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JVC HAFR36B Marshmallow Inner Ear Headphones with Microphone and Remote (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 5, 2015

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JVC HAFR36B Marshmallow Inner Ear Headphones with Microphone and Remote (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/15/2015
Based on 170 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 2.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   average
Fit4.3   average
Quality4.3   average
Remote4.2   above average
Comfortable4.1   below average
Sound3.9   below average
Music3.6   below average
Microphone3.5   below average
Volume3.3   below average


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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Comfortable but horrible bassy sound quality."
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"My current set has audio in the opposite ear that has the microphone which is a little annoying, but these things are so darn comfortable that I just order them in sets of 3 so I can keep using them :)"
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"They felt a little weird at first, but they get pretty comfortable afterwards."
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"Some of them sounded really good, however my problem need was comfort, some ear buds just didn't fit in my ear canal and some over the head and over the ear starts giving pain if you have them on for over an hour."
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"The bass was as great as I remember, they are vary comfortable (I listen to music 8+ hours a day) and the problem with the low volume was fixed!"
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"Great sound, comfortable buds."
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"Very comfortable as well."
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"The foam padding has always been great and comfortable."
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"These are really comfortable and just good enough for listening to a book in the car on my iPhone or listening to music on a walk in the morning."
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"Sound really good and are far more comfortable than any I've owned before."
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Fit

Fit:
"Like many of us, I'm looking for a set of headphones with the following features:- Comfortable- Secure during a sweaty workout- Above average sound, particularly bass (for said workout)- iPhone music controls- Reasonably reliable- Under $30 (probably under $20)I was wary of these JVCs, but after trying BassBuds (awesome, but expensive when not on a groupon and prone to breakage in a month) MEElectronics (okay, but awkward, remote rarely worked), GoGroove (never fit right, broke really quickly) and countless others, I tried the Marshmallows."
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"i hate apple's headphones bc they don't actually fit in my ear."
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"I always had the problem where the in-ear headphones wouldnt properly fit and would constantly fall off."
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"the soft marshmallow fittings are why i got this, works good with phones and the cord is long."
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"I love how they isolate outer noise, and fit comfortably."
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"The marshmallow buds fit my ear just fine, give me a good seal that lasts throughout my workout."
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"The buds themselves are squishy and fit comfortably in my ears, which is a huge sticking point for me with most earbuds as they tend to hurt my ear canal if they aren't the right size."
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"Fit extremely well, don't fall out even when I'm running at the gym and block out all outside noise."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"The sound is great but the the side with the microphone has broken on me three times each within 5 months of purchase."
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"Just buy these you wont regret itThese headphones rock, even the mic is greatMy only complaint is trying to skip songs w the mic button it works like 50% of the time, but thats not its intended use so whatever"
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"My current set has audio in the opposite ear that has the microphone which is a little annoying, but these things are so darn comfortable that I just order them in sets of 3 so I can keep using them :)"
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"If that was the only problem I probably would've kept it, but I tested the microphone on both my smartphone and two different laptops and it didn't pick up my voice at all."
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"This time when I ordered I was disappointed because for one, I chose to go with the microphone and remote model which the remote did not work with my ipod classic."
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"The mic works well too."
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"I sleep in these with white noise and works out great because they don't have the mic that I would roll onto and then would start playing somehting else and wake me up."
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"The sound is great but the the side with the microphone has broken on me three times each within 5 months of purchase."
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"Also, the microphone and controls work well with my iphone and mac book pro, so I use them with skype, facetime, or calls hands free."
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"My current set has audio in the opposite ear that has the microphone which is a little annoying, but these things are so darn comfortable that I just order them in sets of 3 so I can keep using them :)"
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Music

Music:
"I don't have the best ears, but all of my music calls sound great."
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"The result is an overall muddy sound that makes listening to music a markedly unpleasant experience, and phone conversations difficult overall as it's hard to understand what the person on the other end of the line is even saying."
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"And the pin does not sit well in the earphone jack of the music device."
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"The bass was as great as I remember, they are vary comfortable (I listen to music 8+ hours a day) and the problem with the low volume was fixed!"
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"You put them in and feel the foam hug your ear canal and the noise of the world goes away, and the music sounds amazing!"
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"First of all, these headphones are amazing when they aren't broken, you seriously cannot hear a thing other than the music."
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"I wound up buying Klipsch S3M-Blue-HP In-Ear Headphone instead, and I am very impressed with the overall sound quality - the balance is fantastic, and while they aren't nearly as bassy as the JVCs, that's actually a good thing, because there is a lot more to music than just bass."
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"You'll be much, much better off spending a little bit more and getting something that actually sounds good for both music and phone conversations."
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"I used them to listen to my ipod when I ran--I could hear my music, and the buds were comfortable."
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Price

