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I had received a pair of these headphones for Christmas and I have to say I am completely disappointed, I will try to be fair with this but from what I have read from other reviews is about how good they look and not about the actual sound quality, which to me at least is the main thing you should be concerned with when buying a pair of headphones.
Do not get me wrong here, these headphones do look good, but to sum up these "Skull crushers" looks can be deceiving. I have honestly, to my fullest extent tried to like these headphones (mainly because someone bought them for me as a present) but there is only one type of audio I can find that works great with this hardware, and unfortunately for skull candy that audio is in fact pod-casts.
When Listening to any music on the skullcrushers with or without the subwoofer (which bugs me because that in itself is battery operated) and every genre, every album and every second of every track the bass and low mids just sounds too muddy, I tried a variety of genres from drum and bass, dubstep, metal, rock, acoustic, classical, hip-hop, reggae etc and everything that isn''t boomy, obstructed bass is washed out. One thing about these headphones that i can kind of approve of is that with some rock music (like audioslave, megadeth etc) with real instrumentation the sub woofer makes it feel like your in the room with the bass guitarist yet somehow everything else just gets dumbed down, there is no clarity with these headphones and it seems like it is fighting with itself to produce some kind of sound to the user, which it fails miserably at, I even tried certain electronic tracks I use as "benchmarks" such as Kryptic Minds - Lost All Faith, Calyx & Teebee - Starstruck & Scavenger etc which are very good for there respective deep basslines. I even played a classical cd on it and everything just sounds terrible, I tried a plethora of different devices such as an android, iPhone, TV, PC, Tablet, HiFi System & even a PA just to see if it was my iPhone that was making the headphones sound bad, even changing the EQ on all the devices to different settings couldn''t make these headphones sound good, which speaks for itself, with or without the battery (which in fact is even worse because it seems like all frequencies below 300hz are cut)
This review may seem a little harsh, but it proves a point about brand names, having not tried skull-candy before I am completely disappointed, not only in there product but how so many people can attest to how great they are.
If you are a true audiophile or avid music listener stay away. If you want to listen to podcasts or look good with a pair of headphones then please go ahead and buy them. Just remember to take the battery out before hand...
I think a lot of people go through earphones quickly so they buy cheap ones so it dosen't hurt when they broke. My pair of skullcandy earphones are ones I got for Christmas and I think in the long run, forking out on this have given me more value for money than constantly buying cheap earphones as soon as the pair wear out for the rest of my life. I had a hair time chosing which set of headphones I wanted for Christmas and in the end I chose my skullcandy skullcrushers one because I was impressed with the design. It seemed to have a slick modern gothic touch which I liked because I thought it somewhat matched my fashion sense and personality.
Compared to other earphones and headphones I've used, these are in my opinion one of the best pairs I've ever had. Some problems I've found with other earphones/headphones was that they were uncomfortable, often falling out or gave me a headache. Over time the sound quality began to decline and eventually they would stop working completely within six months to a year. I've owned this for over a year and I've found none of these problems so far.
The best thing about the product is the sound quality. I love how they show off the bass on them because it gives the songs more of an impact, so I don't have to set the song up on full blast to truly feel the music vibrating in my ears. This makes these headphones really awesome for rock music. I also think they're good because it means in public places I can listen to my music more discreetly whilst music on other earphones and headphones I've owned had escaped through.
I do admit it sometimes bugs me when I'm listening through an earphone and the sound is all fuzzy. For me that can spoil the mood of the song so hearing the song in these headphones are refreshing because they sound so clear and clarified. I do use them when I'm out in town sometimes, especially in winter because I do use them as earmuffs when I'm listening to music. It works as earmuffs too because they're so well padded and comfortable.
There are many things for me that makes these earphones stand out more than the others out there. Although I will admit that I believe that a RRP of £69.99 and as well as it being sold from £20 - £80 may put some people off, as they can buy a pair of earphones cheaper from other places like poundland. Also lots of Music players come with their own headphones so people may feel that they won't need to buy something like this.
I would recommend these and I think some of the other products Skullcandy has to offer sound promising as well. I think I would buy these headphones for a gift for someone if they wanted some headphones. For me they have been a lifesaver and been a great buy because I think in the long run it's saved me lots of space and money.
