Sunday, 27 March 2011

a-JAYS two Quick Review

a-JAYS two Quick Review

Thanks to Advanced Headphones for the samples (AMP3’s sister site)

Brief: The a-JAYS stuck in the middle.

Price: £29 from AMP3 / Advanced headphones.

Specification: Dynamic 8.6 mm Custom Speaker Sensitivity 96dB @ 1kHz Impedance 16 Ohm @ 1kHz Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 000 Hz

Accessories: 5 Pairs of tips, Plane adapter and splitter.

Build Quality: Fantastic, amongst the best out there.

Isolation: Fair, nothing great. Just about fine for out and about use or on a bus.

Comfort/Fit: I did worry that cable would cause an issue but both comfort and fit were absolutely fine in my ears.

Aesthetics: These look very, very pretty. If you like black then I could say these amongst the best looking IEM’s you’ll find for the money. It is prominently noted its “Designed in Sweden” after all.

Sound: Thick, warm, rich and gooey. It’s got a thickness that’s so syrupy rich like a tin of Lyles Golden Syrup. It’s beautifully sweet and yet like the Golden Syrup retains a clarity that it shouldn’t have. The clarity is what really saves it from having an oppressively thick and sweet nature that remarkably doesn’t overwhelm. You might think that its soft warmth would suffocate the lighter and more delicate sounds but it doesn’t. Okay so it’s not exactly a paragon of crystal clarity and detail retrieval it costs £29 so just what do you expect? For the money that it costs it’s a very enjoyable sounding IEM, so long as you do want something thick and rich. If you’re looking for a dry light presentation then you sure as hell won’t be finding it here. The a-JAYS two is all about the warmth and richness. If that is what you are looking for then you can certainly do plenty worse than what we have here. It’s a big thick lush sound that I find myself really finding pleasant on the ear. It’s not the most fun I’ve ever had but I never found myself at any point being unhappy with them. It’s a warm, nice, pleasant sounding IEM.

Value: I can’t deny there is a hell of a lot of competition out there around the a-JAYS two price point and it can hold its own with the best of them. It’s not the outright, OMFG the bestest thing evar!!!! What it does it does very competently but it’s not blowing me away. It’s very competent and capable but it’s not going to instantly wow you. It’s relaxed and smooth and that’s a far better long term proposition than something wild and dramatic is. So while arguably you can find things that may do things better Jays is offering a wonderfully rich sound that you could live with long term. That they come with cracking 2 year warranty to means they will live long term too.

Pro’s: Warm, rich, lush sounding lows and mids’ surprising clarity in the highs given its thickness, warranty.

Con’s: Thick to the point not everything really suits it sound, lack of air, can’t really do cool or dry, the a-JAYS three are so close in price.

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