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Great Sound, Great Value, Crappy Build Quality (the Plastic and the Earcups)
March 9, 2018
GREAT SOUND, GREAT VALUE, EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE, But LATELY THE BUILD QUALITY HAS SUFFERED.
I have owned four pairs of these headphones, and I love them. They are an excellent value for the money, the sound quality is excellent with deep bass and crisp treble — however, there is an issue that has popped up recently with my newer JVC headphones. The JVCs of this model that I bought three years ago are still in perfect working order and still as snazzy as the day I bought them.
The last two I bought (I keep one at the office and one at home in the den) have the same sound quality as the originals but, after owning them for almost a year, it has been evident that JVC is cutting corners on the build quality.
1. The point where the metal band comes into contact with the plastic sleeve portion of the headphones is weak and prone to snap if the metal band is opened too wide when you put them on your head. This is because they are secured with a locking/snapping mechanism that pops out too easily when there is pressure applied.
2. The coating on the earcups flake/rub off even with only normal use that doesn't fall outside of normal wear and tear.
3. The coating on the headband rubs off even with only normal use that doesn't fall outside of normal wear and tear.
Despite these aesthetic shortcomings, the headphones still work well. So just have your eyes open about what will happen after the first year of use — if you buy these headphones.
One of two of these headphones finally bit the dust for good. The sad thing is that the headphones themselves STILL work wonderfully, it's just the materials that gave way. The plastic finally became brittle enough that they snapped when I put them on my head. (see new photos)