For many years I had bought cheap in-ear headphones and then had to replace them after half a year or so. Actually one pair of really cheap ones lasted only a few weeks. One day however, my friend got me to listen to a certain track, and this track was played to me through a pair of Skullcrushers by Skullcandy. In an instant my mind was amazed at the clarity and depth that these headphones gave to me. Soon after I purchased a pair of my own Skullcrushers off of the web and awaited their arrival. To this day they are still with me almost wherever I go; so here's an overview of what's good and bad about them and why they won't leave my side.
The headphones sit over your ears to really immerse you in the sound that they produce. The headphones are easily adjustable so that they can fit just about any size head easily, which is great for letting others listen to your music and you don't have to worry about germs or anything like in-ear headphones. The 'drums' or 'cans' of the headphones have padded leather or fake leather (I am unsure which) to cushion your head from the speakers very nicely. In all honesty I find the headphones a pleasure to wear, but only for short periods in time. I find that if I wear the headphones for too long the sides of my head seems to ache a little. I am still a little unsure of why this is, maybe due to the headphones pressing in on the side of my head or me having them on too loud; but I can cope with this as I never really have the time to listen to them for too long.
---Sound Quality/ Noise cancellation---
As many reviews have said before, and I will say again, these headphones sound really good, crisp and have a decent depth to them. You have to be careful to adjust the 'bass booster' to the right level however as when listening to a particularly heavy track the bass can make the headphones sound distorted. Although I don't listen to much chart music I must say that these headphones make that genre of music really come to life. With regards to noise cancellation - I was actually on a bus just a few days ago, and was forced to sit at the back of a double decker next to a very noisy diesel engine. Once I put on my Skullcrushers however there was minimal noise and once turned on they filled my mind with lovely rich music once again. You certainly can't hear others talking around you with these on. Admittedly the headphones aren't the loudest pair I have ever heard but they don't need to be as they don't need to compete with background noise.
These headphones come with a very have bag to place them in which even had a toggle catch to tie a drawstring up with to keep them from falling out. The headphones actually can unclip and fold round and together so that they are smaller and can fit easily inside the bag. At first I thought that this folding joint would be a weakness but after years of usage my Skullcrushers have never broken or even showed any kind of wear. Compared to other over-the-head headphones in this price range these are certainly the easiest to carry with you by far. Even when you are wearing them the number of joints they have make them comfortable and easy to wear either on your head or around your neck.
Like I have said I have never had a problem with my pair of headphones, they continue to work just fine and do exactly what they say they do. The only minor issue I would have is that the plastic that they are made from feels a little cheap and flimsy. The plastic seems to do its job fine so I can't really complain but they don't have the quality feel of a pair of Monster Beats for example. Suppose it's just the price range they have been placed in.
These headphones come in a range of colours and designs. One pair has even been promoted by Dr Dre, which is blue and white, with a matching carrying bag. I own a pair of black pinstripe ones but there is anything to suit your sex or even your mood. Skullcandy always seem to manufacture their products to make them aesthetically appealing and this product does not lack in this department. It is probably personal taste as to what you would look for in a pair of headphones but I really like them and most of my friends do to.
Personally I think I have made a great purchase with my Skullcrusher headphones. At around £40 I was sceptical that they would really be great when I actually owned a pair but they are amazing and apart from wearing them for too long (around four hours max at a time for myself) I would say that everyone should own a pair and be able to experience what these headphones have to offer.
I am not really into Skull Candy's over ear headphones, apart from the low riders, however, my brother got these headphones not to long ago, and I thought I'd give them a try. Although the low riders are an on ear pair of headphones they are quite comfortable, they are just as comfortable as these. The ear cups rest comfortably around your ears, there is some padding on the side of the headphones, however, there is no leather padding on the top of the headphone. I understand that there is a folding hinge at the top but they could have still added some padding onto their, as the plastic feels hard on your head and it can cause com discomfort, especially whilst sitting on your bed with a laptop as it is not the optimum position. Skull candy have lately become a fashion tre,d not only do these headphones look good but they perform well as well. They come in a range fo colours to suit your style, so you can keep up with the trend. They have a huilt in subwoofer, having this right next to your ear beans that the bass feels warm and not to over powering, the swivel design seems to fold outwards slightly to match the contours of your ears, not sure if this was intentional but it seems to make it more comfortable to wear. Although the headphones may seem large, they are in fact actually quite light. This means that the discomfort of not having a headband is reduced, although still noticeable. However this light weight does make it feel a little cheap, especially since it is made of plastic, if it had a little bit of weight to it then it would feel more comfortable, stable and more of a premium product.
