JVC Marshmallow + True Wireless Headphones are ideal for wireless gaming. They offer Bluetooth version 5.0 with Codec, SBC, and AAC. The low latency chipset is ideal for all PC, Android, and iOS gaming. With a 6mm driver the headphones deliver crisp accurate sound reproduction. Dual microphones and ambient noise cancelation supports clear voice transmission for phone calls and while gaming with others. The total playtime is five hours on a single charge with an additional 25 hours from the included rechargaeable carrying case. Total battery life with charging case 30 hours. Find your ideal in ear fit with multiple sizes of Marshmallow foam ear tips and S/M/L silicone earpieces. The headphones have an IPX5 waterproof rating and touch sensor controls. Voice assistant compatibility allows users to connect seamlessly.
Enjoy up to 5 hours of continuious play with up to 25 hours of additional time with included rechargable carrying case. Total battery life up to 30 hours.
Touch Sensor Controls
Control your Bluetooth enabled device with touch sensor controls that allow you to change tracks, answer/end calls, and adjust the volume.
Low Latency Mode
JVC's Marshmallow+ True Wireless headphones offer a low latency mode which is ideal for gaming.
JVC Marshmallow+ offer dual microphones for clear conversations.
Auto Ear Detection Sensor
Seamless connect to your music once the Marshmallow+ headphones are placed in your ears. The headphones auto detect when they are in use and will go into standby mode after 15 seconds if not in use.
I am always looking for affordable wireless earbuds to use around the house, when I exercise, commute to/from work, and in various zoom calls. I mentioned affordable because I don’t want to fear them being lost or broken. The JVC Marshmallow Plus do fit the needs that I am looking fit. After a week of heavy use in these aforementioned settings, here are my thoughts.
They are larger than expected, almost the same size as the 1st generation AirPods. And because of that, they stick out of my ears and are loose in there. Knowing that, I immediately dis not consider them for exercising. Using them in office work or my commute seemed like the best choice. They have ambient noise cancellation so I don’t hear the noisy cars driving next to me, and they do a good job in muting my colleagues in the office. They are stated to have low latency when gaming on my iPhone. I tried it out on some of my games and it is true, but haven’t really noticed any latency with any earbuds for me to compare them with. I found that an odd as it sounded like real time reaching my ears with what I was watching.
Another bonus is that these JVC’s are rated to 25 hours of use. With my commute and voice calls, I was averaging 20 hours before I needed to recharge them.
Overall, decent and affordable for my needs. I wished they were a little smaller or had some wingtip to stay in my ears.
These are a decent set of earbuds if you can get them to seal up in your ear canal and stay in. That’s the most important aspect of these earbuds. If they don’t fit in your ear canal and seal up you will not have any bass at all and they will eventually fall out. So the first thing you will have to do is try the tips to see which ones fit the best. They include 2 memory foam tips and 3 silicone tips. For me it was the medium silicone tips. For my wife she needed the large silicone tips to get a seal and any bass when listening to music. Neither size of memory tips would seal or stay in our ears. Wearing them for an hour or more and they can make your ear canals a little tender. That is provided you can get them to stay in that long. Tenderness is not uncommon for this type of earbuds that rely on friction to stay on your ears. DO Make sure your ear canal, at its opening, is clean and the tips are kept clean or they definitely will not stay in. This applies to All similar earbuds I have used. I was amused at the instructions as they read: ”Rotate earbud and pop it into your ear then shake your head to check wearing stability”. Well ok, but I wouldn’t do it while standing on a concrete floor!
When we did get the buds sealed in our ears they sounded pretty good. Played my usual "test" artists like Steely Dan, Alan Parsons, ABBA, Zeppelin, AC/DC, ZZ Top and similar music. Bass was low and solid. Not muddy or hollow. Highs were clean but very slightly harsh and lack extreme highs. I didn't expect the frequency response and sound I got with the Master and Dynamic earbuds I reviewed a couple of years ago. But for the price it’s not bad considering the M&Ds cost 5 times more.
Do keep in mind that these are not active noise cancelling earbuds. That is there's no DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to remove / cancel noise. Filtering out the noise is how tight you get them to fit in your ears like ear plugs. Also known as passive noise cancelling.
