Skullcandy is a brand that is as much about style as it is about performance... or so we thought. Although you might expect to see a pair of Skullcandy headphones dangling around the neck of a "young person" on a "skating board", as we recently discovered, anyone can feel pretty satisfied with a set of these wrapped around their skull. We tested the Skullcandy Grind On-ear Headphones.
The band is metal, topped with a leather(ish) cushioning, which can be easily adjusted. We were sent the white pair to test, and we loved how it was possible to see the band slide into the cans when fitting onto your head. The cans themselves feature a luxurious padding which, once again, betrayed the headphones' low price. All in all, the Grind are comfortable and fit snugly to all head sizes.
Included is a simple phono cable which plugs directly into the left can, where you'll also find a universal control button, or the TapTech. With this you can pause your music, answer calls, or skip through tracks. Again, thanks to our pair's transparent sides, you can actually see the workings of the button which we rather liked.
Now for the second, and arguably most important, factor about the Skullcandy Grand Headphones that caught our eye - and ears: they sound amazing. Certainly these are not the greatest pair of 'phones we've ever tested, but for less than forty quid they are superb. While listening to several genres of music (and way too many late night episodes of Rick and Morty online) we had to keep reminding ourselves that these were relatively cheap headphones. The sound was crisp and smooth, and the bass sounded deep and confident.
For everyday, casual music and podcasting listening these are great, and the choice of four styles actually sets each one apart from the rest. They don't fold up but seem rugged and tough enough to survive a few bumps in your bag, so great for commuters wanting a little more musical immersion that their phone's standard earbud headphones could offer.
But just so we're clear, we didn't try them while on one of those skating contraptions.