I quote "I really can't think of a better sounding, full-sized, sealed headphone in the $300 price range" from the innerfidelity of the Skullcandy Mix Master review. Got one for 80$. Wouldn't have considered Skullcandy had I not read about them becoming an OEM with their own R&D team, and I caught the sale right after skimming the Innerfidelity review.
They're quite nice. Very comfortable, with some unique features like memory foam pads, ambidextrous plugs, coiled cable with a reinforced angled plug, and automatically switching to mono if you rotate an earpiece. I like the features, the 80$ was worth those I think. Finest pleather in all the land, really didn't think pleather could be this nice.
I did quite a bit of research before finally buying. Do these really count as "audiophile" or at least mid-grade equipment? MSRP of 300$ and some glowing reviews. Regarding the actual sound, IMO they're just OK. Listening to a variety of things to get a feel for them. Marginally better than the 8323 they replaced, maybe. I don't believe in "burn in" either beyond a psychological effect as you adjust, so I guess we'll see how I think they sound once I play with them a bit more.
Frankly, now that I've heard what 300$ audio equipment sounds like, I'd have personally value it at no more than 50$ given my 8323's were 25$. The technical aspects of the hobby really piqued my interest, but this apparently isn't for me. Just glad I got a good deal on these, I think. I didn't just get pranked or something? These are supposed to be at least better than my 8323's? Guess I expected more.
Edited by CardboardCandy - 4/9/14 at 10:50pm