Review – SkullCandy LowRider Headphones

Posted by at 12:35 pm on April 25, 2009

I am a product of the headphone generation.   The first headphones I ever tried when I was little were an expensive pair of stereo phones the size of half oranges, that my dad was always trying to keep away from us.   I was in my teens when the Walkman appeared and suddenly everyone in my generation, including me, was wearing headphones everywhere-¦all the time.

Configuring my personal soundscape has been an ongoing challenge even since.   Sound quality, cost, portability, and comfort are all deciding factors.

The Low Riders have very good sound quality, with deep but not overwhelming base and warm highs.   The sound comes from a pair of 40mm powered drivers.   I’ve compared to similarly styled over the ear head phone that cost several times as much, and found them to be capable performers.   The speakers themselves swivel up to 91 degrees a handy feature found in these and many DJ styled head phones.

The ear cups are padded enough that you can wear them for several hours without fatigue, but they aren’t bulky.   The foldable headband adjusts to a wide range of head sizes, but did squeeze just a bit when I tried wearing the headphones at the same time as my glasses.   Another thing I found was that the cord was a bit short for my liking so I always use them with an extension that came with another pair of headphones I have.

The Low Rider won’t fit in your jacket pocket as neatly as a pair of ear buds but they fold up compact enough to put into a bag, even a fairly small one.   They come in several colors, basic black, white, acid green, blue, red and more.   So you won’t have any trouble coordination with your laptop or MP3 player.   Some versions come with a travel pouch.

Overall, you can’t beat these for their combination of sound quality, comfort, portability and price.   The SkullCandy Low Riders can be found online for around 30 dollars at a variety of retailers.   You can learn more about them at the Skullcandy website.

Pros: Inexpensive, Compact, Good Sound, Lots of Color Choice

Cons: Short Cord, Tight Fit with Glasses or Big Heads

Rating: 4 out of 5  

2 Comments for “Review – SkullCandy LowRider Headphones”

  1. hey, thanks for the review first of all! but i just wanted to know, when you said they squeezed with your glasses on, were they still comfortable, and do you think you could have listened to music with them + your glasses for a few hours?
    i just wanted to know what a good pair of headphones to buy are, as i too have glasses. so do you have any recommendations? =)
    thankyou.

  2. Laura

    Hi David:

    I recommend the Low-riders even for glasses wearers. Keep in mind that the Low-riders are pretty compact, but are the largest of Skull Candy’s on ear headphone’s. If you need a bit more room their over ear head phones also sound great and are very affordable. I’ve had great luck using their Com-ti headset for both Skype conferencing and a bit of (truly) amateur dj’ing.

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