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Jays a-Jays Five review

If compatibility is important to you, these buds are a handy option Tested at £80

Our Verdict

If compatibility is important to you, these buds are a handy option

For

  • There’s a version for every main operating system
  • Energetic presentation

Against

  • Indifferent dynamics
  • Short on insight

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

If compatibility is important to you, these buds are a handy option

Pros

  • + There’s a version for every main operating system
  • + Energetic presentation

Cons

  • - Indifferent dynamics
  • - Short on insight

Mobile operating systems make choosing headphones a chore. Three-button remotes nearly always work on iOS, but are unpredictable on Android.

One-button offerings nearly always work on Android, but there’s no option to change volume quickly.

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Sound

The Jays solution is to make three dedicated versions of the a-Jays Five; one each for Android, iOS and Windows. And it works – just make sure you have the right version.

Besides this considerate attitude to compatibility, the a-Jays Five seem fairly ordinary. The sound is good, but nothing extraordinary.

There’s a good sense of energy and a decent sense of balance. It’s a little brash though, and dynamics feel a little flat.

The sound could also be cleaner: these aren’t the most insightful headphones we’ve heard for the price.

Verdict

If compatibility is important to you, these buds are a good option. But if you’re willing to sacrifice those buttons, there are better headphones to be had around this price.

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