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Over the years, I have managed to get through so many different pairs of ear phones. The trouble is they all seem to break so easily. Most of the time, the one headphones will just stop working, perhaps because the wires have broken, or a connection has come lose. However, last year I purchased one of these sets of ear buds, the 'Rasta' edition to be precise, and they still have not failed me. They have been bashed around, and kept screwed up in my pockets, but they still work to the same standard as they did on the day I first bought them. This is the first reason why these are a superior ear bud over other brands. The second reason, and probably most important is the sound quality. The songs come out so clearly, with the perfect balance of all the separate elements to the song. You can enjoy songs in a much clearer detail than ever before, as it allows you to focus on the backing track for example, so you can even pick out the delicate sound of the piano used. With these headphones, I began to hear my music in a way that I had never heard it before when playing it out loud. Another great factor is that the buds are supremely comfortable as well. I can keep my music playing for long periods of time, which I have done when travelling, sometimes for hours on end, yet I am still able to keep listening using the ear buds, because of the soft rubber material used. Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to a friend, as out of all the ear buds I have had over the years, this is certainly the best, and most value for money I have ever bought.
The Skullcandy Smokin Bud is a a pair of headphones designed to have interchangeable bud to fit within side the ear. Designed to give a wearer a splash of color within there lives.
Quality: The actual quality of the headphones is of slightly better than average, it wont take more than being hit too hard against a table or a wall however that shouldn't be happening with headphones as long as it being kept carefully as all headphones should be kept.
Sound Quality: The audio that comes from the headphones for me is of a very high quality for me, the sounds is loud and clear. The bass within the sound is not overpowering and it it definitely not quiet at all. The sound is clean of all tinny sounds which for me is first for me within the Skullcandy brand so it was a surprise when I got these headphones.
Mic Quality: I will be honest I haven't used the mic on these headphones more than once or twice, due to the fact I use the headphones for an IPod. However the few times I did use them, the mic was of average quality at best and occasionally it had to be moved closer to my mouth for the words to be conveyed to the other side of the line. However the mic function is only a side function within the headphones.
Value: The price I got the headphones I would have said was a decent price, however again I have seen it cheaper and more expensive in other places, I felt the value of the product was a fair one and well worth the cost
My overall opinion of the headphones is a positive one, and I would recommend it to a friend.
I've had a lot of headphones in my time, Bose, JVC, Marley's, Sony, and when considering the look, price and sound quality these come out on top. As opposed to a more expensive alternative the skull candy's give you a great appearance and top sound quality at a really affordable price. These are my go-to airplane headphones, the noise cancelling sleeves are that good. And if you've been on an airplane before you'll know how loud and annoying the noise can be up in the air. When I put these in it's all gone, just the music. The size is perfect, I prefer ear buds to over the head earphones. Although, most of the time when wanting to keep my headphones on for long periods of time (for long trips and such) I'll have to switch to over the head earphones because the buds can begin to irritate my ears. These are the only earbuds i've found that have no problem with that. The sound quality literally sounds like your in a completely soundproof room while someones playing the music for you, crystal clear. The only bad thing I have to say about them is on the size of the bud attachment. I have yet to find one that fits perfectly in my ear. But for now this will do.
I recommend skull candy's there just as good as the higher priced ear buds.
Recently, after breaking my tenth pair of earphones, I decided to purchase some decent headphones, after all the ones I were buying were pretty cheap and lousy. Most of the store brand ones and just general cheap ones I had bought had a shorter life span, than any of my friends headphones that had bought an expensive pair.
So after asking around, I decided to purchase a great pair of these skullcandy earphones after seeing that most of the reviews they got were always positive and talking about how great they are. I got them cheaper than they usually are, as I bought them from a local TK Maxx for about £7.99.
Unlike other headphones I had, these were the in ear buds, which unlike the other earphones I had, were made of a soft kind of material that plugs into your ear and moulds the shape of your ear. The design on them is very good, with the one I purchased being the colour black and on the actual ear bud itself having the skullcandy logo. However, you can also buy them in other colours, if you like bright earphones or are just picking out a headphone set for family or friends and want to buy it in their favourite colour.
Unlike my other headphones which started hurting after a while, these ear buds fit like a dream. If it wasn't for the wires, I wouldn't have known that I was even wearing earphones. The material that the actual ear buds are made out of is pretty soft, so it doesn't hurt or make for uncomfortable music listening. They also are shaped quite well as they rarely fall out of my ears, however this is not the case for some of my friends, so maybe it is just a personal thing. Also, they are pretty much unnoticeable.
