a-Jays One earphones

Jays entry-level headphones have a flat cable and anything but flat sound.


8.7
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8.5
User Rating


Design

The most interesting thing about the a-Jays One design isn't so much the ear buds themselves, which are an ordinary bud style only enlivened by the presence of sets of different-sized silicone sleeves, but the cable, which rather than the customary round, is instead 115cm of flat black cable. While the a-Jays One represents the very bottom of the rung of the ladder of Jays headphones, with prices increasing as you go up the quality scale, it's a nice feature to have at a budget price point, as it makes it very hard (but not quite impossible) to tangle up the headphones themselves.

As with other entries in the Jays line, the a-Jays One ships with a large plastic case to house both headphones and silicone sleeves. It's good for home storage, but we'd strongly argue that it's too large to realistically be carried around for terribly long.

Features

Inside your choice of silicone sleeves lies an 8.6mm dynamic speaker with a claimed frequency range of 20-18,000Hz. Jays claims that these entry-level speakers are particularly tuned for bass frequencies. If you step up the range to the suitably named (but pricier) a-Jays Two or Three you get slightly different performance characteristics and a range of accessories including airline travel adapters, a full travel case and a stereo splitter.

Performance

The flat cable might seem gimmicky, but if you're forever spending minutes at a time untangling headphone cables after popping them in your pocket you'll quickly appreciate how simple the flat cable makes it to disentangle. It doesn't make them the most subtle headphones, however, as it's immediately apparent to all that you're wearing headphones.

The wear was mostly comfortable once we'd fitted the correct size ear buds. Like most fully in-ear buds, there's a modicum of noise cancellation in play here, simply because other sounds can't entirely get past the buds. We weren't expecting great things from the a-Jays One headphone simply due to the fact that they sit at the bottom of the price range, but we were pleasantly surprised at how generally punchy they sounded with most music types.

Conclusion

As basic headphones at a basic price, the a-Jays Ones acquit themselves well. The inclusion of the flat easy-to-use cable makes them particularly easy to recommend for everyday use.

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RayShuC
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"A Good One to Live with"

RayShuC posted a review   
Australia

The Good:The sound stage and details; the price

The Bad:Not too convenient to fit on/sleep with

Having been a hi-fi fanatic for longer than I could remember, I bought this the a_Jay One only as a replacement of the the set that comes with my mp3 player, and as a late comer to the portable world of sound systems. My immediate need was for a set I could sleep with while I was listening to some hypnotherapy recordings. I have found this set quite beyond my expectations, for the price.

First the physical appearance. It looks very good but not as gorgeous as the photo illustrations, but still no whimper here. Though the ribbon-shaped cable reveals visually more of any twists and turns with use and is more visually obtrusive. I rate this department a 9/10.

Next the comfort level. It depends on choosing the right size of the flexible tips, which may also affect performance as described later. And the flat cable does not make for too comfortable a sleeping companion. It is not too easy to adjust the angle of the cable so that it lies flat on the ear. I have found that when pressing on the earbuds at a certain angle, the sound could drop off completely. At most other sleeping positions, it behaves normally. And more than acceptable during most other activities. My rating here an 8/10.

And now the important performance aspect. The tips right off the box gives a rather boomy and exaggerated bass sound. When the suitable size is used, the sound suddenly become more appealing, alive and revealing, with very good spatial separation, details and presence. Gone are the booming, hissing and harshness. This only comes with a slightly tighter fit of the tips, with slight tradeoff in comfort. With a looser fit, the soundstage becomes thinner, compressed and less vivid, and the speaker/singer would appear more recessed. And of course the earbuds could then fall off more readily, though still acceptable (the fall off, not the sound). My only gripe is missing the breathing sound of speakers, although your could could almost feel their mouth musculature in action. It might well be due to the recordings. My rating here 10/10 and pricing 10/10, compared to similar products.

As to ease of use, the tips could be a hassle to remove and refit, unless you turn the thing inside out and push the narrow end of the resulting funnel-shaped affair onto the speaker. Depending on the configuration of your ears, it may be difficult to choose an optimal size of tips. Which is my case. This should not be considered a deterrent though, if you are not too picky. The right angled cable entry into the jack takes care of the usual snag and possible damage. The robust ribbon cable does reduce the tendency to tangle. 9/10 here.

Finally on the package, I had to use two screw drivers to pry the box open, and have to make a point to reverse the inner sleeve so that the lug does not lock back in the groove. It is now a cinch to open and close and can be use as a storage of convenience (the One does not come with travel storage). 9/10 rating for this.

Compared to my electrostatic earphones of yonder years, this pair stood its ground in many areas. And at around $30 a set, it would be remiss not to recommend this to anyone other than the most critical audiophile. I would rate this overall a 9 out of 10.

The above is based on my personal experience. Your mileage may differ. I have no connection with the vendor (Bing Lee) except for being a happy customer. Material safety and durability aspects are beyond the scope of this review.

 

ViktorS posted a comment   
Sweden

I have one pair of a-JAYS One headset. The sound is very good, and the set is very solid and tough. I have even mistakenly washed them in the washing machine, in 40 degree celsius (lost the gold plating on the contact). But I think the sound is the same :)

The only thing that bothering me about the headset is the way they are hanging. The only thing that keeps the plugs from falling out from your ears, is the friction between them and your ears.

Would be great if JAYS would find a smart way to get them to better stay in your ears. Maybe a clip on the cable or a longer cable for right ear that goes around the head (only a small thing in the design of the headset). If they would have a better system for the plugs to stay in the ears I would easily use them during my training.

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6
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"Good sound but poor hanging system."

ViktorS posted a review   
Sweden

The Good:The sound is very good, and the set is very solid and tough.

The Bad:The ear plugs don't stay in your ears. Because of the hanging system, no clip or no longer cable for the right earplug.

Very good headset:)

 

d3ff posted a comment   

seen these on ebay... can you tell me where i can pick them up otherwise?

mas2ek
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mas2ek posted a review   

dear editors,

you do realize that a-Jays ONE, TWO & THREE are exactly the same earphones.
The only difference is the accessories it comes packaged with and small finishing touch in appearance.

 

jeloz posted a reply   

the a-Jays one , two and three are in fact all different.

Sensitivity and impedance.

A1 95 dB SPL @ 1 kHz, 20 Hz - 18 000 Hz
A2 96 dB SPL @ 1 kHz, 20 Hz - 20 000 Hz
A3 97 dB SPL @ 1 kHz, 20 Hz - 22 000 Hz

and different finish (Standard Black
Deep High Gloss Black, Rubber Coated Black) as you mentioned.

 

ViktorS posted a reply   
Sweden

Is is a difference in number of buttons on the set?
ie: Some differences, but they are not big :)




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  • RayShuC

    RayShuC

    Rating9

    "Having been a hi-fi fanatic for longer than I could remember, I bought this the a_Jay One only as a replacement of the the set that comes with my mp3 player, and as a late comer to the portable wor..."

  • ViktorS

    ViktorS

    "I have one pair of a-JAYS One headset. The sound is very good, and the set is very solid and tough. I have even mistakenly washed them in the washing machine, in 40 degree celsius (lost the gold p..."

  • d3ff

    d3ff

    "seen these on ebay... can you tell me where i can pick them up otherwise?"

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