Hate earbuds that fall out of your ears? Skullcandy has a Fix for this, literally. The new SkullCandy Fix In-Ear headphones use a patent-pending ear bud design engineered to stay snugly in the ear of even the most active users. The Fix earbuds also feature an in-line microphone with audio control buttons for iOS, BlackBerry, and Android devices.
-3 Pairs of Ear Tips (2 Different Sizes)
Skullcandy takes their skull design very seriously. You can find skull logos on each earbud, each silicone eartip, the in-line mic, the Y-point on the headphone cable, and a large one on the carrying case (also on the carrying case’s zipper). The Fix earbuds use a Y-shaped headphone design with the in-line control/mic 5 inches below the left earbud. Much like Apple’s newer earbuds, the in-line microphone is one gigantic button with the top and bottom portions acting as volume buttons and the middle portion controlling play/pause, answer/hang up, next track (two clicks), and previous track (three click). The headphone cable is rubberized and of an average thickness; it tangles easily. Each earbud uses a “hook” design that sits on your ear at various points, keeping it from falling out.
The Skullcandy Fix headphones were designed to stay in your ear, and that they do. They’re quite comfortable and do not easily fall out. You can pull down on the cord and they’ll still stay in your ear. On occasion they may need to be slightly pushed back in to position, but they generally stay in even while running. While the earbuds are well designed for this purpose, it’s nothing revolutionary; just a good design.
The sound quality of the Fix headphones is just decent. The bass sounds good, it’s full and present without overpowering music or blowing out your eardrums. The mid-range audio is weak and somewhat flat. The highs are okay, but could be crisper. One of the problems I run into outdoors is having to raise the volume mid-song to hear the softer parts of music and quickly lowering the volume during the louder parts to protect my ears.
The zippered carrying case is a nice pocket size, and the reinforced casing provides solid protection. The headphones don’t feel especially durable, so we’re glad we have the case. The microphone and buttons work just as well as Apple’s in-line mic+controls. I received positive feedback from my callers in regards to call quality. Double taps and triple taps worked every time for me. There’s a groove in the center of the in-line control that’s helpful in preventing you from accidentally hitting the volume buttons on the top and bottom.
At the end of the day, Skullcandy’s Fix earbuds have nice features, but they only sound okay. They’re comfortable, stick inside your ear, include an in-line mic with controls, and come with a handy carrying case. If you have a well tuned ear for audio quality, then they will leave you wanting more out of your headphones. At $69.99 from Skullcandy.com, they’re a bit pricier than they should be, but if you have yet to find a pair of earbuds that stay in your ear they could be a good buy.
Good: Stay in Ear, Comfortable, Good Carrying Case, In-Line Mic and Controls Work Well and Include Volume
Bad: Only 2 Different Ear Tip Sizes, Tangle Easily, Only Decent Quality Audio