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JVC HA-S400 Carbon Nanotubes: Cheap headphones sound richAt around $26 online, JVC's HA-S400 earphones with Carbon Nanotubes are among the better on-ear models for the money.
[MUSIC] The JVC HAS400 carbon nanotube is an on-ear headphone that sells for around $26 online, and is a relative bargain at its modest price point. Hi, I'm David Carnoy, and JVC makes a number of inexpensive headphones. But not all of them are good. I'm a fan of the 13 dollar on ear flats, the seven dollar in-ear gummy plus, and now this HAS400, which some people simply refer to as the, nanotube head phones. It comes in white or black, and from a design stand point, this model is a ho-hum all plastic affair. It isn't going to wow any body. But it's not, ugly. Well, the bill, [INAUDIBLE] only seems okay. Their headphones do feature a fairly big 3.94 foot cord, an L shape plug, it lends some sturdiness to the overall design. This is a dual cord design with cables hardwired into the ear cup. Terms of comfort, the nanotubes are pretty decent for an on-ear model. There's no swanky memory foam, but the ear pads are reasonably soft. I was able to wear them for fairly long stints, with only occasional adjustments. I liked how they both fold up and fold flat. At this price point, you don't expect too many extras, and there really aren't any. No carrying pouches included, and there's no inline microphone for making cell phone calls. JVC says this headphone is powered by the world's first carbon nanotube diaphragm. It's 30 millimeter driver. And while I can't tell you how special that diaphragm is or isn't. The results are good. The headphones sound pretty dynamic. A little extra sizzle and the trouble and deep base is reasonably tight. It's got what we like to call a happy face sound profile, with both highs and lows that are a little amped, and mids that aren't. In fact, I'd say the mids are the weakest part of the performance, there's just not a whole lot of warmth to the vocals. But, in all the headphones, done quite these for the money, and can beat, favorably against such models as the similarly priced, Panasonic RPD JS 400K and the Sony MDRZX 300. I'm David Carroy and those are the JVC HAS400 carbon Nanotubes Headphones. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]