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--- Introduction --- I have had countless pairs of these headphones over the years. When I was at school they were one of the 'trendy' things that everyone had to have. I remember almost everyone having a pair! At the time I brought them to fit in, but I have continued to use them since. Nowadays I use them mainly for when I am travelling as they fit easily into my handbag or for when I am listening to music before bed. They are available from most supermarkets for between £5-£7 depending on what colour you want. --- The Product --- These headphones are made by JVC and are in ear. They are designed to be soft and comfortable for the wearer, and they are made from a soft feeling material, rather than hard plastic as most in ear headphones are. The ear buds themselves are curved to fit into the ear and they are a small enough size that they are comfortable but they are big enough that they do not fall out of your ear whilst you are wearing them. I often wear these headphones in bed when I am listening to music or audio books to help me sleep. They are comfortable enough that they do not hurt my ears even if I lay on my side and I often fall asleep wearing them! The only issue I have found with these headphones is that the glue that sticks the the speaker part of the headphones and all the wires underneath it to the soft part of the bud is not particularly strong. After a little while the same thing has happened with all the pairs that I have owned and the speaker part has become loose and pops out occasionally. This isn't a massive issue as it is easy to push it back in and I haven't noticed any effect on the sound quality, however after a while the speaker part does come loose and eventually the connection breaks and the headphones stop working. This is however over a period of time and most of my pairs have lasted for around a year, which isn't bad considering they only cost around £7. The wire cord on these headphones is 1 metre long, which is fairly standard for most headphones. This cord is long enough that you can listen to your music on the go with your iPod in your bag or pocket, without the headphones falling out of your ears from being stretched too far. The cord is strong and can withstand being pulled a little or wrapped around your iPod when you are not using it. I have not had any issues with the plastic covering on the cord coming off or breaking with this headphones as I have with some others that I have used. These headphones come in a variety of colours including some brighter ones such as orange, green and pink but also in more neutral colours such as black and white. I think this range of colours provides lots of choice and something for everyone. It is easy to see why these headphones were so trendy when I was at school, because the colours are bright and I think do especially appeal to teenagers. However, my inner teenager is still attracted to the bright pink ones and I have a pair of these currently, so they are good for big kids too! These headphones have a standard 3.5mm jack that will fit most audio devices. --- Sound Quality --- Obviously with headphones, sound quality is very important. I am not bothered about a pristine sound quality, but I do like to make sure my music sounds clear and doesn't sound 'tinny'. These headphones are pretty good for sound quality for the price that you pay. My music sounds clear and crisp, with no hint of fuzz or crackling. The clarity of the sound is very good and it doesn't sound 'tinny' or like the music is being played from a speaker across the room as I have found with some other headphones. The quality whilst perfectly acceptable, is not anything special. If you are someone who like crystal clear quality then these headphones are not going to be for you. I would say that for the price the quality is good, but there are products that offer far superior quality. Of course for those products you will also be paying far more! --- My Overall Opinions --- Overall, I really like these headphones. I think a little bit of this is down to my affection for them from my school days but aside from that, they are very good quality for the price. The sound is clear and crisp and much better than I have found with other similar products. These headphones are comfortable and fit securely into my ear without causing me any pain or annoyance and the soft material that the ear buds are made from definitely make a difference in comfort compared to hard plastic. The cord is strong and a good length and these headphones are compatible with most devices. The only downside of these headphones for me is the fact that the speaker section of the ear buds is not stuck to the outer soft casing particularly well and in time it always ends up popping out and eventually breaking. However, for £7, I think a years worse of use is fair and still works out cheaper than buying lots of value pairs or an expensive pair for me. I would recommend these to anyone who likes the idea of fun, colourful headphones that are comfortable and provide a decent sound quality for a reasonable price, but isn't looking for headphones to last them a lifetime or pristine sound quality.
