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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
There are a huge number of positives for these headphones, so I will only touch on a few of them, otherwise I will be here all day. I have never had Skullcandy headphones before, however at such a reasonable price of £9.99 on amazon i took a risk and I'm very glad that I did. They are excellent at noise cancelling and so background noise is reduced to a minimum. This means that the audio quality is also amazing because there is no interference. The ratio of the different tones is perfect and the songs sound just as great as they would using speakers. Unfortunately as I turned up the volume on my ipod, the sound began to get distorted, which somewhat disappointed me because it is so good at quieter volumes.
The headphones are extremely comfortable, which means that I practically live in them and they stay in my ears during exercise which is a great quality to have as I have struggled greatly with this in the past. Because they don't fall out easily and are such a reasonable price, they are great for children.
I personally have found that they have lasted much longer than other brands that I have tried, however a couple of my friends also use these and have found that they are easily breakable, especially when shoved into a handbag for a long period of time. I love the colour choice that they give, which means that they are accessible to a huge number of people.
== Quality and durability ==
Having used these headphones and several others these are fantastic for what they are. The sound quality (especially the bass) is fantastic and they seem to be very noise cancelling. They are also very comfortable to wear (I have had lots of problems with this in the past). They are however easily breakable - I myself went through 3 pairs fairly quick, usually the right ear bud stops working.
== Price and Availability ==
I pick these up from my local currys and they cost me £9.99 every time. For that price the sound quality cannot be beaten. these also seem to be available in most electronic and sound stores and they seem to be very common out there.
== Comparison to nearest product ==
I would say the nearest products to these would be the iPhone headphones. And these are much much better. The only thing they don't have is a built in microphone.
I've been using Skullcandy INK'd earbuds for years. I find that they last a lot longer (through the stress of being carried in pockets and schoolbags) than many other brands. They're also a reasonable price and are available in a fantastic range of colours. I also find that they block out background noise very well and the volume and sound quality are fantastic. Many earbuds I've used in the past have had a tendency to become damaged through stretching of the cord (if the iPod/phone falls while still connected to the earbuds) but even through all my clumsiness of getting pairs of these caught in doors/ stood on/ dropping my phone so the cord is pulled, they've managed to survive with no compromising the sound quality. I'm also a massive fan of the capabilities of these headphones for very low bass, as many others would tend to sound more like buzzing than actual music.
I bought these headphones as an alternative to the Apple iPod headphones which I really didn't get on with.
Although they are not the best headphones I have ever owned I think they are a really reasonable price and quality. I use them for the gym and find that they sit in the ear really comfortably and don't fall out even when I'm doing exercises other than just running on the treadmill.
They have quite a cool design too which I think is nice, a little bit different.
The only one bad thing I would say about them is that a couple of times the ear bud bits came off. They go back on easily but if you lost one then it would be a bit of a pain!
I would recommend anyone buying this product that these headphones are great if they are looking for something fairly cheap and of reasonable quality.
I have never been a fan of Skullcandy headphones, neither the in ear or big headphone style types. These are relatively comfortable as they do come with smaller and bigger sizes which I find useful as I always seem to need smaller ear buds, although I did find that they fall off sometimes and I occasionally needed to search my bag for them when the top came off! For about 12 or 13 pounds you do get what you pay for, which in this case - isn't a lot. The sound quality is okay, but not great, either too much bass or nothing at all. They are comfortable and have a pretty sturdy wire that doesn't tangle often which is a bonus- but quality of the sound, which is the deciding factor for me, just isn't up to scratch. I think if you can afford another 4 or 5 pounds a better option would be to look into some similar styles by Soundmagic, they blow these out of the water.
My last headphones were from Sony and have survived regular use for a couple of years before the left side stopped working. Good quality and a good buy, but I thought I'd venture into the unknown with a pair of these Skullcandy ones recently. Unknown because although there are loads of reviews on this pair (Amazon has somewhere near 200) they're mixed; neither overwhelmingly good or bad.
At £9.99 I figured they were cheap enough to take a chance on, and they had to be better than the alternative. Nothing could persuade me to go back to using the ones apple give away with their mp3s, they're awful. Unless of course you like scratchy plastic in your ears, with mediocre sound quality to top it off.
I also didn't want to buy some of the chunky headphones. These may not appeal as much to fashionistas as the over the head ones, but they are more portable and less obtrusive, which suits me perfectly.
