I'm a bit of a sporadic iPod user! I go a few weeks without touching it and then have a phase where I literally cannot live without it. Due to this, I haven't purchased a new one for a while now. I'm wayyyyy back in the 00s with the iPod Nano Generation 2. My Dad bought this for me when I was 15 so we are talking a good 7 years, therefore, when my original iPod headphones gave up in May this year I wasn't too annoyed!
The headphones decided that a good time to break would be when we were away up in Yorkshire so a time that I was actually using my iPod quite a lot for when we were on lengthy car journeys etc. We were staying in Whitby and there is a large co-op there so I decided to have a quick hunt there. To be honest I was practically certain they wouldn't stock earphones but at least then I could chill out knowing that I had tried.
The co-op actually had a few different styles/brands of headphones in their range which I was pleasantly surprised about but to be honest as soon as we got to the shelf we all knew which ones I would pick...yes the pink ones! I was really impressed with the price too - only £4.99 for a brand which was well known, JVC. I had also read numerous reviews about these online so I knew they would be decent enough to serve me for the next 10 days and for £4.99 I wasnt particularly bothered if they broke as soon as we got home.
The earphones are available in a number of different colours including pink, yellow, purple, bright blue, black, green, red and white. The co-op only had a few different colours which I think were pink, black and white but I was happy enough! The exact colour name for these is Peach Pink but I think this names a bit misleading as they aren't peachy at all, they are a bright, vibrant neon/hot pink. The wire is also pink which I found to be an added bonus because often they are white or black and it just doesn't blend in. The wire is a slightly darker and duller pink but nevertheless is still a lovely colour. The wire is 1.0m in length which I found to be a really good length as it meant I could leave it on the car seat next to me or put it in my pocket when out and about and still be able to listen to my music easily and in comfort.
The earphones have the standard connection on the end which is gold plated and it can plug straight into iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, PC's etc so these are great for multiple useage too.
Well theres not much involved in setting these up...you plug them in and thats it your ready to go!
So as you can see in the photo above these earphones follow the 'bud' shape/design which is supposed to sit nicely in your ears. I have quite small ears but I think they must be a funny shape or something because the traditional iPhone earphones were constantly falling out of my ears regardless of whether I was running or sat still! However, this is not a problem with these as they sit perfectly in my ear and do not come out until I decide they are doing so! They are also very comfortable and are made from a soft, rubbery, gummy material which makes it soft on your ears which I find much easier to wear than traditional hard plastic and metal ones.
But now of course the important thing...how do they sound? I think they sound much better than my original iPod earphones but this could have something to do with the fact that they were seven years old and had been dropped and bashed about and sat on and left in a bag for months on end....! The initial things I noticed with these earphones was that the music sounded clearer and these earphones also reached quite a loud volume. Looking online (amazon) I have tried to work out what the sound variation of these are but I'm having a bit of difficulty determining what is in reference to the sound and what isnt so here is the technical specification for the earphones:
Driver Unit 13.5mm
Magnet type Neodymium
Frequency Response 16-20,000Hz
Nominal Impedance 16ohms
Max. Input Capability 200mW (IEC)
All of these could be written in Martian and I still don't think I'd understand exactly what each one means but I'm sure some of you out there do! My iPod is a bit of a mish mash where it comes to music, I have some pop, some indie, RnB, rap, garage - you name it, I've probably got it so I was interested to see how these earphones would cope with the different genres of music for example hip-hop tends to be quite bassy but then the ballads I have on there are much calmer. I was pleased with how good everything sounded through these earphones. I tend to have my iPod on shuffle mode so I could be listening to Plan B one minute and Adele the next but I found that all of the music sounded brilliant and it flowed really well.
I've had these earphones since May and I am really pleased with them so far. The sound quality is very good and they look great too aswell as being really comfortable and fitting well in my ears. Compared to my iPhone headphones they are in a class of their own and for the price I paid of just £4.99 I am very pleased with my purchase. They look good as new and there are no scratches on them and none of the white lettering has started to come away either.
Currently, all of the colours mentioned above are available on Amazon. They seem to vary in cost but none are more expensive than £4.75 with most of the colours being priced at just £3.49 with free delivery (colours include pink, blue and green). Therefore, if you need some new earphones or just think these might come in handy as a spare or even to keep next to your PC I would 100% recommend these as they are a quality product and the price is brilliant.
