Design: discreet and comfortable
The Swedish manufacturer has a reputation for style and quality, and the a-Jays Three packaging certainly conveys this, with a sleek, suede-finish plastic box. Environmentally minded consumers won't be impressed, but it certainly makes the a-Jays look like an appealing product.
Once unwrapped, you'll find a decent bundle of accessories, with five sets of different sized silicone earbuds, a flight adapter, a compact and practical hard case, and a stereo splitter. It's not every day you see a stereo splitter included as standard so hats off to Jays on that one. However, we would have liked to see a few sponge earbud covers thrown in too.
You could easily forget you're wearing the a-Jays Three earphones .... if the the casing just behind the earbud wasn't quite so angular. In fact, for users with smaller ears, the a-Jays Three could soon become uncomfortable. However, we've got no complaints about their general design as the suede-finish plastic and matte black finish are discreet and tasteful.
Audio Quality: a warm, classic sound
You can tell these earphones use dynamic transducers as soon as you start using them. The sound is warm with heavy emphasis on lower frequencies.
A problem often seen in in-ear headphones with dynamic transducers is medium frequencies that come through too strongly, leaving the bass trailing behind. This can make for a particularly unpleasant sound. However, there's none of that here, as the bass and lower frequencies are well-reproduced, and are strong without crushing the rest of the sound.
There's room for improvement in the higher frequencies, though. These lack finer detail and make the overall sound output lose overall accuracy. The soundstage is nice and wide but placing instruments can prove a little tricky.
On the whole, the a-Jays Three are a little less convincing than the D- and Q-series models. They are, however, still better than the brand's J-series headphones. There's nothing exceptional about these earphones, but there's nothing really wrong with them either. In fact, they're pretty good value for money.
- Loads of practical accessories
- Compact, sturdy case
- Decent sound
- No sponge earbud covers
- Imbalance between high and low frequencies
- Shape won't be comfotable for everyone
After the impressive D and Q series, Jays has reworked the design of its earphones for the a-Jays range. Progress has certainly been made in some fields, but audio quality can't quite match the brand's D and Q models.