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http://www.reddit.com/r/headphones/comments/13vvga/we_are_the_rd_division_of_skullcandy_ask_us/

 

After reading their posts and of course seeing their video with Innerfidelity, I am having my fingers crossed for good products to come from them for the future.

 

Any thoughts on their comments and posts?

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http://www.reddit.com/r/headphones/comments/13vvga/we_are_the_rd_division_of_skullcandy_ask_us/

 

After reading their posts and of course seeing their video with Innerfidelity, I am having my fingers crossed for good products to come from them for the future.

 

Any thoughts on their comments and posts?

 

I want to know how much of the R&D are the people at the head office actually doing comparing to the people at Shenzhen. IMO the people in China would have much more knowledge on the competition and adapting new techniques than their American counterparts. I wouldn't be surprised if they've already started poaching designers from other Chinese companies.

 

Also, one of the staff said that up until recently Skullcandy headphones had poor QC and build because they were OEM. Since they have their own "engineering" department now, I assume they meant ODM - that is, they simply rebranded other headphones made by some company in China. Overall, this Q&A session revealed little about Skullcandy's intentions.


Edited by mbamg - 11/28/12 at 1:43pm
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It's PR crap to me.

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It's PR crap to me.

 

Exactly. We need more people here with knowledge of the Chinese market to single out the good companies. Bypass the brands and go straight to the source.

 

Speaking of which, Cresyn still doesn't have much of a reputation here on head-fi...


Edited by mbamg - 11/28/12 at 1:52pm
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It seems like with the Aviator Skullcandy proved they can make a decent headphone, the only problem is that many who tried the Aviator didn't think it was worth the price. It isn't just about making good headphones, but about making good headphones that are a good value. JVC seems to now be the value leader in headphones. They make some headphones that retail for under $50 which sound excellent.

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It seems like with the Aviator Skullcandy proved they can make a decent headphone, the only problem is that many who tried the Aviator didn't think it was worth the price. It isn't just about making good headphones, but about making good headphones that are a good value. JVC seems to now be the value leader in headphones. They make some headphones that retail for under $50 which sound excellent.

 

JVC probably has the upper hand when it comes to scale, though. Not to mention they have a much larger, better-funded, and experienced R&D department.

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It seems like with the Aviator Skullcandy proved they can make a decent headphone, the only problem is that many who tried the Aviator didn't think it was worth the price. It isn't just about making good headphones, but about making good headphones that are a good value. JVC seems to now be the value leader in headphones. They make some headphones that retail for under $50 which sound excellent.

I haven't heard any of the new ones, but I will have to disagree. I haven't heard too many (like 4-5 in the past year) that were headphones and they all had that thin cardboardy sound.

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JVC probably has the upper hand when it comes to scale, though. Not to mention they have a much larger, better-funded, and experienced R&D department.

Yeah this. Their new Victor series have been very very well received and Phillips is making a comeback and Sony is as well.

 

JVC,Sony, Phillips, and Skullcandy are all making a comeback(or..in SullCandy's case, they are standing up to the podium finally)

but they are still very focused on the consumer market as a first priority. None the less, the fact that they even have a few out right now that are very well received is a good sign.

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I haven't heard any of the new ones, but I will have to disagree. I haven't heard too many (like 4-5 in the past year) that were headphones and they all had that thin cardboardy sound.

Yeah this. Their new Victor series have been very very well received and Phillips is making a comeback and Sony is as well.

 

JVC,Sony, Phillips, and Skullcandy are all making a comeback(or..in SullCandy's case, they are standing up to the podium finally)

but they are still very focused on the consumer market as a first priority. None the less, the fact that they even have a few out right now that are very well received is a good sign.

Which JVC headphones did you dislike? My take is that Skullcandy is more about style than sound quality. While many seem to like the sound quality on the Aviator, they question whether it is worth $120+. There are several  headphone makers that focus on style though, so it isn't just Skullcandy. Let's see if Skullcandy can make a headphone that many head-fiers like that retails for under $50.


Edited by JK1 - 12/11/12 at 1:03pm
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Which JVC headphones did you dislike? My take is that Skullcandy is more about style than sound quality. While many seem to like the sound quality on the Aviator, they question whether it is worth $120+. There are a number of headphone makers that focus on style though, so it isn't just Skullcandy. Let's see if Skullcandy can make a headphone that many head-fiers like which retails for under $50.

A lot of them. I would say 90% of their headphones. I didn't care for the HARX and I know a LOT of $20 and sub earbuds around campus.

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Which HA-RX did you try? i like the HA-S series, especially the very inexpensive HA-S160 and the HA-S650. Many here on head-fi love the new HA-S400 and HA-S500.

The HA-RX700 and HA-RX900 received good reviews, but the lower models in the HA-RX series weren't liked so much.

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Which HA-RX did you try? i like the HA-S series, especially the very inexpensive HA-S160 and the HA-S650. Many here on head-fi love the new HA-S400 and HA-S500.

The HA-RX700 and HA-RX900 received good reviews, but the lower models in the HA-RX series weren't liked so much.

HARX700 and the XX and marshmellows

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HARX700 and the XX and marshmellows

The Marsmallows aren't  so good. The JVC XX IEMs are the HA-FX1x and HA-FX101. The much newer HA-FX101 is much better than the HA-FX1x.Try the HA-FX101 and HA-FX40. Try the HA-S400, HA-S500, HA-S650, and HA-M750 headphones.


Edited by JK1 - 12/11/12 at 5:40pm
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The Marsmallows aren't  so good. The JVC XX IEMs are the HA-FX1x and HA-FX101. The much newer HA-FX101 is much better than the HA-FX1x.Try the HA-FX101 and HA-FX40. Try the HA-S400, HA-S500, HA-S650, and HA-M750 headphones.

Slow down there buddy. I tried most of these IEM's while on vacation (found an awesome electronics super store), I don't have any JVC's of proper quality sold in stores near me.

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The Marsmallows aren't  so good. The JVC XX IEMs are the HA-FX1x and HA-FX101. The much newer HA-FX101 is much better than the HA-FX1x.Try the HA-FX101 and HA-FX40. Try the HA-S400, HA-S500, HA-S650, and HA-M750 headphones.
These lines are all somewhat on the bass heavy side.
So in terms of how good they sound would really depend on what kind of sound you're looking for.

The HA-M750 did bring me into Head-Fidom (was looking to find ways to reduce the kind of bloaty muddy bass) and I did quite like the rest of the sound. The build quality seemed excellent but it didn't take too long to realize it certainly was not as good as it seemed. I got them near release, so it was pretty up there as a price. Back then it was still new technology so it can't be helped.

Good value? yes. Truly good? debatable.
But all my regards and respect to JVC/Victor. In fact I quite like what they're doing.
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