The JVC brand is better known for car and home audio products and is used in India for several other product lines, including TVs, headphones and headphones. The company recently launched a new range of wired and wireless audio products in India. 799 to Rs. 9,999. The new range includes the JVC HA-A10T, a relatively affordable pair of real wireless earphones.
Priced at Rs. 3,999, the JVC HA-A10T is one of the cheapest real wireless earbuds you can buy from a major global brand today, and is competing against Indian brands like Boat and Noise. Do these real wireless headphones have what it takes to hold their own in the crowded, affordable space in India? Find out in our review.
JVC HA-A10T design and specifications
We’re used to seeing fancy design and quality materials used in higher-priced real wireless headphones, but the budget segment usually sees functional, basic design. Still, JVC did a great job of making the HA-A10T earphones look good despite the price restrictions. The headphones are completely made of plastic, but feel well put together and solid. They are also not very large and light enough to stay in your ears, which are only anchored by the earplugs.
These earphones are available in four colors – black, gray, pink and blue – with the outside having a different matte surface than the body of the earphones. There is a single physical button on each headphone that allows you to play (press both sides once), volume (press twice to decrease volume, and right to increase volume), and skip tracks (long press on the button) can steer left for before, right for next). Pressing the left headphone three times calls up the voice assistant on a paired smartphone.
Pressing the buttons takes some force – and usually a three-finger grip on the headphones – and isn’t as easy as touching touch controls. However, the buttons work well and due to the effort involved, we were less likely to accidentally hit them or trigger the wrong function. A small blunt indicator light on each headphone indicates when it is charging and the status of the connection. The headset uses Bluetooth 5 for connectivity and only supports the SBC Bluetooth codec.
Unlike most real wireless headphones, the JVC HA-A10T only has a single microphone on the left earphone. This is also the active earphone connected to the source device while the right earphone is connected to the left. You can therefore only use the left earphone for music or voice calls alone.
The earphones are IPX5 certified for water resistance and can safely handle sweat or a few drops of water.
The sales package includes five pairs of earplugs – three made of silicone, two made of foam. We generally like foam earplugs a lot to ensure a more secure fit and better noise isolation, but many people prefer silicone that is less “sticky” to the touch. However, the foam tips of the JVC HA-A10T gave us a very tight, incredibly noise isolating fit that helped improve the sound quality and comfort.
The housing corresponds to the color of the headphones for all variants and is as functional and strict as they are. There are four battery indicators on the front, a micro-USB port on the back for charging and a lid that remains magnetically closed when closed. The case is slightly larger than what we are used to in this segment and not very good to carry.
The true JVC HA-A10T wireless earbuds have an alleged battery life of four hours for the earbuds and an additional ten hours for the case (two and a half additional charges for the headphones) for a total of 14 hours per charge cycle. We were able to meet this claim; This is no exception for the segment, but decent enough.
JVC HA-A10T performance
Many of the affordable earphones we’ve tested have many features. They may offer the right form factor and functionality, but typically don’t offer the same sound quality as mid-range or premium offerings. However, the HA-A10T sounds great. much better than anything else at this price and even some options that cost twice as much.
We used the headphones with a OnePlus 7T Pro (review) for the test, listened to music via streaming services and our high-definition audio collection, watched videos and answered voice calls during a typical working day. The JVC HA-A10T earphones only support the SBC Bluetooth codec, but this didn’t seem to affect the sound quality at all.
Starting with Baba O’Riley from The Who, the quality offered here was immediately apparent. The sound was clear, clear, detailed, and incredibly engaging from the start. He gained more character and drive than Roger Daltrey’s drums and vocals. The instrument separation on the JVC HA-A10T was particularly impressive with each element of timeless rock classics that felt clear and refreshingly clear. The sound stage was equally impressive: the headphones worked hard to give each element a strong sense of direction.
As we turned to another classic from a different genre, we listened to Right Here Right Now by Fatboy Slim, who again emphasized the level of detail and depth of the JVC HA-A10T. Some of the weaker elements in the track were crisp and present despite the bass-heavy main hook.
The HA-A10T’s acoustic signature is incredibly neutral, providing enough room for mid-range and treble while maintaining the aggressive, tight bass that many listeners prefer. This was particularly noticeable on one of our favorite high-resolution test tracks, 9000 Miles by Pendulum. This aggressive drum and bass track allowed the lows to take the lead without overpowering another frequency across the range. The result was an aggressive, punchy, and driven sound that also gave the most detailed insight into this track that we heard with real wireless headphones under Rs. 10,000.
In Netsky’s Love Is Gone we heard the first real flaw in the sound we had loved so far. With such busy tracks, the headphones couldn’t keep up with too many different, fast-moving elements. We missed the presence of better Bluetooth codecs here, but the real JVC HA-A10T wireless earbuds still do impressive work with everyone except for the most-used tracks, despite the technical limitations.
The JVC HA-A10T can handle voice calls, but is anything but good. The sound on voice calls was far too quiet, and the presence of only one microphone meant that we had to be in the quietest area to be heard by the caller. This was not a problem at home or in the office, but it was difficult to hear or listen to headphones outdoors.
Despite its limitations, the JVC HA-A10T is an incredible pair of real wireless earphones for Rs. 3,999. This is the best sounding headphone we’ve heard by far at this price, and it’s a shame that options are twice as expensive. We would no doubt recommend this headset to anyone looking for an affordable pair of real wireless earbuds thanks to its detailed sound and adaptive sound signature.
The headphones are not without problems, as you can expect from any affordable headset. Micro-USB charging, the inability to keep up with the busiest tracks, and poor voice call performance mean that the JVC HA-A10T isn’t perfect even at this price. However, if sound quality and comfort are your most important criteria, today there is nothing better than the JVC HA-A10T at this price.
Price: Case 3,999
- Detailed sound, excellent sound stage
- Neutral, adaptive sound signature
- Light, convenient
- Foam earplugs included
- IPX5 water resistance
- Micro USB charging
- The sound loses its limits with fast-paced tracks
- Bad for voice calls
Reviews (of 5)
- Design / comfort: 4
- Audio quality: 3.5
- Battery life: 3.5
- Price-performance ratio: 4.5
- Overall: 3.5