Taking a break from an onslaught of wired models, today I’m kicking back with the new Jays m-Seven True Wireless earphones. In the past, I’ve sworn by Jays as a solid brand that delivers a TON of HiFi for the price. But how will this new $129 True Wireless earphone live up to the Jays Reputation?
Jays m-Seven True Wireless Review
The first thing I notice about the Jays m-Seven True Wireless earphones is just how tiny they feel. Without any real bulk, they roll around in my palm like a couple of marbles.
Yet, jamming them inside my giant VLA ears, I’m impressed by how well they fit. And that fit remains secure, too, with the earphones hugging the natural contours of my ears.
In addition to a charging case, the Jays m-Seven also comes with three pairs of eartips and a USB-C charging cable.
In terms of battery life, the Jays m-Seven is no slouch, with 9.5 hours of battery life in the earpieces and another 28.5 hours in the case. A total charging time of 2.5 hours will charge the case, while only an hour is needed to bring the earphone back to full capacity.
But the battery life isn’t the only thing Jays has thought through on this earphone; the sweat-resistant IPX4 rating makes these compatible with your daily workout.
Running on Bluetooth 5.0, Jays doesn’t give out any hard info on Codec support. Hopefully this doesn’t have anything to do with the fallout from the Jays a-Seven. With that in mind, I do have to state that audio played from my iPhone in CD-quality (or ALAC) still sounds pretty perfect, even if there isn’t support for AAC.
While the call quality comes across as okay, and isolation remains fairly tight, my field tests did suffer from some drops in the connection. To be fair, though, those field tests were conducted on a busy street in Manhattan, where the likelihood of dropped connections is higher.
Sporting just a little bit of bass, the Jays m-Seven offers enough oomph in the lows to keep things interesting. That being said, it still never strays too far from an accurate sound (generally speaking). The resultant sound remains punchy enough to lend the slightest amount of weight to drums, bass guitars, and synths, but without leading to a truly colored sound. Instead, it’s a mostly lifelike listening experience, with just a tinge of bite when it comes to percussion.
In the mids, the m-Seven delivers a meaty and full sound, rife with detail. Contrasting and resolving, it’s a very clean, articulate midrange. There’s no real distortion and only a whisp of compression (par for the course with True Wireless earphones). Slightly forward leaning, the mids seem to pop a little more with vocal content. However, the m-Seven still doesn’t slouch when it comes to instrumentation. Rest assured, this is a fairly competent midrange that handles anything with relative ease.
Here the m-Seven exhibits just the slightest emphasis (like it does in the lows). There’s a little bit of edge to the higher limits of the high end, but not to the point of degrading the sound. As a result, despite that little bit of brightness, the m-Seven never sounds too harsh or piercing. Instead, there’s just a smidgen of shine on female vocals and some strings, complimenting the overall sound profile.
The Jays m-Seven True Wireless earphone uses a Bluetooth connection and there’s no escaping the limitations of that technology. The leads to a somewhat narrow soundstage that still struggles to deliver a modicum of placement. While not necessarily a bad sense of soundstage for an earphone, it’s still somewhat limiting for more complex compositions.
If you need a true wireless earphone under $150 with only a slight emphasis on bass (and more attention paid to the mids), the m-Seven offers fantastic value at $129. Despite it’s relatively low price, it fits like a dream and guarantees you hear music the way it was intended (for the most part).
However, if you wanted something a little more bass-heavy (and also weather-resistant), my recommendation would go to the Audio Technica ATH-SPORT7 True Wireless earphone. Despite a bit more bulk in the build, this model now sells for a cheap-as-chips $149 some places.
Still, if you wanted more mid-high focus, you could also consider the Astrotec S80 for a paltry sum of $89. While lacking any real sense of bass (or the robust battery and build of the Jays m-Seven), the S80 uses a Beryllium driver for truly unbelievable mids and highs.
At $129, the Jays m-Seven delivers impressive battery life, an amazing level of comfort, and audio that skillfully balances engaging dynamics with clarion accuracy. With that in mind, this earphone constitutes an impressive deal, and one I urge any critical listener to consider. While budget listeners could spend less, and those who want the absolute best could spend more, the m-Seven hits a sweet spot that can’t be contested.
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