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What, no love for skullcandys?

post #1 of 27
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Before the bullets start flying, I'm curious to hear some opinions on the Smokin' Buds or FMJs that fill the shelves of big box electronic retailers everywhere.

I have to admit before I came here, the search for in-ear phones was pretty discouraging - I didn't feel like I had much of a choice.

I ended up getting the Creative EP-630s, but the Skullcandys were on my list of considerations (ignorance is bliss...the Atrio M5 is now starting to look interesting...).

So what is it about them? Is it just their shameless ultra-slick marketing and eye-catching packaging that lure in the proles? Or are they really that terrible of an earphone for an absurd price? (the SBs go for $40 CDN and the FMJs are $80 CDN)
post #2 of 27
I personally don't like them. I've tried 3 models (2 of the most expensive ones) and all of them sounded terrible to my ears.
You can search and you should find more bad than good words about the skullcandys.
Just keep in mind that you must audition these before buying ...
post #3 of 27
the creative EP-630s are excellent ear canal earphones. they use the same drivers employed by the sennheiser CX300s, which also cost 80 dollars retail.

those should be fine for your portable needs. dont buy skullcandys. my friend bought them from a hot topic in the mall. and i listened to them. they are an attempt to make full size headphones fashionable, and yes they do look cool.

if youre looking for headphones, well be glad to help you though
post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by gatmog View Post
I ended up getting the Creative EP-630s, but the Skullcandys were on my list of considerations (ignorance is bliss...the Atrio M5 is now starting to look interesting...).
Good choice on the EP-630. Tried Smokin Bud and hate it very much.

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.... they use the same drivers employed by the sennheiser CX300s,...
No, no, no. They don't use the same drive.
post #5 of 27
forget full metals, you can get much more clarity w/ super.fi 3's...only about $60-$70
post #6 of 27
ep630's are terrible compared to the super.fi 3's
post #7 of 27
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ep630's are terrible compared to the super.fi 3's
Of course... but do you really need to double post?
post #8 of 27
M5's ftw! u won't regret it i promise
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post


No, no, no. They don't use the same drive.

rumors are theyre made in the same factor, not necessarily same driver. They definitely sound similar, but tweaked none the less.
post #10 of 27
sry should have done an edit :/, but please i went back yesterday and listened to my ep-630's again and said f*** that.
post #11 of 27
I dont like Skullcandies. They sound like bigger Apple ear buds taped to the end of a pvc pipe. A kid at camp said that his Skullcandies were just as good as my E500s and I threw my older metal PMP at him, which hit him in the face.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
I dont like Skullcandies. They sound like bigger Apple ear buds taped to the end of a pvc pipe. A kid at camp said that his Skullcandies were just as good as my E500s and I threw my older metal PMP at him, which hit him in the face.
A little violent there aren't we...
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by rwest1389 View Post
rumors are theyre made in the same factor, not necessarily same driver. They definitely sound similar, but tweaked none the less.
They are made by the same Japanese OEM manufacturer, but don't sound the same, nor use the same driver. CX300 has better treble (harsh) and uncontrolled bass. EP-630 has very smooth and warm low end but lacks detail. They don't sound anything like each other.

EP-630:
Frequency Response: 6Hz ~ 23kHz
Sensivity: 106dB

CX300:
Frequency Response: 18Hz ~ 21kHz
Sensivity: 112dB
post #14 of 27
Choosing my first pair of $100+ headphones, I came to a stand-off between a pair of the full-size skullcandys and the Bose Triports. I chose the triports and guess I chose the lesser of two evils?..or is it the other way around?
post #15 of 27
save up some money and get the er4p. this has been mentioned before but i'll say it again.........really get a good seal with them, and you will haveone of the best iem. then dont go back here again
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