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When i arrived at the airport recently and realised that i had forgotten to pack the headphones for my ipod in my hand luggage i knew i had to buy a new pair as the thought of a 9 hour flight without my music wasn't a good one!
I was immediatly attracted to these JVC marshmellow headphones because of their gorgeous pinky purple colour and being a total girly girl they really appealed to me.
I purchased these headphones in the duty free shop in the airport and paid around £12 for the pair which looking online is similar to the price you would pay for them elsewhere on the internet. For a pair of headphones i think this is a pretty good price, as with most things you get what you pay for so you can get alot cheaper headphones but they might not last as long.
The headphones are available in 8 colours including red, pink, purple, blue and orange designed to match the colours of the ipod range which i think is a really nice idea but then i like things to match!
The headphones comes in plastic transparent packaging. You can see exactly what you are buying which i really liked and you can also see that you get a spare set of the marshmellow like ear pieces that fit onto the actual phones. The packaging clearly has the JVC logo at the bottom and 'marshmellow' in pink bubble letters along the top. Like the headphones the packaging is very pink and girl and you can tell exactly who these are aimed at.
The actual headphones are totally pink, including the wire. The ear buds have a shiny pink plastic section with then has soft memory foam 'marshmellow' attached to them. The marshmellow slots onto a plastic tube so that its hollow down the middle allowing the sound to travel through. The marshmellow part is the section that goes into your ear and the shape fits in the ear perfectly and is really comfortable to wear. It can take a while for the memory foam to mould to the inside of your ear but once it does these are the most comfortable headphones that i have ever use.
One downside to the marshmellow section is they do tend to fall off when keeping them in your bag as once you have used them the shape is obviously different to the original one. It can be quite annoying when you go to use them and the ear piece isn't there and its not possible to use them without.
JVC claim that the ear piece isolates any other sounds from around you so all you can hear is your music. I wouldn't totally agree with this but it certainly minimises surrounding sound a whole lot better than any other headphones that i have used, for the price i was certainly impressed! When the music is playing you can't hear anything else unless its a really loud sound, it did block out the background noise from the aeroplane well.
The headphones have fairly good sound at times it can be a little 'tinny' sounding but again i didn't expect the sound to be perfect as these weren't expensive.
The headphones have a good cord length of 1 metre and i can easily have my ipod in my pocket and the headphones reach my ears quite comfortably. Its also really easy to share the headphones with a friend without the wire pulling too much and making then uncomfortable.
As i've already mentioned i use them in my ipod it makes it pretty obvious that they are compatible with the Ipod as well as the Iphone. I've never used them in a Iphone as i don't own one but they fit perfectly in my ipod and i've had no connection problems with it at all.
Overall i've been pretty impressed with these headphones. I'm no sound or techie buff so for me they are great, i wasn't looking to spend alot or buy headphones that would last a life time so they matched exactly what i wanted and needed at the time. I love how they look, the pink is a gorgeous colour perfect and girly for me! They are comfortable to wear even for long periods of time and the unique marshmellow design is definitely a winner with me. I would happily pay out for these again once the ones i have reach the end of their life although i can't see it being anytime soon....unless i lose them!
If your looking for a decent set of headphones that don't cost alot these are great.
I love my ipod, I walk to and from work every day and listen to it while I'm walking, its also great for train and bus journeys or the gym. Due to my ipod obsessiveness I tend to go through a lot of headphones, around 2 per year, probably because I tend to keep my ipod in my jacket pocket and I wrap the headphones round the ipod (maybe not so good for them), I used to always buy the same sony headphones for around £18 as I really liked them, expensive I know but they gave an excellent sound and fitted my ears really well. I was given these JVC headphones as a birthday gift about a year ago (done pretty well for headphones, usually only get about 6 months out of them!) and I have to say I really like them.
The headphones I have are the same model as pictured (JVC HA FX34) but are the black version with black earbuds and silver detail round them and a grey earphone cord. They are "in ear" headphones meaning they poke right into your ear canal, I love this style of earphone but it may not be to everyones taste. The bud part of the earphone is squishy so it doesn't hurt your ears and it becomes more squishy as it warms up in your ears. This means it moulds to the shape of your ear and is very efficient at noise cancelling, this is great as you don't need to have your music as loud but I make sure I check, double check and triple check before I cross the road as I really can't hear cars coming! Also because they fit right into your ear they don't fall out, this is especially good when your at the gym as some other styles of headphone I find just fall right out your ear all the time, pretty annoying. The headphones come with 2 sets of earbuds of different sizes so you can hopefully find one that fits your ears best, also if you lose one of them you have a spare!
The cord on the headphones is around a meter long which means you can easily put your ipod or mp3 player in a pocket or a bag without having to stretch the cord too far. The cord splits into two separate cords (one for each earbud) around two thirds up and there is a slider so you can make the split part of the cord shorter or longer, I don't ever bother with this but it would probably tidy things up and stop the cords flapping about so much.
I think the sound quality on these headphones is very good, I have had a variety of headphones in the past and the sound on these are one of the best. I think because they are noise cancelling as well you get an even better and louder sound as you are not disturbed by outside noises. You also don't need to have the volume as high as some other headphones I've had which is better for your ears and less annoying for people sitting on the bus with you (I hate when you can hear peoples music really loudly, your just thinking turn it down!!)
Although this was a gift I had a quick look at the prices and you can get these headphones for less than £8 on both amazon and play.com. Much cheaper than my old favourite the sony headphones and they have lasted much longer. I would say the sound quality on these is just as good as my sony ones had and they have lasted much longer which is great. I think its safe to say these have overtaken the sony ones to become my favourite headphones and when these eventually die (which I have no doubt they will) I will definitely be buying another pair of them.
