Jays Q-Jays 2nd Generation Review

Jays Q-Jays 2nd Generation Review

The Jays Q-Jays are one of those staple earphones I just keeping coming back to again and again.  While they aren’t the best earphone for everyone, but you might be surprised at just how good they are for a wide array of music tastes.

Jays Q-Jays 2nd Generation Review

Jays Q-Jays 2nd Generation Review

The Q-Jays Jays 2nd Generation is a refresh on the older, original Q-Jays.  And where that earphone was designed to deliver performance on a budget, this one is a more premium experience for the discerning listener.

They come packaged in a beautiful box, with silicon and memory foam eartips.  A basic 4 ft audio cable comes standard, but you can also pick up additional cables with built-in mics and remotes for various smartphone running iOS, Android, or Windows operating systems.  There’s also a small container to hold the earphones when traveling.

Spec-wise, the Q-Jays 2nd Generation immediately impress, with a frequency range of 5-20000 hertz and a nominal impedance of 50 ohms.  The earpieces are made from metal-injection molded steel, with dual balanced-armature drivers – one WideBand module and the other a subwoofer.

Sounds pretty sweet, eh?  Well, not so fast.

With that low-end of the frequency range dipping down to 5 hertz, and the subwoofer thrown into the mix, you might expect these to have some fantastic bass.  And they do, but it’s a little different-sounding than you’d expect.  Sub-bass is just fine.  Thumpy.  Alive.  Not too shabby.  In the mid-bass, though, there’s something going on.  Just what, I can’t put my finger on.  As soon as I think I am close to figuring it out, it’s gone again.

Mids and highs on this headphone are wonderfully articulate and velvety smooth. Everything sounds exactly as it should.  The depth and separation to music takes on a whole new character – something I’ve never seen in earphones at this price, but in much more expensive ones between $549-$999.

Is this the right earphone for you, though?  I can’t recommend these enough for classical or instrumental music.  The level of clarity and separation, combined with that frequency range leads to a very moving sound profile.  Of course, I’ll also use them for rock and roll and pop and hip-hop, even though the bass isn’t as loud or booming as it might be on other models.  Is there any reason not to pick up a pair?  If they are out of your budget, maybe.  Maybe.

My recommendation?  Read some more reviews or, if you’re lucky enough to know of a place where you can demo them, give them a go and see if they’re right for you.  My money is on “yes.”

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Carroll is a headphone junkie residing in Brooklyn. He's a huge fan of Grado, UK hip hop, and the English Language in general. When not testing audio equipment or writing, you'll find him taking photographs or fiddling with circuit boards. You can contact him at carroll@majorhifi.com.