JVC Gumy Plus in-ear headphones review: It's dirt cheap but sounds good

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.5
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Sound quality: 7.0
  • Value: 9.0
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The Good The JVC Gumy Plus sounds very good for a $7 pair of earphones. It's lightweight, comfortable to wear, and attractively styled.

The Bad The treble isn't as smooth as the bass and there's no inline remote/microphone for making cell-phone calls.

The Bottom Line At around $7, the surprisingly good-sounding and comfortable JVC Gumy Plus is a bargain.

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One of the most popular sets of cheap earphones is Panasonic's ErgoFit RP-HJE120, which you can find online for around $7. It offers impressively decent sound for the money and a comfortable fit, which is why I gave it four stars.

But the RP-HJE120s aren't the only sub-$8 earphones that sound surprisingly good for the money. At this price point you'll also find iLuv's City Lights earphones, as well as the JVC Gumy Plus (HAFX5) reviewed here -- and a few other models I haven't reviewed yet.

The Gumy Plus doesn't offer quite as accurate sound as the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120, but it, too, is a well-balanced set of earphones, it fits comfortably, and its cord doesn't tangle as easily as the Panasonic's.

Design and features The Gumy Plus comes in a variety of colors. There's nothing fancy about its all-plastic construction, but it's an attractive enough looking earphone and lightweight.

Like the ErgoFit RP-HJE120s, these are sort of hybrid earphones, part hard earbud like your basic Apple earbud and part soft bud. They come with three different-size pairs of silicone eartips. At this price, you're more apt to see hard-bud earphones, but being able to jam the soft tips into your ears helps with sound isolation and maximizes the bass output. I was able to get a tight seal with the largest of the eartips, and I as I said in the intro, I thought the earphones were comfortable and they stayed in my ears well.

The earphones come in multiple colors. Sarah Tew/CNET

As you might expect for a $7 pair of headphones, you don't get anything in the way of extras: no inline remote/microphone for making cell phone calls nor any sort of carrying case.

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JVC Gumy Plus (Black)

Part Number: HAFX5B Released: 20 Aug 2011
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  • Regional specs shown for US. AU specs are unavailable.

  • Release date 20 Aug 2011
  • Weight 0.1 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features noise isolating
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm