The Skullcandy Grind headphones were offered to me for review and after looking at the technical details, they piqued my interest.
According to the tech spec, the headphones have an embedded microphone built into the actual cup of the left ear cup and there’s a button that allows you to pick up and end calls with a simple push – so quite literally no more fumbling and with a promise of low profile fit and comfort, could Skullcandy really deliver optimum sound and fit at a low price point?
The Grind headphones fit beautifully, straight out of the box they need no adjusting or tweaking – both my son and I found them to be very comfortable; we both used them for an hour’s worth of wear each and compared notes. Alfie, my son, spends hour upon hour watching YouTube videos on his iPad and if, I’m honest, he had the volume turned up, he’d drive the rest of the family absolutely bonkers. If it’s not videos of toy reviews, it’s videos of red hot nickel ball and, believe me, after twenty minutes of these blaring, you’d be driven up the wall.
I, on the other hand, used the headphones for a walk up to my local store plugged into my iPhone and playing back some quality 90s thrash metal. A great way to test headphones is with something hard, fast, full of bass and with some good levels of treble, so how could I not listen to an eclectic mix of Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell and White Zombie’s La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One.
Both Alfie and I agree, that the headphones offer very good quality of audio for their price point. Not only are they super comfortable, but actually deliver on their promise. A decent range of bass and trebles, whilst sure they won’t please a true audiophile, to an everyday Joe they’re more than adequate and offer an experience to a set of headphones that cost far more.
But how do they fare for calls?
Whist walking to the shop, I received a call from ‘John’. ‘John’ was pleased to tell me that I was entitled to compensation from a car crash I’d recently been in (what?) and that he will only ask a few questions. Unfortunately for ‘John’, he soon became quite irate when I told him I’d never been in a car accident in my life and that perhaps, his database was just a collection of phone numbers and he was literally phishing for information. Never have swear words been so clear and profound – being delivered to my ears like ‘John’ himself was sat right next to me and with a simple button press, he was gone.
The Skullcandy Grind’s an impressive headset, one that delivers what’s promised. And, in this day and age, that’s a rarity.
Available both in-store and online at HMV.