After my in-ear headphones finally gave up on me whilst I was travelling, I popped into the nearest HMV store to pick up the cheapest earphones I could find. The Gumy range was the cheapest at £5 so there was my answer, and I chose the kiwi green colour because they were my favourite.
I was originally impressed with these headphones, as anyone would be after they had to sit through an 8 hour coach trip with no music, because of broken headphones.
However, whilst on the 8 hour return trip I felt that the headphones were very unsuitable for being in such close proximity to people. The headphones did their job as headphones, and they weren't crackly or too heavy on the bass, however as my ipod has a problem with volume control I felt very embarrassed about the amount of sound that was given off by the headphones. They are not particularly soundproofed on the outside and I felt like a nuisance to the other passengers.
Also when I got home from my journey, I had these headphones in my ears for a very long time, and I may have sensitive ears but I felt that the shape of these headphones hurt my ears quite a lot. And for the amount of time that I use my ipod I don't think these would be suitable unless I wear them loosely.
I needed a good set of earphones after my very unreliable iPod ones broke. One of my friends had these and said they were brilliant, so I picked some up.
Firstly, the shape of them is perfect. They fit in my ears so well, and seem to block out the noise around you, which is perfect for listening to music on the go.
Secondly, the range of colours they come in is phenomenal! I personally chose purple, but it was a tough decision!
I bought these for £5 from play.com, a bargain for such a great item.
On to sound quality...
I personally think they are MUCH better than the ones you get with iPods. I listen to a lot of metal music and some earphones can dampen the quality drastically, especially when turned up loud, but these maintain the quality no matter what volume you have your music on. No crackling, no inconsistency with volume, nothing.
The wire/cord is also made of a nice sturdy material, I have no signs of breakage yet and they have been used every day for going on a year now! It is also pleasant feeling, very smooth and easy to untangle.
My one hang up with this item would be the packaging it comes in, it took me a long time to get them out of the plastic and did resort to hacking away at it with the scissors. Which isn't great because it could damage the item, but rest assured mine did not break one bit when I finally got them out of the plastic.
If you have an mp3 player or an ipod that is not hitting it's full potential due to faulty or ineffective earphones, I would go out and buy these. They're available in most supermarkets, but I'd buy them online since it's a couple of pounds cheaper :)
JVC electronics are the creators of these 'Gumy' In-ear headphones, and according to their website, they're new additions to the market and have fast become my number one choice when it comes to buying audio products in funky, snappy colours!
*****What do they look like?*****
As I previously mentioned, the ear buds come in a multitude of colours of which you can take your pick from. There's nine in total, from Peppermint Blue to Olive Black (quite contradictory names!) the choice is yours.
I've currently got the 'kiwi green' variety, which is a lovely light, vibrant shade of green. The wire is also this shade, too, and furthermore is 1 metre long, which I think is the perfect length regarding headphones.
*****What does it feel like?*****
I was pleased to discover that they fit nice and snug in my ears - previous ear buds tended to fall our of my ears far too often for my liking - yet these babies stay in even when I forcefully shake my head from side to side, letting me rave on without worrying they're about to fly out of my lugs!
*****What does it sound like?*****
As far as headphones go, they're pretty good quality. The sound is decent, and I am able to listen to my music clearly.
That being said, I would've liked to have seen a volume controller located on the wire of the ear buds like I have seen on numerous other audio products, as the volume controls on my phone are far from fantastic. This is only a minor disadvantage, though, and perhaps I am being a little picky over my buds!
*****What's the damage?*****
A pair of these will set you back just £7 from Asda, which is where I bought them from. They're also currently doing a promotion of buying two for a tenner, which - I thought to myself at the time - was pretty good value.
However, having just had a look on Amazon, I've discovered you can purchase them from there for just £4.99 plus free shipping, so that's where I'd recommend you buy them!
I have a few pairs of these earphones in various colours around for work, mp3 player, computer, etc. The main appeal to buyers is probably the range of colours (I believe they are designed to go with the latest round of iPods as they come in colours such as Kiwi Green which I am reviewing here, orange, yellow, purple, pink, blue as well as the more "conventional" black and white).
They are normally sold for about £7-8 depending on the retailer - I got this pair in Asda for £7 but have seen them on special offer, also available from many other retailers and online for varying prices. It's not a "top brand" earphone price but not super cheap either, more of an average price for "normal use" earphones and the quality reflects this. They are well built for the price and the sound quality is reasonable - they don't have a big low end (bass response), more "trebly" and do not have a bass boost feature on the earphones so are probably more suitable for general listening such as on a laptop whilst working than for an audiophile.
