiser CX series earphones but want to jump up to something with more style and better highs, the a-Jays is a great choice. If you are looking for replacement to the horrendous iBuds, look no further.


Headphone Summary
Title: a-Jays THREE Developer: Jays
Reviewed Ver: a-Jays THREE black Speaker Type: Dynamic (moving coil)
Price:
  • a-Jays ONE 39.99$
  • a-Jays TWO 49.99$
  • a-Jays THREE 59.99$
Cable: flat rubber
  • good, meaty bass
  • good extension in both lows and highs
  • excellent packaging and accessories
  • to die for looks
  • non-tangling cable
  • average build quality
  • fit can be a bugger
  • case, while nice, isn’t overly practical

Hot damn! Headphones really are a rockin’ way to enjoy music, right? Feel free to explore TMA’s headphone oubliette

HPR-a-Jays-THREE-accessories HPR-a-Jays-THREE-case-inside-2 HPR-a-Jays-THREE-case-inside HPR-a-Jays-THREE-fit HPR-a-Jays-THREE-glamour-2 HPR-a-Jays-THREE-glamour HPR-a-Jays-THREE-grill HPR-a-Jays-THREE-in-case-2 HPR-a-Jays-THREE-in-case HPR-a-Jays-THREE-package HPR-a-Jays-THREE-split HPR-a-Jays-THREE-stressRead more]]>
http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/25/a-jays-three-earphones-in-review/feed/ 9
Jays v-Jays Headphones in Review – when Koss met Grado… http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/02/jays-v-jays-headphones-in-review-when-koss-met-grado/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/02/jays-v-jays-headphones-in-review-when-koss-met-grado/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2009 18:49:13 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=22561 The Koss Porta Pro — which recently saw its 25th anniversary — has spawned look-a-likes, sound-a-likes, and a slew of pragmatic wannabes which can be as easily stowed and toted. Love it or hate it, the Porta Pro has left a deep imprint on the portable audio community for years and will probably continue to … Read more]]>

Review-HP-v-Jays-front

The Koss Porta Pro — which recently saw its 25th anniversary — has spawned look-a-likes, sound-a-likes, and a slew of pragmatic wannabes which can be as easily stowed and toted. Love it or hate it, the Porta Pro has left a deep imprint on the portable audio community for years and will probably continue to do so. Incidentally, whenever I strap the caboose of my brain into a new headphone, I mentally compare it with my rusty old Koss. Jays’ v-Jays, though dressed in simple plastic and fitted into seen-it-before ear pads, has become a landmark headphone which surpasses many erstwhile favourites, including the stodgy Koss Porta Pro.

Specifications
Driver Type: 40 mm Mylar Speaker, Open, Dynamic
Sensitivity: 98 dB SPL @ 1 kHz
Impedance: 24 Ohm @ 1 kHz
Frequency Response: 25 Hz – 20 000 Hz
Headphones Weight: 59 grams (2.08 oz)
Cord Type: TPE coated copper wire
Length: 60 cm (24 in)
Diameter: 3 mm/2 mm, 
Plug: Straight, Gold-Plated Stereo Mini-Plug 3.5 mm (1/8 in),
 Extension Cord 70 cm (27.5 in),

Fit and Package
Over-the-ear headphones are in general, hassle free: no fiddling with seal, losing flanges, and they suffer fewer cable breakages. The downside, of course, is that if you don’t dress like MC Hammer, the headphone will not fit in a pantaloon pocket. Pretty sure most shirt pockets, too, will suffer an ostentatious bulge. Perhaps for this reason, the v-Jays are a decidedly in-between design; neither do they collapse all the way, nor do they come well-dressed in a tote bag or box. But don’t worry, things only look up from here.

Gone are the finger-cutting moulded plastic-package days of the q-Jays, d-Jays, etc.; the v-Jays can be opened without the need for surgical utensils, nor a doctor’s permission. Simply unfold and pull to enjoy. Accessories are limited but commonsensical: extra earpads, and in typical Jays’ fashion, an extension cable. This time however, even when connected, the combined length of both cables isn’t unwieldy. Jays reckon that the 60cm cable is a great length for working out with your iPod pragmatically strapped to a glistening shoulder. Good on them. And, it is obvious that the Swedish company thought about sweat: the sponge earpads can be carefully washed, and if ripped and destroyed, come with identical companions which will gladly suffer the same fate.

Review-HP-v-Jays-box

While the Ultrasone Zino lacks swivelling earcups, the v-Jays is a perfect match for any shaped head because the earphones gently rotate on their fulcrums. And for both large and small heads, the v-Jays is a good stretcher: the arms extend outward from the headband a long way to accommodate a massive Shrek-sized noggin, or conversely, (and in my case), the pea-brained Donkey. The only fit issue some may have with the v-Jays is what I will deem, headphone pinch. While not a vice-like clamping force, the v-Jays enjoys the head it sits on, enthusiastically grabbing ears, making sure that both they, and it, don’t mistake who is in control.

