Previously, the AIAIAI Tracks headphone surprised me by its sound quality that in my opinion, beats all the previous favorite portables like the PX100, the AKG K412, the PortaPro, and even the PortaPro LE. The AIAIAI is very full sounding, with a strong emphasis on the upper midrange and the bass areas. Just the right emphasis on where it matters the most. Just the right sound when you’re in for a casual music listening session. The treble is very clean, it lets you hear vocals very well, and the bass thumps are there. All combined, the Tracks headphone make a very fun portable. The Tracks are very good. So good that it has win almost unanimous praise from members of our local forum.
When I first heard the V-Jays, I couldn’t help but wishing “if only” it has an upper midrange like the Tracks. But I keep on listening to it. After one week passed, I went back to the Tracks, and I was surprised to find such a flabby and uncontrolled sound. The Tracks is still fun sounding, but the V-Jays is much more preferable to me, because the sound is much more controlled, texture on the treble and bass are much clearer, and yet the fun factor is still there.
The V-Jays is a lot more balanced sounding than the Tracks, yet it still maintain an overall fun sound. The open design driver on the V-Jays gives a certain naturalness that you don’t find in the closed design Tracks. My other complain with the Tracks is that its bass can get a little boomy. Also whilst the upper midrange is full sounding, it doesn’t nearly have the clarity that you find on the V-Jays. As a matter of fact, the V-Jays is much clearer from top to bottom than the Tracks is, and it does that without being harsh or being piercing. The V-Jays is not light on bass too. It does have enough bass presence and punch, slightly less than the Tracks, but overall it results in a much clearer sound. I really find the V-Jays to be a fun sounding portable with a good tonal balance that goes well with a lot of music.
I always know that the Tracks are not neutral, but it doesn’t really matter because I’m not looking for a neutral sound on these portables. If it’s fun, then it’s good. Well, the more I listen to the V-Jays, the more I’m convinced that the Tracks have been dethroned.
The PX100-II is a good portable, improving the sound quality of the original PX100, and doing better on almost all areas when compared to the original. Hadi has written a more in-depth review of the two in this article: PX100-II vs PX100.
But when placed next to the other portables, I found the PX100-II’s sound signature to be a bit dark. I don’t mind Sennheiser’s dark signature for the full size headphones, but I don’t think it works for a portable. Aside from the biggest and hardest hitting bass of the bunch, I think the PX100-II lacks fun factor and sparkle.