I have some pretty decent over ear headphones that I love, but I use in-ear gummy ear buds like this everyday when I'm walking out and about. I prefer these cheaper styles as they are perfect if you're looking to listen to music or podcasts on the bus or train. I bought mine for around £8.00 but I know that you can find the same model for much cheaper online, however I think they're worth it if you're going to be using them regularly. The ones I bought are a funky purple colour which makes them easy to spot in my messy room and inside my handbag.
The sound quality is reasonably good compared to the numerous other gummy style ear buds I've tried over the years. I find that they sound best when plugged into my laptop, and I was a bit disappointed when I tried them out with my mp3 player as I expected them to be as good then too. The cord is thicker than most of the others I've seen which has is good as it is more durable and long lasting.
Although it's expected in these cheapy ear buds, I was disappointed when the right bud stopped working after about 7 months. This particular bud then kept coming on and off which made listening to music a bit of a pain as the bud crackled and couldn't seem to make its mind up. My main issue with these headphones is the bizarre shape of the 'soft' covering on the bud. It has a pointy bit which did not agree with my ears and just got in the way. I ended up having to pull these coverings off and using the buds without, which made them much better as the bud went further into my ear so the quality of the sound improved drastically. I'm not sure whether this is as safe as using them with the covering but they were really quite uncomfortable in my ears.
This model of ear buds isn't the best in its class, but it gets the job done and for less than a tenner they are perfectly acceptable headphones.
I am always breaking or losing my headphones and have went through quite a few of these Gumy Earphones, I bought my previous pair (which went through the washing machine and sadly didn't survive) last year, they did me almost 9 months (probably a personal best for me as technology repels me).
Gumy Headphones come in a range of different bright colours, I have bought a purple pair and a red pair in the past, the colours are really quite attractive.
The colours in the Gumy range include:
The earphones are coated with a soft rubber in the earpiece, this is where they get their name from I think, as they are find of 'Gumy' like. They are really comfortable to wear and I often wore them for over 3 hours at a time at work and didn't end up with ear ache like some other headphones do. These earphones don't go into your ears like others do (e.g. my new Skull Candy earbuds), so they do not block out background noise and the volume of your MP3 player will need to be turned up quite high to drown outside noise out. However because they don't go in your ears they may suit people who don't like having things in their ears, as it can be irritating for some people.
The cable from the headphones to the adapter is quite long, there is a lot of spare cable left over when I have my iPhone in my pocket and listening to these headphones, there is plenty of cable left, which is good as a short cable can be really annoying in earphones and quite uncomfortable too.
The quality of music that these earbuds produce is quite good, though it isn't as clear as my Skull Candy earbuds, the Gumy Headones do not block all the outside noise around me if the volume isn't relatively high, however the sound quality is good for the price that you pay for them.
These earphones are a real bargain, they cost in around £5 in HMV which is great for earphones of this quality, especially compared to other headphones, they are definitely a real cheap and cheerful product.
Overall I think that these are a great pair of headphones if you are looking to pick up something cheap to listen to a little music too. Mine lasted me ages and I got my monies worth out of them, the different colours that they come in are really nice and the soft gumy cover on the headphones make them really easy and comfortable to wear. Overall I would give these earphones 4 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
I have got through a lot of ear phones over the years, but it's not always my clumsiness that forces me to buy a new set. In the past I largely chose budget ones, but while this pleased my purse it did little for my ears. I will admit that I was tempted by the affordability of the Gumy earphones, but the funky range of colors also appealed to me. The only shades available when I made my choice from Amazon were the grey and yellow. There was no chance of me going for the dull grey set, but even with a rainbow of choice I probably would have gone for the sunny yellow ones.
The earphones are nothing particularly groundbreaking in terms of design, but they do the job. They slip easily into the ears - even little ones, like mine - although like every singly other set I have used after prolonged use they do tend to cause my ears to ache. They convey sound amply too, although I have noticed at louder volumes there does tend to be some noticeable distortion of sound. If you prefer lower volumes and/or enjoy listening to music merely as a distraction, this is not a problem.
The cord measures aprox 1m in length, and this is plenty long enough should you wish to carry your iPod in your pocket, or even rest in on a surface while you work or study, with an adequate supply of spare cord left over. The cord is also quite durable, so you don't feel as though it is prone to fall apart easily or that it is likely to become detached from the earphones themselves.
I purchased my Gumy earphones for around £4, which is excellent value when you consider some of the other earphones on the market. You should expect to get what you pay for however - some sound does escape from the product when you are listening to music, and as I mentioned previously, I have experienced the distortion problem with most other earphones in this price bracket. They look great though and do the job you expect, so I can't complain.
