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When I was a kid, I discovered something amazing: detangler. You spray some on your hair, and voilà, a comb will run right through it no matter how tangled it was. To my knowledge, this product hasn’t been invented for headphone cables, and that’s a darn shame. But Jays seems to have solved the tangled cables problem anyway with the a-JAYS Four. These earbuds sport a flat rubber cable that just doesn’t tangle. I really tried, too. I balled them up and shoved them in my pocket, let them roll around in the bottom of my bag, never used a carrying case -- I even wore them in bed a few times. The cable is just wide and flat enough to resist knotting, and it simply doesn’t catch on itself when you ball it up. There’s no need to wrap or coil the headphones on anything. Just pull them out of wherever you stashed them, give ’em a shake, and they’re ready to go, untangled.
The sound doesn’t live up to $300 audiophile-level earbuds, but my music sounded just as full and loud as it does through my usual ’buds (the Scosche IDR655m, which have a $99.99 MSRP but go for around $40 online). Finding the best fit does impact how much detail you can hear, so Jays includes five sets of silicone tips. The three-button remote and mic are on the right cable, around chin level--callers could hear me fine, and the buttons are easy to click to adjust the volume, pick a new track, or summon Siri. My only complaints are the logos (one below each earbud, and a third on the headphone jack--feels like overkill) and that the L-shaped headphone jack doesn’t fit with every iPhone case.
The bottom line. If you hate having to untangle your earbuds every time you want to use them, these will quickly earn your undying devotion. They can be found for less than $70 online, and feel built to last.
Device with 1/8-inch headphone jacks
Truly tangle free. Comes in white or black. Remote is easy to use.
Lots of logos. Plug on white version picked up a little blue dye from a jeans pocket.