The £49.99 a-Jays Four earphones have been designed with the iPhone in mind. They feature a remote, 35mm in length, that echoes the styling of Apple’s smartphone and allows iPhone users to answer, conduct or decline calls. But are they all style and no substance? Visit Group test: what are the best headphones?

The answer would be no. They offer good sound quality and benefit from a flat cable, which rarely tangled. Although a 5mm thick cable on earphones certainly stands out, so the a-Jays Four are not the ideal choice for anyone who wants their headphones to discreetly blend in. See Sennheiser 220 review.

They come with five different pairs of silicone tips, ranging in size from XXS to L, ensuring that you’ll get a snug fit. Jays says they’re “fully washable” – we opted just to clean them with a damp cloth, and it had no ill effect on the tips.

We found the a-Jays Four offered good sound quality, with sharp bass even at loud volumes. However, there was a little sound leakage at the top volume.

The three-button remote offers the ability to pause, play and skip forwards and backwards through tracks, as well as an in-built microphone to conduct a call or even use voice-recognition on the Apple iPhone 4S. The remote responded well to the lightest of touches and was easy to use, while the microphone picked up our voice when we spoke at a normal volume. However, we did find the remote was placed a little too close to our face, 140mm down from the right earbud, and we kept brushing our cheek. We would have preferred it to be positioned lower.  

We reviewed the a-Jays Four in white (they also come in black) and they did get slightly grubbier than a darker colour might have done, although this isn’t restricted to the a-Jay Fours and is an automatic down side of owning any white earphones. The earphones are also robust, and we found they stood up well to rough handling.

a-Jays Four: Specs

  • Sensitivity: 96dB @ 1kHz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm @ 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 21 000 Hz
  • Rubber Coated / Metal finish
  • JAYS Sound Isolating Sleeves
  • TPE coated flat tangle free cable
  • Cord length: 115 cm (45 in)
  • Cord size: Width 5mm / Thickness 1.2mm
  • L-shaped Silver-Plated 3.5 mm Stereo Plug
  • (L)18.3 x (W)11.8 x (H)13.8 mm, 14 grams
  • Sensitivity: 96dB @ 1kHz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm @ 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 21 000 Hz
  • Rubber Coated / Metal finish
  • JAYS Sound Isolating Sleeves
  • TPE coated flat tangle free cable
  • Cord length: 115 cm (45 in)
  • Cord size: Width 5mm / Thickness 1.2mm
  • L-shaped Silver-Plated 3.5 mm Stereo Plug
  • (L)18.3 x (W)11.8 x (H)13.8 mm, 14 grams

OUR VERDICT

The a-Jays Four earphones offer good sound quality at a reasonable price point. We think the remote’s styling is an added bonus if you’re an iPhone4 or 4S owner, and the flat, almost-tangle-free cable – it’s easy to unravel even if it does knot – is one of these earphones’ biggest pros.

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