Product Review: Gaoye G1000 In-Ear Headphones (Earbuds)
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The Gaoye G1000 3.5mm Jack HD Stereo Wired Earphones with Mic are an inexpensive set of earbuds with some good features advertised; quality sound, noise cancellation, gold plated connectors and comfortable rubber earpieces.
At least 3 of those 4 features are actually true. The noise cancellation, while not the best I’ve ever experienced, works well enough to pass for a decent implementation of the technology. The gold plated connectors are definitely gold plated and the comfortable rubber earpieces are actually quite comfortable in my ears. The point of failure here is the sound quality.
For lack of a better way to describe it, I would say that these earbuds apply an effect to the audio you’re listening to. If by “effect” I mean, it sounds like your audio is playing through a tin can lined with shag carpeting and then moderately cleaned up so as to not sound like complete garbage. Now, don’t get me wrong here, these are entirely within the realm of what I would expect from $7.99 earbuds. You pay that little for earbuds, you get a comparable level of quality. I can also say that I’ve heard much worse from earbuds that were more expensive.
The microphone quality is fairly decent, if just slightly muffled. When using voice-activated features of my tablet, I had to speak abnormally slowly and especially clearly in order for the commands to be recognized, but again, I’ve experienced much worse quality from more expensive earbuds before.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive pair of earbuds, with a microphone and decent quality noise cancellation, these will do the trick, but if you consider yourself to be an audiophile in any way, or you listen to a lot of music through your earbuds, you should probably do yourself a favor and find a pair with slightly better sound quality.
All-in-all, the quality is about what I would expect for $7.99 and they are actually quite comfortable.