Before I purchased an iphone 4, I used an MP3 player regularly and still use it occasionally. I own several pairs of headphones for the MP3 player. There is one particular pair of headphones that are firm favourites of mine, and even after two years of use, they are still going strong. The headphones in question are from the "JVC Gumy" range, which is available to buy from all good electrical retailers, including some larger branches of Asda and Tesco, as well as online at www.amazon.co.uk.
The particular model that I own is the JVC HA F130A model, and I have them in a bright blue colour, which matches the little MP3 player that I have. The packaging for these particular headphones is quite unique and it stood out to me on the shelf in the store I purchased them in. The Gumy headphones were enclosed in a little oval shaped plastic package, and I was rather disappointed that the package had to be discarded and was not robust enough to be used to store the headphones in. The good news however, is that the packaging could be recycled, so at least it was environmentally friendly.
The cord for the JVC Gumy headphones matches the earpieces themselves so of course it is a matching blue colour. I find that this makes them quite eye-catching and bright. I think also that these particular earphones might appeal to youngsters or teenagers as well as slightly older consumers (like me!) as they have a sort of trendy look about them.
The headphones themselves are the sort that fit snugly and neatly into the ear. The JVC Gumy headphones do not have any sort of foam covering or any protection on them at all in that the plastic 'head' of each earpiece is intended to sit directly into your ear. This is fine for me, but I know that some consumers might prefer something a bit softer.
I find the JVC Gumy headphones are extremely comfortable and fit really neatly into my ear without any fuss or messing about. This is not something that can be said of every other set of headphones that I have purchased over the past few years that is of a similar style and in a similar price range to the JVC Gumy model. In actual fact I have found many alternatives are much bulkier and feel quite clumsy and uncomfortable in my ear, so I was pleased to note fairly early on after purchasing the Gumy phones that they were easy to use and very comfortable.
The set up on my Gumy headphones is very straight-forward and there is nothing particularly 'gimmicky' about them. There is nothing to adjust the volume, nor are there any controls on the flex. If you want to stop using them, they need to be pulled out of the appliance you have them plugged into. They are either on or off, as it were. This is not necessarily a negative point, as there are times when it can be refreshing to have a little simplicity in our everyday appliances, and I for one, can live without a gazillion different functions being accessible through a small button on my earphone flex, but it is of course down to personal choice.
The sound quality on the JVC Gumy headphones is very good - I have had no problems with crackling or any background 'tinny' effects which is highly frustrating and something I have come to expect with cheaper-branded earphones. Furthermore, I find that the Gumy phones have never had any problems with the connections in the wire or in the earpieces themselves coming lose which is a huge bugbear of mine as it often means the sound only comes through on one of the earpieces instead of both. This can happen quite easily with some models, so the fact that it has never happened with any of my JVC Gumy phones speaks volumes to me about the quality being slightly more premium than other brands I have owned in the past.
Overall, I think the JVC Gumy headphones are very good quality and are very robust, well-made little earphones that do everything that they should without breaking the bank. I highly recommend them, and the fact that my blue Gumys are still going strong, some two-and-a-bit years after purchase speaks volumes to me!
The JVC Gumy HA F130A are currently priced at around £6 at www.amazon.co.uk (at September 2011) which I think is great value.
I bought two packs of these gummy headphones a month ago, just before my holiday to Cyprus. I got them in Asda, 2 for £10, or they were £7.99 each. As soon as I got back off holiday I returned both sets to Asda, as they were the worst headphones we have ever used! I certainly wouldn't have been happy paying £7.99 for them.
We got a blue and a pink set, to use with our ipods on the plane. When I first tried these head phones, I thought I had a faulty pair, as you could only hear the voices singing in one ear. You could hear the music in both ears, but in one ear I couldn't hear any singing! It made listening to my ipod impossible as it sounded such poor quality. I also had a problem with the head phones staying in my ears. They were constantly falling out, and when I did get them to stay in they were so uncomfortable I just had to give up with these, and couldn't listen to my ipod on the beach like I had planned!
My boyfriend also had the same poor sound quality with his set of these headphones, so it wasn't just mine which were faulty. These do come in really cute packaging and nice bright colours which is what attracted me to buy them in the first place, it is just a shame that they are of such poor quality. I think they also come in other colours like black, orange and purple, although I have not seen them.
We returned both sets of these gummy headphones to Asda who refunded us no problem, and I will never buy them again! For £5 each they are nice and cheap, but if you want a decent sound they are just no good. I am not bothered about excellent sound quality but these were just so poor I couldn't stand listening to them!
I do not recommend these jvc gumy headphones, there were a waste of money and I'm glad I could get my money back and didn't waste a tenner on them!
I used to hate buying new headphones!!! I tend to just stick to getting new pairs of gummys now whenever my last ones break.
They are available in six colours (as far a i have seen - pink, yellowishorange, blue, green, dark grey/black and white (I have also been told people have seen purple!!!)
They are quite small which it brilliant for me as I always found headphones rubbed the inside of my ear. These sit very nicely and the texture means they move comfortably.
They are fairly light - alot lighter than some solid plastic phones I have had before.
They are coated in a rubbery texture and do sort of bounce (although I wouldn't do this much, it could bounce the speaker out!) And yes they do squeeze in your hand! The main problem I have had it that sometimes the band of rubber holding the speaker in wears away as they get older - it the edge starts poking out this hurts!!!
