The JVC brand has been around since 1927. They originally produced products like phonographs and records before moving onto radios and, in 1939, they were able to manufacture Japan’s first domestically made television. As time and technology have progressed, the company became known for developing the VHS format and even introduced the very first VHS recorders for consumers in the late 1970s. JVC has made sure that they are one of the leading companies in the world, staying ahead of the curve when it comes to technological advancements over the years. Today, JVC offers both consumer and professional products from everything from camcorders to car CD players to home theatre projectors and nearly every other electronic device you can think of in between.

When it comes to headphones, the company offers a number of different styles and designs. They have over-the-ear and on-ear options as well as a fun colorful line-up made specifically for children. They make fitness and sports-centric earbuds and noise-canceling options that rival some of the very best in the industry.

Today we’re going to be looking at a pair of their sports headphones – the HA-ET50BT. These headphones provide listeners with a sweatproof construction that is designed to withstand sweaty workouts or those outdoor runs in the rain. They are compatible with JVC’s music training app and have a host of other features that make them an incredibly sought-after option in the JVC headphone lineup. Let’s take a deeper look into this product to see what they offer and if they are worth the price tag attached to them.

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Pros & Cons

-Quick and easy set up
-Great for working out
-Earbuds fit well
-Various size options for earbuds


-Thin wire
-Sound distorts at higher volumes
-Cord is short and may pull buds out

Key Features
The JVC HA-ET50BT headphones were made to be worn during even your sweatiest workouts. They feature a splash-resistant housing that will protect the sensitive electronic components from being damaged during runs in the rain or particularly sweaty HIIT sessions. They are able to be worn during gym weight training sessions without any issues at all. Outdoor runs are made more fun with music and podcasts without the distraction of a heavy neckband bouncing up and down on the neck. It should be mentioned, however, that some users found that the earbuds would pull out a bit during faster-paced runs. Although this may not be the case for everyone, it is still worth mentioning.
Basic Features
These headphones feature anti-slip materials so that users are able to enjoy their headphones during physical activities without having to deal with the earbuds slipping around annoyingly. This is a common problem with similar style headphones but we didn’t find it to be an issue with the HA-ET50BT. They also have a magnetic clasp feature that helps to keep the buds together when you’re not using them. This clasp allows you to wear the headphones around your neck, sticking the buds together so they are not hanging loose.

These headphones also support the JVC Run & Music training app that will analyze the beats per minute of the music in your device and use that to create a playlist for your distance and individualized time and pace. If you feel like trying to beat an old 5K record of yours, for example, you can choose songs with more BPM to give you a boost to run faster.
Advanced Features
As previously mentioned, these headphones from JVC are splash-resistant. The headphone unit has a waterproof rating of IPX5 meaning that it can resist a low-pressure water spray – this is much more than what most people will sweat during their workouts. The remote unit of the headphones has a waterproof rating of IPX4 which means it can resist water splashes from any direction. With these waterproof ratings, users can rest assured that the HA-ET50BT can withstand even the most grueling workouts without getting water or sweat damage.