My other half is seriously dedicated to his music and always acquiring new gadgets. I usually get his cast offs handed along to me, which is perfect as I am much more of a casual music listener, and generally don't follow the music scene too closely. I recently ended up with a pair of these Skullcandy Skullcrushers after the OH upgraded to a pair of DJ quality headphones. I also have a pair of Skullcandy Lowrider headphones, but rarely use them as I have issues with the lack of comfort and sound leakage which makes them impractical to wear on my daily train commute. These Skullcandy Skullcrushers are available to buy through many electronics retailers, including Amazon where they are available for varying prices depending on colour etc. The RRP for this item is £69.99.
Product description: "Gone are the boring designs of old, Skull Candy have exploded onto the scene with a huge range of designer headphones that look as good as they sound. Since 2003 Skullcandy have been producing high-quality headphones worn by some of the world's best action sport athletes. Skullcandy's headphones are renowned for their durability, portability, and style.
A pair of mini-subwoofers against your skull makes the bass feel like a swarm attack by the renegades of funk, soldiers of Jah, hip-hop nation, and a 1970s version of the Kiss Army, all at once. So, no. Skullcrusher is not just a clever name.
Features include - Speaker Diameter: 30mm, Magnet Type: NdFeB, Subwoofer Speaker: 30mm, Magnet Type: Neodymium, Frequency range: 20 -20K Hz, Impedance: 32 ohms, Max Input Power: 30mw, Cable Type: TPE, Cable Length: 1.5m, Plug Type: 3.5mm Gold Plated."
Firstly, Skullcandy headphones seem to be primarily about the looks. They have a distinctive style and the big over ear headphones are very popular right now. The Skullcrushers are bold and very chunky, in fact to begin with a was a bit worried about the size as they do seem huge in comparison to my other headphones and thought they that might look a bit odd when being worn. They come in a range of colours to choose from and there is even a Snoop Dogg endorsed design available in blue or black. I have a steely grey with blue and black detailing. The Skullcandy branding is particularly prominent in the design, with no less than 6 labels and logos visible on the main body of the headphones. This is what makes it seem more like a fashion item, and people who like this brand would instantly be able to identify the make of the item.
One thing that I was very pleased with is that the headphones are very lightweight considering their size. They hardly weigh down at all and there is no pressure from having the band sit on top of my head. The band is adjustable at both sides to allow you to reduce or increase the size for an optimum fit, and this means that one pair can suit most people. There are also cushioned pads underneath the band so I do not experience any tightness, and they still fit snugly and stay in place even when I'm on the move.
The ear pads where the actual sound plays through are about 2.5"-3" in diameter. They have a thick padded cushion which rests against your ear. The size of these pads is perfect as it covers up my entire ear and has a close fit. With my other Skullcandy headphones they left a gap between the headphone and my ear, but with these Skullcrushers my ear is completely enclosed which really helps to capture the sound. I only use my headphones when I'm out walking or during my train commute. I am very conscious that my music may be audible to others in my vicinity and thankfully these headphones manage to fully seal in the sound. They also help to block out noise from external sources, and this is a bonus for me as I don't have to turn the volume up too high, and also for other people nearby as I am not disturbing them with music leaking from my headphones.
As these headphones are such a large size, Skullcandy have come up with a clever solution to make sure that you can still carry these around in your bag without them taking up too much room. The headphone band has a jointed section which allows you to apply a small amount of pressure and simply fold the headphones up. The ear pads then tuck up inside the head band and reduce the overall size of the headphones. This is a practical and handy little feature that certainly makes life easier if you like to enjoy your music while out and about on the go. I think that this folding process also makes the item into a more compact shape and can protect them from damage as the closed shape becomes more solid and less awkward than the fully extended shape. Of course you have to be careful and not apply too much force when folding them up, otherwise you could potentially snap the plastic head band. It does seem somewhat brittle, but mine have only experience gentle usage and have lasted fine with no visible wear and tear or damage so far.
