The Good A unique Ring Port structure in the earpads gives the JVC HA-M5X full-size headphones a deep bass kick for a much lower price than competing models.
The Bad The headphones leak sound even at low volumes, exposing your music tastes to the world around you.
The Bottom Line You'll get a kick out of the JVC HA-M5X headphones if you like music that emphasizes thundering bass, and their sturdy construction and adequate noise cancellation come at an affordable price.
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While most audiophiles value open headphones that emphasize balanced accuracy over artificial bass boosting, the popularity of digitally enhanced headphones like the Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio prove the average consumer's attraction to bass. JVC hopes to steal back that market share with the HA-M5X, a $50 over-ear set of headphones that uses a proprietary antiresonance ring inside each earpad to add extra bass without using an external equalizer. If you don't mind their bulky design and tendency to leak sound, the JVC HA-M5X headphones are an affordable alternative to the Monster Beats for listeners who enjoy bass but can't spend $350 on aftermarket cans.
Design and features
The JVC HA-M5X headphones are purposefully overbuilt to withstand the abuse that mobile devices naturally experience. The headband, the outer earcups, and even the 3.5mm plug are all reinforced with tough plastic and rubber for extra impact protection. Still, JVC keeps the weight down to a little more than half a pound, the same as the Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio.
Although the HA-M5X headphones are also constructed mostly out of plastic, they don't suffer from the same creaking noises that give the Monster Beats a cheap feeling. The Monster Beats' overbuilt plastic construction is also susceptible to cracks around the small screws holding it together.
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