Review-HP-v-Jays-jack

Build Quality and Cable
Typically, Jays’ headphones are well-built, though they have suffered cable hiccups in the past. I am told however, that those issues are behind the company, and after visiting a few distributors who handle after service repairs, I am almost certain that Jays have indeed overcome their former negligence. As a reviewer and a hopelessly lost headphone geek, I couldn’t be happier with the v-Jays. This time, the Swedes seem to have covered all the bases.

At times, I pull, pry and prod a bit here and there and to my utter satisfaction, the v-Jays are mostly solid. The generally failure-prone hinges can handle pretty gross amounts of pressure, though I would not suggest using them for back exercises. The ear speakers snap in and out with a bit of pressure – just don’t forget which is which, or you may have to learn to read lyrics from right to left. While still on the topic, one of the most admirable touches Jays added is a sweat absorbing layer along the underside of the headband which does a good job of hiding your nastiness. Again, the ear cushions are removable and if you are very careful, washable.

One of the best features of the v-Jays is it s cable which succeeds in almost every scrutable area. It is strong, perfectly relieved along all its connections, resistant to body sweat and oils and while slightly microphonic, doesn’t rip through your music with every wayward brush of fabric. What isn’t publicised is the excellent internal pin arrangement inside the female portion of the extension cable. Unlike most companies, Jays utilise more many pins to ensure the long life of the cable; if one, two, or even three break, the cable will still output sound. Most companies install only one pin per channel.

Review-HP-v-Jays-band

Without the extension, it is perfect for plugging into an arm-mounted digital audio player, and when attaching the extension, is the perfect length for both pocket and/or purse use. Even the straight plug which is often a liability, has enough flexibility and strength to shield both the plug and jack, but given that users ostensibly will be listening to the v-Jays with with portables, it is unfortunate that the v-Jays do not come with a right-angle plug for protection of both player and headphone investments. Also, the cable lacks external bumpers/anchors from the speaker arms. Still, v-Jays’ construction quality is head and shoulders above any competing headphone and even stands tall against much more expensive headphones.

Sound
While naturally a subjective matter, sound is the meat and potatoes of 3rd-party headphones; if they don’t match up to, or exceed their competitors, no manner of excellent engineering is going make them worthwhile. I won’t go on the record saying that the v-Jays is the best sounding headphone on the planet, but it is a fine-sounding product which favours the low end without tossing too much of the other goodies out the window.

One thing to note: like the Ultrasone Zino, the v-Jays is not designed to trap the music inside your scull. Its open design allows music out and other noises in. Thus, if you are looking for an earphone to use on the bus or train, you will have to look elsewhere, unless you like to annoy those around you and break your ears 40 years early.

Low frequencies
Let’s get the bump on folks! This headphone kicks out great, volumnous bass which accents everything from electronic to jazz with border-guard authority. And while there are better-sounding headphones out there, few if any can balance the musical and build qualities as well. Jays specify a lower boundary of 25Hz, which the headphone can stoop down to, but not with the fluidity of a 14-year old Chinese acrobat; 50Hz and below is steeply attenuated, almost to the point inaudibility when compared to other low frequencies. For instance, Markus Schultz’ Mainstage, a song whose rumbling intro is a personal benchmark for real-world bass performance, lacks the familiar rumble until the melody picks up with more typical driving trance beats.

However, light portable headphones into which category the v-Jays fall aren’t usually stellar performers; they belt out bass, and in their own sense of balance, either a strong high or mid range, but there is always something lacking. Often, competing headphones sacrifice clarity for brute force. Though the v-Jays doesn’t blaze out sub-bass, it spouts a fibrous, hefty bass which is well-suited to almost any musical genre. Massive Attack is killer, but so too are violins, guitar, and drums: each of which are natural and moving. In general, control is quite good, but decay at around 70-100Hz isn’t superb and with soft music, howl faintly between notes. Rhythm is excellent even in complicated electronic music, and at least at the insistence of the respectable iPod touch 2G, remain clearly defined and smear-free.

Like the Zino, there is no bloom or loss of focus; the v-Jays low frequencies are great, if somewhat anxious. What I mean is that the v-Jays performs up to my expectations, but without the typical steroid-enhanced, glistening duff duff of even the legendary Koss Porta Pro. Bass is a very realistic, pleasing sound with just the right kick in the pants.

