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I have decided the flimsy in ear headphones I have used with my portable music device just don't give me enough on long train commutes, I can still hear the guy sat next to me explaining to his mate on the phone how hammered he got last night, or the couple bickering about what they are going to have for dinner next tuesday, so I decided to upgrade and go for some overear headphones that would provide added comfort and block out the world.
I went for Skullcandy TI headphones as the reviews on here were very positive, initially I thought they looked great, nice black style which is understated and cool, the over head strap was comfortable and adjustable and it felt comfortable and looked quite cool too. I would however say that I can remember why we stopped using these kind of headphones, after use your ears are sweaty and the headphones do build up some real heat.
I think on this basis overall I would recommend it, comfort and how it looks, unfortunately I found that for the price I paid (£36.99 from Play.com), it was overpriced and simply didn't offer the sound quality I had anticipated.
The sound is mixed, the bass is prominent and it can contain some fairly loud beats, I listened to some old drum and bass from General Levy and SL2 on a Ragga Tip and the sounds were booming, but with more subtle albums such as Spiritualized's 'Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space', or Pet Sounds, I found that some of the interesting background sounds that mark these albums above most were slightly inhibited and muffled. The noise cancelling mechanism isn't perfect either, however the volume control is superb and you can really go from gentle to blow your ears off loud with ease. The cable provided is fairly short and this can be frustrating, especially if like me you have a very long body, the cord is 50cm long, so I can't have my MP3 in my back pocket and sometimes have to accomodate the speakers rather than the other way around, there is an extender cable to add a further 70cm, but this does mean you have too long a wire (I know I sound fussy, but I think for the price paid I would rather just have a decent length cable without all the extra hassle).
The headphones are comfortable and lightweight weighing about 300g, they do take up some space in my bag (I have had to change using my briefcase to a rucksack to accomodate these with my laptop for the daily commute, however, the difference between the vinyl and furry earpads provided is totally negligible.
The headphones come with the aforementioned ear pads which are purely aesthetic, a carrying bag, a mini plug and the extender cable, they look cool in their bag and on you, they are fairly decent but not top of the range as I had hoped.
The cable and the slightly tinny sound at times marks this down, therefore I can only give these a 3 out of 5, they look 5 out of 5 but perform 2 out of 5 so I have to give them a middle grade. I am planning to replace these and would suggest to serious music fans its worth looking elsewhere, the sound quality watching films on my laptop is average at best and for this price I had hoped for so much more.
I'm a huge music lover, and therefore never leave the house without my MP3 player. I used to buy the small earphones that fit nicely in your ear, and were satisfied with the sound quality produced; however I found that they broke ever so quickly.
My typical pair of earphones would last about 3 or 4 months, and it's not as if I was being rough with them, and it's not as if they would snap; the sound would simply cut out on one side.
After becoming fed up of the constant buying of £10/£15 earphones, I decided to invest in these bad boys! The Skullcandy Ti's. True, they are expensive and can usually range from around £50 - £60, however I had a quick search on ebay and found a brand new pair of these for £45.
They are definitely worth the money as I've had these for about a year now and they are still working, although I did snap it slightly, but they still work OK. This is because, when you extend the headphones, the extensions are fairly thin plastic, and being rough with them just doesn't work.
Skullcandy provide a lifetime warranty with their products, which is great! If they break on their own, Skullcandy will instantly replace them with a new pair, free of charge. If you are responsible for the breaking of the product, Skullcandy will offer you a new product half-price. Fantastic!
These headphones are very bulky and have proven to me to be very strong, besides the extensions. They are very comfortable to wear and the sound quality is excellent! Everything sounds amazing with these on. On top of all that, they look super cool. I often get compliments about my headphones, and they do turn heads.
Overall, I think these are great. You just need to be careful with the more delicate parts of the headphones and don't be too rough with them.
I give the Skullcandy Ti's a 9/10!
The Skullcandy TI is an in the mid-range headphone set designed to look fashionable.
A usual the headphones are completely adjustable but i dont feel they do sit 100% right. The speakers are 40mm titanium ones; says the handbook...for enhanced sound quality.
The unique selling point for these headphones however is to be a fashion statement with the graphic designs and detailing, the headband has also had some attention payed it it.
3.5mm gold plated stereo plug
interchangeable ear pads
a travel bag
6.3mm gold plated stereo adapter
maximum power input of 400mW
Frequency range: 100 - 18,000 Hz
These headphones overall give good quality sound and they look absolutely amazing, good for if your trying to follow a style and be an individual. They also come in many different colours and styles so you can always have a wide variety or even have more than one set, they are worth it.