The sound is good, and when I am on a busy high street walking anywhere, it generally blocks out most of the sound that is around. Also, unlike the other headphones I have, this one has not ruined the bass line by making that awful buzzing sound, that other earphones sometimes do.
They also have lasted me a couple of months now, which is better than any other headphone I have used. None of the wiring has frayed, which is a good sign, as I hope to use them for a very long time.
However, if they did break, I would be happy to pay another £8 for them as they have been the best headphones I have used so far and have lacked any bad qualities about them. They're great feeling and look good, while giving amazing sound quality.
I tend to lose headphones like Posh Spice loses weight after giving birth. I can't count how many pairs I have lost over the years, I buy at least one new pair a month. I used to flit between brands and versions but I think I have finally settled on the perfect pair for me.
Yes, obviously I am talking about Skullcandy Smokin Buds. These buds are neither the cheapest nor the most expensive, they don't have the best sound quality compared to some of the more expensive versions that I have tried (Bose IE2'S win on that level), but what they do offer is good quality at an affordable price. Something I really believe in.
The headphones come in a sealed clear plastic package with the 'Skullcandy' logo (Skull type image) on them. The packaging isn't that difficult to open, it has those little buttons that you can pop open rather than having to take a knife or a pair of scissors to them. The packaging doesn't contain much information about the product but what it does is rather technical in detail.
The headphones are of the earbud variety, they have three different sizes of ear mould which are inserted into your ear rather than having the headphones sit on the outside. This has the benefit of cancelling out any external noise. Word of warning though, if you need to be able to hear oncoming dangers (cyclists) then it might be an idea to have only one bud inserted, leaving your other ear free to listen out for dangers.
The buds are attached to the main part of the headphones and the wiring, the wiring doesn't split past a certain point which is good as some of the headphones I have had in the past split into two most of the way down the wire, this can then cause tangling when in storage or when wearing them.
My buds are all black; there was a wide variety of different colours in HMV, online I am sure you will be able to find more.
I've found that headphones vary greatly in the volume that they can reach, I am sure you can find a technical term to discover how loud a pair will go before you buy them but I just take pot luck. This set manages to reach a pretty high volume level. Whilst not important to some people it's vital that I can blast my music out when I am exercising or out and about. The sound quality is amongst the best that I have experienced. I really don't have any complaints about the quality of sound.
**Ease of use**
The headphones don't tend to tangle up too much, I'm not sure why, the wire doesn't look or feel any different to any other type of wire on headphones. The earbuds are a bit hard when you first start using them but after a few uses they soften up and before long you won't realise that you still have them in after turning off your music.
**Value for money**
I purchased mine from HMV for around £19.99; the price seems to vary from £15 to £25 depending on where you get them and the offer that is on at the time. For the quality of the product I would say it represents great value for money. You could pay a lot more and get a product that is only slightly better in quality.
If you lose or break headphones all the time like I do then these are the perfect investment. If you manage to look after your headphones then maybe consider a Bose pair, but if I'm honest there is not much difference in quality.
A while back, I managed to snag the cable of my earphones on a branch, which ended up with the ear piece being ripped off and hence, I was in the market for a new pair. Now being an avid user and reader of DooYoo reviews, I noted that these Skullcandy variants seemed to be popular and were getting a lot of decent reviews. They appeared to come in a whole range of colours and styles, together with a range of prices, but I decided to buy an averaged price black pair from Amazon for just under the £15 mark.
So for the money, what do you get? Well these particular earphones are the in-ear type. That means that they have a soft rubber gel like 'plug' that pushes into your ear, allowing the cup to take up the shape of your inner ear. Initially this keeps the earphone in your ear, but also has the effect of blocking out any external sound, allowing you to experience a more realistic purer sound from your music player without any external noise. These are then connected to the 1.2 m long flat lead, linking down to the 3.5 mm gold plated plug to plug into your phone or your mp3 player. The ones I have are finished off in a totally black design with a little skull motif on each earphone, but they are also available in a variety of other colours and combinations for the more fashion conscious. You are also supplied with a nice little travel bag, which is ideal for keeping them safely stored away when not in use.
What are they like in use? When fitted into your ear, the earphones do stay put quite well, and I've not yet had any problems with them falling out. Of note, I normally do have a bit of a concern about using these in-ear type earphones because sometimes the rubber 'plug' bit can be quite hard, and rather than the rubber shaping to your ear, your ear shapes to the rubber, and hence after wearing them for an extended duration, they can become uncomfortable. But with these Skullcandy Smokin Buds, that doesn't appear to be a problem. I've worn these out on walks for a couple of hours at a time, and they have still remained quite comfortable. But you need to note that everyone is different, so whilst these earphones suit me and my ears, it may be a case of trial and error for others to determine if they will suit your ears.
