Published on May 27th, 2017 | by Greg0
Jays u-Jays Wireless Headphones: Scandinavian Style
There are plenty of ultra-portable headphones out there, the kind that fold up for easy travel. And there are many expensive audiophile over-ear models that are meant to be kept at home, while others are waterproof and built for exercise use. Today’s set is built for everyday listening, offering stylish looks and a durable build, without the hefty price tag. They use wireless to help free you up to dance rather than encourage marathon runs, and skip the noise-canceling to offer better battery life.
The Jays u-Jays Wireless Headphones are a natural evolution of the the original u-Jays, though they’ve added touch controls, a nice boost over the wired versions. These feature Bluetooth 4.1 with the high-quality aptX codec, a built-in microphone for voice calls, and most importantly- 25 hours or more of wireless playback. They look great too, thanks to their Scandinavian design- minimalist, with no visible hinges or hardware, with rounded edges and curves. The brand name is pretty obvious though in big letters on the sides of the earpieces, an accent that felt a little too noticeable on the otherwise clean visual identity.
We’ve seen Jays gear before- like their v-Jays almost five years ago, and their in-ear q-Jays last year. And the company has clearly been improving, building on their success with new models. Audio quality is solid, with 40mm drivers capable of pumping out reasonable bass and a slightly cool tilt that makes these great for electronic tracks and samples. Mids are clear, vocals crisp, and imaging is excellent- hip-hop fans might find them restrained, and classical/opera lovers might want a little more warmth, but these will impress on most other genres.
There’s no case, but you probably won’t miss it- other accessories in the box include a 3.5 mm minijack headphone cable, as well as the micro USB charging cable, and the basic instructions. One slight knock, a consequence of both the hefty batteries and the overall aesthetic- the flexible headband isn’t very adjustable, so can get a bit uncomfortable over lengthy listening sessions and some users might find them a little big or small. They’re surprisingly sturdy, though. And we loved the touch lock (the prevents accidental brushes from turning off your music) as well as the integrated touch controls themselves, which we’ve seen before but rarely executed as well. For the price, the u-Jays Wireless definitely deserve some attention, and you can pick yours up in four color styles (black, two white options with silver or gold metallic accents, and the black/gold combo we liked best). Expect to spend around $179, online and in stores.