#1 Edited by Raven_Sword (3437 posts) -

Im trying to decide between the Skullcandy INKd in ear buds or the Skullcandy Smokin buds. The smokin buds are 20 bucks, and the inkd buds are 10. The smokin buds have a Frequency range of 18 -20 KHZ, the inkd ones have 20 -20kHZ. also, the smokin buds have a volume slider on the cord, but I dont care about that. Im just trying to find which has the ebtter sound.   
 
This is the INKd buds http://www.amazon.com/Skull-Candy-S2INBT-FZ-Skullcandy-Earbuds/dp/B000Q74102  
 
and these are the smokin buds:   http://www.amazon.com/Skullcandy-Smokin-Buds-Stereo-Earbuds/dp/B0015MPJ6W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1258402329&sr=1-2    
#2 Posted by tineyoghurt (358 posts) -

How about some Koss
 
I've had two pairs of these, and I've loved both of them. They are a bit weird to put in though. Also, both of them have died on me, so you might have to use that limited lifetime warranty.

#3 Posted by ZmillA (2262 posts) -

Or you could, you know...get good earbuds...

#4 Posted by End_Boss (3220 posts) -

I've owned both of those at some point or other (I go through a lot of earbuds), and I have to say the differences between them are mostly aesthetic. With that in mind, I'd go for the Smokin' ones.
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'Cause they're smokin'.

#5 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

Neither. Skullcandy are fucking worthless.

#6 Posted by Bucketdeth (8004 posts) -

Skullcandy are just for looks, I bought a pair of Monster Turbines, there fucking awesome.

#7 Posted by Seedofpower (3925 posts) -

Get a headset? Wait is this for gaming or just walking around town?

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#8 Posted by Xeiphyer (5597 posts) -

Those new lady gaga ones, I'm gaga for them. Not really. They are like triangles or something..
 
How about those Jay Z ones?!

#9 Edited by crusader8463 (14415 posts) -

If your a pot head or have pot head friends go with the smoking buds because it is a weed reference and it will make you/them lol the next time you/they get high.

#10 Posted by Raven_Sword (3437 posts) -
@End_Boss:

did you notice the INKd buds being overly loud? my freind has those and he says he has to keep his stuff at about the halfway point on volume because its too loud.
#11 Posted by Akeldama (4239 posts) -

skullcandy is for fags who put the way their earphones look over the way they perform.

#12 Posted by addictedtopinescent (3645 posts) -
@crusader8463 said:
" If your a pot head or have pot head friends go with the smoking buds because it is a weed reference and it will make you/them lol the next time you/they get high. "
yup, this is the logic to go with
#13 Posted by 71Ranchero (2682 posts) -

If you are concerned enough about how good they sound then why are you even getting ear buds? Get some proper headphones. 

#14 Posted by Gunner612 (4338 posts) -
@Atramentous: Because it isn't practical or wise to wear giant headphones at work or school. 
 
I got the inked ones as a gift and they lasted me a good 6 months, pretty good quality too.
#15 Posted by LaszloKovacs (1140 posts) -

Buy something from Koss or some Sennies:
 
They're pretty cheap on Amazon.
 
Anything from Skullcandy is going to sound awful and look gaudy. They cost too much for the sound quality you get from them.

#16 Posted by TheLawnWrangler (1656 posts) -

i like inkds, but I have low riders and GIs... also these things can be huge pieces of crap. Treat them well

#17 Posted by 71Ranchero (2682 posts) -
@Gunner said:
" @Atramentous: Because it isn't practical or wise to wear giant headphones at work or school.   I got the inked ones as a gift and they lasted me a good 6 months, pretty good quality too. "
Its not the 70's. You dont need GIANT headphones to get good sound. You can go to the store and get any random Sony headphones and they will sound better the ear buds. Ear buds are just what they give you for free when you buy gadgets because they are too cheap to give you grownup equipment. 
  
I have had a pair of these for mp3 players and the like(when I cant walk around with an actual good set of stereo headphones) for over 8 years. I still use them every day and they sound nearly as good as they did when I bought them.
#18 Posted by LaszloKovacs (1140 posts) -
@Atramentous: 
 
Good earbuds sound better than most headphones. They give you much better low-end response and, by virtue of being jammed in your ear canal, they give you more clarity and insulation.
 
