After breaking the original iPod earphones, a friend recommended JVC Gumy because of the sound and price quality. Now every time I need to replace them, I just buy the same again but in different colours, as they are perfect. (Unfortunately many of my earphones have met their end accidentally thrown into a drink, or I manage to catch them on door handles, breaking the connection.)
I bought a very cheap pair online, and although I'm not entirely sure they were the real deal, the sound quality was that of a knockoff pair. Just like the iPod earphones have been imitated poorly, I believe there are also fake Gumy earphones online, which is why I would recommend staying away from eBay.
I also like Gumy earphones as I am not a fan of earplugs, which I find uncomfortable and unhygienic. The rubber around my current earphones is very tight around the earphone itself, meaning it never comes off if I manage to rip them from my ears. This also means that they stay clean, and I've never needed to clean them out.
I've got an ipod that goes everywhere with me and is always in my bag or my pocket. I listen to it nearly everyday so I've gone through quite a few sets of headphones through normal wear and tear and from being jostled in my bag.
I've used the original white ipod headphones and various other brands ranging in price from about £3 to £30 which also, to my dismay, ended up breaking. After all the brands I've tried I'd definitely recommend JVC Gumy headphones for a number of reasons.
Firstly the price. On average these headphones cost about £5 online though they can be up to about £10 in supermarkets and in HMV so I'd always buy online. I feel that this price is very reasonable as, like I mentioned, I've used much more expensive headphones which have broken and I've used cheaper ones which are pretty poor quality.
Secondly, comfort and style. These headphones are made from soft smooth plastic that is a little flexible to the touch. They fit in your ears snugly and are are really comfortable even after wearing them for long periods of time. They're also comfortable when lying down which is unusual for headphones. As for style, the colour on the headphones is excellent, really vivid and vibrant. However, after using for a long period of time they can become a little grubby.
Thirdly, sound quality. I love these headphones because the sound from them is excellent. It's loud and clear and just as good as any headphones that are more expensive or top of the range.
Lastly I want to mention durability. The headphones last for about the same length of time as any other pair I have. I have to replace them every 6 months or so which I'm fine with as they are a good price and good quality.
I'd recommend these headphones above all others :)
Im sure alot reading this review will have an Ipod or some kind of mp3 player. Since I got my Ipod 1 and half year ago I have went through roughly four pairs of earphones including the standard white Ipod one's to some expensive fancy ones costing a whopping £35!!!! all have broke within months for various reasons, sound fading, wire around connection fraying, and most annoyingly when one earphone stops working
I was fed up of paying £15 for a set of earphones that turn out to only last a few months so i looked for a budget pair. I stumbled across these JVC ones at my local asda for only £4.99 a fraction of the cost of previous purchases. I noticed firstly the array of vivid colours, orange obviously, purple, blue and green were available where I was but im assuming there could be more.
The earphones slip straight in ready to go and they look very good and sound even better. The sound is far superior to the standard issued Ipod earpieces and on a par with the higher end priced ones so for that reason they are a good buy.
Apart from looking good and sounding good the real test for an earphone now for me is its durability after heavy constant use. Iv now owned and used these earphones for well over 4 months now and the quality of the whole product is Identical to the quality when I originally bought them last year which for me is a big bonus. The main problem in the past seemed to be the join where the earphones wire meets the device (ipod etc) bending and eventually ruining the sound or cutting it off altogether. With these the connection is very solid and durable and has to this day showed no sign of breaking yet fingers crossed.
overall though its a simple piece of equipment un fancy other than its extravagant colour and it does its job and has so far out performed and out lasted its often pricey predecessors :)
From experience the teeny tiny mini headphones we all know and love and insist on wearing whilst hooked up to an Ipod at full blast don't tend to last too long. After all they do take a lot of battering during every day use, but it can be very frustrating when you have to go out looking for a set of new ones as it seems to be a mine field of choices and specs with a vast range of difference in prices.
We went out hunting for replacements and chose a pair of these JVC gummy style in ear headphones. This was in part due to the funky range of colours they come in from purple to red, to white and the orange that we chose.
The thought was that if you are going to walk about with something stuck in your ears for all to see it may as well look as though you chose it for its funky cool design and colour!
As I mentioned these are in scorchingly vivid valencia orange and we paid £7.99 for them at the time, although we have since seem then for less. They are fairly comfortable to wear in your ear once you become accustomed to them and they have a color coded cord which is both flexible and a soft to the touch. The sound quality was good with no buzzing at all when we first got these, plenty of juicy base and clarity, so in terms of value for money they were a good buy.
The in ear buds are a good size, not too big so that they hurt your ear and not so small that they keep falling out which can be really irritating. The sound quality has been good till recently and thats to be expected really as over time the ear phones and the cord do take a lot of abuse with repeated taking on and off and wrapping the cord around itself etc.
The ear phones lasted a good 9 months and its only now that the quality of sound has become crackly and sometimes going on and off in one ear. I think this is just a case of long term use having worn the poor little gummy ear phones into submission really. They have outlasted the original Ipod earphones so thats a bonus. Giving them 4 stars as I haven't yet found that 5 star sound.
In summary they are a decent set of wired in ear headphones for your ipod or portable music system, that can out put your tunes in stereo, what more can you ask for
These headphones are great. you can purchase them in many different coulours so they fit your personality or match your mp3 player. the cord is quite long giving extra length to move around and share the mp3 player with a friend. this also means they can ealisy be plugged into a radio when you cant play it out loud. the head phones are relitavily cheap, mine cost just 6.99 but this also means they can break easliy after a while and the sound can break up aswell as the plastic covering wearing away leaving bear wire. it may be worth spending a little more on a pair of heapd phone you can trust if you are going to be using them alot. for the ocassional listener these are great. i would also advise not to get ones with a white cord as this gets very easliy grubby and dirty whicih dosn't look good.