~ I should like what I'm hearing ~
I have music from the 60s onwards uploaded on my iPod. It's an eclectic range asking for a good quality pair of headphones.
These are not them. Abba isn't to everyones taste, but their vocal range was superb. The nuances are missed using these. The range of The Boss might not be so great, but he should still sound crisper than he does.
People who like punchier music than Bruce might feel the lower notes are disappointing here too. The bass should feel weightier and sharper, and I don't feel these have the overall clarity I was used to with my old Sony ones. While we're talking noise - which most bass booming music is to me - I should probably mention the noise from the cable. I appreciate there are those who use headphones at home to use with their pcs or laptops and this won't be an issue for them, but I only use these with my iPod when I'm out and about walking. There is definitely a more noticeable crackle using these than with my old pair. It's distracting and also gives the impression of being poorly made.
Where these fair better is in isolating other noise. Passing traffic especially isn't too invasive. Whether that is down to the cable, the earplugs or the silicone earbud sleeves I don't know, but the claim that these are noise isolating isn't far off the truth.
~ The design and feel ~
These feel surprisingly well made given the sound quality. The cord has a soft tactile feel to it which is altogether nicer than both my Sony ones and the shiny plastic of my apple ones. They don't look as cheap or plasticky either. I bought mine at TK Maxx for £9.99 which was apparently half the usual rrp. A few pounds cheaper than the £14 my Sony ones cost me, which is why I'm not overly disappointed with the fewer accessories, but at full price be warned.
This Skullcandy comes with only two different sizes of earbud covers, not the more usual three but luckily the first pair I tried fitted well. As for a cable tidy for the long cord, forget it. It seems I've been spoilt by Sony.
Still, the earbud covers are made of silicone and fit well on the earpieces, so at least I shouldn't find they slip off accidentally. The feel of them when I'm using these is infinitely nicer than the iPod ones which are like round plastic discs with a teeny bit of rubber seal attached. Their one size fits all didn't work for me and after half an hour or so my ears felt sore. I usually wear these Skullcandy ones for around an hour at a stretch and up to nearly two hours occasionally and as far as comfort is concerned they're every bit as good as the Sony ones.
A nice touch is that its stereo mini plug is gold plated. Does this assist in giving better sound quality? Not in my experience, no, despite lending to the overall feel of good quality materials which could easily be hit or miss in this price bracket.
If there is any design niggle it would be that I think the cord is too long at 1.3 metres. When I'm not using this, the cord tends to get bunched up in a mess, meaning I have to untangle it every time. A shorter cord would be more practical, just as easy to use and probably less likely to cause wear and tear in the long run.
Having used these almost daily for around three months now, they aren't showing any signs of wear and tear which is good. Whether they last as long as my old Sony ones remains to be seen, but I'm almost hoping they won't. Don't get me wrong, the sound quality isn't abysmal, just very ... average.
Although they look good and seem to be well made, they don't deliver. Had I paid nearly £20 I would be disappointed, but at £9.99 I've probably got exactly what I paid for.
==Skullcandy Ink'd Ear Buds==
I am a big walker and although I often have the buggy with me I tend to have one ear plugged into my iPod and the other ear free to listen out for the baby. Most working days I have to walk back from work which is around a half an hour walk and in this time I will always be plugged in to my music.
I really wanted a pair of Dre Beats headphones but seeing as I'm not 16 anymore I thought better of it. The fact that the Dre earphones have pretty mixed reviews also put me off especially as they carry a rather hefty price tag. This is where these Skullcandy ear buds come in.....
==Price and Availability==
I bought my pair of these in HMV as I was in a rush to have them then and there and I am well aware that I should have looked online as there are so many stores on the internet that the price of these particular headphones is a good deal cheaper than the price I paid. I am sure there are even other high street shops that sell then at a cheaper price and I have seen them in places such as TK Max as well as HMV and other similar stores.
I paid £12.99 for them but they can be picked up for as cheap as £6 from online and I was pretty upset that when I went into TK Maxx a few minutes after buying these that I saw them in there for around the £9 region. So I would well advise shopping around and getting the best price on these as it does vary a lot.
==Look and Design==
There are a good number of different colour options and designs for these particular ear buds but seeing as I didn't want them to stand out too much, I opted for the plain old black colour. HMV didn't have a wide range like the sort that you can get online and I wasn't fancying purple or a Jamaican flag colour pair either. The black design has the simple Skullcandy logo on each ear piece in a bright white colour which can be seen clearly when the ear buds are in the ears.
