Product Type: Skullcandy headphones
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Skullcandy Dubs S2DUCZ-042
Member Name: tinxabellie
Skullcandy Dubs S2DUCZ-042
Date: 13/08/11, updated on 13/08/11 (113 review reads)
Advantages: Great sound quality, very comfortable.
Disadvantages: Only lasted 4 months, earpieces can easily be lost.
In Argos, these earphones come in 6 different colours: black, white, blue, green, gold and purple. I settled for the purple since it was the most feminine colour available. However I must warn that the catalogue and internet did not show the true colour of these earphones and it could be the same for others. The catalogue displayed a light purple colour but these were in fact a very deep purple which actually looked quite masculine. The set of earphones came with 3 sets of bud sizes which are easy to change depending on the size of your ear. Then black cable is supposedly at a length of 1.3m (which I have not measured but it seems about right). Each earphone has a small silver Skullcandy logo and the logo is also located just above the jack too. The jack plug itself is of regular size and will plug into any iPod or laptop etc. This means one does not need to go out and buy an adapter for being able to use them with MP3's. Argos offers a three year warranty for this product for £1.99. After my experience, I highly recommend buying it.
After plugging these earphones into my iPod, my ears were in heaven. The sound quality was amazing with the earphones strongly enhancing the bass in my music (which was helped along a little by my iPod being set to bass booster). Unlike most other cheap earphones I have owned, the sound has not been at all tinny and sometime I forget how cheap I bought these as I would say my music quality matches that of other more expensive earphones I have tried out. However, this is coming from an ordinary person who does not know the technicalities of audio and sound equipment. They are quite loud earphones too. I only have to have my iPod on half volume to satisfy my ears. Also these buds are great for people what want earphones that block out background sound which I know is a plus point for many teenagers.
For comfort, these earphones also score top marks also. With the three different ear pieces that are changeable, generally you can find a pair that suits your ears best. My favourite were the smallest pair however I now have to wear the medium sized ones because I lost one of the small ear pieces when in the supermarket. One of the disadvantages of the changeable ear bud pieces is that they can easily be lost as they are not fixed and slip off the earphones easily. This means I would not recommend keeping these in your pocket. However the buds are very comfortable because the soft black rubber seems to mould itself to the shape of your ear and does not easily fall out.
However, the biggest flaw of this product is how long they have lasted. I have only owned these earphones for about four months and the left earphone has already stopped working. Since music is usually in stereo now, I have to put up with hearing only half my music and missing the best parts of some songs (like guitar solos). This has been a real pain and I have not had a pair of earphones that have become broken in such a short space of time. This could be resolved by Skullcandy by fixing the design to have an L-shaped jack. If one is thinking of buying this product, I highly recommend buying the three year warranty.
Would I recommend these to others? I believe these should only be bought if one is looking for 'disposable' earphones. When fully working, these are fabulous earphones that are comfortable to wear with great sound quality. However I feel the most important criteria has not been fulfilled with this product since this is not a product that will last someone for years. I find it such a shame for a pair of earphones that could quite easily been the perfect for general consumers. I warn others to buy this product with caution.
Summary: Do not expect these to stand the test of time.
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