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      28.08.2012 09:27

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      Decent pair of earphones

      I have a couple of pairs of these because they were cheap and fitted my ears properly. I used them to replace the headphones that came free with my phone as they were unconfortable and had a very short lead.

      The foam around these headphones means they act like earplugs, cancelling out outside noise by forming a seal within your ear and pumping the music straight to where it is meant to go.

      These earphones spend the majority of their time sat in my pocket, on the way to and from work. I regularly used to get frustrated with a previous set as they wre impossible to untangled. but these seem to be tangle free. There is no voume adjuster (which is why these are cheaper than other JVC earphones), but the length of the overall chord is quite good (I am 6ft 3in and it stretches from my jeans pocket, up the inside of a top, and into my ears with plenty left over - but not enough to have the embarrising 'hanging chord')

      Music quality is fine, decent base, but not so low it could drown the rest of the music.

      Ofr a cheap, bogstandard pair of headphones, these are good.

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      04.09.2011 15:38
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      Great pair of earphones, especially for the price

      I'm not a fan of spending loads of cash on earphones, especially when you can get ones like the JVC Marshmallows for less. Before I bought these, I used to buy Skullcandy Ink'd earphones, which always broke on me so I decided to change. These are, in my opinion, far better than the Ink'd earphones. They are more comfortable as they are foamy so they actually fit the shape of your ears and don't fall out, even when running or cycling.

      The sound quality is very good, the same if not better than Skullcandy. When you turn the volume up too loud there can be some crackling but you get this on all earphones unless you want to spend hundreds of pounds. They have a nice design and the cord is the perfect length; they block out most background sound too.

      Overall these are great earphones for the price and I prefer them to any other earphones I've had before. They're reliable too, and having owned them for about a year they are still working perfectly. They also come with a spare pair of foamy ear pieces so if one pair gets a bit run down you can just switch to the other pair.

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      29.06.2011 15:51

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      Great pair for the price and I have no regrets. I would recommend this product to my best friend.

      I bought these to say sayorana to my old JVC earphones and I am glad I made the change. This prodcut is lightweight and does exactly what it says on the tin.
      The soft memory-style foamy bit that goes in the ear is very comfortable and you get two spares as well to extend the life of this product. The stereo sound is very decent indeed, vocals sound clear, bas eand treble is perfect depending on the quality of the source of your music. The 5 gram product and its long wire come in a variety of clours so you don't have to stick with the boring black like I did. It is easily transportable and wrappable and compact.
      The build quality is very good, the actual bit that goes in the ear feals high quality and the harder case of the earphone is some sort of strong plastic which protects the earphone from rain, dust and any annoying kid who wants to test its strengh.
      Overall, I would say that these are a must buy if you want quality for around £10, only buy if you are a fan of in-ear earphones because this pair get right in your head to produce their great sound, they do cancel a lot of background noise as well. They can go very loud too if you are a fan of killing your own eardrums for a few moments.

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      12.02.2011 11:42
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      A good effort by JVC to provide a high level product at a low cost

      I was looking for a cheap set of in ear earphones that would be ideal for activities such as the gym and riding; while in the supermarket I saw these and was immediately intrigued by their colourful design and reasonable price. I decided to take a punt on them and immediately I was struck by the quality of the fit in my ears, this was a good sign and I immediately switched on my music player. The sound was quieter than I was expecting, but increasing the volume didn't distort the music too noticably. What I did notice was the lack of punch towards the low end, I wasn't too suprised or concerned as they were cheap and the overall sound was fairly good. When I used them at the gym, they were great, they stayed put and managed to block out much of the noise. All in all a result. A word of warning though, the spongy parts can degrade with moisture, so that does provide a ceiling on their life if used for activity, however at this price they are a bargain. If you're looking for a cheap upgrade from the jokes that often come with mp3 players as standard, then these are worth real consideration.

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        05.01.2011 12:40
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        A really good set of earphones for pretty much anybody looking for quality!

