Ok, I confess that I was completely underwhelmed when the v-JAYS arrived at my house.
Having had a series of full sized headphones on my noggin for the last couple of months from Bose, Sennheiser and Beats by Dr Dre the v-JAYS felt small as nats. I didn’t get the idea of having an extension to a set of on-ear headphones either. All in all it looked bleak initially.
The day after I put them on my head at work, and actually forgot about them until a colleague pointed out that I wasn’t listening to him. Sure enough I had immersed myself completely into the music, and despite the v-JAYS being poor on noise isolation the fact that they are so darn light and comfortable made me drift away. Small squares of foam that don’t press on my ears, but still remains in place when I move my head make for a pleasurable experience. The soft foam does get warm, but never sweaty. The closest comparison is probably the PortaPro from Koss, and I do enjoy the v-JAYS a bit more when it comes to being comfortable.
For sound the v-JAYS provides a surprising amount of power considering the light design, and the cheap price. 40 mm open dynamic speaker elements pump out a sound image that is meant to be fun. And it really is with a lot of dispersion to the instruments, and still a good low-end bass rumble. I can’t find any area of the sound that the v-JAYS are really weak at, but it is important to remember that these are built for fun instead of an accurate representation of the source material. To some users, and musical pieces this is a big flaw. To most users, and genres such as metal, rap and pop the sound of the v-JAYS works wonders.
The design of the headphones is really low-key, and to be frank they do look cheaper then they are. Only a white brand name tag is found on each side of the headband next to the ears. The square design of the headphones stands out a bit too. Compared to the current trend of colourful designs, and more bling bling on headphones the v-JAYS goes the other way. In a way a minimal design can signal a great sounding product, and that is what the v-JAYS opt for.
As mentioned the headphones are light at only 59 grams. They are foldable to take less room, but not completely collapsible. You can have them folded in a pocket of a jacket without too much hassle. Even though they might look small in size the headband extends, and works for really large heads as well. I have a big swollen skull, and there is still a lot of headband to extend. There is no travel pouch in the package. What you do get is two extra pairs of foam cushions, and that is it. I understand that to keep the price down you have to save on extras, and packaging.
The cord is divided into two pieces. The upper part connected to the headphones is 60 cm(23.5 inches), and is meant to allow you to use the v-JAYS with your iPod/iPhone in an armband when exercising. The connector is really fat though, and will not fit all cases. The extension has a thinner connector, which is exactly the same way the cord for the t-JAYS Four is designed. Combined the cord becomes about 130 cm, which is a good length for a laptop, phone or iPad. It is too short if you have plans to use it with a TV or some other device at longer distance than holding it in your lap/on a table.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the v-JAYS, as they are fun, comfortable and easy to take on trips. I do miss not having iPhone microphone, and volume controls that I have gotten used to in products from Jays. If you are looking for affordable sound the v-JAYS is a great option, and even if you can afford more expensive headphones I still highly recommend these. Better five pair of durable v-JAYS in your house than one pair of Beats by Dr Dre Solo HD with broken headband. Bad comparisons aside I think this is a great product, and I would love to see it evolve with a better extension cord, microphone and whatnot Jays can come up with.