I tend to get through headphones like you wouldn't believe; I'm not quite sure how I manage this feat, but each time a pair breaks I go in search of a different style or brand.
I predominantly use the in-ear variety with my Ipod, for things such as listening whilst walking to work etc. Due to a large amount of usage taking me past a loud main road, this time round I wanted some ear-phones that did a little bit more to dull the background noise.
My previous pair were of the JVC 'gummy' variety, which although were Ok, the casing started to come apart after a month or so. Admittedly the sound is still going strong (which is the only reason I allowed myself to buy another pair of JVC's). With a lot of headphones, I find the sound tends to go in one of the ear pieces - obviously incredibly annoying.
So I went for the JVC 'marshmallow' variety in pink (of course!), in the hope that not only would they block out a little more noise, but also that they'd fit much more comfortably, and refrain from falling out of my ears like others do.
JVC make this style in a variety of colours, with many of them specifically to match the coloured Ipod Nanos etc. I just prefer coloured earphones, as it gives me a better chance of fishing them out of the junk at the bottom of my bag if they're bright!
Most major retailers stock these, including Amazon, HMV etc. I got mine from Play for £9.99.
The packaging claims that they provide:
Isolation from ambient noise
friction noise reduction cord
2 size memory foam ear pieces.
For any techies, the spec is as follows:
Frequency response - 8Hz - 23000Hz
Sensitivity - 100dB / 1mW
Cord length - 1m
On initial inspection, I was concerned that the whole ear-bud itself (not just the foam bit) looked rather large to be as comfortable as other reviews I'd read had made out.
However, one popping them into my ears, I can see why people are such fans of these - they were so comfortable!
The 2 different sizes of foam bud are a useful addition to allow you to find your preferred fit. They really work the same as an ear plug, although there is less squeezing and rolling involved in this case.
Swapping over the 'bud' is incredibly easy; each bud has a hole through the centre, which allows the bud to sit on a small tube-like structure. Using the headphones without the buds is highly inadvisable - I think the comfort factor would somewhat diminish greatly! The buds slide on and off easily, but are not loose, so you don't have to worry about them falling off any time soon.
I particularly liked these as I have an ear piercing that gets in the way of normal in-ear phones, but these created no issue, as the foam bud just moulds around the jewellery without any discomfort. Equally as important; I performed my 'tug test' (all very scientific!), to see how easily these came out of my ears, and again I was pleasantly surprised by their staying power.
I usually find myself bending down and catching the cord on my coat/bag/small dog, and the ear phones come out far too easily - alas no more!
It is also worth mentioning that the cord is not made of that horrible 'sticky' feel plastic coating, which means they don't catch and get tangled easily the way that I've experienced with other headphones (I do believe this added to the positive score on the tug test!).
Obviously their primary function is to allow me to listen to my music, of which they appear fairly hardy (in a genius move, I managed to spill a cup of tea over them after about a week, and they're still working as new).
The biggest let-down is that this is a very tinny sounding headphone.
I can't say that they are dreadful sound quality; the actual clarity is brilliant, especially when accompanied by the 'bud' to block out background noise. Unfortunately, they just don't seem to manage bass very well, which is when I tend to notice the tinny sound. Admittedly this does depend on the song and type of music I'm listening to (I like a wide range), but if you tend to lean towards very bass heavy tracks; it may be an idea to steer away from these and spend a bit more to get a better all-round sound.
Overall I'm very happy with my purchase; although the bass issue with some songs is a little irritating, the buds' noise-blocking, and comfort more than make up for this in my book. Seeing as I only tend to use these for walking to work etc, and have a different pair for use with my laptop for example, I can't really say it bothers me greatly.
Similarly, although having been subjected to a nice tea bath, freezing temperatures, and the abyss that is my handbag; they have yet to show signs of wear (unlike so many of their predecessors).
The only other problem I could foresee with these, would be if you were adverse to cleaning your ears... as the buds are made of smooth foam that could quite easily obtain a nice build-up of ear wax, should you avoid a regular cleansing routine. Yuck.
However, I can confirm that the buds are easily cleaned with warm, soapy water (tea incident); and they come up as good as new.
All in all I'm giving these 4 stars, regardless of the slightly tinny sound - purely because I wanted a comfortable & durable pair of headphones, and these have delivered perfectly in that respect. I would definitely buy these again when this pair decide to give up.
I use these headphones on my iPod and on my laptop - the best headphones that i have ever had.
Many headphones sound really muffled, these give a crystal clear sound.
They are EXTREMELY comfortable.
Due to my Tragus piercing i chose these headphones as they are in-ear rather than sitting right on my piercing causing me quite a lot of discomfort.
i have found that others headphones tend to start making my ear ache on the outside- these as they are marshmellow, mold into the shape of your ear and provide no sound loss when listening to music or whatever.
i find that many people can hear what i am listening to because the headphones never seem to fit perfectly into the ear causing a certain amount of sound loss - hence why other people can hear.. with these, there is no sound loss - so you dont need to turn the MP3 up any more, saving battery time on that too.
Overall a great product
i am definatly a convert to marshmellow headphones!! So many benefits!
The HA-FX34 Marshmallow has been designed with wearer comfort as a top priority. Super-soft earpieces in two sizes are supplied as standard, providing a snug fit for a wide range of users.
While the earpieces provide a perfect fit for the ears, the range of seven body and cord colors complements perfectly Apples third-generation iPod nano and iPod shuffle models. Furthermore, the gold-plated connection plug is fully compatible with Apples iPhone, making the HA-FX34 an ideal choice for music on the go.