Product Type: Skullcandy headphones
Newest Review: ... 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 albu... more
Look great but fairly average overall
Member Name: paulie1975
Advantages: Look great
Disadvantages: Fairly weak sound quality, lead is too short
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.
Summary: Look great but fairly average overall
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