So way back I really railed on how shitty Skullcandy’s Skullcrusher headphones are in comparison to the Ti line that cost $10 more. Since then a good number of people have come to my blarg after searching for some sort of search involving ‘Skullcandy review headphones’ ect. And in addition since I like the Ti so much I think it’s high time I give them a little loving and a proper review.
So way back in 2008 I believe, my girlfriend at the time was very kind and thoughtful and got me a pair of Skullcandy Ti headphones as you see to the left. I was a little skeptical at the time because I really am not a fan of things with a lot of flash and bling to them, but they were a gift and they were not as bad as the other alternatives out there.
This was a bit of a change for me. I really wasn’t too big of a fan Dj headphones, up until I got the Ti headphones I was mostly rocking the street style, behind the head headphones. The reason for this was I was mostly wearing hats and those kind tend to interfere less with hat wearing. However, the Ti are hella comfortable and I decided I could change my lifestyle a bit to accommodate.
The Ti go beyond just looking slick and feeling comfortable. The sound quality that comes from them is far beyond any other pair of headphones you’re going to find. The sound is clear and crisp as well the bass is noticeable and doesn’t require a battery operated add-on to balance out the lack of low tones.
With each pair, Skullcandy tosses in some nice little add-ons. An extension cable which doubles the cord length, a pouch to keep them in, additional ear pads incase you happen to wear them out or would just like another colour (the newer ear pads are angled instead of flat) and a Skullcandy stencil, but I think all headphones come with that. And with all Skullcandy products they have a lifetime warranty which is really broken into two categories; general breakage and abuse breakage. Abuse gets you 50% off next purchase and general gets you free replacement.
Now with that said, I’ve had a hell of a time with the quality of Skullcandy headphone products. The first pair, the black ones, I managed to put through hell and back. They were very worn and I very nearly busted off one of the speakers. Since getting the black Ti headphones replaced, I’ve found that the quality has gone down hill on them. The problem is with the wiring which I’m assuming is a very common problem. I don’t think it helps that I wear them outside in the winter, but it’s always been that the sound goes in the left speaker or becomes dull in both speakers.
Skullcandy knows damn well about this, so much so when doing the online replacement they have a part where you fill out which speaker(s) have gone on it. Then you send it off to Utah and in a few weeks you get your replacement sent back. Since getting the Black ones replaced, this has happened to me approx every 6-10 months of usage. Considering that these are not cheap headphones and for the most part are really high quality, it bothers me that Skullcandy hasn’t stepped up to make sure that the assembly quality is just as good. Otherwise they just seem to look like over priced cheap made headphones.
Finally, I wish they had some variety to the styles. I mean they do have a huge selection of styles to choose from, but for a long time they’ve lacked anything basic or not as fucking loud as people are probably going to turn them up to. The headphones are large enough and obvious that I don’t need to have them bright pink, fuzzy or with an insane pattern to make that point more obvious. Below are the styles that have which proves my point.
And on a bit of a downer note, it seems like Skullcandy is working to discontinue the Ti line which worries me a bit and I hope they don’t replace them with shitty Skullcrusher line.