Mid Frequencies
In the often graceless ~100$ category of folding headphones, the v-Jays has a touch of reserved midrange class. Full-sounding and powerful, instruments aren’t hot, nor over-poised – they don’t seep into other frequencies and blur the lows and highs. Clear and succinct, yet subtly strong, the v-Jays is a good performer for pop, rock, trance, jazz, etc.. Considering that the box says, ‘Heavy Bass Speaker’, I am surprised by how well the mids stand out in relation to an active bass.

In fact, in this class of headphone, the v-Jays is among the best I have heard and supports a mid-range which suffers only slightly when compared to low frequencies. For reference, the midrange of the v-Jays is more natural sounding than the somewhat thin and reedy Ultrasone Zino midrange. It is also more dynamic, but lacks the same sense of space and detail. Where the v-Jays trump the Ultrasone is vocals – voices are close enough to centre focus that the lusty voices of Madeleine Peyroux and Dianna Krall are great listens. Even when spinning faster, more complicated music into the mix, things don’t go astray in the midrange.

Despite the praise, the mid range is recessed, albeit not distractingly so. Vocal music fans won’t miss out on detail or emotion, but the midrange never rises too far out of the bass, and will compete with the slightly understated high frequencies for space.

High Frequencies
It goes without saying that each headphone has sonic weakness and I had expected that highs would be Jays’. I was wrong. The v-Jays is a well-rounded headphone where highs are sharp, clean, and stay within the lines. Fans of crashing cymbals, whiny strings, and clanky industrial effects should find reason to rejoice in the sibilance-free v-Jays. What they won’t find, however, is silky, stray decays.

The v-Jays hit 20 000 Hz, though it shows up late, and nearly empty-handed. Though it is at the utter extreme of its frequency range, this headphone seems to collapse upon reaching the top – it has nothing else left to give. The Zino, on the other hand, not only extends further, but at the same 20 000 klicks, is shoutier. Still, unless you are a bat, you won’t miss much, especially when modern albums have been engineered with more volume, less dynamics, and the ultra-friendly internet phenomenon: compression. Of course, extension is only one part of the equation. In real-world listening, the v-Jays isn’t a dark headphone, but it isn’t overly bright. Its fast attack and decay mean fewer sibilant diversions and nearly no upper stress or smear.

I am a fan of the oft’ maligned BeyerDynamic DT880. That beauty isn’t the analogue of any portable headphone, but its wonderful high frequency goes to Everest and back, and according to some, causes a few avalanches on the way. Despite my love for that headphone’s sometimes splashy highs, the steeply attenuated highs of the v-Jays are in no way annoying. There is nothing dark, veiled, or boring about Jays’ new headphone – it simply doesn’t have the lungs to annoy anyone.

Soundstage and Instrument Separation
This last aspect is perhaps the most difficult to gauge since it relies on a headphone’s dynamics, positioning, and a few other magical items. But nevertheless, I can make personal judgements. The v-Jays has no weak spots in its sound; its dynamic contrast between bass and midrange is very good, and even treble, while slightly understated, is among the top-tier for this style of headphone. However, it isn’t airy, wide, nor linearly extended very far from front to back or from side to side. Music pops into being at your ears, and won’t pretend to go out the back door, nor make a run for it up front. Instruments are clearly defined and well-placed in a tribute to Grado, but just like the legendary American manufacturer, will put you closer to the stage rather than in the crowd. Of course, it is all personal – some people prefer a ‘wider’ sound and others, don’t.

Sound in a Nutshell
On that note, the v-Jays is an interesting headphone which collates the abilities of many different colleagues. It is bassy, but not overpowering; has good instrument separation, but maintains an intimate sound stage; and finally, both its mids and highs are good, but fall slightly out of favour in comparison to the bass. For enjoying music on my bed, or at work, I would reach to the v-Jays more than I would the Ultrasone Zino, but when watching movies, or playing games, the Zino’s uniquely dynamic contrast between bass and treble is simply stunning.

Users of the PortaPro should feel at home with the v-Jays which are in every audible way, an upgrade. For a headphone whose box advertises ‘Heavy Bass Speaker’, the v-Jays do everything so well and even tack on a controlled, dynamic bass and midrange to the mix. Did I expect something so good? No, but that is why I am grinning so widely.

As you can see from the RMAA tests, the v-Jays doesn’t over-stress the iPod touch 2G, though it does load down its ability to separate channels. Still, the results are good for both the iPod’s ability to maintain a good frequency response and other general audio performance specs.