Thankfully these Skullcrushers headphones are a great deal more comfortable to wear than my Skullcandy Lowriders. I wear glasses and the headphones have to fit over the arms of my glasses, but they do so neatly without pressing them against my head and they provide a nice secure fit. I can wear these headphones for hours and it hardly feels like they're there which is an excellent improvement and I am really happy with how it feels to wear them. The cushioned ear pads are also great and feel very soft as they have a nice smooth fabric covering. The cable is quite a reasonable length and allows for freedom of movement, I often keep my iPod tucked into my handbag while I'm listening to it outside, and the cable is plenty long enough to allow me to do this without the plug catching or the wire being over-stretched.
The sound quality from these Skullcandy headphones is very good, I am able to hear everything very clearly and they pick up on each aspect of the track without putting particular focus on any one element so the sound seems very balanced. They are more than good enough for my needs and fit my requirements of occasional use with my iPod when out and about. In fact, they are probably the best quality sounding headphones I have come across so far. You get a real depth of sound thanks to the pads enclosing your ears, and the stereo effect comes through clearly on tracks that take advantage of this feature.
As well as having a great level of quality when played through the ordinary setting, the Skullcrushers also feature an added extra that comes in the form of two individual subwoofer speakers that are located within each of the headphone pads. You get one of these speakers on each side of your head, and the effect that they have is hugely dramatic and can really enhance the experience of listening to music. The bass levels are controlled with a separate panel attached to the headphone cable, and this is quite a bulky plastic attachment. You require 1 x AA battery to run this feature, and so this section is quite large as it includes the battery casing and also buttons for you to adjust the sound level as well as a simple on/off slide. There is a clip on the back that you can use to attach to a belt loop, pocket, bag, jacket etc, but I have found this to be unreliable and the bass section often falls away from where I have clipped it if I am moving around, even just walking along can dislodge the clip and make it detach from where I usually position it onto my pocket. The bass vibration can be incredibly powerful and it is important to make use of the control panel so that it does not become overpowering. The funny thing is that I had expected to make use of this when listening to my heavy music such as metal, rock and industrial, but the effect does not actually suit this type of music. I was walking along with the bass maxed out and suddenly a track by The Berzerker came on through shuffle mode - it practically blew me away, I actually physically jumped as the effect was so intense, and it was far too strong to work with this type of heavy music. However, I was surprised to find that my more mainstream chart type music was enhanced by listening to it in this mode. Songs in the pop and dance genre seem to have a richer deeper quality, and sound more credible than when played through the ordinary headphone setting. I love the effect that the bass setting has, but I would advise others to be cautious as it can be quite extreme and you will need to spend some time tampering with the levels to get it right for each genre and style.
I can wholeheartedly recommend these Skullcandy Skullcrushers headphones. They are a high quality product and give a full-on listening experience as well as creating an exciting atmosphere if you are making use of the subwoofer bass function. My only problem is that if I had been buying headphones for myself, rather than receiving them as a gift, I would have totally overlooked these due to the high RRP. However I must say they have proved worthy of the high price tag and are a far superior pair of headphones to my previous Skullcandy Lowriders, which have now been shoved at the back of a drawer to be forgotten about...
These headphones are amazing! end of. Skullcandy headphones are rather like marmite - You either love them or you hate them. These headphones are known for the bass quality they have. Skullcandy headphones are however known to break easily, but i have had these headphones for over 6 months now and being a teenager, stuff gets broken easily and these are yet to fault me. Down to the facts. These headphones come with a 1.5m cable and with a frequency response of 20-20,000 Hz the low end bass is amazing. However if bass is turned on full, it can over power a song so its best to adjust it to the song you are listening too. It also comes with a small 'box' attatched to the wire which when switched on activates the 30mm bass driver. Normal 3.5mm stereo jack and it comes with a 6.3mm adapter, useful for musicians and producers. The headphones themselves fold up neatly and can be placed in the travel bag provided. They are also padded and fit comfortably on the head without make your ears sore from wearing them too long. The downsides are that the wire is a bit too long and you can forget to turn the bass booster off which drains battery level. Overall this product is very good for people who want to look stylish whilst also having good quality music.
i do quite a bit of mixing and listen to all genres of musics, i have never heard such great bass coming from a pair of head phones it is like having a club inside your head.
