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      28.07.2015 21:07

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      • "Fashionable "

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      Great value , budget purchase happy overall

      I bought these headphones for my 18 year old brother as a birthday present and I can honestly say he was over for moon. I think they are great value for money and you cannot go wrong with the design. I was looking at a different brand that was over ten times the price but that would have been my brothers only present
      With me buying these budget ones he got extra presents win win

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      17.07.2015 18:03
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      • "Good sound quality"

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      • "Uncomfortable and chaffed"

      Ink me with 'you've been mugged'

      When the world decided Skullcandy were the earphones for the in crowd I sheeplike went and purchased my own set, the INK'D set that are tattoo inspired.

      I have to say they are one of the worst sets of earphones I've ever used. Sure, they look the part with sleek black styling and small tattoo printed on each ear bud and the quality of sound is excellent but they're so uncomfortable that they actually hurt my ears after having them in for less than ten minutes. So much so that I couldn't stand the feel of them and haven't used them as much as I'd have liked to after spending £11 on them!

      Music through both ears is good with automatic volume correction if listening to a compilation where some are recorded at a higher volume. The cord is anti tangle and that works well, the cord is also a good weight for forgetting you have the earphones in (that's if they didn't hurt so much).

      The headphone jack is a little gritty at times but it pushes in without being forced.

      The problem is caused by the slightly off centre shape of the ear buds, they rub against the skin of my ear and cause a chaffing sensation that isn't pleasant and is distracting so I can't enjoy the music I've chosen to listen to. The tattoo styling isn't pronounced enough anyway and is so small on the ear bud that no one noticed it to comment and I felt I'd bought the earphones only to amuse myself. I was not amused.

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      18.06.2015 21:25
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      • cheap
      • colourful
      • comfortable
      • "portable "
      • "easily foldable "
      • "sleek design"
      • "Great sound quality"

      Disadvantages

      • "long wire can get in the way"
      • "delicate "

      amazing cheap headphones which get the job done

      I first received my skull candy headphones as a birthday present and I really liked them. I found them extremely comfortable and that suited me for my travelling, also they looked amazing since they had a range of colours with different styles and patterns which made them stand out and gives them some style. Since I travel a lot I needed headphones which were portable and easy to use and these skull candy's were perfect, they can fold up into a compact shape which means that they can fit almost anywhere but I didn't want my Auntie forking out a fortune for headphones and these ones are well priced at a competitive price of £13.95. And don't think that just because their cheap means they've sacrificed the sound quality because that is just simply not true. The sound quality is still brilliant and can easily compete with more expensive headphones, I am constantly using them for watching films and listen to music and I can always hear clear and precise sounds without any mumbling or interference. The only problems that face the skull candy headphones is that they are quite delicate and you have to be careful when dealing with them but if they do break it will not cost you much to replace them which is the good news. Also I found the long wire which connects the headphones to your devices too long and annoying, I am constantly getting it tangled and in notts. These are minor issues though, Is still really love the headphones and would recommend it to anyone who is considering buying a pair of headphones

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      11.06.2015 20:59
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      Amazing, Great!

      I have been through 10 sets of in-ear headphones in the last 3 years and wasted a good deal of money including Bose IE1 at (£90), Shure e3c (£120), Klipsch S4 (£50) and can say without a doubt that these are the best value for money. The sound is less coloured than the Bose IE1s, there is better response at the low end than the Shure E3cs and the build quality is far superior to the Klipsch S4. The strange thing is, they cost a fraction of any of these other sets (£20). I could talk at length about the 'no-tangle' ribbon wire and the simple and well placed microphone and control button but I would much rather scream: "GET THEM! THEY ARE FANTASTIC!". I hope this helps someone decide.
      Not too expensive and well packaged headphones.

      EARBUDS
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      They come with two sets: small buds and large buds. Both were acceptable. The smaller are more comfortable, whilst letting in a little more external sound. The larger buds I found a tiny bit more noticeable in the ear, with no air or external sound leaking in.

      QUALITY
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      Appear well made and have survived several drops on the floor, stepping on and a lassoing.

      SOUND
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      Fine. Not too base-y. Not too tin-ey. Certainly not top end quality headphone sound. (But they're not top end price) For the money they are good.

