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I bought these headphones for my wife about a year ago as part of her birthday present. We had both been using in ear headphones until then but my wife often complained that she really didn't like the level of sound leakage (amount other people can hear your music when you have headphones on). A friend suggested trying out a pair of over ear headphones.
On my Wife's birthday we went into town to do some birthday shopping for her and decided to go into HMV to look at headphones. We were very happy to find some Hesh headphones for just £30 as they had just released the Hesh 2. Meg chose a pair that look cool with a blue skull design on them.
When we got home my wife couldn't wait to try them out with her MP3 player (Creative Zen X-Fi 2.) but was immediately disappointed. My wife mostly listens to old School metal and at the higher volumes the bass was great but just too high. We tried fiddling around with the levels but whatever we did it just seemed slightly off. The problem of sound leakage was still a major problem to Meg when the volume was high.
Meg decided just to go back to her in ear headphones and upgrade to a better pair at some point in the future so I took over the Hesh headphones. I listen mostly to a mix of rock, rockabilly and punk and don't tend to have my volume as high as meg. I didn't have any problem with the way they sound, they weren't amazing but for the price we paid I didn't expect too much.
I listen to music through headphones either while out and about walking, at the Gym or on the train. I feel like I look like a bit of a plonker walking round with these on and they are useless when exercising (Both more of a general problem with over ear headphones rather than a problem that is exclusive to the Hesh headphones.) but they are perfect for on a train.
If you are wearing them for any length of time they are much more comfortable than any in ear headphones I have used in the past. I also don't have as much of a problem with sound leakage as my wife does, just don't sit in the quiet carriage by accident or you will get some irritated looks from other passengers.
These headphones are excellent and certainly live up to the skull candy reputation for good sound, but also with price.
I use these headphones for my iPod and occasionally my computer. The quality of the sound does depend on how much iTunes compresses the files (making them take up less space but the quality decreases) however when the song are running and 320kps the sound is absolutely incredible and although the sound is still good when running at 120kps there is a vast difference.
This quality does come with a price however, but as these were my first ever headphones I did not have a lot of experience. For me it's not just about the sound quality but how they look and the durability. The headphones look very nice however on the other hand there is a kind of plastic feel and they don't feel like the housing is very well made.
Overall I would recommend these to a friend however if money is not an object I would go with some Sennheisers which are expensive but certainly deliver in sound, durability and look.
The HESH headphones from skullcandy have more recently been priced into the lower end of the market but before the cheapish price puts you off them understand that not only are these stylish but they do fit fairly comfortably on your ears, the sound quality is amazing with deep varied bass adding to the overall sound quality.
I picked mine up from HMV for a cheap £24.99 and they have performed just as well as my more expensive Urban ears and in fact my urban ears broke not so long ago and so these have now replaced them.
There are many different types of patterns from the cannabis leaf and rainbow colours associated with reggae music, to plain colours, I chose a more subtle kind of design going for the classic black with a barcoded skull.
The headband is fairly sturdy and does extend to quite a length so it's good for all sizes and shapes of head. The fact that the ear cups also move makes it much more comfortable for people with non regular shapes of head. It has a foam construction with a faux leather fabric that covers it which makes it feel fairly comfortable on your head.
I am a big fan of movie soundtracks and so require a headphone that can justify some of the epic composing of people such as Hans Zimmer, Craig Armstrong and Harry Gregson Williams and these headphones just do not disappoint, although they are good for pretty much any genre.
One advantage that the headphones have is the non tangle wire that it comes with. It's made with fabric so it feels good as well. It's such a blessing when you don't have to try to untangle your wire. The connection is a standard sized jack and will work in most electrical products.
