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== 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.
I was searching around for some new earphones to get after my previous ones completely fell apart and became useless. I wasn't looking for earphones that had particularly high ratings for quality, I just wanted some cheap earphones that did the job, so I could listen to music in the car, in school, or at home to drown out the noise of my little siblings! (My Skullcandy Lowrider headphones are actually better for this, as they completely cover your ears.)
So, I found these earphones, and saw that they were really cheap, and that they were actually rated quite highly aswell! Result! So I bought them to see what all the hype was about, and everyone else was right- these are great earphones!
I prefer these to the standard earphones that you get given with an iPod, with those really weird shaped hard earpieces. I find that the plug earphones are so much more comfortable, and also make the sound quality better, as it sits right inside your ear, rather than balancing on the outside. I wasn't expecting such great results from such cheap earphones, but they really are brilliant, and I take them everywhere with me! Well, I did, until I lost them about 2 days ago.. But as they are so cheap, I fully intend on just buying new ones if mine don't turn up within the next few days!
These earphones come in many different colours, I have the 'Rasta' ones, which are the green, yellow and red stripes. I love these, and I think they look really cool when you see them in someone's ear.
Skullcandy is just generally a great company for earphones and headphones, and I would always recommend their products to anyone.
I was surprised at the audio quality from these headphones although the mid tones are a bit flat however they have good base and at only £7.39+ shipping they are a great deal. They also handle loud music quite well. I am very impressed with these headphones however there is one downside to having them, they are FRAGILE. I have always been careful with them then one day my right headphone stopped working. They are covered by Skullcandys lifetime warranty this means that they will be replaced for the cost of shipping; this however took almost a month before my new pair of headphones were delivered. One thing that I do like about the headphones is the rubberised cable; this stops the headphones getting tangled up. Using these with an I-phone I can hold the button on the lead in and tell my phone to skip songs through voice command as well as pausing and playing your music. Also they come with two different tip sizes to ensure a good fit into your ear. I would recommend you to purchase a pair if you are looking for a decent pair of headphones on a budget.
If I remember rightly, I bought these earphones in an airport after realising that I had left my existing earphones at home. I was mainly keen to get a pair so that I could listen to music on the plane and so I wasn't particularly concerned about brand or quality and so just went for the cheapest ones they had available.
These are fairly simple earphones - they have no interesting features to speak of other than the option to pause the song you're listening to by pressing a button on one of the wires leading to your ears. Considering that the earphones I got with my iPhone had a similar control that allowed you to not only pause songs but also skip them and change the volume, this single-feature button wasn't particularly attractive. The wires were black and the buds pink and black, although other colours are available.
==What I Thought==
I bought these as a simple replacement for the earphones that I left at home at wasn't expecting wonders from them. I was therefore not disappointed but nor was I particularly impressed. The sound quality is acceptable but not exceptional, but then these were earphones chosen for their cheapness and so that is not particularly surprising. I also miss the ability to change the volume without having to take my phone out of my pocket. This isn't a massive problem but it is irritating, especially if a particularly loud track comes on and you want to be able to change it quickly. Also, despite only having had these earphones for a few months and not using them on a daily basis, this button broke last week. They still work as earphones but I don't have much hope for their longevity considering the button broke so easily.
Aesthetically they are acceptable - simple black wires and so they look fine but not massively impressive or eye-catching. I have to say I prefer how my Apple ones used to look - the white ones are a lot more interesting. They are also easy to carry around as they are very small, so have a benefit over large headphones in this respect.
While these earphones are nice enough and do their job fine, I wouldn't re-buy them should they break completely (which is potentially very soon given the button having already given up). Costing between £10 and £20, they're relatively cheap but considering that they're not amazing quality, I'd recommed getting a different cheap pair or spending a bit more to get something a bit better.
I bought the Paul Frank version of these earphones from sports direct for £13.99. I've always liked skullcandy headphones, so I thought I'd try the earphones.
To start with, they're very nice looking which I like in a set of earphones. The wire is made to look like a thin rope, it's blue and black and looks really smart.
They're also very comfortable to wear and come with a pair of different sized buds so you have a choice. If you chose the wrong size you may find that they fall out of your ears quite a lot which can be a little annoying.
The sound quality from these earphones is almost pristine and very loud which to me is a bonus.
Overall, although they may seem a bit pricey to somebody who isn't fussy about earphones and just likes to have a pair just in case, they are absolutely fantastic and definitely worth the money. However, some retailers do over price them a bit.
We go through a lot of headphones in my house as we use them for listening to iPods on the go as well as taking them to the gym to plug into the exercise equipment so we can listen to music and watch the TV as we work out. My favourite in ear headphones are the Sennheneiser ones which I could get for a good price for a while but are now out of my price range so I have been experimenting with different brands. Skullcandy is one of the few brands I had not tried and since I managed to get a pair of black earbuds for £8 from Amazon I decided they were worth a punt.
Skullcandy are on of those trendy headphone brands, they are easily identified by the fact that they have a small skull printed on the outside of the ear bud. They are available in a range of colours from the Rasta style for the dope smokers, pink for the girly girls, gold for those who like a bit of bling or black and red for the emos. Luckily for me the skull is fairly discreet on the black pair so don't call out fashion victim to those who can see them.
The earbuds themselves seem quite big and bulky because they are longer than other earbuds. I like the fact that the rubbery tips of the earbuds fit comfortably into my ear and stay put. There is only one size of bud supplied which fit my small ears surprisingly well but you do get a couple of extra pairs of tips.
The flex is just the right length for listening to a portable MP3 player which is tucked into a pocket or strapped onto a belt, in fact I was surprised at how short the lead is at 1.3m. This means a lack of excess cable to tuck into your pocket but could cause some problems if you want to use them for any other purpose. The cable is the rubberised type which does not tangle which is brilliant, there is a button on the cable which I assumed was a volume control which is useless. For a start the placement on the piece of cable between the ear and piece where the cords from the headphones meet mean that it is far too easy to pull the earpiece out of your ear and secondly pushing the button produces no results!
The most important factor with headphones is the sound quality and I'm not too impressed here. At low volumes the quality is passable with music sounding reasonably crisp at mid range with speech and vocals really distinct. When you turn the volume up the sound becomes more blurred and really unpleasant to listen to with all the different layers merging together and the bass being really indistinct.
These headphones are brilliant at blocking out ambient noise so good if you want to cut yourself off from the world, unfortunately they also leak a lot of sound into the environment giving the annoying thumping of the beat of your music to those around you.
Even at £8 these are not a good buy due to the poor sound quality but at the more typical price of £15-£20 there are literally dozens of better choices for the same price which will perform better.
My missus bought me a pair of these as her brother recommended them.
I must admit I was quite impressed by the sound that they produced (not produce any more though). The sound is on the bassier side of all the in-ear headphones I have owned. This suits really well with rock or dance music but when the volume is cranked up the sound did become quite distorted which after a while became distracting.
The reason for the past tense is that they only lasted for 2 months from first use on the commute to work and back (so 90 minutes per day in total). The first thing to go was the sound in one ear intermittantly than 2 weeks later total loss of sound in that ear no matter how much wiggling I performed.
They came in a nice little zipped case which I have retained for use with other earphones
I would recommend Sennheisers which seem to last forever although the sound they produce is more mellow (middle of the road) and the sound does not become distorted