Skull Candy Full Metal Jacket Earphones Work for Me!

Feb 24, 2009 (Updated Feb 24, 2009)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Sturdy, Unique in-ear Design, Noise Cancelling

Cons:Price

The Bottom Line: They feel like they're going to last and that's important to me...oh, and they're cute, too!


I won an Ipod from the One2One Network. Prior to my win, I thought I’d never enjoy an iPod because I have satellite radio and stopped buying CDs long ago. I was so wrong. I’m loving my iPod and watching movies on it is one of my favorite things.

The iPod comes with adequate ear buds, but I know from experience that they won’t last long with the way I use them. Most of my ear buds end up with exposed wires and I end up one dead side shortly after opening them. The aluminum foil covering on the Skull Candy brand is what drew me to it. They look and feel indestructible.

I upgraded to the sound canceling version, called the Full Metal Jacket, for airplane travel and couldn’t be happier. The offer several colors - my son chose black, I picked the purple - I would have loved it if they came in pink. They arrived quickly and were packaged beautifully. They come with their own small black carrying bag which stores additional ear cushions and the buds themselves when not in use.

These buds are a bit different than typical ear buds which sit just within the ear, these fit down further into the ear canal. It was a bit strange at first, but I got used to them very quickly. They come with 3′ of cord and an extension of another 3′ for a total reach of 6′. The coupling is metal as well, so very sturdy.

The sound quality, as compared to the iPod earbuds, is amazing. I enjoy my iPod at a much lower level and did find them very useful in noisy situations, although I’ve not had the opportunity to try them on a plane as of yet. I don't know how the sound cancelling works and unfortunately they never provided that information on their website or with my package, but I do know compared to the iPod earbuds they do block out more of the ambient room noise.

The use Comply Foam tips which are very comfortable and help to keep the earbuds in place.  They're also said by the company to improve the sound quality.  Since I don't have any other tips to compare them to with these headphones, I'll have to take their word.  The headphones do come with several sets because it's not difficult to lose one if you don't store the headphones in their bag.

The price is $69.95 - a bit steep compared to the $7 drug store brands, but the quality of the components means I won’t be replacing them every few weeks. Additionally, the sound quality makes them a bargain. I did find them on Amazon today for $29 and they come in pink!  I guess I should have shopped around.

We were fortunate in that they offer a discount to the employees of the company my son works for so we were able to get them at 50% off, however, I would have gladly paid full price for them, they’re that great.

DETAILS * 11mm speaker * Frequency range: 16 Hz – 20K Hz * Impedance: 16 ohms * Max input power: 5mW * Cable type: Aluminum foil * Cable length: 1.1 M * Plug type: 3.5mm gold plated

ACCESSORIES: Small travel bag, COMPLY™ foam tips


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