These headphones are good all rounders with good sound quality and average bass which is good as sometimes bass overpowers music. These also fit realy well, i have small ears but they stick out and it can be hard to find headphones that fit, but these are a great fit and the fit snugley. I only use these around the house as i have JVC XX in ear headphones for when im out and about. The only problems i found with these headphones are they are not good for going round your neck and being out, they strangle you XD. They have a strong frame and are good quality headphones for the money. I would rather spend 25 quid on skullcandy rather that on sony because there crap. I do recommend these headphones for anybody wanting larger ones. Hope this helps you find the pair of headphones your trying to find. :)
Im not the biggest fan of over the ear. Headphones they are restriced to home use only and lack the portability of on-ear headphones. (Allthough to these type of headphones credit these are predominitely used at home next to a HiFi)
First things first these headphones I find undeniably comfy. The earcups are wide and put little to no strain on your temple. The head band is cushioned and well padded meaning prolonged use does not strain
For around £45 you get a fairly modern and stylish pair of headphones. But that style comes at the price of mediocre sound quality. Note I said mediocre not disasterous. The gold plated audio jack makes sure the music and sound you are listening to is clear and distingishable. But the bass whilst noticeable leaves a little to be desired for. Treble seems to be perfectly adequate to me though
The 1.2 meters of cable should prove to be fine if you do want to wear them out and the lengeth of cable is convineient if your HiFi system is next to a comfortable seat
I wanted to get Bose over-ear heapdhones but the cost of those would be considerably more, so I opted for the cheap and cheerful option. As the adage goes, you get what you pay for. Unfortunately what I got were fairly uncomfortable earphones - which negates any level of appreciation for sound quality and such, because I simply can't keep them on long enough to appreciate the audio. Assuming this may have been an issue that lied exclusively with me, I decided to let my family use them also to see if discomfort was the general consensus. In fact nobody enjoyed wearing them - so I know the issue isn't only with me. That being said, others may find them comfortable.
Appearance wise they look good, and the sound quality isn't exactly terrible - but it certainly won't leave you enthralled or immersed like a decent pair of (expensive) headphones.
fantastic. when i ordered these headphones, i guessed that as the price was at the lower end for over ear headphones, the sound qulity would take a knock. not true.
thesound qulity on these things is immense, the huge 50mm driver delivers a pounding relentless stream of bass right into your ears, and the volume was shocking when i experimented by taking it to maximum volume, which, by the way, i do not recommend, as all i heard was tinny noise from my ears for the next 5 minutes. the connecting wire is of good build, and i had no worries about taking these headphones for a run, despite the fact that they never fitted truely to my head, as i suspect they were designed for someone with a perfectly spherical head.
one of the main problems i had heard about this product was their inclination to break about the side. i thought this was a myth, however, until about 3 months ago whenever i noticed a crack appearing on the sliding strap. over the weeks, this progressed, until one fateful day, whenever i streatched them to out them over my head, that they snapped. this problem puts a semi-short lifespan on the product, as mine have lasted a little over 2 years, but i believe it is well worth the risk for the relative cheap cost, and the phenominal sound quality.
The headphones which originally accompanied my mp3 player, an iPod in this case, must have survived all of around six hours before shedding their flimsy plastic casings and dismantling themselves in my pocket. It can't be said that I had expected much of these cheaply made accessories but I had expected slightly more than a shelf life of less than a day. Although I was already the owner of a set of high-spec headphones that I mostly used for gaming or sound engineering I felt a more stylish pair were needed to partner my sparkly new iPod. A friend of mine who owned a set of Skullcandy headphones, which type I can't remember, had highly recommended them the week previously and I borrowed them to assess the sound quality. Although I had been sceptical at first, believing them to be more of a fashion accessory than a quality piece of audio tech, I was pleasantly surprised. I was especially impressed with the powerful bass that they were able to produce and this was the attribute that convinced me to invest. The HESH series were being sold in HMV for just under £50 and although I'm sure I could have found them cheaper elsewhere, I hate hunting around. Since owning them there have been no problems with reliability and I have found the volume adjuster on the wire very handy. They can become slightly uncomfortable after prolonged use but not unbearably so, and despite not being quite as portable as other sets of headphones they more than make up for it with their aesthetics and sound. These headphones have a good balance between these two aspects and have a reasonable price tag. As my friend recommended them to me I now recommend them to you. With value for money even at £50 they look good, they sound good and they are well deserving of 4 stars.
First of all there are a few bad reviews about the build quality of these.
