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J+- Wooden IEM

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Greetings Head-Fi'ers,



 

Today I bring to you a wooden IEM from the majestic J+-, an in-house brand from our local grocery store; Superstore!!



 

First the unboxing.



 


Look at that quality packaging. Lets take a closer look shall we?



Well, what you see is what you get. Accessories? Hahahahahah. Here they are.



 


Here is the back of the box.



 


They don't look that bad actually. Not sure if they are real wood though...



 


Build quality is lacking (observe the crack in the body).



 


 


Packaging - 2/10



 

They came in a package that was clean in design, easy to open, and with the contents protected. No frills. Good enough.




 

Build Quality - 3/10



 

The cans are a mixture of metal and 'wood'. As you can see above, the wood casing on one side was cracked out of the box. Does not affect sound, at least not that I can notice. The stress relief nubs coming from the phones are short and stiff, but feel nice enough. They probably won't do anything to protect the cable. Stress relief on the plug is acceptable, and about the same as that found on my JVCs.



 

The cable itself is long enough, and made of a very springy rubber. I was expecting it to tangle easily, but in all honesty it's not bad. Better than a lot of my other IEMs (FR-201 and UE 100....I'm mainly looking at you...).


The tips are made of a weird rubber. It has a very smooth texture, almost felt-like...its odd. They are soft and seal well, so including only one size (equivalent of medium from most brands) is fine. It also requires some effort to remove them, so I doubt they will be falling off and getting lost.


Best of all, next to no driver flex! Woohoo.


 



 

Comfort and Isolation - 8/10



 

These are exceptionally comfortable, just don't try to insert them too far, as the edge of the can is kinda sharp. Not enough to cut, but enough to be annoying. I have been using them at work and at home, and they passively block quite a bit of sound without leaking any music (unless at absurd volumes).




 

Sound Quality - 6/10



 

These are bass monsters nice and bassy. Boomy, deep bass. Not overly well controlled, but still not bad. They actually remind me of my JVC HA-FR201, except with significantly diminished treble, and less detail. They have a very deep and surprisingly wide soundstage, probably due to the fact they are huge. They are almost as thick as the HA-FX3X, and a couple millimeters longer. I tried them for gaming (Dark Souls and Forza 4). Positioning of sound queues was decent enough, but nothing to write home about.



 

Out of the box, they sounded muffled and heavily veiled, but after only a couple hours of listening to hyper-low quality internet radio on low volume, the veil was starting to lift. After a few days of EDM at 60% volume on my Nexus S, they have really opened up and are a pretty fun headphone to listen to. The mids are much more detailed and significantly less recessed (ie. you can hear them without straining), and the treble has improved significantly. They are still overpowered by the bass though. *Edit - The bass has really settled down and mid and treble picked up. They are certainly more balanced than they were, but they are definitely not balanced. The highs have also picked up an odd metallic tinge on extremely high notes. Its weird, but I like it.*



 

Use of these for anything but EDM or more modern, bass heavy music, is not recommended. Supertramp's Crime of Century, King Crimson's Red, etc...they just fell flat. Guitars and vocals sounded nice, but this headphone is just too dark to do the genre any justice.



 

EL-P's Cancer for Cure is handled well, with evenly represented vocals and deep, rumbling bass. Infected Mushroom's last few albums sound awesome. Also tested them with a bunch of tunes found on Monstercat and SubSIL3NT (both mixed genre EDM channels), and they did a good job.


 


 

 

Overall Value - 7/10



 

Why 7/10 you ask? These things cost 4.95 CAD plus tax. They have a classy look, and while the build quality is mediocre, the materials used feel like they will last for a while. If you happen to break or lose them, it's not as if you are out of a significant amount of cash anyways.



 

They sound perfectly acceptable; miles beyond what I was expecting from a sub $10 headphone, and on par or better than my other sets purchased in high price brackets. Their performance is pretty genre specific, and they sound terrible for live music, but for EDM, hip hop, and other genres that are generally electronic-biased, they do a decent job.



