Product Type: JVC headphones
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JVC HA F140PN Gumy phones
Member Name: Djemilah
JVC HA F140PN Gumy phones
Advantages: Cheap, durable and colourful
Disadvantages: Not the best sound quality
As the sole person with an iPod in a family of 8, it's fair to say it gets 'borrowed', along with any accompanying headphones quite a lot. This tends to end up with my headphones usually lasting maybe a week or two due to biting, chewing, twisting and various other atrocities (including the washing machine, along with said iPod).
After trying out more brands than I can count, from over-the-heads to £2 bargain buys I've finally found an enduring set of buds at a fantastic price (you can get them for as little as a fiver from Amazon), but also of decent quality and colours a peacock would be envious of.
So first off, the sound quality. These are not going to immerse you in a world of sound, and give you the full experience that a pair of more expensive headphones will do, but that's not the point of this product. Unlike basement bargain pairs, these are thankfully buzz-free, with no hint of 'tinnyness' or that you're listening to your music etc. from behind several walls. Instead, you get a good clear sound that also comes loud enough for me to listen to various podcasts whilst walking by the rather busy roads to my lectures and back.
Next, durability. It has to be said, my brothers still found ways to total these, but at a lesser rate than before, and since moving out they've not broken yet! They are the only headphones I can ever remember lasting a couple of weeks, despite almost daily abuse. One common problem I find with headphones is that they split down the middle, leading to even more entanglement and what is essential two sets of one-ear headphones. However, this brand have never done this. Neither have the actual speakers fallen out, or wires become exposed. Gradual wear and tear on the actual wiring inside seems to be the only thing that can take these down.
Finally, the aesthetics. As someone who gets bored with having the same black headphones all the time, they're a godsend. No longer do I have to choose from 'black', 'white' or 'pink', but purple, green, red, orange, you name it! The actual design is inviting too. The buds themselves are wonderfully simple, no fancy ridges or detailing, just a simple pair of headphones with a clean aesthetic.
In short, a cheap and cheerful set of headphones with surprising durability and quality. They wont give you the best sound experience, but they're not designed for that. If you're in the market for day-to-day buds you won't need to replace every couple of weeks, this is the brand for you.
Summary: In short, a cheap and cheerful set of headphones with surprising durability and quality.
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