So a few weeks ago my Skull Candy GI Headphones suddenly broke on me. I was on my way to work listening to Tool which I had been doing non-stop in the lead up to the two shows I am seeing them perform next month and suddenly one ear had no sound. I tried jiggling the wire and bending it in strange ways to find where the kink was but no luck duck – that side would not be working again. Armed with sticky tape I tried once more in vain to fix them after my shift had ended because I didn’t want to have to listen to the sounds of other people on the train on my way home. I ended up listening to music in just one ear which is almost as annoying as no music.
The next day I had to dig out my backup headphones and they suuuucckkk. They are old, the sound is terrible and the leathery stuff that covers the ear puffs flakes off. I didn’t have time to buy new headphones since I was going to Sydney the following day so I would have to take them on the plane with me. At the airport I had a little nap becaues our flight was cancelled and we had to wait 4.5 hours until the next one and when I woke up and took off the jacked up headphones it was pointed out to me that I had some weird black junk stuck to both of my ears. It was those evil little leathery flakes and I tried to brush them off but they seemed to be fused with my skin. As I frantically pulled and scratched at my ears like a weirdo I happened to look to my right and I saw some dude just sitting there staring at me like “What the hell is she doing?” Argh :/
When I got back to Melbourne my mission was very clear. I would be getting some new headphones and they would be awesome. I got ready for work and left early so that I could look around at a few shops before my shift started. The first place I went into was the JB HiFi near my apartment . It was 37 degrees that day and the the cold air conditioning coming out of that place was amazing so I went in for an extended browsing session. Over in the headphone section I noticed that they were having a sale - 20% off audio woohoo! I got down to business looking at all of the different types. Surprise, surprise, I noticed a huge pile of my old Skull Candy’s in a big clearance bin. Good riddance!
There were heaps of those little earbuds everywhere but due to having stupidly tiny ears and ear canals I cannot wear those. I prefer big ole ear donuts anyway. They are a line of defence in public where random strangers feel that they need to talk to you. I’m not anti-social but when I have my tunes on I am often in the moment ya know?
I saw the rediculously expensive and overly trendy Beats By Dre down the bottom, lots of DJ headphones with those annoyingly long cords and then this brand I’d never heard of, Sol Republic. The boxes were sercured to the display with these plastic security things I hadn’t seen before so I thought they must have been super expensive or something but they were not so I had a closer look. They looked pretty cool, nice and black with shiny parts and matte parts too. The most interesting part of all though was the volume control device built into the cord. I LOVE that! I called over a JB guy to give me some assistance and after a brief discussion I decided that I would buy these babies.
I left the store feeling pretty satisfied and since I still had over an hour to kill before work I decided to go inside the nearby shopping centre to set them up and get some sushi. I was pretty happy that the packaging was simple to open. I hate that overly secure plastic packaging things come in these days that you need a Rambo knife to open. Assembly was simple enough, slide that bit into this part, insert that into this, and voila – good to go. I put them on and was immediately delighted to feel how comfortable they were. The ear pads were snug, soft and squishy (in a good way). The true test would be the sound though so I put on Rosetta Stoned by Tool for my walk to the train station.
The sound was super good! I was really impressed and as I walked by JB Hifi again I was tempted to go in and tell the guy who helped me how awesome the headphones were and how good life was once again now that I had new headphones but I didn’t. I know he would have just thought that I was super weird and he would be right.
You’ve come this far and read my long-winded tale about how I got my new headphones but just before I shut up and finish off this post I thought I’d show you a few pictures accompanied by a few more words.
The headphones I got are the “Tracks V8″ series. They had some other types that were a little fancier but I didn’t want to spend a fortune. These headphones are designed for use with Apple devices. I happen to have an iPod and they work great with it.
You can buy different coloured bands and style up the headphones if that’s your thing. I like my black band just how it is but it’s nice to have options. Notice how the guy in the picture is twisting the band in a crazy way? I won’t be doing that but apparently the band is nigh invulnerable.
This is the design on the outside of the Sound Engines. That’s what the ear pieces as called.
Personally I like to call them ear donuts because it’s cuter and they look like donuts. Check out how soft and squishy that donut looks. It feels so nice on my little ears >_<
This is the Flex-Tech band that the ear donuts slide onto. It’s really comfy (note the padding) and it feels really nice to touch. I love the smooth matte texture.
I’ve saved the best feature for last. This little baby controls the volume on the headphones. Not only that – you can skip to the next track or go back, fast forward or rewind and if you have it plugged into you iPhone you can pause the song you are listening to and take a call if you get one just by pressing the button in the centre. It’s really handy and I love it so much!
If you are looking for some new headphones that are not super expensive but are still really nice then definitely check out the brand Sol Republic. I am hoping that these will last me longer than my Skull Candy headphones did but just in case I’m holding onto the receipt. The headphones come with a 1 year warranty in the event something unfortunate occurs.
Oh hey before I go I want to mention a cool album I’ve been listening to lots latey on my new headphones. The band is Perturbator and the album is called I Am The Night. It’s free to purchase or you can donate to support the artist :) Click the super awesome image below to check it out.