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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.
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.
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!