The length of the power cord is a very good one indeed and I can easily put my iPod in my shoulder bag and have the ear buds fit without strain into my ears. Of course the long length does mean I am forever untangling it when I have had the ear buds in my bag without using them but this would be the same with any sort of earphones.
The ear buds themselves have a rather strange rubbery type of cover on that make the plastic bud fit kind of securely into the ear. This is rather unique and I can't say that I have ever seen another brand use this type of cover method before and I was intrigued as to how they would feel when in situ.
Having had these Skullcandy Ear Buds now for a good many months and using them on a very regular basis I have to say I have been a little let down by the quality of them. I did think that the strange covering on each of the ear pieces was going to make sure that the ear buds felt secure and neat in my ears. This isn't the case however and I find that the strange material feels a little odd in my ears and they will often fall out or just come ever so slightly loose and wobble about needing readjustment on a regular basis. I know this design is unique to Skullcandy and maybe most people get on with it but for me personally I find that the comfort of using them is not the best I have encountered over other types of ear phones.
Along with the poor comfort I have to say that I find the sounds quality of these ear phones a very big let down too. No matter how much I change the settings on the device I am using to play my music I find that these ear buds are really just not up to the job that I need them to be. I do tend to play a lot of heavy bass music with listening to hip hop the majority of the time and I find these little ear phones to be lacking in bass and lacking in power. Okay so they might be able to give out a loud sound but that sound is in fact a rather hollow tinny like sound and one that is made worse when the volume of my device has been turned up. So to combat this problem and still keep using these rather poor headphones I have to have the volume at a middle sort of option and although the tinny sound is still there it is a little more bearable than listening to anything at a high volume.
As you can guess I really am not very impressed by the overall use of these ear phones. Okay so they look a little stylish and they are from a well known brand but for me there are a lot of negatives too. The rubbery ear pieces don't fit comfortably into my ear for any length of time and personally I don't find these a good aspect of the ear buds. Also the main point of me finding these ear phones such a rubbish product is that the sounds quality is really very poor and I can't see why everyone raves about them so much. I probably should of paid out the high price of the Dre Beats ear phones and got those instead because I do think that the £13 that I paid for these Skullcandy ones was pretty much a bit of money wasted.
At the moment I am still using them but only because my old ones completely broke by the wire being cut through and these are all I have until I can afford some decent ones. I think I will be doing a lot more research on which ones I will buy next and get myself a pair that have a much greater quality all round.
I really feel that these Skullcandy Ear Buds have let me down and for that reason I feel that a 1 out of 5 stars is all that I can personally award. I know a lot of people find them rather good so I suppose it must be up to individual preferences but for me this is not a product I would be recommending at all.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I remember talking to my brother about wanting some earphones for my mp3 player, but wasn't sure which ones to get. Thankfully I didn't need to deliberate any longer as for my birthday he bought me a set of Skullcandy Ink'd earphones that were specifically the NBA design. I am not personally a fan of NBA basketball, but to my recollection he decided to purchase the NBA designer version because he said it looked cool and thought id like the different colour scheme, which he was right about.
As it was a gift I am not sure how much he paid for the ones I got and where he purchased them from, however for an idea I looked on the Amazon website and found they are selling the exact same one I have at £17.97.
I have the Skullcandy NBA Series Ink'd 2.0 In-Ear Headphones - New York, which has a dark blue and orange colour scheme. There are many colours and NBA designs to choose from; just some of the colours include black, black/red, blue/black, green/black, and pink/black.
The NBA designs are available in support of NBA teams Bulls, Celtics, Lakers, Miami, and Oklahoma City.
Brief product specification
*Designed, engineered and manufactured by Skullcandy.
*Supreme Sound audio technology
*The Ink'd 2.0 model
*Lightweight, ergonomic fit
*11mm power drivers
*Isolates any external noise
*Three silicone gel sizes
*Fit Design In-Ear only
*(In Ear Canal) Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
* Impedance 16 ohms
*Plug 3.5mm gold plated.
The earphones come enclosed a plastic box packaging, which includes some spar ear buds and instruction manual. I was quite happy to see the additional spare ear buds, its always good to know you have back up bud in case the current ones get damaged.
The NBA New York earphones have a nice dark blue and orange colour scheme, with the dark blue colour covering the long wires and the back of the earphones. The ear buds are orange as well as a circular basketball symbol that is located just behind the head of the earphones. The combination of blue and orange colours come together quite nicely making them look fashionable and cool, if I was in my teens these would do wonders for my creditability! I personally love the look of these earphones, and make a good change from the boring white and black earphones I am used to owning.
