Doing something a little different today, going to be reviewing / giving an opinion on some headphones. Last week I got a pair of replacement headphones from Skullcandy to replace my pair of broken T.I. headphones which are so nice, when I found out I couldn’t get the T.I.s replaced I ordered another pair.The replacements are in fact their Skullcrusher brand with a nifty little base boost do-dad. However, there are several things wrong with them.
To start, I really have not liked the direction that Skyllcandy has chosen for any of their headphone products. They’re marked more on the ‘street’ and ‘urban’ style rather than you know, making a good product. Why do I say this? Because the first pair of T.I. Headphones I got lasted nearly 2 years before suffering from catastrophic break down of the wire (which is typical of any headphones). Hell, I broke off the ear pad of my headphones and had to super glue it together again. But they worked until one speaker went dead. The problem was however I had to wait forever for a replacement since they didn’t carry the basic black T.I. Headphones any more and the current run of replacements ran from gaudy gold to fuck ugly fuzzy pink.
So I opted to wait for the new styles to come out in hopes of something as basic and neutral as black. And when I did hear back, the style only got worse. The best I could get out of the current run that wasn’t fuzzy or brighter than a supernova was the Glen Plaid style which are not bad at all. Fast forward about 8 months and they’re broken again via shitty wire connection. Once again replaced only to break (the same way too) for a third time.
Now apparently the people who do the replacing in Canada don’t carry the TIs any more and so had to give me the Skullcrushers. However they sent me the style listed as ‘Peace Love Noise’.This is what they look like:
I mean, I can’t expect them to know I’m a guy, as much as my name is a dead give away, but who can honestly say they want to be seen in public with those on? It’s a chaotic mess of hot mess dressed in hot pink / peach. So after several e-mail exchanges and some phone calls I was able to get them shipped back and replaced with another style since they’re ass hats and wouldn’t send me the TIs.
This is what I got back:
They don’t look as bad, but the sound on them is awful. While waiting for these to get back I did get a totally new pair of TIs which totally helped me discover this problem. The comparison between them is almost night and day. The Skullcrushers have a good lack of range and sound high-pitched and tinny which is not something I want at all in my headphones. Even with the base booster, it’s still bad and the base boost doesn’t even sound that awesome in and itself because it makes everything sound like shit if you have the volume too high on it.
In comparison the TIs have a near perfect range to them and a volume control to boot! And there isn’t even that big of a price difference between them (I think it’s about $10 which is worth it to listen to your music and not have it sound like shit). Realistically the Skullcrushers sound like oversized ear buds and not like proper DJ style headphones, which is really disappointing. I mean really the only upside the Skullcrushers have over the TIs is the compact size and maybe the dual wires, but I really like the single wire look so my shit doesn’t get tangled.
I think perhaps when both headphones eventually bite the dust, I’m going to seek out a new brand because I’m tired of Skullcandy’s bullshit quality control and fantastically retarded artistic design and style. Its getting to be too much and I really want to know the demographic they’re aiming for to push these headphones on so I can go punch them in the face and ask ‘What’s wrong with you?! Why do you like this shit?’
But if you must get some Skullcandy headphones, get the good kind. Get a pair of the TIs while they’re still around and before they make them look any worse.