Headphones are a bit like socks in my house - they just disappear! For this reason I don't like to spend a lot of money on them, yet I still want them to deliver a good sound quality as otherwise I won't use them at all. I always go for in-ear headphones rather than the large over-ear type that have a band over the head. I find them more stylish looking, more subtle and less interfering with hair and clothes. The Gumy headphones were my latest purchase, inspired simply by the look of them. They come in a choice of four colours: black,white, blue and pink. Obviously, this doesn't affect the quality of the headphones but its nice to have the choice! I went for the pink, which is a lovely soft pink colour rather than a bold fuchsia! They are neatly packaged but the packaging, unfortunately, needs to be discarded - it would make a fabulous carry case to store the headphones in. I can imagine these appealing to the younger generation as they have colours to choose from and are attractive to the eye. In fact, with the name Gumy on the front, they reminded me of a packet of sweets! The earpiece is of a standard size, oval in shape and fits snugly and comfortably onto the ear. My only slight complaint is that the headphones skipped out of my ear occasionally. However, this may not necessarily be the fault of the design of the headphones as they all seem to fall out of my ears - it must be my ears that have a design fault! They are comfortable to wear though and soft to the touch. The quality of the sound omitted is excellent. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to enjoy a song or listen to the radio and hearing crackes etc. these headphones give a crisp, clear sound that almost make me forget that I'm listening via headphones. I was close to a 5* rating but reduced it to 4 simply because I would have liked the packaging to be a case, and they fall out occasionally. I bought these from Argos for 7.99 which I thought was quite a reasonable price, but after using them I now think that it's a great price!
As I love listening to music (and unfortunately everyone in my household dislikes the music I listen to!) I end up having to use headphones a lot. And this has resulted in me trying an awful lot of different types and styles of headphones from a number of different brands. This was one of the brands that I tried recently. I bought them from Tesco for £5, which I thought was a reasonable price, especially considering that they are made by JVC, which was what originally drew me to these headphones. Normally I wouldn't consider this type of headphone (the ones that are flat on the end like this) as I find that the soft buds that go on the style of headphones I normally buy is more comfortable. Given the price though, and the fact that they were by a good brand, I thought they would be worth a go. They came in a little plastic tube that resembled a miniature glasses case, but I didn't keep them in this for long. I simply threw it away and kept the headphones with my MP3 player instead. However, the case was small enough that you could've kept them in there without it adding much bulk to whatever you were carrying or wherever you were storing them if you wanted to do so. Inside the plastic container there was a label that essentially just told you what the brand was and what not to do with headphones. Pretty standard stuff really. It also stated that they should be disposed of correctly. So presumably, put them in the bin, don't flush them down the toilet or throw them in the neighbour's hedge when they break, or something. The ones that I bought were black in colour, but I have seen them in a number of other colours as well, including red, blue, pink and white. They had JVC written on each earphone, and the L and R symbols to show which ear you should put each headphone in. I don't think I really paid much attention to this and didn't notice the difference much to be honest, but it's still useful, I suppose. When it came to using them, I found that they weren't as bad as some other types of headphones I've tried when it came to putting them in my ears. They weren't as comfortable as the soft budded ones, but they were okay. The cord that they were attached to was a decent length as well, being a metre and a half, and I don't believe I ever came across a time when they weren't long enough. The set of headphones I had before these ones were pathetic in this department. The cord was about 50cm long. Seriously. There was no way you could really listen to music through them unless you held the device in your teeth or something! I really should've read the label before I bought those ones! Needless to say though, I checked on this one first. When it came to listening to music with them, they were pretty good. The volume of the music didn't seem to make too much difference to the quality of the sound that came out of them, and I found that they were good for every type of music I tried them with, from classical to heavy rock. Even on a quieter volume I could still hear the music, and when it was up louder nobody ever complained they could hear it which is always a good thing! I would definitely recommend these headphones, but I will only be giving them four stars out of five because they don't have the soft budded earphones that I prefer.
Let's be honest here, a pair of headphones costing just a fiver aren't going to set the world on fire. That said, they are the only pair of headphones I have owned which haven't broken in some way within one year of ownership. They're of rubber construction, which is very durable, and mine have lasted 5 years without any problem. The cord isn't the longest in the business, but it'll do. At this price point you can't be picky. But what about the way they sound? I'd put them on a par with the old Apple earbuds which you got bundled with every iPod, iPhone etc up to the latest ones which have adopted the new EarPod design. So, they're not great, very tinny sound no matter what you do with your player's EQ. But again, for the money you can't really complain, if you want high quality, you wouldn't have considered something in the impulse section at the supermarket checkouts costing just £5. But, if you're like my mum, who says she honestly cannot tell the difference between the sound system in my old Fiat, and the Bose system in her Audi, then by all means go for these, they aren't going to let you down. Broken your Apple headphones? Just replace them with these; similar quality, but a quarter of the price. I'd imagine they're handy if you're hitting the gym, as they don't cost much at all, you needn't worry about smashing them up by dropping weights on them, or flooding them with sweat and killing them; at this price point you can't complain.
