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Question about Skullcandy Lowrider headphones, and maybe any alternatives?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
My cheap earbuds stopped working last night for some reason, so today after I got home, I headed to Circuit City to look for some headphones. I really didn't want earbuds, so I looked at the Skullcandy Lowriders:

http://www.skullcandy.com/shop/lowrider-p-26.html

They were $40 as the link says, which didn't seem too bad. However, after looking through the forums here, I noticed that Skullcandy as a brand hasn't received very many favorable testimonies.

So, are these really that bad, or should I look for another set? If so, any particular brand/model? $40 is pretty much my limit.

Thanks a lot
post #2 of 20
First off, Welcome to Head-Fi.

If you have had a chance to dig around in the forums here, you'll find that Skullcandy headphones tend to be more style over substance. They're packaged to look good (in the eye of the beholder), but usually don't offer anything in the way of good or stellar sound.

Given the $40 limit you're asking, I'll peg the selection of phones I've tried which come in that range and sound good:

Sennheiser HD201-Good sound and closed design, but definitely need an amp to realize their full potential

Sennheiser PX100-Excellent portable phones that can fold up and have their own case. Good overall response if not slightly dark bass

Koss PortaPro/KSC 35-My favorites in the selection, sonically close to the Sennheiser although maybe a little darker in the bass.

Koss KSC 75-These can typically be found for $25 or lower and are one of the best bang for the buck headphones available. Sonically similar to the PortaPro and KSC 35, but had sparklier highs and the bass is toned down slightly.
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
The PX100s look pretty good, and those were one of the ones I was thinking of when making this topic.

However, do you have any recommendations that are closed supraaural, I think is the correct term? I dunno, I just like the way they feel better for some reason.
post #4 of 20
Try to save about 60 and get the Grado SR60. The best for under 100.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
I would do that, but the only problem is that right now I have no headphones at all, so I'd like to get some now =\
post #6 of 20
I think you mean close circumaural. The ones that go around your ears, rather than on top (supra). Don't get the SR60 if you want closed. SR60 fans get a bit carried away it seems and just recommend them no matter what
post #7 of 20
iGrado or KSC75
post #8 of 20
Sennheiser has a few budget phones, the HD200, I believe, gets a glowing review over HERE.
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kpeezy View Post
I think you mean close circumaural. The ones that go around your ears, rather than on top (supra). Don't get the SR60 if you want closed. SR60 fans get a bit carried away it seems and just recommend them no matter what
Well, circumaurals feel nice, from the ones I've demo'd at various places. But I think they are a little too bulky for me, unless they're really worth it.

The SR60s look good, but are a little too pricey for me ATM. The PX100's look good, but again, the closed supraaural design isn't quite my cup of tea, so to say.
post #10 of 20
Ahhhhhh, okay. Well, the Koss Porta Pros are an old favorite. And the design hasn't changed much. There's the K27i, they're about $35-40 shipped.
post #11 of 20
Beyerdynamic DT880's! (That wasn't serious I just received them today and I'm ecstatic about them )

I've heard a lot of good things about the KSC-75's, plus you'll have some extra money to throw around.
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hmm...well...change of plans

I returned the Skullcandy set and ordered a Zune for ~$100. I also bought some $10 Koss earbuds from Circuit City, then when I cash my paycheck tomorrow (it slipped my mind until just now), I'll order some from Amazon. I'm really looking towards the HD202s.
post #13 of 20
Ugh they have pictures of che guevara on their site.
post #14 of 20
The HD202's should be a good buy, Headroom has them pinned as a good budget phone in their review.

Hope you enjoy them.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by pickwick View Post
Ugh they have pictures of che guevara on their site.
Skullcandy? Yeah, the way the whole company presents itself gets on my nerves for some reason.

Quote:
Originally Posted by shomie911 View Post
The HD202's should be a good buy, Headroom has them pinned as a good budget phone in their review.

Hope you enjoy them.
Me, too

Thanks.
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