I can honesty say that i have owned these for over a year now and they are in perfect condition. I take them to and from uni every single day, as well as out when i can.
If something does go wrong with them then that doesnt matter, they come with a lifetime warrenty from skull candy due to them being made for exteme sports such as snowboarding and skating.
If you break them then send them back and you can get another pair.
- Great Bass
- Very loud
- Very good sound quality
- They look great
- Make you stand out from the crowd
- Great price
- Built to take abuse
- Great price (Got mine for £14 from a well known website)
- Can become uncomfortable if wearing for a long time i.e. 2 hours.
- Kind of bulky, so hard to carry around if you lack space and do not want to wear them
If you are looking for a pair of skull candy headphones and find the in ear ones uncomfortable and keep falling out like i do then get these.
Ive never owned a better pair of headphones.
Make sure you get them from a reputable retailer so that you get the warrenty for peace of mind.
I use them with my ipod touch and on full volume they are like a small pair of speakers.
When you wear them they cut out all sounds from around and also make it so that no one else can hear what you are listening to, so no problems with the and older people on public transport.
When it comes to earphones, I have a mighty problem. I have terribly small ears, for a grown woman, and so most earphones are too big to fit inside my miniscule hearing devices. I did attempt to use those dreadful hard plastic Apple earphones that were supplied with my iPod, but I found that these were too big for my tiny ears and caused me much unnecessary pain. After much thought about how to avoid this problem, I decided to opt for some 'over ear' headphones instead, as I figured this would be much more comfortable and I'd have no problem fitting my elfen ears inside. Taking a trip to HMV to simply peruse their headphone selection saw me making a purchase there and then. These "Skullcandy Hesh Headphones"
were it. This purchase was based soley on the fact that I had fallen in love with the pink and white, ridiculously girly style of the headphones, and I handed my cash over and headed home to try out my new purchase with great joy.
These "Skullcandy Hesh Headphones" can be purchased in both physical stores and online. I purchased my pair from HMV, which was then followed by purchasing a pair for my brother online from Amazon. There are plenty of online stores that stock Skullcandy products, specifically these Hesh headphones, and simply typing the product name into google will give you a multitude of stores to choose from. As far as the high street is concerned, I purchased mine from HMV as stated, and have seen them stocked in other smaller music store, so keep you eyes peeled.
"Skullcandy Hesh Headphones" will set you back a fair few pounds, so be warned! A pair of this style of headphone from Skullcandy will set you back around £40 - £45. The price is entirely dependant on where you purchase a pair of these headphones from, but looking online most outlets have a pretty similar price with only a few pennies between.
Let's be honest here, these "Skullcandy Hesh Headphones" are all about the way they look. They're definitley for all the fashion conscious, stylish, awesome people out there, and not for the faint hearted. This range of headphones come in a whole host of different colours and designs. Mine and my brothers were made up of the same design, but mine in a neon pink/white colourway and his in a silver/black colourway. These were the original design, but now the 'Hesh' range have an endless array of colours and styles, and even collaborations between Skullcandy and Paul Frank (Julian the Monkey). There are colourways and graphic designs to suit both male and female, you just have to have the guts to wear them out in public!
These "Skullcandy Hesh Headphones" have a pretty unique style of their own, being made up of a thick padded headband which bears the Skullcandy brand name, and smooth rounded ear cups which are padded generously to protect the ear. The padding on the headband and cups make these headphones really comfortable to wear. The headband is joined to the cups in such a way to allow the headphone size to be expanded, for those with a head larger than that of a child. I'm only small, so my headphones never needed expanding, but the option was there should I have needed it.The cups themselves and the pieces that join them to the padded headband are made from plastic, which does give the cups a nice smooth finish, but unfortunately makes them feel pretty cheap and the 'joints' pretty flimsy. The 'joints' which connect the headband to the cups have some slight leeway in which they can move to avoid discomfort to the ears, however this only adds to the weak nature of the product, as after just a couple of weeks, as I was putting the headphones on, one of the joints completely snapped and I was left with one working ear cup and one dangling free only held together by its wiring about 5 inches below my actual ear. I did attempt to fix this with a whole bunch of sellotape and some elecrtical tape after that, but unfortunately this really wasn't what I had bargained for when paying £45 for a pair of headphones.
