March 27, 2017

Priced identically at just under Rs. 3000, the JAYS-a-Jays One from the Swedish audio company JAYS and the MDR-XB70AP from the Japanese giant SONY 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 a-Jays One from JAYS which aims to deliver best quality sound with minimalist design solutions from Sweden. The other one being, MDR-XB70AP from SONY which can literally sell headphones by the thousand due to their impression in the Indian audio market.


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"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. 

But, If you want a pair of earphones that have tremendous bass response along with an inline remote and mic then SONY MDR-XB70AP should be your choice. "

-Raghav Somani

JAYS-a-JAYS-ONE


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JAYS SOUND SIGNATURE IN A MINIMALIST DESIGN
SONY MDR-XB70AP

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EXTRA BASS IEM'S FROM SONY

 


DESIGN: JAYS-a-Jays One vs SONY MDR-XB70AP

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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 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.
COMPLETELY -ALUMINUM BUILD VS SEMI ALUMINUM AND PLASTIC BUILD?

Unlike the a-JAYS-ONE which looks premium due to its minimalist design and other features, the SONY MDR-XB70AP seems to be taking a rather cheaper look. The packaging of the MDR-XB70AP doesn't encourage a lot of users to even try and open it. A plastic shell holds together a matte white box, which holds the earphones and other accessories together. The cover itself boasts the earphones to be "Extra Bass"  in large fonts and is quite off-putting.  

Build wise the  MDR XB70AP seems pretty strong and sturdy.
Half of the earphone is aluminium, and the rest is plastic.  SONY claims to have an aluminium housing but experts question that, as the two most vital components (bass duct and driver) are actually housed in plastic. 

The earphones also come along with 4 sets of ear tips, but none of them are silicon ear tips as in case of RHA S500 and therefore you may want to consider buying it with comply to achieve a much secure fit. There is also a pouch which springs open when you open it, but does not look like something that is designed with long-term durability in mind.  In addition, the pouch is too small, and is better suited for storing coins than the large MDR-XB70AP.  
 


USABILITY: JAYS-a-Jays One vs SONY MDR-XB70AP

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Comfort wise, the JAYS a-JAYS One boasts of 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 eartips 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, and you may have to upgrade to JAYS-a-JAYS-One+ which is its mic version.

ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURE VS ANGLED EAR TIPS FOR SECURE FIT? 

The MDR-XB70AP, on the comfort end, are not as comfortable as the JAYS-a-JAYS, but you can achieve a fairly secure fit if you use the right pair of comply with it. The noise isolation is also a problem and does not isolate you completely, even though the eartips are placed at an angle with the thought of providing a better fit.

The XB70AP comes along with a one-button remote and mic which is compatible with iOS and Android equally. This being the only plus point as compared to the a-JAYS-ONE.

When talked about warranty, the JAYS-a-JAYS-ONE comes with an amazing warranty of 2 years whereas the MDR-XB70AP comes with 1.


SOUND: JAYS-a-Jays One vs SONY MDR-XB70AP

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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. They have good bass, without 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.
A BALANCE BETWEEN THE LOWS HIGHS OR OVERWHELMING BASS HEAVY SOUND?

What can you tell about the sound quality of an earphone whose packaging itself says EXTRA BASS? Sony is determined to do just that. The bass quantity is pretty good for a pair of earbuds. In fact, there's simply a lot of it. The XB70AP demonstrates its impressive ability to produce sub-bass. Although, the long decay times can actually be felt, and the effect is quite enveloping.  

Moving into mid and upper bass, the XB70AP demonstrates its lack of punch.  It doesn't quite move fast enough to ensure that good clarity is kept throughout the general bass line. The weakness is especially evident when various types of bass come together.  

Trebles are okay.  They offer a bit of sparkle, but this observation is biased in the sense that any music will sparkle in light of XB70AP's bass.  The clarity at the higher-end is good and really helps to open up the otherwise narrow soundstage. However, the headphone's weakness comes to light with the mids. 


Summary


JAYS-a-JAYS-ONE

  • Minimalist Design with 115 cm Flat Chord
  • 2 Years Warranty
  • No Mic + Remote
  • 5 Pairs of Silicon Eartips
  • Best Flat Sounding Earphones at this Price-Point
SONY MDR-XB70AP

  • Semi Aluminum Build
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Universally Compatible Remote & Mic
  • Unreliable  Accessories
  • Very Bassy Earphones 


Conclusion


Well the JAYS-a-JAYS-ONE is the brand which has displayed its vast range of accessories and premium offerings in a budget, whereas the SONY-MDR-XB70AP could have done a lot better than just making the earphones bass heavy.

We are inclined towards a-JAYS-ONE in this comparison, but if you are someone who loves bass and are ready to give it up over everything else and maybe also wants an inline remote and mic to be used with then you may go with the MDR-XB70AP should be your choice. 

What might also impress you is the 3 year warranty of the RHA.

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