Summary: OK, so I didn't buy the purple ones really. In fact I didn't buy Skullcandy headphones at all. They were given to me FREE with a mobile phone contract, and as a result, I dismissed them as a cheap freebie giveaway pair of nonsense rubbish. Mistake. When my partner, who had taken the same mobile phone contract six months earlier, finally started using these Skullcandy Lowrider Black headphones, also free, I didn't even ask for a try. Because they were free.
Summary: The sound quality is A-OK, and worth what they're usually sold for in most shops. The nice, plastic design is pretty and the surfaces smooth and easy to customise if you prefer to paint them yourself. The quality of sound and the price are usually sound, and they do look very nice.
The main complaints I have about these 'phones though, and the reasons this is not a very favourable review (despite the good sound quality) are the following two:
Pros: Good sound, lightweight, folds well, looks nice
Cons: pressure on ears, hurts if used too long, insecure fit, not very durable
Summary: These headphones were not designed very well imo. There is a noticable seal problem. The headband has zero pressure and the earcups swivel in the wrong direction. When you press on the earcups for seal, the sound gets much better.
As a result, the sound is suprisingly bass light for a skullcandy. The mids are Ok in this price range and the soundstage is pretty good. The highs are terrible though. Very plasticy, peaky.
Excerpt: Worked great for few years, unfortunately the most common issue I have had with skullcandy's is the 3.5mm jack. Continuous plugging in/out has caused many pairs to quit one channel or contain cracked sound. Bummer cause I liked these and I'm not gonna solder a new jack on there. Been there done that. Peace!
Pros: Comfortable, Compact, Durable, Good Bass, Good Value, Great Sound, Lightweight, Stylish
Summary: First off, I've had these for over two years now. They have lasted longer than the FYE that I bought them from. Remember that Skullcandy has released new versions of the Lowriders so those may be "generation 2's" while mine (being bought two years ago) are "generation 1's". Anyway, here's my two pennies:
They really bring out the highs (specifically while listening to James Blunt :)
Pretty cool looking
Loud enough to get glares from...