Sound quality wise, they are very good. I find that the inner ear plug is really effective at blocking out external sounds, giving you a much clearer sound reproduction. The frequency response range for these earphones is detailed as 20 Hz (for the bass range) up to 20 kHz (for the treble range) and for me, that seems to give me the quality of musical notes and sounds that I want. You can get other earphones with a lower base range (apparently giving more base) or high treble range, but at those frequencies, it would be very hard for many people to notice any difference. The gold plating on the 3.5 mm plug is always claimed by many manufacturers to give a better electrical contact with your mp3 player socket, hence producing a better sound quality, but personally I think this is more just a sales gimmick rather than a major plus point because I've never noticed any difference between gold plated plugs against normal plugs..
Durability? Well they have lasted me well for a good few months now, although I do use the little storage sack supplied with them when I'm not using them. So I suppose that goes some ways towards protecting them in my pocket.
In summary, the price of these earphones sits them roughly in the middle of the earphone product market, and whilst they are a little more expensive that most, the sound reproduction is very good, and that nice little touch of providing a little storage bag just adds that little bit of panache to this set of earphones. For me, they are durable and comfortable to wear for long periods. So overall, a 5* recommendation from me.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
As I am a big fan of music, my partner bought me these headphones because a) they are stylish and b) they are of a very high quality. These are the headphones that fit comfortably inside your ears. For me this is a little bit too much as it makes me wonder what sort of damage it can do to your ear drums. I have the white and pink version of these and I must admit they do look really nice, and when you turn the bass up and the sound up on an awesome tune, you feel right in the party mood. The other good thing about these is that they cancel out most of the background noise because they fit so tightly into your ears.
Skull candy headphones are designed in a funky punk kind of way and often use metallic colours making them stand out. The smoking buds range is somewhat different as it adds a kind of 'skater' appeal on to it. My partner bought these from HMV for around £20.00 which isn't too bad considering the quality of the headphones. One thing I do really like is the fact that they are so small and feel so comfortable not bulky or standing out which is something I feel the Apple headphones are like.
These headphones are brilliant when you are working out in the gym because the wire is quite long and also they will not fall out as they are fitted in tightly. These aren't the best headphones I have tried though because I find that beyond a certain volume, they start to show a weakness and blur parts of the music.
Thanks for reading.
I have been using the earphones that came with my ipod for about 6 months now, with constant disgust from most of my university mates that i wasn't getting the best sound possible, and that was more out there which would satisfy my listening needs to a much higher level. Thus, when i spotted some of these Skullcandy in-ear buds, at half price in my local music shop, i thought, how could i say no? I took them home and immediately got listening to them, and i truly am grateful that i did, as i really do now believe that these enhance the listening of your music. I am not sure if it is these or just in-ear plugs in general, as i have not used alternatives, but the product is good.
Basically, these differ to the traditional headphone by having an in-ear section to the headphone, rather than it sitting in your ear and sending sounds into it. This means you can have the sound on far quieter, as your ears are obviously a lot more sensitive in this area. The other plus is that it really cups out exterior sound, which is something i have a lot of trouble with, and even when you are not really listening to music, but have the earphones in, the outside world is much quieter, which proves that they really do eliminate outside sounds. Overall this, coupled with the already brilliant sound quality of the headphone, means that you get a fantastic listening experience.
The wire is extremely long, which can be an up or a downside, as when your stretching them it is great, but when your just walking into town it can become a bit of a pain, and can start running around your knees a bit, so really check the wire length on the box or online before you buy, just to make sure you are going to be happy with that aspect of the product.
Skullcandy are a really well known and recognised brand in this market, so you can be assured that you are buying quality. I have a friend who believes all earphones break so he just buys the cheapest, but these seem to be durable and are lasting me well. Glancing around at other reviews, other buyers seem to generally be in agreement with me on this matter.
I picked these up for just £12.99 in my local HMV, as there was a big sale on, but i think they are available online for about £25, which is a little steep but probably worth it, so have a good shop around and see if you can find yourself a bargain.
Good earphones - shop around for a bargain.
I have always had to buy headphones almost every other month due to their poor and cheap quality. Either one speaker or both stops working completely, the cord breaks or they're simply too quiet. The problem was i had never spent enough on decent headphones so I could be sure they would last. That was until I bought a Skullcandy pair. I had always wanted to get them but I only ever seem them selling for around £15 or more. I was buying something in my local TkMaxx one day when I spotted a snazzy blue pair of in-ear skullcandy headphones for only £9.99. They were even designer - Paul Frank. The monkey and the giraffe logos on the backs of the buds made the headphones stand out from the others next to them. I had to get them as I knew I would have a difficult job trying to get them any cheaper. It was amazing that I had managed to find them in blue to match my Ipod and my favourite colour.
