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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for your kids: (Great at normal listening volumes only), November 30, 2011
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This review is from: Coby CVEM79PUR Jammerz Platinum High-Performance Isolation Stereo Earphones, Purple (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
As you will have seen from other reviews, these inexpensive Coby earbuds are very comfortable and have a really nice sound and build quality for ~$10 headphones. They would be a well appreciated upgrade to standard issue headphones with almost any device. They come in a spectacular variety of colors, which can be more important to some kids than the actual sound quality. However I don' know that you will get a more pleasant sound and normal listing values with anything else.

So definitely don't go cheaper than this when you buy headphones. If all you want is pleasant listening at normal volumes, you can, and probably will, do worse with any other choice in this price range.

But:

As good as these sound at a normal listening volumes (where they are definitely "pleasant") they have a relatively narrow range of volume where they produce nicely balanced sound. If you set the volume lower than that, the bass drops out. If you try to play it loud, you get pretty bad distortion.

IMHO this is the ideal headphones to buy for your teanage or pre-teen son or daughter BECAUSE is only works well at health listening volumes. They will NOT be tempted to turn it up because it sounds so much better when you don't.

If you want to have higher and lower volumes as an option for YOUR personally use (assuming you are a responsible adult) then it would make very little sense to buy these as anything other than a backup. When I bought these I also bought a set of GOgroove audiOHMs that were much better at handling high and low volume and only cost $2.50 more. They have better high treble response, better stereo separation, and deeper bass (although the can sound a bit boomy depending on the audio source). Another excellent choice is the JBud J2, which is about $5 more than the Coby and has a similarly smooth and "pleasant" sound. It just manages to do that at a wider range of volumes.

So for basic listing at normal volumes these are probably an unbeatable value. If you also need loud or soft you can get that for only a couple $$ more if you know where to look.

Or do what I did and try them all!!!
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2012 1:21:30 PM PST
Ralph says:
Thank you for your excellent review and recommendation(s) you dedicated your time to post for us. Respectfully appreciated, crcsoon

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 5:47:06 AM PST
Thanks Ralph. It's funny. I brought my much better performing Go Groove Audiohm earbuds for my wife and I to use on our recent trip over the Thanksgiving holiday, and my kids, predictably, lost them in the back of the van. So I ended up using these exact earbuds the last couple of nights. Definitely a step down in sound. Plus I am now a big fan of asymmetric earbuds that allow you to tell left from right in the dark (I watch video on a tablet fairly often and it really does make a difference to get this right.)

The best thing to be said about these earbuds is they come in all kinds of colors and they are built to withstand all the abuse and neglect your kids can come up with. For an adult I don't think you can beat the Go Groove Audiohm. I recently bought two sets because the price was down to $11. Sure the wires are super thin, but in every other way they are great. When I reviewed them I thought the comfort was only so-so. Either I have gotten used to them, or they have improved the design because they feel completely comfortable to me now.

Thanks again for the feedback.

/Tom
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