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Skullcandy 50/50 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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179 of 216 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
I have owned a pair of these Skullcandy 50/50 in-ear earphones for over a month, approximately two months and these are some of the things I admire and dislike.

PROS----

-The earphones have an amazing sound quality (If I crank the volume at just 75% on my iPod touch, listening to any song, with these on, I cannot hear anything else. And I have been deemed with perfect hearing by my primary care physician just recently.). It's perfect for your worst days when all you want to do is crank your music and heal.
-These earphones are compatible with all of my iPods and my Blackberry Bold 9780. That means that I no longer need to bring two separate earphones.
-It comes with a carrying case that protects the earphones from minor dusts and scratches made of nylon.
-The product is protected with a lifetime warranty by the manufacturer.
-The product has a microphone, and volume control, which adds ease when I'm listening to music.
-Submitting a warranty claim is easy.

CONS----

-Whenever I'm on a phone call while using the product, I noticed that all I can hear is myself talking until I have the volume on at its highest, when everyone around me can hear my private conversation.
-It's not as comfortable as you may want. I have a lot of difficulty slipping into these earphones. It seems as if none of the other sizes provided by Skullcandy fit in my right ear. So it always slips off and at times it's uncomfortable. About one hour after listening to music, my right ear itches, and sometimes turns red.
-The product requires a sufficient level of tender loving care. It will not last if you treat these earphones like any other pair. That means that after you're done using them, whether or not, you take your time and place these earphones carefully in its carrying case will affect its consumer life expectancy. And it's durability, is based on your personality and how well you take care of your stuff.
-It's not the best solution for teenagers unless you want them to ignore you (since they can't hear you).
-If you lend these to your friends, clean the earbuds, because they might have a lot of earwax stuck to them (It's disgusting, and that was my mistake of lending them to someone else.).
-I've tried to contact Skullcandy customer service for general product care questions and was unsuccessful both online, and over the telephone. (When I tried to call their customer service number, that I got from their website, I ended up calling a woman who lives in Utah named Courtney who does not work for Skullcandy.). Now I know, it's the second number that they provide that actually belongs to Skullcandy. (They need to update their customer service page)

THE BOTTOM LINE IS.....

This particular product might not be worth it. What I mean is, do not buy the product if you will be paying higher than $30 regardless if Skullcandy is selling the item for $50. I know that the retail of the product is $50 but at that price this inconvenience is not worth it. It would be better for you to gather another $40 for a pair of Bose in-ear earphones. The Bose® IE2 audio headphones. They are much more comfortable and start at just $90-99. At the most they cost $150. For a cheaper solution, I recommend Sony products. I apologize but the $9 JVC Gummies that come in various colors belong in recycling where they are much more useful as scrap materials. I have a $7 pair of Sony earhones and they are amazing, they also come in a carrying case. It's the SONY MDRE828LP/SLV Lightweight Earbuds (Silver). I have also heard from my circle of peers that the brand Ultimate Ears by Logitech, is also reliable, and some of their models are money-saving solutions with the exception of their $1400 pair.

WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT.....

Do not purchase the cheaper products of Skullcandy. Their consumer life expectancy is estimated to be similar to that of pasteurized milk you can purchase at the market. To clarify, the cheaper earphones of Skullcandy are the products that do not include the following: Holua, FMJ, Titan, and the 50/50. That means stay away from: Ink'd, Smokin' Buds, and the Riot lines.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2011
I purchased these Skullcandy 'buds because they are featured on the Apple online store as a replacement for the iPhone 4 headphones (at twice the price of Amazon, natch!).

First, the Amazon production description is erroneous in that the package actually contains three complete sets of silicone buds to choose from. The medium-sized are gels pre-installed and the small- and large-sized are separate in the package.

The earbuds are very comfortable and I could wear them for hours - just make sure you choose the right size gels.

Sound quality is about what you'd expect for this price. Definitely not audiophile but a step up from the stock iPhone headphones.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a carry case included in the package - free cat-proofing!

