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We have some family visiting the US from Sweden and they are doing some shopping here. My cousin decided to spend around $30 from a store and pick up some Skullcandy earbuds, which are this model: http://www.amazon.com/Skullcandy-Titan-S2TTDZ-116-Black-Blue/dp/B004MWI5TA/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1324774489&sr=8-13

 

Anyway, I warned him to avoid Skullcandy but he went with them anyway. I listened to a part of a song with the IEM's and they were even worse than I expected. There was absolutely no bass response and the midrange was very muddy and flat. The midrange during a Synth riff sounded like there was a piece of plastic stuck in the IEM blocking the driver. It was extremely muddy. The treble was completely unbalanced and not sharp or crisp at all. They sounded like something you would get out of Apple earbuds.

 

Anyway, I need some help talking some sense into this guy, because that $30 was wasted. My $10 pair of Meelectronics earbuds kicks the crap out of the Skullcandy Titan. If you wouldn't mind I would appreciate some people explaining why Skullcandy earbuds are not great (poor build quality and marketed towards hipsters which know nothing about audio) and recommend some better earbuds in the $30 range. I will be showing him the responses. As long as the IEM's are under $40 it should be good. He mainly listens to bassier music (electronic, dubstep, etc).

 

I was going to recommend these, but lets hear your suggestions: http://www.amazon.com/MEElectronics-M21-BK-Headphones-iPhone-Players/dp/B004OBZ2TA/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1324774980&sr=1-2

 

http://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-BWAVZ-M1-M1-In-Ear-Headphones/dp/B004IK2EAW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1324775021&sr=1-1

post #2 of 4

Point him to Joker's thread and he can see how it stacks up (value 5/10) - http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-210-iems-compared-acs-t15-creative-aurvana-3-added-12-22-11

 

From a basshead perspective at that price point I'd go with the MEEletronics SP-51 - $34.99 Use the black plate and the bass is EXTREMELY deep.  I used to have Skullycandy Ink'd and the SP-51's blow them out the water.  Not only in how deep the bass is, but also clarity.  Non-fatiguing sound.  My only complaint is the fit is sometimes tricky and I need to wear them over-ear.

 

OR

 

Also at that price the Future Sonics Atrio-X is pretty good.  The SP-51 bass is a little deeper but the Atrio win in getting a good fit / seal.  Plus if he likes the Atrio sound, the new MG7 driver's are a huge upgrade in the future.  Cost more of course, but still the Atrio-X is a nice intro to the FS sound and they deliver good quality bass.

 

Can't really go wrong with both options and both are much better than the Skullcandy.

 

EDIT:  The JVC XtremeXplosives also have a good following around here and are supposed to be crazy bassy for the price.  I haven't heard them though so I can't say for sure.

 

 


Edited by DnB Sublimity - 12/24/11 at 5:24pm
post #3 of 4

If he likes the looks on those, then he should be happy with them. Since not everyone cares about sound quality.

post #4 of 4

I remember buying a pair of Skullcandy Titans way back when they first came out. They died on me in around a year...what a piece of junk.

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