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Post  rob on Sun May 10, 2009 6:28 pm

Like many other music-lovers I do enjoy a good sounding pair of headphones. But when it comes to picking out something fashionable your choices pretty much narrow down to either earbuds/In-ear or your preferred style full size ones. However, I think Skullcandy phones look abominable and the ones that I've to listened have sounded like a garbage can with a 2 inch speaker in it. What is up with the flashy bling mega-size headphones that don't even sound half decent. I thought the point of having a pair of larger headphones is comfort and more realistic sound reproduction. Look at them :



I usually stick with my earbuds since they're so easy to pocket and remove from my ears when someone talks to me. Their sound is not always to my satisfaction and that is when I opt for my bigger cans.
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Re: Skullcandy headphones

Post  GAB on Sun May 10, 2009 9:58 pm

Rob! Glad you're here.
(I logged in to the new SimpSyn at the same time I signed up here ... still no luck over there ... "inactive" is all I get when I try to log in.)

I'm with you on this one.
Part of me cares so much about the music that I'm tempted to spend hundreds and make the most out of portable music. Another part of me, though, recognizes that I'd rather listen to a band I love through a scratchy radio feed coming from a station that's too far away ... if the only other option is the "flavor of the month" from the current Top 40 with perfect sound reproduction.

The thing that tips things for me, always, is avoiding the gaudiness of some headphones. Just can't do it, at least not walking down the street anyway.

Part of me likes the fact that I can hear what most people are saying while listening to the over-the-ear headphones. Sometimes others don't realize I can hear them, too, and it's not always pretty. If my discreet headphones seem to rub some people the wrong way, I can't imagine how they'd respond to the image you posted. Those are full-on commando headphones!
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Post  weathereye on Sun May 10, 2009 10:45 pm

I have about a dozen sets of headphones, none of them expensive. My main models are two different Sony jobs, both of the over-the-head variety. I use those while working, recording or movie-watching at home. One pair, MDR-X100, is hear-thru, so I can hear kids when necessary. One pair, MDR-V150, cuts everything out. Then I have a few different pairs of earbuds, some from Apple, one pair from Sony, and a pair of SkullCandy in-ear jobs that work pretty well when I'm out mowing the lawn or hiking.

Confession: My favourite pair of earbuds cost $5 at Wal-Mart three years ago. I bought them in a pinch, because I'd misplaced my Apple pair, and intended to use them just that afternoon. But they sounded fantastic, and came with customizable silicon adapters to fit my ears perfectly. I lost them a few months later, and found them again last fall while taking old jackets to the Salvation Army. Check those pockets? I use them a lot.

I also buy a lot of earbuds at the dollar store. Most come with two or three sets of those replacement foam covers, which cost two or three times as much when you buy them on your own. So I have a pile of $1 earbuds in a tangle in a box. Someday, I will make them into art.
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Re: Skullcandy headphones

Post  rob on Mon May 11, 2009 6:01 am

GAB wrote:Rob! Glad you're here.
(I logged in to the new SimpSyn at the same time I signed up here ... still no luck over there ... "inactive" is all I get when I try to log in.)

Thanks ! I see you're on there now. That must've been a week of frustration for you.

Apart from the major hurdle I have with the skullcandy look ( Pink,Chrome and all that) , it's the reputation of normal pragmatic headphones wearers that's affected. Be it by scene kids trying to be cool with a pair of headphones around their neck without even listening to music or Nintendo DS anime ladies with everything in white and pink. On multiple occasions I've heard people comment on large headphone users and conclude that they must be 'trying to be cool' without even considering that there are people around who's aim it is to have realistic sound on the move.

That aside, I am not as socially insecure as to actually give a snot what people think about me but it sure is something that niggles inside me whenever I hear someone speak up about headphones. Usually , it's the people who buy an Ipod for as GAB puts it ' the flavour of the month' Top40 songs. Not that there's anything wrong with that per se. It's mainly the short-sightedness in this area , not the people themselves. I guess it's another irrational Nerd Hurdle. Are there any rational nerd hurdles? Probably not. I'm grateful for having this forum to vent some of that Hurdleism into the webtubes.
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Re: Skullcandy headphones

Post  Marius on Mon May 11, 2009 7:30 am

Are these headphones really catching on? I've only seen one of my students with a pair, and she only wore them once. Seems to me it's a ploy by a company to create a niche that doesn't exist and exploit it.
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Re: Skullcandy headphones

Post  Jakob on Mon May 11, 2009 9:06 am

I haven't seen any bullet belt headphones in Toronto yet. My main hurdle with Skullcandy is the buds break if you so much as breathe on them. They sound great and are comfortable but then need to be constructed a bit sturdier for me to shell out for another set.
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Re: Skullcandy headphones

Post  rob on Mon May 11, 2009 9:24 am

I reckon it's a local thing then here. Let's hope it doesn't spill over to other places in the world.
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Post  mediasaurusrex on Mon May 11, 2009 4:09 pm

They are popular here in CA.

They are pricey too.

Gimmick or not, I want to play with those damn bullets.
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Post  ori-STUDFARM on Mon May 11, 2009 4:17 pm

I may have to make some of my own..........I think it's do-able!!
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Re: Skullcandy headphones

Post  mediasaurusrex on Mon May 11, 2009 4:23 pm

Yeah, with real .50 caliber bullets.

Post a pic when you are done plz.
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Re: Skullcandy headphones

Post  ro karen on Thu May 14, 2009 4:49 pm

That's the pair of headphones that I have on when I record SB66!

I kid, I kid. We all know that this is what I wear when I'm listening to the Admiral and Weathereye:

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Post  ori-STUDFARM on Thu May 14, 2009 4:50 pm

I think Mrs Studfarm has one of those....just not for her ears!! Shocked
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