JVC Gumy HA-F140 In-Ear only Headphones - Peppermint Blue

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Gumy Headphones - Really?!

Jan 25, 2010
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Pros:Cheap, simple and well-designed earbuds.

Cons:Squishiness of cables may make for short lifespan.

The Bottom Line: I would recommend these to anyone who needs cheap earbuds that work well.


I got this set of headphones to go with the required listening assignments in my Music Appreciation class at the local community college.  In fact, I'm using them at this very moment - studying my assignment while writing this review.

Priced Right - Placed Right
I'm not a big user of multimedia.  I have a lot of recorded music and music videos, but I never invested in speakers with sub-woofers and such.  A  cheap pair of powered speakers was all I needed.

I found these earbuds in the checkout line at the school's book store.  At under $10.00, they were the cheapest - so that's what I bought.

Gumy is a State of Mind
When I was a kid, "gumy worms" were artificial bait for fishing.  Now, most folks associate them with artificial food... for people!  I was a big eater of gumy bears, but I always just saw the worms as fish bait.

Steve Jobs appealed to the Gumy State of Mind through the translucency of the first iMac's system case.  Hardware manufacturers everywhere got into the Gumy State of Mind by adding squishy pads to their HID (Human Interface Device) equipment to reduce RMI (Repetetive Motion Injury) claims against their hardware.  Now, all the coolest equipment has translucency and squishiness in the design.

Of course, nobody should eat their earbuds; and nobody anywhere ever in the history of the universe ever got an RMI from a pair of headphones - but both features are built into the design.   Translucency makes them look cool, and squishiness makes them feel cool.

Oh, and they're also pretty good for playing audio.

My Experience:
Besides requiring me to listen to a lot of music, the class is self-paced.  That means that I can finish it off by listening to the music fast.  The earbuds let me do that, by allowing me to listen regardless of where I am.  I simply changed the Power Settings on my desktop to disable sleep mode when I close my laptop.  That turns the whole thing into one, big MP3 player.


Recommend this product? Yes


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