JAYS is a name that sometimes gets swept under the rug when it comes to wireless headphones. We’ve taken a look at many of their true wireless efforts here on MajorHiFi, but they also have a limited over-ear collection that some might not be familiar with. Their latest effort is the x-Seven, a new over-ear Bluetooth headphone with a flat cup design. It’s another affordable product from JAYS, which has a reputation for having generous pricing. I never thought any of their products have a perfect sound signature, but JAYS always brings something to the table, like clarity and texture. Does their new over-ear stand out?
What You Get
- x-Seven wireless headphones
- USB-C charging cable
- Travelling pouch
- User manual
Look and Feel
I received the yellow variant of the x-Seven, but it also comes in green and black. It’s a completely solid color that makes the headphones appear simple and toy-like. The gold plates on the earcups were the only aesthetic choice that makes a good impression on me. Otherwise, this is a bright headphone that definitely sticks out amongst many other wireless over-ears. They definitely went for this cosmetic as a fashionable choice which a lot of these wireless headphones establish. I personally prefer the look of the green variation, but the yellow and black make for a fine look.
One of the more important aspects of the x-Seven is how small it is. They’re flat cups, but the size stood out to me the most when looking at it for the first time in person. I was concerned about how secure they could possibly feel, and how comfortable the fit would be. I’m not the biggest fan of flat-cups, but thankfully the x-Seven sports a solid fit. It’s all about the position of the earpads, as finding the right spot will support a light and easy fit, that never feels distracting or fatiguing.
Design and Functionality
The x-Seven is built with a 40mm dynamic driver, capable of producing a frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz. I thought the driver proved to be very capable of a strong signal that I was able to set at a comfortable volume. It gave me plenty of headroom for loudness, which you don’t see a lot of in wireless headphones, especially in this price range. As for the button response, I mainly used the volume controls on the right side earcup. These controls had an immediate response and felt ideal to use over even my phone’s volume slider. The play/pause control has a bit of a delay to it but is always responsive too. You can also use the x-Seven to use voice assistant and make a phone call with a single button action. Overall it’s a reliable control scheme that does all you can ask for in a wireless headphone at this price.
Bluetooth 5.0 is supported here with access to a standard SBC CODEC for streaming resolution. Most wireless headphones give you more options, but I would have liked to see even an AAC or standard aptX used here too. The x-Seven can be used up to a range of 10 meters, but also comes with a dual-ended 3.5mm cable in case you’re looking for a wired connection as an option.
You can expect a solid 24 hours of battery life off of a single charge. Charging takes a USB-C connection and only takes up to 2 hours before being fully charged.
These types of over-ear wireless headphones rarely impress when it comes to soundstage, but I’m happy to say that this isn’t the case with x-Seven. This affordable wireless headphone boasts a respectable sense of width and a balanced sound field. Sometimes wireless headphones feel molded to a center space, but here the image actually appears natural in some sense. Of course, the sound still comes off as linear, but there’s a noticeably better clarity here than on most Bluetooth headphones. It’s surprising, even for a flat-cup headphone There isn’t much in the way of separation either, but the image feels nicely solidified without appearing bloated.
Like any affordable wireless headphones, there’s an expectation of ample bass response. The x-Seven has a nice thick bass, but nothing about it feels overbearing. It resonates with smooth textures that make for a pleasing timbre. Many tracks have a suitable impact without sounding boomy, creating a satisfying bass response that is easy to be engaged by.
There isn’t a lot to the midrange here. They offer some good clarity, but the frequencies are mostly limited in their level of detail. The mids aren’t wholly recessed but aren’t as textured as the bass. You’ll get some solid fullness and warmth, but it will be under-emphasized but the more colorized frequencies in the bass and treble.
Surprisingly, the x-Seven have some nice sizzle in their highs. There isn’t much of a noticeable tail here, but the frequencies definitely have a shine to them that rings out with a blissful air. There are also some slight sparkly to certain sound elements that made the timbre appear all the more pleasing to listen to. It’s an easily digestible tonality that features little brightness or sibilance, just colorful tones.
I found the x-Seven to be very enjoyable for the price. It’s not every day where I find wireless headphones which such colorful high frequencies. For $80 you’ll get a reliable set of Bluetooth headphones with solid sound and responsive controls. You don’t get a lot of options in terms of CODECs, and the build is very plasticky, but the positives far outweigh the negatives here. I definitely recommend the x-Seven as a pair of affordable wireless headphones.
Pros and Cons
Pros: Sparkley treble, Solid soundstage, Responsive controls, Comfy fit
Cons: Bland midrange, Limited CODECS, Plastic build
The JAYS x-Seven is available on their website here.