I bought my first pair of these JVC Gumy earphones about 18 months ago, and I haven't bought a different pair since. For the price of £5-10 a pair, depending on where you buy them, these earphones obviously aren't made with amazing sound quality in mind. However, compared to other earphones I've used at around the same price, and in some cases a lot more expensive (£15-20), the sound quality is amazing. I actually prefer them to Apple's iPod headphones! On top of the great sound, these are incredibly comfortable in the ears. I can have have them in for hours and not feel uncomfortable in the slightest! They're also quite durable. When you buy 'cheap' earphones, you expect them to last what, a few weeks at most before either breaking or losing most of the sound quality? I'm constantly listening to music, or watching videos on my tablet, so earphones I own get a good battering due to walking around with my iPod in my pocket etc. However, these beauties always last me at least 2-3 months - my current set has been going for 4 months now - before the sound deteriorates or the connection is damaged and one or both of the ears stop working. For the price tag, that's pretty amazing if you ask me! Overall, I'd definitely recommend these to anyone who doesn't mind 'good' sound quality, and doesn't want to fork out £50 for a decent set. I for one will be sticking with these Gumy earphones, the quality is extremely high for the price. JVC all the way!
I've been a long time user of JVC Gumy headphones and they provide an enjoyable listening experience for the money. There are, of course, many superior headphones on the market, but they cost a lot more. Let's start with the positives - the headphones are small and come in a wide-variety of fun colours, so you can go with whatever tickles your fancy. The earphones themselves are oval-shaped and therefore fit nicely inside the ear, with no discomfort. I've used earphones in the past that feel like you're lodging cotton-wool sticks in your ears, which is hugely uncomfortable. I am happy to report this is not the case with these and it is a joy to use them. One continuous issue I have with these headphones is that they do not tend to last longer than six months and I have had to replace them on many occasions. However, my headphones do go through a lot of wear and tear - I use them throughout the day and during exercise. At a relatively low-cost, replacing them ins't a huge problem, but I would love to see JVC provide headphones that could withstand a little more use. For the environmentalists amongst you, the earphones come in packaging which is 75% recycled plastic from consumer waste. The earphones also work in both old and new models of iPods - I use them for both my iPod Classic and my new iPod Touch. As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, one obvious glitch is that there are headphones out there that do provide superior sound-quality. However, such products cost more than double the amount that these do. Gumy headphones may not provide flawless sound quality, but it is not poor either and is perfectly adequate given the price. For that reason alone, I plan on sticking with Gumy for the long haul!
I have been through a large number of different headphones as you will be able to tell from checking my reviews ranging from rather expensive pairs to the more low budget options. I bought these because the headphones I had for my iPhone were broken and I needed a cheap replacement and quickly so I got them for about £5 from Amazon and because of Amazon Prime they arrived the following day. I went for the purple option because for some reason they were a little cheaper but it seems there are various options for colours available. The packaging for them is basically just a reasonably small plastic package and it's in that annoying packaging which you have to cut open at the risk of slicing the wire on your new headphones which are quite snug inside. The actual headphones carry the colour scheme throughout so you have the purple headphones matching the purple wire then the speaker part of the headphone has a grey circle and then down the side of each headphone you have JVC then L/R on either one. Straight away I noticed the very poor build quality obviously I understand these are cheaper headphones but still I was surprised at how fragile they feel the outer part of the headphone is a soft rubber casing and then the grey speaker cover is a hard plastic. Fortunately the wire is a good length which is a plus because some of the shorter ones tend to gain tension when the headphones go down into a trouser pocket. The sound quality for me was a very big let down the first thing I noticed was the pretty drastic lack of volume I would find turning up the volume on my iPhone or Macbook would match about 1/3 of the volume on the other headphones I've had in the past including other cheaper unbranded pairs. The next you notice which seems to be common in lower end headphones is the distinct lack of bass and by lack I mean ... what bass? there's just none at all you just get very hissy highs it almost sounds like a maraca is accompanying everything you listen too. I also found the headphones very annoying to sit in my ear I think it was due to them being a bit smaller than others and not having as much of an edge around the speaker so they would fall out with the gentlest pull on the wire. They weren't uncomfortable at all but then I could hardly feel the fact they were there as they were rested so lightly on my ear constantly on the verge of falling out. Going back to the build quality I'll touch on my main problem as I mentioned I was aware these were budget headphones and I didn't expect them to last forever but after about only a week I noticed that the grey speaker felt slack then as soon as I had noticed within the next few days the actual speaker had completely fallen out. This allowed me to see that the wires attaching them were incredibly thin and fragile with the tiniest dot of solder holding them on by a thread. You really do get what you pay for and I honestly think these headphones would be better suited with a 50p price tag because the quality was a real let down especially when JVC have decided to put there name to it.