Review-HP-Jays-v-Jays-RMAA-fr Review-HP-Jays-v-Jays-RMA-ct

Out and about with the v-Jays
The v-Jays is a not circumaural headphone; it is open and will let music escape out and environmental noise will filter in with ease. Wind, cars, kids, gossip: the whole gamut will join in an unholy uproar which will only cause you to bump up the volume of your iPod or amp. Don’t – it is dangerous to your ears and annoying to your fellow (and murderous) bus passengers. If, however, you are at a gym, or bobbing down a quiet jogging path, the v-Jays is a reasonable companion. It sits firmly on your ears, isn’t prone to sliding down, and can take a half-assed beating. But, it isn’t a the out-doorsy type which wanders in and out of your dreams…

Review-HP-v-Jays-connection

Conclusion
Grab ‘em! The v-Jays is priced attractively enough that it warrants a buy. Is it the best-sounding headphone in the world? No, but for the price, it is certainly among the very best in a competitive class, and considering the market, one of the most balanced hardware releases. If you like bass, the v-Jays will satisfy unless your tastes drop to subwoofer levels, or you prefer less lean and more flab. Mid and high frequencies are also very good and only slightly recessed in comparison; indeed, the v-Jays may be one of the most realistic listens in the sub 100$ market. It is also made better than most of its competitors, giving it an edge or two on offerings from Sennheiser, Koss, and Ultrasone. What it lacks is a carrying case – an item which would make this headphone one of the easiest kisses at TMA. As it is, the v-Jays is too strong a contender to sit happily with its many peers in the Grab category, but it perfect. Good on ya Jays!

kiss-icon

App Summary
Title: v-Jays Developer: Jays
Price: 60-95$
  • Great construction
  • Safe packaging
  • Great sound quality
  • Light and comfortable
  • No carrying case?

Hot damn! Headphones really are a rockin’ way to enjoy music, right? Feel free to explore TMA’s headphone oubliette.
Jerry Harvey JH13Pro in ReviewVictor/JVC FX500 in ReviewShure SE530 in ReviewUltrasone Zino Headphones in Review

Read more]]>
http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/02/jays-v-jays-headphones-in-review-when-koss-met-grado/feed/ 9
Jays s-Jays Earphones in Review – One Quick Bumble Bee http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/28/jays-s-jays-earphones-in-review-one-quick-bumble-bee/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/28/jays-s-jays-earphones-in-review-one-quick-bumble-bee/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2009 16:02:32 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=16608 Jays from Sweden joined the earphone market in 2006 with the balanced armature earphone, d-Jays. Since then, their engineers have been busy creating new technology and designs for their products. Later, they introduced the dynamic driver, j-Jays and the dual balanced armature, q-Jays that we tested in May 2009. Today, we have the s-Jays, an … Read more]]>

review-headphones-jays-sjays-closeup-buds

Jays from Sweden joined the earphone market in 2006 with the balanced armature earphone, d-Jays. Since then, their engineers have been busy creating new technology and designs for their products. Later, they introduced the dynamic driver, j-Jays and the dual balanced armature, q-Jays that we tested in May 2009. Today, we have the s-Jays, an earphone that uses a new technology dubbed, ‘siren’, which refers to armature drivers which work similarly to moving coil drivers (dynamic). The drivers are designed to maximize low frequency performance and allow for high volume output without distortion. Jays has taken this technology and put it in their s-Jay, for the reasonable sum of $89.99.

Specifications
Variation: Black or White
Transducer: 6.4mm Siren Armature Driver
Impedance: 69ohms
Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity (1mW): 113db SPL
Weight: 10grams (0.35oz)
Cord Style: TPE coated Kevlar Y-Cord
Mini Jack Style: Straight, Gold-Plated 3.5mm

Accessories
Our previous experience with Jays earphones is that they come “JAM PACKED” with accessories! The s-Jay is no exception and comes with with a 90cm extension cord, 5 pairs of silicone sleeves (XXS, XS, S, M, L), a pair of memory foam sleeves, gold-plated stereo splitter, gold-plated flight adapter, 4 pairs of filters, and a leather carrying case. All the accessories are of good quality (even if the carrying case is a bit too small). Otherwise, the s-Jays is extremely well-outfitted.

review-headphones-jays-sjays-package

Fit
I didn’t find a problem with obtaining a comfortable seal. However, I can see why many might have trouble – the body of the s-Jays is quite large compared to other earphones. Due to its size, the body may push against the back of the concha (outer curve of the ear) causing discomfort and difficulties with getting a proper seal.

review-headphones-jays-sjays-earpieces

Despite this, I found a great fit and a fabulous seal with the s-Jays. They are not the most comfortable earphone to wear, but seal well with excellent sleeves which are perfectly stiff and well-shaped.

review-headphones-jays-sjays-fitover review-headphones-jays-sjays-fitnormal

Audio
I quickly found that classical and other orchestral music types aren’t the best fit for the s-Jays. So I moved on to rock, heavy metal, trance and hip pop music. I went through my entire playlist and all I can say is… fabulous… simply fabulous!

