I bought these iPod headphones by iLuv as a replacement for the original Apple earphones that came with my iPod classic. I use my iPod all the time both around the house and outside when I go running and after several years the Apple earphones were just about worn out with the rubber hanging off and the sound not what it was. After a search on Amazon I came across these earphones for just £7.50 - much cheaper than the Apple ones.
--- The Look ---
The earphones are completely white, including the 1.3m long wire, and resemble the Apple earphones with the exception of the silver iLuv logo on each ear. The name of the brand is unfortunate and makes the earphones sound as if they are going to be a really low quality, tacky item but actually they are not at all bad.
--- Features ---
As well as my iPod classic these earphones are also suitable for the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch as well as iPhones, iPads and Mac computers (so basically any Apple device). There is a microphone built into the earphones which is useful for recording voice memos or when you need to use both hands. This feature also allows the earphones to support the "VoiceOver" app on the iPod shuffle. There is also a built-in volume control which basically enables you to alter the sound level without having to fumble around trying to get the iPod out of your pocket - I find this especially useful while I'm exercising. As with most earphones the length of the lead can easily be adjusted using the rubber slider so they fit comfortably around the face. The earphones also come with two replacement ear pieces one of which is large and the other small so you can choose which one fits best.
--- Sound Quality ---
The sound quality isn't brilliant (which is the only reason they lost a star) but to be fair you do get what you pay for. At such a cheap price I wasn't expecting great sound. Having said that the sound is far from being bad and although they struggle a bit if you turn the volume up very loud, the quality is similar to other standard speakers at normal volume. As the earphones fit nicely right into the ear they are also good at blocking out background noise like chattering or TV which is one of the main reasons I use earphones.
--- Functionality & Usage ---
I'd been using my worn out Apple earphones for so long that I'd forgotten how uncomfortable they were until I wore my new iLuv ones. As soon as I placed them in my ears they felt smooth, comfortable and firmly in place. After a few minutes I couldn't feel them at all. I've used them several times when running and they never slip out of my ear and always remain in place. Moreover the lead fits snugly into the iPod without having to force it in.
--- Summary ---
Overall these are good set of standard earphones. Although they are let down a bit by the sound quality this is acceptable given the price and aside from this they work well, are really comfortable to wear for long periods and do exactly as they should. I have been using them for a few months and although there is no sign of wear yet I don't expect them to be very long-lasting. When the time comes I will happily replace them with another set of iLuv earphones.
I've had an iPod or an MP3 player for about 6 years now, maybe more. During this time I went through several pairs of iPod headphones before moving on to other brands depending on what is reasonable priced at the time that I need headphones. Some of my headphones have become unusable thanks to loss and several because we have a cat that likes to slice through any wires and basically anything else that she can get her teeth in to. She seems to be attracted to my headphones and my laptop wires also (particularly if they are plugged in) and yet I still find myself forgetting, leaving my headphones or wires on the table and then coming in after my sleep thinking 'Oh no, not again'. She seems to know the one time when I have left the wires somewhere quite high and yet despite moving everything she still manages to jump up and find them!
These iLuv headphones are my latest pair and I paid just over £7.00 for them from Amazon.co.uk. What attracted me to them was that I could get a pink pair (yay!) and that they had a volume control on the actual headphones. This means that I can turn my iPod to a good volume and then adjust the headphone volume accordingly to ensure that I do not have to keep taking my iPod out in a public place.
These headphones have a standard headphone jack so I can use them with my iPod, my laptop, my stereo or anything else with a standard port that I want to use them with.
These headphones go in to your ear and they have an adjustable ear slider so you can change the length of the individual ear piece sections to suit your needs. This is a feature that I love about headphones as they are always more comfortable when I can change the length.
These headphones have soft tips on them of which you get two sets (small and large) so you can use the set that is suitable for your ear size. I used the small ones and they fit me perfectly. When I am using the headphones they go in to my ears well and they are incredibly comfortable. I am able to wear these to and from work everyday with no discomfort at all. After a little while I almost forget that they are there.
The sound quality of these headphones is quite good, not the best I've ever had but for just over £7.00 I'd expect nothing better! I do not have my music on very loud (conscious of damaging my ears) but on the rare occasion I have turned something up very loud I have found that the sound quality can be a little bit fuzzy. This is a shame but on the plus side it does prevent me from having my music full blast and helps keep my ears healthier!