I'm one of those people that always walks around with music in their ears. Frankly, I've forgotten what it's like to saunter along the path and listen to the birds singing and the kids playing and the cars whooshing past. If I'm walking and I'm alone, I'm listening to my iPod. I am a creature of habit and tend to rely on one specific brand of headphones that I've come to trust. Unfortunately, my latest pair broke last week and I was forced to buy an intermediary pair or be doomed to walk without someone singing in the background of my life. A fate worse than death. I purchased a pair of Gumy headphones because they were similar in price range to what I'd usually pay, and they looked straight forward and plain and...they looked like headphones. My conclusion after a week's use is that they are thoroughly average. Sound quality is average. It's not fantastic - loud volumes sometimes cause a gentle crinkly noise in the ear, as though the speaker were jostling against something. It's quite distracting and rather disappointing as at certain points in my day I like to crank up the volume for this song or that song... When it comes to comfort, I find that these earbuds are rather generic. They're a little big for my ears (but most usually are), and can make me quite sore if I'm using them for more than half an hour or so at a time. They're nicely rounded though, and there's no one spot on them which rubs against me and causes irritation, it's more just a matter of size. The name of the product suggests to me that they're going to be quite soft - or gummy, eh? I'm reasonably surprised therefore that the rubber surrounds on the earbuds are quite tough. Upon squishing between thumb and forefinger, there's a little bit of give, but nothing special. Still...they're okay. The bonus is that the wiring is a little longer than I'm used to and I find it quite useful to be able to tuck away my iPod in my bag rather than my pocket, and the cord will have enough space to allow me to move without the buds being tugged out of my ears. I think it's also worth a quick note that these headphones come in blister packaging and need scissors or serious strength to open. That's fine if you're taking them home but if you've bought them on the spot for immediate use, it's a bit of a pain! (Top tip: ask very sweetly at the counter in HMV where I bought mine and the lovely lady behind it will cut the packet open for you.) I bought plain black headphones as I am a creature of habit and I learned early on in my iPod career that white headphones make you a bit more of a target to the nasties out there than black. If someone sees you with white, they assume iPod, and although some people might want this status symbol, I'm more interested in avoiding getting mugged. The nice thing about these headphones is that there was a massive range of colours: blue, red, green, pink, yellow... If you wanted to step across the black/white wiring boundary, Gumy will lead you along the way.
Let me start by saying that i normally use in ear headphones so my comfort expectations might be a little high for these. The sound quality of these is actually pretty good for what you pay,it is nothing like what youd get for a £20 in ear pair but if your buying them to replace those god awful apple headphones then they will seem great.the bass is not really there though which should be expected for this price range.apart from the bass,the rest of the sounds are nice and clear but you may have to turn the volume up quite a bit more than normal. Onto the comfort,now as i said i use in ear headphones but even by my expectations these were really uncomfortable,they are actually a lot bigger than they look and they stretched my ear quite a bit to fit them in and even though they are made of rubber for "comfortable fit" they are still quite hard and press strongly against your ears which can mean long periods of wear can lead to sore ears or headaches. Overall i advise you not to buy unless you have big ears or have never tried in ear headphones.
