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I got these JVC Gumy in-ear headphone as a gift; I had recently joined a gym and needed some headphones so I could watch the tv whilst plodding on the treadmill. They came in white and looked quite neat and snazzy upon first receipt. I have since found that they are fairly cheap ones you can get them on Amazon I believe currently for £4.99.
~~Using them ~~
When I first used them, the first problem I had was the kept 'popping' out my ears as I moved on the treadmill (and believe you me I don't run on the treadmill I just walk) so the movement I was making was not too excessive but for some uncanny reason they just kept falling out of my ears. I found I was constantly trying to press them back in and wiggle them about to get them in a secure way in my ear. At no point did they feel comfortable. After trying for a number of times, I just took them out and did not use them. The inside of my ears were left bruised and sore possibly from me trying to press them into my ears so much. I did not find the shape to be ergonomically sound for my ears - I don't know how much people manage to keep them in - perhaps my ears are just 'small'.
Anyway I put them away in my bag for another time perhaps however they are so small and the wires fairly slim they ended up getting tangled up in my bag and I ended up binning them.
Sound on them was ok - a bit tinny and after a few tries one of the earphones went so I could only get sound from one ear. It got a bit crackly and intermittent and for that reason and the reason above (fitment of said headphone) I just could not be bothered with them anymore; they were literally not worth untangling again.
I am hoping to save up for some decent over the head bigger earphones for when I am at the gym so that at least I can secure them better on my ears and there is no fear of bruising my inner ears.
You do get what you pay for - this was a gift for me but for me they were pretty useless and not worth the £4.99 my friend paid, in my opinion.
I would rate these a 1 star sadly due to the discomfort factor and one of the headphones broke after only a few uses.
When my last set of earphones broke, I browsed for quite a while to find a new pair. I didn't want to pay too much for them as I knew they're easy to break and I'm not overly fussed about the quality, so I went for these Gumy earphones which costed £7.99 at the time. I had some HMV vouchers so managed to use that so technically got these free. I got the white variety, which indeed was pink (well, half of the cord was pink!) - I was not totally pleased about that.
Nonetheless, unwrapping it from its podlike packaging, the earphones unwind to just under one metre long and each ear phone is round. The cord itself is definitely gummy and at first a bit sticky. It fits quite comfortably into your ears although it does hurt a bit if you listen to music for a long time- not sure if it is the shape or the size of the ear phone that is causing this!
In respect to the sound quality, it isn't bad at all. If you have used high quality speakers of earphones in the past, this will not compare in any way, but it does retain the sound and you don't lose too much information. I would say a 192/256kbps file would play comfortable with these earphones.
Having used these for the last 2-3 years it still hasn't broken, although the cord does pick up dirt and is now a musty grey colour. Still, the cord is fully intact and both earphones work, unlike this recent pair I used for about a year and now one earphone is broken. One thing about this is that the wires because of their gumminess do get tangled very easily which is a pain with all earphones- the day when they manage to make tangle-free earphones! It is annoying that this tangles so much more easily than other earphones.
Apart from the slight uncomfortability of long usage and the fact it picks up dirt, it is a good pair of earphones that will last a long time and have an acceptable sound quality. Of course for this price, you can't expect anything phenomenal, but this is as good as it gets.
About 2 and a half years ago i purchased an ipod which as i'm sure you all know comes with white ipod earphones, which considering they retail individually at around £20 or more you would think they would last, well they dont!! After less than a year they had stopped working so i instantly got online to order some more, and these are what i ordered.
~Price/ Where To Buy/Colours Available~
I paid exactly a fiver for these from Play.com (with free P&P), but i have since seen them in HMV and ASDA for around the same price and im pretty sure Amazon will sell them too. I purchased them in white to replace my ipod ones but they are available in a whole range of bright colours including Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and many more.
The earphones arrived in clear very tightly packaged plastic, which is REALLY hard to open and i ended up cutting it with scissors which isn't great if you need to return them for any reason as i doubt they would accept butchered packaging!! The packaging has 'GUMY' (the name of the range) written on a cool bubble font which is really eyecatching and if i saw it in a shop i would probably be drawn to it. The JVC logo is also displayed which is good to know that it comes from a well known and trusted make as you never know when you order online!!
