Three key qualifications for new headphones
As a college freshman, a broken pair of headphones is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. Having dropped the freebies that came with my IPod into a frat party toilet, I was desperate for any replacement I could find. But I remember thinking that, ideally, I’d love to go a step up in quality, as there were three major problems with the IPod headphones:
1. They fit so poorly that my inner ear was left aching after every use,
2. Their noise insulation was minimal, making me vulnerable to every passing car and clamorous crowd on the street, and
3. If I jacked up the volume loud enough to drown out background noise, the booming bass was replaced by crackling static.
JBuds may be cheap, but are they a good value?
Struggling to meet these basic needs on a college student’s budget, I was thrilled to discover JBuds Hi-Fi Noise Canceling headphones available on Amazon.com for only 9 dollars! (15 with shipping and handling).
Within 5 days, my JBuds were awaiting my in my mail-box. At first I was disappointed: packed in a plain brown box, devoid of even such minor luxuries as Styrofoam packaging, I began to doubt whether going so cheap was a good idea.
Qualification 1: Comfort (A+)
My outlook was improved somewhat upon the discovery of one, major, perk: included in the packaging were three size variations of ear-buds, guaranteeing a good fit for virtually all listeners. After settling on the smallest size, I was relieved to know that my first major criteria (comfortable ears) had been met.
Qualification 2: Noise Canceling (B-)
The next step was to test out JBuds noise canceling claim, so I popped the JBuds in my ears and took a walk around the crowded streets of Pittsburgh. I won’t say I was blown away: noise still trickles through, especially at low volumes. But, for fifteen bucks, they did a pretty good job: the silicone sealant, couple with the good fit afforded by JBuds variant ear-bud sizes, cuts out enough ambient sound to work as earplugs at night, and any remaining residue of voices and engines was more than washed-out by the hearty volume JBuds produce.
Qualification 3: Sound Quality (B)
The final step was to test out my third criterion: sound quality. In comparison to the sound produced on my car stereo, music transmitted through JBuds is flatter, duller, and weaker on Bass. But they still had a major leg up over my IPod headphones: even will the volume turned all the way up, bass tones played smoothly, without a hint of static.
Overall, I was happy with my JBuds, and used them daily for almost a year, until, sweaty summer jogs eventually took their toll, and broke down my JBuds sound quality. I’d recommend JBuds to any buyer on a budget.