My only complaint so far: the volume switch. The volume-down button has a very nice feel to it and a distinct click with each push. The volume-up on the other hand is mushy and does not click. This is very annoying to me, especially for a brand new product. Is this normal or did I get a bunk switch??
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2011
Got these earphones about 2 weeks ago so I've had some time to try them out. They aren't the most comfortable earphones compared to my old sony earphones but they aren't bad. The controller is amazing with the iPod/iPhone. Wire is a bit long so a wire organizer would be good. I used my old Sony one. I would recommend this product :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2011
Has wonderful bass and sound but core reason I bought is to replace my current headphone w/mic with a nicer one. Mic and inline controls do not work with my droid. I thought the reviews here said works with android but I guess not specifically the Samsung Charge. The box has iPhone all over it. Actually says "Made for iPhone". Gave to my wife to use with her iPhone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2011
[UPDATE #1] :: I would like to formally apologize for the Skullcandy/Apple-bashing that was previously in this review... bought a pair of JLabs J4M earbuds that also have inline controls and even EXPLICITLY advertise Blackberry phone compatibility, and I had the same issue with track forward/back controls not working. It still irritates the ever-loving **** out of me, though, that a company that makes ear buds with phone controls with devote 25%+ of the surface area of their packaging to advertising Apple compatibility and completely ignore every other brand of phone ever. Some of us don't want iPhones, or possibly can't use one (such as is the case for many business-people who have work-supplied phones, which are almost always Blackberrys).

This is the second pair of Skullcandy headphones I've tried recently. The other model I tried was the Titan earbuds (the moodel without the in-line controls, which I believe is the newer one). Both models have excellent sound, although I took one star off the sound quality because the Titans were definitely a step better in my opinion, and since they're available for a similar price, why settle for less?

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In the end though, these are primarily intended for listening to music, and at playing said music they do a superb job. I would even say that I would have no qualms choosing these or the Titan earbuds over the iBeats that retail for over twice as much, since I've tried those as well and can't for the life of me see anything besides Dr. Dre's name and excessive hyping/marketing behind them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
I wouldn't say I'm blown away but I get a good sound. The little round case they come with is great for keeping them in my gym bag. I changed the ear adjuster pieces to the smaller ones and, for me, they are the best fit of the 3, however, they don't stay in super well. I am constantly pushing them back in my ears when I wear them running. I'm not complaining too much though because I have never had anything better so I don't know if the PERFECT earbuds even exist, even for a lot more money. For the price I'm happy with them. They stay in better than the apple earbuds and they don't hurt, so, mission accomplished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
I bought them for $27 and the sound is pretty good, the build quality is also really good. I have had them for over a year now and the only problem is the silicone tips. I lost all of them but with some foam tips this earphones sound much better.
They also work perfectly with the ipod touch 4g, it is wonderful how this earphones make the ipod touch experience much better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
Great sound quality plus the noise canceling abilities are great. If you commute in the city and don't want to listen to people rap on the train or babble to themselves, these are for you.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2011
After just 5 weeks, the left ear bud has already broken after casual use. I'm very disappointing because I was very happy with the sound quality and the controltalk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2013
I have a set of Skullcandy Ink'd and really loved the price and sound of them, so after having them for about a year I decided to upgrade to the 50/50 set so that I could control the track and volume as well as use the microphone to make phone calls. Straight out of the box the 50/50's came with a convenient carrying case and three different soft-gel sizes so I'm sure these can fit almost anyone comfortably. Also comes with a safety brochure and Skullcandy stencil.

These are definitely an upgrade in sound quality from the earbuds that came with my Galaxy SIII and a good improvement over my Ink'd set. The bass is full and deep without much distortion and the treble is crisp also without mudding out. I would recommend these to anyone who wants a compact set of earbuds that sound good (if you're not an audiophile then these will sound amazing) and are at a reasonable price online. The only reason I take a star off of this product is that it is not very compatible with non Apple devices. Straight out of the box I plugged my 50/50's into my GSIII and loved the rich sound I was getting out of it at both high and low volumes. I used the click feature to pause and play and this worked just fine. I clicked twice to skip and this worked fine as well. However, I attempted the volume up and down controls and got no response at all. I kept trying for a few minutes and still got nothing. Finally I had my girlfriend call me so I could test the microphone capabilities and call control function. I answered the phone no problem but it seemed to me that the earbuds microphone wasn't being utilized and instead my Galaxy's microphone was what picked up my voice. I confirmed this when I kept the 50/50's plugged in and raised my handset to my head and then my girlfriend could hear what I was saying.

All in all these are still a very good and affordable set of quality earbuds. If you own an i(device) then I'm sure these will work amazingly considering how "Made for iPod" and "Works with iPhone" is boasted all over the packaging. However if you have a Samsung then these features kinda skimp out. I can't say much else for the other smart phone manufacturers but there is also a quarter-sized warning on the back of the packaging that states, "Limited Functionality with NON-APPLE Devices", so I'll leave it to you to find out.

Either way I will be keeping these (even though they don't do all the features I had bought them for) just because they do sound good and are very comfortable, but I'll just have to be weary next time I look for earbuds with all the bells and whistles.
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