A couple of months ago I was looking for a cheap (but not too cheap!) pair of in ear headphones, hence when I spotted these in HMV they got added to my basket. *Pricing and Packaging* I think I paid £7 for these headphones, but it is possible to buy them elsewhere from about a fiver. What originally drew me to these headphones was the range of colours that they come in. Now I know colour isn't the best way to decide on things like electronic devices, but these headphones were in the right price range and purple! The packaging is a sort of clear plastic blister which allows you to see the product. I had to use scissors to open the packet, which I guess isn't too much of an issue. The amount of packaging was reasonable, I didn't feel as though I was throwing toooo much plastic into the bin. *Sound Quality* Now, these aren't an amazing pair of headphones if you try to compare them to the higher priced end of the market, but for the price and what I use them for they are more than adequate. The sound doesn't come across as tinny and is nice and clear. When using these with my laptop I put the volume up full to test the quality. Even on full volume the sound quality was reasonable. Too loud for my ears mind so I didn't keep it up at the high volume for very long! But yea, both with the mp3 player and my laptop the sound quality is more than adequate for me. *Comfort* This is the big one for me. As far as sound quality goes I'm good so long as the sound is clear and isn't tinny. I am guessing the 'Gumy' name comes from the gummyness of the in ear headphones. I've tried some really cheap (think pound shops) headphones as well as ones similar priced to these ones and have always found the hard plastic ear pieces to be hurting my ears within 5 minutes. With these headphones there is a softness to the ear pieces and I can wear them for ages without them hurting my ears. The ear pieces are made from a soft rubber (so not quite gum) but the name of the product does imply the softness. Each earpiece is designed for your ear shape - so the one meant for the left ear has an L on it whereas the other has an R for the right. The shape of each piece adds to the comfort. As well as the ear pieces being comfier than other earphones I've tried in the past these headphones also have a decent length cable on them (approx 1 meter) which also adds to comfort as allows for movement and not being too restricted to whatever device you are using. As I use mine with my laptop quite a lot I find this a great feature of the product. It is also possible to lengthen/shorten the length of the cable going to each individual earpiece by sliding the little rubber band style thing on the cable. *Summary* These are decent headphones for the money. I refuse to spend too much on a pair of headphones considering what I actually use them for. These ones are a nice compromise between price, sound quality and comfort. They are also pretty durable. Mine have been bashed about a bit, but still work as well as the day I bought them. The range of colours is a great feature too - pick your favourite colour or simply a colour to match your device that you are using them with! I do appreciate that there are many better headphones out there, but I would say these are the best ones I have found in this price range, hence why I have given these 5 stars.
Just as the title states the wonders of budget earphones that is what these earphones are budget! Let me paint you a picture, your current in earphones break your low on cash and your one of those people that just cannot leave the house without your music to listen to, well these gumy earphones are just what your looking for! I was the person living that picture so I ran to the nearest supermarket to buy some cheap earphones and stumbles across these for a low price of £5 I couldn't resist. The hardest decision I had was what color to buy because there was a variety to choose from I finally went for the classic black nothing too extravagant. After purchasing the earphones and leaving the supermarket I wanted to try them out so I looked upon the packaging which was pretty impressive for low price and unusually easy to get into no scissors required here guys! unfortunately no carry case provided which was a let down but no worries on that front because I actually didn't need one but something to bare in mind if your buying. The cable is a standard meter long cable which is more than enough to go from pocket to ear in my opinion and anything more than this just seems to get in the way. Everything about the earphones is black save the writing on the side of each ear piece which just says JVC and either L or R. Upon placing the ear pieces in to each ear I noted how comfortable and stable they felt in my ear I didn't feel like they was about to fall out every few minutes like most pairs. The ear piece itself is all plastic there is no foam bud for extra comfort but however I really don't think its needed. I've had these earphones now for nearly 3 months and they are still going strong considering i have had dearer earphones that haven't lasted this long and believe it or not they have had a trip through the wash when I left them in my jeans! shockingly they still work as good as the day I bought them. The next and most important test was the sound quality, on first listen although not breath taking for a cheap pair I was pleasantly surprised the sound was great for the basic of listening to my music in the default state, I do however like to tamper with the equalizer on my ipod and not all of the changes were really that noticeable with these ear phones where as I have noticed a difference in other sets, that being said however the other sets have been considerably dearer than £5. All being said I really like these earphones they provide a good sound quality and would be perfect for just the average listener, I still use them today and think they are great for such a low price. Obviously there are other better pairs out there if you can afford it but if you are budget shopping then look no further!
