JVC es­nsy HA-SR85S-T

El­e­gance Meets Func­tion

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TEXT // SHARMINE ISHAK

Over the years, tech­nol­ogy and fash­ion have be­come one and the same, urg­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers to in­no­vate and cre­ate prod­ucts that look good and per­form just as well. For JVC, the es­nsy line is the re­sult of that in­no­va­tion; head­phones that com­bine the best of de­sign and func­tion. We take a closer look at the full-sized es­nsy HA-SR86S-T, which is also the grand­est in the ar­ray.

Sport­ing a retro-mod­ern de­sign, the es­nsy HA-SR85S-T is a pair of squar­ish head­phones that feel sturdy and ro­bust, but not heavy or bulky. Al­though it is built mainly of plas­tic, it doesn’t feel cheap and looks quite lux­u­ri­ous with its translu­cent glossy fin­ish. Even the chrome and faux leather-wrapped headband gives it a pre­mium qual­ity; turn­ing heads wher­ever you go. How­ever, we would have ap­pre­ci­ated a bet­ter way to store this ac­ces­sory for porta­bil­ity, as the ear cups can only be swiveled and made flat, which does lit­tle to re­duce its size.

For com­fort, the HA-SR86ST’s ad­justable headband can be length­ened ac­cord­ingly for a bet­ter fit. The leatherette ear pads are also snug and com­fort­able to wear, as they fully cover the ears for com­plete iso­la­tion from ex­ter­nal noise and do not feel un­com­fort­able de­spite long hours of wear. This is be­cause the ear pads of­fer great ven­ti­la­tion and do not trap heat around the ears, so you need not worry about sweat­ing from hav­ing the head­phones clamped to your head. The ear pads are also ef­fec­tive at keep­ing the sound in with al­most no noise leak­age.

Fea­tures-wise, the HASR86S-T comes with a 3.5mm gold-plated stereo plug, which de­liv­ers en­hanced au­dio with lit­tle or no loss in qual­ity. There's a built-in in­te­grated con­trol and mi­cro­phone, which can be en­abled by press­ing a but­ton on the right side of the head­phones. This al­lows users to use the de­vice as a head­set for mu­sic and tak­ing calls, when­ever it is con­nected to their smart­phone, which should of­fer users some value and added con­ve­nience. What we also like is that th­ese head­phones uses flat ca­bles, which help keep it tan­gle­free.

When it comes to sound, how­ever, th­ese head­phones pack quite a punch, thanks to their two su­pe­rior neodymium 40mm driver units that of­fer su­perb vol­ume, strong bass and a nat­u­ral midrange. Vo­cals stand out with clar­ity and form, while deeper, lower fre­quen­cies are in­tense but not over­pow­er­ing. De­spite its strength with bass-heavy mu­sic, how­ever, we noted that sound stag­ing isn’t as pro­nounced on clas­si­cal and acous­tic pieces, as some of the lit­tle de­tails in the tre­ble such as strings and per­cus­sion were lost in the back­ground. None­the­less, we ap­plaud the hard­ware's ca­pa­bil­ity of re­pro­duc­ing a va­ri­ety of in­stru­ments across dif­fer­ent sound ranges with good bal­ance.

Avail­able in ei­ther brown or black, the el­e­gant JVC es­nsy HASR85S-T of­fers pretty great qual­ity and is per­fect for those who want a pair of head­phones that look and sound good. With its mod­ern take on retro-styling, good per­for­mance and neat fea­tures, you’ll want to carry th­ese ba­bies with you wher­ever you go.

The HA-SR85S-T’s flat ca­bles help keep it tan­gle-free

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