CES 2012: Skullcandy
I strongly believe headphone pricing has gotten out of hand. Beats opened the door for high prices on pop-culture headphones, and now, like a crowd at a Target store on the day after Thanksgiving, manufacturers are in a crushing rush to get through the door by making the next cool $300 headphone ... and a big wad of cash. Thankfully, a few companies are seeing opportunity in providing the more value laden proposition of headphones that compete on sound quality and realistic price. With a significant history in the manufacture and marketing of low-cost headphones, and now the team and tools to develop good sounding headphones, Skullcandy is well positioned to employ this strategy.
Weighing in at $59.99, the Hesh 2 is Skullcandy's first sub-$100 headphone to make it through their new development process that focuses on build and sound quality. It appeared to be a very nicely built pair of headphones, but I was unable to listen using my test tracks so I don't have much of a read on their sound. What I did hear though, was nice tight bass with emphasis that kicked in at a low enough frequency so as not to muddle up the mid-range. Tetsuro Oishi (Skullcandy's director of electrical and acoustic engineering) verified this impression saying the lows start coming on at 150Hz and below. I commonly use the number of 120Hz and below for my preferred bass boost, so it seems Tet and I are pretty close in our ideas about bass boost.
Here's Tet to tell us about the Hesh 2. (I wrongly said "Ted" in the video, sorry Tet.)