Call quality is good on both ends. That is when I was wearing them I could hear the person I was talking to clearly and they, me. When my wife was wearing them she called me and I could hear her very clearly and she, me. I was using my Sony WF-SP800N earbuds when talking to her. The JVC earbuds will pick up road noise when used in a car.
It says Low Latency on the box for use in gaming. What that means is they should be in tight sync with the action on the screen. You can switch this on and off. Also has a mono mode.
The very small instructions with tiny print tell you how to pair the earbuds by removing a plastic sticker on the stalk of the buds. Then replacing them back in the charging box and then removing them again to put them into pairing mode. This worked well for the first phone but not the second one. You have to turn BT off on the first phone they are paired to and then they will find the second one. This might take a few tries.
There are no tactile switches on the buds. It’s all done by touch. The little booklet explains the functions. Might want to take a photo of it with your phone until you have used them a bit and remember what does what. But be aware that any repositioning you do to them to get them back into your ear tight will likely initiate a “function” whether you want it to or not. I have other brands of earbuds that work this way and it can be annoying at times when they exhibit the same behavior. There is no app available for these. There are no EQ settings. The extra ear tips cannot be stored in the charging storage case. So don’t lose em!
The buds come in the charging box and a USB A to micro USB cable. You will need to provide a charger and almost any modern cellphone charger will do. It just needs to provide 5 VDC at 500 mA or more. Battery life is rated at 30 hours and I assume that’s with recharging them in the box until both earbuds and box batteries are depleted. Neither the included instructions or box specified. Build quality seems good for the price. One year warranty.
Conclusion is that these have the potential to be decent earbuds if you can keep them sealed in your ears or just in your ears period. The latter is why I cannot recommend them and I'd really like to.
We always think that spending more money on something means it is a better product. I was able to pick up the JVC Marshmallow+ Headphones for $59.95 to give them a test and they passed with flying colors. They are compact in size, they are auto-on, they are auto-connected (after the 1st Connection) They have a charging carrying case and the battery life is around 24 hours.
Positives: They have dual mics and ambient noise cancellation so call quality is great. When listening to music the bass doesn’t overpower the mids and the high, but its there to give it a kick. They are great for playing games on your pc or handheld, these headphones are low latency, so delays are a minimum. The case is small about the size of a key fob. Touch controls.
Cons: I wish the charging case had led lights to show how much charge is left. You have to rely on the earbuds to see an approximate battery level. I find that the touch controls are difficult to find the right spot to touch on the earbuds. I’m sure that will get better the more I use them.
Who needs to spend upwards of $200 dollars on Wireless ear buds Since the JVC HA-A17T are great especially at the price point.
Marshmallow+ True Wireless Headphones
First off, you can spend a whole lot more money , on headphones, but for a reasonable price these headphones sound great and are a pretty good value.
Once these headphones were charged, they were easy to pair up with my laptop. The sound was very good listening to music. The tone was impressive - the source was Amazon Music.
The controls available seem to be comparable with the competition and the fit out of the box was perfect for me. The instructions for the controls are indicated in the manual included. Takes me a while to memorize all of them.
Haven't tested battery life but the box indicates 5 hours- we'll see.
Great (even impressive) sound
You can buy more expensive headphones but I would recommend these for most anybody.
These are a good alternative to buy to replace any wireless earbuds you had in the past, the initial set up is easy to do, love the color I chose and the charging case. The only thing that I would change is the length of the usb cord.
So if you’re looking to purchase an inexpensive pair of wireless earbuds, look no further, and enjoy using a pair of these.
Ease of Use
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Decent buds for all but phone calls
This is the next gen of JVC Marshmallow True Wireless Headphones, model HA-A17T, dubbed JVC Marshmallow+, and retailing for $60.
What can be expected from earbuds at this price point? No, it is not reasonable to compare with higher priced products, so that will not be in this review. EVERYTHING is with the price in mind!
Is there anything special, or not so special? I’ll let you know!
**WHAT’S IN THE BOX**
• JVC Marshmallow+ True Wireless Headphones with Bluetooth 5
• Integrated storage/charging case with integrated battery for
• Ear tip kit with 2 sizes of memory foam ear pieces and 3 sizes of silicone ear pieces.
• Short USB-C charging cable
After unpacking, charge while reading the documentation. Of note is the manufacturer’s choice of MicroUSB for charging instead of the more modern USB-C.
