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Forget the Foam Tips -- These Buds Rock, Bud!
on January 9, 2010
These earphones are simply phenomenal. Not being much of a headphone/earphone music listener (at least until now), I have always looked for the absolute least expensive phones for getting by when listening to speakers just wasn't feasible. But with my 12-year old son rocking out constantly on his iPod, I thought I should try some decent phones and see what the hoopla was all about. I have an iPhone, and I hadn't yet used it much for its music capabilities, so I thought I'd try it out. Plus, I'm a movie guy, and I had already ripped and converted some films from DVD to MP4 format for running on my iPhone. Video quality was great, but the aural experience left something to be desired. Oh, what a difference to hear these clear film tracks on a pair of little bitzy speakers which fit in my ears.
I had already determined that the standard iPod/iPhone "earbud" style of phones didn't work for me -- they didn't seal out extraneous noise (translate: three boys and all their white, black and everything-in-between noise in its constant glory), and they didn't fit my ears, leading to painful pressure points within a short time. While the "in-ear canal" style made me feel a bit sonically "claustrophobic," these made the most sense to me. Plus, I had experienced them in a few $10 earphone pairs I had bought on the cheapie. So, that's where I went a looking....
Well, to get finally to the punch, I purchased the Skullcandy Titans -- off Amazon at their normally great price, and my Prime membership got them to me in a couple of days, free of shipping charges. (Note to non-Primers: the 80 or so bucks a year I pay for Amazon Prime is the absolute greatest deal going, at least if you're an Internet shopper as I am. I'm a guy, and as such I prototypically hate brick-and-mortar "girl" shopping.) After reading so much about the freakin' Comply foam ear tips, I was a bit disapppointed to receive the soft silicone tips which some other "Mr. Helpful" reviewer has forewarned you and yours truly how truly inferior they are.
To punctuate some users' comments, and to dispel others, I've gotta tell you: these earphones are absolutely incredible. Clear as a well tuned bell, natural but not "flat" with just enough EQ to sweeten the sound, and powerful (ie: efficient). What a sound stage! I not only was transfixed by my listening experience, but also I found myself cranking up the sound to what on a lesser set of phones would be unlistenable. These phones absolutely rock!!
And here's a note about the much-ballyhooed Comply tips. While I am sure they are fine complements to these phones, they are by no means necessary, and in fact I am unlikely to buy them. Why? Because the "soft silicone" tips (I wore the middle-of-the-Bell-curve medium size) were as silky smooth as a well fashioned, well... you know, one of those nice-fitting sleeves I wore when I was a frisky teenager. When these tips are referred to as "soft silicone," the description is accurate. These babies are SOFT. They fit perfectly in my ear canal, effectively shutting out all but the very loudest ambient noises (remember the kids), and making for a truly delicious musical experience -- unlike what I have heard on anything but the very best and most expensive speaker system in the perfect listening environment. And money aside, the perfect venue ain't never gonna happen with kids around. So, I have discovered a bit of peace and re-discovered the beauty of really good music. Like a memorable concert, played just for me.
Oh, and the silicone tips -- as soft and delicate fitting as they are (remember my previous reference) -- do NOT move. I don't need tight-fitting foam tips for a secure fit. Again, like a well crafted glove, they protect and enhance the experience. (OK, I think I have stretched, if you will, this metaphor to its limit.)
I may be a relative newcomer to earphones, but I do know sound. And the Skullcandy Titan earphones are simply incredible. Buy them -- I promise you that you won't be dissapointed. And foh-get about the Comply foam tips. You don't need 'em.
PS -- As for all good speakers, be sure and break these babies in. For a great way to do this, go to [..](nods to JLab Audio and their inspired "burner" app). JLab, BTW, makes some great earphones of their own, and they are wicked inexpensive. Pick up a pair for a spare.