I brought these earphones in HMV about a year ago for about £6 and they have lasted all this tie and are still working as well as the day I brought them. I have spend loads of money in the past of earphones all breaking within a month or so and I think I have found the answer with these ones. The sound quality is good but it isnt great but the thing that I like about these earphones is that the fit in my ear perfectly so I use them for running and there the only pair of earphone that don't fall out while I am running, and I brought a pair about 2 years ago for £50 and they were terrible compared with these ones.
The wire is very long so there not always being pulled out of your ear and there long enough to put in your trouser pocket which is very useful also the splitter is very long so very easy for putting in your ears. The gel around the earphone makes it very comfortable to put in your ears and the sound quality is very clear with no tinnyness which I have encountered with other earphones. you can hear the bass and the beat it the music very clearly.
I have had an Ipod for a few years now and I usually use the docking system for it as I like to move my music around the house with me and until last year I never used the earphones that came with it, until I took up running and started to use the earphones and I have always found that the earphones were uncomfortable to wear as they hurt my ears and fell out rather a lot which is not great when you are running for 5 miles.
I saw the JVC gummy earphones on sale at Sainsbury's for £5.00 reduced from £10.00 and looking at the ergonomically designed shape I thought that they would be good, Oh okay then I got them because they were pink!
The earphones come in a small clear plastic case which I mistakenly thought was a carry case until I had to cut it up to get the earphones out which is a shame as it would have been good to have a case to keep them safe and clean.
The earphones themselves have a gel like feel to them rather than the usual hard plastic casing and this includes both the wire and the casing for the ear piece themselves.
The ear piece have the L and R markings on them and the wire has the clip that you can pull up and down to separate or closing the wires, they wires are slightly smaller than my previous pairs which I found was great as they don't get tangled up while your wearing them (3.28ft)
The speakers on the ear piece are round in shape and I was pleased that when I put them in that they fitted quite comfortably in my "small ears" and due to the gel style casing they were actually comfortable to wear and started to feel that they were moulded to my ears, this was a relief as previous ones have actually hurt my ears if I have worn them for any longer than 5 minutes.
I should say that my hubby who had no problems wearing my old ones also tried these and they fitted him just as comfortably as me and again I think that its due to the gel quality as it does sit in the ear really well.
What I was amazed at was the sound quality from them, they have a very pure sound and made me realise that my last pair had had a rather tin like sound to them and prevented you actually hearing the true sound of the music.
The only way that I can describe it was that the music sounded as though it had more depth to it and you could really hear the beat and was all in all a much more pure and true sound.
So far these were scoring high on the sound quality and comfort front but the real test for me would be how they performed when I went running as this is primarily what they would be used for.
I got all set with my new earphones and off I went, I was pleased that I never had to adjust the earpieces at all during my 5 mile run which is something I quite often had to do with my previous pair and the stayed comfortable the whole time.
I use a clip to keep the wires attached to me as I have a large bosom (I do love that word!) and without clipping them I feel like I'm constantly being whipped in the face.
The sound quality was brilliant and because I didn't need to keep adjusting the ear piece it made it a much more enjoyable experience.
They are available in lots of different colours including Yellow, Black, Lilac, Green and Blue and at the moment are priced at around £8.00 - £10.00. You can get them everywhere from record shops, supermarkets and online.
I love my iPod and am always listening to music but one thing I found a bit annoying with the iPod was the earphones. They are quite pricey and are not of the best quality so it wasn't until I decided to look for new earphones that I came across these. I just wanted white earphones that looked sort of like Apple ones but were of course better quality and I know JVC are an alright brand and was prepared to give these a try. The sound always normally goes in on of the Apple earphones so this is a main issue I hoped wouldn't occur in these.
The earphones I am reviewing are the same model but in white which in all honesty colour makes no difference to reviewing the model. The earphones are on a 1m friction noise reduction cord and are just long enough. They have an adjustment piece on the cord to separate or join the cord which has the model of the earphones printed on it. The earphones then have a transparent plastic piece around the actual earphone to wear it however you like but I keep the plastic bit on as it seems to be comfier to wear and they have JVC printed on each.
The actual earphones themselves are very light to hold and plug in very easily to all appliances whether it be a laptop or MP3 player or phone. I like the on all of the models of this earphone the cord matches the colour of the ear phones to make it consistent in appearance. The main point of these is that the silicone cushioned earphones make wearing these so much easier as they easily slot into the ear and don't fall out all of the time.