Pack-ins are shitty regardless of what form they are, but you can get earbuds that sound better than some reference headsets (Shure makes a couple models, but they cost as much as reference equipment).
#19 Posted by Raven_Sword (3437 posts) -

Im also not srue which Ear cup size I am. They have Small, Medium and Large. Im either a medium or large. I dont think I have big ears.
#20 Posted by 71Ranchero (2682 posts) -
@LaszloKovacs said:
" @Atramentous:   Good earbuds sound better than most headphones. They give you much better low-end response and, by virtue of being jammed in your ear canal, they give you more clarity and insulation.  Pack-ins are shitty regardless of what form they are, but you can get earbuds that sound better than some reference headsets (Shure makes a couple models, but they cost as much as reference equipment). "
As an audiophile with dozens and dozens of headphones and ear buds lying around  I can not agree with that any less. Maybe it depends on the music style you are listening too, But I have never had any ear buds that even came close to sounding as good as an old fashion ear cup design. There is no way in hell that you could get the same range out of those and good luck if you want any bass.
#21 Posted by goth_bacon (88 posts) -

I got the Ink'd.  STAY AWAY!
 
They are horrible and overpriced just because it's 'cool.'  The sound quality is decent but you can't hear any outside noise which is kinda annoying.  Whenever the wire touches anything the sound conducts to your ear.  This is extremely annoying.  And my biggest problem is that it won't even stay in my ear.  Sometimes it decides to pop out on its own.

#22 Posted by FCKSNAP (2299 posts) -

All Skullcandy earbuds I've bought hurt like crap and have crappy duration. Just my 2 cents.

#23 Posted by Postromo (143 posts) -

smokin' buds sounds like a marijuana reference, so that one.

#24 Posted by Juvarial (305 posts) -

SkullCandy is bad-They EQ all there shit to "Sound better" 
I DJ so it makes my ears cry hearing anything just amping stuff so poorly. Thats why they hurt your ears - If you want good quality cheap headphones get these-They have served me DJing though about 30 pairs-No joke- http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-V150-Monitor-Headphones-Reversible/dp/B000092YPR 
Dirt cheap, light weight and sound amazing-They break after you drop a road case or a turntable on them half drunk after a rave - Thats killed 6 pairs-but there bomb as hell 
-Cheers

#25 Posted by LaszloKovacs (1140 posts) -
@Atramentous: 
 
To be fair, the earbuds I'm referring to cost upwards of $500. They are not the sort of thing normal people (or even normal enthusiasts) buy, but one of my friends bought a pair a couple of years ago.
 
I think it's silly to go over $100 for a portable setup anyway unless you've got something that can play FLAC (or you're really into headphones that accurately render compression hiss), and I think you can find nice earbuds in that range that are comparable to a reasonable headset. It's obviously a matter of taste / personal tolerance but that's my two cents.
#26 Posted by RetroIce4 (4392 posts) -

Go with Ink'd. Smokin Buds suck. I had mine for 5 days and the rubber broke and only one side worked. Super cheap.

#27 Posted by ahriman22 (2747 posts) -

How about not Skullfucks?

#28 Posted by Juvarial (305 posts) -
@ahriman22: Thanks for starting my day today with a decent laugh : )
#29 Posted by turbomonkey138 (4950 posts) -

Neither . Every pair of skull candy headphones either broke or were really uncomfortable . Get a good pair of headphones

#30 Posted by Soap (3571 posts) -

Skull Candy stuff is all about the look, they are really uncomfortable, have awful sound quality and break after a short time.
 
You should get some proper headphones

#31 Posted by OutOfBounds9000 (2300 posts) -

 
None.
 
I will poop on the choices.

#32 Posted by Pantalooney (317 posts) -

I would suggest not getting Skullcandys, i bought a couple of pairs, 2 smokking buds, 1 Inkd and 1 Full Metal Jacket and they all broke. 
If you had to choose between the 2, i would choose the smoking buds because my pair of Inkd broke in like a week.

#33 Posted by jNerd (2011 posts) -
@Bucketdeth said:
"Skullcandy are just for looks, I bought a pair of Monster Turbines, there fucking awesome. "

Bro.... you've inspired me, lol. I went through like 3 pairs of SkullCandy in a week trying to find a good pair.  
I ended up returning them all....... I'm going to buy Monster Turbines!