These are the one set of headphones that defy the convention of if you buy cheap you get nothing but cheap, but these are far from it! When I bought these headphones I definitely wasn't an expert on headphones, I was young and wanted to spend as little as possible.
I came across these headphones on Amazon when I was browsing for a new set of headphones, after I broke my iPod headphones. The first thing that attracted me to these headphones was the price. They can sell on Amazon for as little as £3 (if you don't really care which colour you end up with) I bought these during the iPod phase so they had to be white.
The next thing that struck me about these headphones is that they where gumy. This means is that instead of a plastic shell for the earpieces they were made of soft rubber. This was appealing as my iPod headphones had been stepped on, which cause them to completely shatter as they were made of plastic. Buying rubber headphones significantly reduced the chances of this happening again.
Because of the soft rubber these are extremely durable. After 4 years of being stood on, sat on, having the chord stuck under seats, even the copper wiring being exposed! These headphones just refuse to stop working, the only reason to bin them would be due to the exposed wiring and how grubby they now look.
These headphones aren't going to blow you away, if you really want to experience all that your music has to offer then these aren't the headphones for you. But if low cost and practicality are what you are after then these are perfect. These are not inner ear buds; they simply sit in the large open area of the ear. This means they won't do much to block out outside noises. I personally hate the feeling of inner ear buds so these are more than adequate.
Personally I don't think this review does these headphones justice. You have to buy them and realise for yourself how good they are. At worst, you have spent a couple of pounds and have a spare set of headphones, which can never be a bad thing. Nothing a few dooyoo reviews won't be able to make up for.
I would finally like to mention, to ensure all aspects are covered, that these headphones are the standard 3.5mm audio jack, so will fit almost all audio devices.
I refuse to buy an expensive pair of headphones mainly due to the fact that they always break on me and I'm not spending £50 upwards for something when I can get a pair for under a tenner. Gumy headphones are great for the money and come in a variety of different colour combinations to match either my phone or my mood.
I usually pay in the region of £7 for a pair and I currently have three different pairs floating around the house.
They are made from a rubberised material which is more comfortable than the usual hard plastic that earphones are normally made from.
The buds themselves aren't in ear buds and instead they sit just outside the ear canal. I do find this to be a more comfortable way of wearing headphones as long as the buds are the right size to sit comfortably without falling out of my ear when I am moving and these ones are. They sit quite snugly and only come loose from my ear when I accidentally pull the cable.
The cord length is really good at 1 metre. I find that it is long enough that I can plug them into my phone and have enough length to put my phone in whatever pocket I want without the cable pulling the buds out of my ears but it isn't so long that the cable gets in the way of everything and is always getting caught on things.
The sound quality is surprisingly good with these headphones. Music has a good clarity and bass is nice and strong. The problem with the sound is that it doesn't go very loud. This is probably good for my ear drums but because they aren't great with isolating noise it does mean that I can have problems hearing music properly and drowning out outside noise if I am in a noisy environment, on a bus for example.
I also find that although they are designed to fit into any machine with a 2.5mm jack (most mp3 players and phones have this connector) the connector on these headphones can be a little bit loose and occasionally they will come out slightly from my phones connector which makes the music I am listening to static sounding.
For the money though I do think these headphones offer great value. They probably aren't going to be of much use to someone who is looking for the best sound possible but then again they don't cost the same price as an mp3 player either. They offer decent sound quality and are quite comfortable to wear. They aren't the most durable of headphones and I find that I probably only get about 3 or 4 months of use out of them before one side of them stops playing any sound but I don't mind this so much as they are inexpensive enough to replace.
These earphones are amazing, I absoulty love them. I was recommended them by a friend and ever since then I always buy Gumy's. I have not been able to find another pair of eraphones as good as these for the same amount of money!
