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Skullcandy Aviator Headphones Mic3 (Black)
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- Soft leather touch memory foam ear pillows provide ultimate comfort.
- Highest-grade materials ensure unmatched durability and style.
- Nylon cable for mobility.
- Aviator travel bag stores your assets in safety and style.
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With an optics inspired design (see the custom styled drivers for yourself) and a focus on performance, the Aviator is the Porsche of the headphone arena. Take charge of the conversation, and the music, while our Attacking Bass, Natural Vocals, and Precision Highs deliver the purest experience in audio.
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Of all the things I love about these headphones (as compared to the other products I've tried before settling on these, which I'll get to), the one thing that annoyed me most was the fact that in a noisy Starbucks, for me, these did not block out enough noise for me to be able to ignore the noise around me and fully enjoy my music. (In a quiet setting like your home or a library, it's a paradoxically different experience). Now, onto why I feel the Aviators are arguably the best headphones at this price point on the market.
First, looks... These headphones are not just "Skullcandy" but they are also eye candy; even a chic magnet. I get so many compliments on these headphones and often wear them as a fashion accessory because they are just, THAT COOL.
Second, sound... Who gives a crap about how good headphones look if they sound awful, right? The sound is what really won me over with these.
Prior to purchasing these, I was pretty much a guy who would just grab a pair of in-ear wrap-arounds from the men's section of TJ Maxx or some other department store, just to use on a plane when traveling for business and in the gym while working out. I couldn't really see the value in spending more than about $30.00 for headphones, though I've never knocked anyone who had. I'd tried a friend's Bose QC's and they block out noise better than any I'd ever heard, allowing you to hear your music. But I was not about to buy headphones in the 3-digit price range for how infrequently I used them. Besides, I couldn't see myself running through while wearing QCs and am not sure I'd want complete noise cancellation while running out in public. At any rate, I continue...
First Taste of SkullCandy:
My first "real" purchased headphones were Skullcandy Uprocks. I was surprised by how similar they sounded to Beats at about a tenth of the price and became intrigued with Skullcandy. I thought to myself, "well, if $34.00 Uprocks sound this good, how good will the Hesh 2's sound at about $20.00 more?" I bought the Hesh 2's and was impressed by the sound and how they seemed to marginally-better block out ambient noise than did the Uprocks. But their differences were subtle enough that I found myself going back and forth between the two. One day, the Uprocks sounded better than the Hesh; the next, the Hesh sounded better than the Uprocks. I then began comparing them to Beats when going to Starbucks with my buddies. The Beats to me did a very impressive job of canceling noise, but then again, they were the noise canceling models. Nice, but no dice, for me at least. They were too much money and did not work at all without batteries. Besides, while the Beats have a very solid sound and sounded a bit fuller across the EQ band than did my two pairs of Skullcandys, the bass "covered" the mids and highs a bit too much for my liking. Because of that, I decided I'd stick with my Uprocks and Hesh 2's, but I still wanted more. The Uprocks, to me, had better mids and equivalent bass to the Hesh 2, but the Hesh 2 had better highs and the bass was more "crisp" vs the "heavy" sound of the Uprocks (a la Beats by Dre). The bass thumped equally on both though. Even still, I couldn't force myself to permanently put either one down permanently for the other and continued my search for non-Beats headphones with better sound that cost less. My search finally led me to the Aviators.
Because I had blindly purchased the Uprocks and the Hesh 2, I felt safe buying the Aviators without first trying them. Besides, I'd heard/seen/read nothing but positive reviews so I jumped in...
When I put them on and listened to jazz, classical and R&B, I literally felt like I was either in a sound studio (R&B) sitting stage side in a cozy little auditorium at a live jazz performance (jazz) and sitting in the orchestra pit (classical). The Aviators have THE most COMPLETE sound I've heard on any headphones to date (not saying there aren't better out there, but if there are, I haven't heard them and no longer feel the need to look). I've read and heard small complaints about the bass not comparing to other headphones but I challenge those by asking, "what are you into your headphones for? What type of music do you listen to most? What do you want to hear in your music?" My answer is, "EVERYTHING."
I went out and bought a pair of JBL 55's and a set of Monster DNA's to compare to these Aviators. To take the EQ settings out of play, I used the YouTube VEVO videos for Alicia Keys' "Brand New Me" and Chris Brown's "Fine China" as benchmarks. The Aviators were the only headphones of the three that had the balance that allowed me to hear every fine detail of the entire production (music, lead and background vocals). The Monsters had good bass that did not drown like Beats and had I not heard the Aviators, I'd probably have gone with the DNAs. The JBLs had strong bass, but IMO were on even par with my Hesh 2's.