Another great feature offered with these headphones is the inline remote control. This remote allows users to access important music playback options like stop, play and skip as well as answer their incoming phone calls.
Sound Quality
These headphones feature a 6mm driver unit that is designed to provide a powerful sound while the 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response is present to provide sound reproduction that is accurate. The HA-ET50BT headphones utilize a stereo design which helps to provide users with a listening experience that sounds like it’s coming from multiple directions, giving a bit of a surround sound effect. We found that these headphones provided a lot of extra bass with a respectable amount of mid-range and treble provided as well. These definitely aren’t the best sounding headphones on the market, though. Some other reviews mentioned that the audio becomes a bit staticky and garbled at higher volumes. A few current users felt that the sound quality experienced with these headphones work best for podcasts and audiobooks rather than listening to music. Of course, this comes down to personal preference. If you are an audiophile, you likely won’t be happy with the sound quality provided here. But if you just listen to music occasionally while you’re working out, you would probably be able to appreciate the sound quality and other bonuses offered with these headphones.
The maximum wireless range delivered with the HA-ET50BT is in the 33-foot range. This means that you can be around 33 feet away from your connected device and still be able to hear your audio. These earbuds support simple and quick wireless pairing with any of your Bluetooth-enabled devices, thanks to the Bluetooth 3.0 interface offered with this product. We didn’t have any issues pairing these headphones with our smartphones at all and we found the 33-foot range quote to be accurate.
These earbuds feature JVC’s Pivot Motion Fit technology that is designed to provide users with a comfortable and secure fit. This tech is characterized by a rotating hook that secures itself in your ear to hold itself in place. Because this earbud system doesn’t fit over the ear like other styles sometimes do, users with glasses will find that they are able to use these comfortably. The earbuds arrive in a box with six different styles and sizes of buds to choose from so that users are able to pick the size that works best with their specific ear anatomy. The headphones don’t feel bulky at all and most current users found that they even stayed comfortable during long runs (not something every headphone we’ve tested can boast). The only issue we came across was that sometimes during these longer runs, the weight of the cord pulled on the earbud a bit. It didn’t pull enough to actually pop the earbud out of the ears, but it did cause a bit of a nagging pull that might annoy some folks.
These headphones come in three different color options – bright neon yellow, black or blue. As mentioned in the Comfort section of our review, they arrive in a box with six different size buds to choose from. Three sets of these earbuds are designed to seal out outside noises to provide a more immersive audio experience. The other three options are designed to allow ambient noise in so as to provide outdoor exercisers and runners with a way to hear the background sounds around them. All six sets of buds come in small, medium or large sizes. This was a fantastic style choice from JVC as it allows users to choose the right bud size to fit their ear anatomy as well as the ability to personalize their listening experience on any given day. Because of the Pivot Motion Fit technology used in the design of these headphones, though, some users might find that they don’t fit their particular ear anatomy properly. The choice to use this tech is fantastic for people whose ear cartilage supports the hook system, but folks whose cartilage is more a complicated labyrinth may find that the hook doesn’t fit properly thus rending the headphones rather useless.
Outdoor exercisers will love the durability offered with these headphones. You will no longer need to worry about a little bit of rain (or a lot of sweat) ruining the electronic components on your headphones if you purchase these. As mentioned earlier in our review, the JVC HA-ET50BT headphones are water-resistant to a degree. This feature definitely adds to the overall durability that will help to extend the life of this product. The wires are thinner than we expected them to be, however, this doesn't seem to be a huge issue, but we can’t comment to whether or not the thin construction of these wires will lead to early fraying or breaking.
Ease of Use
Pairing these headphones with your Bluetooth-enabled devices is a snap. Simply turn on the Bluetooth on your device, turn on the headphones and they will pair. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Finding the right earbud for your ear size was more difficult than pairing this product was. With the different size earbud options, it can be a little challenging to choose the right one. But having options to choose is a much better scenario than having a one-size-fits-all headphone that doesn’t actually fit anyone’s ears properly.
Power Source
The HA-ET50BT feature a built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that is designed to last around nine hours. These charge via a USB cable that is included in the box. This is an exceptional battery life, especially considering the relatively low price point of this product. It takes around 3.5 hours to fully charge, which does seem like quite a long time in comparison to other products, but considering the battery life, it’s acceptable. Some current users mentioned that they are currently only getting around six hours of battery life out of one charge, but we found that the nine hours quoted by JVC to be accurate.
These headphones come with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $79.00. Although these aren’t necessarily a budget headphone, they come at a much cheaper price point than a lot of options available on the market these days. We think that the sub $80 cost is worthwhile, especially if you’re a fitness fanatic who is looking for sports headphones that can withstand your sweaty workouts.
Key Features
-JVC’s Pivot Motion Fit to help provide a custom and comfortable fit in-ear
-Sweat-resistant construction to withstand even the sweatiest workouts
-Magnetic clasps to hold the earbuds together when not in use
-9-hour battery life
-Custom fitting earbuds in a variety of sizes and styles
-Training app support to help you run further faster
-Some of the earbud options allow ambient sound in for safer outdoor exercising
-Numerous color options
-Simple to pair and operate
Bottom Line
The bottom line is this – if you are in the market for a pair of sports headphones and care more about the water-resistant qualities than the sound quality of the product, you will be happy with purchasing the JVC HA-ET50BT headphones. If you’re hoping to find a fantastic listening experience to rock out to while listening to your favorite tunes, you will probably be disappointed with this product. While the sound quality isn’t anything to write home about, some of the other features with the HA-ET50BT are so great that we were willing to overlook the less-than-stellar listening experience. As mentioned, the sweatproof construction is a great feature to have. The magnetic clasps are handy for keeping the earbuds together when they’re not in your ears and we absolutely loved the JVC training app. So, no, you won’t have a mind-blowing sound experience while listening to your favorite songs, but the other benefits of this product are so great that it is easy to overlook.
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By Abbie Copeland
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Best offer on: Jul. 26. 2021

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