JVC HA-S220: review of inexpensive high-quality wired headphones

In the 1980s / 1990s, JVC had a certain weight and authority in the post-Soviet market. In the conditions of a lack of high-quality imported products, video and audio equipment of this Japanese manufacturer was in demand. If your video player or TV had a JVC nameplate, then that was something to be proud of.

I must say, the company’s reputation was not formed from scratch – it was she who released the first mass TV for the Japanese, and in 1976 developed the classic VHC standard. Today the brand is still present on the Russian market, offering audio and video equipment to consumers. Although most of the electronics are manufactured in China, the manufacturer maintains a high quality bar. Today our review will be devoted to the JVC HA-S220 on-ear headphones.

The headphones come in a compact cardboard box. Its right half is made of thin transparent plastic, which makes it possible to see the device itself, both from above and from the side.

JVC HA-S220: review of inexpensive wired headphones

The foldable design of the earbuds allows them to fit compactly into the box without taking up much space. The back side of the box is given over to several drawings showing the design features of the device. There is also a very general description of the device’s capabilities, given in different languages. The headphones themselves are housed in a plastic tray, part of which is given for a bundled cable. But the bag for storing the device is not included.

JVC HA-S220: review of inexpensive wired headphones

JVC HA-S220 headphones have a classic shape for this form factor. Two ear pads are attached to the headband on the side. With the help of plastic hinges, they can rotate, changing the standard working view to a compact one, forming one plane with the arms. The design is simple and straightforward, it unfolds easily, but it’s still not as reliable as metal. So it is better to use the device with care. At the same time, the plastic does not look cheap – no cracks appear on it, it does not creak.

A cable extends from the bottom of each ear cushion, the ends are connected together. The total length of the cord is 1.2 meters, and there are copper conductors inside. The cable is terminated with a thin gold-plated plug of the classic type mini-jack (3.5 mm), which allows the headphones to work with most sound sources, including many, albeit not the most recent, iPhone models.

JVC HA-S220: review of inexpensive wired headphones

Soft ear cushions not only provide a comfortable fit, but also provide sound isolation. No pressure on the ears. Headphones are initially based on the budget segment, but they sound very decent. Users note a wide range of sound and pronounced lows, soft and pleasant. At the same time, drivers can also play a role – to unleash the potential of the device, you will need audio equipment of at least an average level or a good smartphone. And the equalizer settings can help the headphones sound much more interesting.

JVC HA-S220: review of inexpensive wired headphones

A music lover will surely find something to complain about, but for its price, this is an excellent and convenient option for an audio device. JVC offers 4 color options for headphones: in addition to the classic black and white, it also looks stylish, but not too defiant, blue and dark cherry.

JVC HA-S220: review of inexpensive wired headphones

Due to its light weight, the device is also almost not felt on the head, you do not get tired of them.


  • Dynamic head: 30 mm
  • Magnet type: Neodymium
  • Frequency response: 10-24,000 Hz
  • Maximum input power: 500 mW
  • Nominal resistance: 32 Ohm.
  • Cord length: 1.2 m
  • Weight (without cord): 128 g
  • Plug: gold-plated mini-jack plug (3.5 mm)

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