Product Review: JVC Headphones

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Comfortable fit, but not the best sound quality.

four out of five stars

After my old iPod finally crapped out, forcing me to upgrade to an iPod Nano, I decided that it was time to replace my old headphones as well – mostly because the cord isn’t long enough to accommodate any of the accessories (arm band, clip) I purchased. Based on the available reviews, I thought that the JVC brand looked like a good compromise between price and quality. Alas, everything you’ve read here is true!

The headphones are extremely comfortable, with soft, flexible ear clips and buds that nestle snugly into the ear. (The default buds fit my ears well, but the headphones come equipped with three sizes, which are easily swapped out.) My old headphones had clips that rotated 360 degrees. They stayed in my ears well enough – except when I managed to catch or snag the cord on something. Then they’d jump right out of my ears, seemingly of their own accord. Not so with the new headphones – because the ear pieces are more rigid, the buds stay firmly in place. Yet they’re still unobtrusive enough that they don’t get in the way of (sun)glasses. The cord is about the perfect length – not too long, not too short. And the price is certainly right!

But, as many other reviewers have noted, the sound quality’s nothing to rave about. I don’t exactly possess the most refined sense of hearing (something my husband loves to joke about), but even I can tell that something is off. The sound’s a little…tinny?

Still, they’re perfect for my purposes, namely, listening to audiobooks while I walk the dogs or exercise. (I switch to noise cancelling headphones while vacuuming. Sure, they’re huge, hot, sweaty. But: noise cancelling!) Assuming they don’t die prematurely (at the time of this writing, I’ve only had them a week or so), most likely I’ll stick with this brand in the future.

(This review is also available on Amazon. Please click through and vote it helpful if you’re so inclined!)