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JavoEdge eBuds

     If you are an avid listener you music on your PDA, you may have noticed that your headphone cord is often a little long and gets in your way when you are trying to do things.  JavoEdge figured you wouldn't want to have to deal with cords being to long and developed the JavoeBuds, featuring a retractable cable.  When retracted, the headphones cables are neatly stored away making the full package only a couple inches long.  When extended, the headphone cable reaches 47 inches.  While JavoEdge has been innovative in their efforts to design a useful product, the question becomes, is it a good purchase?
     Instead of coming with a case like most ear buds on the market, the JavoEdge ear buds have the case built right in.  They use a self winding mechanism, allowing for the cable to be extended or retracted to seven different lengths.  The product is easy to use, just pull on the ear buds and the headphone jack simultaneously until the desired length is reached.  Then let lose until the mechanism catches and holds the length.  When you are done and want to retract the headphones, pull slightly on each end and then let loose, letting the headphones retract. With the eBuds you don't have to worry about tangled cords.
     While the JavoEdge eBuds have an excellent style, do they function as well as headphones without retractable cables?  Instead of just doing a listening test, which is often bias depending on the listener, I took some extra time to compare the eBuds to KOSS's KSC-19 ear buds and Sony's Fontopia EarBuds based on the manufacturer specifications. Here is a comparison:
  JavoEdge KOSS Sony
Impedance 32 16 16
Low-end Frequency Response 100Hz 20Hz 12Hz
Sensitivity 117dB 98dB 108dB
Price $19 $15 $15

Let me take a second to explain how to read these numbers.  For Impedance, lower is better because it basically means there is less resistance.  In this test, the KOSS and Sony ear buds come out on top.  The low-end frequency response is the lowest frequency the headphones can respond to.  The maximum of all tested were the same (about the maximum of human hearing), but the Sony's can produce more lower end sounds.  This however is not really a huge factor as all three produce extremely low frequencies, so the difference between 100Hz and 12Hz, while it could be distinguished by some listeners, is not really that different.  Finally, the sensitivity relates to the loudness of the sound.  The JavoEdge eBuds come out on top, though again, it is doubtful that you will listen to your ear buds as loud as the eBuds can handle (it will ruin your hearing).  Chances are based on the specifications, there will be little noticeable difference between the different ear buds, though if you are a real audiophile, you might find the JavaEdge eBuds a little lacking.
     Overall, the JavoEdge eBuds are a solid product.  While they might be a couple dollars extra over other ear buds, having the retractable cable is very much a plus for portability and easy of use.  Personally I would have like to have seen a little more competitive specifications compared to similar products, but aside from that, they are good.  This weekend, instead of packing my Sony ear buds like I normally do, the JavoEdge eBuds went in my bag with my Pocket PC.

Dave's Score - 8.0
This means, this product is a very good product, though has some features which could be improved.  This product embodies quality in its design and application, and is something I would use though I think there are still areas for improvement.  Weigh the pros and cons before purchasing, but in my opinion this card is a good buy.

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