I few weeks ago I started a search for in-ear headphones. I already have the AKG Q 460 - pretty awesome, great features, perfect. Well, perfect if I would like to take them with me all the time. I like walking around with at least stuff as possible (less - minimalism), headphones are basically always with me. But the AKGs are too big to carry around all the time. And I really get sick of the iPhone headphones, they are ok but hurt after one hour and they don’t really stick where they should be when I use them for sport.
So, I started my search on twitter. And people recommended a bunch of headphones (and I added some I found myself): AIAIAI, Incase, AKG, Sennheiser, Urbanears, Klipsch, Shure and @krizzgee suggested the a-Jays Four. Well, I couldn’t really decide which one I should take. Most of them were more or less in the same price category.
But then Jays offered me to test their a-Jays Four. And what can I say: Swedish design, the reviews were really good (just chose one but there are plenty), and headphones for free?
I was curious about the flat cable, they call it “tangle-free”. I could not imagine that it really works but it does. I scrunched them up in my pocket and took them out again. You just hold them on one end, the rest falls down in a line and they are ready to use.
The remote control is working well. I tested several options and they all worked good. I didn’t use the speech control, I don’t like it.
One more great feature is the L-shaped plug. Definitely a good thing, it fits perfectly to the iPhone (in my case 4s). I destroyed the headphone plugin at my 3GS because I bend over the headphone plug in my pants pocket. So, this L-shaped plug is really useful.
Well, all in all the a-Jays Four are incredible headphones. Especially in that price range. Of course there are better ones. But for that amount of money you get some serious well-crafted in-ears. The sound of the a-Jays Four is perfect. Loud, good deep bass, but still very clear sound, not too roaring. I tested them during running and they fit perfectly. You can customize the fit with the 5 different sizes of sleeves.
Result: design, sound, usability, price-to-quality quotient - the a-Jays Four are totally recommended!