The cable that runs from the headphones to be plugged into any output of your choice has its flaws too. It has a bonus feature of being split into two parts which connect together, allowing you to move away from where you are pugged in without having to remove the headphones (but this obviously cuts off the sound to your ears). However, this bonus feature is heavily outweighed by the fact that the cable is simply way too short. I used mine to plug into my laptop to listen to music, and it barely stretched far enough to be able to wear the headphones. I ended up having to slump down wherever I was sitting just to be able to listen to music as the cable was so terribly short. The cable itself that joins the headphones to your music source is also fairly cheap. It is pretty thin, and after a few weeks of use, it simply gave up on me. The metal end that slotted into the headphone socket on my laptop completely came free of its outer casing, getting lodged inside my laptop and snapping free from the joining wires. This rendered my "Skullcandy Hesh Headphones" completely useless, and I gave up hope of even attempting to fix them anymore than I already had, as it was pointless. The exact same thing happened to my brother's pair, with the end of the cable coming loose and being beyond repair.
On the topic of sound quality, these "Skullcandy Hesh Headphones" are pretty good to begin with. The sound quality is clear enough to listen to anything you like without any interference or outside noise. However, I will state that the downside of these headphones on the sound front is that if you listen to your music of choice any louder than a 'medium' volume, everyone around you will be able to hear. If you like to play your music loud, then everyone in your street will be able to hear. They really don't contain the sound very well, so don't go blasting your tunes on the bus unless you want to get a clip round the ear from the granny sat beside you. As I said, the sound quality is decent, but I did find that the more I used them, the less decent it became. I really don't know why this would happen, but I can only assume that the quality of these headphones really isn't all that good. I had a grand two weeks of listening to music and watching dvds via these headphones, but after that it all started to go rather downhill and the sound became echo-y and tin-y with some buzzing thrown in for good measure.
Overall, I'd say these headphones were decent, but only for a while. Whilst they look fantastic and have a wide array of choice in the style department, the letdown comes from the quality. I've read through a fair few reviews on these "Skullcandy Hesh Headphones" now, and it appears that a lot of people have had the same experience with them as myself and my brother. I really cannot justify the price tag as the quality of the actual product is fairly poor and cheap. Although the headphones themselves look to be durable and sturdy, the reality is that they fall apart easy enough with only moderate use. I'd love to be able to rave about how good these "Skullcandy Hesh Headphones" are, but I only experienced this stylish joy for a few weeks before my set fell to pieces. I wouldn't purchase another set of these "Skullcandy Hesh Headphones" as we've already had poor results from the two pairs we purchased, and I wouldn't recommend them to anyone that was going to be using them on a regular basis. I would be interested in trying out some of the other products in the Skullcandy headphone range, but I'd be hesitant due to the quality issues in comparison to the price tag. Unfortunately it has to be a thumbs down for me on this occassion (even if I do love how totally awesome they look).
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Why did I torment myself with gimmick when I should have headed for the known realms of headphones pioneered by the masters such as Sennheiser and Sony.
I needed a pair of headphones for my ipod and after seeing these with their funktastic design and the like I thought why not. The ohmage was good, the look was good, the comfort was good, and when plugged in the sound was good.
Less than a month later the right headphone fell off and to add salt to gaping wound the place I'd bought the headphones from went bust....huzzah! Duct-tape and glue got the right headphone back on but now they were wonky on the head.
Another month later the left came off. Duct-tape and glue again. Now they were two small for my head and sat uncomfortable on my head. I know it seems like I'm a clumsy buffoon but I've known many people who've had this problem.
The build quality on skullcandy's is atrocious and should be avoided. They may look the funk and have the sound to maintain the funk, but give them some wear and they'll drizzle down your side.
Duct-tape on the side of the head aint a good look.
