Sleek, simple and minimalistic have always been Swedish major Jays’ mantra.
The Jays m-Six wireless is crafted especially for gym and sports enthusiasts, keeping all the troubles they go through in mind during a workout - earphones falling, wires dangling and a lot of sweating. Jays sort of found a fix and we put these on to see whether these are worthy enough to be your workout buddy.
Design and build: Oo, what are those?
The Jays m-Six wireless come in four colourways (dusty rose, moss green, sand and black) to suit your personality and style. The black ones we used look extremely attractive compared to other sports earphones and matte black fans will dig this colour scheme over others.
The m-Six look simple, neat and classy once you’ve put it around your neck. It’s got a not-that-long rubber wire, a decently built earphone and a ear-hook for added grip. Unlike others, the battery nests inside the earphone and you can control music (play/pause) using the button on the right earbud. Where’s the volume rocker? We feel you, reader.
If you’re using these for the gym or for your everyday runs, these feel light, secure and fit in like a brick in a wall. They won’t bother you by falling off mid run or come in the way while picking up weights or doing upper body asanas. We challenge you to headbang to the Gojira’s L'Enfant Sauvage album and these won’t fall off.
Although there’s one problem. These are specifically made for your workout and maybe a little commute to get to your gym or training centre. Once you’re done listening to music you can’t hang them around your neck because they might fall off due to the short wire. You have to either put them into your pocket or into your gym bag. Or just let them hang off your ears and be weird.
Features: Lots of it
The m-Six wireless have just one priority - to make sure your workout is awesome.
Thanks to Jays hydrophobic nano-coating layer on the buds, it keeps away any kind of corrosion or rust caused by sweat, dust or water. So whether it’s the rain or your body, you can keep going like Forrest Gump.
If you decide to take a stroll without your phone, Bluetooth 5.0 grants you about 10-15 meters of range (depends on the setting). It’s also got a Laser Direct Structuring antenna so your calls don’t drop as often and remain stable. However, we did face a bit of stutter in music playback when the phone was in the pocket.
Speaking of calls, the m-Six fit in Qualcomm’s 8th-gen Clear Voice Capture tech for ‘crystal-clear’ voice calls. We’re unhappy to report that this doesn’t sound as clear. Since the microphone is away from the mouth, the recipient might hear your voice coming from a distance and it doesn't seem that clear too if you to take a call during your workout session. Try to avoid having a conversation if you’re running, you might just end up screaming out loud and scare off others at the gym.
Once you’ve switched it on, the lady announces whether it’s Low, Medium and High. Battery levels varies on how loud you blast music and how often you use it, but it can suffice for a whole workout (about 5hrs) without the asking your trainer for a power socket. Uniquely, the m-Six charge up via a proprietary magnetic cable instead of microUSB/Type-C.
If you travel a lot, be sure to carry the charging wire at all times.
Sound: Crisp like pringles
Before we explain why, let's get this out of the way first. The Jays m-Six wireless aren’t for banging bassheads.
Since we can remember, Jays have always maintained a very balanced sound note with most of its earphones, including the a-Six wireless. It’s tuned to keep the music balanced from all sides and tries to maintain that crispness too.
We really wish the volume levels could get a bit louder, since these are especially made for your workout. Using these at home is fine, but if you’re at the gym or training outside you’d be jamming your volume up button on the phone a lot more.
Play Amerika by Young the Giant and you’d immediately notice the lack in bass in the background and the drums won’t give that kick like it should. But the good part is, its 6mm drivers make the bass rather felt than heard, but it doesn’t have the body as most of us at the Stuff HQ like it.
The question is - if these are meant for workout enthusiasts, why does it lack that thump? After all, it’s the bass that pumps you when you’re working out. But if you like running to Adele or Jose Gonzalez, then go ahead full-speed.
The m-Six wireless sure do not justify its price tag because it lacks two main ingredients - the loud volume and banging bass.
Jays m-Six wireless Verdict
The Jays m-Six wireless have a few advantages for the urban runner, but if you’re a practical buyer on a budget, we’re sure that these won’t make it to the cart. Jays focused so much on its design that it forgot about the the rest of the stuff. Others like the Urbanista Boston, Plantronics BackBeat FIT 350, Sony WI-SP600N and Sennheiser CX SPORT have similar tricks for the similar price tag.
For the price and its competition, it definitely checks the classy look and snug fit, but it fails to please in a few areas like - battery life, embarrassing microphones for calls and mediocre bass and volume levels. Oh, and you can’t even wear it at all times.