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      26.05.2008 17:55
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      JVC headphones for portble MP3 players.

      I needed some new headphones for my ipod, not because the headphones I have do not work, but I wanted a pair that had 'ear covers' instead of 'plug ins' as sometimes the ipod earphones can make my ears a bit sore.

      After visiting the Apple store I decided that I was not going to pay £50 plus for a pair of headphones that I would not use much. In Halfords on Saturday when buying a new bike (to be reviewed later) I saw these headphones from JVC for £7.95 which seemed remarkably cheap to me, so I thought the worse that can happen is that I have wasted £8.

      They are funky in red, though also come in black, model HA-L50-B, the 'B' is for black as the 'R' in this review is for red. The headphones themselves have a foldaway design which makes it easy to store them. The plastic is a bit cheap and nasty but seems durable enough. They are easily adjustable in length, to fit even the biggest head, and have a nice swivel action on the ear pieces themselves. In addition to this the cable is 1.5 metres long which is very useful.

      What a pleasant surprise. Crisp, better quality by a long shot than the ipod own brand earphones, I have to say this was somewhat of a revelation to me, and if more expensive headphones are even better, then maybe that will be a future purchase. I listen to a lot of jazz and classical as well as more contemporary stuff such as rap and metal. I have spent all weekend glued to these headphones listening to Charlie Parker, Albert Ayler and John Coltrane and noticed bits of subliminal music that I had previously missed. In addition they seem to be louder than the ipod earphones, but that could be because the ear pieces shield some background noise.

      To wear:
      Fine, actually very comfortable, the earpieces are not too padded and spongy, nor are they rock hard. Most of the time I forget I am wearing them. The headband is not too tight and as it has a wider strip over the top of the head it seems to distribute the whole array well.

      Technical stuff:
      I don't know what this means but it is on the packet and some of you reading this will know and want it listing:
      Frequency response: 18Hz - 22,000Hz
      Nominal impedance: 32 ohms
      Sensitivity: 104 dB/1 mW

      JVC is a brand name that I had considered would be good, and for £8 I seriously doubt that there is a better set of headphones out there. There has clearly been some serious design time put into these to make them comfortable and okay looking. So I am going to give this product 5 stars, not because they are the best headphones in the World, but for this price, they are!


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