Highs
The highs on the s-Jays are slightly on the dark side, lacking the detail that I prefer in a earphone. In fact, the amount of detail, clarity, and the crispness of the s-Jays belies their armature driver – a design which often pulls high frequencies into focus. The s-Jays’ high frequencies could be noted as similar to those presented from a darkly-voiced dynamic driver: lacking some detail, clarity and crispness. I would recommend a product from Etymotic or Ultimate Ears if treble is what you are looking for.

Mids
Mids are smooth,  detailed, and warm for an armature earphone. The mid frequencies of the s-Jays are similar to Shure’s sound signature – perfectly warm and smooth, but lacking a portion of the detail that Shure earphones are famous for, and which I crave. Vocals are strong and deep, revealing the finer details and body of a singer’s voice. Depth is very good on the s-Jays, providing an enveloping, full-body experience. For the price, I have nothing really to complain about other than just a little detail – the s-Jays simply sounds wonderful.

Lows
This is the best part of the s-Jays! Lows are quick, accurate, and precise without muddy, overly “boomy” presentation. Power is just right; not too much, not too little, a power that flat out rocked with rock and pop and even trance! If you like these genres, the lows are absolutely perfect. Overall, the lows on the s-Jays are quick in the thumps, but carefully tread around the other frequencies, retaining accuracy.

Soundstage
I expected a very wide soundstage due to the fact that the s-Jays siren drivers are supposed to perform in a similar way to dynamic drivers. However, in the price range in which the s-Jays is marketed, I was rather disappointed. The soundstage isn’t as wide or long as I would’ve liked. I could describe their stage presentation like listening to a recording of a live performance through nice speakers rather than sweating, screaming with the rest of the fans with the music circulating overhead and all around at the concert. Overall, the s-Jays’ headstage is more compact than some dynamic earphones, but performs well when comparing it to lower-priced armature earphones.

Quality
We always expect a high quality build from Jays; we got it. Earpiece construction is very good with a smooth finish which is topped off by rigid housing materials. The cables are TPE coated, light, durable, and filled with Kevlar. They also perform excellently when playing sports or running since microphonics are minimal.

review-headphones-jays-sjays-plugs

Plugs are  stress relieved with Jays’ typical, but strong soft rubber. For overall build quality, the s-Jays receives a mark of 95/100. The only complaint I have is that the s-Jays hasn’t any stress relief around the ear-pieces. Fortunately, the cables connecting the earpieces are not stressed much for the majority of uses – a fact which is due to the shape of the housing and fit.

Conclusion
The Jays s-Jays is a brand new earphone, with brand new technology that we like very much and highly recommend to listeners of Pop, Rock, Metal, and Trance music. They may not have the best highs, but the mids are very good and the lows are absolutely fabulous for the price: accurate, quick, and powerful! Build too, is of superb quality with durable, class-leading cables. Jays are famous for packing excellent accessories into their products, a fact which has the s-Jays crushing a closet of useful accessories into the cardboard box. TouchMyApps has no other choice but to grab these bumble bee-like earphones!
grab-icon

App Summary
Title: s-Jays Developer: Jays
Price: $89.99
  • Great build quality
  • Very Good mids
  • Excellent lows
  • Lots of accessories
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Minimal microphonics
  • Excellent cable
  • Lack of detail and clarity on Highs
  • No stress relief on earpieces
  • Earpieces may be too large for many ears

Love Headphones? Check out our growing headphone news and reviews section.

review-headphones-jays-sjays-box review-headphones-jays-sjays-closeup-buds review-headphones-jays-sjays-earpieces review-headphones-jays-sjays-fitnormal review-headphones-jays-sjays-fitover review-headphones-jays-sjays-package review-headphones-jays-sjays-plugsRead more]]>
http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/28/jays-s-jays-earphones-in-review-one-quick-bumble-bee/feed/ 3
Q-Jays Inner Earphones in Review – Dual Balanced Armature Precision http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/31/q-jays-inner-earphones-in-review-dual-balanced-armature-precision/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/31/q-jays-inner-earphones-in-review-dual-balanced-armature-precision/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2009 04:27:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11807 Jays – Design and Quality The Q-Jays represent our 3rd Balanced Armature earphone review. This time, Sweden’s Jays’ top product, the Q-Jay are on the table. They are also the smallest dual armature earphones in the world. And tiny they are – the body could fit two or three times into a Monster Turbine shell! … Read more]]>

review-headphones-q-jays02

Jays – Design and Quality
The Q-Jays represent our 3rd Balanced Armature earphone review. This time, Sweden’s Jays’ top product, the Q-Jay are on the table. They are also the smallest dual armature earphones in the world. And tiny they are – the body could fit two or three times into a Monster Turbine shell!

