When my daughter was a baby and she slept in our bedroom we used to go to bed a little bit early but we still wanted to watch TV so my husband and I decided that so we could watch TV and not disturb our daughter we would buy a pair of headphones each.
We ended up purchasing these JVC HA M300 headphones from www.play.com for £12.99 a pair which we didn't think was too bad. We chose JVC as we felt that they are a reputable make and we have had JVC items before.
The headphones arrived in a blister pack and looked pretty nice. The ear parts are a nice silver colour with JVC written on them and they are held together by an adjustable band which goes over your head. One of the things I really liked about the headphones was that the actual bits which go over your ears are really big and when you put them on they cover your ears completely. Your ears are covered so well that you cannot hear anything apart from whatever noise is coming through the headphones. We used to have to wear only one ear phone as we worried that they were so good we wouldn't hear our daughter even though she was next to us!
They are nice and comfortable around the ears too as they are made with a nice squidgy type of material. They feel really soft against your ears but they do begin to feel really heavy and I found mine slipped down off of my ears a couple of times no matter how many times I adjusted them.
The earphones are wired and the length of the cable is not very long. We would lay on the end of the bed to listen to the TV as otherwise they would not stretch far enough.
I found that the sound quality through these headphones was pretty good. I found that there was enough base when watching a film and everything could be heard clearly and with clarity.
Overall these were okay headphones and the sound quality was very good but unfortunately the heaviness of them really let them down for me.
I like to consider myself pretty in tune with my headphones, excuse the pun, having spent several years in the recording industry. You come across good headphones, mediocre ones and rather poor ones which fall to bits in the hands! My preference for quality and dynamics has to be Sennheiser, but there are other brands that offer decent models for a more affordable price. It is fair to say that the casual buyer is not going to part with one hundred pounds for a pair of headphones.
JVC comes into play for the buyer who wants something pretty well made, with respectable sound quality. My experience of these headphones takes me back a couple of years or so. First off, well done to JVC for making muffs which manage to isolate the ears well. They do cut off the majority of external noise, making them ideal for quiet situations and you could just about get away with using them as monitoring headphones too. The comfort levels are good with squidgy rubbery interiors offering a cushioning effect.
The muffs are a little too large for my liking and could have been refined slightly, maybe trimming a few centimetres off the edges to give the headphones a sleeker look, but this is a small quibble. The generous chord length means you have the flexibility to move around the room with them and you can also adjust the head band for further comfort.
Sound quality is not bad, but lacks the dynamics of Sennheiser's top brands. There is a crispness to the sound though and all frequencies travel well through the muffs, though a trifle more bass could lift these a notch higher. In terms of price, they should cost somewhere between fifteen and twenty pounds, making them good value for the casual headphone buyer.
I got these primarily because the ones I wanted were not available. They sit nicely on the head and are not too large (i'd say about 3/4 of the full size ones). They were also very competitively priced (£5 in sainsburys!) so I guessed they'd do until I could find some I really wanted.
I now think that I probably wont bother getting any others as the sound quality from these is very good. I'm not using them for Hi-Fi (320 kbs MP3's from a laptop) but the dynamic range and overall sound is excellent and I'd be very happy to recommend them on that basis.
The cable length (about 2m) is very good and the cable and plug don't feel like they're about to break at any time (unlike some others I looked at). The folding mechanism is also reasonably robust!. They fit the head well and are very comfortable.