Miscellaneous

JVC Xtreme Xplosives Earphones Review – The Best In-ear Earphones with Great Bass

I got myself a pair of JVC Xtreme Xplosives earphones to replace a pair of broken Sony’s, and I’m very pleased with my purchase. At $20 or so, these earphones handily beat competitors costing 5 times as much, and are the best in-ear earphones with great bass that I’ve found.

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When I first opened up the packaging, the earphones looked much bulkier than what I was used to with my previous pair of Sony earphones. Once you wear them though, you hardly notice the bulk, and in fact, I found them very comfortable. I tried leaving them in my ears for a 12 hour flight, and they didn’t annoy my ears. I’m using the standard-sized earbuds that came on the earphones, but JVC has provided with small/medium/large sizes, so that you can swap in the size that you’re most comfortable with.

Prior to buying these, I had thought of getting earphones with the flat ribbon type of cord, since those prevent tangles very well. So I was a bit apprehensive at getting these JVC Xtreme Xplosives earphones, since it seems to use a typical cord, albeit in red. However, I didn’t have to worry, because the cord of these JVC Xtreme Xplosives earphones is great. From their official specifications, the cord is supposedly a “2.0mm-thick robust 1.2m OFC cable”. OFC in this case, would stand for oxygen-free copper, and would apparently be better for audio signal transmission. However, besides the sound, what was more important for me was that the cord feels tough and wouldn’t tangle easily. At 2.0mm, the cord is significantly thicker than typical earphones, so tangles won’t happen so easily, and besides, JVC has provided a cool-looking hard carrying case with these earphones. After several days of using the case to store the earphones, I haven’t had a case of tangles yet, so it’s something that I’m very happy with.

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The only thing that might be a concern to people is the cord length. At a fixed length of 1.2m, it’s perfect for me to reach my MP3 player in my pocket or bag, but if you use it for running or need the cord to separate or be much shorter, then this might be something to take note of.

Sound-wise, I love the clarity and bass that these earphones have. These are definitely the best bass I’ve heard coming out of earphones. Some of the songs that I listen to are very bass-heavy, and these earphones bring that bass across really well. The bass doesn’t have the muddy feeling that you get with some other earphones, so it’s a very welcome feature.

I absolutely highly recommend these as they are the best in-ear earphones with great bass. I’ve no regrets buying these, and would buy another pair readily if something happens to this pair. Get your own JVC Xtreme Xplosives earphones here.

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Miscellaneous

Injinji Toe Socks Review

I got a pair of Injinji toe socks after reading about them while digging up information about the Vibram FiveFingers. I thought they were just normal toe socks, but after you get them, you realise that the quality that the Injinji’s have is much better than a cheaper pair of toe socks.

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First of all, there aren’t any seams that will cause chafing or blistering – that alone is worth the price tag, because finding a pair of socks without seams is near impossible. Secondly, the Injinji socks make use of CoolMax material (although there are other variants, such as the wool-based socks) that wick moisture, and dry faster than conventional cotton.

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Originally I thought the extra material in-between your toes will make the fit snugger when I wear my shoes, but I’ve found this difference to be imperceptible. The feel is different too – you’ll definitely have a harder time wearing the socks, but we’re talking about a difference of maybe 10 seconds longer putting on your Injinji’s compared to conventional socks. After that, the first 5 minutes in your shoes will feel strange, but you’ll get used to it and you’ll never notice that you’re wearing toe socks, except for the added comfort and joy you get when you wriggle your toes!

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I got the black and the white, and tried these pair of socks with my Vibram FiveFingers, as well as with my Adidas running shoes, and my Converse sneakers. I didn’t like the way they looked with the Vibrams, because the Vibrams ended way lower than the socks, so you could see the socks sticking out, and I didn’t like the look. They felt perfectly fine though, and didn’t seem to add any perceivable bulk so my Vibrams still felt comfortable enough. With my normal shoes though, wearing the Injinji’s looked fine, and felt extremely comfortable. I wouldn’t use them if you want your socks for padding though, because the Injinji’s are a bit thin.

I highly recommend a pair of Injinji’s. If you’re looking for a high-performance sock, this is it. The Injinji toe socks come in various sizes, and I chose the micro-crew, which has the sock end just below my ankle. I got mine from Amazon, and with free shipping (the Amazon listing has free shipping by both Amazon and the 3rd-party retailers).

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