From their website
Since 2006, JAYS has been pushing the barriers for design and quality, 
recognizing the need for better quality and better portability. At JAYS – 
we believe that the phrase – Sound of Science – should not be used lightly. 
JAYS is a passionate music loving company that puts its soul into all products 
they develop from their headquarters in Sweden.

JAYS already have a wide portfolio of award winning products and continuously 
work hard to be number one in making valuable great products. 
We want to make sure nothing comes between you and the music.

Milestones:
2006: Released d-JAYS
2007: Released j-JAYS, m-JAYS, q-JAYS, Bluestreamer
2008: Released s-JAYS, Bluestreamer 2, Accessories
2009: Released c-JAYS, v-JAYS …

Q-Jays Fit Kit and Package
Jays put together an excellent package that not only looks good, but is chock full of extras. Ear-pieces come in 5 sizes for a total of 7 pairs including a foamie type that secures onto the Q-Jay via a rubber grommet. The ear-pieces are not as supple as the Turbine flanges but are comfortable and look to be nearly indestructible. The foamie pieces come in one size only, but compress to a small size as well as expand outward to fit larger canals. Included is a splitter that allows you to share your music with a friend and Jays have also added an airplane dual mono adapter for those compressed flights.

The Q-Jays also come with a pleather carrying case that, while cute, is a bit too small for anything but the extra ear pieces. Inside is nice and fuzzy! Unfortunately, the packaging itself follows the Zagg Z-buds vein of sharp finger-cutting plastic packaging. Be careful when opening; make sure you have scissors or a handy knife with you to safely open the edges of the box.

Overall, the Q-Jays are presented very well and supplied with enough accessories to make their purchase worthwhile though lose points for a careless packaging design.

review-headphones-q-jays1 review-headphones-q-jays08

Dual Balanced-Armature: Earphone Specs
Type Dual Micro Armatures
Sensitivity 95 dB SPL @ 1 kHz
Impedance 39 Ohm @ 1 kHz
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 000 Hz
Earphones
Isolation JAYS Sound Isolating Sleeves
Size (L)19 x (W)7.5 x (H)7.4 mm
Weight 8 grams (0.28 oz)
Cord
Type TPE coated with Kevlar filling
Length 60 cm (23.5 in)
Diameter 2/1.5 mm (0,079/0,059 in)
Plug Straight, Gold-Plated Stereo Plug 3.5 mm (1/8 in)
Extension Cord 90 cm (35.5 in)

review-headphones-q-jays11

Explanation
What that means is of little importance if you are not really into your audio. If not, then just skip over this bit.
The Q-Jays at 39ohms are nearing middle ground in terms of driving efficiency. They will show up lack in the output of many digital audio players but not shock the system into a bassless submission. The iPod Touch 2g will perform remarkably when driving music for bass quantity and resolution and the iPhone 2G and 3G will perform typically, with bass roll-off present in the lower frequencies but an overall warm presentation. The bass roll-off however, impacts on details, meaning that you may hear a thump instead of a rumble.

As for soundstage, iPod and iPhone users – you are in luck. The iDevice remains to this day on top in terms of left-to-right separation even when under load. Lastly, with a sensitivity of 95db, the Q-Jays can be driven loudly from nearly any portable but are not as efficient as Sleek Customs, the Monster Turbine or Sennheiser’s IE8. The Q-Jays are somewhat of an anomaly. At 95db sensitivity and 39ohm, they should not hiss much, but the opposite is true. While not as sensitive to dirty sources as some inner ear monitors, the Q-Jays will reveal hiss where it exists.

Q-Jays cable
Jays endowed the Q model with a uniquely designed cable. Firstly, it is strong yet supple and not subject to early crystalisation due to contact with body oils. Secondly, it is thick and though the stress reliefs on the jack portion are not melded to the cable, they inspire confidence. The headphone end of the cable is relieved by the tiniest rubber grommet. Though it lacks extra sleeving, it isn’t subject to the twisting or bending inherent in larger designs. Overall, the Q-Jays cable is a well thought out design with points that favour its strength.

As quite typical in low to high end earphones, the Q-Jays jack is gold plated. Unfortunately, it will not fit into the headphone jack of the first generation iPhone – you will need to buy an adapter. The Y-split section is tiny and not relieved but holds the cable sturdily in place. Above it is a small cincher that even after much use, stays in place and remains easy to manipulate.

The material is more prone to touch-noise than both the Phonak earphones and models from Sleek. However, the Q-Jay is not an excessively noisy earphone. When worn over the ear and in conjunction with the Y-split cincher, noise is mostly attenuated.

