Skullcandy Smokin Buds
Skullcandy Earbud Headphones Review
The Skullcandy Smokin Buds may not be the best headphones for everyone, but if they fit you they're certainly worth consideration.
With a wide range of color choices, some of which for less than $20, if they do fit you you're almost certain to find a look that you'll like.
Sound reproduction is good for the money.
Skullcandy is a recent entrant into the headphone market, only being founded in 2003.
In that time they've managed to displace some of the more established manufacturers, which is no small feat. Best known for targeting action sports and youth consumers they've grown into the more general consumer market as well.
Based out of Park City, Utah Skullcandy is philanthropically active as a donor to breast cancer prevention and treatment initiatives. They donate a portion of the proceeds from every pink product they sell to charity.
Collaborations and sponsorships with musicians and other action sports brands rounds out their regular dealings.
The Skullcandy Smokin Buds headphones are a bit of a hybrid between in-ear and ear bud headphones. They sit in the ear canal, but don't go in as far as most in-ear style headphones do.
This is good for those who want better sound isolation without having to put something uncomfortably deep into their ears or spend more for special sound canceling models.
They come with silicone gel tips for added comfort and each pair of headphones include a few extras.
The design is more organic feeling than most of the Skullcandy line-up, forgoing the industrial brushed metal look for a curving, more flowing design. Though like all Skullcandy's they come in a wide range of colors to suit your tastes.
The sound quality is middling everywhere except in bass, where it shines. The gold-plated 3.5mm connector is said to help improve sound quality.
Being smaller headphones these are easily powered by even the smallest of portable players. Allowing for you to tune out the world in noisy areas like trains or airplanes without disturbing those around you.
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Sadly, though this product has some drawbacks which don't make a clear cut winner in most cases.
The most notable drawback of the Skullcandy Smokin Buds is that they just don't stay in the ear all that well, which is quite uncomfortable. With them being a mix between an earbud and an in-ear seems to be the reason for this. Most people aren't going to be happy with them slipping out all the time.
On the sound quality front most people aren't going to be truly happy with any non-bass heavy song coming through these headphones.
The cord is of mediocre quality as well. Improper storage (wrapping them around something) could easily lead these headphones to decrease in sound quality and eventually cease functioning altogether.
In a company known for targeting the action sports market this is an especially disappointing result. Startlingly enough they've often been known to fall out without very much movement from the wearer. This shouldn't happen with any headphones this frequently.
If they fit in your ear you'll and you enjoy bass heavy music like hip-hop or D'N'B you probably won't be able to find a better pair of headphones for the money.
But if you're like most people and simply can't get them to sit in your ear properly than they wouldn't be worth your money. That isn't to say don't give these a chance as some people report stellar results and couldn't be happier, just that these people are far from the majority.
If you're not too attached to the styling a good alternative is the INK'd in-ear headphones also from Skullcandy.
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