15.8 C
New York
Friday, November 27, 2020
Advertisement

BiGR Audio Jam Master Jay Headphones Review


BiGR Audio Jam Master Jay Headphones

For those uninitiated to hip-hop and DJs, a word about the headphones’ name is in order. Jason William Mizell AKA “Jam Master Jay” was one of the icons of this musical genre and a central player in the group Run-D.M.C that included his childhood friends Darryl McDaniels and Joseph “Run” Simmons. The current headphones that bear his monogram memorialize the ten-year anniversary of his untimely death. BiGR (“bigger”) Audio has become identified with lifestyle headphones with their custom logo units, most of which are  dedicated to major league baseball teams.

Bigger and Bigger

Being a limited edition with its own personal carrying case, you get a left earpiece with a turntable icon and a right one with the JMJ (Jam Master Jay) monogram.  Earpieces are easily hooked up with a  cord with 3.5 mini plugs for each channel, terminating in a 3.5 mm miniplug that hooks up with your music source. A pause/play control for iPods is embedded in the cord. The comfortable surround cushion makes for hours of  “easy” listening if you are a ‘phone-head. Given their 32 ohm impedance, I assume that most listeners will use these phones with i-devices or other portable units. My critical evaluation included an iPod 160 Classic, iPhone 4, and MacBook Pro (recently upgraded with the Audirvana DAC program that puts out 96kHz-24bit sound from high-res files).

Break-in and Break-out

Dynamic drivers, such as those included in these phones require some break-in to get the best results. I ran a white noise program at slightly greater than listening levels for three days before serious auditioning started. A comparison of what I heard before and after  this exercise convinced me that such break-in is essential to getting the best performance from the JMJs.

Getting to the nitty gritty of the JMJs, I used a number of music files, including mp3 (bitrates of 320 kbps), Apple lossless, FLAC, and CDs.  Selections included Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,”(320 kbps), Esperanza Spalding’s “Inutil Pasaijem” (Apple Lossless), and various high- res files like the newly minted “Crosby, Stills and Nash,” Paul Simon “Live in New York” and the Beach Boys “Smile” sessions.  For fun, I dialed in the HDTracks Dr. Chesky special “Explorations in Time and Space” a 176.4 kHz/24-bit exercise in binaural listening.

In all fairness, hey nothing’s perfect, the JMJs do have strengths and weaknesses. First, and this is very important for headphone fans, they are very comfortable for a circumaural design, particularly during extended listening.  Next, the highs and midrange that sounded a bit recessed in the beginning, did open up after break-in although they never quite got to be as “lively” as other ‘phones that I have auditioned. On the other hand, the bass response of the JMJs is pretty darn big, maybe a bit too rich for some tastes, giving them an overall sound with a mellow tendency. Perhaps not the last word in airiness or definition, the JMJ’s painted a euphonic rather than analytic sound picture.

The Good

  • Comfortable
  • Smooth coverage of frequency spectrum
  • Wide dynamic range at normal listening levels
  • Good build quality

The Bad

  • Design limited to portable devices
  • A bit shy in detail and airiness

The Scorecard:

Design/Ergonomics:
[Rating:3.5/5]
Performance:
[Rating:3.5/5]
Value:
[Rating:3.5/5]
Overall:
[Rating:3.5/5]


The Definitive Word

BiGR Audio has acquired a “big” name  for its style-oriented headphones, many of which feature the logos of major league baseball teams. Now we get a limited edition model inspired by the late  lamented hip-hop legend, Jam Master Jay. While the cool factor of having the JMJ logo and turntable on the outside of the earpieces may impress you, the real deal-maker is how the phones sound. In this case, you get a pretty good bang for the buck, particularly if you have a coupon code that will drop the $149.00 sticker price to $99.00.  As these ‘phones are aimed at the portable device market, once you plug them into your player, you will want to pitch those crappy earbuds and, from now on,  treat your precious ears to the JMJs. Their smooth tonal balance makes them rather kind to mp3 sources that usually sound tinny and undernourished through lesser ear-speakers. While not as analytic or spacious as my reference B&W P3, they can be had for a much lower price, so you can buy more downloads to enjoy. Attractively packaged in their leather drawstring carrying case and seductively styled with designer ear-speaker covers, you will certainly turn heads when you take the JMJs out in public! You can buy these babies online at https://bigraudio.com/JamMasterJay.

Specifications

Frequency Response:  20 Hz – 20 kHz

Driver Size:   2 x 40 mm

SPL:  101 + 3 dB

Impedance: 32 Ohms

Recommended power: 15 – 250 mW

Maximum input power: 1500 mW

Cable length: 6 feet

Inputs: 3.5 mm Stereo mini-plug (on cable), 3.5 mm mini-jack (on headphone)

Weight: 169 g

More Information:

Advertisement

Related Articles

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

A stunning 4K Ultra HD restoration of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy arrives.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent entry (or farewell?) for this beloved franchise with lots of action and great animation.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (Blu-ray Review)

This is an uneven but still fun to watch sequel to the 2016 smash hit zombie/action movie lands on Blu-ray with a rollicking Atmos mix.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Connected

301FansLike
0FollowersFollow
724FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Notice of Compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 255

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR part 255 guidelines, this website hereby states that it receives free discs and other theatrical or home entertainment “screeners” and access to screening links from studios and/or PR firms, and is provided with consumer electronics devices on loan from hardware manufacturers and/or PR firms respectively for the purposes of evaluating the products and its content for editorial reviews. We receive no compensation from these companies for our opinions or for the writing of reviews or editorials.
Permission is sometimes granted to companies to quote our work and editorial reviews free of charge. Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may get paid commission on sales of those products or the services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Latest Articles

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

A stunning 4K Ultra HD restoration of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy arrives.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent entry (or farewell?) for this beloved franchise with lots of action and great animation.

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (Blu-ray Review)

This is an uneven but still fun to watch sequel to the 2016 smash hit zombie/action movie lands on Blu-ray with a rollicking Atmos mix.

Chernobyl (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The account of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine, Soviet Union, and the subsequent health and political fallout is told in five gripping episodes.

2067 (Blu-ray Review)

With the world deforested and people dying from a deadly disease caused by synthetic oxygen, a quiet tunnel worker receives a message from the future and must save humanity in this uneven but watchable dystopian Aussie indie sci-fi thriller.
%d bloggers like this: