iLuv City Lights in-ear headphones

The Good The iLuv City Lights in-ear headphones are comfortable, attractive looking, and seem to be built reasonably well for their ultralow price tag. They also pump out a lot of bass.

The Bad Their high-end (treble) performance is lackluster, so they lack clarity; no inline remote/microphone for making cell-phone calls.

The Bottom Line For around $7, the iLuv City Lights are well-designed budget earphones, but they push the bass a little too hard at the expense of clarity.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Sound 5.0
  • Value 7.0
6.4 Overall

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Review

Lots of bass, little clarity for seven bucks

In my quest to review budget in-ear earphones, I've managed to dig up some very good products for less than $10, including the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120 and the JVC Gumy Plus. Next up on the list: iLuv's iEP322BLK City Lights earphones, which have received very favorable reviews on Amazon.

The City Lights have a similar design to both the Panasonic and the JVC, but this is a more bass-heavy earphone that's got some thump to it. I didn't like it as much as its more natural and balanced-sounding competitors, but if bigger bass is what you're after, you'll certainly get a lot of it for your money with this earphone.

Design and features
Like the ErgoFit RP-HJE120 and Gumy Plus, these are sort of hybrid earphones; part hard earbud like your basic Apple earbud and part soft bud. For all I know, they're all made in the same factory in China.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $20
  • Brand jWIN Electronics
  • Type headphones
  • Color black
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type In-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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