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Packaging and Accessories
The JVC Headphones come in a plastic blister type of packaging which is quite hard to open but it keeps the headphones secure in transportation and keeps everything separated. The Packaging may be different if you ordered the headphones from a shop because I bought mine in store. On the Front of the packaging there is just a bit of information and a picture of the headphones and there is also a bit of information on the back that's about all for the front and pack. Once you open the packaging there are the headphones which you just pull out, the wire is held together by a metal cable tie that you just untie and then that also just pulls out. The only other things that come with the JVC Headphones is a small booklet that tells you about the Headphones and provides additional Information and there is also a larger headphone jack adapter which is provided if you plan on using the headphones in different speakers and professional audio systems. The presentation isn't that great but you get what you pay for and these headphones are only cheap and so as long as the headphones are protected the packaging is fine.
Build and Features
The top part of the JVC headphones are made out of a cheap black plastic which has its advantages but then the rest of the headphones are made out of a grey plastic except for the foam and mesh ear cups. The wire is also a black and is of good quality, it is quite thick and durable. On the end of the wire is the 3.5mm normal headphone jack which is gold plated for better sound quality.
The foam ear cups are actually surprisingly comfortable for the price that the headphones come in at and they only start to become noticeable once you have worn the headphones for a few or more hours. The foam rests well on your ear and I have no real problems with the ear cups, also the foam does not come of very easily as they are tucked behind the actual plastic.
The plastic on the top of the headphones looks good but the headphones slide of your head quite easily if you are travelling or maybe at the gym. The Plastic build is also not that comfortable when wearing and you know that they are there after a short period of time. The other plastic on the JVC headphones is quite useful as it stops finger print marks from appearing and looks quite slick however there is a bit of plastic that covers the speakers and they do show up finger marks and scratches.
The actual build of the headphones is ok, the ear cups and the plastic that connects to the top part of the headphones is strong and durable and doesn't feel like it is going to beak that easily however the top part of the Headphones have quite a bit of flex too them which can be good but they bend a lot and are not that strong, they feel like they are going to break, this is a small problem that many cheap headphones have.
The JVC Headphones also have adjustable ear cups which expand to fit the size of your head they stretch quite far so the headphones fit people with different sized heads.
The headphone jack is found on the end of the wire and it is a straight jack that is 3.5mm and so it is compatible with almost all audio devices. The headphone jack is gold plated for better sound quality and the actual jack itself is very strong and will not break off. The wire is reasonably thick and is very long which can be good or bad depending on opinion, the wire will not break easily I have accidently stepped on the wire and done all sorts but the wire is still fine and is working well.
There is only a few bits of writing on the headphones and this includes the JVC logo found on both of the ear cups along with the words stereo headphones and the model number. Also the ear cups have an R and an L on them to show the user which ear cup goes on the correct ear, other than that the headphones are quite bear and the writing is the written in white and so it goes well with the black and grey colour scheme.
When I first heard the sound quality of the JVC overhead I was actually very surprised how good the sound quality was, for the price the sound quality is very good, it is not the best but it wouldn't be as these are not expensive headphones. The volume goes up to as high as your computer or mp3 player will go and of course varies between the devices you use the headphones with. The sound in my opinion does not become distorted unless you make the headphones go up to an extreme volume which I doubt any one would because it would damage your hearing, at normal or even higher volumes the sound does not become distorted and so you will not have a problem.
These headphones are great for watching movies in especially action movies and heavy bass music because the bass in these headphones is amazing, you can feel the bass in songs and movies very well and in some songs it can become overpowering but this is very rare and in all music the bass is exceptional with these headphones. The bass is excellent and works well with the mixture of sound that the headphones produce.
The JVC over ear headphones doesn't have a noise cancellation feature on them as far as im aware but once the headphones are on you can barely hear anything from the outside world as these headphones do a good job of blocking out any noise unless it is exceptionally loud. Another good thing about these headphones is that there is not much noise leakage, depending on how loud your music is people will not be able to hear a substantial amount of music that come from the headphones as the sound is kept mainly between your head and the headphones, as with most headphones all do have some sound leakage but I was impressed by how there was so little with the JVC headphones.
The JVC over ear headphones do produce a lot of instruments that you can clearly hear some you can hear very clearly and others are difficult to hear however the sound is good for the price of the headphones. You cannot hear all of the instruments as these do not have the best sound that i have heard that come from headphones but overall the quality of the music and instruments is quite high.
The sound is very clear and crisp in my opinion you will not have a problem hearing the sound produced from the headphones. You will also not have a problem hearing vocals or certain instruments in songs, like I said the bass can be a bit overpowering in some cases but usually this is fine and it also depends on the type of song that you choose to listen to. The overall quality of the sound that is produced by the JVC headphones is very good and I feel for the price that the sound is excellent.
There are loads of good things about these Headphones, for one, they are very cheap and quite good for the price, they are not top end headphones and so there are much better headphones on the market however for the price the sound quality is very good and well worth the price.
The JVC headphones are not the most comfortable due to the large plastic strap which rests on your head but the Ear cups are quite large so your ears do not become painful as they rest around the ear, you can wear them for hours and you ears won't begin to hurt. The material that is used to make the ear cup covers and the actual sponge are of quite good quality and are quite comfortable for the price. The build quality is very good for the price overall, however there are a few parts of the headphones which is weaker than other parts however as long as the headphones are not under a lot of stress then they are fine. The plastic is finger print and scratch resistant which is great and so the headphones which I have had for a while still look they are brand new.
The wire is strong and will not break very easily this also goes for the Headphone jack which is great because it is strong and where the headphone jack connects to the wire to the headphones is very well protected so it won't come out very easily, or break. When you adjust the headphones they can change to fit every size which is great because some headphones only adjust to a certain length but the JVC adjust and become quite long.
Another great thing about the headphones are they look stylish and sleek and they are also very good when working with professional audio systems, the bigger jack that comes with the headphones is a great addition as it allows for the use of the headphones with bigger speakers and systems this is great if you work in the audio field and you are looking for some cheap headphones.
The headphones do not fold or come with a travel case and so can be difficult to move around if you are going to be using the headphones on the go however I didn't see this as a bad point because if you just use them stationary or you just wear them out then it really isn't a problem at all.
There are a few things that I don't like about the JVC headphones, the first thing is the plastic that is used to build the headphones especially on the top of the headphones looks and feels flimsy, the band which rests on your head is very flexible and feels like it could break, also it isn't very comfortable and you can definitely fell the headphones after a while. The plastic is also bad if it becomes scratched because it will show up. These are cheap headphones so the build isn't going to be brilliant.
Another thing that I don't like about the JVC headphones is the extremely long wire, it has a very long wire which is great if you are staying in one position but if you are moving around it is very hard to transport. The wire can easily be tripped over it and can be damaged by becoming caught on objects and it is also quite dangerous if you are using these headphones in a place like a gym. You can tie up or knot the wire but this can damage the wire and just looks untidy. Some people like long wires and I think it is good if you are using them when plugged into a pc or laptop and not moving but once you are moving it becomes an issue.
The last bad thing that I don't not like about the JVC headphones is when you adjust the headphones sometimes the adjustment will change after you've made it the right size this only happens very rarely and so isn't a huge problem but it still can be annoying, also you can get your hair caught when adjusting the headphones however this can happen on a lot of headphones any way.
Other than those bad points I can't really think of anything else the sound quality is not the best but you get what you pay for and these headphones are cheap, the sound matches the price and so I have no complaints about the sound quality for this price.
Overall I would give the JVC over ear headphones 3.5 starts out of 5 as they are a good pair of headphones as they are very cheap and have surprisingly good audio quality and also they are well made in some parts. Unfortunately these headphones do have a few faults like an extremely long wire and other problems which affect the score. I would recommend these headphones if you are looking for a cheap pair of headphones with good sound quality, however if you are looking for a better sound quality then I would look elsewhere. Overall I would recommend this product depending on the use of the headphones. In my opinion these are not professional DJ headphones, they don't have the sound quality or the build to be a 5 star product or a professional set of headphones.
I would recommend these headphones if you are just going to be listening to music however if you want a better audio but need headphones that are better built or with less faults then look elsewhere as these headphones are a cheap option and so you get what you pay for.
Where to Buy
You can buy these headphones usually at different shopping stores like Asda and they are about £10 you can also get them online at various online shops like amazon for about the same price.
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Listen to music in a whole different way, these JVC headphones do not come expensive and definitely are worth the price. Firstly I will talk about the comfort which the headphones provide, the speakers which you place over your ears is made of a soft like material. Very comfortable, it always blocks out quite a bit of noise even without the music playing. It is black, which gives off a more of a vintage look.
If you are a fan of music with a heavy bass, then this is perfect for that trait. Overall the sound quality is quite good, very loud so do not worry about the looks of strangers surrounding you as they too are going to hear the music. It also comes with the dock available for keyboards and guitars.
The only disadvantages is the extension cable which is very long, around 2/2.5 meters long. Also they are quite big, so it may not be considered as very 'modern'. If you are tight on money, and do love music but not a fanatic about it than this is perfect.
You can purchase them from Amazon, or Argos (there is a sale at the moment for these). Great price, and quality of the music is good too. Worth it.
JVC I used to associate with DVD players, but their branching into headphones in recent years has opened up the market. They will never quite get to the zenith that Sennheiser have achieved for quality, but they do offer something for the cheaper side of the market. By cheaper, I do not necessarily mean poor quality, but an option for the listener who is not so intent on the dynamic range of a pair closer to the hundred pound mark.
This pair of headphones is going to suit the casual listener and thanks to the adaptable jack, you can link up to larger jacks and amps and also use them with Ipods if you wish. I have worked for several years in the recording industry and have encountered various makes and models along the way, some of which are suitable for studio use and some are better for home use. This pair is a home use pair for sure, the fifteen pound price tag will also suggest they are not quite cutting it for monitoring purposes.
In terms of build, the swivel action on the muffs allows for movement and will also enable you to deejay with them, which is handy for beat mixing. From a stability point of view, the strap and headband is somewhat flimsy and the joints around the ears are far less robust than I would like. The comfort levels of the phones is reasonable enough with cushioned inner sections, though they do not that snugly, meaning you will get a small amount of background noise.
The sound quality is middling, sufficient if you are listening to low level pop music on the bed, but not so good for studying high end frequencies. They fall short when delivering the depth of bass one would like and the matching between frequencies is not that well balanced, meaning some music will sound punchy whereas other recordings will fall short.
The price is acceptable, but for longevity purposes, it would be my advice to spend an extra ten to twenty and go for a sturdier build. These will suffice for the bedroom though and are not bad value.
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