Jays a-Jays Five for iOS earbuds
Jays’ latest instalment of the a-Jays series earbuds is a durable, yet sleek-looking product that provides great all-round sound
- Sleek design
- Great sound
- Reasonable price
- Heavy cord can pull out the earpiece
- Remote only works with iOS (Android and Windows Phone are also available)
The a-Jays Five are a great set of earbuds for the price. Their noise isolation is impressive, and we like the fact that they didn’t leak sound people nearby unless we used very high volume. They have a design that’s durable, and they produced good sound across a wide variety of musical genres during our testing.
Price$ 120.00 (AUD)
Jays has released the latest instalment in its a-Jays range of earbuds, the top of the line a-Jays Five, and they are an impressive piece of kit. They are available in black or white, and in three different versions for iOS, Android, and Windows. We reviewed the iOS version using an iPhone 4S primarily.
The a-Jays Five come with four different-sized tips, which makes them suitable for most ear sizes, a handy cord clip, and a solid carry case that helps protect the earbuds when they are not in use.
The design of the a-Jays Five earbuds is sleek, and we like the fact that a-Jays has not tried to do too much with them. In a market seemingly saturated with multi-coloured, protrusion-heavy products that are often more like fashion accessories than simple devices, it is nice to find a design where form follows function.
The earbuds sit snugly in the ear, providing excellent ambient noise reduction. Furthermore, they don’t subject your co-workers or fellow commuters to whatever music you may be listening to at the time. The cable is a good length at 115cm and allows your iPhone, iPad or iPod to sit in your pocket or bag comfortably while still allowing for reasonable levels of movement.
The cord weight is one of the only issues we found with the design. At times, the cord can pull on the bud itself, inhibiting the fit in the ear if it’s not sitting properly. This problem can be easily overcome by pulling slightly on the outer ear during the insertion of the earbuds, and by using the clip provided to stop the cord from moving. The weight of the cord then becomes less of an issue. There are benefits to the heavy cord though. Mainly, the heavy cord reflects the quality of construction of the earbuds and it means that they are more durable than many competing products.
There is nothing more frustrating than forking out over $100 on a pair of earbuds and within a couple of months having one channel loose sound due to crimping of the cord. The flat cord means that there are fewer problems associated with twisting and tangling. The cable can sometimes brush against your shirt and this produces an audible sound, even at higher volumes. With the use of the clip, this becomes less of an issue, and even without it the problem is a minor hindrance.
The remote microphone is situated higher up than many others on the market and the simple three button design provides functionality while not being too inhibiting. The main button can be used to play and pause music, answer calls, and skip tracks forwards and backwards depending on the number of times it is pressed. Combined with the up and down volume buttons, it gives great control over your device without you having to dig into your pocket or bag.
Overall, the sound quality is of a very high level for the price range. There is no discernible distortion at loud volumes regardless of the style of music being played. When dealing with MP3, there is obviously a reduced frequency range. Most of the tracks we tested were at 320Kbps, and we also plugged the earphones into a record player to see if there was any difference when listening to vinyl. The results were impressive. While we can’t envisage many users listening to their vinyl collections through in-ear headphones such as these, it’s nice to know that they are up to the task.
Bass-heavy tracks like Jay-Z’s Holy Grail gave immersive sound that is more akin to over-ear models than similarly priced in-ear products. When listening to less heavily produced songs like The Rolling Stones’ Beast of Burden the sound comes through with warmth, clarity, and crispness that makes an enjoyable listening experience.
Heavier, more frantic tracks like Bad Religion’s True North or The Mars Volta’s Intergalactic E.S.P don’t distort and come through as clear at high volume levels as they do at lower levels. When listening to podcasts, vocals were as clear and crisp as they need to be, and the in-ear style of the buds means that audio can be heard at low levels even in noisy environments.
As an accompaniment to your iOS device, the Jays a-Jays Five perform very well, and they do so under many different environments. We think they are well worth it for the price.
The a-Jays Five cost $120 and are available through Harvey Norman and Officeworks.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 2 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
- 3 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 4 Ring Video Doorbell review
- 5 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Samsung move on from IconX and introduce the Galaxy Buds
- HyperX bring the Cloud Mix to Australia
- Jaybird upgrade true wireless offering with Run XT
- Jabra amplify enterprise offering with new Evolve 65t earbuds
- CES 2019: 3D Audio was one of the loudest trends on the show floor
PCW Evaluation Team
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
- Everything we (already) know about the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+ and Galaxy F
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies