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Old 11-18-2010, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Frends THEALLY vs. Skullcandy Icon 2?

Hey guys, debating between these two headphones (or any other in this price range, with that lightweight, strong deisgn)

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can anyone give me their experiences with them? Return policies? advice? Other suggestions?

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Old 11-19-2010, 12:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No clue... I ride with 1 earbud in so I can hear people around me
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Well, I haven't heard either of them, but as a self-confessed audio geek I can give you my two cents.

The Frends appears to be either an open or semi-open phone, while the Skullcandy appears to be closed back. This means, depending on the bass levels in these, the Skullcandy will be more boomy, the Frends sounding "more natural". I also have handled a couple pairs of Skullcandy headphones and from my (admittedly limited) experience, they are mostly, if not all, cheap plastic and quite creaky.

On how they actually sound, I wouldn't be too excited, to be honest. I wasn't able to find *any* reviews of the Frends, and I could only find 6 reviews of the Skullcandies- none of which mentioned what they actually sound like, most said that they were rather flimsy and died from regular use. However, I would highly recommend seeing if you can get hold of a pair of both if you really want to hear them.

Now, I can give you a couple suggestions. I have a pair of Sennheiser PX200's and highly recommend them, but they're closed phones (and appear to have more than doubled in price- I got them for $40, they're $100 now!). The PX100 is their open-backed cousin, and will have less bass, but as I said above, will be more natural sounding, plus safer on the mountain as you can hear what's going on around you. (Note: I have not actually snowboarded with my headphones on.) I would also advise you to look at Grados, and look around and for reviews and things.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Cool, thanks for your input. I'm actually a semi-professional studio producer, so any headphones I use outside the studio sound weak and empty I was really just looking for a cheap pair that wasn't going to break on me. I actually ended up getting the Skullcandy soft icon 2's, which goes against 90% of my judgement, which says that Skullcandy makes a mediocre product built purely on its marketing. I'm waiting for the day that another headphone company (maybe I'll start one! We'l see how Frends and Nixon do) challenges the marketing Skullcandy puts on, but actually backs their product line with some decent acoustics and fully tested design. That being said, I found the icons for 70% of, so I pretty much had to get them. I'll look into the frends line for my next pair once (and I know it will happen) the skullcandy's break or I get fed up with their sound.

For now, they fit great under my goggles and above my hat, and resemble music, so I'm content.


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Another company you might want to look at would be Urbanears. great headphones for their price. Fit perfectly under my helmet and everything
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks, I'll check em out
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