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Galaxy Note 10.1
- Published on Amazon.com
If you've purchased these then Welcome to the world of sound that you've been missing out on! These are without a doubt, my favorite headphones I own to date (doesn't mean most comfortable), which may or may not change since I have the PSB M4U 2, Yamaha Pro 500, House of Marley TTR Destiny, and thinksound On1 to look forward to as well.
Features: The Mix Master comes with large 50mm drivers and circular ear pads which are very large and comfortable. They're mounted on a ball joint that swivels in all directions to provide a good fit for any size head. They have an interesting setup which allows them to run in Mono when an ear cup is turned forward. It's a feature for DJ's who want to use one cup and hear both sides while listening to 1. the crowd (energy levels) 2. the next track to anticipate what to do next (mix and beat match) 3. Requests. On the headphones lies a switch which acts as the mute button. Do not confuse it as a play/pause button. It simply mutes the music for whatever reasons you need. It comes with dual port inputs which allows the user to hook up from either Left or Right and the headphones are not restricted with a L or R configuration (no Left or Right indicators). In other words, wear them the way you want to wear them. (For those that are picky about where the music is coming from virtually, you can play with a Left to Right fader if you have a program / app to do it. Winamp allows you to do so.) The dual ports also act as a daisy chain allowing another user to plug in a cable to your headphone and listen to what you're listening to. Keep in mind that when using this feature, audio quality takes a slight hit as the total resistance (Ohms) does go up causing a slight decrease in sound volume. If you're going to be daisy chaining a lot, then I suggest a portable amp. Fiio E11 for those on a budget otherwise opt in for an amp with DAC. These headphones come with 2 cords. A straight cord with a built in mic + apple buttons and a coiled cable. The coiled cable can be attached to a 1/4 inch adapter for higher end audio equipment / instruments and screws into the end of the cable securing it in place. The coiled cable is also screwed into the headphones to prevent accidentally unplugging them but the coil expands a long distance so doing so would mean... your gear caught on fire and you're trying to run away. In other words, they're secure when using the coiled cable. The straight cable is just a normal cable that plugs in.
Looks: It's a good looking pair. Nothing you'd see as an accessory on runway models but still very good looking (I'd say the Klipsch Mode M40 has that award). It's made of a shiny plastic and is a finger print magnet. Apparently those in Skullcandy knew this and it came bundled with a microfiber cleaning cloth. How much you want to stand out depends on the color model. The model I have is Black. It comes with chrome that outlines the diameter of the 50 mm driver and a large chrome Skullcandy logo. When resting around my neck, those in back of me read SKULLCANDY in shiny bold letters. (Free advertising)
Sound Quality: These are very very clean sounding. They aren't the most crisp sounding headphones ever, but are the best sounding from Skullcandy. The bass is tight with good impact. It's not a head rattling type of bass that's bloated and overloaded. It's bass you want to hear. The mid range is neutral, it isn't boosted or set back. Those who love instruments and hearing every detail in the background may not fall in love with these headphones, but they do still sound very nice (Tested with Mozart Violin Concerto No.4 in D Major FLAC file). Normal users won't notice (unless you're reading this and now music sounds different *Inception*) Highs aren't exaggurated but are slightly higher. The EQ for these would be like a gentle U slope a little more towards bass than highs but again, not over the top bass. Overall, very nice sound reproduction.
Comfort: Unless you're listening to music for hours on end, they're very comfortable. The leather wrapped memory foam ear cups are very big, nice, and soft. The headband has 3 sections of support making wearing them an enjoyable experience. As mentioned earlier, the ball joint that holds the ear cups pivot in multiple angles allowing adjustment for whatever size head it encounters.
Now on to the Cons: These are great headphones, and for the current price (at the time of this review) of around $150, the quality to cost ratio is excellent. HOWEVER, as with many many many other reviews, the headband is a problem. First of all, it's a very snug headband. It squeezes your head, maybe more than some people would want. Those who wear glasses MIGHT find these uncomfortable, I haven't had any problems until 3-4 hrs in. I found them to be a nuisance when adjusting my glasses with these on because of the tight fit. Second, the design of the headband, although very nice looking, is structurally bad. It's the weakest part of the assembly and prone to cracking. Skullcandy seriously needs to fix this problem since 1. It's their flag ship headphone at the moment. 2. The original price $300 would demand quality parts and life expectancy. 3. These sound so good you'll keep wanting to use them, but the more you do, the closer you are to sending them in for warranty repairs. Another bad point is the swivel hinges for Mono / Stereo mode. They do feel as if they'll snap if twisted too far. There are tiny plastic tabs to keep it from over rotating but accidentally twisting them would mean a new pair. These are NOT a pair that you would want to stress test and because of that, I'd consider the build quality sub par. Audio quality is on the other side of that spectrum. Other than those problems, these are great headphones. These headphones also come with a Lifetime warranty for any manufacturer defect but takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks to complete.
Would I recommend these? It depends, I've taken care of my headphones to the point that you could say I baby them, but regardless, the headband snapped, and just before leaving my car to go to class... Good thing I brought my S-11 Flex HD since I was going to hit the gym right after. I use these headphones 2-3 times per week and they've lasted 5 months. I'd recommend these to someone who has the patience to deal with the long warranty process or someone who doesn't see the need to use them often. If and when Skullcandy reinforces the headband, this will be almost perfect. I can't judge them as a 3 star because of the audio quality alone and 3 stars are considered "It's okay". They are better than "okay" but the build quality is 2 star. Amazon should have multiple ratings for build quality, comfort and sound.
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (older model) which comes with a built in Wolfson WM1811 DAC running on the Neutron player app.