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Skullcandy - Strum In-Ear Headphones - Black

Enjoy powerful audio with these Skullcandy Strum S2SUHX-174 in-ear headphones, which feature Brinx Tech and combined Fix Tech and Off-Axis Tech to provide a comfortable fit. The integrated microphone and remote enable hands-free conversations.

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    • Strum In-Ear Headphones
    • 2 pairs of Additions Ear gels

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (517 out of 596)


    In-ear design with Brinx Tech, Fix Tech and Off-Axis Tech

    Offers a comfortable fit that keeps the earbuds in place.

    Integrated microphone and remote

    Allow you to take and make phone calls and control your music.

    10mm drivers

    Deliver powerful sound via neodymium magnets.

    Sound isolation

    Helps minimize background noise. Volume-limiting function protects sensitive ears.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 596 reviews

    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews



    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Mid-Range Headphones


      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. Other Features 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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great sounding earbuds, annoyingly noisy cords

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Purchased these on sale to replace my original apple earbuds that came with my iPhone. They have held up well and sound great but there cons have lead me to using these as backups. Pros: The sound from these earbuds are delivered clean with no distorting bass. They are constructed well and have held up despite being stuffed in pockets and thrown around. Wish it came with its own pouch or carrying case. The buds are comfortable and do a good job of isolating outside sounds. Microphone picks up well and have not had issues with calls. Button works properly to control iPhone (pause, skip, etc.) Cons: No volume button, rather a slider that controls the current volume level set on device. Have to set volume on device to 100% then slide to desired volume. Button to control device is off center so it always takes me a second to find it to properly use it. The biggest downside to these earbuds are the cords reverberating sound when making any movements causing listening to music below 50% volume annoying at best. This is especially an issue when walking/running and you want to stay aware of your surroundings by not smashing your ears with sound.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Solid Pair of Headphones

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      As with most Skullcandy headphones these are a bit bass heavy. That's really to be expected with any headphones in this price range in the current era of music. With that being said, I haven't found any problems with these headphones in any genre I've listened to this far. I'm not going to lie, the slider adjustment for sound could have been better designed. It's really not that useful and the function button is basically hidden on the backside of the slider. I'd say that is the only real design flaw that I've found and it doesn't have any real affect on sound quality. The ear buds are designed to fit in at an angle and this is extremely comfortable in general everyday use. I have the tendency to fall asleep with my headphones in and this design causes a bit of discomfort in that situation, but that is more of a personal problem to all of you who sleep with headphones in. Overall, a really solid product and worth the purchase, but you get what you pay for as they are not audiophile quality. I personally use them daily and have no issues!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Extremely disapointed


      I purchased these yesterday with high expectation because I have been a Skullcandy user for years and they never disappoint. I usually get Skullcandy TiTAN which has amazing sound, especially the bass and good noise cancellation. They were no where to be found which was slightly upsetting because they were amazing! I got these instead which were the most expensive ones and was extremely disappointed with the outcome. The sound quality sucks, its very muffled and cheap sounding. The slogan BEST.FIT.EVER. is a lie, it was impossible to get these things to stay in my ear, they slid right out. The material is usual a durable metal, instead these were cheap plastic with chrome paint. I don't understand why they would get rid of such a good product and replace it with this sad excuse of a "high quality" headphone. Skullcandy has lost a customer and I will be taking them back. So I guess well give Sony a try!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Worth the Price Difference

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I've had a bad 2 years with headphones and after a review of my choices, I've realized you get what you pay for. Skullcandy In-Ear Headphones has better sound quality than Sony and definitely better than JVC. Skullcandy has better material quality than others. The wire is flat which is an improvement. The wire of Sony's equivalent is too thin and wears down faster. JVC is just fragile. The cheaper Skullcandy headphones have surprisingly great sound quality. The cheapest (jib) are more fragile. I accidentally stepped on the jack on the 2nd day of getting these headphones and everything still works and nothing is bent. That just wouldn't have been the case with any of my other headphones. The other ones (cheaper) would have one ear stop working for no reason.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Design lacks sturdiness of design

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The problem with this product is the cord is to thin and can easily break, get eaten by a cat, and lacks sturdiness. One wrong cut with the scissors when opening the packet and your cord is sliced and not able to be repaired. They are too much fodder for my cats. I need a big and stronger ear phone design: the type that has an ear set which fits over your head, not in your ear, such as with ear buds. [Too impractical for a pet lover.] Not to mention that fact that you have to have deformed ear to keep them in. It's sad that the universal design of these things is the same between brands and you don't gain anything by buying the more expensive product. They're all flimsy and cheap, as far as I'm concerned. Someone needs to come up with a new design.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good sound, good deal

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I got these headphones after downgrading (twice) from a couple of bluetooth headphones. I was having an issue with my phone pairing to bluetooth devices, so I opted for the old-fashioned (if you could call them that) wired ones. The sound is nice, and they're sound isolating which means that I can tune out most of the background noise--they even worked well on a propellor plane, believe it or not. I'm only giving them a four because, despite the description that they're ergonomically design to fit perfectly in your ear, that's not true in my case. Maybe I just have weirdly shaped ears, but regardless every once-in-a-while they come loose, but it's not often.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Just OK

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I used to swear by Skullcandy earbuds. Their metal Titan earbuds were amazing, especially for the price. Once those were discontinued, I moved to the 50/50s, which were decent for plastic earbuds (still relatively high quality plastic). Since then though, everything new Skullcandy has put out has been incredibly cheap feeling plastic with no weight to the electronics in the earpieces (not a good sign). Despite this, they have not gotten cheaper in price. Skullcandy also seems to be banking pretty hard on wireless headphones, which don't interest me in the slightest. All said, I'm pretty sure my Skullcandy days are over.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about mids quality, reliability, bass quality and design. Editors have mixed opinions about noise isolation. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 80/100 = Very good quality.
    • PCMagRating, 3.5 out of 5Tim Gideon on July 24, 2015
      Skullcandy Strum
      The Skullcandy Strum provides a clean audio experience with boosted bass response that never distorts, though it could use a bit more treble.Full Review
    • Tom's GuideRating, 4 out of 5Valentina Palladino on July 22, 2015
      Skullcandy Strum Earbuds Review
      Skullcandy has made great budget earbuds with the Strum headphones. They have good audio quality with pronounced bass, an easy-to-use in-line remote with a universal mic and a design that makes them look more expensive than they are.Full Review

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