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The Alba In Ear Headphones are a budget choice, and it shows. Poor build and sound quality justify spending a little bit more elsewhere for higher quality and reliability.

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      23.09.2013 16:32
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      Bad quality, bad value for money

      I tend to alternate between JVC Gumy headphones and pairs from Poundland. I use headphones regularly and it is important for them to be good value for money and good enough quality too. I have tried pairs that have been pretty much unusable, crackly and such bad sound quality that I couldn't even hear the song. I have also tried more expensive ones like Apple and Samsung which have been great quality but quite pricey. I think usually with headphones you get what you pay for although one of the best pairs I tried were from Aldi.

      I wasn't really expecting anything great when I bought this pair of headphones from Argos for £2.99. I bought a white pair but they were also available in pink and black. They were the cheapest headphones in Argos and I have bought other Alba products in the past which were cheap but good value for money. I have had my Alba DVD player for years now and it's still going strong, best of all it only cost about £20. I wasn't sure if they were going to be the same quality as Poundland headphones but more expensive or if they would surprise me and be great quality.

      These headphones come with a little plastic case which is a good idea to keep them from getting tangled which can make them break a lot quicker if the inner wires break. I used the case a few times although most of the time I forgot.

      The headphones appearance isn't anything exciting, just the standard pair of plastic in-ear headphones. I chose the white ones because I thought they looked the best, they were also available in black or pink for the same price. I didn't think these were very comfortable compared to a lot of other headphones which have rubber parts on the earphones. They are not the most secure headphones, if I am walking they do tend to move around and sometimes fall out, especially if I am walking fast. I would prefer if it they had a rubber covering to stop them slipping about and make them more comfortable.

      The sound quality isn't the best, it's quite tinny and when I turned the volume up, the right ear would always start crackling so much that I had to turn the volume back down. There wasn't really any sound clarity or anything like that. Also, they just aren't very loud which is annoying because they don't cancel noise either so sometimes I just couldn't hear my music. I was a bit disappointed because the sound quality was just the same as a lot of the Poundland headphones I had tried. If these were being sold for about £1 then it would make more sense. £2.99 is cheap for a pair of headphones but I have owned many pairs which were only a little bit more expensive than £2.99 but far, far better quality.

      After maybe a month of use, the sound completely went from the left ear. Luckily that meant I had to buy a new pair (not Alba ones!) I have to say I wasn't impressed by these, the main thing is that I could have just went to Poundland and bought 3 pairs of headphones of the same quality for the same price. I really don't think these are any better than Poundland pairs and fortunately I have bought more JVC Gumy headphones, they only cost me £3.98 from eBay and there are loads of fun colours available but most importantly the quality is SO much better!

      I don't recommend these because I didn't find the quality to be any good, I don't think they are value for money at all. I don't mind using rubbish headphones sometimes and I buy pairs from Poundland when I don't have any better ones. I don't think £2.99 is a fair price for these when you can buy better ones for that kind of price.

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      12.09.2013 12:19
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      Basic headphones that do the job, no more.

      Before i begin this review, I feel it necessary to clarify that I only paid £2.99 from Argos for these headphones. I simply needed a pair of headphones quickly and for as little money as possible, and these fit the bill.

      When paying such a cheap price I think the key is not to expect too much and not to expect the product to rival something £50 dearer. I wasn't expecting amazing sound quality and I didn't get it, but to be fair the sound was average. It did sound a little tinny, with no emphasis whatsoever to any beat, but the sound could be heard through them clearly enough so it did its job!
      The headphones slot in the ear and are made out of plastic. There is no additional protection added to them or comfort so I did find them a bit uncomfortable at times. However, if you find a position that works for you, I suggest you simply don't move for a while! Not ideal, but again for the price, it's fine!

      One thing I was quite impressed about was the fact that the headphones came with a little holder for transportation and storage. I have much dearer headphones that do not come with a case so I was very impressed that these did. It makes it feel a bit more hygienic if earphones can be stored somewhere, away from dust or any other substances you don't want in your ears!
      Admittedly, these are not my favourite headphones but they do the job. If you just have basic requirements and don't expect too much, these are absolutely fine.

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      30.12.2012 13:14
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      I wouldn't buy again

      I bought these headphones as a reasonably priced alternative to my old ones that broke during the summer holidays. As I was doing a lot of art projects at the time for a number of different people, I felt that music was the best way to stop me getting distracted so that I would just get on with the job I needed to complete.

      The main plus about these headphones was the fact that the colour (black) that I bought was actually an exact match for my mp3 player. Normally, the colours don't quite match (I think my mp3 player is more of a very dark grey or something, as black never matches) but this time they did match, which I thought was a nice touch.

      However, I feel like I shouldn't have bothered. I found that these headphones barely worked. The sound they produced was tinny if I had the volume up higher than about 10 (and when you consider that 10 on my mp3 player is so quiet you might as well not have the music on at all, it's not really very good at all) and the louder the volume goes, the quieter the vocals seemed to go and the louder the music went.

      Another negative I found with these was that the earphones kept falling out of my ears. I wouldn't say I regularly have this problem with earphones, but with these, I couldn't keep them in my ears for long enough to do the art I was trying to do. They kept falling in the paint, which inevitably meant I had to stop working all together to clean them as well.

      What made these even worse was that I had only been 'using' them for about a week and a half when one of the wires inside the cable must've become loose as I lost sound in one ear. Argos wouldn't take them back considering they had paint on them and weren't in an unused condition so I was stuck with a pair of faulty, useless headphones. I wouldn't buy them again, even if they only cost about £6.50.

