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JVC XX Elation Headphones Review

Day or night, these over-ears hold up for the long haul.

Credit: Reviewed.com / Nick Schmiedicker
March 01, 2016
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The XX Elation (MSRP: $149.95) headphones from JVC do a lot of things right but stumble a bit in some crucial areas. Time spent in our audio testing lab gave us a better look at what we were hearing.

The frequency response comes close to matching an equal-loudness contour—with some stark differences—a nearly imperceptible amount of distortion, and enough passive isolation to get you comfortably through a chatty office or crowded street. Take a look below for the charts and info you're looking for to get a better understanding of what makes the XX Elations tick.

Frequency Response

JVC XX Elation - Frequency Response
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While they try to follow an equal-loudness contour, the XX Elations under-emphasize the treble frequencies to an alarming degree.
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Distortion

JVC XX Elation - Distortion
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The total percentage of distortion remains within our bounds of what's audible. Which means it's highly unlikely you'll hear any unwanted crackling sounds.

Passive Isolation

JVC XX Elation - Isolation
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The imperfect seal on the XX Elations means they won't be able to lower the relative volume of ambient noise until it reaches the upper bounds of midrange frequencies.

Tracking

JVC XX Elation - Tracking
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We noticed some minor issues between the right and left channels, but most of those errors can be chalked up to an imperfect seal or a less than ideal fit.
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