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Sound OK, but there's better alternatives
on 22 May 2013
Equipment tested on:
PC with Musical Fidelity V-DAC + Graham Slee SOLO SRG II Headphone Amp
Numark DXM06 Mixer
Galaxy S3 with MortPlayer
These are very nicely presented headphones, enclosed in a quality unique semi hard/soft casing. There's two removable cables included, one coiled cable for DJ'ing and another staight cable with a built in mic/remote that works with iDevices. You also receive a gold plated 6.3mm adapter.
The headphones themselves look great with modern stealth styling, they're mostly matte plastic which is soft to touch but seem quite robust. The ear pads are made from extremely soft pleather and nicely stitched; However, I think the stitching tends to causes slight discomfort, so can't say they're amazingly comfortable. They're circumaural (around the ear), but I found the ear pads slightly too small to fully encompass my ears.
Sound wise, I immediately noticed the upfront aggressive midrange and accentuated upper mids. Treble is slightly recessed, but the bass is actually quite good: It's deep, well pronounced and moderately controlled. It doesn't seem to interfere with the rest of frequencies, which is an issue with the Dre and Ludacis lines of the Celeb headphones. These don't offer the greatest sound-stage or imaging and instruments tend to feel somewhat congested. I wouldn't say they sound bad at all and I'm sure many will be pleased with their sound, but there are other headphones that sound alot more accurate, for example: Sennheiser HD 25 II, VMODA LP2 and Audio-Technica ATH M50, are a few I can recommend over these Skullcandy headphones. I'd also recommend checking out the well reviewed Shure SRH750DJ and Technics DH1200E-S Pro headphones. I listen to my much loved Sennheiser HD650's 90% of the time at home, but they're open-backed reference headphones and unsuitable for DJ'ing or commuting.
Considering these are marketed as a DJ headphone, I was surprised to see the isolation being so poor and would say these sound almost semi-open backed, which is a concern for those wanting to use these for DJ'ing or commuting. Sound leakage is also worse than I expected. The DJ headphones listed above provide much better isolation.
These have a unique DJ specific single side monitoring function, where when one ear cup is twisted, both left and right channels are routed to that driver that's over your ear. This is pretty cool and very useful for beat matching and cueing. The other useful feature, is the built in mute switch located on the left ear cup.
Overall, these are fairly decent headphones that I can just about recommend, but at this price, there's better headphones available.