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.
"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. "
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.
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.
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.
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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