Jays made a decision to shorten the cable to 60 centimeters. This allows lapel-style players to be connected to a shirt or chest-strap without cable slack. Unfortunately, it means that one of the two extension cables must be used if you carry your iPhone in your pocket or purse. The two extension cables on the other hand, are long – too long. At 90 cm each, they make wielding your iPhone a messy affair. There is a minimum of 20cm of extra cable at your hip or dangling near your purse – a fact that can be annoying. Fortunately, each extension cable is as strong as the main Jays cable and well relieved. They will not break, though you may be tempted to cut them short!

review-headphones-q-jays04 review-headphones-q-jays12

Q-Jays Housing Quality
The Q-Jays are plastic. The butt is rubber and houses the cable grommet which acts as anchor and stress relief. Usually, non-impact plastic harkens a ‘cheap’ evaluation in my opinion. However, in the Q-Jays’ case, the incredibly tiny housing size works miracles. The unit is very strong, unsusceptible to bending and the seams between plastic and rubber parts are perfect.

The Jays’ sound-tube is small enough to fit Shure, Westone, Etymotic or Sleek SA6 ear pieces (with a bit of pushing). Concurrently, larger pieces such as Sony’s hybrid fit. Rejoice! If you have a favourite tip or ear piece, there is a good chance that it will fit the Q-Jays.

review-headphones-q-jays05 review-headphones-q-jays07

Sound Quality: The Right Fit means the Right Sound
With seven sizes of silicon and one foamie piece to choose from, you should have no problem finding a piece that is both comfortable blocks outside noise sufficiently. Both are important in order to realise the sound quality of Jays dual balanced-armature design.

The foamie piece will attenuate much more background noise than will the flanges and when properly compressed before insertion into the ear, will fit further into the ear canal. A good fit allows bass response and stage imaging to come to life.

The Q-Jays are the ONLY inner earphone that I can comfortably fit in my ear when sleeping on my side. Both when looped over the ear and when inserted from the side, the driver unit lies at comfortable angles and its miniscule size does not pressure the ear. Kudos!

This is a pillow - a white-tiger striped pillow!

This is a pillow - a white-tiger striped pillow!

Test Music
For my listening tests, I spent most of my time with these staples of my collection:
Armin van BuurenImagine –  Trance
- Trance is the standard by which I measure sound. It has speed, rhythm, space, vocal, timing and clear highs.
Paul OakenfoldBunkka – Trance
DJ TiëstoIn Search of Sunrise 7: Asia – Trance
Ice CubeRaw Footage – Rap
- For slower bass and vocals, I turn to American rap to test the intimacy of studio vocal and bass response.
MC SolaarChapitre 7 – Rap with PRAT – MC Solaar’s music is a perfect meld of speed, intense lyrics and good melodies. This is another test I use for vocal quality.
Kent – Rock/Alternative
- The melodic rock of Kent is rife with whiny vocals and guitars – how well rock plays on the edge of emo is an easy guess with Kent.
Ultima Thule – Rock/Punk
- For a bit of oldschool punkish, nationalistic rock, Ultima Thule are best. The edge to the music tests a headphone’s sibilance threshold.
Madeleine PeyrouxCareless Love -Vocal
- The grace in Madeleine’s voice carries deep emotion that quickly showcases a headphone’s vocal strengths or weaknesses.
Aphex TwinI care Because You Do – Ambient, Space – Without Richard D. James, most of my studies would be impossible. His electronic music composition works like classical music for a studied, tight production.

Q-Jays Bass: Tight and Punchy
The Q-jays utilise balanced armature type transducers – this sort of driver tends to react quickly to variations in music and sounds incredibly accurate. Part of the reason for this is that the drivers do not move as much air so bass is less tactile and apt to ‘bleed’ into other parts of the music.

Saying that, the Q-Jays are not a bass-heavy earphone despite housing a dedicated woofer. Bass is punchy, well-resolved, lending great attack and decay to music. However, if your collection of records utilises sub-bass for effect such as the intro for Markus Schulz’ ‘Management’, the rumbling effect will be quiet.

Bass does not bleed outside its domain. It is well-controlled. For example, Armin van Buuren’s CD is a slower, experimental trance release. The Q-Jays render it perfectly with an added crispness to the bass. This crispness works well in electronic and trance releases, but in certain vocal selections, can sound musty.

In Madeleine Peyroux’s CD, there is every so slightly a coldness generated by the bass guitars and drums – warmth would accentuate her rich voice.

Moving onto fast rap like MC Solaar, the Q-Jays’ rendering is stellar. His voice and all instruments contain very good images with a flowing, accurate bassline whose crispness holds the production together very well.
The edginess works very well for Rock and for Roll.

