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Detailed review into the JVC Xtreme Xplosive HAFX1X Earphones
on 22 August 2015
Ok, so first things first, these are FANTASTIC earphones. I've been buying them for years now, and am above satisfied. To give you some context, I generally use them with my iPhone 5 or MacBook Pro, both of which, especially the MacBook, have a fairly high power output for audio. I'll sum up the main points here.
Firstly, most important for audio devices - sound quality. It's truly unbeatable, and the reason I keep on purchasing these earphones. Every frequency is spot on; not too bass-y, too treble-y, or tinny. I listen to a wide variety of music, from heavy rock to classical, and every song or recording I've played through them has sounded studio quality. In fact, I'd even go as far as to say they're as good, if not better, than many professional headphones that are in use in proper recording studios (the ones you'd pay hundreds of pounds for). What's even more impressive is that the sound quality remains brilliant at any volume level. Have them on the lowest volume bar, or pounding at 100dB, and you'll still hear a nice, rich, deep sound, which fills your ears perfectly, with especially good balance between the pair. I also think this is especially important, as loud sounds can damage your hearing, and with these headphones, you don't need them to be loud to sound phenomenal. This leads me on to my next point.
Comfort. These earphones are perfectly comfortable. Like many earphones, they come with little plastic buds which fit over the speakers to ensure they fit snuggly in your ears. They offer 3 sizes, and it is well worth trying out each to see which fits best for you. I have large ear canals, and the larger sized buds fit me well. The better the fit, the easier they will stay in your ears, and will also block out outside noise, a huge bonus if you like to simply indulge yourself in music and shut out your surroundings. It is however worth getting replacement buds, as I've found over the years the buds tear fairly easily, or you can lose them, and although the earphones work without them, they won't stay in your ears.
Now the slight downsides, and the reason I can only (unfortunately) give these a 4 star rating. Durability. The earphones themselves are tough, encased in a plastic shell with extra rubber for protection, however the wires (and in particular, the input jack connection) are not as tough. I have gone through a good 5+ pairs of these earphones these past years, and the main reason they break is down to the fact that the connection at the jack (where you plug in to your audio input) will fail if you do not take good care, and I mean good care of it. Simply pulling it out of your phone incorrectly will weaken it. Once the wires have become loose, the earphones are effectively dead and irreparable. I realise this is a problem with many earphones, but as these are advertised to be tough, it's worth taking into account. There are a few things you can do to them to prevent this, such as wrapping a small spring around the housing, or invest in Sugru, a type of mouldable plastic designed to strengthen cables and wires. Alternatively, another earphone brand which uses a different, stronger connector is the Marleys, where the jack is at a right angle to the wire, although I feel these headphones lack on sound quality. Also, on the XX earphones, it is worth noting there are no controls for music playback - something I feel they are missing out on, although is not crucial. I have found that they are also water resistant but not waterproof, so will work in heavy rain etc, but if you saturate them or drop them in a glass of water, this will probably destroy them.
Finally, price - for what they are, these earphones are an incredible bargain. You won't normally find them for more than £15 on Amazon, sometimes even £10, far less than the RRP or how much in my opinion they're really worth. So as far as value for money goes, you won't beat it.
To sum up - these headphones will be perfect for nearly all your needs. They offer unbeatable sound quality and a comfortable, rugged design at what is not only an affordable price but a great bargain. Unless you're taking your music library across the desert or to the north pole, these earphones will more than suit your daily music needs. If you're in two minds about buying these; do yourself a favour and buy them. I promise you these are worth every penny.