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My two biggest annoyances whilst out on a run are an ipod slipping out of my pocket and earphones falling out of my ears. I have invested in two items two help to solve these problems - an ipod armband and these JVC headphones. My original headphones were a simple round speaker that fits in the ear - prone to falling out at the slightest jolt which usually results in a dangling wire hitting you in the face.
These earphones claim to solve this problem with the attachment of a plastic hook which extends from the small round speaker and hooks around the back of the ear, thus securing the headphone in place. The headphones feel a little unusual at first as you get used to the feeling, but the rubber hook is fairly comfortable. At first I felt a bit of friction between the hook and the top of my ear but after trying several slightly different angles at which to put the hook I am finding it pretty comfortable, and unnoticeable after a while. I'm not sure if the hook is suitable for people with bigger or smaller ears - a one size fits all approach seems risky but perhaps with a little adjustment and trial and error it would be fine for anyone. Anyway, the hook does what it says and keeps the headphones in place.
The headphones are quite aesthetically pleasing - the silver is a nice smart modern colour, and the hook is nicely hidden when you wear the headphones so you don't feel too silly wearing them out running. I have found the sound quality to be good - I don't like to turn the volume up on my ipod too much when running so I am still aware of traffic etc, but the quality is very clear in both left and right earphones. The wire which attaches to the ipod is a good length, long enough so you don't feel any tension in the wire when running.
The description of the item does say it has a 'splashproof structure'. I'm not entirely sure if this means the headphones are supposed to be waterproof or simply resilient to sweat and rain, but I have found that the quality is not compromised by weather conditions. However I am not willing to test whether it really is waterproof by immersing the headphones in water!
This is a good value product which does what it claims to do and is a great tool for any runner, beginner or advanced.
I've experimented with a number of different headphones and earphones to allow me to listen to music when running. For some reason I've never been able to run with 'in-ear' earphones as they always end up falling out. Admittedly I have quite small ears but I've spoken to other runners who have had problems with these earphones gradually working themselves loose. I once tried 'clip on' headphones that overcame that problem but the sponge pads became uncomfortable in warm weather and the clip began to pinch my ears after a while.
Step forward the JVC EB70. Attractively priced as £7.99, these headphones combine the intimate sound of 'in-ear' earphones with the stability of a rubber ear hook that can be shaped to ensure the optimum fit. Because the headphones have the ear hook to hold them in place, the earpiece doesn't need to be that awkward 'ergonomic' shape that quickly becomes an uncomfortable annoyance on a run. Having the earpiece and the ear hook working in tandem means that no part of your ear is under too much pressure and you'll quickly forget that you're wearing them.
I've used these headphones for shorter runs of around 25 minutes and longer runs of up to an hour. Anything more than this has felt like a bit too much (I've noted mild pain behind my ears), and in this respect padded 'in-ear' earphones are probably better if long-term comfort is your main preoccupation (or you're training for a marathon). Thankfully they don't impair your hearing too much so you can be alert to your surroundings at the same time as enjoying your music. This is largely due to the lack of sponge in the headphone construction, although this does mean that gusts of wind can interfere with the sound. While I wouldn't recommend wearing them in the driving rain, I've found them to be more than equal to the Manchester drizzle. They give great quality stereo sound and I've also enjoyed using them just for listening to music at home. The sound is clear and rich and not too 'tinny' as I've often found to be the case with 'in-ear' units.
The only problems come with durability. I'm already on my second pair of these headphones, having sat on my first pair by accident, which caused the hook to detach from the earpiece. While 'in-ear' earphones are very hard-wearing you have to be careful with these as they're a lot more fragile. They also lack a volume control on the jack cable but admittedly these can be fiddly to operate while running, especially if the cable is stashed inside your clothes.
Overall a great pair of headphones. Just don't sit on them!
One of the annoying things about having to run is the sheer boredom of it, in my case it tends to hit around the 2 mile mark and results in no motivation or interest in carrying on. So the solution is to run with some kind of music player, I have an oddly large collection of mp3 players for someone who has never really seen the point of them but all those players came with traditional style ear phones, which sit in the outer area of the ear, but these do not stay put very well even when simply walking so biting the bullet I decided to buy a set of either earbuds or over ear style earphones in the hope that they would sit more comfortably.
Not wanting to spend alot of money on earphones (well I use cheap mp3's so not much likeilhood of sound quality being an issue) I wandered in to my local supermarket and picked up a set of these JVC Sport earphones, in the sale they cost me a mere £7.99 which to my mind was a more than reasonable price.
So are they any good? Sounds quality is decent enough, I can't hear much difference between the quality of these and my sisters (ridiculously expensive) Seinheiser earphones on her (top of the range) MP3, obviously on my cheapie mp3 the quality is as expected lower but perfectly acceptable. The volume is good I have found in the past that cheap earphones can disort at high volumes or are unusually quiet.
As they were bought to be used during fairly bouncy exersize how well do they stay in/on my ears?
Unfortunately I seem to have small ears as the overear section sits high over my actual ear, meaning when I start running they do tend to work loose but usually I realise this quickly enough to readjust them without too much messing around, my other half borrowed them when he was last visiting and said they fit his ear very comfortably and he had no appreciable issues with them working loose nor did he feel they were going to simply fall off as I sometimes do.
They are advertised as being splash proof which in the UK climate and going in to Autumn and Winter has to be a good thing, so far they haven't been used in more than a light drizzle but this does not seem to have affected them unduely and they still work as well as ever.
I think that these are probably very good if they fit your ears well, for me sadly they are a little too large and when I next remember I intend to buy another pair of sport style earphones to replace these.