Jays V-Jays

With the V-Jays, Jays claims it has created a monster; lightweight, ultra-portable headphones that can still boast a ‘massive bass response'. They've certainly given this beast an interesting name. I'll assume that the fine, upstanding Swedish-speaking folks at Jays are unaware of the American slang meaning of its latest model name - as was I until I Googled the product a few days ago (avoid Urban Dictionary if you are of delicate sensibilities). Still, the company has little else to be embarrassed about here. Jays is steadily developing a reputation for sharp design, comfort and audio quality, and all three bases are well covered here.

Don't expect a lot in the package. Inside the typically understated black Jays box are simply the headphones, a pair of extra foam cushions and an iPhone-compatible extension cord which takes the length of the cable from a too short two feet to around four and a half feet in length. That means there's no case provided which, given the fact that these are the most expensive headphones in this round-up, is a little surprising.

Luckily, there's some justification for the price tag in the design and built quality. The funky, compact square earpieces sit on a kind of ball joint at the end of arms that slide out of the main headband to allow for different sizes, and hinge inwards for easy storage.

The plastics feel tough and durable, the rubberised cable is thick and meaty, and there's able but very flexible reinforcement around the gold-plated plugs and extension cord sockets, though the connection to the earpieces doesn't look quite so beefy. At the point where the two cables meet, a solid block of rubberised plastic protects the Y connection. All in all, I'd comfortably put the V-Jays ahead of Grado's iGrados in terms of overall build quality, and they also feel tougher than the Sennheiser competition.

What's more, the V-Jays are very comfortable indeed. The sprung metal strip inside the headband keeps the earpieces in position without putting your head in a vice-like grip (I'm looking at you, iGrados), and the whole 59g assembly is light enough that you practically forget it's there. In fact, the V-Jays are even lighter and easier on the troubled brow than the ultra-light Sennheiser PX100s.

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