I wrote this review for my first-year Media Writing class. It’s not in-depth, but clear and concise. Let me know your thoughts.
Mobile-audio giant Skullcandy—through the use of flashy colors and street art-inspired graphics—markets audio gear as fashion, and this distinguishes their brand in today’s saturated headphone market.
Flair was a large part of the company’s early success, but they stay relevant by providing crisp sound and solid construction in their products—a vision that dates back to the company’s beginning. Ink’d, their 2011 brand of in-ear headphones, exemplifies this vision.
Ink’d comes in 17 colors, ranging from pink to the Rastafarian blend of green, red, and gold. My pair is a metallic green, and the side features the trademarked skull insignia. The headphones are durable, too. The 3.5 mm plug is gold-plated, strengthening it for the inevitable tugs and pulls, and the wiring is nylon-braided for the same reason. It was good to see durability-enhancing features in $20 headphones, especially features usually reserved for more expensive pairs.
Packed into the solid, stylish build is impressive audio performance. Bass-heavy songs impressed the most, where bass was as clear and chest-pounding as in some lower-end over-the-ear headphones. Generally, everything sounded crisp, clear, and natural on medium volume, but powerful guitar riffs lose their clarity and turn to static on high volume.
Two extra pairs of tips are included, one smaller and one bigger than the standard set. A snug-fitting tip was essential to keeping external sound out, and though not noise-canceling, they did an exceptional job of minimizing interruptions. Again, it is nice to see such additions in a relatively inexpensive package.
As is customary for Skullcandy products, Ink’d distinguishes itself from the competition with style, lush sound, and a quality build—and it does so at a price nearly anyone can afford.