Product Type: JVC headphones
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JVC HA F140PN Gumy phones
Member Name: bilbobaginz
JVC HA F140PN Gumy phones
Advantages: Cheap, featured, technically gifted little earphones!
Disadvantages: Not the best sound quality, can become uncomfortable.
I started going to the gym recently, (again) attempting to begin a meaningful stint at regular exercise - with running taking centre stage for the first time: something I have new-found interest in due to the sense of achievement and self-pride you obtain when improving week after week. It was when running (bare eared and relatively bored) that I realised the activity would be far more enjoyable with my own music as a pose to the chart-toppers they blast out in 'TheGym' Nottingham. Walking into a nearby electrical store after my workout I saw these little beauts (F140PN Gumy phones), cheap as chips (£5.99) and looking like they'd keep to my ears well whilst doing the job of emitting quick paced running music (DnB I thought would work best), I got them! A few weeks later and I am impressed, they seem to tick all the boxes - and the material, form, features and specification aren't that bad to be honest...
MATERIAL / FORM (and corresponding opinion):
- Their shape; (copied no doubt from several electrical ancestors of the in-ear world) the curved, internal lobe hugging form they adopt sticks well within biological mics like mine. These phones maximise the tear-shaped / curved design excellently - - So they fit very well indeed. Even whilst running, the well dimensioned diameter and depth of the heads keep the earphones glued to your in-ear surface impressively. After more than an hour or two of being stationary or moving though they do start to ache the bottom of your ear where gravity pulls them down into your undisturbed flesh.
- It's not just the shape that keeps these earphones in your ears (and causing irritation over time), it's the abrasiveness of the materials (mainly cheap-ish plastic - which is fine) which gives that loved (and despised) property. The materials may be low-grade, but they hold the double-device together well and they seem of a durable nature too. The earphones can be bought in a variety of colours due to the flexible nature of the materials production - nine colour and cord variations available. JVC have even taken the rather wise decision to match colours with the Ipod Nano range (apparently) so that people have a cheap alternative whilst still being able to look 'cool'.
FEATURES / SPECIFICATION (and corresponding opinion):
- Due to the technical specification and features of the internal workings, the ear-phones give out a richer sound than I first anticipated (when having an initial listen). 13.5mm Neodymium driver units are described as 'powerful', allowing the volume and quality to be lifted significantly. I'd even say the sound quality matched that of Ipod earphones (which always seemed to me to have a slight twangy undertone). The bass of the music cannot be distinguished as well as say some headphones, but the full extent of sound is definitely there - though disguised a little - without its full flavour.
- The earphones have a one meter (3.3 ft) cord coloured to your liking. This is long enough for the lead to dangle nicely into your front jean pocket, but if you want to plug the earphones into a PC tower on the floor under your desk they won't reach up to head height which is disappointing - though laptops are fine of course.
- The regular sized jack they yield (which fits into any MP3 player / phone / PC / laptop without annoying installation packages) is gold-plated. Does that increase performance? Who knows. It looks slightly posher, and the material it is made of allows the thing to slip effortlessly into your socket!
These earphones are great for gyming, long-walks, or chilling at home. The quality isn't amazing, so if you're an expert in HD variations then these aren't for you, but other than that they're acceptable. They seem to use less power and battery life than other alternatives, but the volume can still be increased to an impressive high if you're hard of hearing. They're durable and comfortable (for short periods), and best of all they are incredibly, generously, fantastically cheap for what they are!
Summary: A pair of earphones I'll treasure in a gyming environment!
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