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I bought these headphones after my old ones broke. The sound quality was good, The bass was deep and satisfying and they were really quite good on the volume side of things. On this note, if you want to protect your ears these are definitely the type of earphones you'll want to turn down the volume for, which isn't something I can say for all earphones of this price. They were louder than the previous headphones I had, and there was very little noise leakage outside (or so I'm told from others around me). The headphones looked good, I had the blue ones with the white detail, and the rest of the colour choices looked good as well, and they seemed to have a varied range.
The earphones came with several different sized buds, as most earphones tend to, and the buds were comfortable and I found that the medium sized buds fit perfectly in my ear, and I've kept them to use with other earphones when these earphones stop working. Speaking of which, this is my second set of Skull Candy Ink'd earphones and the first set lasted me about 7 months, which is actually pretty good going for a pair of relatively cheap earphones. I've had earphones for about the same price last me only 2 months, but then others have lasted me 2 years so these probably rank about average.
If you like to listen to your music loud with little interference or cracklyness, then these earphones will be good for you. They're comfortable, the microphone and volume controls are handy. All in all a good set of earphones.
I sometimes like to listen to music and podcasts and radio stations through headphones, and for that reason, I've purchased these headphones. They cost me £12.99, which is very reasonable for what you get.
The sound quality is good - deep and bassy, not at all tinny, and the headphones do a good job of cutting out other noises - such as shouting, people asking you to do things - that you might not want to hear when you're trying to kick back and listen to some atonal jazz.
The actual earbuds fit my ears very well. This is something I've struggled to find in other headphones - I don't know if it's a fault of my ears or of the headphones, but with these headphones I don't have that problem. I sometimes to a bit of running-on-the-spot when I'm listening to music, and when I do this, the headphones stay in my ears. They are nice and snug.
There's a little control pad, too, which is discreet and well placed and very useful. There is also a microphone in this, so you can use the headphones to take phone calls and whatnot if that's what you want to do. You can also plug them into your laptop and use them as a microphone for recording yourself, if that's more in your line.
All in all I'm very happy with my purchase. I have always been a frugal man, and these headphones are great value for money. If these broke, I would buy them again.
I have not long purchased a pair of the SkullCandy Ink'd for £17 for use with my Iphone 5 and all I can say is, they do the job and are not too badly priced. SkullCandy obviously pride themselves on good quality and great sound.
The stock tips on the buds are soft but I could not get a good seal with them. I ended up buying a set of comply 400's that fit my own ears much better. The fit is pretty standard, and because they are so light makes them comfortable in your ear and microphonics are nearly non-existent.
I find myself only knocking the volume up a couple of notches to get a good crisp sound flowing through the buds as they are ported and isolate quite a bit of noise. These are pretty flat compared to more top of the market earphones but perfectly tolerable for the price. The cable attached is very good, it is long enough to reach from my phone in my jeans pocket, up my t-shirt and into my ears and it doesn't get wrapped round itself.
I believe the SkullCandy's work best with rap/hip-hip, pop and soft rock. I don't think they would be suitable for heavy metal and hard rock (although this genre of music is not particularly my bag. These do not only work well for music though, the little pad and microphone you receive can be used when answering your phone which is very handy.
All in all not a bad set of 'cheapish' earphones and they do the job for me. But there are plenty more expensive and better quality built headphones out there
Headphones are not always just headphones. Some are dire, some are great. Skullcandy prides itself on quality design and sound, and that's exactly what you get with these.
The ear buds fit nicely into your ear - they've clearly been designed with comfort and practicality in mind and this is what is evident from the moment you put them in. The cable seems no fuss and maintains its shape, even when you've scrunched it all up, which will inevitably happen.
There's a little control pad and a microphone in these as well, which means they're ideal not just for listening to music, but also for taking calls. The buttons on the discreet control pad are well placed and make it easy to use. The cable itself is long enough to feed through clothing to sit with your device in your pocket, and this makes it ideal for exercise as well.
One thing that's interesting is the tangling - with most earphone sets, you get tangling where tangling seems improbably, but with these there seems to be less tangling. Don't get me wrong, it still happens, but the quality design of the cable seems to ensure that things stay where they're supposed to more often than not.
The sound quality is also top notch - what you get coming through these with clarity is the bass, and this is often where many audio amplifiers or speakers or earphones or headphones come a cropper. The bass and highs are equally well presented, which allows not just for clarity of sound with music but for calls as well. The general feel with these is that turning the volume up is less necessary to get the full force of the music, but if you wanted to then the quality would not be instantly be compromised.
A thumbs up then - you're looking at £15 or thereabouts, although I've seen them for less and I've seen them for more. Quality product from a quality brand.
Great. Got them for less than £14 to replace a pair of Denon one's I use with my iPhone 5. I had concerns about deviating from a well established brand, but had heard many many positive things about Skull candy. The design is great if you do not fancy big shiny stuff. The earphones are light and discreet ( flat wires ) and very easy to manipulate; they do not tangle.
They come with two sets of earbuds, one small and one big. The low density material used for the outer of the wire is supple and seems very unlikely to pinch or break. It has a mic and a control button so you press once to answer a call, While on a call, quick press once to mute and long press once to hang up, While listening to music, press once to pause, twice for the next song, three times for the previous song, If you're receiving a call while listening to music, the music will obviously stop so pressing the button will only interact with your call and not the music.
The fit in my ears is great, other earphones tend to work their way outwards when walking. Sound, while more base focused than others I've had, is outstanding. Punchy, clear and detailed, but great sound quality over all for such cheap head phones, although you do get some leakage when using them as they are quite loud when your in a public place, they can be turned down though to prevent leakage.
To sound clichéd I am finding myself hearing songs as if for the first time. A case is not included, so I've used an old case I had. For the price I have NO complaints. The material quality, noise isolation, sound quality and overall user experience is worthy of much much more than the purchase price.
Over all great buy for £14
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The Skullcandy INK'D headphones have a cool metallic design for the earpiece. I had the metallic pink one which I really liked.
The wires were not long so it didn't get tangled up either.
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I personally prefer headphones that fit into your earhole. I find it makes it easier to move around with them in and to not have them fall out all the time. The Skullcandy INK'D fit nicely in my ears and I would use them for the gym on the running machine, cross trainer etc. and they never fell out.
I have read other reviews that say that they felt uncomfortable to them but I expect it is all about preference. If you prefer headphones that stick into your ear then these will be fine for you.
I was disappointed that mine didn't last very long. Eventually one of the headphones stopped working but it was too late to send them back to the shop, I had mine for a few months. I did use them every day so maybe they got damaged somehow in my handbag, so be wary and look after them.
> Sound <
The sounds was really good. I could hear music clearly and when I was on the phone I heard the person I was speaking to clearly and they could hear me perfectly.
> Price <
I have seen many different variations of price from £7.99 to £25.00 so I would definitely shop around for these. Unfortunately I cannot remember how much mine were but it definitely wasn't more than £20.
> Conclusion <
Good headphones and reasonable price but needs to be looked after.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Appear well made and have survived several drops on the floor, stepping on and a lassoing.
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.
I quite like them, I found them responsive, comfortable and eye catching.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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