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JVC today announced the expansion of its Xtreme Xplosives headphone series with the addition of...


  • JVC today announced the expansion of its Xtreme Xplosives headphone series with the addition of two new inner ear models. Both new headphones, the HA-FR201 and HA-FX101, offer powerful bass performance, a secure fit and the durability that characterizes the entire Xtreme Xplosives line.

    The two new headphones are identical in specifications and performance, with the HA-FR201 adding an in-line remote control and microphone. Shared features include JVC’s Extreme deep bass port that delivers strong bass reproduction, and a powerful 0.33-inch neodymium driver in each housing for clean, clear sound. Silicone earpieces in three sizes are included to ensure a comfortable and secure fit, and to provide superior sound isolation and minimize sound leakage. Rubber protectors enhance durability, making the headphones ideal for active users.

    To these features the HA-FR201 adds a remote control and microphone compatible with Apple, Blackberry and Android devices. The cord-mounted single-button control makes it easy to operate play, stop and skip functions, and answer a phone call. A conversion cable for Samsung and Sony-Ericson devices is included.

    Both models come in five colors, blue, black, green, red and violet. The headphones come complete with a 3.94-foot (1.2 meters) color cord with a gold-plated iPhone®-compatible slim plug.

    The new JVC HA-FX101 and HA-FR201 will be available in March for $19.95 and $29.95, respectively.

Recent Reviews

  1. NeonHD
    Overhyped IEMs that sound awful
    Written by NeonHD
    Published Jul 12, 2017
    Pros - I can't think of any tbh, very powerful bass I guess?
    Cons - -Cheap all plastic build feels cheap
    -Unappealing and ugly design
    -AWFUL sound quality
    -Not very comfortable
    -Bad at isolating noise
    So I saw these for 15 bucks at Winners and I said why not pick these up as it's from a well-known brand and I've heard many things about them, and so I did....... but after a quick 10 minute listening session on the bus I regretted my decision.

    Build Quality:
    As you would expect with an all-plastic build, they feel very cheap and the design is unappealing in my opinion. Although despite feeling cheaply made the build seems fairly robust and the 90° angled plug looks pretty sturdy.

    They are not good noise isolating IEMs that's for sure, but maybe some foam tips would help.

    Sound Quality:
    I bought these mainly because they advertised it as "Extreme Bass", and being a basshead I thought it would satisfy me, however they aren't nearly as bassy as my $5 Plextone 41M CIEMs which let me down a little. Also note that the bass doesn't bleed into the mids, which I guess is a good thing. Overall bass is very powerful and should impress most people, but what won't impress people is the DREADED peaks in the lowers highs (approx 3-4Khz) that makes everything I listen to sound extremely shrill and harsh as if someone's screaming in your ear. It's the same kind of shrill I've experienced with on the Rock Zircons, but far more worse. On a brighter note the soundstage and imaging are okay and decent, but doesn't do justice towards its bad sound signature.

    After spoiling myself with some Chi-fi IEMs, I can say that this is definitely NOT worth your money, and that's mainly due to the harsh peaks in the lower treble which ruins the entire bass-orientated sound signature. Build quality and comfort is also nothing to write home about. I think if you just spend a little more money you can find an even better sounding pair of IEMs. Or just don't spend more and buy a stellar sounding Chi-fi IEM instead for the same price or lower (eg. KZ ED9). Seriously, these garbage mainstream IEMs are just further increasing my admiration to my CIEMs.

    Cheap plastic build + unappealing design + awful sound quality = garbage

    P.S. After reading some "good" reviews on this, I can say that the average person who hasn't really invested their money in earphones and doesn't really care about great sound quality won't mind the harshness in the sound. I mean, for example if we're talking about a little kid who received these as their first earphones, then obviously they're gonna think it sounds normal because they have nothing else to compare it to. But I mean, these kinds of cases are rare and I think my review should do some justice on people who are more critical about how their music sounds (aka audiophiles and music enthusiasts) which takes years of audio listening experience to craft out.

    P.P.S Argh what am I saying, it doesn't take anyone to NOT notice the harshness in the treble as it's just way too obvious, they simply just don't care I guess. Better than their earbuds that come with their phone I would assume.
  2. stereosun
    2 years of great service
    Written by stereosun
    Published Apr 19, 2016
    Pros - Bass, Reliability, Comfort, Ear Seal (isolation)
    Cons - Build
    Purchased from futureshop 3 years ago, (futureshop doesn't even exist anymore), they literally outlasted the store.
    I bought these for 15$ , and at the time i was really into bass. I thoroughly enjoyed the bass on these for comparison i'd say they have the sound signature / quality of Dre-Beats but at 15$. Used em for the first two years of university, until water damaged the mic. Even then they were still great working headphones, but i needed a mic. 
    The other two headphones that i have used extensively and can compare these too are the:
    Monoprice 8323 Over Ear headphone , and the MEE M9P headphone. These are better than my current M9P headphone on just comfort alone, but thats subjective. Soundwise the M9P is probably better but the stiff plastic cord i cant deal with, and also the M9ps started to get quieter in one ear after 10 months. (i use an equalizer to fix this). 
    Buy these for around 20$ , they will last and you wont regret it. 
  3. bonami2
    Written by bonami2
    Published Dec 18, 2015
    Pros - Cheap
    Cons - Seem like that burning them for 2 week is not enough to stop them breaking my ear since the high are so harsh
    High are ways to loud. 
    Compared to my M-duo and 8320 i may says they are garbage
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    1. onitafmw55
      Really should have tried these as far as JVC XX earphones go:  JVC HAFX102B (2015 update with larger 11mm drivers)  Highs are tamed much better. 
      They are warmer, bassier (more deep bass than mid-bass boom) headphones, but they do a great job at $20 or less of giving a full non-grainy sound in that style.  Their only flaw is their design, they made them pointy and it may stab some people's ears.  It didn't bother mine but I can see why it might bother some.

      In the world of headphones, newer isn't always better.  But I found with earphones, it usually is.  Because they are constantly improving on what is still relatively new technology.  Pushing the most out of it.  The headphones you reviewed were from 2012. 

      I personally also have an 8320 and I enjoy it although I never found it to be, too bassy.  But nice sounding all the same for the price. 
      onitafmw55, Dec 18, 2015
  4. drkrazyrich
    good enough for anyone
    Written by drkrazyrich
    Published Feb 22, 2015
    Pros - cheap to buy ,great bass ,even great sound overall try em
    Cons - ok my kid loves them but cheap build quality ,thin cable and weak joints so if they get caught on things it can end up pulling them apart :frowning2:
    listen to them ,they re cheap to get and try .l recomend them to anyone ,great overall sound .l not so rough on them my daughter is (teen) lots of boom. l have the phone mic ones and works with android BUT careful thin cabling can pull out easily if caught on things like chairs ,doors handles etc ....AND they are quite bulky so people with smaller ears may find them uncomfortable .


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