Top positive review
Nice for the price
on February 11, 2013
For such a reasonably priced set of ear buds, these work well.
My main use for this pair is at the gym and running.
The cord is long enough that I can keep my phone in my pocket while lifting weights, and it is also a good length for using with an arm strap while running. I just wrap the cord around the arm band and then run the phones behind my head to ensure that they stay in my ears throughout my run. When tucked over my ears the cables stay out of the way, and the buds stay snug in my ears. The default set of tips are a perfect fit for me, but if they weren't, this pair of phones also came with two extra set of tips.
The cable seems durable, and the connection points are reinforced, so hopefully that adds to the longevity of this pair of earphones.
I have about 70-80 hours of listening time in on these so far, and they sound decent. They're a little to bass-heavy for me, and the LFEs kind of muddle the highs and mids, but that could be due to personal preference. I prefer headphones that have a nice midrange with a higher ceiling than these, but for the cost (I paid $15 for these here on Amazon), these are an excellent buy.
Hopefully the lifespan of these is longer than a few months. When it comes to headphones, I'm so active that I burn through them pretty fast, but I go in to any new headphone purchase knowing that, so I have reasonable expectations.
Since I run so often (5-7 days a week), the sweat often shorts out one or both earpieces on my headphones after a period of time. This has ranged from a few weeks up to a little over two years (Monster Turbines lasted me 26 months, but they also cost almost $200 dollars, compared to the $15 these J-Buds cost me), so I never know what I'm going to get out of a pair of earbuds.
So far, I'm very satisfied with the cost, durability, usability and sound of these earbuds.
I will update this review with the longevity of these headphones when they finally die on me. Hopefully that won't be for a few months though!