What is being reviewed?
Up for review today are the a-JAYS One+ headphones. These headphones are currently available for sale and priced at $59.99. The a-JAYS One+ will work with any device with a 3.5mm headphone jack including the iPhone and Windows Phone, however they are optimized for use with Android devices. The headphones have an in-line mic and remote as well as tangle free cables. Oh, and they also have their very own Android app. That all being said, read on to see if we find these to be worthy of a purchase.
Disclaimer: The a-JAYS One+ headphones were provided to GadgeTell for the purpose of this review.
- 45-inch cord length
- 0.49 ounce weight
- Silver-plated 3.5mm headphone jack
- Driver: 8.6mm dynamic driver
- Isolation: -40 dB @ 2 kHz
- Sensitivity: 95 dB SPL @ 1 kHz
- Impedance: 16 Ohm @ 1 kHz
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 18kHz
I mentioned the basic specs as well as the tangle-free cables, in-line microphone and even the Android app, now lets get into what I thought during use. To begin with, yes they were comfortable to wear (even for extended listening of 2-3 hours) and yes the cables really are tangle free.
The a-JAYS One+ headphones ship with a few sets of ear pieces. In total, there are five, which should make it rather easy to get a decent and comfortable fit. I cannot say that I listen to super high-quality audio on my mobile devices. My listening consists mostly of streaming Slacker (at the higher quality setting) along with podcasts and Audible books. Regardless though, I have to say that I was impressed with the sound quality.
So far, the a-JAYS One+ headphones have been comfortable to wear and sound good. Based on that I would be happy enough to suggest to someone looking for a set of earbuds in the $60 price range. The real kicker here though, the Android app. Sure, these headphones worked just fine while listening on my iPhone and even on my MacBook Air — but using them with Android and the app you get a bit more control. For example, while listening on my iPhone 4S, the button on the mic simply works as a play/pause. And when on Android you have a bit more available options.
The Android app, called the JAYS Headset Control app for Android can be downloaded from Google Play. The app is free to download and free to use and offers the ability to run in three modes — Off, Easy Mode and Advanced Mode. The app launches to a navigation wheel which then allows you set the mode. The three modes offer different functionality with the easy mode just working and the advanced mode allowing you to change the settings and make other adjustments. But while these have an Android app available, that is not to say they are not useful on iOS. For example, just out of the box, the in-line microphone button will play and pause and even launch Siri when long pressed.
Otherwise, the cable (at 45-inches) is a bit longer as compared to the standard iPhone headphones. Some other minor tidbits — the cables are flat, which probably has something to do with the tangle-free bit. And for those curious, they actually do seem to remain un-tangled. The 3.5mm jack has a flat end (see the images in the gallery) which will probably help against damage while these are in your pocket.
All said and done, these are $60 headphones and they seem to be worthy of that price point. In my experience they were comfortable to wear and offered a nice sound quality. I like the tangle free bit, but I also liked the fact that they feel durable. Like they will be able to stand up to some abuse, and by that I mean being thrown in an out of a gear bag or your pocket.
The one point that I suppose I should have been more excited about, the Android app. This worked well, and was nice to have, it was just not something that I used all that often. Of course, that could be due to the fact that it was something new for me and not something I am quite as used to having.
The bottom line
The a-JAYS One+ headphones seem to be in-line with what I would expect from a set of $60 earbuds. And as they are comfortable and sound good I would not hesitate offering a recommendation. Plus, they look rather cool.