The sound is good and I find it even handles base quite well
Please tell me i am not the only person who cannot do the squeeze in your ear bud thingy?? after buying a Sony mp4 player and reading endless reviews on how good the headphones are i was utterly disappointed and my ears still wince from the thought of shoving the cumbersome buds into them.
Not being particularly snobby about such things i was not willing to spend 40 plus pounds on a pair of Bose or the such and was quite content to spend £7.70 in Tescos for these.
Chose the ice blue and they really are a lovely colour especially with the matching cord really stand out and have had people ask were i got my £8 headphones from!!
Unfortunately do not have the necessary skills to say if they are too bassy or top heavy or low notes resonate blah,blah,blah all i know is my music sounds pretty good and my ears do not hurt like hell as these babies are still soft but you do not have to screw them into your ear canal!! and the colour is great and they are only £8!!
Treat yourself even if only for a spare set.
I thought it would be a bit of a challenge to write a review about a set of earphones - not the most exciting product in the world.
---Me and my Ipod---
I got my gorgeous pink 4GB iPod mini back in August 2005 - I was so excited and pleased with it, mainly because it came with free engraving and says "Mary's Music for Moose Missions" on it. The iPod has served me very well, blocking out any screaming kids on my commute from Workington to Carlisle and back. I don't used it every day though (and sometimes go for weeks without - or the month after I accidentally deleted all my songs due to iTunes being annoying and lost the will to live), it very much depends on my mood and what book I happen to be reading or if I'm going through a phase of playing on my (pink) Nintendo DS.
Around a year ago one of the left ear on my iPod (I know it was the left as my Paul McKenna "I Can Make You Thin" CD/MP3 which seems to have actually made me fatter told me that was the left ear) started to go a bit fuzzy. Rather than doing anything, I moaned about it for a year while it got gradually worse to the unbearable point where Holst's "Jupiter" on full volume was pure agony (I can hear your comments already....), not a great start to a Monday morning. I now hear that Ipod earphones are notorious for being rubbish, so rather than panicking that I needed a new MP3 player I should have just bought new earphones sooner.
---Buying the Earphones---
I perused the laminated book of dreams and saw that they had pink (oh joy!) earphones on sale for £8 - I wasn't bothered what they did or what brand (preferably with both ears working though), just so long as they were pink! I pottered into town, and whilst in Woolie's non-Winter Wonderland, hubby noticed the JVC HA-F130-PE - GUMY In-Ear Headphone with Colour Cord on sale for £6.99, so saving £1.01 I parted with my hard-earned (lol) cash!
---Using the Earphones---
It was my first day back at work after holiday and I was eager to listen to my new Coldplay album. Having charged my iPod for ages (it has got quite temperamental with age) I sat on the train and plugged the earphones (or in-ear headphones as JVC seem to call them - personally I think earphones explains it pretty succinctly) in, they don't quite fit perfectly as Ipod earphones do, but it doesn't seem to be a problem.
Oh my Mother Moose, I was blown away by how loud it all was! Having been used to my Ipod on full volume I realised that this was actually going to be far too painful with my new pink earphones. Great stuff! I'd always wished that my iPod would go just that little bit louder, so that I can irritate my fellow commuters!
When I got to work I removed my earphones having spent the best part of an hour listening to "Viva La Vida" on repeat (I tend to get a little obsessive when there are new songs I like), and my ears were ringing. Now I have the volume ever so slightly lower.
So, to list the advantages and disadvantages:
Louder than my iPod earphones (although this could be a disadvantage as it might make me go deaf, or irritate people on the train)
There are pink and very nearly match my Ipod perfectly!
The earphones say "L" and "R" on them which my old ones didn't - they do actually fall out of your ears if you put them in the wrong ones!
The earphone bits are kind of a bit squidgy, and are comfortable. They don't seem to fall out as much as my Ipod ones did.
A slightly tinny sound at times, although this could be the songs...
The packaging the earphones came in was a nightmare to get into.
The wires tend to get very tangled up, especially in my bag. Annoyingly the bit which keeps the wires together at the bottom can't be pulled up to the top as it could on my iPod earphones.
The wires don't seem to be as sturdy as they were on my iPod, so can't see them lasting so long.
Some reviews I have read have said that after a while they make a buzzing sound, and that the left ear goes in the end. I imagine though that this is the case for most cheap earphones.
For those of you who want to know the technical details, which mean nothing to me except for the weight (and all earphones must be pretty similar on that count!):
Sensitivity: 108 dB/mW
Frequency response: 16-20,000Hz
3.28ft cord with gold plated plug
Maximum input capacity: 300mW (IEC)
Powerful neodymium 13.5mm driver unit
Nominal Impedance: 16 ohms
These earphones are not available at Woolworth's anymore but can be purchased from Amazon for £6.60. Similar ones can be bought in blue.
So in conclusion, these earphones were £6.99 well spent, and as you'll imagine for that price they are nothing special. Even if they only last 6 months to a year (I've only been using them for a month so far), it's worth it just for having pink ones. They should serve me until I get sick of the poor battery life on my iPod and invest in something newer and flashier!
This will also be published on Ciao with photos soon.