The earphones themself looks great, admittedly they dont look as expensive as they ipod ones but thats because there not!! And from a distance they do look like the real deal. The bit that goes in your ear are soft rubber as opposed to the removable cushioning some of them have, which i personally think is better. The earphones are really comfy to wear and dont fall out. The wire is of an average length and is long enough to have you ipod in your pocket or bag without them falling out. The sound i think is louder than on the ipod ones and is really clear, i dont see what more you could want from earphones especially if they're a fiver!! Would definitley reccomend!
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For years Gumys have been my headphone brand of choice, because they are cheap, flexible, they look good and they're hardwearing.
I first started buying Gumys many moons ago from HMV - where they are priced at a reasonable £7.00 per set. However you can now also purchase them up from on-line retailers such as Amazon and Play for a few pounds less.
The reason I keep returning to the Gumy brand is because I have a habit of breaking all other headphones. You see my i-Pod and the personal cassette and CD players that came before, literally get thrown into my handbag with a lot of other bits and pieces. My headphones often get tangled and knocked about - and so far Gumy headphones have been the only brand able to withstand the forces of Clurbur's bag.
I also use earphones a lot at work and other brands tend it irritate my ears after a while, but because Gumys are made out of a flexible, soft plastic material, I find that I can wear them for long periods without feeling uncomfortable.
You can get Gumy headphones in a variety of colours - pink, orange, blue, red, green and yellow - which makes a change from the usual black or white option available from other manufacturers!
When you first purchase these headphones you will probably find the casing difficult to open - they are sealed in a plastic case that you will need to attack it with a pair of scissors in order to release your purchase. I find the tough packaging a little annoying because if you ever needed to return the headphones then you'd have to send them back in broken plastic.
I wouldn't describe the sound quality amazing, but it is certainly passable and these headphones do last for a long time. Another slight complaint is the fact that the colour fades after around six months, but I am being picky by saying this, because in my experience other headphones don't last half as long.
I would certainly recommend the Gumy headphone brand - they provide great quality at a great price - for that reason I have to award this product five out of five stars!!
When my original iPod earphones stopped working many years ago, I searched around for a cheap replacement. I wanted them in white in memory of my old earphones, but there wasn't much choice - this was in the early days of the iPod and black earphones were much more common.
I enjoy listening to music but I'm not a music 'snob', so as long as I can hear the music and my ears are comfortable I don't have issues with sound quality requirements or anything. I just listen to MP3s and accept the fact I'm ignorant of all these things!
Gumy earphones are available in a range of places, from supermarkets like Asda to music shops like HMV. They are reasonably priced around the £5-6 mark, compared to the Apple earphones which are around £20 and have reasonably poor reviews. They are available in a range of colours, including black, blue, orange, pink and green.
In my opinion the only real disadvantage of these earphones is the packaging, because they are packed in that horrible plastic sealed packaging which is impossible to open and causes a lot of waste. Once you're inside it though, you can pull out the gummy-ish, matte finish ear phones, plug them into your device and you're ready to go.
A lot of earphones around this price and below have thin wires which snap easily, but the Gumy ones are good quality and will last heavy listeners many, many months with very little effort. I have found though that towards the end of their lifespan, the coating of the wire can break away slightly and it's time to stop using them then as they can give you a tiny, tiny electric shock as I've found out!
The earbuds are round and fairly flat, and I find them comfortable in my ears. I do find a lot of earbuds very uncomfortable because I have small ears and I prefer to listen to music lying on my side. But the shape of these I do find very comfortable.
The one thing to watch with these white earphones is that they can get dirty quite quickly if you don't look after them. As I normally listen to music at home this isn't really an issue for me, but I bought a pair for my boyfriend a while back and they lost their soft white colour within about three weeks. Considering he doesn't take care of things like this at all though - as well as being very accident-prone - they are still working several months on which shows how hard-wearing they are.
The sound quality isn't amazing but it's more than adequate for most people, and these are a cheap choice for those people who are always losing earphones. Overall, these are a well-priced alternative to MP3 branded earphones and do the job without fuss.
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