      OVERALL
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      I quite like them, I found them responsive, comfortable and eye catching.

      RECOMMENDED
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      Yes

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      30.05.2015 14:28
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      • Sound
      • Brand
      • Price

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      • "Poor durability"

      Good Sound, rubbish build

      I have had multiple Skull Candy earphones and there is a common problem with each pair that I have owned. The quality of the build of the earphones seems to be quite bad as they do not last for a very long time. It always seems like one earphone will stop working and then after a while the other will just stop soon after. These are only cheap earphones but with them being from a brand such as Skull Candy you would expect the quality to be a lot better. If you get lucky and get a pair with good durability then you will have an excellent pair of earphones. The sound quality in my opinion is very good and they are very loud which is the best way to listen to music! You may want to purchase a more expensive reputable brand if you want to have some earphones that you can rely on to not break.

      These earphones are probably perfect for someone who only expects to use them a couple of times a year for long car or plane journeys as they wont be getting to much use. but for someone who will be using them every day then I recommend that you purchase a different brand completely as Skull Candy in my opinion don't make long term earphones.

      These earphones are comfortable and have good sound quality but the fact that they do not last for very long means that I cannot recommend them to anyone.

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      17.05.2015 23:23
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      • "Uncomfortable "
      • Impractical
      • "Don't stay in ears"

      Not worth it

      I used to love skull candy headphones but now I am left feeling rather disappointed as they just seem to hurt whilst being in my ears and then fall out anyway! I consider myself to have relatively normal sized ears but these headphones make me doubt that and would make anyone think their ears had something wrong with them.

      The design is cool, they are definitely aesthetically pleasing but that's really it.
      The sound quality is good and this is consistent with other skull candy headphones which I have used in the past.

      I personally prefer headphones in the design of apple as they are not dug into your ears. I think that the sound quality is ruined and muffled due to the uncomfortable way you have to place these headphones in your ear.

      I can't say that they are worth the price - their only redeeming quality is ruined due to the not so redeeming qualities which is very disappointing as I really love the branding.

      I would maybe recommend as a present... it looks nice at least! For the 'quality' you're getting, the price isn't bad. They are pretty cheap compared to a lot of the competition out there. However, it's probably worth your while spending that little bit more to get quality that will last you longer and won't make your ears feel deformed.

      Also I found that with these headphones the wires become loose and the connection gets lost very easily which is no use. I have had to replace these fairly quickly in the past.

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      16.05.2015 19:27
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      overall nice.sound good.

      Well, my Ink’d buds are black and may be the least gaudy skullcandy product in existence. I don’t mind the way these look at all – the black and grey plastics are plain and simple. However, skullcandy did manage to cram six instances of their logo on these IEMs, which comes out to about 3 logos per square inch (quite an accomplishment in my book).

      These are also very light and feel quite cheap to the touch. Given my experience with the GIs (which are about 30% skullcandy and 70% superglue at this point), the thin plastics don’t inspire much confidence. They are, however, well-fabricated, with metal filters and no visible seams on the plastics (unlike the marshmallows).

      The cable is actually pretty nice – rubberized to prevent tangling and not particularly thin, ending in a straight plug, with strain reliefs on both ends. It definitely bests some far more upmarket IEMs.

      Comfort:

      Before inserting these, the first thing you will notice is the lack of L/R identifiers. Bad sign, I thought, - skullcandy obviously didn’t think highly enough of the way these sound to think Left/Right positioning mattered. 30 seconds with a familiar track and a bit of electrical tape solved this problem, but it was one that shouldn’t have existed in the first place.

      The stock tips are soft but I could not get a good seal with them (I only got one set and they are too small). Comply T400s will fit these fine, but I decided not to use Comply tips since three sets cost more than the ink’d buds themselves and probably wouldn’t be worth it too most people. The nozzle is the same exact size as that on the Soundmagic PL30s, so I just used a set of cheap silicone biflanges from the Soundmagics.

      First impression upon getting a good seal: holy crap that is some *massive* driver flex. Very unpleasant, but not a problem once they are in. The fit is pretty standard – they fit like most other straight-barrel IEMs and can be easily worn up as well as down. The fact that they are also very light makes them comfortable and microphonics are nearly non-existent. Very easy IEMs to wear if you can find tips that seal and are not bothered by driver flex, and easier to insert than the Marshmallows as well due to the longer, more “grippy” barrel.

