First off, while I'm newly registered I've been a long time lurker.
For the past 6 months or so I've been considering getting a decent pair of headphones. I enjoy listening to music and the certain level of relaxation that can come with kicking back with some good music and a pair of headphones on. Anyways, after receiving a Apple store gift card I figured I'd use it to pick up a new pair of headphones without shelling out a lot of cash.
I went to the Apple store and found a mediocre selection of headphones. I made note of what was available and tried a few pairs of headphones (Klipsh Ones, Aviators, Beats) and came back here to to some research. The beats were out because while the sound isolation was great, they sounded "meh". The Klipsch were good sounding but a little 'bass-heavy'. The aviators felt comfortable, sounded good and I liked the 'retro' look they had. I read reviews on here which were fairly positive, especially the CES review. So i bit the bullet.
I picked up the brown/gold pair and brought them home. The headphones sounded good and I put a few hours on them that day. I initially used them on my iPhone 4 and then my MBP and was happy. Happy until I tried to use the in-line controls, I tried to pause and it wouldn't pause. Then I tried to make the volume go up and it stuck and increased the volume to the point that I had to remove the headphones. I checked on my i4 and it exhibited similar problems. No biggie I thought, I'll take them back and get another pair.
The next day I took them back and got another pair. This time the black/silver version. Brought them home and listened on my Mac, my receiver, phone and ipad. No problems, everything works great and I'm happy listening to music on pretty good sounding cans.
Fast forward a week and I just grabbed my headphones to listen to some music on my computer. I plugged them into the receptacle on the side of my laptop and listen. Nothing. I hit volume up on my keyboard and the sound is playing out of my Macs speakers. Bizarre, so I look and make sure they are in the right receptacle. Yep, sure are. I pull to make sure they are snug - jack comes right out. WTF? I look closely at them, the tip is missing?! Grab a flashlight, look inside laptop - nope not there. Look inside iPhone, nope, not there. Look inside receiver, nope, not there. Look at iPad and there it was, a little wire was sticking out of the headphone jack. I grabbed a pair of pliers and pulled it out. Thankfully came out in one piece and no damage to the iPad.
I'm going to return these tomorrow but I'm EXTREMELY hesitant to buy another pair of Aviators since they are built about as well as an old Pontiac Fiero.
If Apple gives me ALL my money back then I'd probably head over to Amazon (since I have Prime) and get something different there. I'm thinking M50's but then I hear good things about Sennheiser. Can anyone recommend good cans in the $150-$175 range that are available on Amazon.com?
If Apple will only give me back the balance of the gift card then I'm stuck purchasing something there like the Klipsch ones or some V-Moda crossfades. Neither of which I'm terribly interested in but would probably do the Klipsch's.
That's it - sorry about the rant. I just had to get this out and let people know that while those Aviators certainly raise the bar for the sound quality that Skullcandy can produce, they are still the same old Skullcandy build quality.