We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Audio Reviews
15,669 Reviews

a-Jays Four review

£50 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Jays

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

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 almost-tangle-free cable is one of these earphones’ biggest pros.

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 Expert Verdict »

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
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

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.

  • Jays a-Jays Three review

    Jays a-Jays Three

    Swedish company Jays has produced a smash hit with its a-Jays Three headphones. Excellent bass response, a wealth of included accessories and an attractive design that features a flat, tangle-free cord mean they are highly recommended.

  • Jays a-Jays One review

    Jays a-Jays One

    The a-Jays One headphones are the entry-level earphones in Jays' line-up, and they offer plenty of value for money.

  • Jays d-Jays review

    Jays d-Jays

    The Jays d-Jays earphones are the latest product from the Swedish manufacturer to pass through our Test Centre, and they provide excellent sound at an affordable price.

  • Jays a-JAYS One Plus headphones review

    Jays a-JAYS One Plus headphones

    A good quality set of headphones with built-in microphone, designed for Android users.

  • iLuv iEP515 earphones review

    iLuv iEP515 earphones

    Although iLuv describes the iEP515 as 'premium in-ear earphones', the £49 price tag actually puts them more in the 'affordable upgrade' category.

IDG UK Sites

Sony Xperia Z3+ release date, price and specs: The Xperia Z4 for the UK

IDG UK Sites

Why Intel’s vision of the future is a future I want to live in

IDG UK Sites

10 amazing, creative uses of tech – and the brands behind them

IDG UK Sites

Jony Ive 'semi-retired' into new role: kicked upstairs as Chief Design Officer