I love the stripy pattern on the cord - which seems very strong and unlikely to break. The in-ear buds are great as you can listen to any music, rock, pop as loud as you wish without anyone complaining about the noise. I used to have this problem on the bus! I always found that flat headphones dropped out of my ears very easily but these stay in firmly without causing any discomfort. The cord length is fantastic at 1.3 metres which means it doesn't suddenly become impossibly short if you get a few knots in the cord. There are even two sets of spare buds included in the box - one large and one small. I thought the skullcandy stencil was an interesting addition - I won't be using it but it is a clever way of promoting the skullcandy brand. The Paul Frank art on the headphones would appeal to kids and highlights the way in which listening to music should be an enjoyable, fun experience. The sound quality is second to none as they are in-ear allowing the music and bass to be as loud as you'd like it! Obviously don't be too tempted to turn them to maximum volume as this could damage your hearing...
You can buy skullcandy headphones in many different colours, blue, red, black, silver, green or even metallic - again perfect for kids. I got mine for a bargain but prices range from around £9 to £40. £10 or £11 on Amazon for small buds and from £18 to £40 for large ones on Amazon. Play.com sells them for similar prices.
Overall: In-ear headphones are truly genius. Period.
Although skull candy cannot sometimes be the best in build quality, surprisingly these were pretty god for plastic headphones, they had a thin rubber cap where the wires connect to the earphones, to ensure that they will not pull out, this makes me more confident about the build quality. As being an owner of many many headphones at various price ranges, I can say that the number one problem I've had with skull candy headphones is that their cables pull out a lot. However if this does occur then there is no need to worry as skull candy's warranty is amazing and there will be no hesitation for them to replace them. The smoking buds come in a variety of colour combinations just as the usual skull candy colour range. However the headphones with more complex designs to come at a higher price. Depending on the design they are more or less, but the average price is £20.
The earphones come with the standard three tips, Small, Medium and Large. These have a rubberised matte feel which provide a soft grip, this means that they are more comfortable and stay in your ear more, this allows you to wear them for a greater period of time without causing discomfort or irritation. I could wear mine forever without taking them off. However there is a small thick rubber ring that seems to be created where the rubber ear tip and the ear bud itself meets, although this does not cause discomfort or affect you whilst listening, it does for some reason create a build up of wax, this can be difficult to clean p without removing the rubber ear tip. However, I do recommend that, whatever earphones you have, you clean them on a regular basis and remove the wax, for good hygiene and also a good listening experience. The earphones also have their own separate volume control this means that you do not have to constantly reach for your device in order to change the volume, it is within reach and can be adjusted easily. The earphones packaging is typical of skull candy, it is plastic and stiff. Although it can be a bit hard to remove it shouldn't take you too long. In the packaging you get the earbuds the rubber tips a small carrying case, and your warranty information. As well as a skull candy logo, stencil which is probably for vandalising things. These sound amazing, although the bass can be a bit muffled at times, overall they are able to cover the whole frequency spectrum and have no problem handling deep bass and dub-step-like highs.
These are definitely worth the money and compare very closely with higher end earphones such as the Full Metal Jackets also by Skull Candy.
So the other day I was curiously looking round HMV and had a brainwave that I needed some earphones (due to another pair of my sennheiser cx300 breaking) and went looking through the shelfs and found these...
Before today I had never bought a pair of Skullcandy due to friends saying their build quality was poor and the bass was good but ruined anything which wasn't 'Drum N'Bass', however I came across these and disregarded what my friends said due to being desperate for earphones.....
So, for £20 I expected something rather good.....
-Firstly, They do produce just above average sound quality and there is no tinnyness (if that it is a word) compared to buds such as the ones boxed with apple ipods (which would be better off not being shipped with the ipod at all).
-Secondly, the earphones can handle low basses quite well but nothing that blows your ears off or causes vibrations which for some would be a relief.
-Thirdly, The choice of colours is a big draw such as blue(which I bought), pink, black, etc. They do include other colours but personally its better when you can see them in person as they definitely look better than the pictures.