The Q-Jays bass is not bloated or even bottom-heavy. It is controlled and well placed, but for certain genre, may err on the side of cold. For rock, trance and electronic, its edge and crispness is perfect.

Q-Jays Mids and Treble
Simply put, the mids and treble from the Q-Jays are great. Extended, articulate and fast, both parts of the spectrum feel ‘right’ in just about any genre.

Particularly with trance where bass and treble peak in fast spikes, high notes can, however, be piercing. While it is a testament to the Q-Jays’ vertical extension, certain music may feel slightly fatiguing. Overall, voices are rich, sound effects up front and music is beautiful. Their size belies a great sound. If I were to compare them to another earphone in our reviews section in terms of mid and treble quality, it would be the Phonak 112 and 121.

Q-Jays Soundstage
Again, similar to the Phonak, Q-Jays create a well-defined 3D stage for music, besting the Turbine and Nuforce for placement of instruments but residing in a smaller space. Vocals, though not overly warm are intimately moving and often eerily float in their own space.

Movies too, are great with the Q-Jays. The combination of swift bass and good 3D stoundstage makes them great for action and sci-fi extravaganzas. The Matrix was great, but Underworld’s freaky sound effects came to life very well on my iPod Touch when paired with the Jays phone.

Even live music is great with the miniscule earphone. Ultima Thule in Dresden is a great exercise of balance between the crowd and the band, their interactions and reactions to one another. Though a complex album, the Q-Jays render it in perfect harmony of space and staging.

Q-Jays Amped
Most of my listening was done straight from my iPod Touch or 1G nano. I was not disappointed with any music I listened to, nor did I want for anything. That said, I used the Nuforce Icon Mobile quite often with the Q-Jays and welcomed the greater stage and 3D accuracy of instruments.

Bass too, blossomed with ruddy lines that became even more crisp and attentive to details and weight. Though the overall effect is quite subtle, the Q-Jays do stand to benefit from amping either the headphone out or using a dock and amping the line out of your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Q-Jays on the Go
The Q-Jays cable is both too short and too long. When out and about, I looped the extension cable’s extra slack around my iPod, taking care not to bend the cable out of the headphone jack. I will be blunt: 1,5 metres is annoyingly long and the stock length of 60cm is too short.

I think Jays could have designed two versions of the Jays: one with a long cable and the other short. Or, they could have shortened the extension cable which is 20-30cm too long to be used without annoyance. If you use the Y-split cincher, microphonics are reduced when wearing straight down from the ears and when looped over the ears, are nearly imperceptible. Since the cable is light and free of dangling bits, the Q-Jays will not catch on anything. Other than length problems, these are great on-the-go phones.

review-headphones-q-jays06 review-headphones-q-jays13

Conclusion
Jay’s research is evident in the Q-Jays. Articulate, tiny and beautiful, they are gems that exude confidence in solid construction and attention to detail. While not bass heavyweights, low notes and instruments are well defined with great bass detail and.

Treble and mids are striking, extended and confident. Vocal music sings and highly sung instruments engage beautifully, if sometimes too much so and staging accuracy is great. The 3D composition in music, while not impressively wide, is realistic with great balance and interaction between its respective parts.

If I were to decry any one function, it would be cable length. Jays chose an overly long extension cable that at times, makes using the Jays a science. However, the units are so well constructed and pretty that they make up for a somewhat sloppy cable.

I cannot fail to mention in conclusion that they are the most comfortable earphones I have ever used when sleeping on my side. Better than customs, the UM2, CK10 and a host of other well-constructed earphones. Great work Jays.

Jays Q-jays inner earphone gets grabbed by TouchMyApps. Please take a look at our other Headphone reviews.

grab-icon

App Summary
Title: Q-Jays Developer: Jays
Price: ~$179.99 – ~$250
  • Great Fit Kit
  • Impressive Bass and Treble
  • Realistic Soundstage
  • Good cable construction
  • Housing is sturdy
  • Comfortable for sleeping!!!
  • Beautiful design
  • Package is an all-plastic finger-cutter
  • Cable is too short, extension too long!

amazon_button

review-headphones-q-jays1 review-headphones-q-jays02 review-headphones-q-jays03 review-headphones-q-jays04 review-headphones-q-jays05 review-headphones-q-jays06 review-headphones-q-jays07 review-headphones-q-jays08 This is a pillow - a white-tiger striped pillow! review-headphones-q-jays12 review-headphones-q-jays13 review-headphones-q-jays10 review-headphones-q-jays11Read more]]>
http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/31/q-jays-inner-earphones-in-review-dual-balanced-armature-precision/feed/ 13