"Sound Is Prime, Build Is Shoddy"3.0 starson by Hellrazr360
Pros: Great overall sound (especially given the price), the range is nice and balanced, just enough bass to enjoy but not feel overwhelmed, have a nice color/icon design. Guaranteed to suffice for just about any musical genre when listening.
Cons: The build quality is very cheap (everything other than the cushions is plastic), the pads can easily fall/slip off and are annoying to put back (and keep) on. Those with larger heads will likely feel uncomfortable wearing these (they pressure your head r
Summary: The overall consensus of Skullcandy products is about as consistent as the entire outlook towards The Boondock Saints. Conveniently enough, the actual quality of their head gear is quite similar, especially with regards to the Hesh set, one of their higher-end products (but still cheap compared to brands such as Bose and Beats).
It's easy to fall for a set such as the Hesh; they're cheap compared to similar products, look nice and have enough of a following to persuade a purchase. And when looking at how the set sounds, you really aren't going to find a better deal for the money. At as cheap as $35, Hesh seems to provide the sound quality of something upwards of three times its budget. These are very much a mid-range set, providing a nice balance of each end so that you get an adequate taste of everything. Granted, this means no particular aspect will stand out, but this is an acquired taste and, generally speaking, I prefer to hear an equal balance of everything instead of more high than low or vice versa. As a result, you'll get great playback on just about any genre. I primarily listen to various sub-genres of heavy metal with the occasional rock and film score pieces, and all of them sounded terrific in these.
However, despite the fact that sound is the first thing to truly make note of with a headset, it's entirely possible that simple aspects can ultimately ruin a product. And, unfortunately, this turns out to be the case with the Hesh set, more or less. While these sets might sound nice, just about everything else is fundamentally flawed.
Since these are so inexpensive and sound rather great, the budget price has to show elsewhere. And the most immediately noticeable area for this is in the build quality. With the exception of the ear and head pads, the entire headset itself is made of plastic. Thus, if you're planning on taking these with you on numerous trips, there's a good chance they'll break before long (one side of the pad legs cracked almost completely after less than 5 months of use).
Additionally, the size of the ear pads themselves seems only intended for the smallest of ears if you want a chance of them being completely covered. This, combined with the fact the headset squeezes rather tightly, makes them a tough recommendation for anyone with a larger head and even average-sized ears. Every time I finished listening to an album with this set I had to remove them just to let my head and ears feel relieved from the pressure.
The Skullcandy Hesh set is a bit of a tragic case. While the sound quality is tough to beat given the price, the actual build is essentially what one should probably expect given the price of these budget ear-covering pads. If head pressure isn't a concern and you never plan to take your headset anywhere, then these might be a decent purchase for short-term use. Otherwise, you're probably better off spending another $25 or so for a more well-built set.