-There is just nothing special about them, maybe that's because I am used to the cx300's which have a much stronger bass and can handle acoustic and folk music much better
-There is quite a lot of sound leakage above half volume even though below that there is almost nil which I find is weird
-The in ear buds don't really feel very comfortable even though I am used to in ear buds, maybe that is just me not picking the right size for my ear but still it doesn't exactly help the listening experience
They just are spoilt by not having any star qualities and don't really excel in any category. Don't get me wrong, these aren't dreadful and they do not warrant a refund or being unused but simply there are better products on the market in the in-ear market.
After someone had stolen my genuine i-pod earphones, I really needed to buy another pair of earphones and was not sure what to buy. I had always been used to the earphones that just slip inside the ear and was reluctant to buy in-ear earphones but I went a head and bought them anyway.
However I was very pleasantly surprised. These are some of the most comfortable earphones I ave ever owned. The soft rubber slips inside your ears no problem and does not slip out like regular ear buds you get with an i-pod. Also, because they are in-ear and almost mould to the inside of your ear, and block out any surrounding noise - perfect for teenagers.
Sound was obviously an important factor as well and they also did not fail to disappoint in that area too. Songs with a lot of bass in them sound excellent with these. The main thing why the sound is so good with these earphones is because they don't sound tinny at all.
Also for the price (£14.99 - gift from my Dad and he can't remember where he bought them from, sorry), these are well worth buying. Most 'cheap' earphones are not as good quality of sound as these ones are.
The only problem to do have with these earphones is the external volume control. I tend not to use it anyway because I forget its there. It can also be irritating if it catches on clothes and can turn the volume up either really high or almost silent.
These earphones I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a new pair of earphones. The quality of is amazing, they are comfortable and they are great for those who do not want to spend a lot of earphones. I would say replace your old i-pod earphones for these!
The Skullcandy smoking buds, are low range in-ear headphones that promises to deliver good sound quality at a affordable cost.
I got the white/chrome colour from play.com for £17.99 (including free delivery). They come in various colours so you can colour coordinate which a lot of devices.
The features are gold plated connections, 9mm speaker, volume control and frequency range from 100-18000Hz.
The length of these headphones are 1.3m which is good as long as your a tidy person since I seem to get my headphones tangled up a lot. The come with 3 pairs of buds for different sizes of ears.
Now on actually using them, I found that the buds did not fit comfortably in my ears and after trying the other bud sizes they did not seem to fit nicely. On top of that they would seem to fall out but it might be only for me but my Sony in-ear headphones fitted rather nicely. The actual build on the headphones seemed to be a bi flimsy and the wire did not seem durable enough.
The actual sound quality of these headphones are ok but not amazing. The sound is loud and quite crisp with decent bass but they seem to carry a 'tinned' sound, as if the treble was bit too high for my liking. I adjusted the equalizer on my device with no success.
If your an audiophile then you should invest in some higher end headphones like some of the Sony range or if you have a higher budget than some Shure or beats by Dre. But for people that cannot tell much difference and want to spend less than £20 then you might want to check them out.
These cost me around 10.00 pound and for the money I cant fault them. They also come with spare plugs which is a great bonus. They hold very well in my ears and are extremly confortable. The sound and noise reductant is spot on. The sound is very crisp and I love the way they are setup for treble and bass. Its as if I'd done them myself just how I like it I also have a set of bose in ear headphones and too be honest the Bose one's are hardly noticably better. Especially when the Bose one's were 50.00+. The volume is also very good. Some headphones never seem to to be loud enough where as these go to volumes which hurt but still sound good. Little if any distortion when at very high volume. For 10.00 these are excellent value for money and an excellent product. 9 out of 10
although the rubber sleeve on these headphones does block out some outside noise, it brings about more problems than it solves.
every single movement of the wire, rubbing against anything or tapping into something is amplified into your ears. although it's not very noticeable when you have music on very loud, if you have quiet, or even moderate music on, or if you pause for any reason, instantly you are treated to a nails-on-blackboard style sound from the wires rubbing onto things.
some of the models of these headphones come with a fabric covered wire. this is really good for making the wire stronger; i've not had any problems with wires inside becoming exposed. It also seems to help stop tangling, maybe because the wire is a bit stiffer. It does however, seem to make much more of a noise than the plain plastic wires.
the headphones come with three sizes of rubber sleeves. the smallest size was the only ones I could comfortable wear. the rubber sleeves fit over the speaker and are held in place by their own elasticity. so when I lost one of the small rubber sleeves, and had to change to the medium sized ones, my headphones became an awful lot less comfortable. I suppose if you were a medium and you lost a sleeve you could change down. it might be more comfortable but i don't know if the headphones might fall out a bit more.
these headphones are of really good quality. they're well made and the sound quality is strong, even at high volumes. you do get better noise cancelling than you do with standard in ear headphones, but personally, I don't recommend them.