In terms of value for money these compare in price to the JVC Gumy ones and I must say that the Gumy ones are definitely better. Next time I see the Gumy ones on offer I may just be tempted to pick up a pair of those again. I am giving these headphones 3/5. I was toying with giving it 4/5 but the quality of the headphones is poorer when the volume is increased which really is quite a big downside as this is the primary function of headphones!
After having my iPod for a number of years and using it weekly and taking it away with me the headphone had finally seen better days. The rubber on the edge of the ear pieces had come and they were becoming uncomfortable when they were in my ears, so I decided that it was about time to trade them in for a new pair.
I looked around and noticed that there varied in price, I did look at replacing them for a new apple pair but these seem quite expensive, so I looked around on eBay and there were some claiming to be Apple but they looked like cheap alternatives.
So not to end up with a cheap pair that were useless or paying over the odds for a pair of headphones I decided to spend around £5 on a pair and this is when I came across a white pair of iLuv lightweight in ear earphones they were £7. I read a few reviews and they seem to have a good write up too.
The great thing about these headphones is that they have a volume control built into the wire so that you can adjust the volume without having to take your ipod out of your pocket when you are on the move which is a lot easier and practical when walking and when you need to pay attention.
These earphone cannot only be used with your ipod they can also work with any mp3, cd player or laptop. They are an in ear earphone and the lead can be easily adjusted to suit each user's personal preference. In the packet there are the earphones and there are also two extra sets of ear tips, one large and one small so that you can pick the ones to put onto the earpieces that suit your ears best and that are the most comfortable for you.
Iluv earphones are really comfortable to wear and you can hardly notice that they are in your ears, which is exactly what you need when it comes to headphones. When these are not being used they are easily folded away and put into my handbag ready to be used again.
These are nowhere near as great when it comes to sound quality compared to my original headphones, they seen to have a crackle when you have music on really loud, but as long as you have them on at a normal volume there is not a problem. With the £7 price tag I was not expecting the greatest set of headphones and knowing that I will need to purchase some more at a later date I was not too concerned.
Overall worth purchasing if you need a reasonably priced pair of earphones that are comfortable to wear. If you like your music and listen to your ipod daily then you may want to spend a little more money and get a pair that have a great sound quality as opposed to a standard quality.
There are some reviews that really class this product as a terrible product but I am not too sure what they were expecting for under a tenner.
As someone who gets through a vast number of in-ear headphones, (they are currently lasting a couple of weeks max) I was marginally disspointed that these iLuv earphones lasted only three days, a personal record. I seriously don't know what I'm doing wrong. Okay I run and go to the gym wearing them and walk large distances, but without fail I always start to hear the sound dissapearing in one ear flicking in and out before dropping out completely, leaving me left with a hopeless pair of mono headphones.
I bought these from Argos for £14.99, they seemed to have positive customer feedback and they looked rugged, which is important. I wanted to spend as much time with them as possible, during an undoubtedly short relationship.
The headphones are white and are advertised as "made for iPod", which is a ridiculous statement as they're as compatable as any earphones with a 3.5mm jack. I suppose, being white, they at least look partially like the original pair that came with your iPod or iPhone. That would be true if they didn't say "iLuv" on each ear. It seems like such a tacky brand, and for someone who would never write words like "luv", "nite", m8, "ur" etc, I felt slightly stupid having "iLuv" printed on each earhole.
One unique thing about these earphones is the cable. It's a pretty much standard length of 1.3m, but is flat, like a long piece of tagliatelle which they claim makes it easier to untangle, which they were, on the two occcassions that I got to untangle them.
The earphones are the in-ear style where the device actually fits right inside your ear, held in with removable silicone mushroom shape ear pieces. In the packaging there are are two replacement sets of different sizes to cater for all ear types. Having them in-ear makes them able to cut out more background sound than usual. They had a good level of bass and a sharp treble tone which made them on parr with the standard white headphones that apple ships.
Of course they broke within three days and I didn't get a replacement pair. I am going to mark them down one star for this, as I would expect with my unique handling for them to last 2 weeks at least. Of course this is probably a one off, and won't happen to users more careful than myself.