        I first bought JVC Marshmallows in green for two reasons, 1) JVC were recommended to me by an engineer friend and 2) they were on a deal at PC World. Unfortunately that pair broke from "over-use" after about 2 years, as I kept shoving them in and out of my pocket - obviously not a good idea as the cable split. So I decided to buy another pair and settled for black.

        Design/Packaging

        These in-ear earphones are called marshmallows due to their soft squishy foam buds. This is brilliant idea as if you squash the bud between your fingers before inserting it in your ear, the foam expands to fit snugly but gently against your own ear shape. I am also pleased to report that they retain their normal 'bud' shape even after being squashed so there are no worries about them becoming disfigured. The downside to the foam earbuds is that they can get horribly dirty and require wiping or in some serious cases washing, in warm slightly soapy water, before being left to dry out, which takes about a day. Luckily the earphones come with a second set of buds, which you just have to struggle to fit back onto the earphone. The earphones look quite nice though, and are quite sleek. They're also very light which is a nice change from heavy headphones/earphones which make your ears ache.

        Sound Quality

        I've found these earphones to have good sound quality with my iPod, although they seem to fare less well when plugged into my computer. They translate the volume very well, although it's a bit of an inconvenience that there's no volume control on the actual earphones. Both the low bass and the higher notes, and everything inbetween, come across nicely rounded, and not at all tinny, in my experience. The earphones have the excellent added bonus of blocking out almost all outside noise when new/for the first year, which makes them brilliant for if you're commuting and want some peace from all the noise of traffic (when walking) or train/people noise. They do lose their noise-blocking abilities as the buds get older and more brittle, but not so much that you will be annoyed, you'll just begin to be able to hear the things that are loudest or closest to you.

        Overall I would say these are an excellent set of earphones for both casual users (due to the low price and wide availability), and for those whom are more discerning (as they are from a well-known good quality company).

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        21.06.2010 18:46
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        You can't really get any better for this price.

        I brought these headphones to replace my iPod headphones, and I wasn't disappointed with them at all.

        The sound quality is very good. The midrange is perfect and the bass can sometimes sound slightly muffled, but not so much that it detracts from the experience.

        The design of the headphones is very stylish, and there are a wide variety of colours to choose from - I went for one in black to match my iPod touch, but if you're feeling colourful (or have an iPod nano to match with) the you won't be disappointed.

        The headphones are very comfortable, and they actually stay in once you've put them in your ears. The headphone is made of a foam type material which expands slowly, so you can squeeze them, place them in your ears, and they will expand to fit your ears very well. The fit isn't always flawless, but at this price, it's not a problem.

        Since these are in-ear headphones, the noise canceling on them is pretty good, and when using them in aircraft (one of the reasons I brought them to begin with), the background noise is significantly reduced. They also save your MP3 player's battery life since you don't need to have the volume too high.

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        29.11.2009 17:08
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        For £10 they are worth the money

        Headsets, earphones or earpieces have never worked well for me. Over the head headphones give me discomfort on the top part of my head whilst ear phones give me a pain in my ear. This is possibly due to the shape of my ears but ear phones just never stay in and I've become fed up of it. After clearing the ipod head phones breaking stage, I went through many other cheap brands and even resorted to those kind that you get for free on public transport. The same pain and frustration while trying to listen to music, I simply could not enjoy some ambience while trying to sleep. With some of the voucher money from my first dooyoo payout I decided to purchase some of these JVC 'marshmallow' ear phones in the hope that I can listen to music without the pain.

        I never thought I'd need to pay about £10 for a pair of headphones, but I was desperate. The head phones were packaged in your typical 'use chainsaw here' plastic wrapper that seems to be quite popular. Inside was the head phones, 2 additional ear buds and some leaflets I never bothered to read. They look quite nice for headphones and the choice of different colours of them is quite the bonus. Each earpiece has a small L or R on them representing which is to go in what ear. There is a plastic slider used to limit how far apart the wires can be. The wire is about the standard length for headphones, enough to keep your music player in your pocket while you listen.