Compared to the more expensive and better quality headphones (I have a pair of actual Technics headphones that cost £30 for more 'quality' listening) the sound quality is noticeably less but is in line with what you would expect for a pair of earphones of this price. Much of the appeal is probably in the colour range rather than the sound quality actually.
They are quite robust though and my various pairs have survived the knocks and bumps such as being left in the bottom of a bag, rolled over with an office chair (!) etc without any damage being done so should withstand most normal wear and tear. I would buy these earphones again if they were lost or somehow damaged or just if I find I need another pair around the house or office.
One of the few products I buy constantly. I have had various sets of these headphones and they come in all sorts of colours: black, pink, blue, green, yellow, white etc.
I'm going to start off by saying that they do exactly what it says on the packaging. They cost between £5 - £15 depending on where you purchase them from.
The headphones are buy far one of the most comfortable ones available for the price range and if not one of the comfortable on the market. They fit nice and snug inside the ear, the material they are made out of provides a soft cushion on the ear lobe. They are pretty decent for out and about use as they don't fall out as often as you would expect considering the cost of the headphones.
The sound quality is brilliant, the provide good sound quality for all sorts of music whether it be dub step, metal , pop , alternative or even classical. You can get high volumes on them without distorting the actual quality of the song playing. However because they don't sit right into the ear a lot of the sound from the headphones can be heard by other people not really a big problem but it might be for people who are conscious about those type of things.
Durability wise they are good they tend to show dirt or use age marks on the lighter colours available such as the blue and yellow. However they are durable, but do have a tendency after good use to just fail on you on the random but to be honest for a few quid they are well worth the money and i would buy them time and time again.
First of all, I have had loads of these headphones. I buy them again and again because they're cheap and cheerful with the massive choice of colours.
They cost about £6 in the shops, but I've just bought a brand new set from eBay for only £2.99, so they are definately cheap, especially considering that they are actually decent headphones.
The sound quality on these is good, as it is quite sharp and sounds the same as Apple headphones, only much, much cheaper, but once you get to full volume on certain songs, particularly bass heavy ones, the headphones can start to fuzz and vibrate, which will probably lead to them breaking if you always listen to music on full whack with a heavy drum or bass part to it.
The headphones don't keep the sound in very well, which is one of their downsides. Even at half volume on an iPod, people will be able to hear what you're listening to, be it on the bus or train or wherever, and personally, I hate it when I can hear other peoples' music.
They are also extremely comfortable, again, especially considering their budget cost, and should not irritate your ears, and they shouldn't fall out (unless you have massive ears)
They come in loads of colours (I couldn't tell you exactly how many). Including: black, white, yellow, orange, pink, blue and more!!! So you can match your headphones to your MP3 player or whatever you happen to be wearing at the time.
The biggest downside for me, is they appear quite weak. I, for some weird reason, chew the wires and headphones, which leads them to stop working. They don't snap, so I must be breaking the inner workings. This is why I have went through quite a few sets. I buy another about every 2 months or so.
If you don't chew your headphones, then they would last you a lot longer.
Overall, a high quality set of headphones for a very low cost.
Product Name: JVC HAF130 In Ear Gumy Headphones
To get a so called decent pair of earphones these days now will cost you about £15 upwards which is expensive for something so small and all relatively the same technology wise. I use my iPod on a daily basis and within the past year i would say I've been through at least 10 pairs of earphones. Three of which were Apple Headphones so called quality products.
These earphones are different, first of all for the price. I bought these from ASDA for a acceptable £7 and they meet the same standards and are better in some areas than all of my previous earphones.
They are not made to but they seem to be quite good as cutting out outside noise, a thing I've also noticed is that they can cope with loud pitches as with all my previous earphones they break themselves if I'm listening to some noisy songs they make a screechy noise if i turn the volume up to high whereas these have not done that an cope well with noise. They come in a range of different colours so you can match them with your device. The colours are; blue, pink, green, white, orange, black and red. They fit comfortably in your ear and don't tend to fall out and i find myself to be a very good tester for this since i do alot of heavy bmx riding.
* 1m cord with gold-plated plug
* Unit matching colour cord
* Small housing for better fit
* Cord length adjusted from 1.2m to 1m for easy handling with MP3 players
* Maximum Input Power 20mW
* Sensitivity 108dB/1 mW
* Frequency Range 16Hz - 20kHz
Where to buy
(Play.com) £5.99 + Free Delivery
The new Gumy earphones sport a color-matching cord and are designed with a soft rubber body to be more comfortable and to fit more snugly. They include a shortened cord so they're more manageable when used with a portable digital audio player.