We’re no stranger to the a-JAYs lineup which is a very decent replacement for your stock earphones. JAYS’ a-JAYS series is the entry-level earphones from the Swedish audio company that gives you value for your money.
Anyway, the a-JAYS One+ retains the same good sound quality as that of the original version but only adds an in-line mic with a single push button that functions as a remote to handle your calls and music.
It still has the same nice packaging, the tangle-resistant flat cable, and 5 pairs of silicon sleeves with sizes from XXS to L to ensure the best fit with maximum external sound insulation. Yes, my picky ears find the sleeves very comfy. The angled jack makes it more resistant to damage due to bending.
Even though the a-JAYS One+ is marketed towards Android users, you can use it even on non-Android phones and still have a functioning mic and in-line remote.
The single button on the in-line remote does almost everything you would want from a music/phone remote. A single click will either answer/hang up a call, or pause/play your music depending on what you’re doing. Double-click will either move to the next track or decline a call. A triple-click will switch to previous track. Click-hold and double-click-hold will turn the volume up or down. It’s also compatible with most applications such as VoIP, Skype, iChat and voice memo.
The advantage of Android users with this earphone is that they can download the JAYS Headset Control app from the Android market and customize how the remote behaves. One of the things you can do is also use the click combinations on the remote to launch applications.
The sound profile on the a-JAYS One+ doesn’t differ from the original a-JAYS. It has a very much balanced output which sounds really good on ballads, acoustics, classical and pop. It’s not for the party tunes with lots of bass but it doesn’t mean that bass output is poor. The bass is there, deep with the right thump and boom but doesn’t overwhelm which is what I prefer. Mids are really clear and crisp and the highs are very recognizable without hurting your ears.
The a-JAYS One+ offers very good sound isolation as long as you find the right fit of buds. You will still faintly hear the thrumming of the MRT but it will tune out voices from those around you so it’s also a nice companion during those long commutes. Music will bleed out at high volume but not that loud that those beside you can easily distinguish that you’re listening to Barry Manilow.
Overall, it’s a decent, quality earphones that delivers good soundquality and doubles as a hands-free device for your phone. You can get this new a-JAYS One+ for Php3,099 in AstroVision and Power MAC but if you don’t need the mic/remote, the plain a-JAYS One can be had for Php2,199.