The headphone has a small jack plug on it and will work in all audio devices that have a jack output.
They fold up to a very small neat parcel, the chord is quite long so it is great to listen to in bed if your HiFi is next to your side table,
The only downfall is once expanded they are quite large and the top part doesn't adjust so the width can't be changed.
The cable is very strong and durable and despite the abuse it receives floating around inside my pocket there hasn't been any damage or wear to the cable joints, the padded ear part has worn a bit but i do wear them for at least 2 hours a day since i got them. the picture graphics are still in perfect as new condition.
If your a music lover there worth the couple of extra pounds for the great sounds.
never have i cme across a pair of headphones with such ridiculous bass. although, i do feel that this is one of the few good things you will find about this product. the in-line bss control is amusing at first, but after a while, you find out that it gets less and less amusing, especially when you realise that with the bass up high, u sacrifice a large mount of sound quality.
every song, however, has a perfect setting on these headphones, where the bass perfectly matches the song, but yet another annoying thing is that this is diffrent for everysong, and this constant manipulation of the controls can become annoying. some of the few redeeming features of the skullcrushers are the nifty folding feature, where by undoing a catch on the top, they fold in half for easy transportation. the unique head-gripping design also has its uses, as it ensures a firm grip over the ears, applying pressure equally around the cushion. all in all, worth a look if your a proper bass-head, but otherwise i dont think its worth the risk.
In the past year, i have owned 3 pairs of these headphones, so what does that tell you? Thats right, they do not last very long. Saying that, i am a person who is pretty forceful with my stuff, so if you are a person who takes care of their stuff then they should last longer than a few months.
The reason i kept buying more and more of these headphones is because they are great. The sound quality is fantastic, considering they are way cheaper than some other headphones on the market. The best
thing about these headphones is the mini sub woofers which are built in to each headphone, to enhance the bass, and enhance the bass is exactly what they do. The amount of bass produced is controlled by a small tool which is attached to the headphones wire, and allows you to turn the amount of bass up or down. The reason theses headphones are called skullcrushers is because that is what they do, but in a good way. The amount of vibration from the sub woofers is amazing, and it feels great on your head when listening to songs full of bass, kind of like a head massage.
the headphones come with a carry bag, an airplane jack, and a larger jack which can be plugged into large speakers and amplifiers.
The bad points with these headphones are, as stated before, that they are not very durable. the first pair of these i bough did not work out of the packet, the sound only came from one headphone, but after a few minutes it began to work fine. After a few months of use, the sound started to come out of only one headphone again, but this time it did not resume to its normal working state, so i decided to send them back. The second pair i received snapped. Purely because the plastic is pretty thin and cheap, but they do look great, so that kind of evens it out. My 3rd pair are still working fine as of yet, but who knows what may happen to them. The other bad point is the fact that the sub woofer control requires a double a battery, and they do seem to run out quickly, so you had better top up on batteries.
Skullcandy do offer lifetime warranty on all your products, so if your headphones do break, they will replace them for you, free of charge. So if you are not put off by the fact they may break easily, or that you need plenty of batteries, then i would definitely recommend a pair of these as the sound is amazing, and the vibrations are something you do not want to miss out on.
The actual headphones are pretty average, but when the bass switch is turned on the sound will literally shake your head. The bass booster amplifies does actually enhance the bass, however if turned up too high it ends up to be ridiculous. The amplification becomes unbearable and it will make you actually take them off. Overall the sound from it is pretty hollow when the bass amplifier is turned off but when turned on, it will blow your mind. If you like hip-hop/rap, drum and bass or dance music i would recommend entirely, however if you are an indie/rock kind of guy it would be recommended to find other headphone that will compliment the genre, such some of the headphones in a different series. The only thing that I can pick up on fault wise would be the size of the bass switch, which would be better if a smaller size.
I've just tried them out after reading all these reviews. I can say that compared to other headphones I've tried, Hesh for example, the sound quality of these headphones is terrible. It's like listening to a low quality download. I couldn't believe what I paid for. The bass is really loud, shaking your skull which is good, but somehow just sounds squeaky and doesn't align with the rest of the song if you put it on max. Not to mention that you have to recharge batteries just to keep this headphones going.