Jays v-Jays Headphones in Review – when Koss met Grado…
2 November 2009
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Great construction, Safe packaging, Great sound quality, Light and comfortable
Excerpt: From the same icy lands that bring us flat-packed particle-board furniture, savory meatballs, and chewy candy fish, a company by the name of Jays set up shop in 2006 producing premium headphones. (We’re talking about Sweden, by the way.) Though Jays began carving out a name for itself with an extensive line of in-ear headphones, 2009 ushered in the very first on-ear models: including the bass-loaded v-Jays, which retail for £60, or about $98 with current exchange rates.
Conclusion: Jays’ v-Jays headset ticks nearly all the right portability requirement boxes thanks to its lightweight design and surprisingly stellar audio quality at moderate volumes. We just wished that it had a bit more bass kick and some inline controls that cut down on the need to pull your smartphone out of your pocket to skip or pause tracks.
Pros: Excellent sound quality at any volume., Clear, undistorted sound even at the loudest volumes., Affordably priced., Thin and lightweight., Audio cable extender., Adjustable headband.
Cons: Lacks the bass punch of any pair of Beats headset., Design is not very flashy, lacking the eye-catching appeal of Monster’s new earphone lines., Feels a bit flimsy in hand., No travel pouch.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for an alternative, the similarly priced RHA SA950i has a very sculpted audio response – less balanced than the v-Jays, but it comes with an inline mic and remote, as well as a fully detachable cable. However, the v-Jays represent a solid, no-frills option for music lovers craving a crisp and clear audio performance without giving up on bass response. Published under license from Ziff Davis, Inc., New York, All rights reserved.
Pros: Solid overall audio performance, Simple, smart design, Comfortable fit
Cons: Some very minor distortion issues, No inline remote, mic, or carry pouch