Product Type: JVC headphones
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JVC HA F120-W Gumy phones
Member Name: jennikitten
JVC HA F120-W Gumy phones
Advantages: Last a long time, comfortable
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.
Summary: Not the best earphones ever, but a good price and good quality
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