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mikee 01-05-2013 09:29 PM

JVC Riptidz over ear HAS200R

I just got these yesterday and thought I would write my initial impressions today and update after a week or two of use. My old headphones are Sony MDR-V150s which broke.

- very nice bass response and depth of sound
- They get very loud compared to the sonys I used to have to crank the volume up on the computer to about 60% to get the same volume these get at 20% with the riptidz
- headphones themselves feel very durable
- holds onto my head very securly
- very noise isolating from all other headphones I have tried ( I can't hear myself typing at volume 20%

- they hold on almost too hard to my head, this wouldn't bother too many people but I wear glasses and the arms get pushed quite hard up against my head and start to hurt over time
- cord is very short for full size headphones 1.2m I have to use an extension cable and lose some sound quality as a result (very little but still I can tell)
- cord feels cheap and thin for full size headphones. My sonys had a thicker longer cord almost too long i was tripping over. This cord feels like what you get on jvc gumy headphones which I had and had to get rid of after a year due to cord connection problem.

I'm not very good at explaining sound characteristics but will try my best

They have surprisingly nice bass response but in most of my music that doesn't have really deep bass the mids and the middle end of the highs seem a bit overpowering. They pack more of a punch than the old sonys. they get quite loud like i mentioned earlier where my sonys would be at 60% volume these get the same result at 20 -25%

Overall I would recommend these headphones to anyone looking for headphones under 20$ they are worth the 17$ I paid. I would have liked to see a longer thicker cord but for someone who just plugs them into an ipod the cord is a perfect length. The cord issues for me durability wise shouldn't be a huge issue as these will be mainly for computer use and I don't intend to stuff them in my pocket. Although i don't think the cord will not take getting run over and tangled in my office chair like my old ones did.
At first I was skeptical of buying another pair of cheap jvc headphones since back in 2006 I bought a pair of gumys and they had all the bass response of a mosquito and sounded tinny.
People who wear glasses my have to take them off and readjust their glasses every now and again for comfort I know I do.

I will revise this review after a while longer of use

JK98 01-06-2013 08:12 PM

How does the sound compare to the JVC HA-S160? How does it compare to the very highly rated JVC HA-S400? The HA-s160 is around $12, while the HA-S400 is around $28. I am very happy with the HA-S160, however I am very curious about the HA-S400.

IDvsEGO 01-07-2013 07:36 AM

based on his thread asking for headphone recommendations (in which you suggested both of those to him to buy) and the fact that he only mentions the sony when comparing I would think its safe to say he doesn't have either of those you mentioned.

OP, thanks for the feedback. I might have to grab a pair. for the grip on your head, is the band all plastic or does it have metal in it? if it has metal in it you can sometimes stretch them. if its plastic, probably not.

mikee 01-07-2013 11:19 AM

The band is all plastic

IDvsEGO 01-07-2013 11:38 AM

oh well. I guess you could try it anyway. just get a stack of books or anything really as long as it is thick enough to have the band pulled apart a good bit. stretch the headphones over it and let it sit overnight. it might loosen it up some.

mikee 01-07-2013 11:45 AM

the amount of force on the band is actually alright for people not wearing glasses with arms that aren't snug up against your head like mine.

I may buy the iem reptidz sometime down the road if my aircushions break. I got severely ripped off on those

IDvsEGO 01-07-2013 02:33 PM

easy transition there. same form factor and similar sound if i remember correctly. But I never had both at the same time and its been a while since I have had either.

The DarkSide 01-07-2013 07:33 PM

Take a basketball, put the hp's on the basketball. Get a hair dryer, heat the headband of the hp's with said hair dryer. Let cool,...enjoy the hp's.

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