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.
- The right angle jack fits into my iPhone 4 Otterbox Defender casing, and has looks matching it.
- 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.
- The flat cable does exhibit some microphonics, but this is nothing compared to the ones these replaced.
- 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.