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      24.04.2012 17:45

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      Sound quality is rubbish

      I bought these headphones from Argos as my old ones broke. They are complete rubbish. Ok so they were only Euro6.49 so I wasn't expecting much but at the very least I just want to hear my music. The sound is just not loud enough at all unless you are sitting in a church. I don't want to hear the traffic drowning out my music even though it is at full blast and the sound was perfect with my old headphones. Argos will not accept returns on items like headphones due to hygiene reasons. But its a bit stupid selling stuff that you cannot return if you cannot at least try them out in the store before purchasing. I would not recommend buying this product at all, seems like a bargain but its a waste of money unless you are buying it for a child and want to make sure they don't blow their ears off with extremely loud music. Better off spending a few quid extra on a proper pair.

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      03.02.2012 22:42
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      A good pair of headphones for a small price

      My husband and myself attend the gym around twice a week at the moment, and have done for a few years now, I personally have been attending our local gym several years longer than he has and on the whole I generally enjoy going to the gym, however I do find when I am doing cardio I need to listen to some music, not because I hate doing the cardio part of my work out but because I find it helps to motivate me and keep me focused, it also makes the time go much quicker.

      The cardio machines up our gym have built in TV's with music channels on however in order to listen to these you need to take your own headphones. Just before Christmas whilst up the gym I noticed that one ear piece of my current headphones was not working and no matter how much I fiddled around with it I couldn't get it going, I don't think putting them through the washing machine a few times helped to be honest. My Mum knew about this so for Christmas I received a new pair of headphones in my stocking. I don't usually spend a lot of money on my gym headphones as they do tend to wear out quite quickly and on occasions I have been known to forget to take them out of my pocket before putting my clothes into wash, the headphones I received were the Alba In Ear Headphones, I have had this make before and was impressed with the quality of them so I was more than happy to receive a new pink pair of these.

      The Alba In Ear Headphones come in a small grey box with the name of the headphones written on the front and a picture of the earphones as well. From what I can remember I think there was some information about the headphones written on the box but unfortunately I cannot remember this in detail as I threw the box away several weeks ago. The headphones however came well packaged, neatly wound up and held in place with a small plastic covered wire tag and they were placed inside a small plastic bag for extra protection and to prevent them from rattling around inside the box.

      The headphones are as the name suggests suitable for 'in ear' wear, in other words the small speaker area where the sound comes from sits just inside your ear, these particular headphones didn't come with different sized ear pieces, however they are of a standard size and personally I find that they sit comfortably inside my ear, they are not too large so that they hurt my ears nor are they too small so that as soon as I move they fall out. The outside of the ear pieces is covered in a pink plastic material, this has a sort of rubber feel to it, this feels almost soft which is for added comfort so that they do not rub or hurt the insides of your ear, this slightly softer plastic/ rubber coating really does make a difference compared to some harder plastic ear phones I have tried in the past.

      The actual speaker part is grey and is basically a plastic circle covered in a series of small holes to allow the sound to come out, the grey speaker is fully surrounded by the softer pink plastic and the edges of the speakers are also covered with the pink plastic/ rubber material again to soften the edge whilst the ear piece is inside your ear.

      When I am using my headphones up the gym I need something that has a reasonable length wire so that I am free to move around, a too short wire would mean that I was restricted and I would probably end up pulling the ear pieces out of my ear. Personally I find the wire of the Alba In Ear Headphones plenty long enough, it measures 1.2m with a driver length of 15mm and a jack size of 3.5mm. I find that the measurements of the headphones are ideal for the gym as they are not so long that the wire gets in the way on the other hand they are not so short that I feel restricted as I move around. The wire is also covered in the same rubbery plastic material, the wire is very thin, however the material it is made from means that it is very flexible, again this helps as you move around, if the wire is not flexible enough it could result in it snapping or a loose wire somewhere inside the headphones, the wire is also very flexible around where it runs into the actual ear pieces and the plug, again this helps to eliminate loose wires becoming a problem, I have used headphones in the past which have ended up with loose wires and I'm sure it is because the wire it too ridged and as I have moved around the wires worked their way loose. I find with my new Alba In Ear Headphones the wire is very flexible and moves with me which I am hoping will reduce the chance of loose wires in time.

      The Alba In Ear Headphones are available in Argos and they cost just £4.99, personally I thought these were excellent value, they headphones are made to an excellent standard, they are strong and durable and I am hoping that they prove to be long lasting. The sound quality through the ear pieces is very good, I mainly listen to music up the gym with mine and it is extremely clear, there is no crackling or tinny sound, everything sounds as it should, with cheaper headphones you do sometimes find that the sound quality is compromised, however with the Alba In Ear Headphones this is not the case. I also find that fact that they sit inside your ear means that the sound from the speakers does not escape, again this helps with the cleanness of the sound but it also means that the person next to you does not have to listen to what you are listening to, this is something I do find a bit annoying when you are trying to listen to something yourself and all you can hear is the person next to you music, with the in ear style ear pieces this sound loss is limited.

      Overall I would definitely recommend the Alba In Ear Headphones, they are very reasonably priced and made to a high standard, they are of an excellent quality and have a very good sound quality as well. I particularly like the flexibility of the headphones as this makes them perfect for gym use which is where I use mine.

      The headphones I have are a bright pink colour, however they do also come in other colours including black and white meaning there is a colour suitable for both men and woman. Mine were bought from Argos where they cost £4.99. So far I have found no disadvantages of this product and have got on extremely well with them, these are certainly headphones I would recommend and would also consider buying again in the future.

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