Product Type: JVC headphones
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JVC HA F130B Gumy Headphones
Member Name: AwesomeForrest
JVC HA F130B Gumy Headphones
Disadvantages: Poorly built, terrible sound, prone to breaking.
I have been through a large number of different headphones as you will be able to tell from checking my reviews ranging from rather expensive pairs to the more low budget options.
I bought these because the headphones I had for my iPhone were broken and I needed a cheap replacement and quickly so I got them for about £5 from Amazon and because of Amazon Prime they arrived the following day. I went for the purple option because for some reason they were a little cheaper but it seems there are various options for colours available.
The packaging for them is basically just a reasonably small plastic package and it's in that annoying packaging which you have to cut open at the risk of slicing the wire on your new headphones which are quite snug inside.
The actual headphones carry the colour scheme throughout so you have the purple headphones matching the purple wire then the speaker part of the headphone has a grey circle and then down the side of each headphone you have JVC then L/R on either one. Straight away I noticed the very poor build quality obviously I understand these are cheaper headphones but still I was surprised at how fragile they feel the outer part of the headphone is a soft rubber casing and then the grey speaker cover is a hard plastic. Fortunately the wire is a good length which is a plus because some of the shorter ones tend to gain tension when the headphones go down into a trouser pocket.
The sound quality for me was a very big let down the first thing I noticed was the pretty drastic lack of volume I would find turning up the volume on my iPhone or Macbook would match about 1/3 of the volume on the other headphones I've had in the past including other cheaper unbranded pairs. The next you notice which seems to be common in lower end headphones is the distinct lack of bass and by lack I mean ... what bass? there's just none at all you just get very hissy highs it almost sounds like a maraca is accompanying everything you listen too.
I also found the headphones very annoying to sit in my ear I think it was due to them being a bit smaller than others and not having as much of an edge around the speaker so they would fall out with the gentlest pull on the wire. They weren't uncomfortable at all but then I could hardly feel the fact they were there as they were rested so lightly on my ear constantly on the verge of falling out.
Going back to the build quality I'll touch on my main problem as I mentioned I was aware these were budget headphones and I didn't expect them to last forever but after about only a week I noticed that the grey speaker felt slack then as soon as I had noticed within the next few days the actual speaker had completely fallen out. This allowed me to see that the wires attaching them were incredibly thin and fragile with the tiniest dot of solder holding them on by a thread.
You really do get what you pay for and I honestly think these headphones would be better suited with a 50p price tag because the quality was a real let down especially when JVC have decided to put there name to it.
Summary: Avoid unless they're almost giving them away.
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