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JVC HAFR50B "Marshmallow" with Mic and Remote Headphones (Black)

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  • iPod/iPad /iPhone remote control and mic
  • Soft Memory Foam Earpieces
  • Powerful 33mm Neodymium driver unit
  • iPhone/iPod compatible slim plug
  • 3.94ft color cord

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  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 3 x 18.5 cm ; 68 g
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: HAFR50B
  • ASIN: B003XMA7U0
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: March 16 2011
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,103 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Finally! Nov. 23 2010
By ibTom - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
First off, please disregard J. Ulan's review. This is a fine example of what happens when you don't DO YOUR RESEARCH. THESE HEADPHONES ARE NOT COMPATIBLE WITH ALL IPODS/IPHONES!!!!!

COMPATIBLE MODELS: iPhone4, iPhone 3Gs, iPod touch 2nd -4th Generation, Ipod Classic 120gb & 160gb (2009), iPod nano 4th-6th generations, iPod shuffle 3rd-4th generations, & the iPad.

Now that I got that out of the way, on to my review. Mind you, I just got these headphones so this is based off my first impressions. A little background about myself: I never liked the Apple supplied headphones ear pieces, so what i'd do is make my own. I would remove the speakers off the Apple one's and soldered the HAFX34B marshmallows to them. Fairly simple, but took a little patience and time to make sure I didn't break the covers. Overall cost was around what these HAFR50's cost. I made a few of these headphones and kept them in my pocket all the time to use with my iPhone.

I decided to give these a try since they're already made and perhaps could be superior to the Apple ones. The HAFR50's remote and mic is the same length as Apple's, but slightly thicker. The Marshmallow's remote is a lot smoother and has a wider range of motion making controlling the iPod function's 2 and 3 clicks easier, in my opinion. .For those that haven't used marshmallows, the foam earpiece comes in 2 sizes which is included. They act like ear plugs and will keep a lot of the noise from outside out. I once bought a pair of expensive sound isolating headphones and preferred the marshmallows over them since they worked so well. Overall, I'd definitely recommend them especially in this price range. The sound is on par with what you'd expect for headphones costing $30.

The true test is how long they will last. I plan to come back in a few months to give an update.

UPDATE: 2/25/11 - Been using these heaphones for a while and keeping them in my pocket. They have held up really well and show little to no sign of wear. I'm very happy with them and would not hesitate to buy another pair.

UPDATE: 4/15/12 - Just an FYI, Apple added the feature which would allow you to hit the volume up button to take pictures. Because of this function, you can also use the volume up on your headphones to take a steady picture or even a self-portrait from a distance.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Perfect iPhone headphones June 5 2011
By M. Lyons - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I bought these to replace the fifth set of Apple in-ear headphones, which fell apart every three months or so.

I've used the JVCs for almost two months, and there's no wear.

I'm no audiophile, but the sound quality seems good.

The ear tips are made of the same substance used for foam earplugs, so they're comfy and block out ambient noise.

The volume and action buttons work perfectly with my iPhone 3Gs's voice command and for playing/pausing music. They also work with my MacBook Pro.

I'm told that the microphone is clear, though does not possess special wind-blocking powers (nor has any other headset I've owned).

The headphone jack sticks out straight (like Apple-made headphones) and has no problem plugging in with my iPhone's case on.

These headphones are well priced and do everything I want. I would recommend them over Apple's own $70 in ear headphones.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Comfy comfy comfy! June 27 2011
By Daniel Glovier - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
These headphones are the most comfy "in ear" headphones I have tried yet. I was hopeful that the "marshmallow" would work, and boy does it. They don't slip, they block out a ton of exterior sound ... all the good stuff. Oh, sure, the audiophiles might complain about the sound not being TEH AWESOME!!!! But you know what? It's really good, and if I miss a smidge of low or mid, so what? I can buy five of these for the cost of the more expensive kind, and as a commuter solution, this works wonders.

For an inexpensive headphone/mic, they deliver solid sound and voice (over the mic). As I was walking around with them yesterday I thought to myself, "This is the right price point to value for me - I have finally found my headphones."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very satisfied Oct. 6 2011
By T. Brophy - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Years ago, when I was young and serious about my music, I had a pair of Etymotic Research isolating ear buds. They were fantastic, but delicate, and I wound up severing one of the earbud cables in a hinge.

Recently, I was given an iPod Nano (Multi-Touch) has a gift, which rekindled my interest in music. The subway is very noisy, and the standard-issue earbuds don't hack it. I also have an iPhone 4, so I need earbuds with a microphone.

After searching through Amazon reviews, I settled on these JVC Marshmallows. The price point is a little lower than I was willing to go, but at the same time, I no longer need high-end audio reproduction. Anything better than the standard earbuds would be acceptable, but isolation is key.

I've had these for about a month, and I'm very satisfied with the performance and quality of these earbuds. The isolation is at a good level. I don't feel completely cut off from my surroundings, but I can hear the music clearly, even in the noisiest sections of the train tunnels. I also listen to language-learning audio files, and these can be heard without issue over external noise.

I wasn't sure how I felt about the "marshmallow" aspect of these earbuds. Aesthetically, they are better than I expected. The soft foam has been sealed externally, so that when they are relaxed they look like solid plastic, rather than the rough, porous look of earplugs made from similar material. They also fit very well, especially compared to the standard earbuds that would constantly pop out of my ear when I was walking.

The microphone seems to work fine. I've tested it on the voice recorder and Skype. It's a little quiet when resting against my shoulder, but I could obviously hold it close to my mouth if needed.

The remote control function works great on both the Iphone 4 and Ipod Nano. On the Nano I get spoken announcements of the song's artist and title.
- one click, pause / unpause
- two clicks, next track
- two clicks from pause, artist and title of next track
- three clicks, previous track
- three clicks from pause, artist and title of previous track

I also noted that many reviewers of other earbuds complained about noise from the cord rubbing against something as they walked. I have not experienced that at all with these earbuds.

These earbuds are great for anyone who wants decent sound quality and a built in microphone.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not the same audio than the FX34, but great May 17 2011
By goldfilm - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I'm very happy that JVC made a marshmallow with mic for iPhone. Unfortunately it's not the same quality than the old marshmallow FX34. It's not so powerful anymore, more shallow. Still I love them, the little remote has volume, and the best part is that with the button to pause/play/answer calls, you can also skip songs with a double click. Very smart and convenient.