        The ear buds themselves are a kind of foam material that are soft and squishy. The replacement buds can easily be put on by sliding the current ones off and putting the replacements on. Aside from cotton buds I've never had my ears penetrated before. Putting these in for the first time just felt bizarre... They are incredibly soft so there is no pain at all when I have them in my ears, even if for hours. I could lie in my bed, on my side and the headphones would still be there when I decided to turn off my ipod. Unlike regular headphones, these go into your actual ear hole. I found twisting them in seemed to work best and they stayed there until I took them out. Be warned however, if you haven't cleaned your ears in a couple of days then you are sure to have some waxy buds afterwards. It is slightly unpleasant to put them in and realise you hadn't cleaned your ears the other day. The first time this happened I tried to clean them by running under water, seemed to do the trick. But then I forgot that they would expand! I let them dry and they seemed to be fine though. I don't recommend letting your friends stick these in their ears just in case.

        Playing music: I found the quality of sound to be far better than previous headphones. There is still one headphone that only ever plays certain notes which to me I find a little annoying since it seems like it barely does a thing. You don't hear the outside world as well once you have these in, so great if you are on public transport when trying to listen to music. I also found that people could not hear my music unless it was up to nearly maximum. Sometimes there is a sort of noise that occurs if you aren't actually listening to anything or if you have paused the track.

        I'm quite glad I finally bought myself a decent pair of headphones. Much thanks to dooyoo and the community for allowing me to purchase them. I've heard that these don't fit well for everyone but I found them to fit snugly!

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          03.08.2009 22:48
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          Good value, and great on the move

          These are the first "in ear" style headphones I've used - I always found the idea of sticking headphones deep inside my ear quite off putting, but I'm glad I've finally given them a go!

          It might just be that I've got weirdly shaped ears, but I find that the cheap headphones included with MP3 players or mobile phones tend to fall out very easily, and don't produce very "rich" sound. Even top of the range MP3 players often come bundled with distinctly mediocre headphones, which is a complete waste.

          Get rid of the bundled ones, and spend a few quid on these and you'll hear the difference straight away - you get a much richer sound with a lot more base.

          Another advantage of these is that they stay in place even if you're jogging or cycling, so they are perfect for active users.

          Another advantage is that they block out a lot of background noise, so they are great to use on noisy trains or buses. This could be a danger if using them while cycling or jogging near traffic though!

          One downside: they can be tricky to insert at first, and if you don't put them in right the sound quality is terrible - but you'll quickly get the hang of them.

          Overall though, these give great sound for not much money, and are comfortable to use.

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            13.06.2009 21:58
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            A great little pair of earphones, which are really comfortable at a decent price.

            Having just bought myself a snazzy new MP4 player of eBay, I unpackaged the little fellow and fired it up for its first test drive. Great, all except the cheap and tacky earphones bundled in with the kit. So obviously after waiting weeks for this thing to turn up (from Hong Kong), my patience was wearing thin. I ended up five minutes later in my local supermarket scouring the inadequate electrical section for anything vaguely relevant.

            For no sane or logical reason I had mentally set myself a tenner budget for the replacement, and was quickly rewarded when I spotted the JVC marshmallow earphones, or rather the £9.99 price tag underneath. Unfortunately it wasn't until I got to the Sainsbury checkout that I realised my hasty mistake, or to be fair to me, the blame must surely go to the 17 year old on minimum wage that put the wrong price up in the first place. Anyway I was on the spot and so opted to purchase at £14.99, which was still a pretty good deal.