I am always breaking or losing earphones and these are my favourite cheap earphones. They cost around £8 and come in a variety of colours meaning that they look nice as well. I like the colours better than the white apple earphones as they don't get as grubby and as dirty as easily. They are made of a rubber material that doesn't scratch and is quite hard wearing. I find some cheaper earphones fall apart within a few weeks. Although they are not the type that go right into your ear, the sound quality is quite good for the price and they are comfortable to wear. I find some earphones seem to fall out of my ears but these are great as they stay in my ears. The cord is a nice length as it is not too long and gets in your way but is long enough to put your ipod etc in your pocket when listening to music. These are good earphones for anyone who doesn't want to spend a lot of money but wants a pair of earphones that will last for a while.
I bought these headphones off a popular auction site for £4.49, which I thought was pretty cheap. They were the exact same pair as the ones shown above and they came packaged in a plastic case that was durable but not very easy to get in to!
The headphones can be used with all iPods and most mp3 players. They simply plug in and connect to your mp3 player. The headphones themselves are very easy and comfortable to wear. They don't make your ears ache (hurt) and they are easy to remove (just a gentle tug will remove them from your ear). They look great. The colour is really vibrant and eye catching and the colour doesn't seem to fade either, which is good!
The sound quality is excellent. Some cheap headphones can sound a little "tinny" but these sound great. The sound quality is very consistent and they sound the same with all genres of music, through dance to country. They are durable and long lasting and they're great for kids as they come in all different colours, not just pink.
I would recommend these headphones. I've had mine for six months now. They still look new and the colour still looks bright and vibrant. The cord can tangle easily though so be careful not to get into a mess with it. Other than that they are great!
I rely on my trusty iPod to get me through my travels to college and work, and help the journey go quicker. I enjoy my music, but I noticed that the original iPod earphones are of awful quality for the price that they are, therefore when those broke, I decided to invest in a new pair of earphones that would hopefully last much longer. After looking at a number of earphones in HMV, I decided to pick up these JVC GUMY earphones.
I was instantly attracted to them because of the various colours. These particular earphones are available in peach pink, blueberry blue, mint blue, grape violet, raspberry red, lychee white and olive black. Similar JVC earphones are available in colours such as green, orange and yellow as well. Having such a wide range of colours is fantastic, as not only is there a pair for everyone, but they can also match your iPod or MP3 player also. I would much rather pay a little extra for a pair of earphones that look great as opposed to plain silver or black ones. I have noticed that it does help to locate your iPod when rummaging through your bag as well!
Considering these earphones are relatively cheap, the sound quality is pretty impressive, and I have had no problems with crackling sound or any sound interruptions. The earphone is iPod and iPhone compatible, and is also likely to fit in a wide range of MP3 players as well. It inserts easily and the sound plays efficiently through it. It goes up to quite a high volume, however it is not exceptional, and you can not expect such high quality from £7.00 earphones. They do however do there job, and I am completely happy with how they perform, as I only need them to listen to music when I'm on my travels. If you have a passion for music, and deal with it as a career, you will probably steer clear of headphones like this, however if it is just to occassionally listen to your iPod, I would happily recommend these to other people.
Unfortunately, after a bit of wear and tear, these earphones are not so good. They perform to a high quality for around four or five months, however I did notice many problems after owning them for some time. Firstly, once the cord started getting twisted, and the earphones being used for a long time, the sound quality decreased a little and started to crackle slightly. After putting up with this for a little while, one earphone completely stopped receiving sound, therefore only one was working effectively. Finally, they both stopped working, but I believe this is simply because of overuse, and therefore I was happy to go out and repurchase the earphones again.
These retail at around £6.99 but they are sold in a wide range of places, so it is worth shopping around to see if you can find any deals on them. I personally brought mine from HMV for £6.99, however I have seen them in other places such as Argos, Amazon and various other online stores.
Overall, I am very happy with these earphones, but if you need to use them regularly, it is probably best for you to invest in a more expensive pair. I happily repurchase these earphones because they are fabulous and provide me with everything that I need. The sound quality is fairly good, and they look fantastic. They are much better than the iPod earphones and for just a fraction of the price, so check them out! Thanks for reading.
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.