Price:
"Sound isn't amazing but for the price, it's decent."
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"Not as good as the skullcandy ones I found for the same price."
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"I compared them immediately to the Sony MDR-ED12LP Earbuds that I bought a year ago (unfortunately, no microphone, but similar price point), and no comparison... the Sonys blew the new set away."
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"good sound quality for the price"
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"Nice earbuds for the money."
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"I'd recommend these to a friend looking for a cheap pair of headphones that actually stick in your ear."
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"This is at least my fourth pair of Marshmallow's, I find these as great earbuds, especially for the price! "
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"Best headphones I've ever used and unbelievably cheap."
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Quality

Quality:
"Comfortable but horrible bassy sound quality."
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"It's hard to find a good quality ear bud that isn't extremely expensive."
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"Sound quality is very good, but not perfect as the very expensive ones."
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"everything about this product, from the squishy inner ear bud to the cable to the sound quality, was horrible."
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"The sound quality is mediocre at best."
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"The worst thing about these headphones is that the sound quality is bad."
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"Comfortable but horrible bassy sound quality."
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"good sound quality for the price"
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"good quality headphones that will not pop off from your ear easily"
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"Good sound quality and they keep enough of the outside noise out without making you oblivious to what is going on around you."
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"I wound up buying Klipsch S3M-Blue-HP In-Ear Headphone instead, and I am very impressed with the overall sound quality - the balance is fantastic, and while they aren't nearly as bassy as the JVCs, that's actually a good thing, because there is a lot more to music than just bass."
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Remote

Remote:
"This time when I ordered I was disappointed because for one, I chose to go with the microphone and remote model which the remote did not work with my ipod classic."
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"The only problems I had was that after 3 months the remote stopped working and the signal started cutting out when I move the wire a certain way."
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"The control for turning off and switching to another song is fantastic and conveniently located on the remote."
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"The remote works perfectly, and I often plug them into my phone to have calls when I'm on the go so I don't have to hold my phone to my ear and turn the volume up."
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"The good:Remote is convenient, foam earpieces are comfortable and provide good sound isolation."
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"gave it 4 stars instead of 5 bc I wish there was volume control remote as well."
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"these fit great and the microphone remote setup is awesome."
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Sound

Sound:
"Comfortable but horrible bassy sound quality."
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"I don't have the best ears, but all of my music calls sound great."
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"The result is an overall muddy sound that makes listening to music a markedly unpleasant experience, and phone conversations difficult overall as it's hard to understand what the person on the other end of the line is even saying."
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"Sound isn't amazing but for the price, it's decent."
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"Not only do they sound great, they last forever."
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"The sound is great but the the side with the microphone has broken on me three times each within 5 months of purchase."
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"Comfortable but horrible bassy sound quality."
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"good sound quality for the price"
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"They mute external sound well but do NOT work when working out."
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"You put them in and feel the foam hug your ear canal and the noise of the world goes away, and the music sounds amazing!"
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"I went with the cheaper Gumys needing a quick replacement for my previous favorite because they have a mic, and I do miss the virtual surround sound headphones, but the Gumys do not disappoint."
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Volume

Volume:
"ProsThe cable is 1.2m length which allows them to reach comfortably to my phone in my back pocket where the Gumy wire is 1m length just a tiny bit too short, but I am 6'7 or 2m tall, so most people won't need a longer cable than 1mConsCost 50% more than the Gumy Plus HeadphonesSound terrible at high volume, like blaring static instead of loud musicLess quality bass than the Gumy PlusLess quality treble than the Gumy PlusHave to poke your finger in your ear to get them in placeWire feels cheap compared to Gumy PlusI was spoiled to my Philips SHE5920 Virtual Surround Sound In-Ear Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer) for seven years or so until they got discontinued."
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"Very uncomfortable, tiny sound, turn up the volume and the highs are too high, no volume control on the remote."
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"Only drawback is there's no volume control."
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"Only problem I have is not having the volume button on the wire, but hey, they still sound great."
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"The bass was as great as I remember, they are vary comfortable (I listen to music 8+ hours a day) and the problem with the low volume was fixed!"
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"I don't have to blast the volume up to hear the bass and these headphones are perfect, for me at least, for listening to Beethoven and Rachmaninov."
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"No volume control, which I wanted because it's much easier to find the right button, and often the volume controls (if slider type) go bad, get noisy, or accidentally get moved to one extreme or the other."
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"The sound profile seems very even and the volume is great."
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"With these buds I listen at much lower volume than other types of buds and can hear the audio in greater detail."
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