48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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Just going to keep this (relatively) quick... I have owned two pairs of Mix Masters, written a few shining reviews for them as far as comfort, style and sound.... BUT... these headphones are a lemon structurally.
Let me preface the next paragraph by saying that my Mix Masters (both pairs) are desk headphones. I use them while I sit at a computer at work, or at my home computer. Never anywhere else, so they have received VERY light usage.
My first set of Mix Masters were from the first production run a year or two ago. I completely loved them. SkullCandy had finally made a set of over ears that were stylish (all their headphones have at least one color that looks decent), comfortable (I defy anyone to say the GI's were comfy), and sounded GREAT. Unfortunately, about three months into owning them, I was sitting at my desk at work and place the headphone on my head an suddenly *POP*SNAP*..... the headphones fall into two pieces onto my desk. The headband had snapped in two.
After a brief, colorful rant, I took a look at the headband (I'm an engineer by training/trade) to see what had happened. What I found is that the aesthetic outer cover doubles as the sole support for the headband; there is no internal support to bear the brunt of the headband bending. that's not a terrible thing, a number of fine headphones take this approach. The problem here is that the rim they added along the outer edges of the band to make a neat edge with the other components that are installed. This acts as a stiffener, and significantly resists bending. Problem is, this lip is thin enough that over time, it eventually just splits and opens up a crack that can then propagate up and around the headband. The cracks tend to open up right where the panel with the foam padding is screwed in place. This panel provides some extra stiffness, so that stiffer portion tends not to bend as much, forcing the weaker middle section of the headband to bend more to make up for it (exasperating the issue more). <Armchair Designer Off>
As such, as I had been taking my headphones on and off over the months, the headband was developing fatigue cracks along the sharp (pretty looking) edges, and eventually they failed completely.
So with much dismay, I RMA'd the headphones, a process I was very familiar with as I had problems previously with the GI's, which spontaneously broke at the yolk (though they lasted a bit longer than 3 months). While waiting for the RMA to go through, I search the net and find other complains about the headbands snapping, and some pretty bad reviews on SkullCandy's site about the same issue. At least I wasn't alone, I thought. By the time I received the credit for the headphones, the Mix Masters were sold out and no longer in production. I figured this was due, in part, to the problems with the headband. Since there wasn't anything that I wanted from SkullCandy for $300, I sat on the credits.
Fast forward a year, and I hear the Mix Master is coming back! Woo! I (naively) assume that they must have fixed the issues and were restarting production. I put an order in, and around Christmas 2011 I get a shiny new pair of Mix Masters. Again, they sound awesome, look great, and are comfortable. I right a review for the product, still somewhat cautious about the structural issues, but giving them the benefit of the doubt and rating it well.
After about two months (happily) without issue, I go to put the headphones on at work... and hear a quiet *pop*. I take the headphones off and what do I see? A small crack, right where my last pair had broken. Upon further inspection, I notice that there are matching cracks at three other locations! I immediately update my original review
I went on, from there, to SkullCandy's site to write review (and, on a side note, notice all the bad reviews on the product that were previously there have been deleted, but I digress). I wrote a pretty honest, balanced review, highlighting the excellent sound quality and comfort, while pointing out the persistent weakness of the headband. I believe I gave the Mix Master a 2 or 3 star, and the review racked up quite a few helpfulness points and ended up in the top 5 for helpfulness (and but me in as a top 100 contributor to the site). I continue to baby the headphones, and watch the cracks grow over the months. Right now, all the cracks have spread, and one pair is about a half inch from meeting, and the other pair already have met, and a thin layer of plastic is holding on tenuously. I expect to RMA them in the next few weeks, giving them a 3 month life before cracks start forming, and another 7 months for the cracks to progress to complete failure (if you baby the hell out of them once the cracks show up).
On a side note, I returned to the SkullCandy site yesterday to check on my review, and it has been deleted. I rewrote and submitted with some updated information on how the cracks have gotten worse, and that review was denied.
Moral of the story, these headphones do, in fact, sound and fee great. Yes, SkullCandy has an awesome RMA policy (they have to with how often their products break). The bottom line, though; No headphones, much less ones costing $300, are worth RMA'ing every year or less.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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To start off these are an exceptional pair of headphones. I have had these for about 6 months and have had only one problem with them (i'll get to that later)
The sound is balanced very well (some people say they're a little bassy but I like that so I have no problems). They sound very clear and the 50mm mylar driver makes a big difference over the aviators' 40mm mylar driver.
I would take these over any pair of beats headphones; not only for the sound, but in my opinion, the style. They look very aggressive and I like the red color on the pair I bought.
They are very well padded all around with soft memory foam covered in leather. The inside of the ear cup is large enough to fit my entire ear in without smashing it against my head. For about the first week of wearing these they would get uncomfortable on my head after a few hours but now I can wear them as long as I want, Maybe I just got used to them.
They are $300 and the Aviators are $150, they use the same mylar driver only the Mix Master's is 10 mm bigger. I find it hard to believe it would be that more expensive to make. But, the Mix Masters have a slew of features that are specifically made for DJs (still useful to me even though i'm not a DJ). They have an interchangeable cord, a mute button, twist the headphone and it will play both ears audio into each other (use it on one ear and still hear both "sides" of the music), dual inputs, a very nice case, etc.
These are built solidly and you can tell someone spent a lot of time engineering these headphones. They seemed to have covered all but one thing, reinforcing the headband. They are made out of a very hard plastic which makes them strong but also prone to crack if left without any reinforcement. Which is exactly what they did, I had them on my desk and I picked them up to put them on my head. I "bent" them out (not more than usual) and raised them to my head and I heard a crack. I looked at them and where the reinforcement stopped and the padding started there was a crack on both sides that pass each other but do not connect. For now they are holding up and when they do break no worries LIFE TIME WARRANTY! Its a little bit of a nusence but I'm just glad Skullcandy has such a great warranty policy.
Overall these are the best headphones I own and I would buy them again. It may be a little pricey for some and you may want to think about the aviators, but I just had to have the best headphones Skullcandy makes. I own well over 20 skullcandy products including 2 pairs of aviators and Skullcandy still manages to blow me away with all of they're new releases.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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First off, I am a audiophile, I know what's good sound, the sound is accurate, these headphones are geared to bass slightly, so the sound of rock, dubstep, ext sounds wonderful.
The plushy cushioning is very soft and cradles your head (after a hour of breaking in) keep in mind they are very stiff on your head at first.
These have convenient features like a mute button and swivel cups that switch to mono audio when swivled out, and they have two cords (one for ipod, other for equipment)
After awile however (like 2 hours in a row) your ears might start hurting
THE FLAW THAT MADE IT 4 INSTEAD OF 5!!!!
Even when you baby these headphones, the headband broke for me and many others, I'm on my secont pair of these, I have some hopes.
Pros: sound quality, comfort, features, pleasing to the eye
Cons: headband flaw