I am not very good with earphones and normally break them with in a month and I've have bought a lot of crappy and poorly made earphones, so these have saved me a lot of money as they normally last about 4-6 months. For me that is really good as I use them a lot, like 5 times a day, and I have the volume really loud, which I know is bad for my ears. That was a problem for a lot of other brands I used as I played music so loud one eraphone would always blow, so I would end up having to buy another pair and this became expensive, with gummy's I probably end up spending between £18-20 on earphones a year. The reason I don't save that money and invest in a more expensive pair is beacuse I will break them just as easily, at least with Gumy's they are cheap and last 6 months of admittly not being treated well! They cost about £8 from tesco but you can normally find them on Amazon for around £5.
The design of these are really good as well, they sit really comfortably in your ear and beacuse they are in a sort of rubber casing they are really durable. I don't take great care of my earphones but these ones seem to be able to with stand being yanked about and they can deal with playing loud music. I think the volume with these earphones is much better than any others I have used, and though they are not the best sound quaility and at full volume they can become a bit muffled for the money the are very good.
Also what I love about this make is the different colours they come in: white, black, blue, pink, purple, green, orange and yellow, there is a very wide selection and all of them are really bright and funky looking. The design works really well with the bright colours and it also means that you can find earphones that match the colour of your ipod/mp3, which though superficial is always nice!
I find that the rubber material they are made of makes them easy to untangle and they are quite long so you can keep your ipod/mp3 in your pocket and it doesn't feel like the earphones are being pulled on. That is another problem I had with other brands they weren't long enough so when I put my ipod/mp3 in my pocket it felt like the earphones were being tugged on everytime I moved. Also something I have notice is the rubber casing makes them nore resilient to water and though I don't suggest using them in the bath or anything, I have spilled things on them a couple of times and the seem to be fine.
I think these are well worth the money, they last for ages and probably if treated better would last even longer. They in my eyes are really durable, they are better quality than other cheap brands but just as good as some more expensive ones.
I really love these earphones and have reccomended them to loads of my friends, who all realy like them too. For the price and the design these earphones are amazing and well worth buying.
This review is also on ciao :)
JVC's Gumy are my favourite brand of earphones, because they are the perfect compromise between cost and durability. I would say that you get what you pay for - these aren't the best sound quality in the world, but they are more than adequate for listening to standard MP3s and so on.
These earphones offer only basic functionality - they don't have any controls on them, they aren't noise-cancelling - but I'm not too bothered about any of that. I know I can rely on them to last a long time, and that's good enough for me!
The Gumy earphones are reasonably priced; you can pick them up from bigger supermarkets at around the £6-8 mark, or you can buy them from Amazon for just £4.50 (at the moment). I find these earphones will last me a year of reasonably careful use, and I would point out here that I don't travel with them that much or use them every day.
The earphones rest gently just inside your ears, so as always you need to be careful how loud you listen to music to prevent going deaf! I guess the name comes from the gummy-like plastic on the outside, which is soft to the touch. I do find it difficult to fit most standard-size earphones in my ear as my ears are small, however I don't have a problem with these although I couldn't use them for jogging as they'd fall out. The inside of each earphone is grey, with tiny holes for the sound to come out easily.
You can buy them in several different colours; I opted for 'coconut white' as I was replacing my iPod earphones at the time. They come in bubble-style plastic packaging which can be tricky to open. The size of the packaging also seems unnecessary for such a small product, and I think they could have made it a lot smaller.
I would say that the length of the cord is reasonable for attaching to a phone or MP3 player. I have found that I can't use these earphones at work because the distance from my desktop (under my desk) to my ears is just a little bit too much - however I could buy an extender if necessary.
Once these earphones are coming to the end of their life, I always find that the wire to the earbuds weakens considerably, and if you aren't careful you can get tiny little electric shocks from them, so watch out!
Despite the packaging and the weakening of the wires over time, I would definitely recommend these earphones and give them four out of five. They won't satisfy the music snobs, but on the other hand they last a good amount of time for the money.