March 08, 2017

Priced almost identically at just under Rs. 3000, the RHA S500 and JAYS a-JAYS One directly compete against each other to vie for your attention. Each has its own set of trump cards to play the game.

The offerings come from names which have earned a legendary reputation in the recent past. The first one is the S500 from the Scottish Headphone Manufacturers RHA, known worldwide as the 'Aston Martin of Headphones', for their tremendous attention to detail and use of premium materials.The other one being, JAYS a-JAYS One from JAYS which aims to deliver best quality sound with a minimalist Swedish design.


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"The RHA S500 makes for the best quality headphones that can be used every day. A great budget offering from the well renowned Scottish brand.

But, If you want a pair of balanced earphones that have the most striking look in this price range then a-JAYS One is your pick. "

-Raghav Somani

RHA S500


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RHA sound signature with ample of accessories
JAYS a-JAYS-One


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Entry-Level IEMs from JAYS

 


DESIGN: RHA S500 vs JAYS a-JAYS-One

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Hands down, the RHA S500 are the most elegant, classy and sophisticated looking pair of earphones in this price bracket. The design is not a classic RHA aerophonic one, but still has a clean and neat presentation which looks just as good. There’s only one finish, which is in brushed aluminum. It's elegantly styled with a brushed aluminum finish. This all metal construction feels really sturdy, even more so than the JAYS-a-JAYS-One or any other earphone in the price.

The cable is a quality one with part of it in clothed fabric and the remaining in high-quality TPE polymer to keep the cable noise down while having a long lasting unit at the same time. In all honesty, this is the finest cable in this price segment.

The overall presentation and the packaging is striking, and this hardly feels like a 3000 rupee product.
HIGH-QUALITY TPE POLYMER CABLE FOR STURDINESS OR 115 CM FLAT CABLE FOR ANTI-TANGLING?


JAYS, a Swedish brand is known for its detail in sound and minimalist designs. the a-Jays-One portrays just that. The earplugs display an ordinary bud-style and are vitalized by the different sets of eartips that come along with it.  The earbuds 

The cord which follows them is rather special and fashions a 115 cm flat cover instead of the customary round. 
JAYS claims that the presence of the flat cables will make the earplugs tangle free. We are not very inclined to agree. While the presence of cables does reduce the tangles, they cannot be completely ignored. But, we appreciate JAYS's initiative of being thoughtful.

The earpieces along with 5 pair of silicon eartips come brimming in a carry case which is rather too large to be portable. In case of accessories, RHA has always managed to take our swing vote, which comes with 6 pairs of dual density eartips, 1 pair of double flange eartips, Eartip holder, shirt clip and a carry pouch which is much better than that of JAYS. 


USABILITY: RHA S500 vs JAYS a-JAYS-One

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RHA which comes in an aluminium body doesn't make the earphones heavy. It has an ultra-lightweight structure and can be the earphones you want to use when jamming for hours, pain and strain free. The fit is excellent too and feels like RHA scanned your ear canals to design an earphone that just slide in.

The inclusion of various pairs of ear tips further helps you to achieve your perfect fit and good noise isolation. Although, there is no mic or in-line remote in this version and thus you will be needing to snap them off every time you want to answer the call or change tracks during your runs. You might want to consider its mic version, the RHA-S500i if convenience of calls is your priority.

ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURE VS SLIM AND DISCREET IN-EAR FIT? 

Comfort wise, the JAYS a-JAYS One boasts a slim and discreet in-ear fit, making them extremely apt for daily use. You can plug them into your phone, players or any other device with its 3.5 mm jack and you are good to go for hours at stretch. 

The inclusion of silicon ear tips helps in further achieving the noise isolation and comfort you are aiming for. The noise isolation of JAYS is incredible: you can use them at noisy places and you will still be immersed in your music without worrying about being disturbed. There is no mic in this earphone as well, and you may have to upgrade to JAYS-a-JAYS-One+ which is its mic version.

When talking about warranty, the RHA S500 comes with a whopping 3 years warranty  whereas the JAYS-a-Jays-One comes with 2.


SOUND: RHA S500 vs JAYS a-JAYS-One

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Unlike the JAYS-a-JAYS-One, the S500's sound signature can be described as very fun and bright sounding.

The bass is robust and forward, being prominent at even very high volumes. Despite the bass being powerful, it doesn't overwhelm the other frequencies. Mostly because the highs are another shining aspect of the S500. The S500 sculpts the higher frequencies quite a bit, so there's a decent sense of balance between the lows and highs.

However, the mids aren't as refined and detailed as the a-JAYS-One. And overall, it is not as accurate as the latter. The sound signature is a bit warm and slightly tilted towards pop, but is still well suited to rock and melodic tracks.

Having said that, these are probably the best in their class for casual listeners and music enthusiasts.
BEST IN CASUAL LISTENING VS BEST BALANCED EARPHONES?

When it comes to sound, the presentation and sonic signature of the JAYS-a-JAYS-One is extremely open and clean, offering an excellent sense of space and a wide soundstage. These are the best-balanced earphones we have heard for some time - good bass, but not compromising on the treble: which is clean and not raspy.

Nonetheless, the audio quality you achieve at this price-point is just commendable. Bringing a warm welcoming sound into your ears, these earphones are sure to keep you engrossed in your music for long.


Summary


RHA S500

  • Best in Class All-Metal Build
  • 3 Years Warranty
  • No Mic + Remote
  • Best Accessories Offering
  • Sculpted & Bright Highs
JAYS a-JAYS-One

  • Minimalist Design with 115 cm Flat Cord
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • No Remote & Mic
  • No Double Flange Eartips 
  • Best Flat Sounding Earphones at this Price-Point


Conclusion


RHA S500 is well-known for its design and the vast range of accessories that it comes along with, whereas JAYS-a-JAYS-One can be appreciated for its consideration for tangle free cables and comfort. Both have different sound signatures and will impress a different set of audiophiles. 

Whatever your choice may be, we assure you that these earphones will surely make you fall in love with them. What might also impress you are the warranties which are as long as 3 and 2 years respectively.

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