So to wrap things up, I challenge anyone reading this review to close in on the Skullcandy Aviators and compare them to at least two other (different brand) headphones. If you want to "hear" your music, I don't think you can go better than Skullcandy Aviators at the same price point (especially when listening to music that has string instrumentation - violin, cello, bass). If you want to attract the ladies, just roll out with a little swagger, a fly look and these Skullcandy Aviators around your neck. If you have the slightest bit of style to you, you'll get stopped and asked about your headphones by at least *one lady a day (*individual results may vary). :-)
In my opinion, I see Beats where Sony was with the Walkman (dominating the portable music player market until along came...) and SkullCandy as Apple (...when they introduced the iPod and took over the portable music player market). Look out competition, Skullcandy is on the move and I'm am sold on their "Superior Sound" technology. You may just wake up one day and see them at the top of the headphone food chain.
I hope this review helps... MT
Would i buy this again? Probably not, they are nice looking and good for headphones but I now realize i need the virtual audio that lets me make the volume so much higher than a regular pair of headphones. BUT this would be great for anyone that wants a nice looking headphones that work well with mobile devices of all kinds (that support the aux cord).
That's why I was weary of the Skullcandy Aviators. In the past, I've owned various Skullcandy products, and just about every pair was bass-heavy, severely unbalanced to the point of EQs being useless. So when I saw these pop up for around $128 brand-spankin' new on Amazon, I started to read the reviews all over the web, which led me to seriously consider these. About a week later, I had the chance to listen to a demo set using my phone (which allowed me to hear them as I would use them). Man oh man, was I impressed. Before I even messed with the DSP settings on my phone, I was amazed at just how crystal clear they sounded. Everything was balanced, no "tinny" sound or distorted bass. Just a smooth, even sound. Once I adjusted my DSP effects, I was in love. With a pair of headphones. As soon as I got home, I ordered these suckers.
Two days later, I had them out and started using them immediately. One of my favorite surprises was the handy cleaning cloth and carrying case. The cloth is one of those microfiber deals, allowing you to wipe the smudge off the outer shell of the earpieces, A.K.A. fingerprint magnets. After you fold the headphones up, a job that makes you feel uneasy at first due to the way that this works, you can then place them in the carry case, which is lined with the same microfiber material as the cloth (neat-o!) and zippers up to keep unwanted evils off of your magical sound wizard.
I really have no gripes except for a minor one, which will minor thanks to the detachable cord. One of the issues I always seem to have with headsets is the dreaded shorted cord, and the Aviators are no different thanks due in part to my dragging them with me everywhere I go. I can't seem to find them online anywhere (if anyone knows where to get them, please let me know). So far, I've contacted Skullcandy support via Twitter and email, and am waiting to hear back from them. I'll update my review when this gets sorted out. Again, this is only a minor issue, and one that is almost unavoidable when used the way that I do. That being said, it would have been nice if it had lasted a bit longer (it's only been 4 months). The cord is of good quality, though. It's one of those braided thin-yet-tough setups, very reassuring when you're paying more than $100 for headphones.
Overall, I am thoroughly glad that I had given this set a chance and cannot recommend them enough to my friends and family, although most people I know can't comprehend paying more than $50 for headphones. I was the same way until I bought these, and I hope that you will change your mind too after buying them.
UPDATE Feb 09, 2015: I realize that I never updated my Amazon review. Guess what? I still have these headphones! It's been nearly 3 years, and they still work. There's a lot of visible wear-and-tear, but they still work both mechanically and audibly. The shorted cord issue in the original review was absolutely no issue at all. Skullcandy got back to me within a week and had sent out a new (and better quality) replacement cord, free of charge and no questions asked (other than my address). That replacement cord is still with me to this day.
Worth every penny, especially now that they're only $80.
UPDATE August 2017: They're still my headphone of choice. So much so, that I actually bought a new pair early last year (almost 4 years to the date!) when the original set fell apart in multiple places. That's a very good run for me when it comes to headphones, which made my choice to re-order them a no-brainer. The new pair are great, and came with the same style of cord that I received as a replacement in 2015. I still say that these are worth the money now with the same conviction as I had in 2012.