iJoy is another of the seemingly obscure and indescribable audio businesses. Their usually crummy web page does not help, since their about page has Latin text, believe it or not. They seem to be owned by an organization called Quest Holding Inc, which is an entirely unrelated business concept. This brand of the product was not even developed in the U.S., but was actually manufactured in China. It makes some really high-quality music, but like most “new age” products, comes with no customer service support.
From talking with several people who have purchased iJoy, it sounds pretty clear that they are poorly made products. The problem was the lack of sound quality. It’s hard to tell what models were made with the best materials and craftsmanship and what ones were just cheap Chinese knock-offs. Many people mentioned having to replace the batteries on a regular basis (sometimes every day! ), which is clearly a major concern.
I didn’t mind using iJoy’s over-ear headphones for a couple of weeks, but decided to give them away as gifts to my friends. The feedback from people was surprisingly positive. The headphones performed well, with only a slight bit of noise reduction. The biggest complaint seemed to come from people who did not like how light they were, but had not noticed any loss of sound quality during normal use. In fact, some people mentioned that they were more comfortable than they had been with traditional headphones.
To me, the lack of a very audible response makes iJoy’s earphones a little less impressive. If you want headphones that create a wonderfully balanced sound with impressive levels of clarity and sound transmission, then iJoy might be perfect for you. The built-in rechargeable batteries in the headphones seem to address the lack of bass response. Although it seems that you need to turn up the volume a little to get the music sounding great, this is actually not the case with iJoy.
The build quality of the iJoy seems to match its competitors. There were no noticeable complaints about the clips holding the headphones in place or about the screws coming loose and making the iJoy difficult to grip. One of the only notable opinions did come from those who noted that the earphones could cause some minor hearing damage if the fit was somehow off. The earphones themselves are pretty solid, however, and do provide noticeable sound.
The speakers on the iJoy are not much different than the prices charged for many other budget headphones. They are also a bit on the loud side, although it would be unfair to say that they lack sub-sonic bass. When listening to the iJoy, some listeners could feel some of the thumping mid-range sounds missing, but overall, the bass line on the iJoy was accurate and stable. If you want something with a solid bass line, then you might want to check out some of the more expensive pairs by Philips, Sennheiser, and Fostex.
Perhaps the most obvious of the iJoy’s flaws is the lack of bass. The sub-sonic feature of the sound should help to make up for this shortcoming, but the lack of deep bass wasn’t much of an issue for most listeners. The one note rumblings that were present did tend to get a little bit annoying. These particular listeners might also have had some difficulty reaching the other earpieces, thus hindering the ability to enjoy a good bass line.
Overall, the build quality and sound quality of the iJoy was fairly solid. Perhaps a little on the heavy side for audiophiles, they did seem well-built and comfortable. Comfort is also an important factor for budget headphones, as you definitely don’t want your money to go to waste when trying to enjoy a good audio. Overall, the iJoy lived up to its price tag and impressed many with its sound quality and build.