      Isolation:

      These are ported and they don’t isolate too much even with the biflanges I was using. I don’t expect the stock tips to isolate any more – the Marshmallows are the winners here, though neither offers massive amounts of isolation. Still, listeners coming from regular earbuds will be impressed – I only found myself cranking up the volume by 2-3 notches in loud environments.

      Sound:

      So, the important question: how do these do once you get them in and pump some tunes through?

      Initially, not very well. The few days before getting my hands on these I was using the Radiopaq Jazz, and the Ink’d buds certainly don’t compete with them on any level. They sound incredibly flat and harsh compared to the silky-smooth Radiopaqs. So, to give them a level playing field, I decided to use the Ink’ds and the Marshmallows as my only IEMs for several days. With my ears re-tuned to sub-$20 IEMs, I gave the candies another shot.

      And this time, I was impressed. They are still slightly flat and lifeless, but perfectly tolerable for the price. The harshness is also less prominent when they are compared to something closer to their level. The soundstage is narrow and they don’t extend very far into the upper end. The bass, however, is the strong suit of these. It is not as voluminous as that on the Marshmallows, but it is better defined and much more controlled. Considering the relative flatness of the rest of their sound signature, the bass is on a different level quite literally – it feels layered over the music as if on a separate track.

      The Ink’d buds also have better clarity overall and better high-end extension (though still nothing to brag about). The Marshmallows have much more bass, but it is of poorer quality – less defined and less refined. The Marshmallows are definitely warmer and smoother overall - the Ink’ds have a good amount of harshness and are very bright at the upper end.

      A point to note: the skullcandies are much easier to drive than the marshmallows. While this means that they don’t drain battery life as quickly, it also means that they hiss a good amount with low- and mid-level portable amps, but neither benefits significantly from amping to begin with.

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      26.04.2015 15:08
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      • "noise isolation"
      • comfortable
      • "nice quality"
      • "good design"

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      • durability

      these headphones 7.8/10

      I've seen a few people give bad reviews on other sites and a couple here state that these have no L - R distinction. They do, but hard to find. If you look at the back of the earbud, the L & R are on the cord that meets the earbud itself. They are small & in good lighting, you'll see them. Other than that, I've used these for a few days now & absolutely love them. These replaced the cheap iPhone headphones that came with it. This doesn't have a mic, but didn't use that feature too much anyways.
      Sound quality is surprisingly good for such cheap headphones. They definitely wouldn't stand up to the standards of any audiophile, but for an average joe music listener like myself, these buds are perfect.

      I love the color variety that these headphones are available in. It allows for some personalization and style. I was also more than pleased to find that they come with two extra sets of interchangeable rubber "ring things" to accommodate for different sized ears. These buds fit amazingly well and actually block out some sound. Verrrry comfortable.

      The one thing that annoyed me about these headphones was the way the you could feel/hear the wire moving through the buds. It's hard to explain, but every time the wire is hit or moved, I can hear it/ feel it through the buds. Hardly a reason not to buy though.

      Overall, these headphones simply cannot be beat for the great price

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      25.04.2015 12:31
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      • "They are comfortable"
      • "Music sounds good played through them"
      • "They look good"

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      • "There are no disadvantages"

      Skull Candy Inkd earphones

      WHAT ARE THEY?

      These are earphones that are made by Skull Candy.

      THE DESIGN

      You can buy all different designs of these same earphones but the ones I bought for my daughter are plain black with a small picture of a white skull on each earphone. My daughter likes them very much because she likes to wear skulls on her clothing and now she has earphones to match up with what she is wearing.

      WHAT I THINK

      I bought these for my daughter when she broke her other set and I bought them only because of them being Skull Candy because I have bought my other daughter the same ones before and they have lasted her for a long time.

      It was good that there was a skull set in the shop where I was or I would have just bought another design because I would not like to have to go to alot of shops just for a small picture that is different.

      The sound when I have used them is very good and I like to listen to music through these earphones even though they are my daughters. You can not hear very much noise when you are listening from outside the earphones and I know when my daughter uses them I can not hear her music very often so they do not annoy other people.