JVC HA F130B Gumy Headphones I have been using the apple earphones which came with my ipod touch for my phone and for my ipod but they broke, so I saw these in tesco and got them as they looked well made and by a good brand. *My opinion on the product* I have the black ones and they are just like any normal earphones. The earphones and the cord to the jack is the same colour. It does not have any microphone or volume button on the cord, they are just earphones but they are great! With some earphones I have tried - especially cheaper ones - they have hurt my ears as they are too hard, too big or the wrong shape, but these ones are great. They fit in my ears really well, they don't hurt at all as they are made of soft rubber I think. The sound quality on the apple earphones is really great (as you would expect it to be) but in my opinion these earphones are just as good as the apple ones - in terms of design, appearance, fit and sound quality. Some times the sound can be 'tinny' with earphones, but not with these, I get really clear crisp sound that it just the same as it playing out the speakers of my imac. They fit really nicely and they don't slid out or fall out, they are really great and they look good too. Also in my experience they last longer than others brands I have used too. I use them with my blackberry, ipod touch and the imac sometimes and they work well with all of them and the jack is 3.5mm which I think is a standard size so it will work with everything. *Price* They come in quite a few different colours and a few years ago I got the bright yellow ones of these from hmv as they were on sale. But I now have the plain black ones and I think it was the only one available in the store at the time. They cost me £7.99 I think which is a good price as some can reach £25 or more! *Overall* They are a fantastic pair of earphones. They come in lots of different colours, they look good, they fit well in my ears and they are a good price. And they last for quite a while too. Conclusions Good points *Good price *Range of colour available *Fits well *Nice packaging *Works/fits with all of my audio electrical devices *Good size *Quite durable *Good sound quality - not 'tinny' Bad points None Thank you for reading my review
I bought a pair of the olive black ones for work. The main reason being they were quite cheap at just £7 mark, so when I break them like normal not such a huge expense to replace! The other reason is that they are made from rubber unlike many you find made from hard plastic. I listen to the radio all day every day and can find that hard versions hurt my ears after a while. These are amazingly comfortable and I can wear all day with no discomfort. Having rolled over them in my chair more than a few times they are still very much intact! So seem to be quite robust! The cable to connect to the device is longer than most which is ideal for plugging into a desktop! Sound quality isn't as good as a more expensive pair... But you pay much less for only a slight difference. They have so far lasted about 9 months.... Much longer than expected. As a result I have since bought a yellow and orange pair for use at home and couldn't be happier. Overall a cheap, but good value headphone which are comfortable and hardwearing. Well worth the cost.
With a brand name like 'Gumy', you might wonder what sort of thing you are buying. But these earphones are absolutely brilliant. First off, they come in a variety of different colours to satisfy the most demanding fashion conscious person, each with a matching colour co-orientated lead to a 3.5mm plug. The earphone bit itself is also excellent. There are no foam pads etc that you normally find on earphones. These have a sort of small colour co-ordinated rubber ring around the outside which sits comfortably in your ear, and I've used mine on my Ipod when I've been out running and the earphones have never fallen out of my ear or caused any pain during long term use. Sound quality wise, I find them perfect. I've had trouble with other makes where the balance between the bass and the treble has been wrong with too much of one and not enough of the other etc. But these JVC Gumys seem to have got it just right. Clear sound throughout the range. In summary, excellent quality earphones at a great price.
You've probably seen these if you've ever stepped foot inside an HMV or something. They're those crazy brightly coloured headphones like look like Haribo made them. The Gumy in ear phones are probably most famous for the sole reason that they come in some pretty cool colours, something the leading manufacturers like Sony or Sennheiser haven't really done yet. That was pretty much the reason I bought them. Well, that and you can pick up a pair for under seven or eight pounds which is pretty cheap, all things considered. They are made of pretty soft plastic, rightly, along with the pastel colours, earning them the "Gummi"-like name and fit comfortably in your ear. Sound quality isn't jaw dropping or anything, but it's pretty good nevertheless; While the sound isn't nearly as pristine as you would get on some more expensive sets, it is a considerable step up from a lot of others at this price, or any default phones that come with gadgets. However, don't go expecting perfectly crisp middles or strong deep bass. In fact, unless you're a particular audiophile, you probably won't notice that much of a difference. Being not of the cool mushroomoid-type phones, they aren't very noise reducing, both on the inside and the outside - meaning you'll hear the outside world and they'll hear your music. These earphone lasted me a good amount of time, but after almost a year, they began to deteriorate and, a month later, I lost sound in one earphone completely. Whether or not it was just my set or common, I'm not sure, but I dont' think it was anything on my behalf as I take good care of my earphones, generally. However, for the price I picked them up at, a year of good usage is pretty good. I have, since then, picked up a mildly more expensive (but so much better) set of Sennheisers. Overall, while sound quality isn't the best, but likely isn't going to bother anyone unless they're specifically listening to quality differences and the phones are pretty comfortable, even if they don't reduce a great deal of noise.
The new Gumy earphones sport a color-matching cord and are designed with a soft rubber body to be more comfortable and to fit more snugly. They include a shortened cord so they're more manageable when used with a portable digital audio player.