Get to know the Hesh headphones from Skullcandy.
Dressed and ready for game time, the 's speaker element is guarded by a mesh reminiscent of the fabric used for basketball jerseys.
The s display their chosen design on a smooth convex canvas that is otherwise known as the backs of the ear cups. In this instance, the logo for the best basketball team of all time bar none is shown here, silly things like stats and championships won notwithstanding.
Continuing the theme of the Boston Celtics basketball team, the s have a jersey-like fabric on the band, as well as an embroidered logo and the name of Rajon Rondo on there.
A feature that is very welcome for durability's sake, the 3.93 foot cable of the is detachable, punctuated by a microphone, and has a very run-of-the-mill termination.
Electrifying but not all that enthralling, the 1/8th inch plug can be found on every headphone meant for mobile use.
Though the cord guards on the aren't all that robust, should you elect to do so, you can buy a new male-to-male 1/8th inch cable with as thick protection as you want.
Backing up the headphones in the box is a carrying pouch, the removable cable, and assorted documentation.
Despite the awesome longevity a removable cable offers, the rest of the headphones are housed in a very cheap plastic, and will likely give you the willies should you drop them. Thankfully they're not hundreds of dollars to replace, but it would still be a huge pain if they broke.
Despite having a bland, uninteresting and relatively featureless canvas to paint on, Skullcandy offers buyers of the several patterns and designs to choose from. Tested at our labs was the Rajon Rondo version of the , which is fairly attractive, though in more of an in-your-face way than other headphones.
Ouch. Maintaining bass frequencies, the s drop most of their mids and high notes precipitously after 1kHz. For reference, that means the entire highest third of a piano will sound muffled, as well as almost half of a guitar's notes. Unless you only care about bass, these are bad headphones in the frequency response department.
Over time, if the fit isn't working perfectly, it's only going to get worse, as these things trap heat like its their job. Additionally, the clamping force on these are a bit tight, so expect some fatigue over time.
About the only thing you can do to customize these cans is to either replace the cable, or buy a pair with the design you want. After your purchase, you're pretty much set with what you can do to them, so plan accordingly.
Though they come with no adapters, you shouldn't need one for the , as just about every mobile device we've seen uses a 3.5mm (1/8
If you want to stow your cans while you're out and about, there's a neoprene carrying pouch that you can drop your cans into. The headphones are a bit bulky, but if you have a messenger bag or backpack, this should be of no consequence if you have room in there.
Thankfully, maintenance with the s is easy. If you get a gunky buildup of earwax on the mesh, simply wipe it down with a rubbing alcohol-soaked cloth. If you cable breaks, you can head on over to your local electronics store (or amazon) and grab a male-to-male 3.5mm audio cable to replace it.
Remote & Mic
Though nothing special to look at, the remote on the is a very simple thing. If someone is calling you, all you have to do is pinch it and it will answer your call (at least it should on an iPhone), and you can use your headphones like a headset for your smartphone.
Despite their snazzy looks and general appeal to those youngins who think appearances matter more than performance, we're forced to play the part of grumpy old men and pooh-pooh these headphones. They sound terrible.
However, far be it appropriate for us to try to say that someone's predilections are somehow objectively bad, as there are all sorts of differing preferences out there, but these headphones have an inexcusably bad performance in terms of audio quality. Possibly their only saving graces include the removable cable, and the value brought by aesthetics if that matters to you.
If you don't care so much about audio quality, and more about how you're going to look on the street with your slammin' new cans, the s are probably your go-to for the entry level. However, if you're looking for at least passable audio performance, you'd do well to keep looking.
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