      The lead is long enough for my daughter to put her MP3 player in her pocket but it is not too long and I am happy about that because my daughter is still small.

      ANYTHING ELSE

      These are cheap earphones and cost only £6 and I think that is value because they are smart to wear and they work good as earphones also without breaking quickly like alot of earphones of that price.

      5 Dooyoo Hearts.

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      29.03.2015 21:25
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      • "Build Quality"
      • Price

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      • Comfort
      • "Sound Quality"

      Solid for the price

      Had them for a while and I'm gonna be honest with you, they're not the best, but they're definately not bad for the price. They're durable, stylish, and cheap. They're definately better than earbuds that you get with your phone and if they're your first decent pair of earbuds then you'll probably like them unless you're an audiophile. They're really durable so they'll last for a long time. But if you're not taking care of them, you can actually break them fairly easily. The only drawback is the sound. It's not bad by any means but they're not quite premium quality like earbuds on the more expensive side. Overall you're gonna be happy with the purchase if they're your first pair of good earbuds. The price is quite low so you have nothing to lose. But if you have a little more money to spend then get something better.

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      19.03.2015 13:19
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      A decent pair of earphones

      I don’t tend to buy very expensive earphones, because I guess I don’t look after them well as they never last for very long! Skull Candy INKD seem to be very popular and they are priced reasonably – I bought mine off Amazon for around £10.

      Skull Candy is a well known brand, so I was confident I would be getting a quality product, and I did. They look very stylish, there were a lot of pretty colour options to choose from – I have blue. These are in-ear earphones, and unlike a lot of my other earphones they are really comfortable, even when I have been wearing them for a long time. They also block out sound quite well, even when you are in noisy surroundings like a train.

      This kind of earphone can often have really bad sound quality, but Skull Candy INKD earphones are actually pretty good, not tinny in any way. If you are really serious about your music then maybe you won’t like them, but for the average user they will do just fine. Also, I was told Skull Candy products are meant to have a lifetime guarantee so if they break you can always get a replacement for free - just make sure you keep your proof of purchase.

      I have had mine for about five months now and I think they are starting to fail, occasionally the sound in the right earbud falters, but they have lasted me far longer than a lot of my earphones, and I will almost definitely get another pair when these finally break.

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      05.03.2015 13:32
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      • "Nice design"

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      • "Broke quickly"

      Not worth the money

      When my old Samsung earphones broke, I needed to buy quickly some new. I came on Amazon across these Skullcandy ink’d earphones for £8.99 so I decided to give them a try. The price is quite ok - well, you can purchase some basics in Poundland for £1 but they probably don’t last more than one tube journey. You can buy these Skullcandy earphones on wholesale on chinese market for £3 a piece, but the downside is you need to buy fifty of them. So I rather decided to go with a UK seller and his triple price.
      I received my new earphones in about 3 working days, the shipping was very fast. My earphones came in black color but you can choose from variety of other colors. The design of the earphones is quite nice, there is a logo of a skull on every earbud. But even the skull design the earphones do not appear to give and negative dark impression. The cable is 1.3 meter long which is quite a ideal length.
      When I first tried the earphones they worked time. They survived day to day travelling in a tube for about a month. However after a month I started to hear in the left earbud occasionally a disturbing cracking sound. After another few weeks the left earbud stopped working completely. Even though the earphones came with a 1 year warranty, I decided to not send them back but put them in the trash. I do not recommend to buy these earphones since they do not last very long.

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      03.03.2015 14:22
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      • Cheap
      • "Look good"
      • "Sound quality is good"

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      • "Very poor build quality"

      Good sound; awful build quality. Go for a better brand.

      I have owned 3 pairs of Skullcandy INK'd earphones. In short, all of them are now broken.

      My first encounter with Skullcandy was in HMV when I was looking for some new earphones, as all I had been using were the ones provided with my phone. I decided to go for the cheap INK'd earphones as I wasn't wanting to spend too much. When paying for them, I was offered the option for insurance from HMV, it was £2 and it meant that if they broke, I got them replaced for free. I decided to go for it as it was only £2.

