My informal headphone review process for the past 10 years has been to put HipHop by Dead Prez on and stroke my chin. The Skullcandy 50/50s passed this test with flying colours. For some of you, the next 290 words may be a waste as I have already told you all you need to know.
Of course sound quality is what matters, and on the whole the 50/50s deliver. Powered by an 11mm driver and built from some sort of polycarbonate/aluminium hybrid (where I am guessing the 50/50 name comes from) the 50/50s deliver a rich booming sound. I played Ray Keith’s The Chopper (The Shy FX mix obviously) and found it to be a incredibly rewarding experience. If you are the sort of person who is Addicted to Bass, the pure tones of the 50/50s won’t really disappoint.
Mellower fair was a litte less impressive – folk music and podcasts didn’t work as well as more expensive inner ear headphones in extreme environments (traffic filled tunnels and noisier sections of the London underground) but in normal listening conditions they faired just fine.
The 50/50s come with an in-line microphone and remote control and works well as a remote for iPods and hands free kit for iPhones – with the standard play,pause skip functionality you would expect. You also get a carry case and a range of replacement tips to fit your particular ear size. For an inexpensive pair of headphones, the 50/50s throw in quite a bit.
Skullcandy are an interesting outfit. Their earphones always look … funky. I can’t see my earphones when I’m using them, so how funky they look seems like a massive irrelevance but little details such the fabric covering on the cables or the little logo on the volume clicker/earbuds go some way to make these units stand out when compared to similar offerings. They are also available in a range of colours – black, white & chrome, red, white & green and blue.
If you are a headphone snob, then you probably won’t have made it this far down in the review and will be busy hoarding pennies for some Beatz by Dre. However if you are seeking bass on a budget and need an inline remote and mic then the 50/50s, which have a RRP of just £50 are pretty hard to beat. Technical stat are:
Speaker Diameter: 11mm
Frequency Response: 20-20 K Hz
Max Input Power: 100mW
Cable Type: TPE
Cable Length: 1.3m
Plug Type: 3.5mm Gold Plated