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Q-Jays Review! And yes, even I can sleep on my side with them!

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
While the full review with all pictures can be found here, I just want to say, a lovely phone from Jays.

Highlights of the review:
Cable Strength
Jays endowed the Q model with a uniquely designed cable. Firstly, it is strong yet supple and not subject to early crystalisation due to contact with body oils. Secondly, it is thick and though the stress reliefs on the jack portion are not melded to the cable, they inspire confidence. The headphone end of the cable is relieved by the tiniest rubber grommet. Though it lacks extra sleeving, it isn’t subject to the twisting or bending inherent in larger designs. Overall, the Q-Jays cable is a well thought out design with points that favour its strength. (I will append information to mention that there is concern over the unit's size as it causes users to remove the phone using the cable rather than the unit's body - Thank you for the tips).

Housing Quality
The Q-Jays are plastic. The butt is rubber and houses the cable grommet which acts as anchor and stress relief. Usually, non-impact plastic harkens a ‘cheap’ evaluation in my opinion. However, in the Q-Jays’ case, the incredibly tiny housing size works miracles. The unit is very strong, unsusceptible to bending and the seams between plastic and rubber parts are perfect.

Accessories Galore
Jays put together an excellent package that not only looks good, but is chock full of extras. Ear-pieces come in 5 sizes for a total of 7 pairs including a foamie type that secures onto the Q-Jay via a rubber grommet. The ear-pieces are not as supple as the Turbine flanges but are comfortable and look to be nearly indestructible. The foamie pieces come in one size only, but compress to a small size as well as expand outward to fit larger canals.
Included is a splitter that allows you to share your music with a friend and Jays have also added an airplane dual mono adapter for those compressed flights.

Sound
Q-Jays are not a bass-heavy earphone despite housing a dedicated woofer. Bass is punchy, well-resolved, lending great attack and decay to music. However, if your collection of records utilises sub-bass for effect such as the intro for Markus Schulz’ ‘Management’, the rumbling effect will be quiet.

Simply put, the mids and treble from the Q-Jays are great. Extended, articulate and fast, both parts of the spectrum feel ‘right’ in just about any genre.

Conclusion
Jay’s research is evident in the Q-Jays. Articulate, tiny and beautiful, they are gems that exude confidence in solid construction and attention to detail. While not bass heavyweights, low notes and instruments are well defined with great bass detail and.

Treble and mids are striking, extended and confident. Vocal music sings and highly sung instruments engage beautifully, if sometimes too much so and staging accuracy is great. The 3D composition in music, while not impressively wide, is realistic with great balance and interaction between its respective parts.
post #2 of 9
these sound awesome....hope to try them soon
post #3 of 9
how long have you been using them?
mine has more bass after quite some time
very beautiful earphones indeed...
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
Overall, the Q-Jays cable is a well thought out design with points that favour its strength.
While I do agree with everything else you write, I have to disagree here. The problem lies where the cables go into the earpieces. Since these will go really deep within your ear, the only way to pull them out, that I found, was to pull on the cable itself. 2-3 months later, the cables broke, where they connect to the earpieces - on both sides.

I've seen this happen to someone else too, but I forgot to whom. Just be extra careful when you remove them from your ears, if you put them so deep that the body of the earpieces is out of reach.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tip! My ear canals are very narrow so I can only grasp from the housing itself.
post #6 of 9
Great review, man. Nicely done! I've been thinking about getting these for a while, time to start watching the FS forum.

I am concerned about the cable issue too, because my d-jays are very small and go so deep into my ear I need to pull the cable to remove them. I am a big fan of Jay's cable itself though - very thick and rugged feeling. I really enjoy the extra length from the extender.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
I will note in the review that for many people, the unit must be removed from using the cable rather than the unit - that will be a negative, but i won't lower my review score. They are simply stunning phones.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
I will note in the review that for many people, the unit must be removed from using the cable rather than the unit - that will be a negative, but i won't lower my review score. They are simply stunning phones.
They really are. They were my favorite pair until they broke. I noticed the problem early on, and could only hope the cables were strong enough but alas it was not the case for me. That and the ridiculous filter system (of all those that I tried, only the ADDIEM has it perfect, with the Monster Turbine behind), so in the end, I did not end up getting another pair. Too bad, loved their sound!
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Oh no... I still have not fixed the text. I guess having narrow and not very deep canals helps in reviewing phones that may not be that sturdy...
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