      I was back three weeks later because one earphone had died. I got them replaced, and shockingly I had to re-buy the insurance if I wanted them replaced again. I decided to just go for it again, hoping that I got unlucky the first time. Turns out these ones broke in two weeks. Great. The connection at the 3.5mm jack had become loose and if it was moved the earphones faded in and out of working.

      Arriving once again in HMV, I got them replaced for free and then offered once again for the insurance. This time I just said no, as I didn't want a new pair if these ones broke. Surprisingly, this set managed to last two months, before once again that famous one earphone died. So I binned them and never bought Skullcandy again.

      I take very good care of my items, especially when it comes to electronics. I kept my earphones in a little protective pouch when they were in my pocket and I never abused them. And yet they still broke despite very careful use. I was very disappointed because, fair enough they were cheap, nothing should be allowed to be sold at such a poor build quality!! The sound quality was good for the price, that is the only thing I could say good about them. Music was clear and there were good basses and treble. It's just a shame they were so poorly made.

      I have decided to give 3 stars despite my very poor view on them, simply because others didn't seem to have such a bad time. I may have just been very unlucky, possibly the HMV store had a bad batch. However based on my personal experiences, I do not recommend buying these earphones, but instead go for a good quality pair of Sony or Sennheiser's.

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      13.02.2015 11:15
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      • "Good sound quality"
      • "Comfortable to wear"
      • "They look great"

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      • "Sound quality isn't superior"

      Decent quality headphones that won't break the bank!

      I own a few pairs of headphones. I keep some in my locker at work, some in my handbag and a few pairs are currently laying around here at home. I bought my pair of Skullcandy earphones from Tesco Direct for £10 but you can also find them online through retailers such as Play.com and Amazon.co.uk. The cheapest I have seen them is £7.99, which is a bargain. I have the Rasta coloured ones but you can buy these earphones in all sorts of different colours and designs. Mine came presented in a small plastic package with a spare pair of earbuds, which were smaller than the ones already on the earphones.

      I think they sound pretty good to be honest. I've used them in both my iPod Touch and iPhone 5c and they sound perfectly fine to me. Obviously for the price you can't expect Dr Dre quality but they're definitely not bad! The bass sound is good and there isn't a cheap tinny sound in the background like some budget earphones give off. Overall I think the sound quality is better than average. I can't pick up much background noise with these either, which is a bonus when on public transport. These earphones just focus on the music, which is what you want from any decent pair of headphones.

      The cord is of a decent length, although it does tangle easily, unless that's just me! The earphones are comfortable to wear and I don't find my ear "aching" after a while, like some earphones have done to my ears in the past.

      Overall the sound is nice and clear and the earphones sound great with all different genres of music. I like everything from 80s synth pop to 90s cheese to trance anthems and THE SPICE GIRLS!!!...Obviously - profile photo!

      For the price these are great. I would recommend them.

      Here is the description from the Amazon.co.uk website:

      •Supreme Sound delivers Attacking Bass, Natural Vocals and Precision Highs
      •Flattened cable for style and durability
      •Mic1–db collection–lets you manage your device
      •Designed, engineered and manufactured by Skullcandy
      •Ergonomic Design for the ultimate fit

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      25.01.2015 13:53
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      Great budget headphones

      These are definitely some of the best headphones in this price range, but don't expect to be getting the sound quality of a £50+ pair.

      Design: The looks here are nothing special, although that is definitely a plus. They clearly put all the money they had into making a great sounding pair of headphones, not great looking ones. The aesthetics do their job nicely, and they definitely aren't ugly. They have white in ear sections, black plastic bodies with the skull candy logo on the outside. They definitely look fine, but won't be winning any awards.

      Sound quality: These headphones really shine in this department. They give sound quality equivalent with some much more expensive headphones and easily beat the ones that come with most phones. I would say they are about on par with apple earpods. You will find that these don't have any L/R things to tell you which ear to put them in. It isn't a massive grip but something that shouldn't really a problem. I found that the stock tips that come with these (you only get one pair) gave a good seal and they stayed my ears as long as I wasn't running or moving about a lot. I have however heard that many people struggle with these and need a custom pair of the tips. They are good at isolating noise and give a good range of sounds, with shockingly good bass for a pair of this price.

      If you are on a budget and need a pair of cheap and easy headphones with good sound quality, these are definitely the ones to get.

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