Product Type: JVC headphones
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Thoroughly mediocre...but they'll do in a pinch!
JVC HA F130B Gumy Headphones
Member Name: RTWJuju
JVC HA F130B Gumy Headphones
Advantages: Great price at £5, okay quality sound, okay comfort, lots of colour choice.
Disadvantages: Earbuds are quite large, sometimes a crinkly noise with loud volume.
I'm one of those people that always walks around with music in their ears. Frankly, I've forgotten what it's like to saunter along the path and listen to the birds singing and the kids playing and the cars whooshing past. If I'm walking and I'm alone, I'm listening to my iPod.
I am a creature of habit and tend to rely on one specific brand of headphones that I've come to trust. Unfortunately, my latest pair broke last week and I was forced to buy an intermediary pair or be doomed to walk without someone singing in the background of my life. A fate worse than death. I purchased a pair of Gumy headphones because they were similar in price range to what I'd usually pay, and they looked straight forward and plain and...they looked like headphones.
My conclusion after a week's use is that they are thoroughly average. Sound quality is average. It's not fantastic - loud volumes sometimes cause a gentle crinkly noise in the ear, as though the speaker were jostling against something. It's quite distracting and rather disappointing as at certain points in my day I like to crank up the volume for this song or that song...
When it comes to comfort, I find that these earbuds are rather generic. They're a little big for my ears (but most usually are), and can make me quite sore if I'm using them for more than half an hour or so at a time. They're nicely rounded though, and there's no one spot on them which rubs against me and causes irritation, it's more just a matter of size. The name of the product suggests to me that they're going to be quite soft - or gummy, eh? I'm reasonably surprised therefore that the rubber surrounds on the earbuds are quite tough. Upon squishing between thumb and forefinger, there's a little bit of give, but nothing special. Still...they're okay.
The bonus is that the wiring is a little longer than I'm used to and I find it quite useful to be able to tuck away my iPod in my bag rather than my pocket, and the cord will have enough space to allow me to move without the buds being tugged out of my ears.
I think it's also worth a quick note that these headphones come in blister packaging and need scissors or serious strength to open. That's fine if you're taking them home but if you've bought them on the spot for immediate use, it's a bit of a pain! (Top tip: ask very sweetly at the counter in HMV where I bought mine and the lovely lady behind it will cut the packet open for you.)
I bought plain black headphones as I am a creature of habit and I learned early on in my iPod career that white headphones make you a bit more of a target to the nasties out there than black. If someone sees you with white, they assume iPod, and although some people might want this status symbol, I'm more interested in avoiding getting mugged. The nice thing about these headphones is that there was a massive range of colours: blue, red, green, pink, yellow... If you wanted to step across the black/white wiring boundary, Gumy will lead you along the way.
Summary: I'll probably only buy these one time. Once they're dead, I'll have to experiment elsewhere...
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