After spending 3 years using cheap in ear earphones, i decided to upgrade to some good sounding over ear headphones, which cost a little more. After reading a few reviews i decided to purchase the skullcandy hesh headphones which i bought for a reasonable price of amazon, who had a huge selection. n my search for new headphones, i was looking for good sound, and good sound is what i got with the skullcandy hesh. They are unbelievably loud, and usually, with loud speakers, you get distortion, but the hesh sounded great even when played loudly. Apart from the great sound, the other reason i bought the Hesh is because of the style. Skullcandy are known for creating good looking products, and the hesh are no exception. They look great, both on and off of my head. The size of the headphones accommodate heads from the smallest to the largest. the only downfall with the skullcandy hesh is the durability of them. I owned my Hesh for 3 months before they broke, when the plastic (which is pretty cheap) snapped off and exposed all the wires underneath. Although its not good for a pair of headphones to break on you, Skullcandy do offer lifetime warranty on all products, so if yours do break you can easily get a refund or another pair. Overall, they are loud, quality, good looking headphones, but if you are heavy handed in anyway and tend to break things easily, then i would not recommend these headphones to you, as they do break pretty easily.
Skullcandy are renowned for their headphones both as a fashion accessory and as a hardy set of headphones, but after being a proud owner of a pair for merely a few months, I can confirm this is but half true.
There is no doubting that if you are reading this, you will already be in favour of their style and this particular range (the HESH range) is extremely stylish. If you are worried about looking silly on public transport or down the street, worry not. I have worn these a fair bit, and nobody gives me a second glance (unless its to admire them of course!)
Now, this is where I have an issue. Skullcandy market their products based on how durable they are. They claim that you can bash them around, wear them for sports, etc and they will still work perfectly! However, I bought a pair... Kept them in my room for about a month (only wearing them out a couple of times) and I noticed that a bit of the leather cupping one of the speakers has come undone. I have tried to get my money back, but Skullcandy just sent me on a loop around different operators. In the end, I decided to live with the fault and just get on with my life. So not impressed there.
3. Sound Quality
Having said that, I do find that the sound quality and bass on these headphones are IMMENSE. Definitely, without a doubt, one of the best set of headphones for delivering sound quality (at least in my limited experience). However, my one criticism is the size of the "cups" Theyre just too small for my ears and within an hour or two, my ears start to hurt. Which is HIGHLY anonying as you can imagine.
These headphones are as much a fashion accessory as they are a way of getting decibels in to your ear. Many people (including me) would view this as a good thing as long as the quality
As with all skullcandy products, you are as much buying into the lifestyle presented by the skullcandy marketing as you are buying headphones. This instantly means that you are going to get worse value for money than comparable products, but I think that the style is worth the extra.
The massive ear cups are firstly a great piece of design, but they also house a huge pair of speakers. The volume is simply amazing, but there is no compromise between this and sound quality when you turn the volume right up.
As previous reviewers have mentioned, the durability of the cups is less than brilliant. However I have found that it is easily enough for everyday use.
Although they are not the most hard wearing headphones, The stylishness and music quality easily makes up for this.
Having never used or even heard of Skull Candy I took the plunge and decided to buy some. I was impressed when I got them out of the box with the look and general design. One thing that did strike me was the plastic feel to them, but given they are in no way high end this wasn't much of an issue. If I had paid over £80 for them this may have been a problem, but as I didn't, it wasn't.
The wire that is supplied with the headphone is a nice length, whilst some people may feel it is too short, I had no problems with it. The wire splits into two, presumably so you can quickly get up and move without having to unplug the headphones or take them off. Situated on the wire itself is a very handy volume control with a clip on the back for attaching to a bag or shirt, a nice addition.
Wearing the headphones for a number of hours did cause some slight comforter issues, but nothing major. Each headphone can be adjusted separately up and down, each side does also have a swivel built into it, but they swivel such a small amount it renders that feature useless.
Sound quality was surprisingly good, decent bass and clear. I've never listened to for any amount of time any 'top-end' headphones so I cant really compare them, but for me the sound was powerful and provided me with feeling of being 'in the game' and really 'feeling' the music.
It's ability to block out outside noise isn't the best but it does a fair job.
Overall a stylish product with good sound quality at this price point.