I removed the installed silicone tips in favor of memory foam, which are usually more comfortable and provide a better seal against outside sound.
And now it’s time to . . .
**PUT IT TO THE TEST**
Pairing – Easily accomplished. These can pair to two devices, though only one can be active at a time.
Make a call. I made two calls to two friends. Both of them commented on the hollow sound from these buds. My friends and colleagues are accustomed to my calls from a wide range of headsets costing as little as about $50 to $100 and more for earbuds that sound quite good on calls. I could hear the others on my calls just fine. The takeaway is that these $60 buds are acceptable for phone calls, but not exemplary.
Ambient noise cancellation is passive, depending upon the fit of the tips. Here, with good fit, there is a good amount of ambient sound rejection, but not so far as those on the other end of my calls. Each person heard background noise aplenty.
How about the music test? Here, they fared better, with a slightly base-heavy full range and pleasant sound.
All the other usual and customary features performed as expected with the taps and touches on the right and left bar. These include summoning the voice assistant, answering and ending a call, switching into and out of low latency mode for gaming, music pause/play and track skip forward and back.
What is the low latency mode all about? When on a call, there may be a slight, almost imperceptible delay between when the sound is generated to when it is heard from one end of a conversation to the other. Remember, Bluetooth is less than an ideal technology for transmitting and receiving sound. We use it for the convenience of not having wires and the tradeoff is poorer performance than with wired options.
For gamers, however, what may be an ordinarily imperceptible delay on a voice call means the difference between winning and losing. That delay is deadly for gamers. Activating the low latency mode is another solution that makes these and other earbuds with low latency mode acceptable to gamers.
I am not aware of a hit to battery life with low latency mode engaged.
On the subject of battery life, these, like most others, have a battery storage box to add juice to the buds while on the go. Said to be able to operate for about 5 hours on a charge, the storage case/battery box can up the total to as many as 25 hours use before external recharging is needed.
Fortunately, Marshmallow+ can operate in mono mode with just one earbud while the other one is charging while nested in its case.
These buds are said to be “waterproof,” though I am unable to find an IP rating or any other documentation in this regard.
While these true wireless buds may not exhibit class-leading performance, the price MUST be considered. How do they perform when considering the cost? I give them one minus point for poor phone call audio, but they are no worse than others tested in this price class.
They are comfortable and sound good when listening to music.
As a wireless gaming headset and for listening to music and podcasts, these JVC Marshmallow+ True Wireless Earbuds are a good choice.
One year manufacturer’s warranty
Marshmallow+ True Wireless Headphones
Lightweight budget-friendly wireless gaming headphones.
* Price. The price on these headsets is friendly to gamers on a budget.
* Weight. These headphones and their case are super light.
* Audio quality. It isn't great. It works! And while I don't have scientific tests to confirm the benefit of marketed "low latency" they definitely allowed me to play games online and communicate just fine. The bass is non-existent. I own a few different headsets that I use for different applications. You can tell within seconds the difference between these any other headset. I think that is the primary CON with these headsets.
* Touch controls. I think the touch controls are a miss. I often have problems with the headphones registering my touches and performing the correct actions. It could be my timing and therefore user error. But not thrilled either way.
* Build quality. Though super light and budget-friendly, the case and possibly even the headphones do feel "budget." To be expected, but I feel the case could have been a little more substantial (or at least feel durable).
* Case charging. Wired only. Expected, but I think next time I'll stick with Qi capable charging. It really is a lot more convenient than digging for cables and plugging it in/out.
I've only owned these a few days and while these are certainly great budget headsets, I think it would be wise to spend more. I am not an audiophile, but the difference in quality is stark - it is like comparing stereo audio to mono audio.
They are adequate for what they are. Nothing really blew me away either good or bad.
The battery lasts a long time.
They are comfortable in the ear.
They stay fairly secure (not perfect, but that is all earbuds, if you need a secure fit, go with an over the ear).
The sound quality is as good as I expect from ear buds.
This may just be me, but every time I tried to adjust these while I was wearing them, it would pause whatever I was listening to.
Despite the previous point, I could never get it to pause what I was listening to intentionally.
The range isn't horrible, but it is about half as far as what I've had in the past with an over the ear style wireless headphone.
I'd still recommend it, the pros do outweigh the cons, but there is a few big improvements that could be made.