JAYS q-JAYS Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer JAYS Model q-JAYS
Headphone Type Canal Headband Type None
Weight (g) 8 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 10
Impedance (ohms) 39 Cable Length (cm) 60
Frequency Response (Hz) 20 - 20000  
Connector 3.5mm Street Price US$179
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 8.5 Bass Impact 7.5
Bass Quality 8.0 Mids Quality 7.5
Highs Quality 9.0 Soundstage 7.0
Detail 8.5 Portability 10.0
Isolation 9.0 Comfort 9.0
Durability 7.5 Improvement With Amplification 2.5
Value for Money 7.0    
Overall Score 8.3 Total Reviews 2

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Review by Member AVanGuy on 02 Feb 08  13:27
Individual review
Bass Extension9
Bass Impact8
Bass Quality8
Mids Quality7
Highs Quality9

As you may have read in other reviews for the q-jays, the highs are fantastic. This may pose a problem for those who like a softer sound, but for classical and jazz you will love these highs. Bass is very good to excellent with a great punch (although with any inner ear phone the punch can at times be overwhelming). Mids are the downfall to this phone. They are not as crisp as most would like, and absolutely require an equalizer to balance out the phones. Though, with the help of an equalizer, the mids are certainly comparable to the UE super.fi 5 pros. After buying these on ebay for $150, I feel like I got a steal of a deal. Certainly worth the asking price of $179.

Review by Member BobbyNumber9 on 09 Jan 08  13:38
Individual review
Bass Extension8
Bass Impact7
Bass Quality8
Mids Quality8
Highs Quality9

Basic stuff was that the packaging was good, the Y Splitter doesn't fit with my iPod case so that kinda sucks but it's nice to have one and it functions. The booklet looks thick but that's just cause it's in so many languages but the little information it gives you pretty much what you need. The case at first seems like a joke but it is useful. I usually keep the actual phones in the case in my pocket and have the extension cord wrapped around my iPod. The extenders do what extenders do so nothing special or bad about them. The sleeves are of multiple sizes and you need to try them all because at first I thought I found my size but upon futher testing I discovered I was actually one size up. They're pretty comfortable, compared to normal buds they actually feel a bit better because they're firmly in place and don't move at all.

Let me just say these guys are like tiny. Smaller than iBuds and I just love that. The sound quality is quite different coming from a pair of Koss KSC-75s and Sennheiser PX100s. The main thing I notice is bass, the Koss and Sennheiser pairs had a boomy bass sound, overpowering almost. The JAYS have a much more refined bass, not as much as a "thumper" to me. It's different I must say because I'm used to feeling that rumble so I had to listen to this for a while before I decided that this is better. The mids and highs are great, have detail that I've never before heard. I think I can actually hear the recordings now because something by a an artist from the 60's actually sounds...old. Don't get me wrong I love older music as much as contemporary stuff but you can hear the source now. Live tracks sound even more different then their recorded counterparts. You can tell especially with live acoustic songs. The detail is actually something that I'm finding out what seperates these high quality IEMs from cheap buds, clip-ons or entry level headphones. You can hear more of everything, the things I've been hearing differently are vocals and piano pieces but that may just me I don't know. I think at higher volumes they get a little distorted too which is expected but they get plenty loud before that happens.

Oh the isolation is probably right where I want it. When I'm listening to music above the lowest of volumes I can't hear anything which is great. When I'm not playing anything I can hear but it's low so when I have a song that is ending and fading I still really don't hear anything. I'm not sure It'd be a good idea to jog anywhere there's traffic with these since the isolation is good. Just a note on the durability I gave them a 7 because pretty quickly I had to change one of the filters (They give you 8 replacements) and I've read that it's common to have to change the right phone's filter fairly quick that's why I knocked off some points. They're a solid design, I can't seem the cracking unless you're trying to crack them. Pricewise they're not a great deal but not a bad one either.