The earphones were great to put into the iPod, they slotted in and I started playing music and the sound quality really is very good. Adjusting volume the sound never gets too out of control and the sound is at the right distance that it doesn't sound too echoey but radio quality. The bass also seems to be magnified a little on dance or r'n'b music to really create a more interactive experience really taking you into the music.
The good thing with these earphones is that the sound in them seems to really adapt to all music genres. For dance it creates a great experience, as well as rap and pop and the further you push them into your ear you can hear the bass even stronger. You can really hear all aspects of the song, the vocals seem on par with the music in songs and the right and left ear have an equal volume between the two and not one ear has lost quality.
I have now had my JVC earphones for what must be well over a year now and take these everywhere with me whether it be on the bus, trains, carrying it in my handbag and I don't use a case for my iPod and still these remain to be a high quality. I never experience and crackling or bad quality unless it is the MP3 file itself and I also find that the sound has kept consistent with these as I expected the longer I had these that they'd deteriorate but not at all they are still as good sound wise as from day 1 which has kept me very happy.
I purchased my JVC earphones from Argos and I paid pretty much what they are still priced at £10.20. It isn't too cheap but isn't too overpriced and they are worth every penny as far as I am concerned and if mine break I will 100% buy them again. I know on Amazon some sellers are selling these for £7.01 which is quite a big saving if you think the first price was too much. Amazon.co.uk themselves are selling these for £8.30 if you are uncomfortable with dealing with shops within Amazon.
These earphones do come in White, Yellow, Black, Purple, Orange, Red, Green, Blue and Pink. You can buy these from the official JVC website which you can access from the below link if one of the retailers stated above doesn't sell the exact colour you want but that will cost you £12.99.
This link will take you to the specific page for specifications and technical details. http://www.jvc.co.uk/product.php?id=HA-F240-AX-E&catid=8
If you are after some seriously snazzy headphones then these are a pair I would recommend base don the look. My brother showed me these the other day, that he has bought for his mp3 player. On first glance, they do look seriously funky with the retro purple colour bringing them to life with a sparkle. You can buy them online for around seven pounds and this is a few pounds cheaper than the Apple headphones.
When I tried them out, being a bit of a sound quality geek myself, I was relatively impressed with the sound quality. When I use headphones for work, I look for the depth of sound and painstakingly listen for the different frequency modulations. I have become very finicky over the sound dynamics in recent years and I believe my ears have grown accustomed to listening to design flaws. While these are not studio professional headphones, one still wants good sound definition from a home device too.
I found that the sound quality was impressive on the whole, except when they were tested at volume and here the bass and lower end frequencies seemed to be clammering and faltering under pressure. If one keeps the sound at a respectable level then they suffice quite well.
The comfort levels were impressive with a rubbery fitted cushioning rivalling some of the smaller in-ear headphones that I have tried in recent years. They get the thumbs up here and also stayed put in the ears when one moved around. The generous metre cord also gives you flexibility when walking around with them in and this is a feature I found handy when working out with them.
Well packaged and well presented with a stylish look and pretty good sound attenuation make these a solid enough buy and a decent rival to the Apple brand too.
After my brother broke his earphones and I told him he could no longer borrow mine he had to go out and buy some more.
So he come back with a pink pair of these JVC HA-F240-VN-E earphones. They cost him around £6.99 from our local Tescos. I am quite precise when it comes to sounds and it is very difficult to satisfy me if im being honest.
So the earphones didnt look to bad in all fairness, why he bought pink ones I really dont know. They looked a bit like a previous pair of gummy earphones I have had before. The wires are quite squishy and the actual earphones buds have a gummy look to them, but there not actually gummy. At least they didnt feel it.
It was always going to be difficult for me to listen to a pair of earphones which cost £6.99 when I had been using a pair of headphones that cost £124.99. So I plugged the earphones into my iPod nano. Well, the sound itself is really bad to be honest. There is a lack of bass, the songs sound tinny through them and the music not clear at all. The earphones dont go to a very loud volume either which is not great. I dont know if these earphones sound so bad because I have been using a really good pair of headphones, or the fact they are actually that poor. Compared to my old iPod bud earphones they dont even come close. I have used alot of earphones in the last years and these are near the bottom!
I would not recommend these earphones to anyone really, unless you arent too fussy about the sound quality you listen to. But for me they just were one big no.
When my iPod earphones died I brought a pair of these JVC Gumy Headphones, I got mine in purple to match my iPod but I think they are available in other iPod colours as well. They cost me about £10.00 but looking on Amazon they are a bit cheaper than that now.