The earphones not only look great, but are also strong and sturdy, meaning they are not as delicate as other small earphones and can take a bit of tugging here and there without damaging them.
The wire is also quite sturdy, which is a surprise as at first when I saw that it had a single strand of wire for both the left and right buds without any double band of plastic for added protection I thought it would tear apart easily, but thankfully I was wrong as I have had mine for just under a year and the wire is still in great condition. The dimensions for the earphones are 0.6 x 0.6 x 1.9 cm in length and weigh about 227g.
The sound quality of these earphones are brilliant, it can really let a song play at its full potential. The earphones pick up bass and background music to a whole new level, and really show cases the high standard of sound quality. Vocals are heard nice a clearly and sound smooth and it almost sounds like the singers are right there with you in the same room.These manage to cancel out any annoying external noises successfully, I have had these on numerous times while the TV is blasting in the same room, or when the hover is on and it manages to make outside sounds almost unnoticeable.
These are also very comfortable to wear, I have worn these for hours with no problems at all. These sit comfortably in my ear thanks to the inner ear design meaning they do not fall out easily. This is particularly good when I am doing exercises such as jogging, as enables me to continue with my jogging without having to keep stopping to put the ear buds back in. The wire is a good length, it allows my mp3 player or iPod to comfortably sit in my pocket while I go about my daily chores.
Overall these are high quality earphones that are priced relatively cheap for the excellent sound quality it emits. They are comfortable to wear, long lasting, have a attractive design and make music sound ten times better than ordinary headphones, therefore I would highly recommend these Skullcandy Ink'd earphones.
I purchased these earbuds with fairly low expectations considering the rock bottom price but I have been pleasantly surprised with the quality of sound! I'm certainly no audio expert but I can certainly recommend these based on the positive experience I've had with them. You can't really quibble with Skullcandy for less than a tenner! The benefit of earbuds in my experience is that they are fairly good at noise cancellation considering they go directly inside your ears. With these in you certainly won't hear any background noise, this makes them perfect for wearing on the tube, on the bus or walking out and about.
I wouldn't recommend these if you're a self-proclaimed audio 'connoisseur' and want the very best quality earbuds; go for beats or some high-end sony earbuds, but for the average joe like you and I these will be a perfect fit.
In conclusion you won't be disappointed in purchasing these earbuds, they're an excellent quality for the price, good noise cancellation, good sound quality and solid build quality. There's really not much more I could write without rambling on but just check these out!
I bought these earphones around a year ago from Amazon as one of my friends had a pair and the sound quality was amazing. I was suprised by how affordable they were, and I only paid around £10 for them. I have the plain black pair, however there are also other colours available such as green and pink and prices vary slightly depending on which colour they are.
I use these earphones with my iPad, iPhone and iPod. I use them for a range of things; listening to music, watching films/YouTube videos and listening to podcasts. The sound quality is excellent and very clear, and I have never had any problems with the sound being 'fuzzy' or crackly. I do find however that if I am listening to music and I turn the volume right up that the sound can become slightly tinny if that's that right word to describe it, however this is only when the volume is the highest it can go.
Even when I only have my iPad, iPhone or iPod on the first two volume bars the sound is usually loud enough for me to hear clearly which is good as I don't need to turn the volume right up. When I first got these earphones they had little rubber things on the earbuds which meant not only that they were very comfortable but also that the sound was insulated better, meaning that I wasn't bothering anyone else with my music whilst on public transport and in public places.
Over time though these became loose and I ended up losing one and then I lost the other one, so now it is just plastic. I have tried using replacements but I have so far not come across any that fit correctly. Surprisingly though they're still comfortable to wear without the soft rubbery part - they do actually stay in my ears even when I am exercising and the sound quality is just as good. The sound is no longer very well insulated, so I have to turn my music down whilst in public places in order not to come across as anti-social or annoying!
The lead of these earphones is really long which is both good and bad. Bad because it gets tangled really easily and takes ages to untangle, and good because I can have my iPod or iPhone in my pocket and the lead reaches up easily without that 'pulling' feeling that earphones with shorter leads have. The little silver thing at the end of it plugs into all of my electronic devices easily and securely and it has not become bent or anything in the year or so that I have been using the earphones, and I tend to use them at least once a day.
All in all these are good quality, affordable and durable earphones. I give them five out of five stars and highly recommend them.