Do you remember a few weeks back when I wrote about designing my own set of Skullcandy Aviator* headphones? Well THEY ARRIVED (ages ago, actually) and I am loving them!
I pretty much take them out with me most days when I’m rushing around town all day. My coat at the moment is a rather capacious parka from Topshop, with humongous pockets which happily house them folded up when not in use (inside their own leather pouch which they came with!). It did take a while to get over the attention of wearing such beautiful pink headphones at first, as you know, they are pretty special, but now I barely notice (maybe I was just paranoid back then?!).
The technical stuff.. It’s worth bearing in mind that the type of headphones you pick (in general) should cater for the style of music you listen to. It’s a common misconception that one set of headphones makes ALL styles of music sound great. Nah. With this in mind, these Skullcandy Aviators are actually a really good fit for all my favourite genres of music; whilst I like hip hop on occasion it’s not something I listen to all the time (if it is, then by all means go down the Monster Beats route), I need something that brings out the mid and treble too, ’cause, y’know, I’m a rock ‘n’ roll girl at heart. These headphones make my music sound great, but they also cope well with the ‘dancier’ stuff I listen to like electro, dubsteb, house and drum ‘n bass too. When it comes to a set of headphones that deliver so well for most styles of music, I genuinely say this would be them, with the bonus of them sounding excellent for guitar based music.
Another benefit of the sound through the phones being so well mixed is that they are GREAT for watching movies and programmes on your laptop or computer with, as you can hear the speaking parts really clearly (you’ll struggle to get this clarity with a bassier set of headphones). I don’t know about you, but I watch a lot of fil-lums on my laptop so this is a real plus.
Can I play out in them? In terms of DJing, I don’t think I could. I will attempt it (with another set of ‘phones as backup) simply because they look so purdy and I want to show them off, but I don’t think its background block-out is up to scratch for when playing in a noisy club where you already have the current song blaring through the sound monitor. For example, some songs have quiet introductions and unless you know it amazingly well it will get tricky trying to hear it over very loud music in the background, thus making these regrettably not the best for mixing and cueing.
However for standard use, not professional, with their outstanding design and construction (the Skullcandy Aviators aren’t made of cheapo plastic, aluminium and solid, all the way!) I’d highly advise these sets. They look cool, and sound great. What more could you want?
Design your own Skullcandy Aviators over at www.uk.skullcandy.com for £179.99.
If you want to book me and my mad DJ skillz, contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous bookings have included support DJ slots for Bloc Party, The Maccabees, Dirty Pretty Things, Massive Attack, Vicarious Bliss at various venues in and around London including 333, Sketch, The Scala, Macbeth, Brixton Jamm, The Dogstar, Tooting Tram and Social and The Windmill.