 

5 bucks well spent I say!



 


Please leave your comments and feedback!




 

- Scrambler

 

(I've also tried multiple times to fix the spacing, however it never ends up looking as it should in the preview.)


Edited by B9Scrambler - 5/2/14 at 10:00am
post #2 of 31

Warning: Do Not Immerse In Water. :beyersmile:

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Originally Posted by Ivabign View Post

 

Warning: Do Not Immerse In Water. :beyersmile:


Gotta cover all the important stuff, lmao.

 

These things are actually pretty fun to use despite their cheap as crap origins. I'm wondering if they are just a rebranded Chinese make covered on one of the other threads?

post #4 of 31

I guess I'll just buy these instead of the new JVC Ha-FX850.

 

And they're much cheaper too! Problem solved.

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I guess I'll just buy these instead of the new JVC Ha-FX850.


 

And they're much cheaper too! Problem solved.


Totally....you won't regret it. Guaranteed. *looks up and to the left* Save your money and buy into the J+- ecosystem.

post #6 of 31

I just don't see how they can beat out my Rosewill Woodies - plus they are a lot more expensive than the Rosewill cans.... (inside joke from old deals thread:darthsmile:)

post #7 of 31

Superstore hey might be worth a trip, though the fuel to get there means i would have to buy at least 10 to make it worthwhile. Sounds good.

post #8 of 31
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Superstore hey might be worth a trip, though the fuel to get there means i would have to buy at least 10 to make it worthwhile. Sounds good.

 

Don't waste your money, lol. If you happen to be already there and want to make an impulse purchase, sure, go for. But really....save your cash and buy a nice big chocolate bar or something. lmao. They are no 'hidden gem' or anything. But....I do like them enough to not give them away.

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Originally Posted by Ivabign View Post


 

I just don't see how they can beat out my Rosewill Woodies - plus they are a lot more expensive than the Rosewill cans.... (inside joke from old deals thread:darthsmile:)


I like the look of the Woodies :D

 

*Edit: That just sounds wrong...*


Edited by B9Scrambler - 4/30/14 at 8:10pm
post #10 of 31
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Disregard....edited my original post and it updated as a quote...

Edited by B9Scrambler - 5/2/14 at 9:57am
post #11 of 31

how does this compare to URGE Basics Premium Wood Stereo Earbuds ?

http://www.amazon.com/URGE-Basics-Premium-Stereo-Earbuds/dp/B00HELKB2U

http://www.itechdeals.com/urge-basics-premium-wood-stereo-earbuds-free-shippinghk1.html


Edited by robervaul - 5/2/14 at 1:02pm
post #12 of 31

lol 79 cent earbuds. Must have. Do you actually have them ? because I need a cheap earphone for work.

post #13 of 31
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With the URGE you get accessories!? Wow. Golly gee, how I wish J+- provided accessories. lmao. Those are probably better.
post #14 of 31
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Originally Posted by B9Scrambler View Post
 

 

Don't waste your money, lol. If you happen to be already there and want to make an impulse purchase, sure, go for. But really....save your cash and buy a nice big chocolate bar or something. lmao. They are no 'hidden gem' or anything. But....I do like them enough to not give them away.


simply thinking of housings for trasplants of various kinds. But if they are that questionable in build, maybe a skipper?

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simply thinking of housings for trasplants of various kinds. But if they are that questionable in build, maybe a skipper?

They should be fine for something like that, but I would still be wary, especially given the wood casing on mine was cracked out of the box.

I know suspect quality control for the drivers themselves is questionable. I bought the Metal Earbuds a while back, and liked them enough to get my cousin a pair. They were on sale for a couple bucks, and he wanted something to drown out noise at work. These had great isolation despite being open backed (I'll post a pic later).

The two sounded so completely different, we were shocked they were from the same manufacturer.
Edited by B9Scrambler - 7/10/14 at 10:20am
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