Review: a-Jays Four earphones

It was time to retire my pair of JBL Reference 220 earphones. As good as the sound was, the cable was to short, the microphonics from the cloth-covered cable drove me nuts, the lone button died sometime ago. I had been thinking about it for a while, even adding the Klipsch S4i to my Amazon cart. The time finally came when I lost one of the silicon earpieces on the flight home from Bali.

The S4i had gone from $65 and steadily increased to $99. I wasn’t willing to spend that kind of money on earphones; not even factoring the shipping. As an aside, I realise that a recurring point on most of my blog posts is the fact that I’m cheap! Maybe I should add “cheapskate” as a tag.

Did some more research, and the Swedish made a-JAYS Four Noise Isolating Earbuds with 3-button remote and Mic seemed to receive good reviews, and slightly cheaper than the corresponding Apple model to boot.

I put my money where my mouth was, and a week later they arrive from Amazon. I plugged them in and went outside for an audition. The bass was good, but the highs were a little disappointing; they sounded on the anemic side. 30 hours later, after burn-in on JLab Audio’s website, I listened to them again. Much better! The bass was just as strong, the highs sounded much fuller than before.

Here’s a closeup

A couple of other points.

  1. The right angle jack fits into my iPhone 4 Otterbox Defender casing, and has looks matching it.
  2. The flat cable is for me so far, tangle-free as advertised. Long too at 115cm. Excellent reach with my iPhone at the bottom of my pants pocket.
  3. The flat cable does exhibit some microphonics, but this is nothing compared to the ones these replaced.
  4. The earbuds fit tight and provided good sound isolation. During use, my ears got a little sore, so I dropped one size down. Just as good sound isolation without the “my ear canals just got f*****” feeling.

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