Skullcandy’s “Strum” in-ear headphones are a durable and worthwhile pair of mid-range headphones. The ideal user for these headphones is an active user to also demands good sound quality. If you are an athlete, runner, gym goer, or simply someone that wants a pair of less fragile headphones you will find these to be a worthwhile investment. I will be rating these headphones based on durability and fit, sound quality, and appearance.
Durability and Fit – 5/5
These headphones were clearly constructed with an active user in mind. The cord is flat rather than round to prevent tangling which is useful if you are one to pocket your headphones. The ear buds rest comfortably in the ear and simultaneously have a hook like design to prevent them from being pulled out. You can yank on the cord and the ear buds stay put without causing pain. Materials used in construction of the headphones seem to be of high quality and I would expect them to last a long time.
Sound Quality – 4/5
The sound quality is above average. There is a good balance of treble and bass. If you are looking for high end studio equipment you will want to pass on these but for active or outdoor use the quality is more than adequate. The earbuds do an excellent job of blocking out outside noise which does a great job of enhancing your music. The one downside to the sound quality is unrelated to the playback itself. If you hit the cord hard enough or snag the cord on something the sound from the impact can reverberate through the cord and cause a short unpleasant thumping noise. This can be avoided just by being careful. Overall the sound quality is what you would expect for the price.
Appearance – 4/5
These headphones have a simplistic design colored in black and chrome. The cord and remote are black while the earbuds are silver. There is also a silver Skullcandy logo on the outside of the earbuds. You won’t stand out in these earbuds but with the sleek design you certainly won’t look bad either.
These headphones also feature a microphone and remote. The microphone works well for hands free calls. The remote has a slider you can use to adjust volume and a button to pause and play music.
Overall Rating – 4.5/5
When considering price, durability, fit, sound quality, and appearance these earbuds are excellent. I would recommend these to anyone looking to purchase a pair of mid-range headphones.