            I purchased the black ones but they come in a range of several colours for all tastes. The earphones are the in-ear type but crucially the shape and texture is 'marshmallow' like (sort of), so basically if you want to simulate before you buy then stick a couple of marshmallows in your ears for size. No seriously the name is not so silly as you do have to mould the rubbery end so that it fits snugly in your ear. After the first time you just slot them straight in. What a great idea this is. I have always had problems with the classic in-ear phones as the hard moulded plastic never seems to fit properly. One ear will always feel like it is going to reject the thing at any moment and then promptly does!

            So they fit great, what about the sound. Well I am no trained piano tuner but it sounds great to me. The fact that the earphones are pressed in so snugly mean that no exterior sound is picked up, so not so good if you are keeping an ear out for the kids, but perfect for blocking out the opera singing next door. They have a little slider to adjust where the two wires for each ear split off which is surprisingly useful. Other than this there are no bells or whistles nor do I miss any. I have had them now for about 4 months, and cannot report any faults or issues.

            I bought these ear phones by mistake, but I'm glad I did as they are actually very good. Certainly for this price I would struggle to find better.

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              01.05.2009 12:55
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              Buy them if you need some headphones!

              I bought these headphones around about a year ago after my ipod headphones died. I wanted some fairly decent ones, but nothing too expensive. These were £14.99 from tescos and they have not failed me yet!

              The sound is great. I've often bought headphones that give a bit of a tinny sound and I can't stand it, but this isn't the case with these. The design of these headphones allow them to go right into your ear and so exclude most outside noise, as well as preventing others around you from hearing what you're listening to.

              Ther other reviews I've read on this site about these headphones have both said that they fall out, however I think it's just a case of placing them in your ear in the correct way. When I first got them, I also had this problem. The trick is to squeeze the spongey bit with your fingers before you use it, and then twist as you put it into your ear. There is instructions to do this on the packaging. Doing this, they stayed in a treat and don't even fall out when running.

              As for reliability, they have been through a lot with me and still work perfectly. I recently had an art exam, an ended up dropping one of the buds into a big glob of acrylic paint. After a quick wipe of they were fine! I've had them for around a year and expect that they'll last me a lot longer.

              My one critisism would be that after a few hours of having the buds lodged right inside your earhole, it starts to ache a bit. But I'm willing to look past this as they are such great quality!

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                10.11.2008 12:40
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                Average earphones, for an average price.

                I bought these earphones for my ipod, to listen to at the gym. So the main purpose of getting these were to make sure that they would stay in my ear during physical activity.

                The earphones are good enough quality, provided they can stay in your ear for as long as you want them to. The sound is quite punchy with a good deep bass and gives a good enough sound, particularly when you compare them to the standard ipod earphones.

                I woudn't say they were the ideal earphones if you were on the move. The marshmallow doesn't fit so well in my ear and after long periods of time, I start to feel a slight dull pain from having to constantly push them back into my ears every so often.

                The price I paid was just under 20 pounds so not bad for the price, but I expect I'll be looking for another pair of earphones soon enough.

                If you are looking for earphones to provide good sound, whilst not doing much activity these would be ideal. Probabaly not for much else though.

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                31.08.2008 04:59
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                They are good, sound wise. But arnt so good when it comes to keeping them in place.

                I bought myself a pair of these headphones. My friends had said they were better that the ipod earphones for base and sound. They were about £15.99 from curry's and are cheaper than the current ipod earphones, which I have seen for sale in hmv which are around £20. I was happy with these headphones the sound comes out really clearly and if they are put in correctly the work really well. However there are a few problems with them. These might affect you or they may not. I kept finding with these they are really hard to keep in my ears and they don't stay in for very long once they are in , and weather this is due to me having small ears I do not know. Also the squishy outer covering only comes in one size (although you do get a replacements for if you loose one becomes damaged) but if you have bigger size ears or too smaller for them to fit in they wont stay in for very long. Also if you tend to listen to music in bed, you cant lay on your side because it block out the sound in the earphone your lying on, this might happen with all earphones I couldn't say but I don't find it happens as much with my ipod earphones.
                I hope this helps :)

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