These are majorly comfortable to wear, the ear bud is a soft rubber and has a nice shape. The shape is a bit hard to describe but they are a bit elongated at one end so they do lie comfortable in my ear but also the rubbery feel of them keeps them snug however far (or not far!!!) I push them into my ears.
The sound from these earphones is good, it was anyway until the right one died last night. I wouldn't say the sound is any sharper than when I use any other half decent earphones but the bass sounds good out of them and there's never any crackling or static noises.
Like I said, the right earphone went last night. There was no warning or anything, just when the track changed I realised the new one was only coming through my left ear. To start with I just thought I'd downloaded a dodgy sounding track but when I forwarded to the next song that was the same, it's done my head in actually because the headphones are only about 7 months old and aren't the only ones I use so it's not like they've been over worked!
That's a shame actually because out of all the earphones I've got knocking round the house these are the ones that I think are the most comfortable to wear. Like I said the sound is good but nothing special and that's fine for me because I'm deffo not a budding DJ or music producer or anything like that! These are exactly like I thought a pair of earphones for less than a tenner would be..... apart from I thought they might work for a bit longer!
One other thing I like about them is that the earphones are light so they don't pull my ears down or make them feel out of shape. I probably would look at Gumy earphones again even though this pair hasn't lasted as long as I thought they would, they are so comfortable the lightweight and a bonus is that the colour of them also matches my iPod!
Recommended..... but just don't expect them to last for too long!
Ipod headphones don't have a great reputation, so I wasn't surprised when mine started to cut out in one ear 18 months after I bought my nano.
I chose the JVC HA-F240-VN-E (also known as Gumy Air) stereo headphones as a replacement for the very important reason that they were available in purple to match my ipod. I didn't compare prices or performance, I didn't read any reviews (shame on me!), I just wanted pretty purple headphones to match my nano, so that's what I went for.
They come in clear plastic packaging, not the irritating kind that's sealed all the way around and has to be cut open, it's only sealed at the top and can be pulled apart. There's no leaflet included, but headphones are so straight-forward to use there is no need for one. There are some warnings printed inside the cardboard insert which I hadn't noticed until today.
'Do not use while driving or cycling',
'If they cause inflammation or irritation to the skin (silicon allergies?) stop using them',
and my personal favourite 'In the dry air such as winter, you may feel a static shock when using the headphones' - nice to have something to look forward to!
The packaging promises a comfortable fit, and they are very comfortable for me, though that's no guarantee for anyone else as headphone/earphone fit is an individual thing.
The headphones have soft silicone rubber air 'cushions' that surround the speakers, they are marked l and r though it's easy to tell which ear each one is for from the pear shape design of them. They are designed to sit in the 'hollow' of the ear (Fact - the hollow of the ear is called the concha, I just googled it) , they are a perfect snug and secure fit for me but I have got small ears; men in particular might find them to be too small, and they are not as secure as in-ear earphones. I don't think they would stay put for vigorous exercise.
As I said, I chose purple to go with my nano, the other colour options are blue, orange, pink, green, yellow, red, grey, black, silver... they are coloured to match with all of the nano/shuffle 4th generation ipod model colours. The silicon ear cushions are black, everything else is in the colour specified, including the 1.0m friction noise reduction cord.
The headphones have a gold-plated iPhone compatible plug, but the gold plating looks thin as my current set are only two months old and it's wearing away already. I don't know if gold plate contributes much in way of performance though, I have heard it's just a marketing gimmick, but don't quote me on that!
They cost me £9.77 from Argos (and are currently being offered at the sale price of £6.77) and they cost £9.15 from Amazon.
Performance - initially I was very pleased that I had paid less than ten pounds for headphones that sounded better and clearer to my ears than my ipod ones. I had to turn the volume down lower than I had before as the sound was very sharp and louder than I'd experienced with the ipod headphones. There was no static noise in the background either so I was really pleased with them - for about three weeks.
The reason for the three star rating is that I'm currently on my second set. After three weeks use the original set just lost its sound altogether, and I had to get a replacement set. In fairness I do use my ipod every day and the cord can get tugged, especially when doing housework, but I didn't expect them to die on me quite so soon! I have had the new ones for about eight weeks, and touch wood, they are working well, but I wisely spent £1.49 on replacement cover just in case.
Another reason for the three star rating is that I am nervous of the winter static shocks that are probably just about to commence - I'll let you know if it happens!
Matching colour variation with iPod Nano and Shuffle 4th Generation models